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There was a power surge, and when I tried starting windows, it said that C:/WINDOWS/config/system32/system was corrupted. I reinstalled windows and specified a different system folder, in the hopes of copying and pasting the corrupted file from the reinstalled version to the old version. (so I wouldn't lose my registry keys and have to reinstall all my programs.) That didn't work. I was completley locked out of C:/WINDOWS, and it said that I needed an admin password, which I didn't have. I decided to leave it and run off of the reinstalled windows. (no files were lost.) However, now, whenever I use IE, Word, or any other application, the scrolling is really, really choppy. Why is that?
 

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You can use the xp cd to try a repair of the first installation like this:
Corrupted or Missing \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG

1. Insert and boot from your WindowsXP CD.
2. At the first R=Repair option, press the R key
3. Press the number that corresponds to the correct location for the installation of Windows you want to repair.
Typically this will be #1
4. Enter in the administrator password when requested
5. cd \windows\system32\config
6. Depending on which section was corrupted:
ren software software.bad or ren system system.bad
7. Depending on which section was corrupted
copy \windows\repair\system
copy \windows\repair\software
Take out the CD ROM and type exit
 

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Do you have update (KB824145) ? If so then that may be its cause as others have experienced similar circumstances and uninstalling it fixed the problem.
 
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