Can Wine create problems with Windows?
I really don't know if I'm posting this in the right place, but I think Wine might be causing these problems, and I'd like an opinion from someone who knows a little more about how it works. Let me explain what's been going on.
A few weeks ago, I finally got around to re-installing Linux on this computer (hp pavilion 751; 1.7ghz/1gb/40gb with XP SP2). I'd been using XP for a while with no problems. That same night, I used Wine a little bit, and I think I even changed Wine's Program Files directory to Windows' actual C:\Program Files (for a good reason, but I can't remember what -.-) The next time I started up Windows, explorer didn't load (so no desktop icons or taskbar). You can start it from the Task Manager, but it doesn't start automatically when you log in (this happens for all accounts, even new ones). A couple days later, the sound stopped working. "No audio device," but it's intermittent. Sometimes you'll restart and it'll work. Then a certain plugin that used to work started crashing Internet Explorer 7. Oh, and finally the icon for My Computer disappeared (only that icon) and I couldn't connect to local network computers for SMB anymore.
I tried a recovery reinstallation of Windows, but that didn't fix everything, so I wiped the disk clean and started from scratch with all the programs. Everything went OK until I used Wine again. These exact same problems started happening. When I used Wine, I changed a few drive mappings (C:\ to /media/disk-1 and stuff like that). So what I'm wondering is: does Wine make any changes to files on drives that it's configured to use that would mess up Windows? I guess I could reinstall again, but that would be a pain, and I really do want to use Wine. Does anyone have an idea what could be going on? Hope this makes sense, let me know if it's not clear. Thanks!