Posted for a friend: iTunes went apeshit, drive has been emptied of music. WTH? [more inside]
posted by iarerach
on Mar 26, 2011 -
i've given up on windows, and i'm enthusiastic about not dealing with its security issues ever again. [more inside]
posted by radiosilents
on Sep 9, 2010 -
A Windows 2000 hard disk got clobbered by the XP installer and is "unallocated". What are my next steps? [more inside]
posted by kristi
on Nov 16, 2009 -
How should I keep up-to-date on hardware for graphic design? I'm not a graphic designer by trade, but I would like my personal (WinXP) computer to be suitable for hobby-work graphics. More details and criteria inside. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on May 5, 2009 -
[WinXP] How can I create a separate user account that is completely separate from the main admin account? I.e. doesnt share the same programs, settings, etc [more inside]
posted by Jimmeh
on Mar 17, 2009 -
I'm thinking of nuking my hard drive and reinstalling Windows XP. This means iTunes, which sits on my C Drive, will obviously be wiped and reinstalled. If I do this, will I lose all the star ratings and other individual settings I have for my mp3s (which are stored on another partition that I won't be wiping)? If so, is there some file in the iTunes directory or somwhere else that I could back up and add to my new iTunes installation so I don't have to individually rate every mp3 I have all over again?
posted by Effigy2000
on Oct 31, 2007 -
Is it possible to buy a new laptop for around $500 with Windows XP? [more inside]
posted by nzero
on Sep 30, 2007 -
windowsXP logon restriction question: We have a small public computer room with about 15 computers where we only want certain people to be able to log into and use the computers. What is the easiest way to administer who has access to them? [more inside]
posted by jak68
on Sep 27, 2007 -
In the rare times I've needed to hit ctrl-alt-delete within the past few months, the task manager window pops up, but it lacks the little tabs at the top and the useful little X in the upper right that actually allows me to CLOSE the task manager. What happened? [more inside]
posted by Verdandi
on Jun 12, 2007 -
I woke up last Saturday morning to find that my WinXP machine has reset itself to settings from a year ago. [more inside]
posted by Irontom
on May 16, 2007 -
I was attempting to resize the partitions on my laptop when accidentally my laptop shut down and now I can't boot back into windows. [more inside]
posted by sk381
on Apr 4, 2007 -
How can I get to applications on a second monitor over Remote Desktop? [more inside]
posted by event
on Dec 13, 2006 -
I bit the bullet and bought the hardware to create a cheap PC. Dual core and 64 bit with a decent upgrade path, but I digress. Now I need to know: WinXP SP2 or WinXP x64? I figure I'll "try" before I buy the latter, but to save headache and hassle I thought I might simply ask. It's basically 2007, here, folks. Should I run a 32bit OS on a 64bit platform? What are the ups and downs, the pros and cons, in your experience. Thanks!
posted by Grod
on Dec 10, 2006 -
What's the most efficient way to transfer an entire functioning Windows XP PC to my new Mac running Parallels? [more inside]
posted by maniabug
on Oct 20, 2006 -
Help me make my choice from one of the three options below:
1) Fix Windows so that it boots without messing up my Ubuntu.
2) Remove Windows completely. I don't need it anyways.
3) Shrink Windows to the bare minimum and reclaim the space with Ubuntu. [more inside]
posted by furtive
on Aug 28, 2006 -
On my WinXP Pro laptop I can ping, nslookup, and tracert to whatever address I like, but no browser can load any pages, even by IP address. I get connection timeouts 100% of the time. Why, and how can I fix it? [more inside]
posted by Songdog
on May 29, 2006 -
Can anyone tell me what Windows XP theme this is and where I can get it? [more inside]
posted by Third
on Jul 29, 2005 -
I'm trying to burn the Knoppix 4.0 DVD ISO on my wife's second-hand Averatec Windows XP laptop. I have tried almost a dozen DVD burning programs without success. Most of them can't see there's a blank DVD in the drive. What's up? [more inside]
posted by rwhe
on Jul 1, 2005 -
On the Mac, if I need to munge text in extremis, I prefer to use BBEdit. Recently, on the PC, I am finding myself in need of a text editor which is similar to BBEdit. I will use it both for coding and for text-cleaning. I prefer freeware and shareware but that's by no means the deciding factor. Which programs should I check out? Which should I avoid? [more inside]
posted by mwhybark
on Mar 16, 2005 -
Since installing XP professional in November, I have experienced a spontaneous shutdown and restart of my desktop. When it returns, it tells me the system has recovered from a fatal error that is caused by an unspecified device driver. I have uninstalled both software and hardware one by one over the last several weeks in hopes of identifying the problem. Nothing. Even system restore does not solve it. Is is time to reinstall XP, even with the risk that it will likely happen again?
posted by terrier319
on Feb 11, 2005 -
My WinXP system won't boot. Knoppix comes up fine, and complains that it can't read the partition table. I've got The Ultimate Boot CD
; does anyone have a methodology for making things right, or at least recovering whatever I can from the hard drive?
posted by Daddio
on Jan 14, 2005 -
Laptop Clean XP Install:
1] My (on board?) sound card is unrecognised. How do I find out what drivers to use?
2] What programs do you really think I need? I already have VNC, VLC, Firefox, Thunderbird and AVG installed. What else should I add? (Freeware/OS appriciated but not needed.) [more inside]
posted by twine42
on Dec 16, 2004 -
Can you advise on printing to a Windows PC printer from a Mac OSX machine, over a network? [more inside...] [more inside]
posted by skylar
on Dec 1, 2004 -
I have a machine running Outlook 97. Somehow, the SMTP server has become changed to 'net' (that's all it says - it should be nameofdomain.com). I am unable to change this back - every time I try, the next time Outlook goes to send and receive, it attempts to locate 'net' again. Any idea what's going on here? Google is little help on such generic keywords and the MS knowledge base doesn't seem able to help. Spyware check reveals nothing. XP Home.
posted by humuhumu
on Nov 15, 2004 -
WinXP: my laptop downloaded a windows update (not sure what sort). Now, when I shut down, it tries to update my machine. I get a message saying that Windows is updating, and it advises me NOT to turn off my machine until it's done. But it continues to "update" forever. I've let it sit for two hours, and it still claims to be updating. Finally, with clenched teeth, I shut off the machine and rebooted. Everything seems okay. Now, whenever I shut down, it asks me if I want to install the upgrade or not. If I say yes, the machine stalls on that upgrading message. If I say no, it shuts down fine. I'm ok with saying no all the time, except that now I can't ever add any new updates. What should I do?
posted by grumblebee
on Oct 27, 2004 -
I know there are batch renaming utilities, but I'm looking for a more general batch-file management tool. I'm in the middle of a big job that involves all sorts of renaming and rearranging of file / folder structures. For instance, I have a hundred folders, each of which contains a subfolder called Images. Within Images, there are three jpegs. I need to delete the Images folders but not the jpegs. The jpegs need to be moved up-one-level into the main folders. Another task involved copying a single html file into all 100 folders. This is all using WinXP.
posted by grumblebee
on Sep 29, 2004 -
i have some of my remote users in the office connect to our fileserver using webdav as a means to quickly (though admittadly not-securely) access and change documents, etc. it seems though, that since using windows xp SP2 it's been dirt slow. my user will click on a directory, and it will take no less than 10 seconds for the directory to be highlighted. that's not even attempting to open the directory - that'll take another two minutes or so. i'm trying to figure out what's exactly going on here. ideally i'll be switching to VPN soon, but in the meantime, i need to get this working properly again.
posted by quadrinary
on Sep 28, 2004 -
How do I remove things from the system tray on my computer (running XP)? This seems like it should not be so complicated, but my searching suggests I have to edit the registry to do that. I don't even really know what that means, but just looking at the registry intimidates me. Specifically, if I can't get the computer to stop telling me when a wireless connection is or is not available, I may just go insane.
posted by Harvey Birdman
on Sep 18, 2004 -
Stupid annoying WinXP question. I installed an older program I use for data analysis in my lab. Every time I click the start menu it shows up as a newly installed program, despite the fact that I've used it quite a bit. I want it to go away and show up as an old program, not highlighted like a new one. The only help I can find using my formidable Google-Fu is "Turn off new program notification". Well, I don't want to do that; I like to know if something new has been added to my machine. Anyone know how XP marks programs as newly installed, or highlighted, and how to turn this off on an individual entry basis
rather than across the board?
posted by caution live frogs
on Aug 31, 2004 -
My laptop can no longer receive the Internet! The internet comes, via DSL, into my DESKTOP pc. The Desktop's DSL modem is hooked up to a LinkSys Wireless-B router, which broadcasts the Internet signal to my laptop. The lights on the LynkSys are blinking as usual. My desktop is receiving the web just fine. My laptop IS showing the little "connected" (two-computers) icon in the system tray, and when I hover over it, it says "Wireless Network Connection... Speed 11.0 Mbps, Signal Strength: Excellent." But when I start of a browser, I can't get to any page. I CAN get to the same pages on my desktop. Help! [more inside]
posted by grumblebee
on Aug 30, 2004 -
Can a network connection be killed from the command line in Windows XP?
posted by plexi
on Aug 19, 2004 -
Can anyone help me find photo organization software with some specific characteristics? I use WinXP. I want to be able to place each photo in multiple categories, and I'd like to be able to output the categories as simple .html files, as that is my archival system of choice. I don't care about uploading to the web. Free is better, but I am willing to shell out a few bucks for the right software. [more inside]
posted by beth
on Jun 19, 2004 -
The new network Friday challenge: I need to set up a network for my new place and I wanted to do it with my available stuff. How close can I come? More inside. [more inside]
posted by Mayor Curley
on May 28, 2004 -
I'm looking for an application which would let me save settings across several control panels in Windows XP. I'd be willing to pay a reasonable amount. [Example inside] [more inside]
posted by DevilsAdvocate
on Apr 28, 2004 -
Which WinXP Pro Email Client will play nice with close to 800 megs of emails? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by romakimmy
on Apr 24, 2004 -
I have 100GB and 160GB hard drives in my XP computer. I tried using Norton Ghost to move the 100GB info to my latter drive, and it worked but with serious partition errors (windows not booting). I then moved a large amount of data to my 160, the 100 not really having changed. Everything in windows functions, but when I use Partition Magic 8 I get the following error: "Disk 1 appears to have partitions created using a different drive geometry (255h 63s original, 240h 63 current) You should back up...." etcetera. More inside. [more inside]
posted by Keyser Soze
on Mar 7, 2004 -
Can mail be exported from Apple's email on OSX to a Windows XP box running Microsoft Outlook?
posted by Macboy
on Feb 25, 2004 -
My laptop has taken to switching itself off at random intervals, but only at my parents or in-laws houses. The general consensus is that these houses are hotter than my own and it may be just enough to upset my system.
Can anyone recommend a good freeware (pref OpenSource) program to check up on the internal temperatures of the system? I'm running WinXP.
posted by twine42
on Jan 21, 2004 -
I'm looking for a Windows utility that will recurse through a series of subdirectories and change the modification date on each folder to be the same as the newest item in that folder. [More inside] [more inside]
posted by llamateur
on Jan 8, 2004 -
I have a WinXp machine with three hard drives, each one holding 100GB. I'm researching backup alternatives, and there are tons these days (tape drives, external firewire drives, jazz drives, etc.). I'd like to find a solution that strikes a nice balance between ease of use, cost and durability. Any suggestions?
posted by grumblebee
on Jan 8, 2004 -
I've sold my home computer to my business. The computer is running WinXP Home Edition. My monitor at home was at some super-fancy resolution, but none of the monitors at work can operate at anything greater than 1024x768. As a result, when the computer boots into Windows, the monitors shut themselves off.
I've tried to boot into safe mode to reset the resolution, but it doesn't "stick". How do I set a lower resolution without taking the computer home and reconnecting it to the old monitor? [more inside]
posted by jdroth
on Jan 5, 2004 -