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Ex-XP? What should I do with my old XP running laptop?

I have an old laptop running XP. The laptop actually dates from the Vista era, but I chose to have XP installed given the lousy rep that Vista had. I have seen this question. I have a newer laptop that I use for most of my word processing and internetting needs. I can retire the old laptop, but it still works so I'd rather not ditch it. Assuming I am not going to attempt to run XP on anything connected to the outside world, what can I do with this old laptop? [more inside]
posted by pianissimo on Mar 28, 2014 - 9 answers

Devil Computer, Stop Updating Yourself

This morning I was working on my computer, and stopped to take a break for lunch. I left my computer on--it generally goes to sleep after 10 minutes of inactivity. When I returned from lunch, my computer had unexpectedly shut down and had to be rebooted. Once it restarted, I noticed that it had updated several programs that have been prompting me for updates, like iTunes and Firefox. (I had purposefully not been updating them.) My computer requires permission from me to update programs like this, and it has never updated programs without that permission. Any thoughts as to what might have happened this time? [more inside]
posted by Bella Sebastian on Jan 29, 2014 - 5 answers

Samsung NC20 Laptop Slow, Malware--Should I just reinstall Windows?

I have a Samsung NC20 laptop that I bought 4 or 5 years ago. It runs Windows XP and has some sort of malware, IRP Hook, that AVG has found but cannot remove. In addition, it runs significantly slower than I would like, and cannot play most videos at all--the sound plays fine, but the image just staggers and jumps. [more inside]
posted by Slinga on Nov 15, 2013 - 9 answers

I got your Charms.

How best to get Windows 7 on a new laptop? [more inside]
posted by LonnieK on Oct 28, 2013 - 10 answers

Upgraded my laptop to Windows 8.1, now it's stuck in a reboot loop!

I upgraded my Samsung laptop to Windows 8.1. It is now stuck in a reboot loop. I cannot enter recovery mode. How can I fix this? [more inside]
posted by Tevin on Oct 18, 2013 - 5 answers

Weird screen glitches on Hp pavilion dv4 laptop

A friend's laptop is experiencing some strange graphical glitches within Windows, and she is desperate for help!! [more inside]
posted by newfers on Jun 24, 2013 - 6 answers

Router noob in need of help

Help me make my wireless router work with my XP PC [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Jun 6, 2013 - 6 answers

Remote Desktop Connection woes

My work computer is a laptop running Windows 7. I am working far from my office this week (as I often do) and I connect to my work server through Remote Desktop Connection. Typically this is pretty much problem-free, but for the last two or three days, when I log in to the server, I am seeing the server's desktop not as a full screen, but in a window about 10" wide on my 17.3" laptop screen. As well, while the laptop's screen has a 16:9 aspect ratio, the window looks to be 4:3. Attempting to resize the window through the Maximize/Restore Down icon avails me naught: I can mouse over the edges of the window and drag it to a new size, but it maxes out at the size that I mention, which covers maybe 60% of the screen's real estate. Numerous reboots and resets have not rectified it and I am at a loss as to how to proceed. [more inside]
posted by ricochet biscuit on Apr 24, 2013 - 6 answers

Diagnosing poor performing Windows laptop

My Windows 7 laptop frequently goes to 100% CPU usage and becomes unusable. I've discovered that if I put it to sleep and immediately wake it up, the CPU usage goes back down to a reasonable level (10% ish) and stays that way, but this problem recurs at least daily. How can I diagnose and fix the cause of this issue? [more inside]
posted by PercussivePaul on Mar 18, 2013 - 15 answers

Win7 Devices and Printers hangs up

I have a Dell laptop with Windows 7 32-bit on it and I'm having the weirdest issue with it. The "Devices and Printers" control panel window hangs every time I open it. It gets to about 90% of the way, according to the progress bar, and then stops. I can manage my printers using the Admin tools but everything else is unreachable. Is there any way to fix this short of a Windows re-install? This is a work laptop and I'd rather not have to go through our IT service department since they'll nuke everything on it that wasn't there when I got it.
posted by tommasz on Jan 4, 2013 - 8 answers

Need to find a store in the US to buy a netbook.

Where is the best brick and mortar store to buy a Windows netbook in the US? [more inside]
posted by jim.christian on Dec 26, 2012 - 8 answers

How do I keep my laptop set to Extended Display all the time?

I have a docked laptop hooked up to two monitors. How can I keep those monitors in Extended Display mode every time I boot up? [more inside]
posted by starvingartist on Dec 5, 2012 - 6 answers

Can't figure out wireless connection issue

I can't connect to the wireless network-- have connected with other laptops and my smart phone just fine to this connection. Is there something I can change on my computer? I need to figure this out ASAP or I may have problems with applying for jobs and doing my schoolwork! [more inside]
posted by camylanded on Nov 26, 2012 - 11 answers

Is this a terrible idea?

What can and can't you do with Android? [more inside]
posted by jon1270 on Sep 22, 2012 - 11 answers

Which PC laptop to buy for engineering college that'll last me at least 3-4 years?

Which PC laptop to buy for engineering college that'll last me at least 3-4 years? Coming from Apple Macbook. [more inside]
posted by Parh6512 on Sep 15, 2012 - 36 answers

What are the essentials for remote computing?

What tech specs are most essential for working remotely via Citrix? Longtime Mac user here, have never bought a Windows machine. I need to buy a laptop to work remotely for my job (paralegal at a mid-size law firm). I will be logged into my Firm's network, and running a variety of software programs off Citrix (iManage Desksite, Filesurf, Word, Hotdocs template manager, Adobe Professional, etc). What key features should I be looking for? Is 8GB of RAM enough? Recommendations for specific brand names are also welcome.
posted by invisible ink on Aug 25, 2012 - 15 answers

All I want to do is play games on my gaming laptop!

Why does my laptop crash to a black screen only while gaming? [more inside]
posted by QueenHawkeye on Jul 14, 2012 - 15 answers

Connect laptop wirelessly to TV

How do I wirelessly stream laptop output to TV? No DLNA, no Intel WiDi, but HDMI port available. [more inside]
posted by theobserver on Jul 7, 2012 - 12 answers

Chromebook or laptop

What laptop should I get? [more inside]
posted by becomingly on Apr 25, 2012 - 5 answers

Computer sleep issues?

Why is my Windows 7 laptop crashing when I close the lid? [more inside]
posted by acridrabbit on Feb 6, 2012 - 5 answers

I need to make my parents' computer father-proof.

How do I keep my father from wrecking his computer - again? [more inside]
posted by koucha on Nov 7, 2011 - 27 answers

Good Laptop for FS X?

I'd like to find a laptop for my son (age 9) so he can play Flight Simulator X to his heart's content this Xmas. Here's the hurdles: I know NOTHING about laptops and I have very little money to spend. Help! [more inside]
posted by biddeford on Oct 3, 2011 - 7 answers

Brand-new laptop! What should I remove/install?

I have a brand-new Dell laptop. What's the best way to remove all the bloatware? What things should I install? (Please no Linux, this is a Windows 7 machine and I need it to stay that way.) [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Sep 23, 2011 - 24 answers

The most basic DJ software known to humanity?

What's the most basic MP3 DJ software for an hour-long laptop set? [more inside]
posted by ajp on Jun 21, 2011 - 9 answers

What to take into account when purchasing a cheap laptop.

I am tasked with choosing a low-price laptop for my sister and her son, but everything I know about Windows computers is ten years or more out of date. Do we still need to avoid Celeron chips? What brands are more reliable? Bonus questions inside. [more inside]
posted by nowonmai on Jun 14, 2011 - 24 answers

Comprehensive Home Network Setup

I have a few questions about a home server / backup / HTPC solution and I would really appreciate some help. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by decrescendo on May 18, 2011 - 13 answers

Windows machine with a Mac feature?

Notebook PC: I'm considering getting a nicer Windows notebook to use in addition to my MacBook Pro and there is one key feature that I've only found on Macs: 2-finger scrolling on the trackpad. [more inside]
posted by nickthetourist on Mar 27, 2011 - 26 answers

Help me buy my mom a computer.

First-time computer user seeks laptop! Help me buy my mother a PC with webcam in the sub-$800 range. [more inside]
posted by Judith Butlerian Jihad on Mar 14, 2011 - 22 answers

Laptop recommendation request n+1

Looking for a laptop that will run Linux & Windows 7 without driver hassles. Budget ~$1k and under. Used would be ok. Must be able to install an SSD drive in it. Not a heavy gamer, but if it could run minecraft passably that would be a big bonus. Additional conditions and... [more inside]
posted by de void on Jan 27, 2011 - 10 answers

Help me buy a new laptop!

Help me buy a new laptop! [more inside]
posted by New England Cultist on Jan 17, 2011 - 4 answers

Looking for a 14" or 15" Windows 7 laptop. Should I wait until Sandy Bridge makes its way out into the market or should I buy one now? Also, which should I buy? Details inside.

Looking for a 14" or 15" Windows 7 laptop. Should I wait until Sandy Bridge makes its way out into the market or should I buy one now? Also, which should I buy? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by decrescendo on Dec 29, 2010 - 11 answers

Help me repair Windows 7 booting from a USB thumb drive

My netbook refuses to start in Windows 7, though it will boot into Ubuntu from a USB thumb drive. How can I repair Windows' startup from outside of Windows and/or booting from a thumb drive? [more inside]
posted by nicebookrack on Dec 13, 2010 - 6 answers

Old hack, new trick?

Netbook/Windows Starter 7 question: What is the filename (and path) for the default, non-changeable background (wallpaper) image? Can I just save what I want as that file and have it use that instead? [more inside]
posted by fiercecupcake on Oct 20, 2010 - 6 answers

I'm looking for a 14 or 15 inch Sony, Asus, or Lenovo Windows 7 laptop that will function as my only machine. Any recommendations?

I'm looking for a 14 or 15 inch Sony, Asus, or Lenovo Windows 7 laptop that will function as my only machine. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by decrescendo on Oct 3, 2010 - 18 answers

Help me find a new non-Mac 15" Windows 7 laptop. What manufacturer should I go with? Details inside.

Help me find a new non-Mac 15" Windows 7 laptop. What manufacturer should I go with? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by decrescendo on Aug 29, 2010 - 16 answers

Set up an aged XP laptop?

How best can I set up an ancient Gateway laptop? [more inside]
posted by solipsophistocracy on Aug 28, 2010 - 10 answers

What type of wirelessly accessible storage solution should I go with in my new home network? Details inside...

What type of wirelessly accessible storage solution should I go with in my new home network? Details inside... [more inside]
posted by decrescendo on Aug 17, 2010 - 3 answers

Looking for a small, but somewhat powerful laptop/netbook

Looking for a small, but somewhat powerful laptop/netbook. Ideally, would have the following features: - around a 10' - 11" screen - 2 Gig or more RAM - Windows 7 - Available now & not a Dell * Solid State Hard Drive (SSD) More details inside... [more inside]
posted by cuando on Jul 14, 2010 - 12 answers

Insomniac Laptop?

My friend just got a new laptop, and every time she attempts to shut it down, within a few seconds it turns itself back on. Halp? [more inside]
posted by EtzHadaat on Jun 27, 2010 - 14 answers

New laptop time (I hope my current laptop doesn't read this and get angry).

Windows laptop suggestions or feedback. Details inside. Not looking for "Buy a Mac" as an answer. [more inside]
posted by WickedPissah on Apr 25, 2010 - 11 answers

How can I salvage my data from a Vista laptop that won't boot?

My laptop's Vista install is borked and now it won't start up. How can I salvage my data? [more inside]
posted by ludwig_van on Mar 15, 2010 - 5 answers

Geek me up, Scotty.

Talk nerdy to me: Help me learn about computers in order to revive my laptop. [more inside]
posted by motsque on Mar 13, 2010 - 14 answers

Top my lap

I need a new laptop - Windows 7, about 14/15" screen, not super-powerful but with enough storage space and power for me to collect my photo archives and play the odd game. I am flummoxed by what's on offer. HELP! [more inside]
posted by mippy on Feb 19, 2010 - 13 answers

Robust Tablet PC - exists?

My laptop (an Acer Travelmate) just gave up the ghost after 3 years and a replaced (but still dodgy) hard drive. Any suggestions for laptops that can handle plenty of travel and being bumped around in bags? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Feb 10, 2010 - 15 answers

Dell says my Studio 1535 doesn't support Win7. Should I install it anyway?

Dell says my Studio 1535 doesn't support Win7. Should I install it anyway? [more inside]
posted by mneekadon on Feb 7, 2010 - 10 answers

Dock recommendations for a 2 year-old Macbook Prop?

I'm trying to make my "main computer" my 2 year-old MacBook Pro instead of my home-built desktop. How can I best do this? Does anyone have any dock recommendations for that MacBook Pro? [more inside]
posted by decrescendo on Jan 13, 2010 - 21 answers

Domain or Stand-Alone? So Complex.

How do real IT shops handle laptops in a Windows domain? [more inside]
posted by BeerFilter on Jan 5, 2010 - 7 answers

I have a key; which lock does it fit?

Is there a tool available that will tell me which version of Windows the product key on this sticker is for? [more inside]
posted by flabdablet on Dec 8, 2009 - 10 answers

Law-abiding civilian wants to kinda remove personal info from a laptop

What are the basic steps to remove personal information off of a hard drive? (XP Home, SP3) [more inside]
posted by salvia on Nov 27, 2009 - 9 answers

Help me repair this Windows installation, with minimal tools.

Trying to fix a friend's Windows laptop, which is behaving strangely. [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Oct 31, 2009 - 14 answers

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