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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

How do I download Windows XP updates just once and install them from the local source after that?

How do I save all Windows XP (32 bit) updates on my PC, burn them to a DVD, and then use that DVD so I don't have to download them again? [more inside]
posted by InsertNiftyNameHere on Dec 11, 2012 - 5 answers

I would like to legally make my copy of Windows XP work!

I need Windows XP on my boot camp capable Macbook Pro. I purchased the home edition SP2 a long time ago, but have now lost the product key / activation. I'm looking for legal ways to install XP tonight or tomorrow. [more inside]
posted by visual mechanic on Mar 4, 2012 - 6 answers

Frequently dropping wireless

My wireless connection keeps dropping every few minutes. Eee PC, Windows XP, roommate's Macbook does not have this problem. [more inside]
posted by moonroof on Oct 25, 2011 - 6 answers

Need 64-bit MS Paint install file!

Could anyone provide me with the 64 bit MS Paint install file from Windows XP or Vista? (NO Windows 7!) [more inside]
posted by CelebrenIthil on Aug 22, 2011 - 14 answers

DotNetNuke + XP + IE8 = ARRRGH!

After a month in the field, this DotNetNuke site is throwing up Tab Recovery Errors in IE8 for users using Windows XP. While the most efficient answer may be "don't use XP" it is unfortunately not the best answer. Anyone have an idea? More details inside... [more inside]
posted by rednikki on Aug 12, 2011 - 4 answers

Batch renaming through sub-directories!

I want to write a batch file that will let me change the extensions of all the files of a certain type (so, like, "ren *.nco *.zip") through all of the sub-directories in a directory. If this is possible, how is it done? [more inside]
posted by The Great Big Mulp on Jul 22, 2011 - 7 answers

Previous file versions from a previous OS

Windows 7 has been installed over Windows XP and I need access to some files from the old OS, but there are some serious permission issues. [more inside]
posted by charred husk on May 23, 2011 - 4 answers

I want what I want. That is all.

How do I uninstall IE8? [more inside]
posted by SLC Mom on May 15, 2011 - 4 answers

Mouse hell

My Microsoft Setpoint (wireless optical) mouse isn't selecting properly anymore, especially text, but seems to work properly in every other way. [more inside]
posted by dhartung on May 12, 2011 - 2 answers

Plz help me get to data partition on XP desktop.

XP. Trying to get backed up files off old desktop computer. Using windows explorer, I cannot 'see' a partition on secondary hard drive, like the partition is hidden. But I *can* see the files when I search for *.mp3 or *.jpg or *.txt over the whole machine; they can be seen, through search facility, read only, in a partition that doesn't even show up in win explorer. I'm not certain if I somehow hid that partition and if I did I've no idea how I did it. I want to get these files off that desktop and to a place I can access them anywhere anytime, but right now I can't access them at all. Any help you can provide greatly appreciated. [more inside]
posted by dancestoblue on Apr 7, 2011 - 4 answers

Installing countless fonts—each in its own folder—onto WinXP machine

Mass-installing fonts onto an XP machine when each font is enclosed in its own folder. [more inside]
posted by alexandermatheson on Feb 27, 2011 - 3 answers

I am Linux in a Microsoft world.

I am an Ubuntu newbie in a mixed environment. I need to print from Ubuntu 10.10 to a Dell 1700 printer attached to an XP Pro PC. I've read reams of tips, tricks, forums, Google searches & past AskMes. I consider myself of above average user intelligence. Am I educated stupid? [more inside]
posted by beelzbubba on Jan 21, 2011 - 8 answers

Corrupt NTFS filesystem, can't get into the repair console.

My parents computer isn't booting, and it's due to a corrupt ntfs filesystem. I'd like to run CHKDSK, but when I try to boot into the repair console, it requires an administrator password, which we don't have (second-hand computer). I can't use a password reset disk, because it won't recognize the disk (presumably due to the corrupt filesystem). Catch-22 - what now? [more inside]
posted by chrisamiller on Nov 23, 2010 - 17 answers

Mrs. Todd would know what to do.

On a keyboard, can I map a key combination (Ctrl+C) to a single key? [more inside]
posted by eunoia on Nov 4, 2010 - 6 answers

Windows XP crash/boot failure - Hardware error or virus?

My brother-in-law's windows XP machine has died, with a STOP error of 7e (ooooo5).. Sometimes it also references aspi.sys. Sometimes it makes it to the 'windows' screen, then hangs there loading endlessly. I suspected a rootkit because of a virus warning before it crashed, but I downloaded a couple of Linux rescue CDs and they didn't work - spitting out a variety of error messages (couldn't mount fs, init cancelled, or just a stream of hex numbers). I've also tried safe mode with and without console - it just resets without comment. The computer is very dusty, so my next step is to open it up and reseat the components after giving them a bit of compressed air - any thoughts on other stuff I could try, or components that might be at fault? I guess the motherboard is the obvious place for a problem - plausible?
posted by Sebmojo on Oct 5, 2010 - 13 answers

Please help me install a program with python and csound.

Please help me install this music sequencer on windows XP. It requires python, so I've installed 2.5 as it may have issues with later versions. It also requires the 'csound python api' which I can't find on the net or in my installation of csound. I'm really keen on this app. [more inside]
posted by Not Supplied on Jul 21, 2010 - 3 answers

I don't mind doing windows, as long as there aren't too many

Is there a keyboard shortcut to open a pre-existing folder in Windows XP in its own new window? [more inside]
posted by NoraCharles on Jul 11, 2010 - 3 answers

Ask me. Prompt me. Wait for me. Please, let me give it to you!

I was very excited to set up my Bluetooth headphones on my new netbook. It worked great! I went about my business, and then I needed to reboot. Suddenly...no more great. Windows has completely forgotten about the passkey, and won't ask me for it again. [more inside]
posted by etoile on Jun 16, 2010 - 4 answers

How to remap a mac keyboard for Windows usage?

I am using the slim, aluminum Apple Bluetooth Keyboard on my Windows XP computer. It works fine for typing, but I need to change / re-map a few of the keys to their windows xp equivalents and need your help. Here's a link to the keyboard I'm referring to: Link [more inside]
posted by WhereAmI on Apr 15, 2010 - 7 answers

Malware pretending to be User Account Control aieee

My computer (XP SP2) is infected with malware that pretends to be User Account Control. Help! [more inside]
posted by Praxis on Apr 14, 2010 - 32 answers

Computer Freezeing on XP install

Computer freezing on reformat start up. [more inside]
posted by Acacia on Mar 8, 2010 - 9 answers

Windows XP vs Windows 7 wrt application support and security.

Win7 RC trial is at an end. Do I go back to Windows XP, or pop for a copy of Windows 7? More after the fold... [more inside]
posted by jingzuo on Mar 5, 2010 - 10 answers

How do I get XP to recognize the font Georgia?

I messed up my Windows XP fonts pretty bad, then I thought I fixed it. However, my system doesn't recognize that I have Georgia installed. Why can't I have Georgia? [more inside]
posted by boghead on Feb 28, 2010 - 6 answers

What games can I run in XP on my MacBook Pro?

I'm a hard core Mac nerd who's a total Windows novice. Can you explain the weird RAM and graphics memory totals I'm seeing in Windows XP (SP3) on my MacBook Pro, and give me some idea of what I can actually expect when it comes to performance in games? [more inside]
posted by raygan on Feb 16, 2010 - 13 answers

Need help connecting to a wireless network with Windows XP Home Edition

I got a virus on my laptop, which was running Windows XP. To fix it, my boyfriend wiped everything on it and then reinstalled XP (home edition). Everything works fine now except that he can't get it connected to a wireless network. Any ideas for fixing this problem?
posted by spinto on Jan 18, 2010 - 11 answers

Disabling "touch-to-click" on my laptop only works for a few minutes.

Disabling "touch-to-click" on my Dell Latitude D630 laptop only works for a few minutes. [more inside]
posted by ErWenn on Dec 30, 2009 - 5 answers

WinXP OEM on a Mac

I've a WinXP Professional OEM install disc that I'd like to (and tried to) install on VMWare Fusion on my 24-inch iMac (running OS X 10.5). But so far, it's a no-go. Is there some kind of restriction on installing OEM versions of Windows in a virtual environment and/or on a Mac? [more inside]
posted by jrchaplin on Nov 29, 2009 - 9 answers

Activate Windows AGAIN?

After cleaning up my WindowsXP Professional OS (Dell) to give to my son, all of a sudden The nag screen comes up and tells me I have three days to 'activate' my product! I bought the program new years ago, and have legally installed it on three of my Dell machines with no problems. WTF? It appears that I turned off the restore function and automatic updates, I wonder if that has anything to do with it? Any hiv-ers know why this occured? [more inside]
posted by ~Sushma~ on Aug 6, 2009 - 15 answers

Those "Save As" and "Open" locations...

I'm in Windows XP. Whenever I manage files in various apps, like "save as" or "open file," there's that stack of location icons on the left such as My Recent Documents, Desktop, My Computer, My Network Places, etc. I want to destroy the My Recent Documents and My Network Places locations and add a custom folder or drive to that stack of location icons--or whatever the heck you call that. There must be a way! (Apologies if this has been asked, but I don't even know what that stack of icons is called so I can't search for it...)
posted by Ky on Aug 5, 2009 - 9 answers

Why is my PC shutting down randomly?

My desktop PC is powering down overnight randomly and I can't figure out why. Windows XP Pro SP3. [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Mar 27, 2009 - 21 answers

Do I need to upgrade to IE7/8 if I don't browse with IE?

I just reformatted an XP laptop and installed Service Pack 3. I don't use Internet Explorer for browsing - do I need to upgrade to IE7/8 anyway, just for in-built security? Or can I safely leave it at 6 if I don't use it to browse? Apologies if this question seems really, really dumb.
posted by ravcasleygera on Mar 19, 2009 - 18 answers

How do I replace a Visual Basic 6 runtime file killed by a Windows security update?

A Visual Basic 6 (ugh) runtime file distributed with our internal Access database has been killed by a recent Windows security update. It's hard to gather support information (especially since VB6 is about 8.7 million years old) and so I was wondering if anyone out there can help me track down a more recent copy of the runtime file in question—msflxgrd.ocx—or otherwise fix the problem? [more inside]
posted by bcwinters on Mar 9, 2009 - 8 answers

Digital Immunodeficiency Disorder?

My laptop's been infected by something that is interfering with all the usual solutions. Please help! [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Jan 25, 2009 - 30 answers

Can I link from desktop wallpaper?

Is there any way I can create desktop wallpaper that has a link to a specific web site? [more inside]
posted by Joleta on Dec 17, 2008 - 5 answers

How to create a convenient and secure multi user set up in windows XP.

What is the best way to set up multiple user accounts on my computer to: minimize security risk, allow me to keep some files/passwords private, but still let others use my computer for basic tasks? [more inside]
posted by vegetableagony on Aug 6, 2008 - 7 answers

Where's the rest of my task manager?

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 - 13 answers

Hope me get my settings back.

Had to reinstall XP Home. How do I get all my old settings back? [more inside]
posted by dirtynumbangelboy on Apr 14, 2007 - 6 answers

Will Vista-Native drivers work in XP Pro? Y/N

I have a client system that has Vista preinstalled. The client wants XP Pro on the system. It's a laptop, and the manufacturer (HP) only provides Vista drivers. Will the Vista drivers work in Windows XP? Is there a hardware-equivalent HP system that is the Windows XP version that I can get drivers for to use on this one? It's an HP DV6235NR. Thanks!
posted by SlyBevel on Mar 5, 2007 - 12 answers

iPod Fails to Connect to PC

Why won't my iPod show up correctly on my work PC? [more inside]
posted by monju_bosatsu on May 11, 2006 - 3 answers

Re-connect to HDs after XP re-format

In an emergency situation, facing a serious deadline, Windows decides to stop working. Not knowing what else to do, I reformat the harddrive. Crisis averted. Now, how do I re-connect to my second and third harddrives? [more inside]
posted by panoptican on Apr 5, 2006 - 7 answers

How do I do I add a TV capture card to an XP machine without running afoul of the 'hardware configuration' key?

I'm getting a new computer in a few weeks, but I have a TV capture card I want to transfer from my old machine into the new one. Since it's going to be an XP machine, in light of the weird "hardware configuration" key they built into the software, should I install the capture card before I boot the machine for the first time, or should I wait until afterwards? On the one hand, I'd like to make sure the machine works as is before I crack it open, but on the other hand, I would not like to spend a bunch of time on hold with Microsoft to get the damned OS unlocked. How touchy is the XP hardware configuration key? (I know, I know, buy a Mac...)
posted by headspace on Mar 2, 2004 - 3 answers

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