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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 to connect a Mac OS X and a Windows XP machine, in order to have a PHP+MysqL application running on Windows but with browser and usage from Mac OS X?

I want to connect from a Mac OS X machine to a Windows XP running XAMPP (Apache, MySQL, PHP), in order to use an application running on the Windows machine. At the same time, I want to have the Mac OS X allowing Internet browsing, while Windows should be isolated from the Internet. Can it be done in some way, or can you suggest a possible setup close to that purpose? [more inside]
posted by lion on Jan 5, 2013 - 6 answers

How can I fix my XP computer from UBCD?

How can I run chkdsk (or something similar to fix my XP computer) from UBCD 4.1.1? [more inside]
posted by AgentRocket on Aug 13, 2012 - 8 answers

Why is my Windows XP telling me that the current user account is not recognised?

For the past month or so, my Windows XP SP3 gives me the message "The current user account is not recognised. Restart the computer and then open User Accounts." whenever I try to open User Accounts. The problem is not resolved by restarting, but is temporarily eliminated by logging off and logging back in. It reappears on restart. Why is this happening? [more inside]
posted by Senza Volto on Apr 9, 2012 - 8 answers

All of this will be lost .... Windows XP pining for the fjords?

My installation of Windows XP Pro (SP3) seems to have developed intermittent amnesia. I've noticed a couple of times in the past week that files which I edited and saved under new names just -- disappeared. (Details inside). Today, after restarting the machine, I found my desktop wallpaper and Quick Launch icons had reverted to what I had several months ago, and my Recent Documents lists in MS and Adobe products was showing material from July 2011 and earlier. Plus, my iTunes library had suddenly been unable to find about 10% of my songs, although I have been able to manually locate them and make iTunes recognize a few again. These "missing" songs are both old and new: I don't see any pattern in time re what has gone missing. I'm assuming the worst -- XP death throes in progress! -- and am updating my data backups NOW. All my applications seem fine so far: I'm not missing anything that was recently installed. No other data seems to be actually missing. While I back up, is there anything else I should investigate or hypothesize? [more inside]
posted by maudlin on Dec 8, 2011 - 25 answers

cintiq color calibration issues

Wacom Cintiq color calibration issues under Windows XP run on an iMac. [more inside]
posted by NoraReed on Jun 18, 2011 - 3 answers

Windows EFS locking me out of my files. What to do?

Windows XP is denying access to EFS encrypted files for seemingly no reason. Please help. [more inside]
posted by Bangaioh on Jun 9, 2011 - 13 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

How to Redirect or Block Most Audio Output?

What's the best way to make sure that nothing except iTunes outputs sound while running XP? [more inside]
posted by SpiffyRob on May 11, 2011 - 5 answers

Running 16bit Windows program via a browser or some other solution

I have a small simple 16 bit windows application that I need access to from a couple dozen Windows 7 64 bit computers. Unfortunately we lost some of the source code so recompiling it is not in the cards any time soon. Is there a way I can host this app on something like Amazon AWS and give all these users access to run the app via a browser or some other method? Installing VM lite or the windows virtual pc is not an option unfortunately. These users would need access to this program concurrently. The VMWare solutions are far too expensive and the VMLite product that might help we won't be out for some time. Thank you for reading my post. Have a great one.
posted by JohnGL on Apr 22, 2011 - 7 answers

How to ensure documents moved to a shared folder have the same permissions as documents created in the shared folder?

Looking for a setting in Windows XP to ensure that all users (or all users in a certain group) will always be able to access documents in a shared folder. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Feb 23, 2011 - 13 answers

One. Ding. Only.

Ding! Who said that? I'm looking for a Windows (XP) utility that logs which apps send sounds to the speaker, so I can tell where random little dings and stuff come from.
posted by Myself on Jun 14, 2010 - 5 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

Questions about adding and removing windows components and other software without the CD's. Non piracy related I hope.

I have some questions about adding and removing windows components and other software without the CD's. Non piracy related I hope. [more inside]
posted by Not Supplied on Jan 23, 2010 - 5 answers

How can I use my external hard disk drive to regularly backup my Windows XP laptop?

How can I use my external hard disk drive to regularly backup my Windows XP laptop in as simple a manner as possible? Ideally, I would want something that works like Time Machine on the Mac—I would really like something I can set and forget. Free solutions are best, obviously, but I'm willing to buy software for this. [more inside]
posted by grouse on Nov 25, 2009 - 13 answers

What's up with my music files on my PC?

What is up with my music files' titles turning into nonsensical four-letter titles? [more inside]
posted by ishotjr on Sep 8, 2009 - 8 answers

Windows xp lockdown

What's a simple way in windows xp to prevent a user from doing anything but using one program? [more inside]
posted by kraigory on Aug 11, 2009 - 30 answers

Multiple versions of IE

In Windows XP, what is the best way to keep Internet Explorer versions 6, 7, and 8 all installed simultaneously? [more inside]
posted by kidbritish on May 3, 2009 - 19 answers

What good is a windows COA sticker?

What does it mean when a used laptop is advertised as having Windows XP installed and coming with a COA sticker? Without having a Windows install cd, is there any benefit to having such a sticker? Would it, for example, permit one to call MS and obtain a new install disk for Windows XP?
posted by washburn on Jan 15, 2009 - 11 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

Is there any way to view a list of failed incoming faxes in Windows XP using the built-in fax service?

Is there any way to view a list of failed incoming faxes in Windows XP using the built-in fax service? [more inside]
posted by reddot on Nov 22, 2008 - 2 answers

More like WRONG arrow key, amirite?

My laptop's right-arrow key is remapping itself. Any tips for diagnosis or repair? [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Oct 25, 2008 - 10 answers

Is it safe to install Windows XP Service Pack 3 yet?

Is it safe to install Windows XP Service Pack 3 yet? [more inside]
posted by NoMich on Sep 18, 2008 - 19 answers

May I transfer an XP Genuine Advantage Kit install?

A Dell PC was originally equipped with Windows ME. Somebody later installed, instead, an unauthorized copy of XP. The machine was given to me, and I legitimated the XP install by paying Microsoft for a "Genuine Advantage Kit." Will Microsoft let me use that kit's CD to install XP on a different machine (perhaps an Apple) if I get rid of the first machine? Thanks.
posted by Dave 9 on Sep 8, 2008 - 3 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

Going from an old PC to a new iMac, migration possible?

I'm finally retiring my dad's virus-laden PC running XP with a new iMac. Is there any way to migrate his old settings from the PC over to a VMWare instance of XP running on the iMac in case he must use a PC-only app after the upgrade to a new machine? [more inside]
posted by mathowie on Jul 23, 2008 - 9 answers

Send me to computer jail

PC Help again again. I have an old pc with windows 2000 server installed on a 20gig SCSI drive. I am trying to install a 40 gig IDE drive that has xp on it. I don't need windows 2000 server anymore so I want the computer to boot into xp but it isn't happening for me. What am I doing wrong? [more inside]
posted by snowjoe on Mar 22, 2008 - 11 answers

Build Custom Windows XP Install Disc

Can I create a custom Windows XP install disc with all of my favorite applications, drivers, windows updates already installed? If so, how do I do it? [more inside]
posted by HC Foo on Mar 15, 2008 - 10 answers

Any experiance with Faxing from within Windows... sans modem?

Anyone familiar with using a Fax/Printer to send a fax from Windows XP, connecting to a Fax/Scanner/Printer?? [more inside]
posted by TrueVox on Mar 12, 2008 - 19 answers

Clean me up, Scotty!

What's the best way to erase my hard drive for resale if I don't have original OS reinstall CDs to work with? [more inside]
posted by rhoticity on Feb 29, 2008 - 13 answers

Help me reinstall xp

I want to reinstall Windows xp but I am scared. [more inside]
posted by snowjoe on Oct 13, 2007 - 24 answers

Stop-Start Computing

What would make an old Windows computer stop accepting input for short periods of time (2-3 minutes)? [more inside]
posted by SansPoint on Aug 6, 2007 - 8 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

Any thoughts on reinstalling dell drivers?

I'm trying to reinstall Windows XP, but I'm running into driver issues. I'm using a Dell Inspiron E1405 that I want to dual boot XP and Feisty Faun on (I want to go Linux full time, but I needs my WoW, and I can't get Wine to be friendly with my Video Card). I'm running into driver issues. [more inside]
posted by TrueVox on May 11, 2007 - 6 answers

Random windows lockups

Windows XP: my wife's computer locks up a few times a day, but there are no other symptoms. What could be wrong? [more inside]
posted by samw on Apr 10, 2007 - 16 answers

XP unusably slow after STOP errors and running checkdisk - what's going on?

So it's come to this - I see no other option than to ask a "help me fix my PC" question. After some troubleshooting the STOP errors seem to have been resolved, XP now boots successfully but is excruciating slow to the point of being unusable. Details and specs below the fold. [more inside]
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane on Mar 4, 2007 - 25 answers

Help me backup my dad's computer and emails!

My dad needs help with total computer backup (particularly Outlook). Computer in question is an older Dell model, running Windows XP. No one in our family is a computer genius. More information and particular stickyness inside. [more inside]
posted by sperose on Jan 2, 2007 - 13 answers

Help me re-install XP

My mom's computer won't re-install an older version of Windows XP. This is actually a timely, pressing problem. [more inside]
posted by jeffmshaw on Nov 27, 2006 - 8 answers

Comprehensive XP -> Parallels migration

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 - 3 answers

No User Accounts Access

Windows XP: When I Click "User Accounts" nothing happens. [more inside]
posted by sophist on Jun 13, 2006 - 5 answers

Re-installed WinXP Won't Show CSS Images

Re-installed Windows XP on my old laptop (Sony PCG-SRX87). Let it run through all the updates. Now neither IE nor Firefox will show CSS background images. [more inside]
posted by ao4047 on Jun 12, 2006 - 2 answers

Read Only Folder - User Error

Every time I turn off the Read Only setting for this one folder it reverts immediately. Is there another way to change this setting? [more inside]
posted by aburd on Mar 19, 2006 - 6 answers

Why does XP crash when I view thumbnails in open dialogs?

WindowsXP Filter: I've noticed, on more than one machine, that XP has a tendency to crash when you view thumbnails in "open file" dialog boxes, especially, of course, if the folder you are viewing has a lot of image files in it. It is as if XP has to rebuild the thumbnails every time, rather than cacheing them. I've had this issue on more than one machine and using more than one application (most recently, Palm Desktop, while trying to add some photos to my wife's Palm). It seems an XP problem, not an app or machine problem. [more inside]
posted by wheat on Mar 2, 2006 - 10 answers

Why does XP hate my network?

Mixed wireless network: 3 Macs, one Windows XP PC. We're using 40-bit WEP encryption, and for some reason the Windows XP laptop simply cannot stay on the network... why that be? [more inside]
posted by logovisual on Jan 12, 2006 - 6 answers

Recover hiberfil.sys data

WinXP SP2: Forcing hibernate to resume from old hiberfil.sys [more inside]
posted by adzm on Jan 8, 2006 - 8 answers

Hot & Noisy Laptop

My laptop is running hot lately with the fan going all the time regardless of processor load. Is there a windows XP setting that controls processor stepping? [more inside]
posted by srboisvert on Nov 28, 2005 - 14 answers

you fool windows you can't get fooled again

Windows XP: What does the "Speaker setup" option do, if you choose one of the various stereo options (desktop, laptop, monitor stand, monitor side, keyboard, headphones)? How does it change the waveform? It seems to me that things sound better if I pretend my headphones are desktop speakers... [more inside]
posted by thirteenkiller on Oct 16, 2005 - 3 answers

BitTorrent on WIndows XP SP2

When I use BitTorrent on XP SP2, Windows "limits the number of concurrent, incomplete outbound TCP connection attempts" and (I think) slows me down, because they might be coming from a "malicious program". How can I stop it doing that and make it treat me like a grown-up? Is it in the registry somewhere?
posted by Mephistopheles on Aug 23, 2005 - 9 answers

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