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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

 

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

Like one computer, with two terminals

Help me achieve complete and total sync between my sick dad's laptop and the desktop PC in his home office, as seamlessly and invisibly as possible. [more inside]
posted by patnasty on May 17, 2010 - 9 answers

Once you go Mac, you'll never go back.

I'm looking for a Windows-specific Mac-style keyboard. [more inside]
posted by chrisfromthelc on Apr 27, 2010 - 7 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

Outlook 2007 Calendar on my Windows XP desktop?

How can I keep my Outlook 2007 Calendar always on top, and always "snapped to" my other programs (so their borders don't overlap the calendar) on my Windows XP desktop? [more inside]
posted by thankyoumuchly on Mar 25, 2010 - 6 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

How can I remove a virus when I can't get online?

Help! I have a virus and I don't know how to fix it when I can't even surf the web! [more inside]
posted by If only I had a penguin... on Feb 1, 2010 - 31 answers

Transferring to Windows 7

My new laptop says it has two hard disk drives: OS (C:) with 31.7 gb free of 58.5 and Local Disk (D:) with 397gb free of 397. The C: drive has the whole Windows7 file structure in place with the users and the documents folders and the libraries, whereas the D: drive is totally empty. And all of the programs seem to default to put everything in the C: drive. Which doesn't seem to make any sense. [more inside]
posted by amethysts on Jan 31, 2010 - 16 answers

Recovering Data from Old DOS Floppy Disks

Floppy disk recovery service: I recently came across a cache of some very old 3.5" floppy disks of mine. Windows XP can't read these DOS disks. I would like to ship these off to a professional service which will safely export the data (onto a CD, say) and send it all back to me. Can you recommend a company which provides this sort of service? Thanks.
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell on Jan 31, 2010 - 12 answers

Adobe Air Windows password storage problem

Adobe Air on Windows XP SP2, any idea what might cause it to suddenly be unable to store passwords? A searchof the web doesn't seem to show this as a problem others on Windows are having (it does seem to plague Linux users, however). [more inside]
posted by tommasz on Jan 29, 2010 - 4 answers

Failed WinXP SP3 upgrade sends PC into reboot death spiral

Yesterday, my husband clicked on that little balloon in the System Tray of his Windows XP desktop asking him to install unspecified "Software Updates." Windows proceeded to install XP Service Pack 3... and now his computer is unusable: stuck in an endless reboot loop. How can we snap the computer out of this? [more inside]
posted by maud on Jan 25, 2010 - 37 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

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

Is there a way to display USEFUL info instead of "Running Shutdown Scripts"?

Is there a way to display USEFUL info instead of "Running Shutdown Scripts" on Windows XP? [more inside]
posted by John Kenneth Fisher on Dec 14, 2009 - 6 answers

Best simple Windows backup software?

Looking for good easy-to-use Windows backup software. [more inside]
posted by fishmasta on Dec 2, 2009 - 10 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

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

Why-Fi?

What's killing my wi-fi connection? [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Oct 2, 2009 - 17 answers

BIOS Schmios

How can I get XP onto my laptop... if I only have a 3.5inch drive, and my BIOS is one version away from letting me boot by USB? [more inside]
posted by ZackTM on Oct 1, 2009 - 14 answers

Older Gmail Messages Into Thunderbird

How do I backup my gmail account and get all of my older gmail messages into Thunderbird on Windows XP? [more inside]
posted by davidstandaford on Sep 13, 2009 - 2 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

WinXP Corrupt (this is news?) ...Desktop Disaster in Process

Win XP corrupted system and SAM files... disaster in process, need expert input and recommendation for a data recovery service I can trust. [more inside]
posted by FauxScot on Aug 24, 2009 - 10 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

Know any good mini-spreadsheets for XP?

Can you recommend a mini-spreadsheet program for Windows XP, preferably freeware? It will be running on a tiny laptop in a place with no internet access, so OpenOffice is too big and online solutions are too... online. [more inside]
posted by No-sword on Aug 7, 2009 - 19 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

Not-so-subliminal messages on a computer near you?

Can anyone recommend a Windows XP screensaver that is (1) easily deployable across an organization (2) serves pictures or text from a central data store, either a URL or a networked folder, that's preferably free? [more inside]
posted by cameradv on Jul 28, 2009 - 3 answers

Low Audio on Bootcamp Windows XP

I have a few Macbook Pro systems at work that we've installed Windows XP via Bootcamp on. We've done this with previous Macbook models in the past. This time, however, there is an audio problem: the audio on the XP side is so low it's close to non-existent. Is anyone familiar with this problem? Does anyone have any ideas on how to fix it? [more inside]
posted by strangememes on Jul 22, 2009 - 11 answers

Settings to back-up before wiping machine on Windows Server 2003 domain/network?

Can you recommend a guide for and/or some details about backing up all the necessary network settings to get a Windows XP machine back onto a Windows Server 2003 server/domain after a wipe? [more inside]
posted by chudmonkey on Jul 21, 2009 - 5 answers

Please help me decide where to start fixing my BSOD issue

Blue Screen of Death hell and I don't know where to start... is it software? Hardware? HDD? RAM? Drivers? Any pointers would be appreciated! [more inside]
posted by ClarissaWAM on Jul 8, 2009 - 21 answers

Can our MRI machine be converted to Windows XP?

Does anyone have any experience with a Philips Marconi Eclipse 1.5 MRI scanner? Can it be run from a Windows-based machine? [more inside]
posted by humannaire on Jul 1, 2009 - 11 answers

Make Windows XP sort by Modified Date automatically... every time?

Easy Windows XP question, yet hard to google: Is there anyway to set the 'select file' dialog boxes used by virtually every program to sort by Modified Date instead of Name? [more inside]
posted by ZackTM on Jun 25, 2009 - 1 answer

Help me close this can of worms!

Trouble reinstalling BootCamp Manager in Win XP SP3. Error 2753. [more inside]
posted by siclik on Jun 16, 2009 - 1 answer

Navigating folders on windows desktop

Is there a way to navigate folders on the Windows XP desktop? That is, I want to be able to click folder A on the desktop and have the desktop switch to displaying folder A's contents.
posted by long on Jun 12, 2009 - 16 answers

BMP to PNG

Looking for a free Windows program that will batch convert a bunch of BMPs to PNGs without making the colors darker. [more inside]
posted by Dreamcast on May 17, 2009 - 8 answers

How can I migrate files/application settings from Windows XP to Windows 7 RC 1?

How can I migrate files/application settings from Windows XP to Windows 7 RC 1? [more inside]
posted by Nelsormensch on May 9, 2009 - 2 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

Make XP speak in Chinese!

How can I make my old laptop speak Chinese? Properly, to the same standard as a laptop from Hong Kong? [more inside]
posted by almostwitty on May 3, 2009 - 3 answers

How can I triple-boot OS X, Windows XP and Ubuntu on my Macbook?

How can I triple-boot OS X, Windows XP and Ubuntu on my Macbook? [more inside]
posted by ilumos on May 2, 2009 - 6 answers

Troubleshoot network places in Windows XP

How can I erase all my network places in Windows XP (one computer XP Pro, one computer XP Home) and start again? The trouble is that some places that used to work don't work any more, and I don't know why. Also, when I try to create new places, some work, and some don't. [more inside]
posted by feelinggood on Apr 23, 2009 - 3 answers

Weird file corruption problem with mp3 and wma files.

.mp3 and .wma (played with Media Player on Windows XP) files seem to have amalgamated into a file named 'USBC°ïæå.' of varying size. Any clue why and how to fix it? [more inside]
posted by sparklejess on Apr 21, 2009 - 8 answers

Losing my hard-drive virginity

n00bfilter: formatting hard drive, need all the help I can get! Specifically with Windows XP. everything inside... [more inside]
posted by alona on Apr 9, 2009 - 15 answers

Windows XP repair/install woes.

My install of Windows XP got borked by a virus that necessitated the deletion of a number of .exe files needed by the operating system. I was kind of hoping to do this without re-formatting my C: drive, so I've been selecting the option to Repair the C:/Windows installation. It says that it successfully copies its setup files, and then restarts the computer. Upon restarting, it shows me a black screen with a mouse pointer but does not continue the install. [more inside]
posted by RobotHero on Mar 28, 2009 - 4 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

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