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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

How do I convert a databse into mysql format?

How do I convert/import a dbf (2.4 gb) to a mysql database? [more inside]
posted by special-k on Jan 26, 2009 - 7 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

Should I bother trying to get my 6y.o. mb to use a pci-card-provided sata drive as a primary Windows XP boot device?

windows-xp-sata-filter: My old gigabyte mb w/athlon thunderbird cpu has no sata built onto it, so I bought a pci sata card. Doing this is probably already asking for trouble due to age and compatibility whatnot, but in addition to putting the card in, I want to use the sata drive I'm connecting as a new primary boot device. The XP Sp2 install went fine pointing to the floppy disk with sata drivers on it, (which is what gives most folks the problem) but on reboot, it gives me a vague error. Should I just give up and buy new system guts? [more inside]
posted by bitterkitten on Jan 25, 2009 - 5 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

Maybe we should just throw this clunker out

Double whammy! Persistent "ghost" floppy drive, and slow, halting performance, all on my parents' PC. [more inside]
posted by curagea on Dec 27, 2008 - 8 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

Best way to switch a virus-riddled Eee running XP to Ubuntu?

First-time Windows user. Brand new Asus Eee running Windows XP. Will installing Ubuntu get rid of these nasty viruses? [more inside]
posted by rebekah on Nov 23, 2008 - 17 answers

Please Stand By... or not.

My home-built computer running Windows XP will not enter Stand By or Hibernate mode. Why? [more inside]
posted by digitaldraco on Nov 23, 2008 - 9 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

Why does sound playback "drag" sporadically on my PC?

Why does sound playback "drag" sporadically on my recently built (decently powerful) PC? [more inside]
posted by steeb2er on Nov 6, 2008 - 4 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

Why am I being prompted to install Windows XP SP3 when I already have it?

I just got a notification on my Windows XP laptop to install Service Pack 3. Thing is, I already have SP3 installed. Is this a necessary update? A redundant Microsoft goof? Or something more sinister? [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Sep 20, 2008 - 6 answers

You can't unsee it, so let's prevent her from seeing it in the first place.

I'm having a close friend house-sit next week. I want to keep my porn and kinky stuff in a safe location where she doesn't need to see it. It won't be a huge shock, since I'm out of the kinky closet, but it'd be awkward, to say the least. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 19, 2008 - 26 answers

How to fix Windows iTunes HD video?

How do I make iTunes on Windows XP stop stuttering? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Sep 18, 2008 - 10 answers

File recovery on Windows XP

Accidentally unplugging my external hard drive during use seems to have erased all the files in that directory. How can I recover them? (Windows XP. Easy and free preferred.) [more inside]
posted by stuart_s on Sep 18, 2008 - 8 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

Mirroring the display on an iMac running windows

For a new iMac running Windows XP, I need to mirror/clone the display so it shows the same on the monitor and a projector. The graphics driver (for an ATI Mobiity Radeon HD 2600XT) doesn't support mirroring, but the iMac does it automatically. But the monitor and the projector have very different aspect ratios, and the same screen size gets applied to both. Is there a way to set two different screen sizes? There's nothing under the display preferences. Any third party software that would work?
posted by hydrophonic on Sep 9, 2008 - 6 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

Windows XP SP2 hangs on install. Why?

Help me with a weird Windows install problem. [more inside]
posted by Electrius on Aug 21, 2008 - 10 answers

Active Directory is not trusting

I'm working with an Active Directory domain that has had a rash of PCs losing trust with the domain. Whenever users log on to the domain and try to access shares on the server, they are denied access. I've found a way to fix this, but would like to know the root problem. [more inside]
posted by ijoyner on Aug 18, 2008 - 5 answers

My transparencies are not transparencies

My GooFu Fails me... I am having problems with transparencies showing up with black backgrounds. See image for details. [more inside]
posted by B(oYo)BIES on Aug 11, 2008 - 4 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

How to preview pdfs in Explorer?

How do I preview a PDF file in Windows Explorer (XP Professional) without opening it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 4, 2008 - 7 answers

Fax Problems

How can I get my office's computer fax machine to receive faxes more reliably? [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim on Jul 28, 2008 - 5 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

I promise this is the last computer question I'll ever ask.

I hate doing this, but I have a computer issue and need help. Apologies in advance. Random pauses while it's running... what broke? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on Jul 7, 2008 - 16 answers

Moving old data to a new drive

I am upgrading my PC and I have questions regarding transferring my data. This is probably a total newbie question but I can't seem to find a straight answer anywhere. [more inside]
posted by Zaximus on Jul 1, 2008 - 8 answers

How DO you backup Windows XP?

My mom and my brother are looking for a simple, solid online backup solution for their Windows XP computers. I know that there are sites like Carbonite, Mozy, and Crashplan. What I don't know is how good or simple any of these sites are or if there are others that are better that I just don't know about. Also, how heavily does the background services these site's software install impact system performance?
posted by Ikazuchi on Jun 30, 2008 - 14 answers

How to fix windows premissions for torrented files

Torrented files can't be read by a remote machine until they are cut/pasted. Why, and how to fix it? [more inside]
posted by Four Flavors on Jun 17, 2008 - 2 answers

One version of Windows isn't enough, I need three!

Will Windows 98 and XP run and dual boot (or, treble boot, I suppose,) with my new Vista running computer? [more inside]
posted by Snyder on Jun 8, 2008 - 5 answers

Maybe this partitioning scheme wasn't as clever as I thought ...

Is it possible to reinstall Windows XP on a small partition (~20 GB) of a single 300 GB hard drive? [more inside]
posted by Nelsormensch on Jun 7, 2008 - 10 answers

Help me restore my Windows XP settings. DARN YOU SP3!!!

How can I restore the settings I had from my previous Windows XP setup? [more inside]
posted by slavlin on May 8, 2008 - 11 answers

Customizing Windows XP

Does anybody know how to edit the (Open, Save as, etc.) dialog box in Windows XP so that it displays folders of my own choosing in that column to the left instead of "My Documents", "My Computer", etc.?
posted by wabbittwax on May 7, 2008 - 6 answers

How can I turn my old Windows XP desktop into a print server for a wired network with Vista and XP machines?

How can I turn my old Windows XP desktop into a print server for a wired network with Vista and XP machines? [more inside]
posted by abkadefgee on Apr 18, 2008 - 2 answers

How do I rename a file to user input and then FTP it, all from a batch file?

I want to create a batch file compatible with Windows XP and Vista that will do the following: 1) Get user input (name) 2) Rename an existing file to the input name string 3) Upload the renamed file to an anonymous FTP server that takes neither username nor password (no prompting) [more inside]
posted by Ky on Apr 15, 2008 - 8 answers

so. slow.

Changing the default Open/Attach location in Windows XP? [more inside]
posted by Pants! on Mar 24, 2008 - 5 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

How do I use my mac to remote desktop to a XP Home computer

What is a free solution to do remote desktop to an XP Home computer from a Mac? This is basically for remote tech support for family members
posted by Scientifik on Mar 13, 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

Prepare for launch.

I need to know if nuking WindowsXP (Home) is the right way to go with my computer problems. Short version: recycle bin won't empty, antivirus going berserk, FF getting popups, general WTF-ery. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by sperose on Mar 3, 2008 - 36 answers

What Windows XP games are must-play?

I've just bought a new dual 2.8 GHz quad-core Xeon Mac Pro, and am planning on running Boot Camp and Windows XP. Having never owned a Windows box before, what games have I missed that are must-play? (I already have the Orange Box, Bioshock, the Hitman trilogy, and Grim Fandango on order.)
posted by rifflesby on Mar 2, 2008 - 18 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

Why are my videogame screen captures the wrong colors?

Trying to save Videogame screen captures under Windows XP. They're supposed to look like this, but they wind up looking like this(Color pallete wrong). What am I doing wrong? [more inside]
posted by Orb2069 on Feb 27, 2008 - 2 answers

Help troubleshoot video stalls on Windows XP

Help troubleshoot video stalls on Windows XP. Whether it's youtube or other video, my machine no longer let's me watch video to completion. I have sbc yahoo dsl.
posted by rockhopper on Feb 21, 2008 - 10 answers

How to track a computer's changing IP address when away?

How can I remotely track my home computer's IP (which lacks a static IP address) when away? [more inside]
posted by Auden on Feb 5, 2008 - 11 answers

Played Playa

You guys gave me some brilliant music suggestions in a previous question. So here's the next part of the problem. I need to manage my music. There are issues and I'm feeling very stupid. [more inside]
posted by ninazer0 on Feb 2, 2008 - 12 answers

ComputerFilter: Where did my option to hibernate go?

My computer used to have the ability to hibernate and sleep... now it is as if those options never existed. What happened and how do I fix it? [more inside]
posted by thelastpolarbear on Jan 24, 2008 - 8 answers

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