n00bfilter: formatting hard drive, need all the help I can get! Specifically with Windows XP. everything inside... [more inside]
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]
My desktop PC is powering down overnight randomly and I can't figure out why. Windows XP Pro SP3. [more inside]
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.
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]
How do I convert/import a dbf (2.4 gb) to a mysql database? [more inside]
My laptop's been infected by something that is interfering with all the usual solutions. Please help! [more inside]
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]
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?
Double whammy! Persistent "ghost" floppy drive, and slow, halting performance, all on my parents' PC. [more inside]
Is there any way I can create desktop wallpaper that has a link to a specific web site? [more inside]
First-time Windows user. Brand new Asus Eee running Windows XP. Will installing Ubuntu get rid of these nasty viruses? [more inside]
My home-built computer running Windows XP will not enter Stand By or Hibernate mode. Why? [more inside]
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]
Why does sound playback "drag" sporadically on my recently built (decently powerful) PC? [more inside]
My laptop's right-arrow key is remapping itself. Any tips for diagnosis or repair? [more inside]
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]
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]
How do I make iTunes on Windows XP stop stuttering? [more inside]
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]
Is it safe to install Windows XP Service Pack 3 yet? [more inside]
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?
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.
Help me with a weird Windows install problem. [more inside]
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]
My GooFu Fails me... I am having problems with transparencies showing up with black backgrounds. See image for details. [more inside]
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]
How do I preview a PDF file in Windows Explorer (XP Professional) without opening it? [more inside]
How can I get my office's computer fax machine to receive faxes more reliably? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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?
Torrented files can't be read by a remote machine until they are cut/pasted. Why, and how to fix it? [more inside]
Will Windows 98 and XP run and dual boot (or, treble boot, I suppose,) with my new Vista running computer? [more inside]
Is it possible to reinstall Windows XP on a small partition (~20 GB) of a single 300 GB hard drive? [more inside]
How can I restore the settings I had from my previous Windows XP setup? [more inside]
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.?
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]
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]
Changing the default Open/Attach location in Windows XP? [more inside]
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]
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]
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
Anyone familiar with using a Fax/Printer to send a fax from Windows XP, connecting to a Fax/Scanner/Printer?? [more inside]
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]
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.)
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]
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]
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.