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System recovery disk without a floppy drive

When doing a backup in Windows XP, how the heck do I create an "ASR recovery diskette" without a floppy drive? [more inside]
posted by sotalia on Jan 20, 2008 - 12 answers

How can I load up my iPod from my wife's computer without disrupting her iTunes?

How can I load up my iPod from my wife's computer without disrupting her iTunes? [more inside]
posted by Faint of Butt on Jan 7, 2008 - 10 answers

Why won't my Remote Desktop server forward sound?

I recently reinstalled Windows XP Professional on a "headless" machine—that is, one that I access only via Remote Desktop. Each time I've previously set this machine up, Remote Desktop has properly forwarded sound to the client computer; this time, however, sound doesn't work with Remote Desktop sessions. The hardware's the same as it's always been, and I'm using the same drivers and software. What's wrong? [more inside]
posted by cmyers on Dec 28, 2007 - 2 answers

Young Pooterstein

I have some novice questions about a re-install with dual booting in Windows XP. More inside.... [more inside]
posted by Huplescat on Dec 21, 2007 - 1 answer

Save Me From Myself

I made the mistake of trying to futz with my display settings in WindowsXP to make things easier on my old eyes, and now every web page is white and the text is all mashed up. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog on Dec 17, 2007 - 4 answers

How do I boot my Thinkpad

My Thinkpad won't boot up normally. Now I'm trying to get it to boot from either the Windows XP Pro installer disc, or the recovery disc I just created from the IBM site, but I can't get either to run. How do I do this? [more inside]
posted by forallmankind on Nov 26, 2007 - 2 answers

How can I import RAW photos onto my computer?

How can I import RAW photos onto my computer? My camera & scanner wizard has disappeared and the two photography software I use both cant manage it. [more inside]
posted by criticalbill on Nov 23, 2007 - 8 answers

I've got a HDMI problem with my new HTPC

I recently built a new HTPC using a Gigabyte GA-G33-2SH motherboard. The motherboard is built on the Intel G33 chipset, and has dual onboard video -- a VGA output, and a DVI or a HDMI output. (You can use the VGA and one of the digital outputs simultaneously, but not the two digital outputs.) [more inside]
posted by PeterMcDermott on Nov 14, 2007 - 5 answers

MacBooks and Windows, still duking it out!

MacBook running XP has major "SYSTEM" issues. Why? [more inside]
posted by ijoyner on Oct 24, 2007 - 5 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

TweakUI alternative for a networked PC?

LockdownFilter: Is there an feature-similar alternative to TweakUI that will run on a networked PC where Regedit & tweakUI are disabled by the administrator? [more inside]
posted by monkeyforest on Oct 11, 2007 - 10 answers

Computer (not) loading to a black screen: why?

Computer doesn't appear to load past the normal Windows XP screen. What could be the cause? [more inside]
posted by sailoreagle on Oct 4, 2007 - 12 answers

Windows doesn't think I have a keyboard, but I do.

Windows XP doesn't think I have a keyboard plugged in, but it works fine in BIOS. What gives? [more inside]
posted by Meagan on Sep 20, 2007 - 4 answers

Windows Won't Restore When Logged Into Citrix. Why?

I have to log in to Citrix Metaframe for my corporate email, but restoring the Lotus Notes windows from a minimized state in that environment doesn't work like it's supposed to. Why? [more inside]
posted by peacecorn on Sep 11, 2007 - 2 answers

Fully Automated XP Restore?

How do I fully automate restoring my Windows XP test machines to a clean state on a daily basis? [more inside]
posted by TheSlate on Sep 10, 2007 - 5 answers

No files for you!

Copying files from one folder to another in XP Home SP2, fairly routine, right? Well, when I try to open the subfolders or access the files, "access is denied." [more inside]
posted by moonbird on Sep 5, 2007 - 9 answers

Please help me get my hand-me-down printer working!

I need help installing a printer driver. It used to be installed, but it is not anymore. Machine has XP Pro installed. [more inside]
posted by KokuRyu on Sep 4, 2007 - 2 answers

Help me orgainize five years of media spread across several media!

How do I put all pictures (videos, all extensions) on my computer into one folder, and then delete the duplicates-and pics with the same name should be renamed if different? [more inside]
posted by Izzmeister on Aug 16, 2007 - 12 answers

Windows XP no longer resumes from standby

Suddenly my Gateway notebook computer won't come out of standby (that is, sleep mode or hibernate mode). [more inside]
posted by bbranden1 on Aug 16, 2007 - 4 answers

End User Confused & Concerned

Hi AskMe! I don't spend much time looking at msconfig, so this might be nothing. But I'd like to be sure, and Google isn't up to snuff. [more inside]
posted by EatTheWeak on Aug 11, 2007 - 7 answers

Sorting by Year

How do I add custom details to folders in Windows Explorer? [more inside]
posted by petsounds on Aug 8, 2007 - 7 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 do I find occasional computer help?

What is a good website for computer (and related hardware) help? [more inside]
posted by Ms. Next on Aug 2, 2007 - 15 answers

Chkdsk has eaten my computer

My laptop started to run chkdsk, then froze, so I had to hard shut it. Now I cant get into windows XP at all. Help? [more inside]
posted by supercrayon on Jul 29, 2007 - 5 answers

Reinstalling Windows

My many Windows errors are starting to grate on my nerves. I'd like to do a reinstall - but the recovery cd that came with my Toshiba laptop refuses to play nice (probably due to SP2 or the new motherboard). How do I reinstall an OEM version of Windows XP, without losing my key? Is it even possible to reinstall an OEM XP setup? Where do I even get an OEM version to reinstall from? Aargh!!!! More inside. [more inside]
posted by Xere on Jul 20, 2007 - 10 answers

Help me sort out the missorted files Windows is presenting me with, if you please.

Indulge me for a moment: seemingly stupid Windows XP-based problem... All of a sudden, every time I go to open a document or save something in all my Office programs and even in Firefox, the folder contents in the "Save As" or "Open" window display backwards. As in, reverse alphabetical order, with subfolders at the end. I can't believe something like this has bested me. What the hell is going on and how do I fix it?
posted by freudenschade on Jul 3, 2007 - 5 answers

My computer is being locked randomly

Windows XP Pro randomly being locked by unknown users. Is my computer being hijacked? [more inside]
posted by bristolcat on Jun 21, 2007 - 28 answers

Random repeating keys

So I am having this problem with keystrokes randomly repeating in all Windows XP programs. [more inside]
posted by corpse on Jun 19, 2007 - 9 answers

Did chkdsk eat my files?

So my server reset while my RAID array was synchronizing... now my files are corrupt? :-( [more inside]
posted by wfrgms on Jun 18, 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

PC won't recognize iPod

My PC won't recognize my iPod. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by alona on Jun 9, 2007 - 10 answers

reboot -> reboot -> reboot

Scary windows boot problem: why does it reboot in the middle of every boot cycle all of a sudden? How can I save my computer without tearing it apart first? [more inside]
posted by koeselitz on May 13, 2007 - 10 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

How to close the magnifying glass mouse cursor?

How to turn off magnifying glass mouse cursor in Windows XP? [more inside]
posted by cda on May 2, 2007 - 2 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

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

I want extra large fonts in plum. How hard can that be?

WinXP appearance question... [more inside]
posted by Irontom on Mar 20, 2007 - 5 answers

How do I transfer pics from my Kodak digital camera without using the EasyShare software?

How can I transfer pictures from my Kodak digital camera to my Windows XP machine without using the Kodak EasyShare software? [more inside]
posted by adi on Mar 12, 2007 - 8 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

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

Weird error box while working in docs folder

Here's a weird error that I only get when I'm in My Documents or Windows Explorer (so it seems)... [more inside]
posted by moonbird on Jan 28, 2007 - 11 answers

Going slow?

Is there a simple utility that tests data writing speeds? I have a new external device which purports to be USB 2.0 (as is my Win XP computer, I think), but just seems... slow. For example, 3.5GB just took 59 minutes to copy over from my HD to the external HD. How can I speed things up?
posted by jonathanbell on Jan 27, 2007 - 14 answers

How can I get my laptop to print wirelessly again?

How can I get my laptop to print wirelessly to an HP DeskJet 6980 like it used to? [more inside]
posted by stleric on Jan 21, 2007 - 7 answers

How does my computer know about DST?

What (if anything) do I have to do to my computer to make sure it knows about the new U.S. Daylight Savings Time rules? [more inside]
posted by Joleta on Jan 18, 2007 - 10 answers

What happened to my Application Data folder?

Windows XP - My "Application Data" folder is still hidden even with the correct folder settings... [more inside]
posted by ssmug on Jan 15, 2007 - 12 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

Remote access to grandparents' computer

A few months ago my grandparents bought a computer. To help them fix problems without us driving all the way out to their house every time something comes up, I'd like to install something that would allow us to view their screen and control their mouse and keyboard from home. Both systems involved would be running Windows XP Home Edition, and we both have broadband connections. What is the best, preferably free, way to do this?
posted by punishinglemur on Dec 25, 2006 - 34 answers

Fast User Switching is fast, but it won't swtich users

Fast User Switching isn't working for me in Windows XP Pro. [more inside]
posted by scarabic on Dec 22, 2006 - 10 answers

Alt-tab is asking too much! Help me help my computer!

DualMonitorFilter: What am I missing? Two-cards, two monitors to get an extended Windows desktop. [more inside]
posted by cowbellemoo on Dec 15, 2006 - 6 answers

Admitting Defeat

My computer problems are resisting every corrective measure. Tomorrow, I shall nuke the bastard from orbit, reinstall XP, and start over fresh. [more inside]
posted by EatTheWeak on Nov 29, 2006 - 29 answers

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