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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

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

How do I share programs across multiple user accounts in XP?

How do I use the program settings from the admin user account across several limited user accounts in WinXP? I don't want to have to "reinstall" iTunes, Reason, Ableton Live, Photoshop, etc. just because I am using a different login in windows, but I want to get away from using the admin account for general use (for security reasons). [more inside]
posted by adi on Nov 22, 2006 - 7 answers

PEBKAC

Just a couple weeks ago, my computer was so cooperative. Now I'm getting freeze-ups at the strangest times. I'm the definition of an End User, but with AskMe's help, I might just get XP tamed! [more inside]
posted by EatTheWeak on Nov 19, 2006 - 24 answers

Will i need to remove and replace my soundcard for windows to recognise it?

Will i need to remove and replace my soundcard for windows to recognise it? Sound card driver is installed but the hardware itself isnt recognised. [more inside]
posted by freddymetz on Nov 17, 2006 - 8 answers

How can I get my computer back together with my camera?

Why did my computer suddenly stop recognizing my digital camera? [more inside]
posted by scarylarry on Nov 16, 2006 - 10 answers

Help me stop the iTunes seziures on Windows XP.

iTunes 7.X on my Windows box has seizures during the last several seconds of a song. My search fu has failed me. [more inside]
posted by chairface on Nov 15, 2006 - 16 answers

Help me waste some time

How do I force Windows XP to run something in a window rather than fullscreen? [more inside]
posted by griffey on Nov 15, 2006 - 6 answers

Windows lost my windows!

WinXP: Full screen, windowed, minimized: two out of three ain't bad, I suppose. [more inside]
posted by Steven C. Den Beste on Nov 11, 2006 - 5 answers

How do I start from scratch with a new drive?

I've bought a new hard drive for my PC (running XP Home). First I formatted it, then I hooked it up as the master drive. I put in my XP install disk and it started to go through the setup process, but came up with a weird error message, something like "A previous version of Windows was not detected. Your system is not eligible for upgrading" when what I want is a fresh install! "Insert the proper CD and hit return." I hit return and just get the same message. What gives? [more inside]
posted by zardoz on Nov 1, 2006 - 4 answers

Messed up Windows "open folder" behaviour

I've messed up Windows "open folder" behaviour. Help! [more inside]
posted by bering on Oct 23, 2006 - 4 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

Discovering a WEP key in XP

In Windows XP, is there any way of discovering the WEP key that is saved for a particular wireless connection? [more inside]
posted by blue mustard on Oct 19, 2006 - 13 answers

The weather forecast calls for interrupt storms...

Help! I added an internal IDE hard drive to my late-model Dell desktop, and accessing it pins my processor! [more inside]
posted by perissodactyl on Oct 15, 2006 - 4 answers

[Compy Hardware Filter] Where's the easy button?

PC hardware/xp masters, lend me your keystrokes. I have a Dell Demension 9100, or I should say- I am working on a Dell Demension 9100. The computer was working fine until one day when it BSOD'd with an error concerning the /sysroot/system32/SOFTWARE or something of the like. I tried everything I could to get into the recovery console, but no dice, BSOD'd everytime even loading the windows cd. (Should have been my first warning I think...) So I boot into knoppix (it's a 64 bit, so I had to buy an enclosure because I don't have a SATA on my old 500 mhz gx1) mount the drive and copy over all the files to another external disk. I move that onto another one of the org's computers and the Foundation is back in business. See more for the fun part. [more inside]
posted by eleongonzales on Oct 5, 2006 - 14 answers

Recording audio from Windows mixed output

How do I set my (Windows XP) PC to record audio using the mixed output as the recording source? I built my own machine with an M-Audio Revolution 5.1 and can't figure out how to do this. [more inside]
posted by rxrfrx on Sep 16, 2006 - 4 answers

Upgrade from W2K to XP

I want to upgrade my laptop from Windows 2000 to XP. How can I preserve my Outlook settings between the upgrade? I ask because I connect to an Exchange Server with settings on Outlook which have been tweaked heavily over time. Also, will the XP install give me an option to preserve my previous system? In case everything goes pear-shaped, I'd like to be able to roll back to my previous state. If it goes right, can I delete all the data needed to roll-back after to optimise disk space? Thanks in advance.
posted by samstarling on Aug 31, 2006 - 7 answers

Registry woes - what is causing it?

Windows XP Registry - What tools can be used to analyse ntuser.dat hives? [more inside]
posted by Leud on Aug 31, 2006 - 4 answers

Thumb drive woes

Need help with managing volume policy permissions for removable devices in WinXP. [more inside]
posted by caution live frogs on Aug 23, 2006 - 1 answer

Can you help me update my video driver?

I can't get my ATI Radeon video driver update to install... can anyone help? [more inside]
posted by kdern on Aug 17, 2006 - 7 answers

What the hell can I do with this?

So I have this new Dell computer and I need to know what the hell I should do with it. (Much more inside.) [more inside]
posted by sperose on Aug 9, 2006 - 15 answers

Make myself XP admin?

So *is* there a way to give oneself admin-type privileges on a Windows XP system with one line of code? [more inside]
posted by splitpeasoup on Aug 2, 2006 - 16 answers

Lost Outlook File?

Where's my Outlook data after using the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard? [more inside]
posted by alightfoot on Jul 30, 2006 - 6 answers

How can I broadcast real-time screen capture video to multiple other computers on a network?

How can I broadcast real-time screen capture video to multiple other computers on a network? [more inside]
posted by mikespez on Jul 14, 2006 - 9 answers

Password issues

Why am I see the 'save password' window so often? [more inside]
posted by Todd Lokken on Jun 18, 2006 - 7 answers

How to format a linux'd drive

How do I format a Linux'd harddrive with XP? [more inside]
posted by Satapher on Jun 14, 2006 - 7 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

Copy and paste in XP: Why not?

Help us get rid of this Copy/Paste problem we're having in Windows XP Pro // SP2! [more inside]
posted by beaucoupkevin on Jun 5, 2006 - 11 answers

I know, I know, get a Mac...

Computer Won't Boot -- needless to say [MI]: [more inside]
posted by Heminator on May 23, 2006 - 3 answers

Why must you shutdown, XP?

Why must XP insist so infernally on rebooting? [more inside]
posted by grabbingsand on May 21, 2006 - 15 answers

Free software to open / convert InDesign on XP?

What free software can I use to open and convert an Adobe InDesign .indd file on Windows XP? Will GIMP do the job? Inkscape? Yes, I've read the answers to this question.
posted by obiwanwasabi on May 21, 2006 - 6 answers

Windows Explorer behaving weirdly

Windows Explorer behaves weirdly; showing all my desktop folders as "Desktop". Screenshot here. What's going on?
posted by arrowhead on May 18, 2006 - 5 answers

How do I stop my Windows Explorer from crashing or keeping me out of my own computer?

Windows XP problem possibly involving Windows Defender or spyware. [more inside]
posted by kensanway on May 17, 2006 - 3 answers

iPod Fails to Connect to PC

Why won't my iPod show up correctly on my work PC? [more inside]
posted by monju_bosatsu on May 11, 2006 - 3 answers

Windows Genuine Advantage Validation tool

I was prompted to download the "Windows Genuine Advantage Validation tool". Any reason why I shouldn't do this?
posted by schoenbc on May 7, 2006 - 15 answers

How to speed-up Windows XP boot-up?

What's exactly happening during the various stages of Windows XP's boot-up process, and how can I speed it up? [more inside]
posted by Ekim Neems on Apr 27, 2006 - 10 answers

Organizing my music. All automatically.

I've never really bought albums/CDs and ripped them. Atleast not all of them, I probably have like 15-20 albums, but that's it. The major part of my music collection happens to come from the Napster times. Where only tracks would be downloaded, which have little or no filename according to convention. So, I have tracks like "12-Thievery Corp-Fedime's Flight.mp3". I'd like to see this track as "Thievery Corporation - Fedime's Flight.mp3" [more inside]
posted by Devileyezz on Apr 15, 2006 - 13 answers

Is it possible to share network/internet connection via a usb dongle (from XP)?

wifi sharing via USB dongle filter: Is it possible to share network/internet connection via a usb dongle (from XP)? if so how? [more inside]
posted by mule on Apr 7, 2006 - 7 answers

Re-connect to HDs after XP re-format

In an emergency situation, facing a serious deadline, Windows decides to stop working. Not knowing what else to do, I reformat the harddrive. Crisis averted. Now, how do I re-connect to my second and third harddrives? [more inside]
posted by panoptican on Apr 5, 2006 - 7 answers

Help me find my missing files in XP

Windows XP Profile problems - Are my files gone? [more inside]
posted by davey_darling on Apr 3, 2006 - 4 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

Designing printed forms on a budget in a WinXP environment

DesigningPrintedFormsOnABudgetFilter: I'd like to design some forms to be printed to standard laser printer paper to assist capturing information taken from telephone calls at work (WinXP SP2 environment). [more inside]
posted by planetthoughtful on Mar 11, 2006 - 5 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

Files that start with 'Q'

WindowsXPFilter: This has to be the strangest problem I've ever had... I can't access files that start with the letter 'Q'. [more inside]
posted by jedrek on Feb 14, 2006 - 8 answers

Please can you help me with an XP/Creative conflict?

What's so special about XP Media Centre and why won't Creative help me with my Zen Vision problem? [more inside]
posted by londonmark on Feb 14, 2006 - 9 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

How can I stop the dreaded Delayed Write Error?

Ever since I installed my new cable modem via a USB port on Windows XP (SP2) my computer has been experiencing "Delayed Write Error" messages nearly every time I use a web browser (IE, Firefox, and Opera) that quickly brings the computer to a locked-up halt. How do I stop this from happening? [more inside]
posted by Servo5678 on Jan 11, 2006 - 11 answers

Word mail merge to pairs of people at a time - possible

Can I use Word's mail merge functionality to send merged emails to pairs of people? [more inside]
posted by Coffeemate on Jan 10, 2006 - 3 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

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