Here's a real simple problem that's been annoying me since I switched to Windows XP. If I have a folder that's full of mp3 files, XP "intelligently" decides that it's a music folder and changes the "Arrange icons by" options from "name/type/size/modified" to "name/type/size/artist/album title/year/track number/duration". Importantly missing is MODIFIED! How do I tell XP to sort files by date modified if it insists on only letting me sort by the ID3 "year" value?
posted by rxrfrx
on Dec 23, 2005 -
My laptop is a Compaq that came from ebayland. The fella who sold it to me had 'lightly' used it, and he sent it to me with the drive wiped and XP SP 1 installed. Yet it refuses to install SP 2 or any other update. [+] [more inside]
posted by moonbird
on Dec 5, 2005 -
Why have all the contents of one of my Windows XP user accounts vanished? [more inside]
posted by Kololo
on Nov 29, 2005 -
My laptop is running hot lately with the fan going all the time regardless of processor load. Is there a windows XP setting that controls processor stepping? [more inside]
posted by srboisvert
on Nov 28, 2005 -
I recently re-installed Windows XP. Whenever I open a file dialog, the folder currently selected shows in Thumbnail mode. I want it in List mode and I can't figure out how to switch it.
posted by Imperfect
on Nov 25, 2005 -
Something simple that I can't seem to find the instructions for: when I install a new program in windows XP home, I automatically want the path to always be to a different drive than the one that Windows is installed on. [more inside]
posted by PinkStainlessTail
on Nov 22, 2005 -
Is there anything I can use to block a specific program's Internet access without screwing up Internet Connection Sharing in XP? [more inside]
posted by terpsichoria
on Nov 5, 2005 -
Is there a way to tell a Powerbook with airport to connect only to Access Points like Windows XP? [more inside]
posted by phyrewerx
on Oct 21, 2005 -
Windows XP: What does the "Speaker setup" option do, if you choose one of the various stereo options (desktop, laptop, monitor stand, monitor side, keyboard, headphones)? How does it change the waveform? It seems to me that things sound better if I pretend my headphones are desktop speakers... [more inside]
posted by thirteenkiller
on Oct 16, 2005 -
WindowsXP and FTP Filter: I am running WindowsXP Pro and every time I allow it to update, my FTP client fails. I have tried everything I can think of and all Microsoft's advice
, to no avail. Anyone seen this before? [more inside]
posted by juggler
on Sep 30, 2005 -
Working on a friend's Win XP box tomorrow. Seems that, on a whim, it decided to revert to the original factory setup and seemingly disposed of the profiles, settings, and other installed programs (though on My Computer properties it still seems to be registered to the owner). I haven't encountered this prob before, but they have been real pros (sarcasm) about maintaining their install and protecting against malware. Ideas? Thanks in advance!
posted by moonbird
on Sep 23, 2005 -
Photoshop CS refresh issues with a widescreen monitor in WinXP. Am I the only one who sees this, and is there a fix (besides CS2)? [more inside]
posted by caution live frogs
on Sep 9, 2005 -
When I use BitTorrent on XP SP2, Windows "limits the number of concurrent, incomplete outbound TCP connection attempts" and (I think) slows me down, because they might be coming from a "malicious program". How can I stop it doing that and make it treat me like a grown-up? Is it in the registry somewhere?
posted by Mephistopheles
on Aug 23, 2005 -
I'm trying to transfer pictures from my digital camera to my computer, which is being made very difficult by the constant bluescreens Windows is giving me. [more inside]
posted by punishinglemur
on Aug 22, 2005 -
A friend of mine purchased and downloaded a CD image of Windows XP; complete with activation keys. According to him, it was perfectly legal. [more inside]
posted by KevinSkomsvold
on Aug 12, 2005 -
I just received a new Acer laptop. The hard drive is 100GB, but it arrived divided into two partitions. According to the Windows XP Professional disk management window, the drive is divided as follows ... [more inside]
posted by punishinglemur
on Aug 11, 2005 -
How do I connect to a network identified by smb://sub.domain.tld/share$
from XP Pro? It works fine in OS X (of course) using "Go->Connect to Server", but on Windows neither IE nor Firefox nor My Network Places seems to understand this kind of URL. What do I need?
posted by Aaorn
on Aug 3, 2005 -
I am having a problem with Outlook 2003. If I click on a hyperlink in an email message, a new internet explorer window is created instead of using the currently open internet explorer window. How can I change this? [more inside]
posted by garypratt
on Jul 28, 2005 -
Has anyone gotten Master of Orion 2: Battle At Antares to run under Windows XP? [more inside]
posted by mojohand
on Jun 13, 2005 -
Recently a wiki that I host has been defaced pretty badly by some Asian group. I'd like to block an ip address or a range of addresses from my web server. I'm running Jakarta Tomcat on a Windows XP Pro box but Google hasn't been able to tell me how to do this.
posted by furtive
on May 21, 2005 -
I know this is hard to believe, but Windows has crashed on my computer. Can I fix this somehow, or do I need to reformat? Again? [more inside]
posted by iconomy
on May 10, 2005 -
My wife's Windows XP box refuses to go into standby mode saying there's some conflict with the Com1 port. Can someone help steer me in the right direction to fix this annoyance? [more inside]
posted by fenriq
on May 6, 2005 -
I'm reinstalling Windows XP for a buddy of mine, and I have a question for you lot, namely, what software should I install with it? What great piece of software do you need to have on every pc you use? In particular, what do you more creative types use? Free is best, since I'm not spending any money, but if you know of any good demo stuff I should install so he could try, that's fine too.
posted by KirTakat
on Apr 23, 2005 -
Windows XP SP2 says: "The process cannot access the file because it is being used by another process."
How can I find out what "another process" is?
posted by punishinglemur
on Apr 20, 2005 -
I just bought a smokin' new laptop with a 60GB hard drive, replacing my aging-but-serviceable desktop. I have about 90GB of files in total--too large to fit on the laptop. My just-replaced desktop is running XP Home, while my laptop is XP Pro -- can I use my desktop as a file server, or is XP Home too limiting/insecure? Am I opening myself up to a world of hurt? [more inside]
posted by kables
on Apr 20, 2005 -
What is the easiest way to set up an online collaboration session between three people in different offices in which one person can draw on the document being viewed by all three? All three are on Windows XP, T1 lines, and a WAN. Solution could be hosted in-house or by a third-party (secure). [more inside]
posted by strangeleftydoublethink
on Apr 19, 2005 -
Is it true that good practice dictates one ought to separate program files from data files (onto different partitions)? What are some good ways you accomplish this? What about the problem of WinXP putting the "Documents and Settings" folder (containing user desktops, outlook .pst file, etc.) in the same partition as the "Program Files" and "Windows" folders? [more inside]
posted by parma
on Apr 15, 2005 -
The 2x250Gb RAID1 array on my desktop system (WinXP) started throwing up 'Delayed write failure' errors and forcing mirroring on reboot. I unplugged the HDs and reinstalled Windows, but suspect a hardware failure. What's the best way to run diagnostics while minimising the risk of corrupted data being mirrored across? Plug in each drive separately, detach the array, or re-mirror and hope for the best?
posted by holgate
on Apr 5, 2005 -
Some of my MS Word docs (Microsoft Word 2003, Windows XP) have been through many hands and have many styles defined. Lots of these styles are garbage. Other than doing it manually (stepping through all of the styles one by one, checking whether each style is in use, and then deleting the styles I don't need), is there a way to remove all styles that are not used in a document?
posted by pracowity
on Mar 17, 2005 -
I've been working with 16-bit grey layered tiffs lately, 50-250 MB each. When browsing a folder of 25 files, my machine chokes to the point of screen redraws becoming "wipes". What'd going on, and how do I fix it? [more inside]
posted by Jack Karaoke
on Mar 9, 2005 -
Stupid Windows question: Every time I shut down or log out of Windows XP, my My Computer and Network Places icons move. How do I make them stay put? Trying to google an answer has left me humbled.
posted by willpie
on Feb 15, 2005 -
: My userinit.exe is gone
after a routine Windows update, and I can't use the recovery console or a boot disk to access my hard drives [+] [more inside]
posted by tumult
on Feb 14, 2005 -
HTPC owners: need recommendations, based on your direct experience, on a remote control for my XP-based mp3/video player. More requirements inside. [more inside]
posted by aberrant
on Feb 13, 2005 -
I'm looking for an application that can monitor the free space on several hard drives and generate email alerts if certain conditions are met, I've googled but haven't been able to find any capable, free software for this, little help?
posted by Cosine
on Feb 8, 2005 -
VideoProductionFilter: I’d like to experiment with adding 3d objects into a video clip. What should I use? [mi] [more inside]
posted by sexymofo
on Feb 8, 2005 -
Printer filter/ I'm downsizing to travel cross country and would like to use an old Canon bubble jet (BJ10ex) with my new Dell laptop running XP. Does anyone know if this won't work? I have to wait for a USB Parallel converter cable to arrive to test it. Are there other compatibility problems I need to know about?
posted by NorthCoastCafe
on Feb 3, 2005 -
If I have two XP machines on the internet in different locations, and each machine is running a virtual PC version of Windows 98, is it possible through some use of a tunneling protocol or whatever, to make those two virtual 98 machines appear to be on the same local network? In other words ...(more inside) [more inside]
posted by gummo
on Jan 26, 2005 -
Why has my Firefox slowed down?
It started a few day ago. Sometimes it takes several minutes for a page to load. Some only partially load, then stop. Some don't load at all. Not every page is this way, but I'd say about 20% suffer from one of these problems. IE is zipping right along though. I did a virus check, ran Spy-bot and Ad-Aware and cleaned up my registry. Yet the problem persists. Oh, I'm running 1.0 and XP Pro.
posted by zorro astor
on Jan 17, 2005 -
WindowsFilter: is there a way to use a (USB 2.0) hard drive that is formated as HFS Journaled (MacOS X) under WindowsXP? I've tried the otherwise excellent MacDrive
and it can't handle it.
posted by symbebekos
on Jan 1, 2005 -
When I'm booted into Windows, the motherboard sensors always flash up an alert: the 5v Standby is below it's threshold at 4.2v. All I can do is kill PC Alert. I presume this isn't serious, since my PC has happily worked for years, but what is going on? What is
the 5v Standby?
posted by salmacis
on Dec 29, 2004 -
Win XP Problem: Windows Explorer (and My Computer) keep crashing. If I bring either up, it crashes immediately (the computer doesn't crash). Around the same time, I noticed I'd acquired some spyware. So I ran Ad-aware, and it seemed to get rid of the bad stuff. But Explorer still crashes. I ran Norton Anti-Virus, which claimed it found viruses but couldn't fix them because I needed to adjust the properties of some of the Norton files. But I can't adjust these properties, because I can't get to the files (because Explorer crashes). Help.
posted by grumblebee
on Dec 21, 2004 -
WindowsXPsupportfilter: Wow. My hard drive is all kind of messed up. Looking for a program that will reconstruct an NTFS file partition. (more inside) [more inside]
posted by monkeyman
on Dec 18, 2004 -
Laptop Clean XP Install:
1] My (on board?) sound card is unrecognised. How do I find out what drivers to use?
2] What programs do you really think I need? I already have VNC, VLC, Firefox, Thunderbird and AVG installed. What else should I add? (Freeware/OS appriciated but not needed.) [more inside]
posted by twine42
on Dec 16, 2004 -