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Clean out XP for Solo Operation

My XP system is severed from the internet and runs beautifully as a stand alone. It has never been as responsive as now. I still have nag screens that are looking for an anti-virus and firewall. How are they disabled? I used REVO Uninstaller and CCleaner to remove as much of the old internet crud as possible. What other internet features that are not listed in Add or Remove programs or Revo can be removed and how is it done?
posted by Raybun on Apr 15, 2014 - 4 answers

 

Ex-XP? What should I do with my old XP running laptop?

I have an old laptop running XP. The laptop actually dates from the Vista era, but I chose to have XP installed given the lousy rep that Vista had. I have seen this question. I have a newer laptop that I use for most of my word processing and internetting needs. I can retire the old laptop, but it still works so I'd rather not ditch it. Assuming I am not going to attempt to run XP on anything connected to the outside world, what can I do with this old laptop? [more inside]
posted by pianissimo on Mar 28, 2014 - 9 answers

In search of cool user-interface tweaks for XP

Help me pimp my box! [more inside]
posted by nurgle on Dec 24, 2013 - 4 answers

Which version of Vista for game-playing in Boot Camp?

I'm a late adaptor. After much happy gaming in Windows XP (via Boot Camp on my Mac), I am finally getting around to Vista-only games like Assassin's Creed III. So it's time to take the plunge and buy a copy of Vista on eBay. But which version? 64-bit or 32-bit? Service pack 1, 2, or 3? Starter, basic, or ultimate? Home or business? As somebody who isn't well-versed in Windows to begin with, I'm finding the choice a little overwhelming. I will be using Windows exclusively for gaming and don't care about any other features. Also, note that Windows Vista is the latest Windows my 2006 Mac Pro will support, so unfortunately "Skip straight to Windows 7 or 8" isn't an option. [more inside]
posted by yankeefog on Dec 2, 2013 - 13 answers

WinXP Debug, Difficulty: Korean

What does this Korean localized WinXP error dialogue say and how can I fix it (optional). [more inside]
posted by roue on Feb 6, 2013 - 6 answers

Accidentally deleted audio driver on Windows XP machine. How do I get it back?

I accidentally deleted my audio driver software on my XP machine. How can I remedy this? [more inside]
posted by MattMangels on Oct 2, 2012 - 7 answers

Permissions on files, so many files

I have an old hard drive that was password locked. I can't boot from it, but I can get to the files. I have to change permissions for every single file before I can copy it over, is there a way to do that for everything at once? [more inside]
posted by Dynex on Aug 21, 2012 - 3 answers

We seem to be made to suffer. It's our lot in life. -- friend based tech support

Repairing friend's laptop(s). Will be nuking from space. Which Windows OS version to install? Also, failing wifi on second laptop. *sigh* [more inside]
posted by jadepearl on May 24, 2012 - 13 answers

Frequently dropping wireless

My wireless connection keeps dropping every few minutes. Eee PC, Windows XP, roommate's Macbook does not have this problem. [more inside]
posted by moonroof on Oct 25, 2011 - 6 answers

Denied by my own! Help!

I "don't have permission" to go into the desktop XP folders on my network from my Windows 7 laptop, but the reverse is fine. Help me? [more inside]
posted by droplet on Sep 1, 2011 - 13 answers

Looking for tips and resources around using a SSD for a Windows XP Pro boot drive, cloned from my existing XP installation.

Looking for tips and resources around using a SSD for a Windows XP Pro boot drive, cloned from my existing XP installation. [more inside]
posted by schmoppa on Aug 18, 2011 - 11 answers

Malware - can't open some configuration dialogs/windows

Windows XP. I can't get my Date/Time dialog to popup when clicking the clock, nor the video card/monitor properties to pop up (when right clicking desktop and choosing "properties"). I also have auto updates not being allowed to be turned on (or rather, the service is on, but in the control panel it says it can't be turned on). I think i got hit w/something a while back, but everything I've done to fix it isn't working. [more inside]
posted by symbioid on Jun 27, 2011 - 28 answers

How to speed-up routine renaming, cutting and pasting in Windows XP?

Looking to make routine file renaming, cutting and pasting possible with two clicks in Windows XP. [more inside]
posted by HerArchitectLover on Jun 9, 2011 - 13 answers

Doesn't seem all that jaunty to me.

I'm trying to copy some windows files to an external USB drive so I can wipe the disk. I am doing this under Ubuntu Jaunty because it won't stay up in XP due to malware (not even long enough to scan the drive, but I'm don't need to repair the system. I just want to get some files off it.) [more inside]
posted by Obscure Reference on Apr 23, 2011 - 13 answers

Plz help me get to data partition on XP desktop.

XP. Trying to get backed up files off old desktop computer. Using windows explorer, I cannot 'see' a partition on secondary hard drive, like the partition is hidden. But I *can* see the files when I search for *.mp3 or *.jpg or *.txt over the whole machine; they can be seen, through search facility, read only, in a partition that doesn't even show up in win explorer. I'm not certain if I somehow hid that partition and if I did I've no idea how I did it. I want to get these files off that desktop and to a place I can access them anywhere anytime, but right now I can't access them at all. Any help you can provide greatly appreciated. [more inside]
posted by dancestoblue on Apr 7, 2011 - 4 answers

Migrating from XP to Vista... the hard way.

My XP desktop's motherboard spitzensparken. Kaput. Can anyone share advice on how best to migrate the contents of a crufty, crowded XP boot drive, to a new Vista system build, ideally booting on a new solid state drive? (Hardware recommendations on a new system are also welcome!) [more inside]
posted by markkraft on Mar 4, 2011 - 10 answers

I'm about to shoot my beautifully designed Lacie black box in frustration.

Is is REALLY possible to share an external harddrive over an xp network? [more inside]
posted by Sallysings on Dec 21, 2010 - 8 answers

Ubuntu > Hotel router

Hotel WiFi - Why is Ubuntu getting much better bandwidth than Windows? [more inside]
posted by Esefa on Dec 5, 2010 - 30 answers

Copy Windows Install Discs for Back-up

Exactly how do I rip (or burn) copies of the Windows XP, Vista, 7 install discs? [more inside]
posted by Mike Mongo on Oct 22, 2010 - 11 answers

Window to a Better World

This web cam as Windows XP desktop? Thank you.
posted by eccnineten on Oct 1, 2010 - 9 answers

Troublesome wireless connectivity...

I'm having a wireless connectivity issue that is proving troublesome. My Windows XP-equipped desktop won't connect wirelessly to the internet about 90% of the time. Intermittently, it will connect and browsing proceeds normally. If I connect via LAN Ethernet, all is well. I'm using a Netgear WG111 v2 wireless adapter connected via USB to my desktop. My wireless router is a Netgear WGR614 v6 [more inside]
posted by Exchequer on Sep 5, 2010 - 11 answers

It's always the everlovin' windows machine.

Why does Windows say it's connected to my wireless network but refuse to connect to the internet? Cast of characters: Airport Extreme, XP, Vista. [more inside]
posted by jamaro on Aug 15, 2010 - 11 answers

How do I restore Windows XP to a netbook?

I'm trying to re-install Windows XP on an Asus 1005HA. However I have two problems: (1) I lost the recovery CD and (2) the recovery partition on the hard-drive no longer exists. Help! [more inside]
posted by mr_silver on Jun 28, 2010 - 5 answers

Is Windows 7 the next XP?

I'm an advanced computer user and would like to know how Windows 7 compares with XP Pro. I'm clinging to the latter like Dagon to an emaciated villager but I know the time will come when I'll have to move on. Basic info about install size, resource hogging, software compatibility (particularly MS Office versions) and tweakability in terms of Windows' always annoying "security" functions will be greatly appreciated. I have tried Vista, only to run away from it screaming. I'll be sitting round the fire in the trashcan, looking forward to reading your thoughts.
posted by New England Cultist on May 22, 2010 - 26 answers

Link to Windows XP Service Pack 1a?

Help me find a link to the full Windows XP Service Pack 1a. I'm going mad here. [more inside]
posted by Squid Voltaire on Apr 14, 2010 - 12 answers

Malware pretending to be User Account Control aieee

My computer (XP SP2) is infected with malware that pretends to be User Account Control. Help! [more inside]
posted by Praxis on Apr 14, 2010 - 32 answers

How do I get a CSV file to display properly?

I suspect I have a problem using OS X to upload a CSV file to a webform, and I suspect I’ll need an XLS guru to help me figure it out. [more inside]
posted by digitalprimate on Apr 13, 2010 - 7 answers

Computer Freezeing on XP install

Computer freezing on reformat start up. [more inside]
posted by Acacia on Mar 8, 2010 - 9 answers

Windows home networking / wireless printer sharing

Windows home networking / wireless printer sharing [more inside]
posted by AwkwardPause on Mar 8, 2010 - 6 answers

Disabling "touch-to-click" on my laptop only works for a few minutes.

Disabling "touch-to-click" on my Dell Latitude D630 laptop only works for a few minutes. [more inside]
posted by ErWenn on Dec 30, 2009 - 5 answers

Conflicting information and experiences regarding dual-booting Windows XP and 7

How can I install Windows 7 on a machine that already has XP installed? There seems to be some conflciting information and experiences out there on the web. [more inside]
posted by feelinggood on Nov 25, 2009 - 6 answers

Want separate desktop on Virtual Machine

Question. I upgraded to Parallels 5.0 to run a Windows Virtual machine on my Macbook. The problem is that icons on the Windows desktop show up on the Mac desktop and vice versa. How can I set up Parallels so that both desktops are separate identities that don't impact each other?
posted by hdh on Nov 19, 2009 - 3 answers

Using factory restore disc after factory set RAID 5 configuration change

Will changing/removing a factory (DELL) set RAID 5 configuration from a home desktop PC interfere with rebuilding the OS (XP Pro) from the factory restore discs? [more inside]
posted by lyam on Nov 19, 2009 - 5 answers

Fixing a netbook's corrupt registry sans optical drive?

How exactly does one go about fixing a corrupt XP registry or reinstalling XP on a device with no optical drive? [more inside]
posted by Teira on Oct 6, 2009 - 6 answers

How do I fix this WinXP logon?

To begin, click your user name. Huh? [more inside]
posted by imjustsaying on Oct 1, 2009 - 4 answers

What do I not need on Windows 7 Ultimate?

I'm moving from XP to Windows 7 Ultimate. What, that I used to have on XP, do I not need installed any more? [more inside]
posted by mr_silver on Aug 28, 2009 - 5 answers

How do I change part of a title across several episodes of the same podcast in iTunes?

How do I change part of a title across several episodes of the same podcast in iTunes? [more inside]
posted by booksherpa on Jul 27, 2009 - 2 answers

Local Profile Not Found...Wha???

I recently logged onto my computer (Windows XP), and it said "profile not found". Help, please! [more inside]
posted by too bad you're not me on Jul 23, 2009 - 6 answers

6.5 hour repartition. What?

What the heck is going on with this laptop as I reformat and set it up to dual boot? [more inside]
posted by TomMelee on Jul 11, 2009 - 13 answers

N'Sync you are not.

Can you help me figure out my iPod's bizarre behavior? [more inside]
posted by Rewind on Jun 9, 2009 - 4 answers

Get my dual-boot back

DualBootFilter: I've moved a Windows XP hard drive into a new machine, in a physically different configuration, and I think I need to fix boot.ini and maybe the mbr but I'm not sure how. Difficulty: new location is a secondary drive to a primary Linux drive running GRUB. Help? [more inside]
posted by jozxyqk on Jun 9, 2009 - 8 answers

Unclear Type

Some text looks blurry/smudged after upgrade to XP from Win2k. [more inside]
posted by preparat on May 19, 2009 - 7 answers

Stop Doing That!

Something's rebooting my PC at 4:30am every day - help me find out what and stop it?!? [more inside]
posted by Xhris on Apr 29, 2009 - 19 answers

Ready to jump off a klif.sys....

I'm getting a Blue Screen of Death on startup (Windows XP Pro) which says that the "problem" (whatever it may be) is being caused by a file called klif.sys. Googling around indicates it's a Kaspersky file, and I do indeed have their anti-virus software installed on my system. But I haven't found any solutions, and I can't get past this BSOD. Is there any hope for me? (More details inside.) [more inside]
posted by DavidNYC on Apr 22, 2009 - 17 answers

Is now the right time to buy a new PC?

My trusty 3-year old home office PC is starting to drag a bit, so I'm thinking about replacing it. Should I bite the bullet and buy something with Vista? Go with XP, even if it means not getting the latest Intel processor? Or, should I wait until Windows 7? [more inside]
posted by stuehler on Apr 21, 2009 - 25 answers

They were wrong with Vista - maybe here, too...

Custom Folder Icons on Network Shares - Microsoft says it can't be done... are they right? [more inside]
posted by Nice Guy Mike on Apr 12, 2009 - 1 answer

XP: How do I set permissions for a user account to switch power schemes and create new ones?

XP: How do I set permissions for a user account to switch power schemes and create new ones? [more inside]
posted by mail on Apr 1, 2009 - 4 answers

How do I see subfolders in an inbox I have delegate access to in Outlook?

My nice boss has tried to make everyone's life easier by putting work she wants us to do in subfolders with our names on them, in her inbox. We all have delegate read access to her inbox but can't see the subfolders when we go to it. What permissions does she need to set us (or what else does she have to do) in order for us to see the subfolders?
posted by By The Grace of God on Mar 11, 2009 - 16 answers

Help me feel better about buying a new laptop.

My computer is having a hardware issue when booting... I think. [more inside]
posted by logicpunk on Mar 4, 2009 - 14 answers

What is causing the OS to stop sending signal to screen?

XP Home newly loaded from partition ie they didn't give me OS disks, old desktop Compaq Presario, it all loaded fine, goes through it's little startup procedure fine (ie what language, accepting EULAs, time zone, etc and etc) and then -- drum roll -- time to boot into XP. Reboots, XP sign with little graphic trucking left and right, and then -- [more inside]
posted by dancestoblue on Feb 5, 2009 - 6 answers

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