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Too many reviews and all of them different

So cornfuzed! What are the best free firewall and virus checker out there? [more inside]
posted by BlueHorse on May 31, 2014 - 6 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

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 looking to move from an XP desktop full of music to a server-based solution but I have no idea where to start! Can anyone give me a hand?

I'm looking to move from an XP desktop full of music to a server-based solution but I have no idea where to start! Can anyone give me a hand? [more inside]
posted by decrescendo on Apr 19, 2010 - 13 answers

Moving the database

How can I move an MS Access file to another PC? [more inside]
posted by MrMulan on Mar 30, 2010 - 3 answers

Computer Freezeing on XP install

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

Help me get Internet!

Linksys Router Problems...Help.... [more inside]
posted by CwgrlUp on Jan 20, 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

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

Boot Screen is all out of goose.

Trying to install XP and Ubuntu as dual-boot on a Dell Dimension 3100. The first menu, where I select which operating system to load, is off-centre and starts halfway down the screen. Some of the bottom of the menu appears at the top of the screen. Which means some of the options can't be seen. Help! [more inside]
posted by Cantdosleepy on Sep 10, 2009 - 5 answers

Why can I install Ubuntu but not Windows?

Why can't I install Windows XP Pro on my Dell laptop? I get an error message that says "acpi.sys is corrupted". I can install Ubuntu 8.04 just fine. [more inside]
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints on Mar 24, 2009 - 47 answers

Why can't Explorer see the files in an external drive?

Windows Explorer can't see certain files within folders on an external hard drive. I'm running XP. I plug in a Firelite 40-gig external drive. Windows Explorer recognizes half a dozen .wmv files and three folders. However, it tells me that those three folders are empty, when in fact they each contain about 5 gig of MP3s and/or .doc files. When I hover the cursor above the folder, I'm told "Folder is empty." Okay, so I disconnect and plug the Firelite into my laptop, which runs Vista. Lo and behold, those folders are no longer empty at all, and all of my files are visible. What's going on?
posted by jackypaper on Jan 23, 2009 - 5 answers

Network booting & installing for idiots like me

I have one of these with a corrupted Windows install, and a broken CD drive. It's network-bootable, but I've never tried that before. [more inside]
posted by saysthis on Jan 15, 2009 - 5 answers

How do I boot off of someone else's internal hard drive on my laptop?

Running XP on my computer, off of someone else's internal hard drive [more inside]
posted by senterstyle on Dec 3, 2008 - 10 answers

Building a uber powerful gaming pc, need your help

Building a uber powerful gaming pc, what parts to buy as I don't want to be a sucker. Need your help. Intel Core i7 [more inside]
posted by spinko on Nov 22, 2008 - 26 answers

I feel like the Flash at a disco.

Why is MP3 playback sssuuudddeennllyy gggrriiinnddiinngg doowwnnnn? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on Aug 22, 2008 - 3 answers

Help my father troubleshoot a pesky virus.

ParentTechSupportFilter: My father has a virus. *sigh* before I send him to Geek Squad, what else should I tell him to do that he hasn't done already? [more inside]
posted by micawber on Aug 15, 2008 - 15 answers

Help me restore hope AND Documents.

My parents computer crashed. I never determined the cause. It had XP on it. They've since bought a laptop, and want to recover documents from their desktop. They bought a hd enclosure. I connected the hd, and it's recognized, but it seems that the profiles must've been encrypted. I know that it's almost impossible to break the encryption, but want to be helpful, any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by TuxHeDoh on Aug 7, 2008 - 11 answers

Automagic Update Ate My Connection

WindowsXP laptop, performed an XP automatic update on itself and has since had no internet connectivity. Despite connecting and receiving an IP address. [more inside]
posted by geekyguy on Jul 10, 2008 - 5 answers

One version of Windows isn't enough, I need three!

Will Windows 98 and XP run and dual boot (or, treble boot, I suppose,) with my new Vista running computer? [more inside]
posted by Snyder on Jun 8, 2008 - 5 answers


Games PC CPUFilter: Is it worth upgrading from an Athlon64 3500+ Venice to a 4000+ San Diego? (plus a bonus question on 3GB RAM in XP and dual channel memory). [more inside]
posted by boosh on May 30, 2008 - 12 answers

Too dumb to figure out VPN on DD-WRT

VPNFilter: I like my home network, but I want to access it outside of my home. How do I set up my WRT54GL running DD-WRT v23 SP2 to do that? [more inside]
posted by billtron on Apr 21, 2008 - 11 answers

Send me to computer jail

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]
posted by snowjoe on Mar 22, 2008 - 11 answers

User Migration between PCs

What programs\packages are available that allow one to plug a cable into one pc, the other end to another pc, and then migrate the data? [more inside]
posted by zephyr_words on Feb 19, 2008 - 8 answers

Help make my PC better.

My computer is sick. Please help (XP pro). [more inside]
posted by wilful on Feb 15, 2008 - 16 answers

Help me fix my Windows XP

I reinstalled Windows XP on a Dell machine running Ubuntu and it won't run above 640 by 480 resolution and 4 bits. It's an 80gb hard drive with 2gb of RAM, and there is nothing I can think of that would cripple the system like this. Any idea how to get the system running like it should be? [more inside]
posted by andoatnp on Feb 12, 2008 - 15 answers

Will someone marry my keyboard?

I've just bought a Microsoft Wireless Entertainment Keyboard 7000, which comes with the matching mouse (8000). It works great with my Windows XP computer, as long as the computer is on. Once I switch the computer off and attempt to restart, the Bluetooth connection is lost and the computer won't start, citing the lack of a keyboard as the reason. Only by repeatedly fiddling and resynching can I get the computer started up. Can anyone suggest how I bond these three devices in permanent holy matrimony?
posted by skylar on Jan 23, 2008 - 15 answers

NTLDR is missing! YIKES!

NTLDR is missing! YIKES! [more inside]
posted by D Dear on Dec 26, 2007 - 17 answers

The Vista fails to inspire me

It's time to replace our desktop computer. After threads like this about the sluggishness of Vista, I'd prefer to get XP Pro, but it appears that some vendors, such as HP, only offer Vista. I'd rather not buy a computer with Vista and then install XP. Ideally, the new box would come with XP Pro and include a coupon for Vista that will still be valid in one or two years when Microsoft will presumably gets its act together. Does anyone have such a thing? Thanks and happy holidays! [more inside]
posted by lukemeister on Dec 26, 2007 - 24 answers

XP or Ubuntu?

Help me decide whether to downgrade to XP Pro or move to Ubuntu from Vista. [more inside]
posted by heavenstobetsy on Dec 22, 2007 - 26 answers

What was that password again?

In Windows XP, is there a way to see the password that is stored in the system to log into a wireless network? [more inside]
posted by al_fresco on Oct 24, 2007 - 6 answers

Keeping the Geek Squad Outta my Biznass

How to keep prying eyes from the files on my laptop... [more inside]
posted by TheGoldenOne on Sep 1, 2007 - 9 answers

What Flavor of Windows for My Next PC?

Should I install Vista on my next computer or stick with XP? [more inside]
posted by wintermute2_0 on Aug 24, 2007 - 33 answers

Third Times a charm

I am building a new computer and was wondering if this setup seems good I already have the OS and case/power supply more details after break. (previously, previously) [more inside]
posted by DJWeezy on Jul 26, 2007 - 13 answers

How do I "start" an enabled driver in XP SP2?

My audio device is giving me the following message: "Driver is enabled but has not been started." Please help. [more inside]
posted by padjet1 on Apr 24, 2007 - 8 answers

Help my friends get their money's worth

Friends of mine bought a Packard Bell PC back in 2003. It's never been the real deal, the computer it should have been despite the huge amount they paid for it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 21, 2007 - 8 answers

Swapping System32 folders

Can I fix a corrupted XP boot by copying the system files over from another installation drive? [more inside]
posted by XQUZYPHYR on Apr 5, 2007 - 11 answers

Why won't my computer use it's damn recycle bini?

How do I change my computer's "delete" and "drag/drop" settings? [more inside]
posted by radioamy on Mar 16, 2007 - 10 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

My dad wants to turn his home movies into DVDs. Might win an Oscar, you can never tell.

What's the best Windows software package to edit video and create DVDs? [more inside]
posted by IvyMike on Feb 25, 2007 - 6 answers

Weird XP installation error on a Dell Inspiron 1100

I am having a really hard time with installing Windows XP SP2 on an older Dell laptop... [more inside]
posted by jimmyhutch on Jan 29, 2007 - 4 answers

LCD Monitor on laptop goes dark, but not completely off

My LCD screen on my laptop refuses to stay on. [more inside]
posted by chicobangs on Dec 3, 2006 - 9 answers

XP spontaneous reboot related to full folders

Windows XP, Celeron 700, 384ish meg RAM, brand new Seagate 7200 400gig drive. at some point in the recent past, my pc developed a habit of spontaneously rebooting if i rapidly scroll through a folder with a large number of images in it before windows has had a chance to render all of the thumbnails. [more inside]
posted by radiosilents on Dec 3, 2006 - 5 answers

Vanishing Folders in XP

XP: Vanishing Folders -- Sometimes I put a tilde (one of these ~) in front of a folder name to alphabetically move it to the top of a folder list. These folders, I'm now realizing, are vanishing on me. Any idea why? Any idea where to find them?
posted by rumbles on Nov 23, 2006 - 14 answers

Did my underwater keyboard submerge my PC?

Did my keyboard try to kill my computer? [more inside]
posted by pdb on Nov 22, 2006 - 11 answers

Ghost has... given up the ghost.

Copied hard drive won't let me log on! [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on Nov 14, 2006 - 17 answers

How can I fix my Windows XP "Limited or no connectivity" error when I plug my laptop into my university network?

How can I fix my Windows XP "Limited or no connectivity" error when I plug my laptop into my university network? [more inside]
posted by jordanian2 on Oct 4, 2006 - 12 answers

Getting OEM Windows to work with VMWare Server

Can I force an OEM copy of windows to install in VMWare server on top of linux on the PC the OEM windows copy came with? Failing that, is there a legal way to install a "normal" copy of XP pro (since I have a license? [more inside]
posted by gte910h on Oct 2, 2006 - 5 answers

How can I return my Windows XP computer to its original speed after goofing up the Prefetch folder?

How can I return my Windows XP computer to its original speed after goofing up the Prefetch folder? [more inside]
posted by jordanian2 on Sep 18, 2006 - 14 answers

Why is my computer suddenly grumpy, slow, and generally uncooperative?

Why is my computer suddenly grumpy, slow, and generally uncooperative? [more inside]
posted by chefscotticus on Sep 6, 2006 - 14 answers

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