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 -
What's a simple way in windows xp to prevent a user from doing anything but using one program? [more inside]
posted by kraigory
on Aug 11, 2009 -
After cleaning up my WindowsXP Professional OS (Dell) to give to my son, all of a sudden The nag screen comes up and tells me I have three days to 'activate' my product! I bought the program new years ago, and have legally installed it on three of my Dell machines with no problems. WTF? It appears that I turned off the restore function and automatic updates, I wonder if that has anything to do with it? Any hiv-ers know why this occured? [more inside]
posted by ~Sushma~
on Aug 6, 2009 -
What does it mean when a used laptop is advertised as having Windows XP installed and coming with a COA sticker? Without having a Windows install cd, is there any benefit to having such a sticker? Would it, for example, permit one to call MS and obtain a new install disk for Windows XP?
posted by washburn
on Jan 15, 2009 -
Double whammy! Persistent "ghost" floppy drive, and slow, halting performance, all on my parents' PC. [more inside]
posted by curagea
on Dec 27, 2008 -
Why does sound playback "drag" sporadically on my recently built (decently powerful) PC? [more inside]
posted by steeb2er
on Nov 6, 2008 -
Accidentally unplugging my external hard drive during use seems to have erased all the files in that directory. How can I recover them? (Windows XP. Easy and free preferred.) [more inside]
posted by stuart_s
on Sep 18, 2008 -
I hate doing this, but I have a computer issue and need help. Apologies in advance. Random pauses while it's running... what broke? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot
on Jul 7, 2008 -
I am upgrading my PC and I have questions regarding transferring my data. This is probably a total newbie question but I can't seem to find a straight answer anywhere. [more inside]
posted by Zaximus
on Jul 1, 2008 -
My mom and my brother are looking for a simple, solid online backup solution for their Windows XP computers.
I know that there are sites like Carbonite
, and Crashplan
. What I don't know is how good or simple any of these sites are or if there are others that are better that I just don't know about.
Also, how heavily does the background services these site's software install impact system performance?
posted by Ikazuchi
on Jun 30, 2008 -
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 -
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 -
I need to know if nuking WindowsXP (Home) is the right way to go with my computer problems.
Short version: recycle bin won't empty, antivirus going berserk, FF getting popups, general WTF-ery.
Details inside. [more inside]
posted by sperose
on Mar 3, 2008 -
How can I remotely track my home computer's IP (which lacks a static IP address) when away? [more inside]
posted by Auden
on Feb 5, 2008 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
TechFilter: The other day, my home machine fall down, go boom. After a "hard" shutdown, I rebooted and everything had gone to 600x400 and the system didn't recognize my mouse. Since I lost my system CD when I moved (and it's time to upgrade anyway), I'm picking up a copy of XP Home tonight. My main concern is this: I have two hard drives on my box. My 40GB C: drive, where I intend to install the OS (after formatting it) and a secondary 100GB drive where I have all my music files, documents and other stuff. Does XP make it clear and easy how to format (since my fubared system isn't allowing me to get to a DOS prompt to do it the old fashioned way) and install the OS on the C: drive while leaving the second drive unchanged. Thanks in advance.
posted by jonmc
on Dec 13, 2004 -
Is there a way to bulk rename a bunch of folders in Windows XP by just removing any white space? I want to upload these to a web server and would prefer avoiding the %20 madness.
posted by fletchmuy
on Aug 31, 2004 -
Windows XP users - let's help each other help ourselves! What are your most treasured bookmarks for XP troubleshooting, tips and tricks, etc. Two of mine are inside. [more inside]
posted by taz
on Mar 18, 2004 -
Windows XP question... My parents computer is set up that most items are stored on a 20 GB harddrive (or possibly a partition- listed as c:) while they have 100 GB available on d:... When I install software, is it perfectly acceptable to run it off the D drive, and is there a way to switch the set up so most items save to the d drive? [more inside]
posted by drezdn
on Feb 23, 2004 -
I have a MITSUMI CR-4804TE CDRW drive. While it's slow, it worked perfectly fine for me while I was running Win98SE. Now that I've got XP, it's all gone to pot [more]
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posted by precocious
on Jan 11, 2004 -
Help me! I'm naked! With my new computer I finally got Win XP (instead of win 98, which I had been using with the older computer), but after downloading and installing all the security patches, the system slowed down to the speed of molasses, taking forever to open any folder... [more inside]
posted by taz
on Dec 30, 2003 -
Is there any way to change a FAT partition into an NTFS one on windows XP? Or resize it? Without buying / cracking any software?
posted by signal
on Dec 14, 2003 -