In the past, every time I've upgraded Windows (3.11 to 95 to 97 to XP to 7) I've done a clean install. For the first time, I'm considering upgrading (to Windows 10) with an in-place (overwrite) installation, not a clean install. My Windows 7 has been acting badly lately, probably due to various registry cruft. Does an in-place install take care of that, or is all the registry cruft carried over, and should I do a clean install instead? (A clean install would involve many hours more work)
Twelve years ago, when I bought this house, I had a gas line run from the kitchen to my new stacked one-piece washer and gas dryer. The plumber who installed the gas line hooked up my dryer. Now the washer has died and I have ordered a new laundry set - a front loading washer and separate gas dryer that will stack. They are due to be delivered next week. Yay! [more inside]
I own this relatively new (only one season of use) 6000+ BTU GE window air conditioner, but have lost the plastic framework that allows it to be installed in a window. Does a universal kit exist that will fit this A/C (and if so where can it be ordered online)? Also, please share your tips for successfully and safely installing a window A/C unit that won't ever fall out? [more inside]
So I found this wonderful program unix program, that needs to be installed and used on my macbook (yosemite). OMG. How do you install stuff like this?!? [more inside]
This is going back to this question where I'm dealing with obsolete computer equipment. This weekend's discovery was a laptop at least 10 years old, a desktop computer of over 5 years not running on a Windows system, and another desktop over 5 years running on Windows Vista. [more inside]
I've very recently (ie yesterday) got myself a brand new desktop PC! I would really like your advice on the best ways to keep it running at its best, protected from the nasty things that lurk on the internet (virii, malware, spyware etc) and set up to get the most out of our blossoming relationship... The machine runs on Windows 8. [more inside]
I intend to buy a scratch & dent furnace from these guys, even after shipping (100 dollars) It will be much cheaper than buying a new one. I want to find some heating/cooling company to install it for me.. Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
My wife and I just purchased her mother's old 2001 Nissan Pathfinder. The stereo it has is tape deck (!) which technically works and a CD player that doesn't. It has no aux input, which is unfortunately all we actually want. [more inside]
I'm not sure what wall/ceiling speaker mounts are appropriate for my system or how to install them in the type of walls I have. Suggestions welcome! [more inside]
I have a Samsung NC20 laptop that I bought 4 or 5 years ago. It runs Windows XP and has some sort of malware, IRP Hook, that AVG has found but cannot remove. In addition, it runs significantly slower than I would like, and cannot play most videos at all--the sound plays fine, but the image just staggers and jumps. [more inside]
I have a table that I bought from IKEA which is a bit like this: http://www.ikea.com/ca/en/catalog/products/S29806818/ and the problem I have is that while the screen on the table is fine, the keyboard which is right in front of it seems to me to be too high for my arms. So I was wondering if it is possible to install that sliding part you find in computer tables like this one: http://img.weiku.com/waterpicture/2011/10/25/0/office_furniture_computer_table_634592490678635461_1.jpg and what that part is called anyway? Thanks! [more inside]
I have an Acer laptop with an i3 chip and the standard amount of RAM, probably 4GB that I bought in 2011. Just over a year after I bought it, and just weeks after the end of warranty, the hard drive died. I'm wondering how hard it would be to buy a new hard drive and install Ubuntu or something like that. Is it possible? If so, how much of a pain is it to set up drivers? Would I have to manually install drivers for nearly everything (USB ports, wireless receiver, etc)?
Getting the dreaded "Required CD/DVD drive device driver is missing" during Windows 7 install, but no drivers are working! [more inside]
How do I make a bootable Windows USB flash drive using a Mac? [more inside]
I'd like to automate installation of windows programs. [more inside]
How do I best set up Linux partitions & mount points on my old netbook with limited storage capacity? [more inside]
I need a method to BLOCK browser toolbars from installing. [more inside]
Please help me restore Mac OS on my wife's MacBook! I am pulling my hair out. [more inside]
I cannot get my 'one click' Wordpress install, hosted by iinet to work, with one or many clicks.... Can you help me troubleshoot, as I have a deadline to meet. [more inside]
Help me set up a family PC [more inside]
I'm home over Thanksgiving break and my mom wants some house work done. Fun! But, I don't know how to do it. So, dearest MetaFilter, how do I install molding on the corner of a wall? (Picture on the inside.) [more inside]
What the heck is OpenOffice.fm, and did this download damage my friend's computer? [more inside]
Can I put my old XP state into a new XP install? [more inside]
How to I tackle replacing (rear) car speakers when there's a special connector? [more inside]
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]
Sharp AR-M620 driver no longer installs on windows XP, it used to!! Now, no printer shows up at all. Any idea why this is happening? [more inside]
How to install a WordPress theme for dummies, please help! [more inside]
How much would it cost to install an elevator in a five-story commercial building? [more inside]
What are your default installs on a windows computer? [more inside]
Can I create an install file from an installed program? Windows. [more inside]
I'm thinking of upgrading my computer. [more inside]
My computer was running increasingly slow, so I after trying various fixes (defragmenting, CCleanup, Malware, Antivirus, removing old files and programs), it was suggested I reinstall Windows, which I did. Its original speed has returned. [more inside]
Mass-installing fonts onto an XP machine when each font is enclosed in its own folder. [more inside]
During this holiday break I'm going to be purchasing a domain name and migrating a University department's WordPress.com blog over to either WordPress.org or Blogger. I need help deciding which (Wordpress.org or Blogger) will be the best way to go based on the blog's needs and the capabilities of its authors. [more inside]
Have an existing install of REDHAT on a first partition, I have created a second partition and am trying to use GRUB to install a second OS (happens to be another version of redhat). Please help, or ask for more details if needed. From the GRUB command line how do I make it install on a selected partition.
Exactly how do I rip (or burn) copies of the Windows XP, Vista, 7 install discs? [more inside]
I'd like to do a clean install on my iMac 24" with Leopard. I have routine backups with Time Machine and a recent CarbonCopy of the hard drive. After the clean install, the only information I want to access is my saved emails. How can I save or access or import old emails?
I'm purchasing a computer. It requires Win7 Ultimate and I have a choice as to how that happens. [more inside]
Question about re-installing OSX and copying files over from a backup—but without using Migration Assistant. [more inside]
MacBook Pro freezes (spinning wheel) during system install (10.5) -- what to do? [more inside]
Have you ever installed and used Emacs org-mode? Can you please help me try it? The instructions here are ambiguous, vague, and complicated. I am an Emacs neophyte, so it would be awesome if someone could explain this slowly to me! [more inside]
In the apartment I'm moving into, each room has a wall sleeve (just below the window) for an air conditioner. We tried installing one of my air conditioners in there tonight, and it's too small to fit the space. It mostly fills it, but even with the fins on either side of the air conditioner pulled out, there are still spaces above and below. Does anyone have any advice on how to properly install the air conditioner? [more inside]
I have a HP Mini 110 with a 160 GB HD running Ubuntu. I'm pretty happy with it, but I don't really need all that space (currently I'm filling a tiny portion of it) and would prefer a faster boot time. What kind of improvements in speed should I expect if I swap out the hard drive with an SSD? What is the level of expense and difficulty involved in the install? Would I be better off just getting a newer notebook with an SSD already installed? What is the best source for a suitable SSD?
Install shield error! Can't install any programs! [more inside]
I just bought this LG monitor, and after I got it home and unpacked it I realized it (of course!) came with an installation CD. Problem: I'm using it with my netbook, which doesn't have a CD drive. [more inside]
My Dell M65 laptop has been thoroughly rinsed by a virus infection. I've tried everything I can, but I think I'm going to have to bite the bullet and completely reinstall windows. The laptop does have a restore partition, so I'm planning to use that. What do I need to think/do in order to get back up and running as quickly as possible? [more inside]
I did a clean reinstall of Windows 7. When I did, rather than creating a small "recovery" partition, it designated an entire separate hard drive a system drive. Now if I want to use the built in drive image program it insists I back up both...when I just want to back up the OS. Can this be changed? If not, if I use a third party image program can I just back up the C drive?
Oh no! In the aftermath of a wicked virus I went in and manually deleted the corrupted files, one of which happened to include the driver I need to install new software.... I think.... [more inside]
Questions about adding and removing windows components and other software without the CD's. Non piracy related I hope.
I have some questions about adding and removing windows components and other software without the CD's. Non piracy related I hope. [more inside]
I have a desktop PC that came with Ubuntu Linux, and have never been able to get it to work with my ISP. So I can get some use out of this box, I want to put Windows XP on it. This will be the first install of Windows on this machine, which Windows XP package do I need to buy to get all the pieces I need (ie all the codes and crap so I can register with MS so it will work longer than a month). Keeping cost as low as possible is good too. Thanks. [more inside]