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)
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 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]
How do I make a bootable Windows USB flash drive using a Mac? [more inside]
What the heck is OpenOffice.fm, and did this download damage my friend's computer? [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]
What are your default installs on a windows computer? [more inside]
Exactly how do I rip (or burn) copies of the Windows XP, Vista, 7 install discs? [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?
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]
Help me save time and frustration reinstalling my programs/settings after a fresh Windows install / upgrade / etc. [more inside]
Which one of the multitude of Linux distros should someone who's never used Linux before give a go? [more inside]
Help me install Windows XP with a (non-bootable) installation CD! [more inside]
Can't install windows millennium edition on dell dimension 4700. A call for help. [more inside]
Those stories about Windows PCs getting infected within minutes of connecting to the internet... does that still apply in Vista SP1? Soon I'll be setting up a new PC put together from parts and doing a fresh install of Vista Ultimate with SP1 (retail). Should I do anything special to maximize security?
I need to install a driver for my USB 2 PCI card but the driver requires Service Pack 1 and I do not have enough room on C to install it. What should I do? [more inside]
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]
Is it possible to install Windows XP (or any other edition) from an external hard drive?
Why will neither my computer nor VMware boot the Windows XP SP2 installation CD I got from my university? [more inside]
I'm getting a new PC (with XP) and will be installing a whole bunch of things right quick. Some of them will want me to reboot. Must I reboot with each install or can I do it once after all the installs? [more inside]
Help! Windows won't let me install downloaded programs. [more inside]
What did I do to gain Administrator privileges to install software and how can I do it again? [more inside]
Office 2003 SP2 grief - it cannot install and i want it to quit trying to install for a few days. [more inside]