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Samsung NC20 Laptop Slow, Malware--Should I just reinstall Windows?

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]
posted by Slinga on Nov 15, 2013 - 9 answers

Internet slow, but fast in safe mode - reinstall Windows?

I'm having a problem with my fairly new laptop where it seems to be using more Internet bandwidth than it should. In Safe Mode with networking, it works fine. I'm considering reinstalling Windows but wondering if that's the best option and if so, how to go about it. [more inside]
posted by Put the kettle on on Jul 7, 2013 - 9 answers

Help me access my files!

I reinstalled Windows 7 and now I can't get at many of my old files. [more inside]
posted by ArmyOfKittens on May 4, 2013 - 7 answers

Computer recovery after reset to original settings

Computer froze up, only letting me access the recovery manager. Burned 6 recovery disks, then reset to original factory settings. Reinstalled the recovery disks, the program said it was successful, but the files are nowhere to be found. What next? [more inside]
posted by dorey_oh on Mar 12, 2013 - 7 answers

Help me prepare for a complete reinstall of OS X

I need to do a complete reinstall of OS X on my iMac, and I'm looking for advice on how to back up to make sure that I don't accidentally lose anything in the reinstall process. I'm running Lion 10.7.4, and I have an external drive doing Time Machine backups. What should I check before going back to square one? And do I need to do anything special with apps that required online activation (I'm thinking specifically of Microsoft Office or Adobe Creative Suite)?
posted by philosophygeek on Feb 1, 2013 - 3 answers

All I want to do is start over again.

Stupid computer-help question: Why is it so hard to reinstall Windows Vista 32 on a Dell Latitude D630? [more inside]
posted by mibo on Nov 16, 2012 - 6 answers

Reconfiguring Prefs After OS Reinstall (MAC 10.6.8))

My Mac (OS 10.6.8) is behaving wonkily, and I need to reinstall the system software. I'm wondering if there are any tricks for helping me reconfiguring my various prefs after the reinstall. [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover on Sep 25, 2012 - 4 answers

Will my virgin iTunes sync my iPhone correctly?

I had to wipe my HDD & reinstall Windows. Will iTunes sync my iPhone 4 correctly, or decide to wipe its contents? It's synced to the cloud, and yet I am worried... [more inside]
posted by ClarissaWAM on Mar 7, 2012 - 5 answers

Begone Norton Security

How do you do a clean install of Windows without the CD/DVD? [more inside]
posted by dave99 on Dec 29, 2011 - 6 answers

Freshly reinstalled Sony Vegas won't open the video edits I produced with it before

I recently had to reinstall Windows (XP) on my PC to kill some malware. Subsequently, I reinstalled Sony Vegas Movie Studio 9, which I've been using for the last couple of years on this machine. Today I went to open one of my video edits for the first time... but Vegas chokes on it. Can you help me figure out why? Error log after the jump. [more inside]
posted by Artifice_Eternity on Aug 29, 2011 - 11 answers

Looking for tips, tricks and best practices for installing Win7

I'm reformatting my system and installing Windows 7 my computer this weekend, and I'd like tips, tricks, best practices and the like for setting up a new system. It's been a while since I've "refreshed" a system, and I feel rusty. And my RAM might be failing/faulty. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Jun 10, 2011 - 15 answers

Possible to create an install file from an installed program?

Can I create an install file from an installed program? Windows. [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders on May 19, 2011 - 18 answers

Best practices for reinstalling Home folder when upgrading to latest Linux (Ubuntu 10.10)?

Linux filter: I'm backing up my Home folder and preparing to upgrade to the latest Ubuntu flavor, 10.10. Presently running 10.04. I want to keep my settings for apps and reinstall my extra PPAs. Do I simply copy my old Home folder back in or do I have to do something special so I don't destroy the new install? [more inside]
posted by artof.mulata on Mar 11, 2011 - 13 answers

Reinstall or clean up?

My Windows 7 reinstall has saved all my XP files, which I really didn't want it to do. Can I delete them all without having to install the whole darn thing again? [more inside]
posted by rubbish bin night on Jan 5, 2011 - 7 answers

Re-installing OSX and copying files over from a backup without employing Migration Assistant

Question about re-installing OSX and copying files over from a backup—but without using Migration Assistant. [more inside]
posted by blueberry on Aug 27, 2010 - 4 answers

Help me get XP reinstalled and back and running quickly

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]
posted by alby on Mar 21, 2010 - 8 answers

How do I get bloatware off a new laptop with no physical media?

I'm about to buy a Sony Vaio for my sister. However, I hate bloatware and want to start her off with a fresh clean install. How do I do it? [more inside]
posted by InvestorMD on Dec 27, 2009 - 15 answers

Minimizing the hassle of reinstalling everything?

Help me save time and frustration reinstalling my programs/settings after a fresh Windows install / upgrade / etc. [more inside]
posted by Alabaster on Nov 14, 2009 - 4 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

Reinstalling WinXP hosed my drive letters...

WTF? I thought I knew what I was doing! I reinstalled WinXP on C:\ and it screwed up all my drive letters and made a secondary partition into a system partition. Help me get it back to normal! [more inside]
posted by jluce50 on Jan 10, 2009 - 7 answers

Okay, so plate spring on vocals only?

Please help get my old iBook to be as fast as possible! [more inside]
posted by Cantdosleepy on Dec 5, 2008 - 17 answers

Disk Drawer Double Bind

My friend's only Admin account on Windows has been ripped to shreds by a virus, an uninstaller program, or both; his CD drawer won't open or shut manually at all; and his BIOS settings, which are protected by a password we don't know, are to boot from a CD in the drive before anything else. Help me to not destroy his computer with an axe. [more inside]
posted by Acheman on Nov 14, 2008 - 20 answers

How do I copy browser histories & saved passwords from one machine to another on XP?

How do I copy browser histories & saved passwords from one machine to another on XP? [more inside]
posted by GuyZero on Aug 19, 2008 - 6 answers

How can I clean my computer when it won't let me?

I need to swab my old laptop as completely as possible before I sell it... the only problem is, I don't have a restore or new operating system disc. Please help! [more inside]
posted by bjork24 on Aug 4, 2008 - 13 answers

Maybe this partitioning scheme wasn't as clever as I thought ...

Is it possible to reinstall Windows XP on a small partition (~20 GB) of a single 300 GB hard drive? [more inside]
posted by Nelsormensch on Jun 7, 2008 - 10 answers

Where's my disk space?

My Dell XPS M1710 required a complete windows re-install (XP SP2 Media Centre). All went swimmingly (if not labouriously) until I went to re-install other programs. My 110Gb hard disk now only has 2 Gb free. Where are the the other 95Gb and how do I get access to it? [more inside]
posted by dangerousdan on Apr 26, 2008 - 12 answers

Young Pooterstein

I have some novice questions about a re-install with dual booting in Windows XP. More inside.... [more inside]
posted by Huplescat on Dec 21, 2007 - 1 answer

I don't really feel like rating over 2000 mp3s all over again, so help me not have to do so!

I'm thinking of nuking my hard drive and reinstalling Windows XP. This means iTunes, which sits on my C Drive, will obviously be wiped and reinstalled. If I do this, will I lose all the star ratings and other individual settings I have for my mp3s (which are stored on another partition that I won't be wiping)? If so, is there some file in the iTunes directory or somwhere else that I could back up and add to my new iTunes installation so I don't have to individually rate every mp3 I have all over again?
posted by Effigy2000 on Oct 31, 2007 - 5 answers

XP Setup Bootstrapping Question

Boostrap windows XP setup on a computer that cd-rom is not working on? [more inside]
posted by unvivid on Oct 19, 2007 - 6 answers

Hasta la Vista Baby... but if I want my baby (Vista) back?

I bought a new HP laptop. Vista is installed, I am going to install XP. If I want to reinstall Vista later on, after an SP or two, how can I reinstall w/ my legal copy's credentials? [more inside]
posted by jacobjacobs on Oct 16, 2007 - 12 answers

Help me find a driver backup application that can be scripted to run without prompting...

Help me find a driver backup application that can be scripted to run without prompting... [more inside]
posted by doomtop on Sep 19, 2007 - 3 answers

Moving MS Office

I'm trying to move MS Office Pro. 2003 to a new computer, but I'm having trouble. I've lost the certificate and CD, but can extract the product key... [more inside]
posted by BrotherCaine on Aug 13, 2007 - 5 answers

Reinstalling Windows

My many Windows errors are starting to grate on my nerves. I'd like to do a reinstall - but the recovery cd that came with my Toshiba laptop refuses to play nice (probably due to SP2 or the new motherboard). How do I reinstall an OEM version of Windows XP, without losing my key? Is it even possible to reinstall an OEM XP setup? Where do I even get an OEM version to reinstall from? Aargh!!!! More inside. [more inside]
posted by Xere on Jul 20, 2007 - 10 answers

Password emergency / mystery with Filemaker

Password emergency / mystery. I'm a new Filemaker user and I've somehow set a password that's keeping me from accessing the file I just put two days of work (and some not easily replaceable data) into. [more inside]
posted by lorimer on Jun 11, 2007 - 10 answers

Hope me get my settings back.

Had to reinstall XP Home. How do I get all my old settings back? [more inside]
posted by dirtynumbangelboy on Apr 14, 2007 - 6 answers

Transfering Drivers?

Main hard drive is about to die...New hard drive ready... Is there some way to copy drivers for video card, sound card, printer, etc, from the current OS hard drive to my external hard drive and then put them on my new hard drive with the newly installed windows? [more inside]
posted by matthelm on Feb 5, 2007 - 15 answers

Help me re-install XP

My mom's computer won't re-install an older version of Windows XP. This is actually a timely, pressing problem. [more inside]
posted by jeffmshaw on Nov 27, 2006 - 8 answers

Issue reinstalling OSX 10.4 (Tiger) on my MacBook Pro

I've got a MacBook Pro that currently has Max OS X 10.4.7 installed on a single partition (no boot camp). I'd like to wipe the hard drive clean and reinstall OSX 10.4 from scratch, but I'm running into some issues. [more inside]
posted by freshgroundpepper on Sep 23, 2006 - 4 answers

Is it possible to format my computer if I lost the format/backup disc that came with it along with cd drivers?

Is it possible to format my computer if I lost the format/backup disc that came with it along with cd drivers? [more inside]
posted by cheero on Jun 14, 2006 - 5 answers

What's my NeXT step here?

I inherited a NeXT machine. How can I start from scratch on it? [more inside]
posted by tkolstee on Apr 20, 2006 - 9 answers

Blue Screen of Death after Virgin XP ReInstall

I'm getting the blue screen of death right after reinstalling windows XP and the drivers [more inside]
posted by BigBrownBear on Mar 2, 2006 - 4 answers

OS... reinstall

My computer, a 2 year old Dell Dimension 4600, is pretty sick... and in a general state of decline. [more inside]
posted by Huplescat on Feb 16, 2006 - 10 answers

Why are there glitches all over my icons in OSX?

After using software update to get to OSX 10.4.4 and uninstalling some older helper apps and reinstalling one other app, I know have "glitches" all over every edge on my screen, and a 128 pix grey box follows my cursor around. Pic inside [more inside]
posted by Brainy on Jan 24, 2006 - 11 answers

Wipe or Replace?

I have a P-3 Dell desktop with Win98 that is a few years old and has been buggy of late, even with all the virus and adware scans I can do on it. I also have a laptop with XP and the XP install disks (I have reinstalled XP on this one). I feel like it's time to start fresh with the desktop, so my question is two-pronged: 1. Would it be easier to just buy a new hard drive (since a 20 gig one is relatively cheap) than to reformat the existing one and reinstall everything? 2. Would you reinstall Win98 or go with XP (assuming that it WOULD install on this box and I don't know any reason why it would not)?
posted by Danf on May 23, 2005 - 15 answers

Reinstalling WinXP

After a few hours of Google researching over the weekend, I could not find a simple, understandable guide for formatting my hard drive and re-installing Windows XP. I'm more interested in the actual process and less interested in being reminded to "backup everything." Does anyone know where I can find such a resource?
posted by LouMac on Feb 7, 2005 - 19 answers

User IDs and Passwords

I have kind of a n00b question here...I want to format my hd and reinstall everything. How do I save my autofill userids and passwords? I find it a pain when I reinstall IE (or now Firefox) and have to start all those logins from scratch.
posted by zardoz on Jan 20, 2005 - 8 answers

Best Linux build for my server?

Forced to reinstall my server, so I'm also optimizing it. Any suggestions on which Linux build I'd be best off using? Some specific issues inside. [more inside]
posted by caution live frogs on Dec 19, 2004 - 16 answers

Is there a good, systematic way to repair Windows' slow and steady degradation other than periodic reinstall?

scarabic's question brings up a more general question I have. Is there a good, systematic way to repair Windows' slow and steady degradation other than periodic reinstall? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by badstone on Jan 8, 2004 - 20 answers

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