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Is Windows Update breaking XP?

I thought it was just me the first time it happened, which was a day or so after the penultimate Windows Update for XP installed. My computer went into an endless reboot cycle. It would not boot to Safe Mode, so I could not roll back the registry to a previous state. After a lot of anguish, I was able to get it to boot in Mini PE using a CD I was given. Even that took several tries. In Mini PE, I could roll back the registry, and everything worked fine. Then, it happened again today. The final Windows Update for XP installed a couple of days ago. I fixed it as before, and searched. I found this. It's not just me. [more inside]
posted by Kirth Gerson on Apr 12, 2014 - 7 answers

Practically speaking, how will Windows XP end of life affect me?

I run some really old voice recognition software that will not run on newer versions of Windows, and have resisted upgrading all this time because the newer versions don't work as well for my various disabilities. Is there anything I should be doing now to prepare for Windows XP end of life? Unlike previous questions here on the green, I want to continue connecting to the Internet.
posted by Soliloquy on Mar 30, 2014 - 17 answers

Ex-XP? What should I do with my old XP running laptop?

I have an old laptop running XP. The laptop actually dates from the Vista era, but I chose to have XP installed given the lousy rep that Vista had. I have seen this question. I have a newer laptop that I use for most of my word processing and internetting needs. I can retire the old laptop, but it still works so I'd rather not ditch it. Assuming I am not going to attempt to run XP on anything connected to the outside world, what can I do with this old laptop? [more inside]
posted by pianissimo on Mar 28, 2014 - 9 answers

Internet, you're being weird. Stop it.

Trying to set up a new wireless network and running into all kinds of strange problems. Connections dropped every few hours! Some machines work, some don't! Can connect to internet, can't connect to router! DOGS AND CATS LIVING TOGETHER (literally). Please help. [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Feb 7, 2013 - 10 answers

How can I clone an XP drive and install that on a Windows 7 system?

I have two laptops, an old XP machine with a dying power supply, and a new Windows 7 machine that could easily store the old XP harddrive. Can I clone the XP drive and make a dual boot system on the Windows 7 machine?
posted by filthy light thief on Jan 26, 2013 - 4 answers

How to connect a Mac OS X and a Windows XP machine, in order to have a PHP+MysqL application running on Windows but with browser and usage from Mac OS X?

I want to connect from a Mac OS X machine to a Windows XP running XAMPP (Apache, MySQL, PHP), in order to use an application running on the Windows machine. At the same time, I want to have the Mac OS X allowing Internet browsing, while Windows should be isolated from the Internet. Can it be done in some way, or can you suggest a possible setup close to that purpose? [more inside]
posted by lion on Jan 5, 2013 - 6 answers

Windows equivalent to Target Disk Mode?

Colleague's Windows laptop isn't starting up properly. Would it be possible to boot this laptop as an external hard drive to another computer, a la Apple's Target Disk Mode, perhaps using an Ethernet cable? We have both Windows machines and Macs in the office. Please note that I am exclusively looking for this sort of solution, within the confines of this particular question.
posted by Sticherbeast on Dec 18, 2012 - 6 answers

How do I download Windows XP updates just once and install them from the local source after that?

How do I save all Windows XP (32 bit) updates on my PC, burn them to a DVD, and then use that DVD so I don't have to download them again? [more inside]
posted by InsertNiftyNameHere on Dec 11, 2012 - 5 answers

How to get serial numbers from optical drives?

Is there any way to determine the serial numbers of the optical drives in my computer without opening it up? I'm running Windows XP. [more inside]
posted by Awkward Philip on Nov 28, 2012 - 3 answers

Using a Mixer w/Audacity to do Interviews on a Landline.

Using a Mixer w/Audacity to do Interviews on a Landline.? [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind on Nov 26, 2012 - 6 answers

Using Paragon "Adaptive Restore"

Need help with Paragon "Adaptive Restore", part of the Backup & Recovery 2012 software package. [more inside]
posted by lattiboy on Sep 19, 2012 - 0 answers

How can I fix my XP computer from UBCD?

How can I run chkdsk (or something similar to fix my XP computer) from UBCD 4.1.1? [more inside]
posted by AgentRocket on Aug 13, 2012 - 8 answers

Safe, easy, preferably free way to get hot corners in Windows 7

I want OS X Exposé-style hot corners in Windows 7. Is there any alternative to Hot Corners or LiveEdge? [more inside]
posted by limeonaire on Jul 21, 2012 - 1 answer

Why is my Windows XP telling me that the current user account is not recognised?

For the past month or so, my Windows XP SP3 gives me the message "The current user account is not recognised. Restart the computer and then open User Accounts." whenever I try to open User Accounts. The problem is not resolved by restarting, but is temporarily eliminated by logging off and logging back in. It reappears on restart. Why is this happening? [more inside]
posted by Senza Volto on Apr 9, 2012 - 8 answers

I would like to legally make my copy of Windows XP work!

I need Windows XP on my boot camp capable Macbook Pro. I purchased the home edition SP2 a long time ago, but have now lost the product key / activation. I'm looking for legal ways to install XP tonight or tomorrow. [more inside]
posted by visual mechanic on Mar 4, 2012 - 6 answers

All of this will be lost .... Windows XP pining for the fjords?

My installation of Windows XP Pro (SP3) seems to have developed intermittent amnesia. I've noticed a couple of times in the past week that files which I edited and saved under new names just -- disappeared. (Details inside). Today, after restarting the machine, I found my desktop wallpaper and Quick Launch icons had reverted to what I had several months ago, and my Recent Documents lists in MS and Adobe products was showing material from July 2011 and earlier. Plus, my iTunes library had suddenly been unable to find about 10% of my songs, although I have been able to manually locate them and make iTunes recognize a few again. These "missing" songs are both old and new: I don't see any pattern in time re what has gone missing. I'm assuming the worst -- XP death throes in progress! -- and am updating my data backups NOW. All my applications seem fine so far: I'm not missing anything that was recently installed. No other data seems to be actually missing. While I back up, is there anything else I should investigate or hypothesize? [more inside]
posted by maudlin on Dec 8, 2011 - 25 answers

Frankensteining a Windows XP Install: old into new?

Can I put my old XP state into a new XP install? [more inside]
posted by Uther Bentrazor on Nov 23, 2011 - 3 answers

Look ma, no passwords

A relative passed away. I've been asked by family to wipe her work laptop before it is returned to the company. I don't have any of her passwords. Is there a way to wipe it anyways and have it in a returnable condition? [more inside]
posted by alcopop on Nov 20, 2011 - 20 answers

new life for a Nikon 990 Coolpix

I'm trying to set up my Nikon 990 Coolpix camera as a dedicated image camera on a PC. I'm not able to download images via USB and wondering how I could get this to work. I need to take a boatload of images and get them into a PC quickly and easily. I have this camera available as a utility camera that can be permanently utilized in this role if I can get it to work on a PC. [more inside]
posted by diode on Nov 9, 2011 - 11 answers

Frequently dropping wireless

My wireless connection keeps dropping every few minutes. Eee PC, Windows XP, roommate's Macbook does not have this problem. [more inside]
posted by moonroof on Oct 25, 2011 - 6 answers

Help me avoid spending way too much time navigating between folders.

Can I revert the behaviour of Common Item Dialogs in Windows 7 to that of Windows XP? [more inside]
posted by t_dubs on Sep 14, 2011 - 1 answer

Need 64-bit MS Paint install file!

Could anyone provide me with the 64 bit MS Paint install file from Windows XP or Vista? (NO Windows 7!) [more inside]
posted by CelebrenIthil on Aug 22, 2011 - 14 answers

DotNetNuke + XP + IE8 = ARRRGH!

After a month in the field, this DotNetNuke site is throwing up Tab Recovery Errors in IE8 for users using Windows XP. While the most efficient answer may be "don't use XP" it is unfortunately not the best answer. Anyone have an idea? More details inside... [more inside]
posted by rednikki on Aug 12, 2011 - 4 answers

Batch renaming through sub-directories!

I want to write a batch file that will let me change the extensions of all the files of a certain type (so, like, "ren *.nco *.zip") through all of the sub-directories in a directory. If this is possible, how is it done? [more inside]
posted by The Great Big Mulp on Jul 22, 2011 - 7 answers

cintiq color calibration issues

Wacom Cintiq color calibration issues under Windows XP run on an iMac. [more inside]
posted by NoraReed on Jun 18, 2011 - 3 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

Windows EFS locking me out of my files. What to do?

Windows XP is denying access to EFS encrypted files for seemingly no reason. Please help. [more inside]
posted by Bangaioh on Jun 9, 2011 - 13 answers

How do I protect my PC while surfing the net?

Please tell what I can do to be safer while surfing the Internet. I barely escaped a virus I got while surfing with the latest version of Firefox on a completely updated and patched Windows XP machine. [more inside]
posted by 14580 on Jun 8, 2011 - 17 answers

THIS SHOULD BE MUCH EASIER IN MY OPINION

I need to setup a default profile for all users in Windows 7. PLEASE HELP! [more inside]
posted by lattiboy on May 26, 2011 - 5 answers

Previous file versions from a previous OS

Windows 7 has been installed over Windows XP and I need access to some files from the old OS, but there are some serious permission issues. [more inside]
posted by charred husk on May 23, 2011 - 4 answers

I want what I want. That is all.

How do I uninstall IE8? [more inside]
posted by SLC Mom on May 15, 2011 - 4 answers

Mouse hell

My Microsoft Setpoint (wireless optical) mouse isn't selecting properly anymore, especially text, but seems to work properly in every other way. [more inside]
posted by dhartung on May 12, 2011 - 2 answers

How to Redirect or Block Most Audio Output?

What's the best way to make sure that nothing except iTunes outputs sound while running XP? [more inside]
posted by SpiffyRob on May 11, 2011 - 5 answers

Running 16bit Windows program via a browser or some other solution

I have a small simple 16 bit windows application that I need access to from a couple dozen Windows 7 64 bit computers. Unfortunately we lost some of the source code so recompiling it is not in the cards any time soon. Is there a way I can host this app on something like Amazon AWS and give all these users access to run the app via a browser or some other method? Installing VM lite or the windows virtual pc is not an option unfortunately. These users would need access to this program concurrently. The VMWare solutions are far too expensive and the VMLite product that might help we won't be out for some time. Thank you for reading my post. Have a great one.
posted by JohnGL on Apr 22, 2011 - 7 answers

Plz help me get to data partition on XP desktop.

XP. Trying to get backed up files off old desktop computer. Using windows explorer, I cannot 'see' a partition on secondary hard drive, like the partition is hidden. But I *can* see the files when I search for *.mp3 or *.jpg or *.txt over the whole machine; they can be seen, through search facility, read only, in a partition that doesn't even show up in win explorer. I'm not certain if I somehow hid that partition and if I did I've no idea how I did it. I want to get these files off that desktop and to a place I can access them anywhere anytime, but right now I can't access them at all. Any help you can provide greatly appreciated. [more inside]
posted by dancestoblue on Apr 7, 2011 - 4 answers

Installing countless fonts—each in its own folder—onto WinXP machine

Mass-installing fonts onto an XP machine when each font is enclosed in its own folder. [more inside]
posted by alexandermatheson on Feb 27, 2011 - 3 answers

How to ensure documents moved to a shared folder have the same permissions as documents created in the shared folder?

Looking for a setting in Windows XP to ensure that all users (or all users in a certain group) will always be able to access documents in a shared folder. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Feb 23, 2011 - 13 answers

I am Linux in a Microsoft world.

I am an Ubuntu newbie in a mixed environment. I need to print from Ubuntu 10.10 to a Dell 1700 printer attached to an XP Pro PC. I've read reams of tips, tricks, forums, Google searches & past AskMes. I consider myself of above average user intelligence. Am I educated stupid? [more inside]
posted by beelzbubba on Jan 21, 2011 - 8 answers

Corrupt NTFS filesystem, can't get into the repair console.

My parents computer isn't booting, and it's due to a corrupt ntfs filesystem. I'd like to run CHKDSK, but when I try to boot into the repair console, it requires an administrator password, which we don't have (second-hand computer). I can't use a password reset disk, because it won't recognize the disk (presumably due to the corrupt filesystem). Catch-22 - what now? [more inside]
posted by chrisamiller on Nov 23, 2010 - 17 answers

Mrs. Todd would know what to do.

On a keyboard, can I map a key combination (Ctrl+C) to a single key? [more inside]
posted by eunoia on Nov 4, 2010 - 6 answers

I need a little webcam, short and cheap

Looking for a unobtrusive cheap webcam to stick on my mid-sized laptop. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by nrobertson on Oct 20, 2010 - 4 answers

Windows Mesh won't run on XP... options?

I'm looking for a good solution for syncing files across several computers with several users. Something like Windows Live Mesh, except I can't use that because several of the computers run Windows XP, which Mesh doesn't support. [more inside]
posted by Mokusatsu on Oct 19, 2010 - 9 answers

How many gigawatts does it take?

Can I load Windows XP Professional on this new Windows 7 machine? [more inside]
posted by bradly on Oct 6, 2010 - 18 answers

Windows XP crash/boot failure - Hardware error or virus?

My brother-in-law's windows XP machine has died, with a STOP error of 7e (ooooo5).. Sometimes it also references aspi.sys. Sometimes it makes it to the 'windows' screen, then hangs there loading endlessly. I suspected a rootkit because of a virus warning before it crashed, but I downloaded a couple of Linux rescue CDs and they didn't work - spitting out a variety of error messages (couldn't mount fs, init cancelled, or just a stream of hex numbers). I've also tried safe mode with and without console - it just resets without comment. The computer is very dusty, so my next step is to open it up and reseat the components after giving them a bit of compressed air - any thoughts on other stuff I could try, or components that might be at fault? I guess the motherboard is the obvious place for a problem - plausible?
posted by Sebmojo on Oct 5, 2010 - 13 answers

Onscreen Caps Lock/Num Lock/Insert notification for Windows XP?

Is there a utility that runs on Windows XP that will give an on-screen notification when the Caps Lock, Num Lock and Insert keys are pressed? [more inside]
posted by DakotaPaul on Oct 5, 2010 - 5 answers

rogue.scanner.1514

How to remove "rogue scanner 1514" Windows malware? [more inside]
posted by miyabo on Aug 9, 2010 - 8 answers

Please help me install a program with python and csound.

Please help me install this music sequencer on windows XP. It requires python, so I've installed 2.5 as it may have issues with later versions. It also requires the 'csound python api' which I can't find on the net or in my installation of csound. I'm really keen on this app. [more inside]
posted by Not Supplied on Jul 21, 2010 - 3 answers

I don't mind doing windows, as long as there aren't too many

Is there a keyboard shortcut to open a pre-existing folder in Windows XP in its own new window? [more inside]
posted by NoraCharles on Jul 11, 2010 - 3 answers

How do I remotely solve a malware issue?

How can I remotely solve a malware issue on a Windows XP computer? [more inside]
posted by Blacksun on Jul 6, 2010 - 7 answers

Suggestions for calendar software

Give me your suggestions for off-line calendar software for Windows XP. [more inside]
posted by Dr Dracator on Jun 22, 2010 - 5 answers

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