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Which version of Vista for game-playing in Boot Camp?

I'm a late adaptor. After much happy gaming in Windows XP (via Boot Camp on my Mac), I am finally getting around to Vista-only games like Assassin's Creed III. So it's time to take the plunge and buy a copy of Vista on eBay. But which version? 64-bit or 32-bit? Service pack 1, 2, or 3? Starter, basic, or ultimate? Home or business? As somebody who isn't well-versed in Windows to begin with, I'm finding the choice a little overwhelming. I will be using Windows exclusively for gaming and don't care about any other features. Also, note that Windows Vista is the latest Windows my 2006 Mac Pro will support, so unfortunately "Skip straight to Windows 7 or 8" isn't an option. [more inside]
posted by yankeefog on Dec 2, 2013 - 13 answers

Permissions on files, so many files

I have an old hard drive that was password locked. I can't boot from it, but I can get to the files. I have to change permissions for every single file before I can copy it over, is there a way to do that for everything at once? [more inside]
posted by Dynex on Aug 21, 2012 - 3 answers

We seem to be made to suffer. It's our lot in life. -- friend based tech support

Repairing friend's laptop(s). Will be nuking from space. Which Windows OS version to install? Also, failing wifi on second laptop. *sigh* [more inside]
posted by jadepearl on May 24, 2012 - 13 answers

Migrating from XP to Vista... the hard way.

My XP desktop's motherboard spitzensparken. Kaput. Can anyone share advice on how best to migrate the contents of a crufty, crowded XP boot drive, to a new Vista system build, ideally booting on a new solid state drive? (Hardware recommendations on a new system are also welcome!) [more inside]
posted by markkraft on Mar 4, 2011 - 10 answers

Copy Windows Install Discs for Back-up

Exactly how do I rip (or burn) copies of the Windows XP, Vista, 7 install discs? [more inside]
posted by Mike Mongo on Oct 22, 2010 - 11 answers

It's always the everlovin' windows machine.

Why does Windows say it's connected to my wireless network but refuse to connect to the internet? Cast of characters: Airport Extreme, XP, Vista. [more inside]
posted by jamaro on Aug 15, 2010 - 11 answers

Windows home networking / wireless printer sharing

Windows home networking / wireless printer sharing [more inside]
posted by AwkwardPause on Mar 8, 2010 - 6 answers

Cisco SSL VPN Client, why do you hate Vista?

Does anyone have experience with the Cisco SSL VPN Client, running under Vista/IE8? [more inside]
posted by cgg on Feb 5, 2010 - 5 answers

Help me get Internet!

Linksys Router Problems...Help.... [more inside]
posted by CwgrlUp on Jan 20, 2010 - 6 answers

This disc was made for bootin'

I would like to make a custom boot disc that is very simple to the user. All it would do is restore an image from 6 DVDs to a hard drive. The only options I would like the user to see is: 1) format drive 2) restore drive 3) exit I would like to create this menu and all sub menus that I see fit. I have seen UBCD but it is too complicated for the people I know. I would like to use Driveimage XML and have it read the discs one at a time to restore the drive. Any suggestions?
posted by CodeMonkey on Nov 30, 2009 - 8 answers

Trying to get old files from older HDD

I'm trying to get my old files off of an old Hard-disk. Old PC is XP newer PC is Vista. I removed the Hardisk from the OLD computer. I bought a USB to SATA/IDE cable. When I plug in the Hard-disk via USB, I hear the confirmation tone that you hear everytime you plug in a USB. I see a "ST340082 0AS SCSI Disk Device" in the "Safely remove hardware" icon in the tray. but I do not see the Drive. I can't really afford an External Hard drive. But I will eventually if I have to. Cna anyone help me please.
posted by Student of Man on Oct 27, 2009 - 12 answers

What's up with my music files on my PC?

What is up with my music files' titles turning into nonsensical four-letter titles? [more inside]
posted by ishotjr on Sep 8, 2009 - 8 answers

install Windows XP on Vista laptop

Trouble installing windows xp on a vista laptop (Acer 6530) [more inside]
posted by gigimakka on Aug 18, 2009 - 5 answers

Is now the right time to buy a new PC?

My trusty 3-year old home office PC is starting to drag a bit, so I'm thinking about replacing it. Should I bite the bullet and buy something with Vista? Go with XP, even if it means not getting the latest Intel processor? Or, should I wait until Windows 7? [more inside]
posted by stuehler on Apr 21, 2009 - 25 answers

What are the best resources for computer novices?

What are the best resources for computer novices? I often find myself in the position of helping friends and family figure out how to operate their computers (typically Windows XP or Vista, but OS X tips are welcome too.) While I realize there's no substitute for face-to-face instruction, my time is not infinite and I'd like to be able to set them up with some bookmarks or documents that will give them guidance when I'm not around. [more inside]
posted by contraption on Apr 12, 2009 - 2 answers

help my sister surf

My sister just reformatted her hard drive replacing Vista with XP, but now she can't get online. HP was no help because they said they can't support her changing operating systems. How can I help her get online? Model and other details follow: [more inside]
posted by crapples on Mar 10, 2009 - 12 answers

How can I make Vista share with xp with no problems?

My new (XP) Netbook is refusing to open shared folders on my Vista main PC, yet if i reboot main pc it will suddenly work again! Can anyone help stop me tearing my hair out? [more inside]
posted by mrbenn on Mar 2, 2009 - 3 answers

The font which was not there

On Windows (XP/Vista), how does Microsoft Office look up the list of fonts which are available to the user? [more inside]
posted by splice on Feb 26, 2009 - 17 answers

Why are file sizes different on XP to Vista Machines??

Why do file sizes vary from Windows XP to Vista????? [more inside]
posted by maxmix on Feb 6, 2009 - 16 answers

I love Vista, hate the way it handles flash drives. Obi-Wan, Help Me!

I love Vista, hate the way it handles flash drives. Obi-Wan, Help Me! I use a Vista laptop and an XP desktop for work. When I copy anything from the XP machine on my flash drive and use it on my Vista Laptop, it won't let me delete or re-save it after editing, saying the file is Read-Only. Even if I copy something to it from the Vista machine it always asks to confirm things. I know UAC is a pain in the neck but is there anyway around it's behaviour on flashdrives?
posted by damiano99 on Dec 18, 2008 - 6 answers

How can I make windows play nice with itself?

How can I dual boot XP and Vista on my Vaio when all I have is the factory recovery Vista disc and a "XP downgrade" disc? [more inside]
posted by T.D. Strange on Nov 25, 2008 - 6 answers

Building a uber powerful gaming pc, need your help

Building a uber powerful gaming pc, what parts to buy as I don't want to be a sucker. Need your help. Intel Core i7 [more inside]
posted by spinko on Nov 22, 2008 - 26 answers

Windows XP, XP64, Vista, and Linux machines refuse to play nicely together.

Windows XP, XP64, Vista, and Linux machines refuse to play nicely together - Why can't I get them to ping each other? I am trying to hook up a mixed network for file/print sharing, network gaming and the like, but I seem to be having basic IP issues and I'm pulling my hair out trying to figure out the problem! [more inside]
posted by Nixie Pixel on Nov 5, 2008 - 14 answers

Can I use the B: drive on my PC?

Can I use B: as a drive letter, on a modern windows PC, without messing things up? [more inside]
posted by penciltopper on Sep 29, 2008 - 11 answers

Remote desktop through LAN?

(I know you're not my helpdesk, but...) I'm trying to get some kind of "remote desktop" going between my laptop and my desktop. [more inside]
posted by NekulturnY on Sep 25, 2008 - 12 answers

I must be the only person wanting to get rid of XP and use vista.

I started with XP. Installed vista. Then I could choose between XP and Vista. I'm not using XP any more. Can I just delete the XP partition? [more inside]
posted by gergtreble on Sep 1, 2008 - 7 answers

Sharing Windows computers on a home network

What's the best way for two people to collaborate on their Windows computers that are on the same home network? [more inside]
posted by lunchbox on Aug 27, 2008 - 8 answers

Downgrading multiple Vista machines with one XP Professional license

Can I "downgrade" multiple computers with Vista pre-installed using only one license of XP Professional? [more inside]
posted by danwalker on Aug 27, 2008 - 8 answers

Why aren't there universal 32->64 bit driver translator/emulators?

Why aren't there universal 32->64 bit driver translator/emulators? [more inside]
posted by Mokusatsu on Aug 23, 2008 - 9 answers

Help me restore hope AND Documents.

My parents computer crashed. I never determined the cause. It had XP on it. They've since bought a laptop, and want to recover documents from their desktop. They bought a hd enclosure. I connected the hd, and it's recognized, but it seems that the profiles must've been encrypted. I know that it's almost impossible to break the encryption, but want to be helpful, any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by TuxHeDoh on Aug 7, 2008 - 11 answers

Windows Taskbar: Multiple row management madness!

Windows Taskbar: Multiple row management madness! [more inside]
posted by colecovizion on Aug 3, 2008 - 2 answers

XP and Vista laptops won't access net at same time :/

I'm setting up a wireless network in my house and am having a problem getting my XP laptop and my roommates Vista laptop on at the same time. I can get one or the other accessing the internet (when right clicking on network and repairing). I'm assuming this is an IP conflict since when I get her Vista laptop accessing the net, a yellow triangle with an exclamtion mark pops up in my task bar and then my laptop won't access the net. My guess is I have to set up a static IP for both?
posted by debu on Jul 29, 2008 - 19 answers

Can a Linux Logical Volume Manager be read by Windows?

Can an LVM partition be mounted by Windows XP or Vista? [more inside]
posted by lukemeister on Jun 28, 2008 - 5 answers

Help me understand Boot Camp and its limitations, please!

I'm purchasing an iMac sometime this weekend (yay!) and I'm trying to figure out how I want to partition the drive for Boot Camp... [more inside]
posted by DMan on Jun 13, 2008 - 18 answers

One version of Windows isn't enough, I need three!

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 - 5 answers

Standard new PC blues

Various quandaries in building a new PC [more inside]
posted by ROU_Xenophobe on May 13, 2008 - 21 answers

How can we NOT move to Vista without hoarding XP licenses?

Can someone clarify how (volume?) licensing of XP is going to work when we refuse to move to Vista? Reading all day, nothing makes sense. Not that long left to figure it out. [more inside]
posted by bartleby on May 12, 2008 - 5 answers

Should I bother with XP, much less vista?

Should I bother with XP, much less vista? [more inside]
posted by ericales on Apr 23, 2008 - 18 answers

How can I turn my old Windows XP desktop into a print server for a wired network with Vista and XP machines?

How can I turn my old Windows XP desktop into a print server for a wired network with Vista and XP machines? [more inside]
posted by abkadefgee on Apr 18, 2008 - 2 answers

Dude, you're getting an obsolete Dell!

Will I regret buying a laptop with Windows XP, instead of Vista? [more inside]
posted by M.C. Lo-Carb! on Apr 17, 2008 - 27 answers

How to install XP to a brand new Vista-riddled Dell?

How to install XP to a brand new Vista-riddled Dell? [more inside]
posted by jdruk on Mar 24, 2008 - 16 answers

User Migration between PCs

What programs\packages are available that allow one to plug a cable into one pc, the other end to another pc, and then migrate the data? [more inside]
posted by zephyr_words on Feb 19, 2008 - 8 answers

Ram with a View

Going to try "downgrade" my new laptop from Vista to XP. Most painless method? Software to identify all drivers or other methods? [more inside]
posted by Iteki on Feb 12, 2008 - 13 answers

Ramming Speed! Or ramming systems anyway.

I've got 32bit windows XP. I also have 8 gigs of Ram. The windows specs say it'll only recognize 4 gigs. Other than converting to windows vista, is there any way to get my machine to recognize and use the other four gigs of ram?
posted by rileyray3000 on Jan 3, 2008 - 17 answers

The Vista fails to inspire me

It's time to replace our desktop computer. After threads like this about the sluggishness of Vista, I'd prefer to get XP Pro, but it appears that some vendors, such as HP, only offer Vista. I'd rather not buy a computer with Vista and then install XP. Ideally, the new box would come with XP Pro and include a coupon for Vista that will still be valid in one or two years when Microsoft will presumably gets its act together. Does anyone have such a thing? Thanks and happy holidays! [more inside]
posted by lukemeister on Dec 26, 2007 - 24 answers

Is Dell Support lying about downgrading PCs to WinXP?

Is Dell Support lying when they say that their new XPS laptop is not WinXP-compatible? [more inside]
posted by Fferret on Nov 26, 2007 - 13 answers

Very Fickle Wireless Network

Does anyone have any idea as to why a Macbook Pro or a laptop running WinXP could see a wireless network broadcast from an old Netgear (802.11b network) but two different laptops running Vista would not even see that the network exists? The SSID is being broadcast and while there is basic MAC address filtering being used, the Vista laptops don't even see that a network exists. Thanks.
posted by Ikazuchi on Nov 25, 2007 - 4 answers

Vista 'Stacks' feature in XP

I'm not going to try upgrading to Vista yet again. There's nothing in Vista I need - except one thing. I love the "Stacks" feature in the new Explorer that allows you to create folders that follow specific criteria (like a Smart Playlist in iTunes). Does anyone know of a plugin, a program, whatever... that can add this functionality to XP?
posted by yehaskel on Nov 4, 2007 - 4 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

New laptop with XP for under $500?

Is it possible to buy a new laptop for around $500 with Windows XP? [more inside]
posted by nzero on Sep 30, 2007 - 6 answers

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