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Too many reviews and all of them different

So cornfuzed! What are the best free firewall and virus checker out there? [more inside]
posted by BlueHorse on May 31, 2014 - 6 answers

Connecting Winebottler to the Web

I'm using the Winebottler program to install IE8 on my Mac (for testing a site). It looks great but doesn't seem to connect to the Web. Is there a fix for this?
posted by johngoren on Apr 30, 2014 - 2 answers

Where can I purchase Windows 7 (safely)?

Dear HiveMind, I am finally waking up, smelling the coffee ... and seeing that I must say goodbye to XP. My machines are old (but not ancient) ThinkPads - one T60 and three X60s maxed out on RAM (systems built 2006-2008). I'm looking for an honorable seller of Win 7. [more inside]
posted by ferkit on Apr 21, 2014 - 13 answers

Clean out XP for Solo Operation

My XP system is severed from the internet and runs beautifully as a stand alone. It has never been as responsive as now. I still have nag screens that are looking for an anti-virus and firewall. How are they disabled? I used REVO Uninstaller and CCleaner to remove as much of the old internet crud as possible. What other internet features that are not listed in Add or Remove programs or Revo can be removed and how is it done?
posted by Raybun on Apr 15, 2014 - 4 answers

Firefox XP Support Question

Hello: I understand that Google Chrome plans to continue supporting the Windows XP operating system for another year. Does anyone know Firefox's position concerning this support issue? Thanks in advance. Mckoan1
posted by Mckoan1 on Apr 11, 2014 - 3 answers

What to do with my old XP system?

My XP system is going off-line in April. It will stay in operation, running in tandem with a new W8.1 system, that will be its conduit onto the web. I need to keep XP running because some of my $$$$$ drafting software will not run on 8.1. 8.1 is also, IMHO, irritating. Can my Dell T3400 workstation, 4 GB, be used as a music center with a sound card upgrade? I have tried the system, as it is configured, with Sennheiser TR220 headphones. The sound is horrible. The CD player in my truck sounds better. Part of the sound problems are caused by background processes that interrupt the sound output. Clearing most of the Start Menu and everything concerned with internet operation should stop this part of the problem. I am considering an ASUS Xonar Essence ST Headphone sound card. Would this card in my XP system with the Sennheiser TR220 headphones be reasonably equivalent to a good stand alone sound system? Might another card be better than the Asus? I am avoiding a separate player due to limited space in my office.
posted by Raybun on Mar 28, 2014 - 9 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

Support for Windows XP ends in 18 days - how do I best protect myself?

My laptop, running XP, has been chugging along nicely for nine years. Microsoft is "retiring" support for Windows XP. My surfing is fairly hygenic. How soon will I be vulnerable? What do I do to protect myself? [more inside]
posted by vapidave on Mar 20, 2014 - 14 answers

In search of cool user-interface tweaks for XP

Help me pimp my box! [more inside]
posted by nurgle on Dec 24, 2013 - 4 answers

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

Old computer running XP - Windows Task Manager shows 100% CPU usage.

Does flash show as flash in Windows task manager in XP? - It's invisible even when I play videos which are obviously using flash. Are the resources consumed by flash 'lumped in' with the CPU utilization consumed by my browser as I see it in Task Manager? [more inside]
posted by vapidave on Oct 9, 2013 - 5 answers

Router noob in need of help

Help me make my wireless router work with my XP PC [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Jun 6, 2013 - 6 answers

Frequent Disconnects DCOM Errors - Please Help Me

Hi guys, I've been going through this for a few months. It got better after I switched ADSL modems but the DCOM errors are just mounting in frequency - 2 an hour - seemingly at random. [more inside]
posted by watercarrier on May 4, 2013 - 8 answers

Best PC Support Utilities?

What are your list of the most essential PC support utilities? [more inside]
posted by cjorgensen on Apr 28, 2013 - 11 answers

VPN XP woes

I've installed Private Internet Access VPN software on a Win 7 machine and an XP machine on my home network. The VPN connected Windows 7 machine reports good speeds at www.speedtest.net and streams content like a champ. The XP machine when connected to the VPN shows terrible speeds and buffers and stutters like something not so useful. More details after the fold... [more inside]
posted by merocet on Mar 9, 2013 - 8 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

WinXP Debug, Difficulty: Korean

What does this Korean localized WinXP error dialogue say and how can I fix it (optional). [more inside]
posted by roue on Feb 6, 2013 - 6 answers

USB ports failing

My Compaq Presario V2000 notebook running XP is a bit more than 5 years old, and all three of its USB ports are failing. [more inside]
posted by Kiwi on Dec 24, 2012 - 7 answers

Cant get Modem to Install

I am trying to install a 56K modem card from a PC that ran Windows XP onto a PC that runs Windows 7. The card used either the LSI (Agere) driver or the Intel sep 536ep driver. I've found Windows 7 versions (64 bit) of both drivers and both are saved to my new PC. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind on Dec 16, 2012 - 5 answers

Laser printer won't share itself

Are some laser printers wholly resistant to sharing? [more inside]
posted by dance on Oct 30, 2012 - 3 answers

Accidentally deleted audio driver on Windows XP machine. How do I get it back?

I accidentally deleted my audio driver software on my XP machine. How can I remedy this? [more inside]
posted by MattMangels on Oct 2, 2012 - 7 answers

USB WiFi adapter?

I think I need to get a USB WiFi adapter. Any recommendations? (Bonus points if it also provides a USB port on its other end. Additional information inside, including, perhaps, a question about drivers.) [more inside]
posted by nobody on Sep 7, 2012 - 8 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

User Was Deleted from XP. Help me get back the settings.

XP Disaster - Deleted User - Help me. [more inside]
posted by watercarrier on Jul 25, 2012 - 7 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

Jumping through hoops for Spotify.

If I leave my computer for several hours, or it goes into hibernation mode, my audio programs Spotify and/or Media Monkey become weirdly unable to play audio tracks. What gives? Windows XP [more inside]
posted by sully75 on May 11, 2012 - 3 answers

Windows XP and word 2002 refuse to recognize changes on a document made on a different machine.

Windows XP and word 2002 refuse to recognize changes on a document made on a different machine. What gives? [more inside]
posted by IndigoJones on Mar 30, 2012 - 7 answers

Preserve a fresh installation of Windows XP with updates and drivers?

I just created a fresh installation of Windows XP with updates and drivers on my parents' computer. How can I preserve this installation, so that they can easily rollback (or even wipe the hard drive) to get back to this uncorrupted state after it is inevitably infected with some unremovable malware? The contents of the hard drive are under 4gb and can fit on a DVD. They don't store content locally, so I'm unconcerned with losing data. And, no, switching to Linux is not an option. Thanks!
posted by Bushmiller on Dec 7, 2011 - 16 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

Upgrading a friend's computer from XP to 7. I recall that simply copying files to a second internal drive resulted in some permission problems. How do I avoid this?

Upgrading a friend's computer from XP to 7. I recall that simply backing up files to a second internal drive resulted in some permission problems. How do I avoid this? [more inside]
posted by sisquoc15 on Nov 7, 2011 - 5 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

Upgrade Downgrade: Laptop Edition

Getting a brand new Core i7 laptop. How sensible is it to downgrade it to XP? [more inside]
posted by yellowcandy on Oct 10, 2011 - 32 answers

Can anyone help me turn my offsite backup into a brick?

After reading through lots of tips and tricks on backing up data on here, I am close to a backup system that really works for me. However, can anyone help me with two things: securing an offsite backup, and backing up a bootcamp partition? [more inside]
posted by This_Will_Be_Good on Sep 27, 2011 - 4 answers

Denied by my own! Help!

I "don't have permission" to go into the desktop XP folders on my network from my Windows 7 laptop, but the reverse is fine. Help me? [more inside]
posted by droplet on Sep 1, 2011 - 13 answers

New "Starfield"?

Has anyone made a solid, stable, fancier, and Windows 7 compatible version of the awesome old Windows XP "Starfield" screensaver? [more inside]
posted by Esefa on Aug 26, 2011 - 9 answers

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]
posted by schmoppa on Aug 18, 2011 - 11 answers

Sharp AR-M620 driver install no longer works (XP)

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]
posted by Guyatoffice on Aug 18, 2011 - 0 answers

Help connect my XP virtual machine to a local network to save my back!

How can I connect my Windows XP Virtual Machine (bootcamp partition) to my office network over wifi? [more inside]
posted by This_Will_Be_Good on Jul 11, 2011 - 7 answers

Rogue network traffic on Windows XP64

How to find out why my computer is broadcasting SNMP traps and shut it down? Complicating factor, the absence of SNMP and my ignorance of Windows server environments. [more inside]
posted by outlier on Jul 4, 2011 - 8 answers

Malware - can't open some configuration dialogs/windows

Windows XP. I can't get my Date/Time dialog to popup when clicking the clock, nor the video card/monitor properties to pop up (when right clicking desktop and choosing "properties"). I also have auto updates not being allowed to be turned on (or rather, the service is on, but in the control panel it says it can't be turned on). I think i got hit w/something a while back, but everything I've done to fix it isn't working. [more inside]
posted by symbioid on Jun 27, 2011 - 28 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

How to speed-up routine renaming, cutting and pasting in Windows XP?

Looking to make routine file renaming, cutting and pasting possible with two clicks in Windows XP. [more inside]
posted by HerArchitectLover on Jun 9, 2011 - 13 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

Why can I transfer pics from my phone via Bluetooth to a PC if it's running XP, but not if it's running Windows 7?

Why can I transfer pics from my phone via Bluetooth to a PC if it's running XP, but not if it's running Windows 7? [more inside]
posted by Unhyper on May 11, 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

Doesn't seem all that jaunty to me.

I'm trying to copy some windows files to an external USB drive so I can wipe the disk. I am doing this under Ubuntu Jaunty because it won't stay up in XP due to malware (not even long enough to scan the drive, but I'm don't need to repair the system. I just want to get some files off it.) [more inside]
posted by Obscure Reference on Apr 23, 2011 - 13 answers

installing Win7 without admin privileges

Tech help - trying to install Win7 over XP Pro, without administrator privileges. [more inside]
posted by wilful on Apr 21, 2011 - 10 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

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

Have I missed anything?

How to revive old Dell XP machine ? [more inside]
posted by Kevin S on Feb 13, 2011 - 13 answers

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