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XP or Vista?

The Spaghedeity has smiled upon me! I'm finally going to get a new computer, a custom Dell.Should I get a Vista or XP? XP is reliable, cheaper and proven, but it's old-ishVista is NEW, cooler, and won't be outdated in a year or two, but its buggyI can't decide :p, any help? Well I wound up getting an Apple iMac 20"

Topic by KentsOkay    |  last reply


XP Drivers

I bought a Compaq Presario F700 Notebook PC but it came with vista. i gave it a try but did not like it. so i bought windows xp PRO i installed and there wasn't any problems. but i need some drivers which i could not find. if you can help me please do so. in the picture you can see that i am missing some drivers but i cant seem to find them if you need more information please feel free to contact me.

Topic by chrischavez    |  last reply


Upgraded to XP

I gave Microsoft until SP1 for vista, I tried to like it, but lets count the annoyances. SLOW, even with all the twaddle turned off. 2 minutes to boot, five before wireless would connect. Disk copy at a snails pace. 12 minutes to write a one gig usb 2.0 jump drive 10 gig restore partition. 10 gig win sxs folder being repeatedly told "you need permission to do that" on my explicative deleted computer even after turning UAC off. Enoughs enough Now I'm running XP Fast 45 seconds from power on to connected to the network 7 gigs total install 2 minutes to copy one gig to a jumpdrive. Make the upgrade, it's worth it.

Topic by Tool Using Animal    |  last reply


XP && Ubuntu

OK I had a computer with XP and ubuntu, but i got tired of ubuntu so i made the mistake of just removing the partion. so the next time i boot up i get an error and can't access XP. now i'm not saying abound is a bad OS this is just my preference. so i wiped my comp and reinstalled Ubuntu. now here's the problem i have access to an iso image of windows but not the cd itself. and i have an 2Gb USB drive and a 500Gb removable drive. is there a way to install windows XP using either of these devices. or a way to get the dvd's to burn because every time i try i get an error

Topic by chrischavez    |  last reply


PSP XP

Learn to install a Windows XP on a PSP.

Topic by Xecuter3    |  last reply


Windows XP

Hello, I am one of the benefidiary of your site wherein i get lot of replies to solve my computer problems. Now i have a problem.Kindly help me out. I have downloaded some music file and stored in a folder. I wanted to delete the folder, but it says access denied. When i saw the properties it shows the file is read only. How to delete this folder. Similarly i have zip file it is also not being deleted. Kindly advice. regards, Balatv

Topic by balatv44    |  last reply


run leopard on xp?

Can i run leopard on my dual core XP amd machine and how

Question by 10cats    |  last reply


xp install help?

Ok so i have an xp pro tag on my net-vista and every time i try to install using it it says it is not veiled and i cant get threw install with out it   

Question by abadfart    |  last reply


xp wifi issues

I try connecting to my home network but it keeps saying windows was unable to find a cirtificate to log you onto the network i have tried disabling ieee but it keeps re enabling, i have tried un installing the adapter but it wont uninstall, what should i do?

Question by The nerdling    |  last reply


Micro XP computer?

I want to make or buy a small, single board computer similar to gumstix, capable of running tinyxp. if this is possible, can i make it run a single .exe program at boot, when a command is entered?

Question by ten77  


windows xp themes?

I want to know if its possible and if so how to change the windows xp taskbar etc etc. to another colour other then silver, green and blue without having to use the classis theme please help

Question by redsuit09    |  last reply


Eliminate login to xp?

I would like to eliminate the login when I turn on my pc. Up until about two weeks ago I was able to turn on my pc and use it without a login. Now I have to click enter (with no password entered) when a login window comes up on startup. Is there a way to disable the login? I am running XP Pro SP3. Thanks

Question by fourforfore    |  last reply


windows xp death

My sister tried to log on her dell computer today but all she got is as far as the windows xp loading page then it it just froze all she has is a blue bar top and bottom of the screen and a light blue background like the screen where the user accounts pop up. anyway a friend tried recovery discs for xp but it kept asking for an windows administrator pasword and even though we typed i  the password for the administrator account we set up it says not valid  password entered,apparently the hardware is fine just needs software repaired.  how can i fix the software without the password and keeping the data on the system as i cannot get in to back it up and she has emails with her visa applications for her honeymoon on it. please help if you can

Topic by msc    |  last reply


Vista to XP upgrade help

I Started this group a while ago and never posted a topic... so I figured I'd do it now with the mass intrest in upgrading to XP. Post any questions you have about switching from Vista to XP here and I will do my best to help you out... and I'm sure several other computer savvy Instructites will as well.

Topic by chaoscampbell    |  last reply


windows xp screen problem?

Iv got a windows xp and da screen is sideways. help me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! tis is really important!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Question by sci4me    |  last reply


Windows XP Internet Ecplorer?

Ok, i just installed winXP on my laptop, and the sound and internet explorer dont work. This happened on another computer and my dad fixed it. But, he doesnt remember how he did it. I have a working internet cable connedted. In the thing that shows my internet connections, it doesnt show anything. Whwnever i try to make one, it doesnt work. PLEASE HELP ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Question by sci4me    |  last reply


Windows XP computer problem

Hey everyone. The other day, I had to shut down my primary computer by holding down the power button for several seconds. When I restarted, however, instead of Windows loading, this screen popped up that said DHCP and a little spinning thing next to it. Either waiting a few seconds or pressing the escape key took me to a screen that said "NTLDR is missing, Press any key to restart." A friend had fixed this problem before by simply pressing a few keys, but he lives in a different state now and I can't contact him. Does anyone know how to fix this problem? Thanks in advance.

Topic by SnuffyDaPenguin    |  last reply


Windows XP Registry Repair

If your Windows XP has landed to a position where it has become nearly impossible to efficiently do any work, or it frequently crashes up or the system has obtained a habit of being hanged up in the middle of crucial activities. All these are symptoms that the registry has caused serious errors and the system requires registry repair. Occurring of registry errors is quite common in those operating systems which programs through Windows technology because as the system is being used, many programs are being installed and uninstalled, various hardware applications are added and removed, data files are created and deleted and various other such functions. A registry can be defined as the central point on any PC and is responsible to store the entire data which constitutes the core elements of the operating unit plus each and every other setting that is required during the course of using it. The time at which the data saved within the registry becomes corrupt, errors starts piling up in the back of the system which eventually surfaces with the passage of time. This can also be the main cause behind the slow startup of the Windows, random occurrences of Windows shutdown or several program errors that occur randomly and frequently. A Windows XP registry repair becomes necessary as the system ages because the quantity of programs and applications operated on it increases too. This increase in programming capabilities will create errors within the registry because of the accidents or mistakes made during the programming process. An example of this is that when the user is installing a new application and accidently the system turns off due to power failure or accidently unplugging of it. Since the downloading was still under process and was stopped abruptly, there are chances that some installation files are stored and incomplete configuration settings is now present in the registry because no way was provided to it to roll back to the application. These files, since are of no use for the system occupies not only space on the registry but can also create errors within it. In the course of performing a Windows XP registry repair, there are several options for doing this. The first way can be do it yourself by the use of primitive tools provided free of cost. The second option can be to buy registry cleaner software through which the registry will be cleaned automatically or the third way can be to render the services of a PC specialist and let him do the work for you. All the three options have some pros and cons in it. Performing a registry clean by yourself can be quite complicated as it is a very large area and fixing errors at your own might take a lot of time. Purchasing a registry cleaner on the other hand, is a good option if it has the features of analyzing and fixing the whole registry rather than certain area only. Rendering services of a specialist is also a good option but, it might be quite expensive touching to the limits of buying a new system in that price. About Author: This article is written by Jason Kelly, who also writes for www.registry-repair-tools.net, a site emphasizing on registry repair tool, windows registry repair, and windows xp registry repair.

Topic by franciscopmyers4  



Re: Windows 7 XP mode.?

Is it possible to use Windows 7's XP mode with VirtualBox instead of using the Windows Virtual PC?

Question by setsuna    |  last reply


vista to xp upgrade without piracy ?

Mom is going to buy a new thinkpad soon. it comes with vista home basic - probably oem licensed is there way to change the vista to licensed xp without paying for that ? (question is how to make it licensed and not just download and install xp)

Question by 11010010110    |  last reply


windows XP login password problems

I have never been prompted to enter a username or password to login to my PC computer running windows XP since I purchased my computer 4-6- years ago. I had it unplugged for about 2 weeks while I moved recently. When I plugged it back in, it prompted me for a password and since I never had one or set up the computer to use one to login, its impossible to use the computer or login. I would appreciate any help with this that doesn't require formatting the hard drive. I also don't understand why windows all of a sudden asked me for a password and won't let me login without one or at least run me through the process of setting up one since I never had to use one for this computer.

Topic by swpaulo    |  last reply


XP Start Menu Hover Change?

So I've been messing with some different visual styles for xp and noticed that none of them  changed the hover color in the start menu. To me it drags the themes appeal way down. Is there a way to change it from the default highlight: img132.imageshack.us/img132/5029/whatitis.png To something like this:  img691.imageshack.us/img6911681/wanttobe.png While preserving my current theme setup? If so, How? -rx

Topic by Rockerx    |  last reply


XP "Classic" search in Windows 7? Answered

It took a lot to make me change from XP, but I do like Windows 7 which I'm now running on a couple of machines.   However . . . The thing I miss is the 'classic' explorer search function which gave a no-nonsense way of finding any set of files on your computer (indexed or not) with proper wildcarding and various other settable criteria. OK, Microsoft search V4 (or whatever it's called) has all sorts of bells and whistles, but I'm finding it unwieldy to use and find myself opening a DOS box for speed. Google finds a lot of posts from other people who liked the old search, but no answers. Has anyone here found a utility which replicates the old search functionality?

Question by AndyGadget    |  last reply


Dual-Booting Windows XP and Ubuntu? Answered

I just want to make sure I have this right before I go ahead... So, right now I have two drives. One is partitioned into two, one half is Win Xp(about 60gb), the other completely blank(about 20gb). Then, my slave drive is just for backup. I'm planning on installing Ubuntu onto that blank partition. By doing so, it shouldn't affect any of the files on either of the other drives, right? And when it boots it should boot into Windows as usual unless I directed to go to that partition since the windows drive is the first in the boot order. This, I think, should work without worrying about anything getting wiped right? And this setup won't have the OS's conflicting with each other? Would I have to use GRUB and if so how? Help, is greatly appreciated.

Question by Rockerx    |  last reply


Windows XP SP3 Now Available

. Windows XP Service Pack 3 is now available at Windows Update.

Topic by NachoMahma    |  last reply


Switch graphics on Dell XPS 15?

I'm wondering if it is possible to manually switch the graphics on a dell XPS 15 laptop.  It automatically switches on intensive tasks (like games), so performance is fine, but all of the benchmarking tools recognize the graphics card as "Intel HD (integrated) Graphics" instead of the NVIDIA 420M.  Is there a way that I can manually change the graphics for benchmarking purposes?  Thanks.

Question by budabob07    |  last reply


windows XP login without a password?

My computer was unplugged from the wall outlet for about 2 weeks and when i plugged it back in, it asked for a password to log in to windows XP even though i was never asked for one before. windows XP just logged me in automatically when i booted the computer. its impossible to log in now since i never had a password and i am hoping someone can tell me how to get around this problem without formatting the hard drive?

Question by swpaulo    |  last reply


Gateway laptop wont boot up, any ideas?

Hi, I have a Gateway M520 that will not boot up.  It runs XP.  The problem started when I was messing around on it, running multiple programs, and than the screen went blank and the power light started blinking steadily.  I tried restarting it, but after it got to the XP startup screen and started loading, the screen would go blank, and the power light would blink steadily.  I have reformatted the hard-drive 3 times with kill disk, tried booting up and installing the newest Ubuntu, and re-installing XP, but the screen always goes blank and the power light starts blinking steadily somewhere along the line.  Any help would be appreciated! :D

Question by salomon1996    |  last reply



Laptop says missing operating system? Answered

My computer crashed and when i try to turn it back on it says missing operating system_ I do not have a recovery disk it is windows XP home is there a way to get a recovery disk off the internet for free? anything is appreciated

Question by miiwii3    |  last reply


Can i run Windows Xp on a server?

I was thinking about buying a server, and i was wondering what operating system i could use. Since a server is basically a computer, can i run windows XP on it? Thanks!

Question by Sandisk1duo    |  last reply


changing the segmented green progress bar in xp

How can someone change the unattractive segmented green progress bar in windows xp to the solid green progress bar in Vista.The solid green color looks much better than the thin white vertical line that is in each of the green segements of the xp progress bar [ie. the loading indicator status bar]. WWW.projectcode.com has a written text program for changing it and includes an explanation for each line of the program.There is also a free download of the source code but the adobe 8 reader on my computer says it is unable to open the files.Does anyone know of any other links that offer the program?

Topic by robertbob  


How can I print my bookmarks in xp?

I want to print my bookmarks to move them to all my computers, so every computer has the same listings

Question by maruawe    |  last reply


I have a question about the XP professional OS

This is my question: The other day, well Friday actually, I was at work and accidentally hit the Down arrow key (beside the numeric pad) while I had been pressing down Ctl & Alt. The entire screen flipped upsidedown ! What POSSIBLE use could this be to anyone? It is cool if you have someone else that uses the same computer and you want to really freak them out, but I have not been able to discover any real purpose for this. Anyone else have a clue? Although the image I have put here is NOT my own, it is certainly equivalent.

Topic by Goodhart    |  last reply


how do i get out of guest in xp pro with auto log in enabled? I m stuck

I  enabled auto log in from contol usrspassword2 but forgot to re enable admin acct so now im am stuck in guest HELP

Question by tonygirl    |  last reply


xp on aspire 5515 and i closed the screen to do something and when i came back it wouldn't turn on, any fixes?

Green power light is on, the charge light is on, but nothing happens, i thought it might just be the screen, but when i hooked up my computer monitor to it , still nothing. any ideas?

Question by timmyg52    |  last reply


how can I dual boot Windows xp and Linux Ubuntu on a laptop that runs on xp? Answered

 I would like to know how to do so, so I can use Linux or Windows without switching computers... and I would like to know what software I can use to make it dual boot my uncle said he may have used redhat to do a dual boot before

Question by nerd7473    |  last reply


What are some must have programs for a netbook? Answered

Its running windows xp home by the way.

Question by thejrb    |  last reply



Dual boot

I am looking towards creating a dual boot scenario on my computer (XP, and Ubuntu) and I am in need of a bit of assistance. Some background and foundation: Present OS = XP SP2The main partition is NTFS, however the "backup" partition is FAT(16 or 32, I am not sure)Now, to my main question: I realize I can partition this further so I can have a dual boot situation, but I am worried about losses that may occur. I haven't had much time lately to read up on the process, but I have seen warnings about loss of data files, etc. and my being cautious to a fault, I haven't proceeded any further in my quest. So, what precautions should I take, and what is going to be the process I need to follow to get to where I want to be?

Topic by Goodhart    |  last reply


sound is "jittery."?

Whenever i watch videos or listen to music the sound and image freezes then jumps for a split second, every 4 or 5 seconds.... do i need a new card of somesort or what because it gets irritating

Question by redsuit09    |  last reply


Linux Theme Gets Scarily Close to XP

Well, heres a kool little topic on lifehacker, i want to try it. BTW, if you look at the second comment i replied t it, lol

Topic by Yerboogieman    |  last reply


xp modem driver for acer aspire 5720

I downgraded this laptop from Vista to XP. I have gotten all the drivers except the modem driver. I have downloaded every driver possible from the acer website with no luck if anyone has done this conversion successfully I would appreciate know what modem driver you used thanks

Topic by pcbuilder48    |  last reply



why won't this machine load XP or Ubuntu?

Ok- so- my wife's computer was running slow / would not load programs/ acting generally funky.  I couldn't even run a virus scan- I pulled the hard drive and put it in an external case and reformatted it and reinstalled.  I then tried to reload windows XP pro-  it took LITERALLY  2 days of very slow running to load only part of the install files and then locked up.  I bought a new hard disk , installed and try loading window again- it only took a day to load this time but I can't adjust the video resolution.  I try loading Ubuntu using a live disk and it just won't read- I adjust the BIOS so I can load from a flash drive and it starts to load but takes about an hour to get anywhere and then the screen goes black and I cant get anything to come up.  So far I have tried TWO hard drives , booting from a CD, and booting from a flash drive.  Any one have any ideas about what is going on?

Question by shantinath1000  


Windows XP Running with as little as 18MB or RAM

I managed to run Windows XP (stable) with as little as 18MB of RAM, Originally for my PSP to run.With Dosbox i can Allocate up to 16 MB of RAM, with a little tweaking i could get it to reach 18MB.But XP Can't run in DOSbox, But it Can Run in Bochs, It may be slow but hey, If i can Run Windows XP on my psp, It is still an accomplishment.Here are some screenshots of it Running is QEMU, On a PCSo what do you think, I am planning to port QEMU to the PSP so we can finally make this a reality, BOCHS only works in 1.50 Firmware, and i don't see a psp Slim with 1.50 and my PSP is a Slim and ...well you know.Well ThanksBe sure to comment(and rate, Just because it is neat seeing topics with a rating...) And tell me what you think!~ReCreateEdit: Now i uploaded a video!(or i am uploading a video...i have to remake it due to the stupid 10MB limit)

Topic by ReCreate    |  last reply


how to hack windows xp with our computer?

How to hack windows XP with our my computer with working software for windows XP

Question by shikhar_devil    |  last reply



XP won't accept virtualbox internet drivers

Hello, I am trying to get the VHD from xp mode to work on virtualbox with internet. I can boot into the OS fine. I tried 4 connection types at once. The screen shot pretty much explains it. 

Question by jbaker22    |  last reply