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Windows 7 Not Starting, Need to Copy User Files

Q: Windows 7 Not Starting, Need to Copy User Files

Hi everyone. I'm helping out my wife on her computer as best as I can, but need help.
She has a Gateway NV55S series notebook with Windows 7 Home Premium. I don't know if it is -32 bit or -64 bit, not sure if that makes a difference or not. I am able to see the software Product Key and the hardware SNID.
She knew she had a problem when her cursor would not move while in Windows, then the OS would not even boot up. She did not have a system recovery/repair disk for this computer. I do not have an installation disk, nor a System Image, nor do I have an ISO of Windows 7 to put on a USB device. Gateway does not support the OS for download (either bit option). Acer sells an eRecovery CD, but I don’t believe it provides a new option different than the Gateway Recovery Management already loaded on her computer.
The boot priority is CD/DVD, then HDD, then USB FDD, then 3 more.
I have Windows 7 on an HP computer and had a system repair disk. I booted to that disk and tried System Repair. This may have corrupted matters further, as Windows Setup gives an error message when starting up services and requires restart of the computer. The last, and only, restore point was from a Windows Critical update that I believe did not load properly, back on January 8, but that restore point is not accessible to select. Scan for Affected Programs does not allow me to select programs (cursor and tab do not work for this). I did Windows Memory Diagnostic, also no problems, even with advanced diagnostic and 2 passes. When I move about with the command prompt, I can see the users and the user files present. However, I cannot copy those files to another drive - DOS says I am not granted access. Finally, my HP Recovery Manager does not work at all on this Gateway machine.
I tried both the Alt + F10 (Gateway Recovery Management v8.0.8) options as well as the F8 Advanced Boot options on her computer. None of the F8 options (all 3 Safe Mode options, Last Known Good Configuration, Disable Driver Signature Enforcement) have worked to at least get me to Windows. When I did Alt + F10, twice I used the option to Restore Operating System and Retain User Data. However, when I later boot from my repair disk and use the command prompt to see what is in the \backup directory, I can see the folders for each user, but it does not appear there are any user files there.
I have looked up creating a DOS boot disk so I have permissions to copy files. Have not been successful with that either.
If I can just copy the user files off of her computer, I am willing to try Gateway Recovery Management Restore Operating System to Factory Defaults option.
I have seen the articles/ad(?) for a Gateway (Acer) Recovery Disk using Easy Recovery Essentials, but it is not worth the $20 if I get the same errors as with what I have tried so far. Does anyone know if this disk works?
Any suggestions?

Preferred Solution: Windows 7 Not Starting, Need to Copy User Files

I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloaddap.org. (This link will open the download page of DAP so you can save a copy to your computer.)

A: Windows 7 Not Starting, Need to Copy User Files

I've never tried it but you could use the "notepad from a command prompt at boot" trick:
How to Use a Windows Installer Disc to Back Up Your Files When Your Computer Won’t Boot
You can use this notpad Open dialog as if it were a Windows Explorer window – select files and you’ll be able to copy and paste them elsewhere, like  USB stick or removable HDD.


I have used a Linux Mint & Ubuntu "Live" CD/USB successfully:
Lucid Puppy way to recover files from a non-bootable computer (Live Linux CD/USB)

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A:Copy Files without Starting Windows?

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A:How Can I Copy MP3 Files To A DVD So The Files Starting Playing Automatically

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A:Fresh copy of win 7 won't go past starting windows screen

If you have an EFI BIOS then you must take extra steps to install to UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with - Windows 7 Forums

If no EFI BIOS or you want to bypass it:

Unplug all other HD's and peripherals,

Boot into BIOS setup, reset to defaults, save changes. If an EFI BIOS, enable Legacy BIOS or Compatibility Support Module, set DVD drive first to boot, HD second. Then set SATA controller to AHCI. Save changes and Exit.

Then boot into installer DVD or flash stick burned or written using tool and latest ISO for your licensed OS version here.

At first installer screen Press Shift + F10 to open a Command Box, type:

SELECT DISK 0 (after confirming Windows 7 target HD #)
CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY SIZE=102400 (for 100gb partition, adjust as desired)

Next click Install Now, then Custom install to Clean Install Windows 7 to the partition you created. If it fails then report back at which step and the verbatim error message.

In addition read over these steps to understand the tools and methods which work best to get and maintain a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7. The steps are the same for retail.

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have a widows xp home
windows starts until loading user donot laod it and stays flikering and stops

A:windows xp is not starting load user

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Hi, everyone.

I am about to make my computer be open to a community of users; probably 5 users and me, the admin.

I have never really messed with user accounts. What I'd like is to create one user account and then save it as a template, of sorts. Then, copy the template and rename it for each user.

Clear as mud?

Please let me know any questions you have.

Thanks in advance!!

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There's an MSMVP named Ramesh who offers quite a few tips and tricks to manage and repair user profiles.

This one's called "Create a duplicate user profile with a different name"...

Sounds pretty close to what you're asking.

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Hello trinaz.

I have to ask. Why?

If you only have 1 user account displayed, then you can't log into the other accounts, which begs the question why you don't just delete them (during deletion, you can opt to save files that are stored in them).

If you do not want people accessing the Admin accounts, give them passwords and/or change them to limited accounts. Or you could always delete them.

I do not belive this can be done through normal means, meaning without installing some kind of customization software.

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I have created a batch file(file1.bat) to run on every machine to create a batch file(file2.bat) to a launch a page at windows startup.
This is the content of file1.bat:
@echo off
@echo>"C:\Users\User\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\file2.bat
@echo start http://www.msn.com/> C:\Users\User\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\file2.bat
Expected result is to copy the file2.bat to startup of each user profile.  The file2.bat is not copied to the startup folder on windows 7, 8, 10.
However, this will work on file1.bat:
@echo off
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Thanks in advance to all.  Any help is appreciated. 

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As per Microsoft's instructions I found here Fix a corrupted user profile - Windows Help, I

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How could I get access to copy all data from my old account into the new account?

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Thanks in advance to all.  Any help is appreciated. 

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As the title states,on my laptop, vista erased files in my user profile while the 2 other user profiles (my gf's and the guest profiles) were basically left untouched.
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A few nights ago I was using my laptop and instead of shutting down I hibernated as I usually do because my gf is usually still logged in. The next morning my gf started up the laptop, and the password screen for my profile came up and she switched users and logged into hers. Then later she hibernated as well, and we left to run some errands with a friend.

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Do it yourself.

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A:[SOLVED] Windows XP not starting - I need my files


More than likely, you will have to do a repair install. You would need to boot into a Windows XP CD, hit 'Enter', F8, and R for a repair installation.

Hope this helps.

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i did'nt used the " thats y i was getting syantrax error :S lol silly me..


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Hi !
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I turn the computer on, and press F2 to enter the BIOS Settings. I change the boot order so that the CD-DRIVE boots first (The Disk doesn't actually boot from the CD DRIVE, it boots from the DVD DRIVE. I think this is because the DVD DRIVE is the 'Master' or something). When I have changed the boot order, I reboot. I then get the 'Press any key to boot from CD' message. I press a key and then the Windows setup begins.

The setup starts off by loading files (drivers etc).
I then press 'ENTER' to set up Windows XP (there is no previous version of XP installed).
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It now comes to a page with the available partitions.
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I format the partition. This is fine. Gets to 100% nicely. The problem is the next bit:

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Seems the Cd is damaged or dirty. A frequent problem. The drive itself can be internally dirty on the reading lens. There are plenty of things you can do, such as gently cleaning the CD surface with appropriate materials, and using a special DVD drive cleaning CD. Examine the CD surface for scratches. Dont touch it !

Next option is finding out how to boot from the CD rather than the DVD. This can be just a case of finding the right place in the bios, or swapping the drives over in the cable connections.

Next option is to borrow a perfect OEM install CD and use your own sticker tag to register the install.

Next option is copy the entire installation disk onto either the hard drive (a separate partition) or a plug-in USB drive and boot from something else, switch to the copied image and start the installation setup.exe

As to what else you can boot from, how about a copy of UBCD4WIN or many other possibilities, right down to a good old DOS floppy disc. If you dont know anybody that can help, only the first few options are open to you, and if you have no working OS on the PC now, that complicates matters too.

Since you are posting, you obviously have access to another PC, so you could look into the UBCD4WIN option, which is tremendously useful for all sorts of things you probably can't even imagine right now. Why not read it up ? http://www.ubcd4win.com/

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Formatted my Amilo Pr v3515 laptop as Windows 7 was giving me some problems. I used a windows xp disc , deleted the partitons , formated and started install. During the install it failed to install driver.cab , nikedrv.sys , riodrv.sys and a few more . I know the cd is good as I used to to format and install windows on another pc and there were no issues.

Now I have looked online and found some people had the same problem and said it might be due to hard disk error or something to do with ram, but I don't understand why I should have a problem with my hardware seen as it was working fine before I formatted it.
I also tried installing Linux Ubuntu 10.10 of a USB stick and that didn't work as it had problem copying files....

Anyone have any suggestions?

Thanks a lot

A:Windows Xp installation Can't copy files

If two different OS setups are failing then I would definitely check the hard drive using a diagnostic program.

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Due to a bug in Spybot, a registry entry was changed which prevents me from logging onto Windows anymore. Under the advice of someone I decided to try a repair install so I didn't lose any data.

During the final stages of installation, I get error messages like the following:

"setup cannot copy filename.ex_.

Ensure the location specified below is correct:


The files are all in the right place but when I click on them I still get the error message. I ignore them but keep getting more until setup completes and windows reboots. After this windows stays in the loading screen and doesn't do anything.

I've tried five times now with the same results. I visited microsoft.com and found a help page which said I should open a command prompt and type

Copy Drive Letter:\i386\Filename.dl_ %systemroot%\$win_nt$.~\i386

Again this does not work. When I press enter it always says either 'file path is incorrect' or 'windows cannot find the specified file'.

I have tried cleaning my cd and drive and I don't think there are any memory problems so what do you think I should do? I am worried about doing a fresh install because I could end up losing everything and have the same installation problems. Your help would be greatly appreciated.

A:Cannot copy files during Windows repair

did the xp cd your are using come with that specific computer?

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I have a PC that was recently updated to Windows 10. I have another PC for which I have reserved the update. My question is, can I transfer some files to my other PC so that I won't have to download the whole 3 GB Windows 10 files again?

Thanks in advance.

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okay so i'm reinstalling my windows xp os onto my computer.

problem is, it keeps on stopping during the setup process telling me that setup can not copy a certain file.

i've already reformatted, partitioned the hard drive, so i don't see why there is any difficulty in installing.

already bought a brand new HDD. cd-rom is reading fine cuz it does boot off cd, so there can't really be anything wrong with that. and the XP disk should be fine since i just used it on another computer and it worked smoothly.

A:Windows Xp Reinstall Files Do Not Copy

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Hi, i was wondering if you people could help me, im trying to Back up all my folders and such because i want to re-build my XP, but when i try to copy the folders to DVDs i get an error messege saying windows was unable to copy the file.

Any help will be highly appreciated.


A:Windows cant copy my files and folders

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HI all,

I have a Lenovo Tablet with Windows 8.1 on it.
I am trying to copy my files, folders and document from "My Documents" to my 1TB USB flash drive.

I can select all in my documents and copy, but when I try to paste them to the flash drive nothing happens.

Why would this be happening/?
There are no security problems and I was able to copy and past files from my Windows 7 laptop to the flash drive without any issues.

Thanks in advance for any assistance.


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I am trying to install windows xp pro in my LG LW65 R4ZA. It was running with xp home premium before I format it with xp pro. I pressed F2 to enter bios and from there selected the boot option to CD and formated all the partitions when setup asked me to do so. I formated the partition using ntfs quick mode. but Set up can not go any further because it can not copy files. It gives me the following options.
ESC to skip the file
Enter to Retry
F3 to quit setup
I tried several times pressing enter. There was no use. So I skip the file by pressing ESC but the set up continue to give me the same three options for every file. It stops at bootok.exe and never continue.

Exercising with this problem, I came across the following things which could not give me success.

Change the RAM slot.....
Slipstream Serial ATA drivers into xp setup using nLite.

Could any one help me to solve this problem. I would be thankful to you


A:Windows xp can not copy files during installation

I think I ran into this issue before, and instead of creating a partition I just went to the next step of formatting and it worked fine. Did you already try that?

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Hi there everyone, I am having some isues with my windows xp and i need some help. Recently i tried to copy some files from my pc, os I righ-clicked and selected the send to option. My pc just froze and would not do anything, not even display the list of options available to copy to. Everything else stoped working I had to turn it off manually by holding down the power button. I then tried to copy the file this time by using the drag and drop method, and the copy/paste method, and the system would still freeze when i select paste, or drag a file to another location.
I have also noticed that when my mouse pointer goes over the 'send to' option the whole system stops reponding. The pointer keeps moving but nothing you click responds.

Adittional info:
I have also got supercopier installed on my pc.

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We apologize for the inconvenience, but Windows did not start successfully. A recent hardware or software change might have caused this.

If your computer stopped responding, restarted unexpectedly, or was automatically shut down to protect your files and folders, choose Last Known Good Configuration to revert to the most recent settings that worked.

If a previous startup attempt was interrupted due to a power failure or because the Power or Reset button was pressed, or if you aren't sure what caused the problem, choose Start Windows

Safe Mode
Safe Mode with Networking
Safe Mode with Command Prompt

Last Known Good Configuration (your most recent settings that worked) Start Windows Normally

Use the up and down arrow keys to move the highlight to your choice.

Seconds until Windows starts: 30

I tried every option. Windows screen appears for brief seconds and then computer restarts. This continues over and over again until I turn the PC off. The BIOS screen appears. Haven't recently uploaded or changed software. I have no idea why this is happening. Months preceding this, the computer has shut off unexpectedly, but has always restarted normally. I haven't tried XP cd repair because I'm afraid of losing CRUCIAL files. Hoping to extract them safely before using Repair or Restore. Unable to run antiviral, spyware scans.

Thank you for your help!!

A:PLEASE HELP! Windows XP not starting up. VERY important files not backed up!!

You could remove the Hard drive, install it as a second HD in another computer or slave it via USB adapter and make a dvd or put files on a thumbdrive.

Or download and burn a linux cd? By making a Live CD, (boots up using the linux cd and computer ram) you should be able to access the files (without removing anything) you need to back them up to a thumbdrive.

Do you have a XP cd? supposedly performing a repair install shouldnt mess with your files and folders. I still would back up the computer, if at all possible first though.

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Hi there!

I'm unable to copy/move folders from my PC to my camera. But I'm able to copy individual photos and files.

Can anyone help me out here?

A:Cannot copy folders to camera but can copy individual files

Most likely the camera firmware does not handle folders.
Is there any way to create a folder on the camera?

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When I try to copy files to a DVD+RW it puts them into some kind of temporary files and then tells me it's ready to copy them to the CD. But it won't let me copy them to a DVD, seems to be looking for a CD. Why must I wait for these temporary files to be created. I was once able to start the copying and it would copy them with no delay. Is there some way to bypass this creation of temporary files and just begin the copying immediately?

Thanks for any help you can offer.


A:Solved: Windows Explorer Won't Copy Files To DVD+RW

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*cries* Help me, I can't find a solution to this anywhere.

I'm running Windows 2000, I've got Ad-Aware 6 installed and it shows nothing. I'm also running Mcafee and it shows nothing either.

The Problem: I cannot copy or cut exe files by any means I know. When ever I right click on an exe file it also doesn't work. I can cut/copy any other files (to my knowledge) without a problem. When I do attempt to cut/copy an exe file, the screen blinks. File Explorer disappears, all other programs remain running, the wall paper appears followed by the icons just as when you boot up.

Please help.

A:Unable to cut/copy exe files under Windows 2000

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I can't copy, overwrite or delete certain files in certain locations, like the desktop. The look like they are copying or deleting but the get stuck at 0%. Also, explorer.exe sometimes uses upwards of 50% to 90% CPU while idle. This makes the system pretty unusable. I kill explorer.exe and restart it which fixes things, but it will always reoccur. 
I ran SFC and it says "Windows Resource Protection did not find any integrity violations."
I'm not sure how to proceed.

A:Windows can't copy or delete certain files and explorer.exe uses over 50% CPU.

Hello reverberWe can check for any malware that may be stopping you. Please download MiniToolBox, save it to your desktop and run it.Checkmark the following checkboxes:Flush DNSReport IE Proxy SettingsReset IE Proxy SettingsReport FF Proxy SettingsReset FF Proxy SettingsList content of HostsList IP configurationList Winsock EntriesList last 10 Event Viewer logList Installed ProgramsList Users, Partitions and Memory size.Click Go and post the result (Result.txt). A copy of Result.txt will be saved in the same directory the tool is run.Note: When using "Reset FF Proxy Settings" option Firefox should be closed. Download TDSSKiller and save it to your desktop.Extract (unzip) its contents to your desktop.Open the TDSSKiller folder and doubleclick on TDSSKiller.exe to run the application, then on Start Scan.If an infected file is detected, the default action will be Cure, click on Continue.If a suspicious file is detected, the default action will be Skip, click on Continue.It may ask you to reboot the computer to complete the process. Click on Reboot Now.If no reboot is require, click on Report. A log file should appear. Please copy and paste the contents of that file here.If a reboot is required, the report can also be found in your root directory (usually C:\ folder) in the form of TDSSKiller_xxxx_log.txt. Please copy and paste the contents of that file here....ADW CleanerPlease download AdwCleaner by Xplode and save to your Desktop.Double-click on AdwCleaner.exe to run... Read more

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Hi, my computer worked fine until yesterday when i started windows xp repair to repair my safe mode problem because it wasn't working during the installation i got multiple cannot copy file problems, most files were dl_ and other extensions...i clicked ignore because it would not select the file which was on the original cd i got when i baught the computer, after the installation i noticed that most of my desktop icons were missing and also in the start -programs files were missing then later i got many errors plus could not run some programs.....does anybody know what to do??????

My system is : Windows XP Professional with service pack 2

Evil Slamer

A:windows xp repair problem: cannot copy files


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I'm having a problem. Windows installer runs every time I drag and drop copy files. It takes about 2 minutes to exit after I hit cancel on the installer window.

It doesn't show up in the windows process monitor.

When the installer window finally closes, the copy is completed.

I'm stumped. Anybody got any ideas?

A:Windows installer runs when I copy files

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hey guys. i installed windows 7 pro x64 recently. i'm in the process of copying my own old windows xp files, as well as copying the backed up windows xp files from my friend's installation that were in my old hard drive.

i've been battling windows 7 with permissions left and right to copy the remaining files. i'm trying to delete my old windows installation folder. there's a file in sytem32 that's preventing me from deleting. i've established ownership, i've changed it so i have full privileges, i've changed it to enable sharing, disable sharing, i have UAC down to medium, still keep getting you need permissions and the try again message, and no matter how many times i click on try again it comes back up.

now this is also happening when trying to copy files from my friend's old installation to my portable hard drive. we're talking about movie files, folders, documents, etc. still keep getting permission requests and no matter how i go about it, it keeps asking again and again and the files never copy. i thought maybe if i renamed the documents and settings folder that i'm grabbing them from, but that made no difference.

it is so difficult to enjoy this new windows when at every step there is some assinine feature like this!

any help? thanks!

A:can't copy old windows files...access denied

Ah, one of the reasons I always avoid using the "My" folders, and just keep all of my data on a data drive. Anyway, for your own files, if you had used the same username and password as your old install, you might not have had the issue. When I do that, I can't ever replicate your issue. Since you mentioned already taking ownership, try turning UAC off for now, and see if that lets you do it.

As for your friend's files, did you taking ownership of them?

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Hello there!

Can you please help me with my problem? When I try to transfer files from one folder to another, Windows Explorer will not respond. I can open the Task Manager and I always need to manually end-task the folders.

Any help will be really appreciated!

Thank you!

Oh, by the way. I'm using a very, very old Windows XP Professional, Service Pack 2. It only has 128MB of RAM.

A:Can't Copy/Cut > Paste Files in Windows Explorer

Hello and Welcome to TSF,

What happens when you open the folder up and try dragging and dropping the files where you want them?

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I have a eMachine T2482 and the motherboard (which was an AM 37) burned up in it. I bought a new powersupply and also a new motherboard. I could not find an AM 37 but found an AM39L which the seller told me would work fine in my computer. I have an AMD Athlon 2400+ processor. I completely formatted my harddrive and was prepared to install Windows XP Professional. It went through the process of examining my system. When setup got ready to copy files, it kept saying it couldn't copy most every file it tried to copy. When the copy prtion was complete, I got the "Setup cannot set the required Windows XP configuration Information. This indicates an internal Setup error. Contact your system administrator." The motherboard is showing ram in both 0 and 2 locations and showing all other hardware that is installed. Why am I getting this error? Is this motherboard not compatible with Windows XP? is there a setup I gotta do to the motherboard before I install XP?

A:New motherboard won't Windows setup copy files

does the windows cd have scratches, if it does that's your problem

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Okay, I have my samba server setup (I have a custom config file, the default one is a pain). However, file transfers are ungodly slow. Stuff that takes 5 minutes pc to pc is taking at least 30 minutes. Any ideas on why this is?

I noticed when I copied the information from the mac back to the PC, the transfer was very fast. It's only from the PC to the mac.

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Hi all and Happy New Year.

I just bought a new hard drive (Toshiba 2TB) and I want to transfer all the files from my 2 old Toshiba's 1TB each to the new 2TB one. What is the best way? I have tried to copy the files one by one but is really frustrating, i mean i don't mind wait them to copy because I work meanwhile etc.. but the thing is that some of them even won't START copying. I go to one of the disks hit COPY (as usual) to the folder then go to the appropriate folder and then hit PASTE, and then?nothing?nada?zitch. No copying, no errors, or some sort of message?nothing, just wont copy. And the strange thing is that is only from some folders, for others it copies just normal.

For some folders though says name is too long and I have to go and rename each file is just huge pain in the %#S.

Anyone knows how to fix that. I would be much appreciated I have very valuable data I worked very hard for over 10 years.

Thank you in advance

A:Can't copy files from one hard drive to another in windows 7

Happy New Year
Let Karen do it for you
Karen's Replicator

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