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Hardware? Software? Compaq Persairo Home Basic!

Q: Hardware? Software? Compaq Persairo Home Basic!

Ok here is the senairo. The trouble began with sleep mode. For some unknown reason out of the blue. No settings had been changed in power options or in profiles. The system began to enter sleep mode and at a normal frequency. After a few days it begun to do it sooner, then it was going into sleep mode about every 10 seconds. Aquired a new battery a 12volt for longer lasting life. after installing the battery still had the problem. Now using external monitor set in clone view. Intel embeded graphics can see external, but can only see a faint image of the laptop when switched onto the laptop screen. Very Frustrating any suggestions?

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Preferred Solution: Hardware? Software? Compaq Persairo Home Basic!

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I received a Compaq Presario 500 series Laptop for Christmas. Here it is 6 months later and I still HATE Vista. I purchased a full copy Of Windows XP with SP2. HP was kind enough to give me links for drivers.

I saved the files from the links to an external hard drive.

I know from reading the forum you can boot from the XP disk. How do I get the drivers to the Compaq? If I move the files from the ext. hd where do I move them to?

I am not computer smart.

Joyful Noise

A:Vista Home Basic to XP Home for compaq

After xp is installed hook up your external drive, and install the drivers.

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i recently had a hard drive crash while running windows 7 on my accer 5517 laptop. since then i have tried to order a disc, but realized my product code is unreadable.

now, my problem is i have a hard drive with windows vista home basic 32 bit that boots up fine and runs somewhat smoothly. but i cant install my hardware or manage anything on my system.

I cant open device manager through any method ive tried thus far. i also cant open any other files in the system32 folder that ive tried s far.

i also cant open setup.exe files or any network settings

(the window i open the files from never loads and only minimizes when hitting the desktop shortcut)

but i can open fire fox, IE, solitaire, pictures, and other misc programs.

please any help or tips would be appreciated also i dont not have a disc only the system on the HD witch is from another accer laptop (5515 series)

A:vista home basic cant manage hardware or run anything with system settings

Hello, i am getting lost here, You had issues with a 5517 laptop, and took a hard drive from a 5515 and installed it and it does not work ? The 5515 has Vista HB ? and it does not fully function ? Is that what is happening ?

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Dear Team,
I have been trying to update the below mentioned pre installed software in my laptop. but i couldnt able to install. please help to install the same.

2018-04 Security Monthly Quality Rollup for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB4093118)

Installation date: ?16-?Apr-?18 10:52 AM

Installation status: Failed

Error details: Code 8024200D

Update type: Important

A security issue has been identified in a Microsoft software product that could affect your system. You can help protect your system by installing this update from Microsoft. For a complete listing of the issues that are included in this update, see the associated
Microsoft Knowledge Base article. After you install this update, you may have to restart your system.

More information: 

Help and Support: 

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I have a clean build machine with the following spec:
CPU: AMD ATHLON 7750 Dual Core

Initally installed XP to check out machine - everything was fine (XP install took normal length of time - approx 30 mins).

Then purchased VISTA HOME BASIC and did a clean install.

VISTA took ages to install. After 4.5 hours I went to bed and let it finish overnight. At least it installed though!

Now trying to install SIMS 3. What a nightmare. Takes forever, again left overnight. However install failed with:


Anyone got any ideas?

A:Slow Software Installation - VISTA HOME BASIC 32

Hello sparkin, try this,

Click RUN and cmd then you'll be in command window - then type chkdsk [drive:] /F (such as - chkdsk e: /F)

Post your result's. Good luck.

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hey guys need your help. i need a burning software that is able to burn both cd/dvds . i have dvd writter with me . i need a software that can burn dvds that are playable on
other pcs which have windows seven and windows xp installed.
please help me.
here are my system settings for reference.
i tried nero but it does not suits me well or recommend me which version will work best on my laptop by seeing above settings.i will be using it to make music and dvd backups of my tv series, movies and music videos.
please tell me a software that burns really good on this laptop.
i already tried preinstalled burner of windows but it is not good also.

A:Recommend me a burning software that works on my vista home basic edition

I like imgbrn and use it for ISO's too
The Official ImgBurn Website

We just had a similar thread
any software for dvd copy

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I've had this problem on and off for over a couple years, and Gateway passes it off as a MS issue, and MS can't seem to figure it out.

Each year I have to reinstall the OS at least 4-5 times. It seems that every time I download critical updates from MS the system starts to have registry problems and on start up it says "Registry Recovery "one of the systems registry data had to be recovered by use of a log or alternate copy. The recovery was successful." When this starts to appear I know I'm in trouble and within a week I lose the Users (they just don't appear) in the startup; then I have to reinstall...

I've been battling this latest round for a month now... Lately after updating the computer automatically installed ASP.Net (I have no idea why) and it put passwords on all my users along with a ASP.NET user, and I had to reinstall the OS. Then it got an lsass.exe problem (not isass.exe)... and again I had to reinstall...

MS escalated the problem to a team who thought a fresh OS copy would fix it, but it has not. It worked for a couple days and then after updating critcal updats again I got registry problems, and now I have the lsass.exe problem too, which does not allow me to log in at all (not even in safe mode).

I've gotten too many conflicting suggestions from MS techs; one says to install virus software "first thing" after the OS. Another says the virus software is not allowing the updates to install properly..... Read more

A:XP Home Registry problems - software or hardware???

Sounds like a hard drive corruption issue to me. Check the sytem log for any disk errors.

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Anyone recommend backup software that has ease of use but not too expensive? I have 3 computers and I am mainly worried about hard drive crashes and lost digital pictures. A little background first. I have 2 networked computers (ethernet) upstairs and 1 wireless laptop downstairs. - All networked together. My son uses one of the upstairs computers--- E-machine with XP Home the other my daughter uses upstairs which is Windows 98. Both have various digital pics that I would hate to lose. (also would hate the hassle of trying to get up and running again after a disaster such as a drive crash or failure.) I have a Dell inspirion laptop with XP home and various other digital pics networked wirelessly. I have read about Acronis True Image ver. 9 and Genie Backup Manager. Both seem very good. Also what hardware would anyone recommend for backup? USB external drive? DVD writable drive on one computer? --------backing up all 3 computers using Network shares?? I am leaning toward Acronis because it appears I could restore a drive image easily without haveing to mess with installing Windows. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

A:Someone recommend backup software? and Hardware --Home network??

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Hello all,

I need help as usual and I'm trying to finally push the GO button on my business and go live. After much research, I've come to the conclusion that I'm going to start this in my home and evolve from there. Basically, I'm planning on taking helpdesk calls out of my home for a personal business. So I'd like the following if possible:

1. A way of having a number preferably an 800 number where they can call me.
2. A call queue of some sort that I can monitor calls and direct them to voicemail in real time.
3. A database program that I can use hand in hand with this program so I track and log calls.

I've been looking at maybe getting vonage but they use their own router and I have one already. Magicjack will not fully give me all the features I need. I was thinking of maybe trying some avaya software but I have no idea how that works.

Any recommendations? I'm trying to stop making excuses and go live with my business.

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Here's the question --
I had a Dell Dimension IDE XP SP3 PC but the memory/motherboard is gone. I ordered a Dell Inspiron 530S that only has 1 320 Gb SATA drive. I have access to older Dimension PCs at the office, and could use some direction or web shortcuts on taking my old HD, which has XP Home SP3 and pictures and financials and resumes (Word '03) and adding that to a PC that can "see" my home PC hard drive as a secondary IDE drive so that I can copy files to a flash drive/CD to transfer to my new Dimension SATA/Vista Home SP1 drive. Thanks in advance for your response.

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Please advice on the performance comparison between
- Windows 7 Home Basic versus
- Windows 7 Home Premium
assuming if both uses the same 8GB RAM.

Just a hearsay...that Windows 7 Home Basic is lagging behind Windows 7 Home Premium in terms of performance assuming if both uses the same 8GB RAM. Please confirm whether this is true or not.

By the way, how to activate the Windows Aero in Windows 7 Basic???

A:Performance comparison btw. Windows 7 Home Basic versus Home Premium

Hello cheesum and welcome to Seven Forums.

Last question first. This tutorial may help enable Aero. Please note that there is no way to enable transparency on Windows Home Basic.

Aero - Enable in Unsupported Editions of Windows 7

As far as performance, I have not been able to find any specific "speed" tests to say one way or the other.

Difference Between Windows 7 Home Basic and Home Premium | Difference Between | Windows 7 Home Basic vs Home Premium

But if Basic and Home Premium are run on two identical machines (not just identical RAM, but also identical hard drive/hard drive speed, identical CPU, identical programs and apps installed, etc) I would give a very slight performance advantage to Basic simply because it doesn't have the same amount of features that Home Premium has. Fewer features to load usually equals faster performance. But I think any performance advantage would be so slight it wouldn't make any appreciable difference.

I did find some comments comparing Windows 7 Home Premium to Windows 7 Professional.

performance difference 7 home premium vs. 7 professional? - Microsoft Community

Of course, others may completely disagree with my thoughts and that's cool. Healthy discussion and debate is welcomed.

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I accidentaly uninstalled something like media accelerator from Intel and it prompted me to restart. Then, it was centered and looked like Home Basic. How do I make it look normal? Please help I don't know what to do

A:My Vista Home Premium looked like a centered Home Basic in my Laptop

Check this on setting a theme.
Set a theme and it should reinitialize aero destop
if there aren't any problems.

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1) I have Laptop and PC connected with lan cabel. They are both with Windows Vista Home Basic 32bit.
They both have no problems with internet.
They have the same WORKGROUP names.
Both have real IPs.
I see each other on the Network but i can not connect to them... (it was all OK when I was on XP...)
>When I try to connect from the Laptop to the PC i recive: "Error code 0x80070035", I click on Diagnose and I see this.
I tried to turn off the Firewall and the NOD32 antivirus, but ... nothing changed ....
The Sharing and Discovery Settings are OK, like this.

2) I give share permissions to my network.

3) May be I have to install "Client" for "File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks" but is no listed 'Client' or 'Servise' to use.

4) I found I have to allow permissions in the firewall to some ports like:
-TCP 139
-UDP 137
-UDP 138
-TCP 445
... I did this ...
Give me some help how to manage with my network so I can browse both computers, copy files and so on ...
Thanks in advance

A:Home Network Problem on Vista Home Basic 32bit.

I can't help but just wondered why you have made another post not long after your first post with exactly the same question ?

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Hey there,

Basically I love gaming, and recently people have said to me that it would be a good idea to upgrade from Vista home basic, to Premium.

I tried checking the prices without much luck (Link directly from computer only shows US and Canada on country to buy it from list), so here are my questions.

Firstly does Premium give that much of a benefit to gaming on your computer, and secondly where can I buy the upgrade from (preferably cheap hehe)?

A:Worth upgrading Vista home basic to home premium?

Here is the comparison chart at the Vista site:



This site is selling it for $80.00. I've bought software there in the past, and it's genuine.



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I have recently purchased a new Acer Aspire 5535 laptop. It has Windows Vista Home Premium (WVHP) installed.

The computer came with a number of programs that I am not interested in having on my system. In addition, I was not provided a restore disc. I do own a copy of Windows Vista Home Basic (WVHB).

I would like to keep WVHP as I appear to be eligible for an upgrade to Windows 7 . . . but I would like to reinstall to get rid of all these worthless programs. Can I use a WVHB disc with my new WVHP product key?

Could I install WVHB with the WVHB product key, then use the WVHP key supplied by Acer to upgrade?

Thanks for your time in answering my question. I hope it isn't unclear.



A:Windows Vista Home Premium Key Home Basic Discs

I believe that if you install with the Basic disc the process will offer you a choice
of versions. Choose Home Premium and complete the install. Activate with your
Acer's Vista Product Key.


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I bought a new computer a few months back with Vista pre-installed. I also got a new Hp digital camera at the same time. I can upload and view photo's from my camera using windows, but my videos come in black. There is audio, but no sound.

Anyone have any idea why this is, or a solution to this problem (even using different program to view pics)?

I spent hours on the phone with HP and no help.

By the way, this is only one of many issues with Vista ( I hate it), but the most pressing at this moment.

Thanks in advance!

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So, I'm in a pretty weird situation. I got this laptop, Compaq Presario cq50-215nr, and it won't turn on. I got it from a friend, they have no clue what's wrong. They have no cords, they have nothing, don't ask why. So, I have no background information on it, they only thing I have is the actual laptop. As I said earlier, it won't turn on and I don't know why. Is there anyway to check for simple things with spending little or no money. And I don't want to open the actual laptop. I am attempting to fix it without lots of money going into it. So pretty much is there a way to check if any hardware is fried, or just the battery is dead? I need help, any help helps. Reply with help or if you need more information. (Remember, I don't know any background information or have any cords/manuals.) Thanks.

A:Compaq Presario cq50-215nr Help. Basic.

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Can I upgrade to premium and have all my files,settings,programs etc carried over automatically or do I need to save them to a external hard-drive or something? I'm on a laptop,2gb,I've ran the Update Advisor which says I can update from my current V.Home Basic to Home Premium.

A:Upgrade Vista home basic to home premium

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I live in India. I recently bought Vista Home Basic. Is there any way i can upgrade to Vista Home Premium 64 bit or above without loosing the money I spent on the Vista Home Basic which was for Rs.3500/US$ 70 I just realized the home basic 32 bit does not read memory over 3300 MB , where as I have 8 GB DDR2 800 MHz RAM plus a Core 2 Quad 2.37 GHz Processor

A:Upgrading Vista Home Basic to Home Premium 64 bit

Sorry mate, you can't upgrade a 32 bit version to a 64 bit version. it will require a fresh installation.

You can contact MS to send you the x64 version, however you will also have to pay for the upgrade to the premium license.

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Ok, so I have Vista Home Basic and I am looking to upgrade to Home Premium. I was looking at the features I don't have on my laptop (eg Windows Media Center, Windows Aero, Remote Desktop) and when I searched my computer, I found out I had features that Home Basic shouldn't have, like Windows Meeting Space and Windows Mobility Center, which I found strange

Now, I found out that if I upgraded to Home Premium, I would loose Windows Complete Backup and Restore and Networking Center and Remote Desktop, with Windows BitLocker Drive Encryption not being available on on either OS.

What I would like to know is if I upgraded to Home Premium, would I keep Windows Complete Backup and Restore and Networking Center and Remote Desktop from before the upgrade.

I do hope that this is not too confusing to understand and I also hope someone can help me out!

Thanks for reading

A:Trouble with upgrading from Home Basic to Home Premium

Hi Combat,

Check this out:

What's in your Windows Vista? - CNET Reviews

You may prefer to upgrade to Windows 7 instead :

Windows 7 editions - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Which one is right for you?

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Hi all
In Offices etc it's not a problem as these places usually have an email server (probably something like Microsoft Exchange) and an email client such as Outlook.

So removing an email client from the more "Officy" versions of W7 like Professional and Ultimate makes 100% sense.

I do think they should have left an email client back in with W7 for the "HOME" versions as these installations won't normally have the full office suite in them (containing OUTLOOK) and I know a lot of people HATE webmail type solutions - although obviously better than nothing.

Some people might have some problems with getting their VISTA Internet mail stuff into an appropriate W7 email client as well.

Maybe this is all a part of Microsofts idea into getting more and more users to use Microsoft Live (and eventially "The Cloud").

I like pretty well everything I've seen in W7 so far -- including the yet to be included "XP compatability feature" -- much much better than the stupid "downgrade solution" but I still think the lack of a built in email client - especially for home users is a bit of a mistake. I actually quite liked Outlook express from XP -- simple, easy to manage multiple accounts etc.

Most webmail based services are an abomination -- slowish, hardish to manage attachments, difficult to track sent mail and loaded with tons of ads.

Just my views but of course YMMV.


A:W7 Home Basic / Home Premium Should have Email Client

Hi Jimbo,

Don't blame Microsoft for this blame the governments who tell them you can't use the virtual monopoly that you've worked for years to build up, to provide the user with added extras to the OS they need

The whole thing with the Windows Live suite of programs is Microsoft's attempt to avoid the regulators. It also means that you can now remove IE8 and WMC12 et al, if you so wish.

Hopefully when Windows 7 is released, the bureaucrats will still be too busy doling out money to the banks to bother Microsoft to much.

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I don't have enough RAM on my computer to run vista home premium, and I don't have enough money to buy anymore RAM. Therefore, how do I downgrade from vista home premium to vista home basic? (By the way, I only have 766 MB of RAM on my computer). Please help.

A:How to Downgrade from Vista Home Premium to Home Basic

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Hi, is there any way to create a home group with windows 7 home basic, my other computer which is desktop with windows XP pro on it with wireless card. Please let me know if anyone had success in doing so.

A:How to create home group from wndows 7 home basic


Home Groups are unfortunately not available in Home Basic.


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Hi guys & gals, yup another Nubie, so be gentle with me!
Been following the forum for a few day's - you're 'awesome', really.

I would like to convert my 32bit Home Basic,SR5019UK Presario into a 64bit machine, with Windows 7 Home Premium. Is it possible, am I crazy? Yes, I'm new to computers!

Having checked through the various channels, its possible. But with a M2N68-LA motherboard, 2.5G and 'Basic' other components, I will maybe have to change a few things?

I really would appreciate your feedback and 'constructive advice. As economically as possible, sure, but I realise 'I can't make a silk purse from a sow's ear', as they say, where I live!

So come on guys give us the benefit of all your expertiseee, pleaseee.

A:32bit Home Basic into 64bit win.7 Home Premium?

Dont guess, dont even rely on us, find out for sure
Free Download PC Upgrade Advisor Windows 7 Hardware Programs Issues

If you do upgrade, do so with the much cheaper upgrade DVD, not the full retail.
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...on.html?filter[2]=General Tips
Follow the above tut and the results are the same

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Repairing a COMPAQ Presario running Vista Basic.
My problems are that the OS wont boot fully, it stops and then freezes.

Then on restart BIOS will run through and give me a choice to repair or boot normally in which I select repair which then runs through until it gets to

!! 0xc0190036 !! 3005/67034 (icardagt.exe)

Here it stops and blinks the text infinitely.

I would provide an HJT log but I can't even get in to do that.
Considering that I can get the BIOS to go through I'm assuming software but if anyone has any ideas that it may be hardware please share. The only hardware that I believe would be a problem at the moment would be the HDD, however it ran efficiently when I was extracting data from it.

Any help regarding this would be appreciated



A:Solved: COMPAQ Presario Vista Basic Problems

Does it have Sp1?

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This laptop has a shutdown issue. It wont launch msconfig unless it's in safe mode. It also has corrupted files showing from running sfc scan.
It has a MacAfee antivirus. I ran Malwarebytes, Hitman Pro, AdwCleaner,  and it found nothing but some cookies. 
I think it has something worse going on. Will FRST run in safe mode?

A:Messed up Compaq Presario CQ60 Vista Basic

You cannot post a FRST log in the Windows forums.
Please post the sfc log in your topic.  Do not post it in code or in quotation, and do not use a host site with will download the log to my computer.
To find sfc /scannow log, type cmd in the Search programs and files box. 
cmd will appear above the search box under Apps., right click on it and choose Run as administrator, this will open the Elevated Command Prompt.  This will look simlare to the image above.
Copy and paste the following in the Search programs and files box, then press Enter.  
findstr /c:"[SR]" %windir%\logs\cbs\cbs.log >%userprofile%\Desktop\sfcdetails.txt
This will place a new icon on the desktop titled sfcdetails.  Click on this to open the log, copy it and paste it in your topic. 

***This is a diagnotic tool for Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.  This will not repair your computer, but it may point to where the problem lies so that a repair can be made.***
Warning:  Disabling items in Services or Startup may leave your anitivius disabled until the process is ended.  For this reason I would suggest that you perform this process off line.
Step 1
(1)  Click on the Start orb, then type msconfig.exe in the Search programs and files box.  
(2)  When msconfig is seen in the pane above the search box and under Programs, right click on it, then cli... Read more

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I purchased a new Compaq tower, and want to use Office Basic 2003, same as what I have on my laptop. I purchased a copy of Office 2003 on EBay, but the CD case is marked "For Gateway PC Only". Did I get hosed, or can I use this copy on the Compaq? How can I get the Gateway Office software to boot on the Compaq? The tower has a Vista OS.

A:Microsoft Office Basic 2003 Gateway/Compaq

The technically correct answer is: return to sender, he sold you an OEM version of Microsoft Office that is only supposed to be delivered with Gateway computer. Get in touch with eBay to get the buy cancelled and try to get your money back from the seller.

The "getting things done no questions asked" answer would be to just try to install it. Sometimes they print such warnings on CDs without having any technical means on board to really enforce it. Many people would just download an ISO from their favourite P2P network, but you went through the trouble of trying to acquire a legal copy: good on you, and it shows good faith. If I were you I'd have no remorse trying to install it.

But if it won't install because it does have the technical means to detect if it's on a Gateway PC or not, you should definitely get back at the seller through eBay.

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I am running windows 7 home basic and want to convert it to win 7 home premium. I have the .iso image of the home premium OS. Please let me know the steps.

How do I create a bootable DVD from the .iso Image?

A:Win7 home basic to home premium

If you want to do an in-place Upgrade between Win7 versions, MS wants you to buy an Anytime Upgrade which simply unlocks the extra features without any install at all.

So normally it would require a clean install of Home Premium. However, adapting a popular registry workaround you can fool the installer into thinking that Home Basic is actually home Premium and it is doing a Repair Install - an upgrade over itself in Win7.

Open Regedit as Administrator, change the circled keys to exactly this wording:

All programs, files and settings are kept in place while Home Premium is installed, you only need to activate with your Premium key afterwards.

Burn the ISO to DVD using ImgBurn at 4x with verify, or you can extract the Win7 ISO files to the desktop and run the in-Place Upgrade from there. Attachment 44091

Select "connect to the internet during install" to get the latest drivers/updates during install, more will arrive via Windows Updates.

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I'm looking at a new Dell laptop for my wife to use. Her real interest is in having a webcam so she'll be able to see her new grandchild using Skype or similar. It will also be used for basic internet surfing.

The basic computer I'm pricing comes with Vista Home Basic but the Dell rep is telling me I should have Home Premium since it will be used with a webcam. I have a feeling I'm getting a sales pitch since we'll never use the computer for any advanced video producing and such. Do I need the Premium for an additional $30 or is the Basic sufficient?

Here are the basics of what the computer will have in case that helps:

Inspiron 1525
Intel? Pentium? Dual Core T2390 (1.86GHz/533Mhz FSB/1MB cache)
Genuine Windows Vista? Home Basic Edition SP1
Glossy, widescreen 15.4 inch display (1280x800)
3GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 at 667MHz
Size: 250GB SATA Hard Drive (5400RPM)
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100
CD / DVD Writer (DVD+/-RW Drive)
Dell Wireless 1395 802.11g Mini-Card
Webcam Option
6 cell battery
High Definition Audio 2.0

Thanks for your help. Terry

A:Vista Home Basic or Home Premium?

I know of no reason why you would need Premium to support a webcam I think he may be spinning you a tale.

Check out this link to see the differences


The premium version will give you a better visual experience but I dont think it will make a difference in video as a better Graphics card would do.

But for your extra $30 you will get Windows media support and the overall visual look of the software if far better but this is not a neccesity

Buy Basic!

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hello all,

i m using a dell inspiron m101z notebook which has windows 7 home basic prebuilt. now i got a very new win7 home premium dvd. and since yes i m not very good in all this computer stuff i have opened my own topic so that things bcom clearer to me.

i want to install home premium so how can i do it if i dont want to lose my files on the laptop. specially some dell softwares like webcam and all.

i went thru this tutorial. does this do the needful. it is ok i dont need to format my HD. but do i need to backup? also the notebook i use has only C drive n no other drive.

Clean Install Windows 7 from the Windows 7 Desktop

A:Windows 7 from home basic to home premium

Take a look at this:

No install files needed.
Only the Upgrade key is need.
Anytime upgrade only adds-on the Programs & Features from version to version.
Windows Anytime Upgrade - How to

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What would you recommend: Vista Home Basic edition or Premium edition? What are the main differences between the two? Thanks.

A:Vista Home Basic vs. Home Premium

Check this out.....

The Basic is just that....basic, whilst Premium has Windows Media Centre, fancy Desktop Graphics, Movie Maker, DVD Maker and more.
It's no contest!

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I have sort of a special case here. I purchased my HP laptop in Thailand, and much to my chagrin it came installed with Windows 7 Home Basic. In addition, the HP store which sold me the laptop installed 4gb of RAM neglecting to tell me that the 32bit version of 7 only supported up to 3. At any rate, I am hoping to upgrade to Windows 7 Home Premium, 64 Bit edition.

But while there is a glut of information online about how to upgrade from Starter, there is little to nothing about Home Basic. Do I have to buy a full copy of 7 Home Premium 64 Bit? Can I buy an Anytime Upgrade that is meant for Starter and apply it to my computer?

Windows has so many editions that it's left me quite confused; I just want to purchase the correct product.



A:Upgrading 7 Home Basic 32 to 7 Home Premium 64

No need to buy a full copy version, but you will need a Windows 7 Home P x64 dvd to upgrade to x64.

Anytime upgrade can not upgrade 32bit to 64bit

To upgrade 32bit to 64bit you need to clean install.

Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

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Whenever I log on to my Cmopaq CQ40 laptop it says it cannot find my profile and have been logged on with a temporary one. It also deletes everything I have saved/downloaded before (can't find it anywhere even doing a full search)

Please help!!

A:Logging on with a temp profile constantly, compaq CQ40 Vista Basic

bump, please help I can't get anything done because it keeps getting erased!

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If I swap out my MB + CPU on my current Windows 7 - I shouldn't have any problems aside form deleting and installing new Chipset drivers, right?

I believe I have a bad MB + CPU combo and want to swap it out.

Thanks in advance

A:Basic Win 7 + Hardware Question

If you mean activation problems, if you have a retail copy, you may need to activate online again. Failing that, you'll need to do a phone activation.

Activate Windows 7 by Phone

But yes, you should just need to update drivers.

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Hi, in setting up a hardware firewall, is it best practices to have the firewall first in line behind th ISP's device, or second, after the wireless router. Reason for question, is I've put a hardware firewall in and then had to set the Wireless Router to Bridge mode to pass the DHCP info along, doing so disabled the guest network as it no longer dishes out IPs. So the question is do I put the wireless router in front of the hardware firewall and let it serve DHCP or keep it behind the firewall and add a separate wireless for guest access. (It seem to make sense to keep the hardware firewall the first device behind the ISP's box.) We want authenticated users to be able to use wireless and connect to the server, yet also want to allow guest access.

Second, the hardware firewall out of the box, is set to a IP. If I have wireless router and a managed switch they too often default to their management access to -- so is it best practice to leave the firewall at 1.1 and change the other devices, or change the firewall to a different IP first? Or doesn't it matter at all?

Third, if in the future we might add a site to site VPN, am I better off just starting the firewall at say, so that I can use op to to do site to site connections? Again, looking for best practices?


A:Basic Hardware Firewall Questions

I would put the firewall directly under the modem. Then connect the wireless router under the firewall. If guests need wireless, then add a second wireless router under the firewall for them. ( $35)

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I am in a small office environment with several old desktop office computers on a basic windows 98 peer to peer network

Our desktop computers are pretty well beat up and we will replace them with Dell units picked out via the dell internet web site.

question I have is what is a good basic CPU power and real memory requirement for windows XP Pro.

I am assuming XP Pro is the way to go over home edition for our little office.

also we have a number of laptops running office 2000 that we do not want to have to replace or upgrade due to costs involved.

we will get office 2002 or whatever is current on these office desktops preloaded probably by Dell. How will excel, word, and access share files created between the laptop office 2000 and the office desktop office 2002

thanks in advance for feedback


A:Windows xp Pro basic hardware required

All of the new PC's you get will be up to XP specs and will probably have it installed. One causion though...make sure you get XP Pro if you ever plan to do a real domain style network as XP Home won't cut it. I would get Pro regardless even though I hate XP.

Your office programs might have a problem between versions and it's best to keep the versions the same between all PC's on the network.

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Forget for a minute how good or bad Vista is. It's what I'm going with when I build my new system. I have both Vista Home Basic x64 and Vista Home Premium x64 on disk. I have been running Home Basic x64 on a slightly underpowered machine for about six months. So, among other things and because it's been underpowered, I'm no judge to say whether or not it's stable. So I was just wondering if anyone has heard if Premium is any more or less stable than Home Basic?

A:Home Basic x64 or Home Premium x64

Use the "Vista Home Premium" as the Basic is a stripped down version to be used on a VERY low powered machine.

Have a look at http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-vista/compare-editions/default.aspx

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Can some one help me get started with this project? I need to make a program that will run in the System tray that can enable or disable hardware, actualy just one particular piece of hardware. I am only dealing with Windows 2000 here so I don't have to worry about multiple operating systems.

I think I can get the system tray part figured out from various VB tutorials but I don't know where to begin when dealing with the hardware. Any ideas?

A:Enabling/Disabling Hardware in Win2000 with Visual Basic?

Some one from another board showed me this solution using the Send Keys and it works great.

Set WshShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
WshShell.Run "devmgmt.msc"
While WshShell.AppActivate("Device Manager") = False
WshShell.AppActivate "Device Manager"
WshShell.SendKeys "{Tab}"
WshShell.SendKeys "Ports"
WshShell.SendKeys "{Right}"
WshShell.SendKeys "{Down}"
WshShell.SendKeys "{Down}"
WshShell.SendKeys "+{F10}"
WshShell.SendKeys "D"
WshShell.SendKeys "%Y"
WshShell.SendKeys "%{F4}"

[Edited by Talismanic on 05-30-2001 at 03:16 PM]

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The Internet's basically always been the same: text, audio, and streaming video, so is it all bells & whistles and security that we need to upgrade OS and hardware every so often?

A:Why are new OS and hardware upgrades needed for basic internet browsing computers?

The Internet's basically always been the same: text, audio, and streaming video, so is it all bells & whistles and security that we need to upgrade OS and hardware every so often?The Internet and the browsers are always changing, and security needed for the browsers is always being updated.Your Antivirus and Antimalware programs also need daily updates to keep up with basic ttheats being added at an alarming rate -20 years ago there was only about 70 to 100 known infections - Today there are over 100,000 known threats and growing daily (check Wiki if you do not believe me)Your browser needs to recognise many of these problems to prevent you downloading them -Run I.E.6 and the early version of Firefox, never update your Antivirus or Antimalware programs and you will be in the Malware Removal Forum in 2 day (or less) -Thank You -

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I just built this new system and I was able to install w7 64bit but i can't get into windows for more then 5 sec. Usually blue screen before windows even loads. I can boot into safe mode and navigate around with no blue screen ever coming.

Here is what I have in the computer as of now

MSI X-Power mobo
50 GB OCZ Revodrive (SSD) (gonna be my OS drive)
Gskill ripjaw series ram (only '1' 4gb stick as of now, i have 24GB total)
PNY Quadro FX 580 512MB Video Card
DVD burner
Kingwin 1000W power supply

Other info... I have not updated bios yet. When I do go into bios the ram doesn't detect at the proper speeds. It sets timings to 7-7-7-19 when the ram i have is 9-9-9-24 and sets to 1000mhz when the ram i have is 1600. I've tried keeping it and manually changing it. Blue screen either way. I returned the Ram for replacement. No change... I'm thinking its either the mobo or the SSD but im not sure.

Would be incredibly grateful if anyone could help me get this system going. Don't want to waste 3g's on this.

A:BSOD (124 code) brand new build only the basic hardware installed

Hello and welcome to TSF.

Because your timings are being set improperly, I'm thinking that the memory may be incompatible with your motherboard. Consult the X-Power's QVL (Qualified Vendor List) in the manual to make sure your memory is compatible.

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It might be a long shot, but I will ask anyway: I have a Compaq CQ61-280EJ, with 2.10 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T6500, 4GB RAM (full specs here). The operation system is Windows 7 Proffesional SP1, 64bits. I have two questions:1. The Touchpad no longer function (for two years at least). Though I can find a computer technichian that is familiar with Comapq computers, I was thinking of a DIY solution first. I think all the drivers are in order, but you can suggest something to verify that somehow. Alternately, can you send me directions to checking connections of the relative hardware circuits? 2. The computer everyday functionality became slower and slower over the years. I understand it's the natural way for computers and windows OS to be slower and slower, and I consider buying a new computer... but I'm still wondering if perhaps there's a way to upgrade either the CPU and/or RAM. The HDD is junk free (with 70GB free). So:* what RAM cards should I look for online to extend the memory (up to 8GB according to the specs)?* is there a better CPU model (it doens't have to be top of the line 2017) that is compatible for the computer and maybe it's available somewhere online for me to buy. Thanks in advance

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Customer's Presario was attempting to load into XP home and stopped at screen with mouse pointer that didn't move when mouse was moved. Booted into safe mode. Same thing. Booted to recovery partition. More or less same thing. Finally convinced Compaq tech support to send the recovery cds. It recreated the restore partition and then, IIRC, stalled at the same place when it tried to restore the Windows partition. Finally, I tried to install windows 98, and it stalled out during registry creation.

Somewhere along the line, I started to suspect a hardware issue. :-/

I've checked both the RAM and hard drive and they're clean. A friend has suggested that it might be the mouse's PS2 port and to try turning it off in BIOS and use an USB mouse. I haven't tried that yet - I'm working on another computer.

Does anybody have any other suggestions, or should I start shopping around for a new mobo if that doesn't work?

A:Compaq Presario unknown hardware problem

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i used to have a web site booked marked where it scanned my pc and give me a list of hardware upgrade like graphic cards that are compatible to my system ect.. i cant seem to be able to find the website any more does any one know of such web site that shows you what i just described ?

A:Hardware advisor websites for compaq SR1630NX

Quote: Originally Posted by james62755

i used to have a web site booked marked where it scanned my pc and give me a list of hardware upgrade like graphic cards that are compatible to my system ect.. i cant seem to be able to find the website any more does any one know of such web site that shows you what i just described ?

James, usually not a good idea to post duplicates. It gets confusing and dilutes the help.

Ken J

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I have a HP Compaq 6720s notebook. It is a bit old (from 2008) but still works great

Looking at it's specs below (or online), which OS would you suggest?
I want the best performance, but also be relatively secure and overally, get the best of all I can.

Brand: HP
Notebook model: Compaq 6720s
Processor: Intel Pentium Dual Core (T2310, 1.46Ghz)
RAM/Memory: 2,5GB DDR2-800 (1x 2GB + 1x 512MB)
Chipset: Intel 965 Express Chipset
Graphics: Intel 965 Express Chipset Graphics (aka Intel965, Intel965GME, Intel x3100)
Graphics type: Integrated (leeching system RAM, maximum 384MB)

Certification (sticker on-board): Windows Vista BASIC (grey badge, NOT the Vista Premium Badge)
Other badges: Energy Star, Intel Pentium Dual Core Inside

OEM OS: (came preinstalled, but since then reinstalled): Windows Vista Home Basic
According to HP's website, this notebook only supports Windows XP and Windows Vista. There are drivers for both of them.
There are no drivers for Windows 7 there, and even though most Vista drivers work (except for Graphics and part of chipset components, and HP QuickLaunch buttons - downloads on windows update).

HP Phone Customer Support confirmed this anomaly. They confirmed it is NOT compatible with Windows 7, only XP or Vista. I asked why, and I asked them this Vista-driver trick and they told me that this is only a partial solution, and if I install it, performance will be very poor, much worse than these two OSs. This ... Read more

A:Which Windows is the best for this hardware?(HP Compaq 6720s notebook)

I would consider trying Linux Lite on it on a totally separate ssd or hdd and keep the existing one incase you don't like it...
My nephew uses Linux lite and loves it


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i used to have a web site booked marked where it scanned my pc and give me a list of hardware upgrade like graphic cards that are compatible to my system ect.. i cant seem to be able to find the website any more does any one know of such web site that shows you what i just described ?

A:Hardware advisor websites for compaq SR1630NX

I wouldn't worry about it too much. Looking at the specs for your computer,

Compaq Presario SR1630NX Desktop PC Product Specifications Compaq Presario SR1630NX Desktop PC - HP Customer Care (United States - English)

short of the Realtek audio driver which you can get directly from Realtek, there is nothing less to update as the chipset and integrated video have all been declared legacy by AMD and there will be no more driver updates for it.

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I have an older desktop Compaq Presario SR5707C circa '08 originally ran windows vista upgraded to windows 7 motherboard is a MCP61PM-HM (Iris8) NVIDIA GeForce 6150SE nForce 430 onboard graphics AMD Athlon X2 4850e processor power supply 250w brand unknown problem: originally froze with vertical lines appearing on screen. was having hangup issues. Now either freezes ourtright or restarts itself or gives BSOD.

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