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Q: Solved: Older PC with outdated Operating Systems

We have two elderly family members (Grandmas that are both almost 90) that use old, outdated computers running Vista and XP. They both continue to have error messages; ie "Out of Memory at line:65", "High PCU", printer does not respond, Computer locks up and has to have hard re-boot, IE shuts down, unable to access email. One is using a high speed modem from CenturyLink and the other is on high speed Comcast connection.
Anyone have suggestion on how to best help these two lovely women? Windows 7? or a refurbished basic PC replacement?

Preferred Solution: Solved: Older PC with outdated Operating Systems

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I have a panasonic projector which works well with Windows XP. I have tried to connect it with several other machines using newer operating systems (Vista and Windows 7); but, they won't work. the best I can get is the projector will flash the screen like it is trying to connect but, it can't finish the job. I have to keep the 7-8 year old laptop around to work with this projector. This becomes inconvenient for guest coming in to do presentations. Are there drivers or some update for legacy devices?

A:Solved: older projector not working with new operating systems

Have you tried installing the drivers in compatibility mode?

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Hello Guys,

Has anyone managed to get older O/S's like Windows 95, 98 and ME running on VirtualBox on Windows 8, I used to be able to run all Operating Systems when I had my Vista set up. Strangely I can install and run DOS and Win 3.1 but not Win 95, Win 98 and Win ME. Anything from XP works fine.



A:VirtualBox and older operating systems

Is this a filesystem problem? - Whereas MS-DOS and Windows 3.1 resided on FAT formatted hard disks. FAT32 was for the Windows 9x brigade, and NTFS for XP etc.

Let's see how we used to do it in the old days...

Before you started you needed a boot floppy with CD-ROM support, A Windows '95 install CD, which was not bootable, a CD-ROM drive and a Hard drive usually between 512 and 1024 MB - 1 gig or less - bigger drives were a problem and quite rare then.

You needed a formatted DOS 6.2 or better boot partition with the system files on it to install to, I recall, the method in those days was boot from a DOS system floppy in the a:\ drive, run Format c: /s but not reboot yet, so that the CD-ROM drivers on the floppy would still work and then copy the contents from the CD-ROM to the hard drive, which was faster than installing from the CD-ROM. The DOS commands (in red)were as follows:
C:\>md windows
C:\>cd windows
C:\WINDOWS>md options
C:\WINDOWS>cd options
C:\WINDOWS\OPTIONS\CABS>copy d:\win95\*.*

Where d:\ was the CD-ROM drive. Once the files had copied, it was time to reboot, removing the CD-ROM and Boot floppy.
On rebooting from the hard disk, you were taken to the C:\prompt, and it was a case of navigating to the setup folder that had all the setup cabs in it.

C:\>cd \windows\options\cabs

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I have a older computer that run just fine with Windows XP and Windows Vista (the computer had not been use, and the current installed OS was W7). Few days ago I reinstalled Windows XP x64 and Windows Vista x64 and they both ended in a disaster.
XP: I installed first the updates by using pre-downloaded servicepacks and then the chipset drivers. XP went to bleeps because installation of Avast failed. I also had a problem with USB-ports which stopped working. Anyway after failed avast installation the operating system wouldnt boot up anymore. I decided the install Vista instead. 
Vista: After installing servicepacks I noticed that Windows Update is not working anymore. Tried solving it by installing Fix It tool from microsoft. I encountered another problem where powershell did not install. I gave up on getting the update service to work, and decided to do some benchmarks. The computer froze and after pressing the reset Windows Vista wouldnt boot up anymore.
W10: I decided to install W10 ... everything works now.
I dont remember the older operating systems being so bad, or I am just seeing things through rose-tinted glasses?
MSI P35 Platinum
4x 1Gb G.Skill DDR2 800Mhz
Q6600 Go
HD 5870

A:Is microsoft self-sabotaging their older operating systems?

Probably a combination of rose-tinted glasses and software changing. Here's the thing: Vista and XP aren't supported anymore. This lack of support means they don't receive new features that may be used by modern software. So stuff breaks. The longer the OS has been out of support, the worse things get. Conspiracy theories are silly simply because there is no need for M$ to sabotage old OSes.

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Can anyone provide information or recommendations concerning anti-virus, anti-trojan, anti-adware, anti-spyware or firewall programs that will run under old operating systems, specifically Windows 3.11, Windows 3.1, Windows 95 or DOS 6.x??

I'm looking for freeware or shareware that I can use on an old, cast-off 486 machine with 40MB of RAM. I realize that I'm largely insulated from the majority of malware because of the archaic software I'm using, but I still want to avoid things like boot-sector viruses, and I'd like to secure the system as best I can. Any information, suggestions, comments, guidance, belittling remarks, etc. would be appreciated...
...the best computer system is a free one!

A:Anti-malware for older operating systems?

Hi junklover and welcome to BC.Take a look at www.oldversion.com for some programs you can match to Windows95. You can get ZoneAlarm 2.6 from there and that will work alright. There are also older versions of AdAware that will probably work with 95 but I would try the latest one just for the heck of it. They also have Spybot S&D, but again the latest one will work (see the Spybot FAQs for the fix for 95).F-Prot Antivirus for DOS is free for home use, which almost seems like an oxymoron as I don't think many corporations are using Dos these days. AVG Professional works on 95 so I don't see why AVG 7 free version won't.You are at risk for malware with at least Win95. I just cleaned a machine with 95 on it and it had a number of spyware/adware programs. I cleaned it the lazy way by formatting and loading 98SE . The only belittling remarks I can think of concern me because I should have more for you as I am the King of Old Stuff.

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I have an 80gb IDE Hard drive with XP PRO/sp3 installed, Which I use daily. I just installed another 500gb SATA HD and loaded WIN 7 on it. I want to get used to WIN 7 before I transfer all my files and programs to it. Can I create a boot menu to use either drive? The motherboard has a boot menu which I tried, but it would only boot in Win 7 even one option was "earlier version of windows". If I select it, it just hangs up and does nothing. I wonder if I can create a menu on a floppy disk?

A:[SOLVED] 2 operating systems

It appears you installed win7 to the new drive with the new drive booted via the bios as the main drive.
Otherwise you would have installed win7 as a multiboot and you would have a menu listing xp and win7.

If planning on going to Win7 this was not a mistake. Far more difficult to remove xp as the primary boot drive in a multiboot with win7 [requires a repair install of win7] whereas you just set the win7 drive as your main boot and you are done.

Your best option is just use the bios to set which drive you wish to boot for now.

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Hi, first off sorry if this is in the wrong category...

I have an old laptop which I only use for playing music (Dell Inspiron 1150, currently running XP SP3). I was wondering which operating systems I could use with it and which would be the lightest/best performance for my requirement.

The main advantages I'm looking for is fastest boot speed and least memory demanding. As it only has a 50Gb hard drive and 1Gb of RAM.

Thanks, Doug

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I reloaded Windows XP Home Edition on my wifes Dell Insprion1200 to fix another problem which I'll explain that on in a moment. Now when you turn the computer on, after the welcome page you get a black screen and it asks you select the OP you want. Both are identical. How do I get rid of one of them. I thought it would copy over the other one. Also, the touch pad mouse does not work. An external mouse (usb) does work. On the right hand side of the screen at the very bottom it doesn't show an icon for the touch pad. In the control panel programs it lists the external mouse only, and I figured that's because it is plugged in. Have I lost a driver for the touchpad? How can I get it back?

A:Solved: Two XP Operating Systems

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My main hard drive has a Windows 2000 Professional operating system installed. I have an extra hard drive that has Windows XP installed on it.

I use the extra drive for the space, but now I'm interested to use the OS.

I do not know how to do this. All of the system files for XP are there. Also, the drive has 4 partitions on it. 3 are primary and 1 is logical. 2 of the primary partitions have the files for XP (or at least the folder is WINDOWS).

Specs: the extra hard drive is a Serial ATA 80 GB drive that I have in an external enclosure.

A:Solved: Operating Systems

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I have Windows Vista & might have to install XP. What are the does & donts of this operation, how will it affect my computer, is it something I should attempt. My problem is, I do not think I can install Autodesk Development Desktop 2006 on Vista. I have another computer with XP but would rather use just my new computer. I have tried getting info on Autodesk Development Desktop 2006 installation for Vista & have had no success.


A:Solved: 2 Operating Systems ?

Look here; http://forums.techguy.org/windows-vista-7/583697-guide-installing-xp-win2k-after.html , and here too; http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/wind...on-your-pre-installed-windows-vista-computer/ , so when done with this dual boot setup, your Vista boot loader will have added your XP to it's boot menu.

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Hello and thanks for reading this post,

My setup:

Fujitsu Siemens Scaleo J
Motherboard: Asus P5SD2 FM/S
Cpu: Intel Dual Core 2GhZ
2Gb Ram
(graphics card: Asus EN7600 GS Silent)
Disk 0: 200 Gb Sata
Disk1:Seagate 750 Gb IDE

Disk 0 is currently 1st slave
Disk 1 is 3d master
My DvdRW drive is 3d slave

My OS, Windows XP SP2 is on Disk 1, on the C: partition.

I would like to backup my OS from Disk 1 to a partition on Disk 0 (using true image 10 home). I have created a 10Gb primary partion on this Disk 0, the last 190 Gb will be used for the storage of images to restore Disk 1 in case of corruption of the OS, corruption of the NTFS file table etc.

How can I best do this? I fear that when booting, the Backup OS on Disk 0 will be automatically picked for booting. I don't want this, as I want the OS on the faster 750 GB hdd to boot.

I was thinking myself:
- place an image of the OS on disk 1 of the first primary partition disk 0

In case of failure:
1) Switch power of
2) Set jumper settings for DVD rom drive to master
3) Set jumper settings for 750 GB IDE drive thats crashed to slave
4) Make 200GB SATA drive 1st master
5) Replace 750 Gb IDE drive in the BIOS with 200 GB SATA drive
6) Exit BIOS with F10
7) BOOT MS recovery console -> create MBR on disk 0 with FIXMBR, mark as ACTIVE with DISKPART
8) MS recovery console ->DISKPART -> Remove boot partition on 750 GB IDE drive
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A:Solved: Two operating systems?

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i have recently changed my hard drive. after having a few problems getting xp to work i got it sorted. but now when i turn on my pc i get a screen with the choice of two xp home operating systems. the first one does not work and i have to select the second one every time to make things work. how do i get rid of the first one. many thanks gary

A:Solved: two operating systems

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I accidentally installed two XP 2002 OS on my computer.. One in C and other in D(Where my most important data is).. I manually deleted the operating system(Widows folder) in D.. But still on the boot up of the computer, there is an option to log into that deleted OS.. How to delete that??

A:[SOLVED] 2 operating systems.. what to do now

You need to edit the boot.ini file to remove the D: operating system from the startup list.

Go to Start > Control Panel > System > Advanced tab and click the Settings button for 'Startup and Recovery'.

Click the Edit button to open boot.ini in Notepad. Copy the text and paste it into your next reply.

If you have important data stored on D:, have you made a backup?

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I hope someone can help please. I had to reinstall Windows XP Home this evening, and now when I start up my pc, it shows two operating systems, The first is home and the other professional. It gives me about 30 seconds to select the top one and then starts up.

How do I stop my pc from giving me this option? can anyone help please, as only want to use Windows XP Home.

Any help appreciated.
Kind regards

A:[SOLVED] startup! Two operating systems!

Hi and welcome to TSF

It seems you have partitioned incorrectly, but this is just a guess as I do not know the whole situation. Lets start by checking you Logical Disk Service. I would like you to but up into your machine normally and follow these steps:
Click on Start
Then right-click My Computer
From the drop down menu select Manage
After getting Computer Management open click on Disk Management

Then I would like you to upload a screen shot of that window. Here are the steps to giving a screen shot:
First have the windows needed for the screen shot opened up by itself
Then please look on the keyboard and hit the Print Screen key, or on laptops Prnt Scrn
The go to Start -> Run -> Type in Mspaint -> Then select Ok
After opening Microsoft Paint go to Edit and click Paste
Afterwards save the file and post the screen shot onto your next post

Thing(s) needed for next post: Disk Management Screenshot

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I have two Sata 80 gb hard drives on my computer. For quite a while I had an operating system on one hard drive and just used the other for storage. About three months ago, I installed a free 120 day trial version of Windows XP 64 bit, wanting to give the 64 bit operating system a try. The free period is coming to an end and I am not impressed enough with the Win XP 64 to purchase it. I currently have Win XP 64 on F: drive, and Win XP 64 on the C: drive. When you have two Windows operating systems installed, Windows will give you a start-up selection, asking you which operating system you want to boot to. The first and default is F: Windows XP 64. I want to get rid of the 64 bit operating system. Once, in the past, I tried doing something similar to this, booting to the operating system I wanted to keep, and then reformatted the drive that had the operating system I wanted to get rid of. You probably already know what happened next. On the next reboot, I could not get a boot to either drive, or the installed operating system I wanted to keep. Anyone know a way to get rid of the Win 64 on one drive while maintaining a boot sector on the drive that has my Win XP? Thanks for any assistance you may be able to provide.


A:Solved: Dual Operating Systems

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hi there all.
when i start my computer up i have showning windows 7 and underneath windows vista. if i click on windows vista it loads no problem but
i only want to use windows vista. so how do i remove the windows 7 above???
windows 7 did not fully install.
they are on the same hard drive..

A:[SOLVED] 2 operating systems,how do i remove 1 ??

download and install easybcd. great program to solve this problem


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Hi guys,

I currently run xp pro on my desktop with Norton 2010 security installed.
I would like to install windows 7 on another hard drive in the desktop and select between the operating systems each start up.
My legal question is can I install my copy of Norton on both operating systems? It is only the single pc version. Does this mean per operating system or per motherboard?
Thank you.

A:Solved: Norton & 2 Operating Systems

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I recently reformatted my HD and re-installed XP home. Now when I boot up it asks me which operating system I want: either Windows XP Home or... Windows XP Home. Why is it showing the same OS twice? Can I get rid of one without having to re-format all over again?

What might have I done wrong when installing the software?

thanks in advance

A:Solved: 1 partition, 2 operating systems?

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I had to reinstall Windows XP Home and now when I start up my pc, it shows two operating systems, The first is XP Home and the other is XP Home as well. It gives me about 30 seconds to select the top one and then starts up.

How do I stop my pc from giving me this option? I think it may have been a result of incorrect partitioning during the reinstall but I have no idea of how to remove the old one...

any help would be appreciated,

A:[SOLVED] Two Operating systems at boot up

Welcome back to TSF

You need to edit the boot ini

Which one do you usually click on to boot into windows the first one or second one?

If the first one is working then delete the second entry. Try this:

Click Start/Run then type in msconfig . Click the BOOT. INI tab and then click Check All Boot Paths. It will verify all boot paths and if one is found invalid it will delete it.

If that doesnt work, Click Start/right click on My Computer/Properties/Advanced/Startup and Recovery Settings/Edit and then just delete the entry that is no good. Reboot the computer.

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How Can I delegate more space to my drive H:/ that I am running for my winxp files? I get a virtual memory error at times.
I have TWO local discs no my hard drive.
C:\ Used space 9.42GB FREE spcace 135GB NTFS Capacity 144 GB
H:\ Used space 3.67GB FREE spcace 477MB NTFS Capacity 4.14 GB
I have two copies of winxp running on my pc. The updated and best working is on drive H:\. Now I see that drive h is alot smaller then c:\. Should I delegate more space to H:\? Also is it possible to remove the windows folder on c:\ so i don't have two operating systems? Right now i have drive H:\ and operating winxp system running great. Just updated it with sp3 and removed a virus. So don't want to mess with that. Thank You for any assistance you may have. This info i copied must not be H:\ local disk. I have downloaded sp3 and win updates that are not showing there. Please forgive my ignorance in this matter.

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Service Pack 2, 32 bit
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) XP 3000+, x86 Family 6 Model 10 Stepping 0
Processor Count: 1
RAM: 447 Mb
Graphics Card: VIA/S3G UniChrome IGP, 64 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 148372 MB, Free - 138720 MB; H: Total - 4245 MB, Free - 475 MB;
Motherboard: ASUSTek Computer INC., Kelut
Antivirus: AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 2012, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Disabled

A:Solved: Two winxp operating systems

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I searched and searched but didnt find a similar thread as of yet,if their is i appologise in advance.im a noob first time any forum poster .

Anyway about 2 months ago got windows 7 ultimate ,already had xp i think.so i installed it on my laptop following the steps ,installed nicely so i thought ,when i started up i realised that the previous os hadnt been deleted and now my c drive had a third of the space it should have,due to it now having two operating systems.I couldnt really worry about it right that second because we were leaving for a holiday the following day ,long story short i forgot about it and now im running out of space how do i get rid of the previous operating system without reformatting ,and losing all my games and new programs.Oh i have no idea where that other operating system is it doesnt show up anywhere and i cant even load it up.

Any help would be greatly appreciated .thanx again .

A:[SOLVED] 2 operating systems on c drive .

and welcome to the Forum

If you did a "Custom Installation" . . the files from the XP installation will be in a folder on the C drive named windows.old . . once you are sure you have saved the files you cherish, that folder can be deleted

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How Do I Know if i can install 32 bit or 64 bit operating system in my laptop ?

A:Solved: How Do I Know if i can install 32 bit or 64 bit operating systems

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and screwed up my computer. I had first installed a new hard drive by itself and then installed XP-home on that. Then I re-installed another hard disk, that had been my master disk, as a slave disk with operating system and programs on it. I intended to transfer files from the old disk to the new disk, but forgot there was an operating system on both disks. The boot system got confused and renamed the new disk G and the old disk C. I would like to reformat the new disk and start over, but I can't figure out how to do that. Can I take out the old disk and reformat the new disk? How do I do that?

I know, it was a dumb move and I am incompetent.

A:Solved: I booted up with two operating systems

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Hello~ Brand new here and could really use some help! The computer I have for my kids had Windows 98SE on it and I upgraded it to Windows 2000. A couple days later I rebooted and had completely forgot the logon password (stupid, I know). So I did the only thing I could think of and installed Windows 2000 again. Now I have remembered the original password (from the first installation) and would like to get rid of this second installation. When I start the computer it asks me to choose which OS I want to run and they both say Windows 2000 Professional. Your advice is greatly appreciated. Thank you!

A:Solved: Dual Operating Systems

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I have a dual boot system. Both 2000. One of them are for my business and the other is for home use. If someone else were to use my system they don't know which to select. Is there any way to change the names that are displayed on the operating selection screen? Thanks for the help

A:[Solved] Changing My operating systems name

Open Windows Explorer

Tools-->Folder Options-->View

Check "Show Hidden Files and Folders"

Uncheck "Hide Protected Operating System Files"

Apply...yes to the "are you sure" then OK

Browse c: find boot.ini. Open and edit one or both of the strings

"Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional" to reflect your wants.

multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT="Business" /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINNT="Home" /fastdetect

Save the file. Undo the folder options. Then restart and try it out.

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I had some problems a while ago and reinstalled XP. I now have 2 hard drives with XP home installed on each of them and each one works fine, only problem is every time I have installed windows it created another operating system choice entry on the start page (the one after the bios page). I wish to keep the first entry choice as is, delete the second one and rename the third one. How do I do this?
Thanks for any help, oldaz.

A:[SOLVED] Multiple operating systems

I haven't used Windows for quite some time, but from memory: Click Start, Run then in the box type msconfig. Click on wini.ini. You will see all the installed versions of Windows. Select one and delete it.

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My brother has Vista installed on his computer, and he wants to install XP on his second hard drive which has nothingl on it. Question is, will Norton which is on the Vista drive cover XP on the second drive when he installs it? Matter of fact, he is going to lose norton when its up, does he have to install Norton or any other antivirus/firewall programs on both drives or will the program automatically cover it? I am assuming that he is going to use Kerspersky when it is up.

A:Solved: antivirus works for two Operating systems?


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Okay so I am getting a new laptop. it will have windows 8.1, my friend has windows 7. does it matter? can we still connect in games either online or tcp/ip games. not necessarily mmo but rpg's and such. Thanks!

A:Solved: Operating systems and online gaming

Operating system makes no difference. As long as you have enough memory and a graphics card that can handle your games - preferably one with dedicated memory since a number of games really need it. Besides if you ever decide to get into the mmo games, you'll really need it. My daughter plays WOW and has 6 or 8 gigs of memory and an upper end graphics card with dedicated memory - it even has its own cooling fan built in.

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I hope someone can help please. I had to reinstall Windows XP Home this evening, and now when I start up my pc, it shows two operating systems, The first is home and the other professional. It gives me about 30 seconds to select the top one and then starts up.

How do I stop my pc from giving me this option? can anyone help please, as only want to use Windows XP Home.
TechPro5238 REPLIED:
It seems you have partitioned incorrectly, but this is just a guess as I do not know the whole situation. Lets start by checking you Logical Disk Service. I would like you to but up into your machine normally and follow these steps:

Click on Start
Then right-click My Computer
From the drop down menu select Manage
After getting Computer Management open click on Disk Management

Then I would like you to upload a screen shot of that window. Here are the steps to giving a screen shot:

First have the windows needed for the screen shot opened up by itself
Then please look on the keyboard and hit the Print Screen key, or on laptops Prnt Scrn
The go to Start -> Run -> Type in Mspaint -> Then select Ok
After opening Microsoft Paint go to Edit and click Paste
Afterwards save the file and post the screen shot onto your next post

Here is what I found which does seem to indicate 2 systems:
[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows XP Media Center E... Read more

A:[SOLVED] Two operating systems @ startup after reinstall!

Does it start from either operating system? When you installed, did you delete the existing partition and create a new one?

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When I boot up I am asked if I want to use Windows XP Professional or Windows XP Professional?????? Is it installed twice on my hard drive, or what?

A:[SOLVED] why do I have to choose between two operating systems when I boot up¿?

Not much telling . . try this . . Click on Start . . Run . . type msconfig . . click on the Boot Ini tab and click on Check all boot paths . . if it comes back with one is invalid, click Fix invalid boot paths

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I'm currently acquiring windows 7 (6956).
I have 3 hard drives (500Gb, 500Gb, 160Gb), i want to install windows 7 on one of my 500gb hard drives but i still want to have the choice of using xp on startup. Anyone know how to do this?
(i want xp to only use the other 2 drives.)

A:2 Operating Systems (Moved from Other Operating Systems)

Welcome to TSF!!!


I am going to move your thread to the Windows XP forum. The folks over there will have a better idea how to set you system up and the like.

Hope everything goes well for you.

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I was under the impression that Bluetooth was a single standard, but when I went shopping for one (so I could transfer some pictures from my cell phone to my computer) I saw numerous review comments, product descriptions, and other references about a particular Bluetooth adapter being suitable for specific operating systems like Windows XP, Windows 7, etc., and also comments that it didn't work with certain OS's.

Could someone give me the scoop on any compatibility issues I should be aware of when shopping for an adapter. My current desktop is still on Windows XP.


A:Solved: Do bluetooth adapters vary with operating systems?

This will give you a better idea about bluetooth versions.
I would recommend that you get at least a version 2.1 if you
want audio capablility for headphones and such.
Don't get one of those 99 cent 2.0 adapters.
You can usually find a decent one on ebay pretty cheap.

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I have Win7 on NTFS, Ubuntu 10.04 on EXT4 and a third partition for general data with both operating systems can access.
The third, shared partition is in FAT32.

I have had this set up for years with no problems.

Recently, I have found that files that I use, move, etc on my Ubuntu sometimes become corrupted. It is very occasional but is occurring more regularly. I use many files (obviously) but only a fraction of those appear to suffer with the problems. The files are generally left irrecoverably corrupted. It is only files that are stored on the shared FAT partition that become corrupted.

All partitions are on the same drive.

To solve the problem, I reboot into Windows and sometimes CHKDSK does it's thing and sorts it all out. However, when CHKDSK does not run, the files are irrecoverably gone.

CHKDSK says there are orphaned files, removes and recovers them. Sometimes, a file which has been deleted on on Ubuntu may then cause CHKDSK to scan, find and remove the file (or more particularly, sets all affected sectors to null).

I can't quite place the error. Possibly in a ageing and failing Hard Drive? The Laptop is circa 3 years old-ish. I would say that combining file systems is an invitation for trouble - but genuinely I have never had any problems with it before.

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A:Solved: Dual Operating Systems File Corruption

Drive manufacturer's supply diagnostis software free for home use so you can confirm a suspected hard drive deterioration.
You can't test a system drive with windows diagnostic software so you'll need to use DOS software which boots from a CD.
Dowload SeaTools from here (it can test any drive brand): http://www.seagate.com/support/downloads/seatools/

Now download & install IMGBurn: http://filehippo.com/download_imgburn/

Use IMGBurn to create a CD from the SeaTools for DOS ISO file & boot your PC/laptop from it.
SeaTools for DOS will appear on screen after a longer than usual boot process.

Note: you may have to change the first boot device to CD-ROM in the Bios Setup to allow the system to boot from the SeaTools CD.

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I recently have had tons of trouble with my HP mini and memory.
I think it is because I am running windows vista or some file/program messing with it.
I was recommended to switch to ubuntu but I'm don't know anything about switching operating systems.
Can anyone tell me how to completely wipe my computer and uninstall vista so I can install Ubuntu?
Thank you.

A:Solved: How do I wipe my computer and switch operating systems?

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I posted my problem in the wrong section of the forum by mistake and it wont' let me change it or copy it. I am so sorry. I am so upset I'm not thinking straight. Can anyone move it over here or tell me how? So sorry!

A:Solved: Posted my question in wrong place (Operating systems XP)


It can stay there. You are being assisted so it's not a problem.

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Since Windows 7 is gonna ship in 6 copies (Home, Pro, Ulti, And all of the same but with UPGRADE)

My question is, Can I buy the Upgrade edition because it is about $100 cheaper, I am currently using WinXP and experimenting with Linux. But I was a part of the Win7RC and I loved it.

Thanks for the help in advance!

A:[SOLVED] Quick Win7 Question... (Moved from Other Operating Systems)

Thanks to The mod who moved this, I didn't see that you added Win7 to Vista Forum.

I was wondering if I should buy the Pro edition or the Ultimate since the upgrade is only 14 dollars more for the Ultimate.

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A friend of mine asked me to fix their laptop, there was two main issues, the first was the battery was dead, unplugging the machine caused it to power off. So I got a new battery and that issue was solved.

The second issue was that Windows Vista install would constantly sit at the loading screen. Not a big deal I thought, I've dealt with that sort of issue many times. So I tried Last Known Good Configuration and Safe Mode. No joy. So I tried both a recovery and install CD and the same thing would happen, it would sit at the loading screen never booting into the recovery options. So I tried a USB. Same thing again with both the Windows Recovery Disk on USB and with an Ubuntu Live USB.

Having the same issue across multiple OS's suggests to me a hardware issue, but what?

Any help you guys could offer would be great.

A:Solved: Multiple Operating Systems Stuck at Loading Screen

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hi. i have 2 hard drives. and and windows xp home one each one of them. how do i uninstall one of them without causing problems with the other operating system.

A:How do i Uninstall one operating system with multiple operating systems

could format one drive from another...take all data needed from one to another

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How do you go about installing W7 on an older system without Vista drivers?

I have a ShuttleX pc


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I have some older machines (X60, X60s, X61, X61s), I can download drivers from Lenovo for Windows 8.1 maximum, I wonder how well Windows 10 is supported on these older machines, officially orunofficially? Sure I can just try, but better to ask first, I don't want to bother my system for no good reason. The drivers provided by Microsoft might work as well. Or the Windows 8.1 drivers by Lenovo.

A:How much Windows 10 is supported on older systems?

Hi ccjts,
Have you seen these articles? https://forums.lenovo.com/t5/Windows-10/Lenovo-Windows-10-Upgrade-Guides/td-p/3377996

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Does anyone know a good source of information on older systems? I'm running a HP Pavilion 4483 (second-hand) from '99 or so and the little info I can find seems conflicting. Specificly, I'd like to add RAM to get this old dog as fast as it can get. HP Support tells me this computer only has 2 SDRAM slots(both used) but opening it up I see 3 slots, one empty. I could pull the 64MB SDRAM out and put in a 128MB but it would be cheaper to just add a 64MB card.

HP Pavilion 4483
Mboard : Asus P5S-VM
Chipset : Sis 530
Memory : 188 MB
Speed : 450 MHZ

A:Info Source for older systems

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I have a bit of a "senior citizen" when it comes to a computer to use. My day to day computer is that one in my signature. Compaq Deskpro with a 1.0 GHz P3 and 512 of RAM. What I usually do to a system like this and slower ones that run Windows XP is I go to System>Advanced>Performance>Settings and uncheck all but: use visual styles on windows and buttons, use drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop, use common tasks in folders, use a background image for folder type, and smooth edges of screen fonts. For older even older systems I will uncheck: use common tasks in folders. Just a little curious on what others do.

A:Windows XP speedup tips for older systems

I also turn off the Themes Service and the Windows Zero Wireless configutration . . if the pc does not hagve wireless

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Hello. I am trying to hookup a Sega Genesis, Dreamcast, and a Playstation 1 to my HDTV. I have a picture of the back of the TV for your suggestions on what I can buy or how I can use what I currently have to make them all work. I have a Playstation 2 hooked up already using up all of the inputs on the back leaving just HDMI and cable box available to use.

I also have a picture of the game and cable box, so you can see if there is a way that I might be able to hook them all up to the game box and make it connect to the Cable box and somehow use the cable box as the input device for the game systems to the back of the TV.

Here are the pictures: (Should be attached at the bottom).
If you all have any suggestions on any device that may be able to work with this setup, that would be very helpful. The back of the game systems each use their own AV adapter containing red, white, and yellow cables. The genesis has only yellow and white cords (no red). The game box seems to be an AV/RF box with 4 buttons on the front to select which game system to use. Not sure if it is working since it has been stored away for so long.

Thanks for your help. If the TV contained a lot more of those RCA inputs on the back, there would be no problem and would not have to use an external box or input device. Do let me know if you need anymore information. I will try to check back often. I am looking forward to hearing your responses. Have a great day.

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(Please pardon my redundancy - I have posted this to the Customer Care Board and Client Service forums - just hoping to correct what I hope was an accidental change in support policy.)
This is not a technical comment but it is a comment about Dell's Technology Support. Recently the support site for laptops, and I presume other areas though I have not checked, was revised to change its structure. In the process many items were removed notably having to do with drivers for older systems. Even if a system is past warranty that does not remove the responsibility for Dell to continue to provide the most recent (even if old) drivers especially since the cost of doing so is trivial. This is especially the case when Dell is the only source for specific drivers. A specific example is a Dell Vostro 3700 laptop which uses the embedded GPU in the CPU as well as outboard nVidia GPU; the hybrid video architecture is such that NVidia provides no driver and re-directs users to Dell's site. In the case of this specific model, most of the drivers that were present a month ago are now gone.
Dell laptops have two things going for them - good products at a good price and a great support site. This has prompted me to continue focusing upon Dell - e.g. two new 5759's in 2017, and to recommend Dell to colleagues and friends. I have had recent occasion to review some very old systems on HP's support site - all relevant drivers continue to be available. I strongly recommend that Dell c... Read more

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Hi All. I have had this computer for about 4 years now and my version of Windows XP Prof is 2002 date.
I recently was told by a computer builder who helped me that Windows XP Prof works on a file system called NTFS. I apparently have files that I copied back onto this computer after installing Windows XPp that are of the Fat32 variety. I was not aware at the time that NTFS and Fat32 apparently are incompatible. I have had problems over these years and have zero'd out my hard drive 3 times and reinstalled Windows XPp from scratch. What I was not aware of was that My versions of Microsoft Word and Word Perfect and some downloaded programs are Fat32. I need these programs and cannot afford to replace them. Yet I am having problems with places like Pogo gaming (where I spend a lot of time) and the applets that run there. I have the latest Sun Java installed but it does not work properly (I have tried all ways till I am blue in the face) unless I ALSO leave MSVM installed (particularly in the registry). I only have the latest Java chosen in the advance tab of tools but without the MSVM installed Pogo does not work at all for me. So I have both with the Java 5.7 chosen as program. But I am told that my computer is confused due to the File system problem. I figure it wouldn't do me much good to zero out my system again if I still have to put my old fat32 files back on here to function. So is there anything I can do. I only have a 20 gb hard drive and there is n... Read more

A:Problems With Xp Prof And File Systems Of Older Programs Installed

How would you have programs that have FAT32 files after you reinstalled XP?
The file system is determined by the operating system - not installed programs, and once you formatted in NTFS everything on the drive would also be NTFS.

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Which one is the best operating system?

A:Operating Systems

I like Animal's answer here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic405334.htmlThe one that works to the users expectation. It's like asking whats the best flavor of ice cream. It's personal preference if you don't add qualifiers to the question. Whats the best nonfat, non fruit flavored ice cream made in Texas? Then we can narrow the field.

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