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Q: computer help with windows xp on dell computer

I just wanted to know about how to reload my computer because i forgot the password and user name. I also wanted to know , my adobe reader want work it keep saying it ecountered a problem and it must shut down sorry for inconvenience. send report to microsoft. I need it to pull up important pdf files to read.

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Preferred Solution: computer help with windows xp on dell computer

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I have a two year old Dell PC with Windows 7. I got a virus in my computer that by phone and computer takeover Norton located in my MBR. When they cleaned it my computer will no longer boot up. Norton worked with me for three days on the problem but we were unable to fix the computer. I followed other web sites and repaired my MBR but it still will not boot up. I tried System Repair, Check point, Image, and Dell system restore and all failed. I have tried to use the Windows install CD and all I get is a black screen with a flashing cursor and then after 3 minutes the compute attempts to boot again and fails. I tried everything to try and wipe the drive from C prompt and it will not let me. I have very weak computer skills but I can follow directions and I have wiped a previous computer I owned. (I confirmed that my CD drive is working) I also should mention I have a second hard drive on my computer that I backed everything up to.

A:Dell Computer PC will not load Windows install CD from computer crash

See if you can reset the BIOS hardware/software connections and then clear the CMOS to access your Windows 7 install disc.
Resetting hardware/software connections in the BIOS and clearing temporary memory of corruption:Shut down and turn off the computer.
Unplug the computer from the wall or surge protector (then remove the battery if it is a laptop).
"Remove the computer from any port replicator or docking station, disconnect
cables to printers or devices such as external monitors, USB memory sticks or SD cards, headset or external speakers, mouse or auxiliary keyboard, turn off WIFI and Bluetooth wireless devices." (Use Hard Reset to Resolve Hardware and Software Issues HP Pavilion dv5000 Notebook PC series - HP Customer Care (United States - English))
Hold down the power button for 30 seconds. This closes the circuit and ensures all
power from components is drained to clear the software connections between the BIOS
and hardware and clear any corruption in the temporary memory.
(If it is a laptop, plug the battery back into the laptop and then) Plug the computer back into the wall. Do not reconnect any unnecessary peripherals; monitor, keyboard,
and mouse should suffice and be the only peripherals reconnected.
Turn it on to reinitialize the software connections between the BIOS and hardware

Clear the CMOS:Use your system manual to find instructions for accessing the BIOS...
In the BIOS, go to the EXIT screen...
Choose load setup/optimized defaults... Read more

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My mother has a new dell computer windows 8 bought a month ago. It has given her trouble from day one but now is becomming unbearable to use. Simple tasks like browsing the web will hang or crash. Desktop based programs become unresponsive routinely. The computer has some serious memory issues that occur from the second it is booted up fresh. I cannot even open task manager because the comp has no free memory. Metro interface seems to function properly even when the desktop was just having so much trouble. I have no idea how i can solve this problem because i cannot even get the computer to open simple troubleshooting programs like task manager to try and diagnose. I am at my wits end and just about to the point where I am going to install W7 over her computer bc it never gave me so much trouble. I am sure this has something to do with W8 or drivers memory leaks. I just dont understand how it is performing so poorly essentially running on default manufacturers settings and drivers. I know for certain this is not how W8 is supposed to run. Please help me fix this. Dell XPS 15 Win8.

A:Windows 8 Dell Computer

It could have been something she installed or even a virus.

If your just going to install Windows 7 anyways make sure the laptop has drivers from Dell.

Don't forget to also back up her data!

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I had to reinstall Windows XP on a Dell computer. The owner of the computer didn't have the original reinstallation disk so I used a Dell reinstallation disk that I have used to install Windows on many other Dell and HP computers in the past without a problem. This time it installed but seems to skip past the part near the end where it asks for all users names and the part where it checks for connectivity. That itself may not be a problem. However when I boot into the desktop I can't get onto the internet. I went into network connections and don't find any local area connection or net adapter.I don't know what to do at this point. Any suggestions would be great!

A:Windows XP on Dell Computer

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I would like to increase the power of my dell intell computer to a 64.  My goal is to have two different printers connected online to my personal computer.  I have a dell all in one 924 inkjet and HP envy 4511.  What do I need to do to accomplish

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Hi! A friend of mine had her hard drive crash. It was windows xp & her disk was broken so she asked me to help her out. I cloned my windows xp planning on putting in her key that she still has for xp. The problem is it runs fine on my dell computer, but when I load the hard drive into her HP it comes up and says did not load properly and that I need to make a choice. Safe mode, safe mode w/without networking, last known good configuration, start normally. Have tired all & nothing works & it just goes right back to the beginning & starts all over again. When I bring it home though and put it on my dell runs fine. Can anyone help me out?????

A:Windows xp works on dell computer but not HP

I might be corrected on this advice, but here goes..........

I am of the opinion that Dell and Hp Compaq have their own 'versions' of Windows that are pre-installed on their machines.
Having said that...I would venture to add that your Dell copy will not operate on a Hp machine and vice versa, simply because of the bloody - mindedness of each of those two companies.

You might have to get your friend to contact Hp directly to see what sort of solution that they can come up with.

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My computer is asking for a password after doing a restart.But, I never had a password. I don't know what to do to get in! Help anyone?

A:windows 7 Dell computer password

Hi -
Are you logged on as Administrator, or is this another user account ?

Press Ctrl+Alt+Delete, and then click Change a password.

Type your old password, type your new password, type your new password again to confirm it, and then press Enter.

If there is no old password listed, leave the area blank and reboot the computer.

Note - Because you are logged in as Administrator, you can create or change passwords for all user accounts on this computer.
If you are not logged in as Administrator, you may not be able to change a log on password -
Thank You -

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I have an old dell i want to put my music harddrive into. I was able to log into windows then it froze up and now I am getting a program software error after it tries loading windows. I have tried F8 and last known config and safe mode neither work. I need a windows xp boot cd/recovery cd. My service tag is FLXSB21. Please help.

A:cannot boot into windows xp dell computer

The only thing that I can suggest at this time would be to call Dell & try to obtain a reinstall CD. It's been a few years back, they furnished me one free of charge for an old Latitude D610 that I purchased & needed to reinstall the OS on later due to massive file issues.
There is no way to legit download XP, you'll need reinstall CD.
Hopefully the folks at Dell can assist with this.

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First of all I know that a dell is not the best Computer and i don't want responses saying: "Don't get a dell" or "Get a life dell user". My computer is freezing every 5 seconds it seems. I have removed a ton of programs i don't use, Scanned for viruses and Malware, and installed 2gb's more memory. I have a dell computer with Windows 7 64bit. I have managed to take a screenshot of my resource monitor when it freezes.

The image is posted as an Attachment because i havn't made 5 posts yet and cant insert an image.

It seems to me everything just stops. Please help.

PS. My computer froze 6 times just writing this post.

By the way it doesn't freeze all the time. It will have episodes of freezing all the time usually when i am playing a game. But this game is only using 2/6 of my memory but is using 100% of my CPU.

EDIT: Oh, I have also Defragmented my disk.

A:Windows 7 Dell computer freezing a lot

Go here and do the memory and hard drive tests, then attach any minidumps you may have. If they exceed the size limit, zip them. What is the Dell's make and model?


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Can I install Windows XP on my dell computer? I mean the regular one that you'd buy in a box at the store. I seem to be having more trouble than it's worth using the Dell Operating System CD to reinstall it. I'm trying to delete the current windows on the hard drive and do a fresh install like I posted before, but it says it can't because it needs the files already installed to make the new install. So what I'm saying is, can I dump the dell disk and just use the real one? I have a feeling that would fix it.

A:Installing Windows on Dell Computer

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I hope I am doing this right.  We have a Dell laptop that is about 2 years old. It is Inspiron 20-3052. System Bios 3.1.3. It did a automatic update in which it crashed.  When I turn it on all I get is the black Dell screen.  Doesn't go anywhere after that.  I have tried the F8 button when I turn it on. Sometimes I get A F2 or F12 option. The F12 option wil take me to another screen but I can't make sense of it.
I would appreciate any help, but I am very computer illiterate so I can follow the directions but may have questions, so please be atient with me.
Thank you

A:Dell Computer crashed after Windows update

OK, lets start with what's the version of Windows on the computer (most likely W10 if it's only 2 years old)?
Have you tried the F2 option?  That should let you run diagnostics on the system
When you tried F12, you said you couldn't make any sense of it.  Was this because the screen was scrambled, or that you didn't know what the options were for?
It's not unusual to not know what the options are for in W8/10.
Do you have recovery media to reinstall the OS?  Either from Dell or from Microsoft.
Do you have your data backed up (if you do a clean install it'll wipe out all the data on the system?
What happens if you:
- turn the system on
- let the little circle of dots spin once or twice
- hold down the power button until it shuts off.
- do this 3 times and the system should state that it's checking your system - and then boot to a screen with a bunch of squares and some text.
Does that work for you?

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I'm not the smartest person when it comes to computers so forgive me if I'm not clear with my question. When I try to start up my computer it gives this message: Primary hard disk drive 1 not found/Secondary hard disk drive 1 not found/ WARNING: Dell's Disk MonitoringSystem has detected that drive 0 on the primary EIDE controller is operating outside of normal specifications. It is advisable to immediately back up your data and replace your hard-disk drive by calling your support desk or Dell Computer Corporation. Strike the F1 key to continue, F2 to run the setup utility.

I have another computer I use...this is an older one that I really don't want to put alot of money into. I need my pictures that I have saved on here. Please help.

A:computer won't start/Dell 4300/windows xp

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Wow. After using this new Dell business computer (Vostro 270) for 2 weeks, to suddenly have that message appear in the lower-right corner was awful. Running a check utility from Microsoft brought me to a page that said to pay up $149. I called Dell and they said oh, we've seen this with some Microsoft updates -- be careful with those. So I used a System Restore point, and got rid of that Windows 7 Not Genuine message. (I ran complete system scans with Microsoft's System Essentials and Malwarebytes, and no virus was found.) I've used Windows since release 3.1 (pre-Windows 95), and have always scoffed at the Mac fans. No longer. I am a programmer by profession. The integration of this system with my XP computers was a nightmare. File permissions has been a nightmare. And now this. For business purposes I still need a few Windows machines, but for everything else I'm switching to Mac. This machine has wasted so much of my time to set up. Bitter? You bet.

A:Dell Business Computer -- Windows 7 Not Genuine

I'm totally agree with you Mrwsf, i bought an loptop with window 7 Pro like 7/8 months ago. I bought cause it's not costly as much Mac is but $600 on this window 7 it was waste i guess cause now i am having so many problem you can't even think about it. Good thing is i still have my Mac Pro.

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I have a Windows XP Home CD I got from dell with my laptop (almost 2 years ago). Well I uninstalled it from my laptop and started using Windows XP Professional right away, and haven't touched the XP home since. One of my friends is having me build a computer for her on a budget, and if I get another license, it'll throw her over the budget. So I have one question: Will I be able to install the XP Home I got with my dell onto the computer with any activation problems? I know I shouldn't, but just to be on the safe side, I thought I'd ask...

A:Installing Dell Windows XP Home on another computer

Welcome to Techspot

Do everybody a favour and install Windows 2000 Pro, if you have that lying around.
No activation problems, and (in my opinion) much more stable than XP.
Install W2K/SP4, update IE to version 6/SP1, then do a full windows-update.
Now take an image of that install, using Drive Image or Acronis TrueImage.
Then install whatever else.

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It's a N5110 and I only get to where they check and see if your computer is ready for windows 8 and then it says "We can't tell if your computer is ready for Windows 8," So, how do I get it to be ready so I can install it????? Any help would be strongly appreciated

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I bought a Dell XPS 8900 about a year ago and have had 0 issues with the setup. Tonight, the SupportAssist Dell App popped up saying my system needed critical system updates. Listed was a BIOS update (don't recall the version number). I let it install and update the BIOS but now my computer goes from the black and white DELL logo screen to a support assist white screen that appears because I have removed a fan in order to install a Radeon Fury X. I usually have to hit escape from that screen to load windows but instead the boot process starts all over again and I go back to the black and white DELL logo screen and the process stays in this endless loop. I have loaded the BIOS options and it says 2.1.10 as the BIOS version. I have tried to both use BIOS restore and Downgrade BIOS but nothing works and my system refuses to boot Windows. Is there an older BIOS version I can manually flash to correct this issue? I have had no issues with anything prior to updating the BIOS so can only assume that is the culprit. Perhaps an incorrect or corrupt BIOS upgrade? I let the computer do its thing and had no power outage, <profanity> thing just refuses to boot Windows. I cannot even get safe mode to come up (if I am using the proper keyboard command that is).

A:Dell XPS 8900 Windows 7 and latest BIOS Update Computer Does Not Boot Windows

Did you try resetting BIOS by removing the motherboard battery and pressing/holding the power button for ~30 sec before reinstalling the battery?

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Hey there, I'm having a bit of problem with my PC running Windows Vista. Whenever I boot it up it comes up with a loading screen that loads forever. I went to boot options and tried booting in safe mode, didn't seem to work. I booted into Safe mode with networking and it actually managed to get in though with some issues. I decided to factory restore my PC through the command prompt. It created a restore point then went back to the loading screen.. which again just loaded forever. Eventually I had to turn it off after 3 hours. Though when booting it back now no safe mode works, not even command prompt or with networking. I tried creating a recovery drive on another computer and booted the recovery through the windows vista. Then I went to troubleshooting and repair my PC. Though it said it could not be fixed. I tried the other options but again, nothing. I'd really appreciate if anyone knows a way I can fix this problem.it does say that I need the installation disc but I currently do not have my hands on one.

A:Dell computer Windows Vista Boot problem

The hard drive is physically bad and therefore it wont ever come up again.  Given the more than 10 year age of the drive this is not unexpected.  It cannot be fixed because there are no software fixes for physically bad hard drives.

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pretty much what the title says, no beeps, just get the BIOS Dell screen, and thats it.

any thoughts? thanks in advance

A:Dell Windows Vista computer hangs at BIOS

Is the screen actually frozen or can you press the button and access the BIOS?

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My Dell Computer had issues and I wiped it clean. Reistalled vista,
Is there anyway to bring it
Up to Windows 10, would like to do
This as cheaply as possible.

Would appreaciate anyones help.

Thank you


A:Unpgrading Old Dell Desk Computer - Vista to Windows 10

Tell us the full model name of that Dell PC please, or even better the Service Tag if you can find it, could be on a label on the case or in the Bios.

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Could someone be kind enough to help me figure out a weird problem. I am not particularly computer literate so forget my ignorance! I bought a printer HP Photosmart C3100 All-in-One series. I used it on my old computer a compaq notebook (do NOT recommend it to anyone any HP computer in that matter!) I then changed my computer for a DEll XPS M 1330 (Hrr what a jewel! a real pleasure). The only problem is that i have Windows Vista professional on it and the installation CD to install my printer on it seems to be uncompatible or something like that. I can not install it .
May be someone will know what to do. (I hope i was clear in my explaination not sure)

A:Installation of my HP printer on My Dell computer with Windows Vista

Look at the HP support website for a Vista driver for that printer

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We have a couple Dell computers and want to install the generic Windows 7 Home Premium x86 ISO file X17-58996.iso . We have two valid unused Dell Windows 7 HP authentication keys.

1. Will there be a problem installing generic Win7HPx86 instead of the version from a Dell disk (which includes all Dell bloatware)?

2. Is there any special reformatting to be done on the hard disk or will it simply happen upon installation?

3. Are the Win7HPx86 serial product keys Dell provided able to authenticate the generic version of Win7HPx86 (even though it may require activation by phone or some MS interaction)?


A:Can Generic Windows 7HPx86 ISO be Installed to Dell Computer

1. Will there be a problem installing generic Win7HPx86 instead of the version from a Dell disk (which includes all Dell bloatware)?

The has no bloat ware, only the Dell LOGO & Dell generic product key no need to ACTIVATE.

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My ISP (Qwest) has repeatedly blocked my internet access due to malware/bot detection over the past 3 months.I have 5 computers on my network, but Qwest is not able to tell me which one it is coming from. I will submit a separate topic for each computer. This one is for a Gateway laptop running windows Vista Home SP1 wireless to the router.When this started happening, I was using ZoneAlarm Extreme Security only for my computer security.My ISP (Qwest) has suggested many different software solutions, which I have implemented and scanned with. They include Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool, TrendMicro RUBotted, BotHunter, Microsoft Security Essentials. I have also received information from several local computer techs to use MalwareBytes, SuperAntiSpyware, AVG free and Avast Anti-virus. The last one I spoke with said everything Qwest has suggested is useless as is AVG free and ZoneAlarm (except maybe the firewall). He recommends MalwareBytes, SuperAntiSpyware and Avast. Quick scans by any of these programs find nothing. Full scans produce adware cookies, but nothing else for the past month+. I pretty much run a full scan by one of them each day and remove anything that they find.Here is the most recent log Qwest sent me of the detected Bot activity. This is the first time I have heard that it is Torpig, which I guess is an infection of the master boot record, which can cause all the other programs to not be able to detect it.Date & Time (GMT) Source Port MW TypeDate/... Read more

A:Torpig report from ISP (computer 5-Dell Laptop windows 7)

ReopenedSomethings to remember while we are working together.Do not run any other tool untill instructed to do so!Do not Attach logs unless I ask you to.Tell me about any problems that have occurred during the fix.Tell me of any other symptoms you may be having as these can help also.Do not run anything while running a fix.Do not run any other tool untill instructed to do so!In the upper right hand corner of the topic you will see a button called Options. If you click on this in the drop-down menu you can choose Track this topic. By doing this and then choosing Immediate E-Mail notification and then clicking on Proceed you will be advised when we respond to your topic and facilitate the cleaning of your machine.Note** If you are having problems posting the complete log into this thread upload them here http://www.rapidshare.com/ and post the links in this thread Please print out or make a copy in notpad of any instructions given, as sometimes it is necessary to go offline and you will lose access to them.I would like to get a better look at your system, please do the following so I can get some more detailed logs.DeFogger: Please download DeFogger to your desktop.Double click DeFogger to run the tool. The application window will appear Click the Disable button to disable your CD Emulation drivers Click Yes to continue A 'Finished!' message will appear Click OKDeFogger may ask you to reboot the machine, if it does - click OKDo not re-enable these drivers un... Read more

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So I have 3 Dells that all have OEM Genuine Windows installed on them and all 3 have failed to Upgrade, All 3 get the same message as you see in the picture, then it just tries to repair and fails, Im losing my mind, please help!  
Tried the Dell again today, formatted installed windows 7 pro with SP1, then tried to upgrade to Win10 via USB, got the same error as in the picture above.
So we know it isnt because of any software on the Dells because they only have win 7 sp1 and nothing else.

A:3 Dell Computer(s) failing to Upgrade to Windows 10 Error 0xC00000F

Anyone else getting this error?

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I have a computer that I bought from Dell about one year ago. Tonight, an icon in the taskbar tells me that there are some updates ready to be installed. I click on it to have in installed and after a while the installation freezes. I tried to restart the PC... but could not do it. I had to cut off the power to shut it down. When I rebooted, I received a notice saying that my operating system was not genuine and that I would no longer be able to receive updates. I am one hundred percent certain that my operating system is genuine... but, what should I do now???

A:Dell Computer...Receive notice 'Not Genuine Windows"

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I am working with a friend whose Dell small form factor desktop computer (OptiPlex 3010, Core i5) running Windows 7 Premium randomly shuts down almost exclusively at night when it is not even being accessed by anyone. I suspect it could be because of heat since the AC is turned off at night in this small office building.
I am in the process of collecting its configuration details so for now, information is sketchy. There is a UPS feeding power to this computer. When it shuts down, it does not reboot by itself. I have looked at the EventViewer logs and do not see any major (red) events. The computer is being used as a 'server', primarily to serve network storage for sharing files with his 3 office computers.
With this limited information, I am asking if there is a sticky troubleshooting guide to systematically test and identify the root cause of this issue to bring some reliability to his little 'server'.
If it is determined to be because of heat, what can be done other than keeping the AC on all night?
Thank you.

A:Windows 7 Premium Dell computer random shutdown troubleshooting

Hi rmk9785e, Welcome to Sevenforums.

Try this,

1. Click Start.
2. Type Power Options in Start Search.
3. Click on Change Plan Settings next the power plan.
4. Click the drop down and select Never for the option “Put the computer to sleep”.
5. Now check if the issue still persists or not.
6. Also check the settings by clicking on “Change Advanced Power Settings”.
7. Expand Sleep under Power Options window.
8. Set all the options under sleep to Never and check.
I also suggest that you check if any key on the keyboard is assigned to go to sleep when pressed on it.
If the issue still persists, then you may try disabling the sleep option from BIOS (Basic Input Output System), for this you may need to contact the computer manufacturer for further assistance.

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Hey my dad bought me a Dell Studio XPS 8100 with windows 7 and when ever I login the screen gets all glitchy and stuff jumps around and idk how to fix it....Does anyone else have this problem? And if so can anyone fix it? Also, I don't know if this has anything to do with this or not but when i first started the computer it had two .exe files crash while installing windows. The .exes were called sprtstart64.exe and i cant remeber the last one completely but it also ended with start64.exe and I've already tried updateing the video driver, changing to a different monitor, and using the system recovery disk and nothing has worked so far so if anyone can fix this please help.

A:Glitchy screen on Windows 7 Dell studio XPS 8100 (desktop computer)

Did you update the drivers using those from Dell, or another site?

Which Windows 7? 32 or 64 bit?
RIGHT click "computer".
left click "properties".

Is the computer new or pre owned / used / refurbished?

Did the problem begin right out of the box?

Have you contacted Dell? This system might be under warranty.

What happens if you boot directly to safe mode?

Is this your system?


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A:my dell computer is funning really slow what can i do to make it faster im new at this computer stuff and know nuffen about it so please make it as simpile as u can

Here are some simple tips.
Defragment your hard drive often - The Disk Defragmenter can be launched if you open My Computer, right click on your C: drive, select Properties, then go to the Tools tab. Select your hard drive and click Defragment. It might take a while to do, but you can use your PC when it is running.. it will just run slow until the defragment completes.
Download Adaware 6.0 - http://www.lavasoft.de/software/adaware/ has Adaware, which will scan your computer for programs running in the background that monitor your internet surfing. These kinds of programs can slow down your PC.
I can go into more detail about how to turn off unnecessary Services or remove programs from your startup configuration (namely some  useless Dell-provided apps), but you should try the first two things listed above first.

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I have a couple of problems with Windows 7 such as being unable to upload Upgrades.  I then found that I could not upload upgrades for my Dell laptop and wonder if the two recovery discs could be used to get me back to where I am able to fulfil this task.

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1.  Automatic Windows 10 upgrade on July 12th.
2.  Since then, can get to log-in screen, but....
3.  Sometimes get the black screen of death (no icons or anything)
4.  Sometimes get a bright pink screen that is in a hibernating loop which you cannot get out of without rebooting computer.
Have tried to boot up in Safe Mode, but cannot get there.
Have gone into F2 for Setup.  No Help.
Have attached external monitor.  The external monitor reflects what is on the Dell computer screen.
Have searched online for what to do with black screen of death.  Cannot use computer.
Frustrating.  Will appreciate assistance.  Thank you.

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i have to keep going to network connections, diagnose, then it automatically finds adapter problems, fixes it, but then again it disconnects after a while. what should i do? i am so frustrated.

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I am trying to transfer the program MagicInfo from a machine I believe is about to crash over to a different computer. Both computers run Windows 7. The old computer says it runs Windows 7 under properties, but the display looks like it is pre Windows XP, with
the grey taskbar. I called MagicInfo tech support and they told me I needed to change the formatting of the USB in order to get the program to transfer. In all formats except NFTS, I could not get anything to back up to the flash drive and had to copy the
files from the C drive. In the NFTS format, I can get it to back up directly to the flash drive, but when I bring it to the other machine, the restore wizard still cannot find a backup to restore from. I am not sure how to proceed from here, and I have to
get this done soon. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Update: Enabled Sharing on the USB and tried to get it to work via the network. Found it in the network and it says Windows does not detect any files to restore from. Is it even possible to restore this program in this way? 


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I have a Dell Inspiron 1520 laptop with Windows Vista OS. I have a Dell 926 printer interfaced to it via USB. Printer driver is installed and the printer does communicate at times with the computer and does a good job printing. However, intermittently when trying to print a document I'll get a message on the computer that says that communication has been lost and print job failed.

I've checked all connections to make sure they are solid and no debris that might cause this.
That has not corrected the problem.
The other thing that happens is that the document I want to print will stay in the print queue/spooler and if I shut the computer and printer down and restart both it will print the job. And it may continue to print jobs but it's just a matter of time.

Needless to say this is frustrating. I can print several jobs in a row with no problem and then I'll get this "communication has been lost between printer and computer". And I have to go thru the procedure above to get the last job printed.

My wife doesn't understand how this works and will try to print the same job several times with the commo problem and then complains when it won't print.....and then they all print when the above procedure is followed.

Any ideas what is going on??? Any fixes??

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The short version of my question is exactly what the topic says-- Can I install a Dell-provided OEM version of Vista on a non-Dell computer?

But, here's the wordier version giving context, if anyone's interested.

About 10 months ago, I guess, I got a Dell Vostro that came with Windows Vista Home Basic. However, I had no interest in Vista (because I already had a Windows machine) and the very first thing I did was install Ubuntu on it. I still have the Vista reinstall disk, though, which, to my memory, hasn't been used.

Now I'm planning on getting a barebones system and upgrading what I see fit. For the time being, I'm going to use the Windows 7 RC, but I'd like to get the uber-great upgrade deal that they're having to pre-order either the Business or Home Premium version upgrade. So, to do that, I'd need an XP installation or a Vista installation. Is there any reason, legal or software-related, that I wouldn't be able to install Vista using that disk that came with the Vostro?

I heard somewhere that sometimes if you try, it'll say something like "This is not a Dell computer, you evil, evil person" and refuse to install, so I wanted to make sure before I pre-ordered the upgrade. I don't want to get the upgrade and have nothing to upgrade, of course.

A:Solved: Can I install a Dell-provided OEM version of Vista on a non-Dell computer?

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So over the past 2-3 weeks I kept noticing that my battery kept dying even though I would shut it down (yes window > shutdown) the computer with a full battery. The next evening I would power up and see that the battery was at 20% from full charge. This is a BRAND NEW as in <2 months XPS 9550. I checked my event log and WHAT THE [email protected]#$??? It is absolutely filled with Dell Foundation Service and Dell Product Registration events all saying  " Power event Handled Successfully by the service." Clearly it is not.. The stupid things run every 10 seconds. So when I think I am powering down my computer, it is being blocked by these services and actually just going to sleep... but it actually isn't sleeping. Its waking up every 10 seconds. Can anyone PLEASE help me determine the issue. Apparently according to update service everything is up to date. 
Dell XPS 15 9550 Win 10 Dell Foundation Services vers 3.1.330 DFSSvc.exeDell Product Registration  vers 2.2.38 PrSvc.exeDell Update Service vers 1.8.114
Log sample: (note the time... yes i was asleep) 
Information 5/21/2016 6:42:06 AM Dell Product Registration 0 NoneInformation 5/21/2016 6:42:06 AM Dell Foundation Services 0 NoneInformation 5/21/2016 6:41:56 AM Dell Product Registration 0 NoneInformation 5/21/2016 6:41:56 AM Dell Foundation Services 0 NoneInformation 5/21/2016 6:26:31 AM Dell Foundation Services 0 NoneInformation 5/21/2016 6:26:31 AM Dell Product Registration 0 NoneInformati... Read more

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I purchased my computer and all my software with Dell. I purchased an Inspiron 7000, 17" Laptop, with premium support, accidental Damage, max warranty,  Microsoft Office Suit, and Adobe Photoshop  with Elements 13.  The first "version" of my computer was working 100% perfect with no problems. It got accidentally knocked off the table and the prong inside the computer got bent. The power cord couldn't properly charge the computer anymore. I called Dell to have them fix ONLY the power cord and prong, nothing else was wrong with my computer. I got a phone call from Dell about a week after I turned my computer in. They said the repair is taking longer than the expected. I asked why, they said because they are waiting to located at another facility a part for my harddrive.  I was shocked when they said anything about my harddrive nothing was wrong with it and I did not turn my computer in to have the harddrive fixed. They brushed it off never gave me any reason why they were even touching my harddrive!!  After several phone calls/ time / and headache later they offered to send me a refurbished computer 2 months later. That was the best they could do because they could not locate the part they needed for my harddrive.
(Keep in mind my computer "type" is still active on Dells website and is Dells #1 best selling computer, How do they not have the part??!!! 
I received my refurbished computer. It was another nightmare calling... Read more

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A:my old dell computer does not have a mDP connection. I am trying to install Dell ultra sharp [email protected]$!&H


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Two months ago bought a Dell 8900 from Best Buy. After 20 days, it would not start, same with the next 8900 replacement... only fewer days. The first gameware as a replacement did not start at all. The Alienware Aurora worked beautifully for 3 days and then would not start. In the 8900's,,, got the blinking amber lights on the start button. Tech is coming to replace motherboard. What the heck is happening? Could it be the monitor... or the external hard drive or what? Come on Dell,,, what's up? I have a Dell XP Laptop as a back up using the same external hard ddrive.

A:Dell 8900, Gaming Computer, Dell Alienware Aurora

There is a power issue with the external hard drive.

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Prior to Feb 23, 2017, there was sound through internal speakers and also when I plug in external speakers.
Starting Feb 23, 2017, there is no sound with Dell Optiplex 780 desktop computer (small form factor) with Windows 10
ie no system sounds
ie when I use vlc media player, no sound
When I use Windows Media Player, it says "encountered a problem while playing the file."
When I use vlc player, it opens the audio file, advances the time elapsed, but the speakers are silent
I updated Windows.
I ran Windows diagnostics.
Windows diagnostics detected conflict with sound card enhancements, so I disabled them, then rebooted.
I uninstalled the only recent Windows update, which was Feb. 21 windows update of Adobe Flash player.  I re-booted.
I ran AVG anti-virus and Malwarebytes.
I am trying to run on dell.com the online diagnosis, but it is stuck.

I downloaded Dell System Detect and installed it.  It is running, and appears in the system tray.
The I selected a sound card test.
However, the process is stuck at step 2. Install System Detect

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I have a Dell Inspiron 530, XP PRO, SP3, about a year and a half old. Almost since I first got it, every few months or so, when I boot up it hangs on the Dell screen. When I turn it off and reboot, it is fine. I use Rebit to back up everything on an ongoing basis and have an extended warranty from Dell. Is there anything I can do about this, or should do? Thanks for your help.

A:Dell computer occasionally stuck on Dell screen

I would run a memory tester

Download the prebuilt ISO, burn it to CD as an Image, boot from that CD and run the memory test for a couple of hours or overnight to stress test the memory.


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Dell Audio doesn't work on my Dell computers but Realtek does. Why is Dell Audio on my computer if I can't get it to work? It looks like a better program with far more features.

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Was given a Dell Optiplex 360 that I found out after getting a nasty virus had a bootleg XP OS
I also did not have any disks with it. I had older disks for a Dell 4600 that I used to wipeout the hard drive and install the new OS. Everything works fine except that I can not load any of the drivers from the second disk, (it was a 3 disk series)
thus at least at this point not able to connect with my cable internet. Cable people told me I needed the drivers.Any suggestions or can it just not be done.
Thanks, Al

A:Loading Older Dell OS To Newer Dell Computer

You will have to go to the dell website look under support and then drivers and downloads for your model of computer.If you use the service tag number on the computer it will make sure you get the correct ones you need. For future reference so you wont have this hassle again burn all of the drivers to a cd so you will be all set the next time.

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ok I have windows XP On Both Off my computers but my other one has a dell monitor and I've tried to get it to work so many times I got lucky I think twice first time it worked but then I shut it off for the night then I had a hard time to get it to work but I finally did and after that I can't get it to work it keeps saying to set it up through the disc drive I think I haven't turned it on for a bit I'll have to check it,
but can anyone help with what I said?

A:Does A Dell Monitor Work With A Non-Dell Computer?

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I got a new HP today and as soon as I got it home, it boots up and then the error message "Windows could not complete the installation. To install Windows on this computer, restart the installation." and it wont go beyond that, I click OK and it boots up again with the same message. Please Respond!

A:Why does my computer display "Windows could not complete the installation. To install Windows on this computer, restart the...

Do you have any usb devices connected to it or any media inserted such as CDs? If so, disconnect them and try again.

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Can anyone suggest a way to get a dell 770 printer to work on a non dell win98 system?

My friend was given the printer from his friends, but it's a dell and it's pretty muh brand new so he doesn't want to throw it away. It's also better than his current printer

Anyway, he uses the dell install disk but once it begins and runs the setup app it gives a message akin to pirating. Saying something like -this computer does not support dell , or something like - this computer is not a dell.

Can anyone offer advice. I did a search on google and dells' site and here.
I couldn't quite find anything that might lead me to an answer..?


A:dell printer for non dell computer??

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I have connected my old Dell printer AIO 924 to my new Dell XPS 8500. I can't seem to figure out how to scan. I had no trouble with my old computer, but can't scan since connecting to my new XPS 8500. Can anyone help me please? Do I have to get A new driver? If so, where do I get it? Thanks for any help you can give me.

A:new Dell computer/old Dell printer

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Hello there,

I have an eight year old Gateway computer. It is just a regular, single home desktop. It has Windows XP Home Edition, 1.25 GB of RAM (originally had 256MB of RAM and I added two sticks of 512MB of RAM). I updated my computer to Service Pack 2 using Microsoft's Windows Update. My internet speed is about 6 - 8 MB's per second (cable).

Here is my problem: When I do not use my computer, it automatically starts to load like crazy. All I hear is the churning inside my PC's tower, but nothing comes up on the screen. After 30 seconds to 1 minute, the churning goes away. Also, when it churns, I see the hour glass next to the arrow on the screen. This happens once in a while, but it is suspicious. My computer hasn't been running like it used to, so I'm concerned if there are any viruses/trojans/malware/spyware deep inside my computer that are hiding from my numerous virus/spyware scans.

Also, when this problem started, I noticed that my Internet Explorer 7 has been scrolling up and down choppy on a lot of websites. Right now, if I scroll up and down this message body where I am typing this message, it will be sluggish. But, if I scroll Tech Support's website, it is not sluggish. Even when I highlight this text, it is sluggish to highlight. Websites like -- YouTube -- forget it. Very slow and I can't even play YouTube's HD videos as they are very choppy.

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A:Windows XP Home -- Computer Slow At Times; Computer Randomly Loads In Idle

Hello and welcome to TSF.

I Apologize for the late response.

If you still require assistance, we would like to see the latest state of your system. So, please post a fresh DDS log and a new GMER log as described in this topic. In your reply, I would also like to know any symptoms you may still have and how your computer is running at the moment.

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With Regards,

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