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Thinkpad R400 Windows 10 screwed it up

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 I have a Lenovo Thinkpad R400  I have used https://download.lenovo.com/eol/  to get my Pc info.  Ive upgraded to windows 10 but i cleared the drive C Drive   so i have no lonovo programes left on the pc, I have Problems  on window 10 it s been trying to update for 3 days Feature update to Windows 10, version 1709  Fails then down loads and the fails on and on   The CD disc dose not work. And i am just feed up with it i do have a lenono recovery Q on my c drive it looks empty but there is 3 GB of data on it. I would normally press F8 a do a reset but this no longer works.So in short I have a window s 7 disc if i enstalled this and used this activation number for windows 7 Pro would this work Then using the info on this form could i get this back to normal as before the windows update 10 with lenovo programes pcdlauncher ,lenovo update, levovo recovery ect ect

A:Thinkpad R400 Windows 10 screwed it up

I have a Lenovo Thinkpad R400  I have used https://download.lenovo.com/eol/  to get my Pc info.  Ive upgraded to windows 10 but i cleared the drive C Drive   so i have no lonovo programes left on the pc, I have Problems  on window 10 it s been trying to update for 3 days Feature update to Windows 10, version 1709  Fails then down loads and the fails on and on   The CD disc dose not work. And i am just feed up with it i do have a lenono recovery Q on my c drive it looks empty but there is 3 GB of data on it. I would normally press F8 a do a reset but this no longer works.So in short I have a window s 7 disc if i enstalled this and used this activation number for windows 7 Pro would this work Then using the info on this form could i get this back to normal as before the windows update 10 with lenovo programes pcdlauncher ,lenovo update, levovo recovery ect ect

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Hi guys n girls, I Have a Thinkpad R400 running windows 10 I have had loads off issues with it but have worked though them eg no sound no dvd drive ect ect  I am suck on two  1) Fingerprint on Windows 10 worded fine on windows 7 pro I have worked though  https://forums.lenovo.com/t5/ThinkPad-T400-T500-and-newer-T/Fingerprint-support-on-Windows-10-ThinkP... with no success  i have got Biometric devices no drives installed ( Authentec, fingerprint sensor ) I tryed the dell drivers http://www.dell.com/support/home/us/en/19/Drivers/DriversDetails?driverId=DFDJ9 But get error this drive dose not work your processor type ( Ive noticed it 64 and i am only 32 could this be it) I have tryed the  Here's a link to the driver and the Lenovo fingerprint reader software:https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B82mESIUbcoCN2VOZEo5aFNPNWc/view?usp=sharing And thought i had got it sorted The programe showed up on my start up page bon the reboot but i am unable to add my finger prints in the set up, I have got to bios and cleared them there. I used windows 8.1   32 programe  Please if any one can help i would be greatful 2) in the devive manager my    PCI Simple Communications Controller     as no driver i tryed a search auto but none found  and i am not sure what i am looking for in manual set up Please if any one can help i would b... Read more

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I have a Lenovo Thinkpad R400 and the current help page's link to the drivers area leads to a 404. Can anyone hook me up with a working link to the drivers area?


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A:Thinkpad R400 Drivers?

Hi KDURHAM,Warm Greetings & welcome to Lenovo Community, happy to have you here.
Lenovo R400 is EOL product so it's driver has been moved to Lenovo EOL site 
I hope the above information helped you.
Please feel free to post in Lenovo Community Forums if you have any further queries!
Regards,Prabhansh_______________________________________________Tap that Kudos button if I helped.If you find a post helpful and it answers your question, please mark it as an "Accepted Solution"!

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Hey I have a Thinkpad R400 7443cto with a Intel P8600 in it and I was wondering what upgrade routes I have for this guy. I'd prefer to jump into a quad core if possible.  Would something like the Q9100 work?

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Hello,I just joined the Forum.I have a Thinkpad R400 that has recently stopped charging its battery. More details.Model 74401 Gb disk, dual boot Win7 and LinuxMint 18.Recently upgraded RAM from 4Gb to 8Gb. New RAM is recognized.The "results" are the same with or with out Dock attached."AC Power Status" LED remains dark.New battery, former battery not charging either (old battery causes "Battery Status" LED to flash orange).New battery lights up Battery Status LED, and hovering over battery icon will show percentage of charge and not charging.New AC power supply, both new and old, read 20 volts DC at the yellow barrel connector.Will not boot by AC power supply only (battery removed, error message about low battery and powers off)I tried the AC and battery removed and 10 one second pushes on Power Button followed by holding Power Button down for 30 seconds, no change.I removed (under Win7) the Microsoft ACPI and Battery drivers under Device Manager. no change.Battery (new or old) does not charge when laptop is powered off and AC power supply connected. Problem may have begun several weeks ago when I closed the laptop without shutting down and put it in my backpack.A week or so later, its battery was dead when I pulled it out to use it again. Any ideas? Thanks,Fordy2 

A:Thinkpad R400 not charging battery

DC power jack gone bad?  .

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Hi Everyone!I'm Mariano from Argentina! this is my first post! everything alright? I write this to tell my problem or detail: i recently purchased a used Lenovo R400 Thinkpad that i like very much, i love the look, characteristics, processor, is very good, i put it 4gb of ram, it goes really well, i paid it very cheap. But I have a little problem (the seller told me about it and show me the thing): the display (lcd) shows a little horizontal line that comes and goes (3 seconds in, and 3 seconds  out), is on the bottom on the screen, but the machine is working great, the rest of the screen is working absolutely amazing, no problem at all, it's only that line that comes and goes, is a little detail (sometimes you see it and sometimes you can't even realize that is there), i take the display off but is not the flex i guess, i move it, and is not a question of move it... the question is: anyone knows what exactly is? and how can i take it off?If anyone can help me i would be pleased with that...  Thanks very much guys!

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Is the R400 compatable with the windows 10 free upgrade? thanks 

A:Can I use the free windows 10 upgrade on a R400 pc...

Hi Yardape,
Welcome to Lenovo Community!
We understand that you want to upgrade the operating system to windows 10.
Please do confirm which operating system is running on your laptop.
Best Regards,
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i have a Portege R400-106, which no longer has a hard drive - so can't just get the number off the old one :-(
i'm trying to work out which hard drive i can put in it,
i can see that hard drive space in the laptop has IDE prongs. It is possible that this is PATA type, but my research so far suggests that when drives say they are IDE, i should be OK (please tell me if i have this wrong!)
i believe it is a 2.5" drive i'm looking for and the original drive would have been 80GB, which is about what i think i need.
I think i may be wanting an MK8025GAS ???

i found one at: http://www.memory4less.com/ConfItems.aspx?modelid=80028876
but the cost is pretty prohibative as i live in the UK and the shipping is loads.

I can't seem to find anywhere that can tell me which drive is suitable
cheers in advance for any ideas :-)

A:HDD replacement in Portege R400-106


I found info that original HDD is 1.8-inch PATA HDD with 80GB capacity and you can use TOSHIBA MK8007GAH.

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I'm trying to install XP on XPS R400, previously running 98. I'm getting error message invalid system disc but all original discs are lost. I reformatted drive thinking the XP would go right on but I'm stuck.

A:Dell XPS R400 Pentium II

It sounds like it's not booting to the Windows XP CD. You need to get into the BIOS setup and be sure the boot sequence is set to CDRom Drive, Floppy Drive and then hard drive in that order.

When the PC first powers on, you should see instructions to press a key to get into Setup. It's usually the DEL or F1 key. Once in the BIOS setup set the Boot Sequence and be sure to read the instructions on the screen to save the settings as you exit.

Let us know what happens.

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Dear All
I had to format and re-install Windowd Vista on my notebook LG R400 model but after formatting my screen keep flicking while booting and shutting down the windows.
Kindly send a copy of your reply on my mail [email protected]

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I have an old Thinkpad R400 that currently has a T6570 CPU and I'm thinking of upgrading it.It uses Socket P So I was thinking of upgrading it to a intel Q9100.. Maybe even a QX9300.I know it will fit into the socket, my question tho is will the motherboard bios support any of the CPUs? is there maybe a list somewhere what kind of CPUs are supported? or are maybe all Socket P CPUs supported?Thanks, Janbanan22


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A:R400 CPU Upgrading options

Machine Type: 7439-WB8

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I bought a new Kingston KVR13S9S8/4 (4gb) for my Lenovo R400. It does not boot. Is there any solution? Regards

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A:R400- Does not boot with new Kingston ram.

Those modules are Kingston Value RAM modules (identifiable by the KVVxxx product number), which normally don't work well with ThinkPads, if it's possible I would return them back and get a different brand, for example:

Corsair (but avoid the "Value Select" line!)
Kingston (but not the "Value RAM" line!!)


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I upgraded to cox gigblast plan one of my devices is an old r400 wifi max speed is under 100mpbs - wifi card is Intel WiFi Link 5100 AGN wired connection is about 400mbps - modem is Intel 82567LM i want to upgrade and replace the modem and the wifi card any suggestions?? I have no idea what wifi card and modem would work on r400

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Hello!  I have an R400 that won?t restart when the power adapter is connected.  If a restart is attempted with the adapter connected, the status lights just cycle through repeatedly (hdd, caps, numlock, batt, etc).  As soon as the adapter is disconnected, the restart will resume.  Once the restart resumes, the adapter can be reconnected and the restart will continue. The adapter will charge the battery adequately.I have another R400 that?s fine from which I?ve tried the adapter and battery.On the problem laptop, I?ve tried a known good different hard drive with a fresh install of Win 10.I suspect a hardware problem of some sort but I don?t want to shotgun it if you know what I mean.Thoughts?Thank!

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Yesterday I had this issue with my Lenovo R400 and I alredy solved but i want to post the solution on this forum for other people.  The ProblemMy laptop entered in hibernation mode and in the morning that i tried to turn it on it didnt. I pushed the power button i see the lights of 1 and A turned on and off twice, but didnt show the boot screen.. The screen was blank doing nothing. Solution 1Disconnect the power cable and battery and push the power button 11 times and in the 11th push the button for 30 seconds. Connect power and push power button. Then you can connect the battery. Solution 2 (The one that helped me)Removed the power cable, the battery and the internal battery of CMOS and let it disconnected all for 15 hours. I dont now the exact time that it have to be disconected but i read a post saying 15, maybe with few hours if enought.  Then you connect the cable and push F1 (until beeps)  and turn on the Laptop to enter in Supervisor Mode to set date and time F10 and exit. Connect the CMOS's battery and normal battery and is all. WARNINGIf you reset the CMOS and the laptop have a Supervisor Password enabled and you dont have it  you will be in big problems. Mine laptop didnt have it. I was luck because i didnt know it. Without the Supervisor password you cant set the date/time and the laptop wont boot again. You will need to change the MotherBoard. Or maybe you can find another solution but wont be easy. So be carefull about... Read more

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not sure where to post this since this is my first time on board. I have a Dell Dimenstion XPS R400 running XP. My son was using this computer last week and now it displays a "Enter Password" box in the middle. You shut the computer off, it starts up again, normally, but then won't take you past the page where it lists the BIOS info, etc. I have tried F8 or ESC but it won't go anywhere unless the password is entered. I am not thinking it is the XP but am thinking it is a Dell password that is needed. I won't even download from the disk and reload XP.

Any suggestions on a password or on what to do? thank you in advance! mellow

A:Help w/password for a Dell Dimension XPS R400...running XP...

given the "system disabled 65535" code, also...

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I have two front USB ports in my case. For some stupid reason, only one of them works even though they're both connected to USB connectors in the mother board, but that's not the problem (for now).

The problem is, I've changed the location of the USB connectors randomly to finally get the faulty one to work (the other one stopped working though). So I turned on the computer, connected my external HDD, and got a message "USB Device Not Recognized" from windows.

Now every single PC I plug in my HDD to still says the same thing!! I can't see the HDD in windows so I can't format it or do anything! there are tons of important data in there.

Is there anyway to fix my HDD through software? also, do you have any idea what the problem with my front USB port could be?
your help is much appreciated

A:My screwed front USB port screwed my external HDD

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I have a Dell XPS R400 with 196 Mb (32/32/128) of PC100 SDRAM running windows xp. I wanted to upgrade memory. Dell claims the machine can handle ~380 Mb of PC100 SDRAM. I checked around on-line, and it appeared that I could install PC133 SDRAM on this machine. My machine does not boot after I installed a single stick of 128 Mb PC133 SDRAM. It will boot with the original PC100 SDRAM. Any ideas?

This discussion indicates that my machine can handle more memory: http://www.techspot.com/vb/all/wind...XPS-R400-with-Intel-SE440BX2-motherboard.html How can I verify this?


A:Mixing PC100 with PC133 SDRAM for XPS R400 Dell

maybe the bored doenst like pc 133 ram

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I have a Dell XPS R400 with a Pentium II, 400 MHz processor running Windows 2000. (It originally had Windows 98). I currently have one socket filled with 128 MB of SDRAM (PC100, unbuffered, CL=2) . I would like to upgrade and add more memory.

Information from Dell says the computer supports 100 Mhz SDRAM 168 pin DIMM with a maximum size of 128 MB up to a total of 384 MB (3 sockets).

The motherboard is an Intel SE440BX-2. The documentation for it says it supports up to a 256 MB DIMM SDRAM for a total of 768 MB.

Why the discrepancy? Is it based on the OS? And how high can I go?

A:Memory Upgrade - Dell XPS R400 with Intel SE440BX-2 motherboard

The old W98 did not function properly with 256MB or over.
W2000 does not need more than 512MB, but works fine with up to 1GB.

Intel said:

System Memory Combinations
The motherboard has three, dual in-line memory module (DIMM) sockets. Minimum memory size is 16 MB; maximum memory size is 768 MB. The largest DIMM supported at this time is 256 MB using unbuffered 128 Mbit technology parts. The BIOS automatically detects memory type, size, and speed.Click to expand...

I would believe Intel rather than Dell.
Make sure you get PC100/CL2 SDRam, anything else does not work.
You can mix different MB-sizes memory-chips. So buy what you can afford.
Unless you do intensive graphics, even just 1 256MB-stick will do wonders.

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I've recently updated my old laptop to a 64-bit Windows 10 system. And it runs and works fine. However, I'm getting these three listed items without a driver in the device manager. I've Googled a lot, but not found anything that works. Any solutions? And has anyone else the same/similar issue with their Lenovo R400 or Lenovo laptop?


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Hi,So I am re-installing at the minute (I am on a school computer now). I may have screwed the Windows installation up already. I restarted the system, pressed F12 go the Boot, selected cd/dvd etc. and pressed enter. I then selected the language. Then the options came up for what to do with the Recovery drive and the main Drive (the one with the most space -- the bigger one). I chose the latter, but I Formated (erased) both of them. The guide says "Before you can install Windows Vista, you may need to change the boot order in the BIOS so that the computer boots from the installation disc instead of the hard drive." I didn't do this. Is that a problem?I may have already scrwed it up. Not blaming you, but that guide is hard to follow. ThanksEDIT: I screwed it up. The C drive only has like 15 GB while the D has 450 GB. I switched them somehow...I think I need to just re-do it but change the boot order? I hope Formating both drives didn't do anything bad either

A:I may have screwed the Windows

Ok this will be a long post, here it goes:

So I instert the Dell Windows Vista Ultimate 32-bit SP 1 disk and the dell symbol comes up and says loading so I press F 12 and the boot menu comes up and I select right from CD/DVD. Then it says press any key to enter so I do. I believe I got it right up till now.

I then Formated both of the drives (C and D) when the two options came up. I proceeded to click on the one I thought was right and clicked next. So it does its stuff and I enter my password etc. I notice however when I get to the desktop my D drive has 450 GB and my C has only 15 GB. So I re-try installing it and pick the other option (I didnt format it this time). This worked out a little better, the C had 450 GB and the D had the right amount, 15 GB or something. I noticed that both said Local Disk C however and there was no recovery. So I am worried but proceed to try and install the Dell Drives and whatnot but am perplexed because I can't figure out which to install and if I was doing it correctly. THEN, I restart the comp and I low and behold there are TWO choices, both saying Windows Vista. One was the OS with the D drive of 450 GB and the other was the more normal one.

So, I go ahead and try to reinstall it again and Format the two drives but being and idiot I picked the D drive as my main slot again so it has 450GB!!. At this point I want to cry. I have only this one installed on my computer at the minute and will wait for advice before I proceed furthe... Read more

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Hello, in the past days a series of events my laptop has gone through. First day, my laptop was stuck on the Welcome screen after login and so I turned it off manually and turned it on again and it showed a error, "disk read error; press Ctrl + Alt + Del to restart" and I so I kept doing that but it kept showing that error. So then I booted my recovery dvd inside and did a format. Except after that the laptop was really really slow. Like so slow that it took ages to get Internet Explorer or My Computer to load up. and so I did another format with my recovery dvd but nothing. So then I looked at some posts with my error and they said that It was a hard drive error. I opened my hard drive componment and unplugged it and plugged back in and left my laptop for 2 days just lieing. 2 days later, the laptop was running fast but it would randomly freeze everytime. So then the next day so today It was schuled to check my hard drive and it did but after that the laptop rebooted and I logged in and It showed the welcome screen and then a black screen. I thought it was the "Black screen of death" but I wasn't sure. So I rebooted my laptop manually again and went into safe mode where I start posting this. The laptop seems to work fine in safe mode. Not sure why not in Normal mode.
My specs:
OS: Windows 7
Hard Drive: Hitachi Something
Hard Drive; two drives(C and D) each 225; Full: 500GB
Processor: Intel i3 Old
Laptop Name: Fujitsu Lifebook AH530 A Seri... Read more

A:Windows 7 screwed up

Ok, now I tried to boot in Normal mode again but now it just stucks on Welcome screen. And so then I manually rebooted and went into safe mode. No disk read error this time. I wonder what the cause. Please help and reply. Thanks

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ok so i formatted twice did a HD surface scan did ram checks and an asortment of other random things and yet still my comp won't let me install random diff games such as maple story and WoW and is running really slow ... also my comp sees me as having a 1.2 GB processer when i really have a 1.6 so thats is also making me mad ... plz help bout to throw comp out 2nd story window ... btw i am running win xp pro corprate edition

A:Help ... Windows Is Screwed

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Hello all. I was talking to a tech representative about my firewire card screwing up, and he had me to go into regedit. We looked under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE to try to find Enum. Enum isn't there. What does this mean?

Please respond with any ideas.



A:I think Windows is screwed up! PLEASE HELP!!!!

XP does not use it, it from older OS versions.

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I wanted to install Linux Mint as a second boot option and didn't realize it then that I had to make a partition first in Windows. I installed Linux and now I don't have the option to boot into Windows. Is there something I can do to fix it? Or can I make a Windows 8 recovery disk from my wife's Windows 8 computer, its the same model as mine. Then can I boot from the recovery disk and re-install Windows 8.

A:Screwed up, Windows 8 won't boot!

If they are the same, that should work.

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Minor problem that I've been having since I got my new computer. With several applications (Some that came preloaded in Windows, some that I installed) the toolbars and some other areas are messed up.

Example: Paint

It may be hard to see the problem, but the icons are all wierd. Plus on the right side the close, minimize, and resize buttons are not present. I can still click them and they work, but I have to guess as to where they are located and sometimes end up quitting when I wanted to minimize.

Another example: OpenOffice

As you can see the colors are inverted and some symbols seem disfigured. I don't use Microsoft Word because the problems are even worse there!

So what should I do, and why did this happen? Is it because I have a 64 bit machine? Or should I just reinstall them?

Thanks for the help!

A:Application Windows are Screwed Up

Could be a display adapter problem.
Try re-installing the graphics driver, maybe worth checking the PC maker's website first as they might have a newer driver than the one your currently using.

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 10 Home, 32 bit, Build 18362, Installed 20191201205557.000000-300
Processor: Intel(R) Celeron(R) CPU G530 @ 2.40GHz, x64 Family 6 Model 42 Stepping 7, CPU Count: 2
Total Physical RAM: 4 GB
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics, 1551 MB
Hard Drives: C: 465 GB (396 GB Free); E: 931 GB (882 GB Free);
Motherboard: BIOSTAR Group H61MLV2, ver 6.0, s/n None
System: American Megatrends Inc., ver ALASKA - 1072009, s/n None
Antivirus: Windows Defender, Disabled

Win 10 automatically updated. As soon as it finished, my desktop is so much larger I can't even see the side bar where Start, Settings, etc are located. Tried going to Display Settings but am unable to make resolution smaller than 100% (which I thought I would try). Help Please!

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Hello All, I installed Windows XP Pro & my DVD player will not play any movies, it tries to open the player but it just can't do it. I have Mpact mediaware & entertainment center, with a Joytech Apollo Media 2 video card. Also tried to use Windows Media Player but i wont work with Dvd's. I get an exclamation point & question mark in Device Manager next to" Video controller(VGA compatible)". I tried to reinstall the drivers but got an error message "cannot load>C:\win\temp\-istmp9.dir\m1inst32.dll". Any ideas? your help & expertise is greatly appreciated as always. Regards, Mike H

A:Windows Xp screwed up my DVD player

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Hi, guys.

I've done a stupid thing. After having just reformatted and reinstalled Windows XP, during the setup I was asked to set up a password in Internet Explorer (Content). I had never done that before, but for some reason decided to do so this time.

I used a simple, and familiar four letter word for the password, and entered it twice as is requireed, anf after which, it was accepted--then disaster.

When opening Internet Explorer (Google is set to my default home page) IE would not oet me log on without the password--which it refused to accept!!!

I know I enterd it right, and I coul dhardly get a familiar four letter word wrong--and yet somehow I did!

QUESTION: How do I recover this password? Somwehere within the bowels of XP there is a password file, and as Administrator, I shouold be able to access it, but how?

All the best to all,

A:Screwed-up windows xp password

hey danny,
use this ......its a definite fix,,
1) Click on Start and choose Run.

2) Type in RegEdit and select OK.

3) Now click on the little plus sign to the left of H_KEY_LOCAL_MACHINE.

4) Continue to drill down, always clicking on the plus sign at the left of the named key, through Software, Microsoft, Windows, Current Version and Policies.

5) Now click on the Ratings folder.

6) In the right pane of the RegEdit window, you'll see an icon called Key. Click on it and press Delete.

7) Next, choose Registry and then Exit to exit RegEdit. You've just deleted your original Content Advisor password.

8) Restart the computer and run Internet Explorer again.

9) Choose View and then Internet Options (or Options for version 3.x). For IE 5 or greater, Click on Tools, Internet Options.

10) Click on the Content tab and click on Disable. When asked for a password, don't enter anything; just click on OK. This will disable Content Advisor because there's no longer a password.

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Hi all, for some reason my games wil not work, I start them but they minimize straight away, when I try to maximize them again to play, it keeps on minimizing.... I am trying to use system restore to go back a couple of days to when it worked, but it says what is in the attatched jpeg file.... I tried to restart in Safe mode to access system restore but I have Vista RC1 on a seperate partition, so at the screen where I am supposed to press F8 it is a menu of whether I wanna go into Vista or XP.... If I go into the XP choice, then hammer F8, I get to the boot menu where I can choose Safe mode, I choose it and it starts to load files... Then my computer turns off and restarts! Please Help! I also uploaded my DxDiag!

A:Windows totally screwed up...

Hi Beacon

Sorry for the late reply - I've been very busy.

Quick fix try = uninstall your video drivers (use Standard VGA, then reboot, then install a fresh download of a recent driver for your card). Visit Windows Update for patches - reboot & try your games again. I didn't see anything out-of-place in your DirectX - but you could run your diagnostics for each category (the text indicates that only a few of the tests were run).

Since your PC runs OK in Normal mode (except for the games) - if refreshing your video driver doesn't help, try changing a "restart on error" setting so that you can view the STOP error that is likely causing the system restart when you try to enter Safe Mode. Go to Start/Control Panel/Performance & Maintenance/System/Advanced/Startup & Recovery/Settings/System Failure ... and remove the checkmark from the box "Automatically restart". You should then see error messages when the system encounters fatal errors (rather than restarting).

You can also search in your Event Viewer logs & look at the details for errors occurring at the same time your system is behaving strangely or rebooting (to view the details of an Event - right-click the Event & select "Properties" = you can use the up and down arrows to view details for surrounding events this way, too).

That should help get you started
. . . Gary

. . . and, of course, Welcome to the Tech Support Forums!

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I can't seem to search any more on Windows 10 using the Windows Key to bring up the start menu and searching instantly by typing. Nothing happens nor does anything happen when I hit the Windows 10 search Icon.

How I messed it up:
So I noticed SearchUI.exe was running and was using up a lot more resources than I wanted it to so I wanted to get rid of it.

I came across this reddit post: https://www.reddit.com/r/Windows10/c...so&sh=410b8db4

And did the what the top comment suggested.


you must take ownership of the Cortana folders\files and then rename them (while simultaneously killing the process)
That's only way I've found to keep it killed.

1st screw up, I renamed every file/folder at together in the folder so now it's a bunch of numbers. But this got rid of the SearchUI.exe which I wanted.

2nd screw up, I then saw another post (in the same reddit post)


The issue is that Cortana (SearchUI) process respawns very quick after killing. I created a batch file to remove most bloat from Windows 10 and posted it here: http://www.hwinfo.com/misc/RemoveW10Bloat.htm Besides killing most tracking stuff and apps, it includes killing Cortana + rename its folder. It's commented so you can enable/disable what you want. Some might not want some tweaks from the "NOW JUST SOME TWEAKS" section, so just comment them out ... Read more

A:I screwed up my Windows Search

I guess I posted too early before trying to fix it myself

I ran sfc /scannow and that fixed it, but it just brought my files back in C:\Windows\SystemApps\Microsoft.Windows.Cortana_cw5n1h2txyewy

And SearchUI.exe is running again.

So I am assuming you need you can't get rid of SearchUI.exe without breaking the search function?

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Hello All, I installed Windows XP Pro & my DVD player will not play any movies, it tries to open the player but it just can't do it. I have Mpact mediaware & entertainment center, with a Joytech Apollo Media 2 video card. Also tried to use Windows Media Player but i wont work with Dvd's. I get an exclamation point& question mark in Device Manager next to" Video controller(VGA compatible)". I tried to reinstall the drivers but got an error message "cannot load>C:\win\temp\-istmp9.dir\m1inst32.dll". Any ideas? your help & expertise is greatly appreciated as always. Regards, Mike H

A:windows xp screwed up my DVD player

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So a week ago I updated from Vista, to Windows 7 and after it was complete I allowed Windows Update to install 50+ updates on my computer. I didn't really pay attention to them since I was still in awe of the amazingness of the new OS and how much less RAM I was using. The disk driver has worked all until this morning when I tried booting up my game, and it started, yet there was a really loud sound coming from the disk driver area. I stopped the game and tried booting it again and it wouldn't start. I looked at my drives and the disk drive wasn't detecting my CD. Tried other CD's same problem. Spent two hours cleaning the lens, and using an air compressor to blow out any dust.
Finally, after all that and still no success, I decided to try using System Restore, because I've heard it can restore hardware drivers. I noticed the Windows 7 System Restore had a few more features then Vista, including one called "Scan for affected programs". I ran it, and after a while a list came up of a LOT of updates. One of the programs it described was "Microsoft (DiskDrive) 06/21/2006 6.1. 7600. 16438". Among others that raised suspicion. Although, I went back to the earliest restore point I could, from earlier on this week, and had the same issue.
I am just wondering what the heck happened to my Disk Drive. I suspect Windows Update is trying to install updates for a computer with all the specifications of Win 7. Mine had a factory install of Vista... Read more

A:Windows Update screwed me over?

Don't apply for a job as a technical writer.
Please identify this game.
I think you mean "Disk Drive" where you're writing "disk driver" which is a completely different thing.
The System Restore list makes sense as it's looking for changes after the restore point.
At least part of your problem is caused by upgrading rather than doing a clean install of Win7, and that's what I suggest, even if it is time-consuming.

Since you have Win7, Win update is naturally looking for Win7 updates.

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Hi I have a friend that has windows 2000. He has tried running various virus scans on his machine as well as various parasite cleaners. None of them complete, they all lock up the machine midway thru the scan. Also now his lights on the cdrom and the burner both come on and he can open the drives but tehy will not read a cd. The drives do not show up in device manager or add remove programs. He has a Lg 52x max cd-rom model number GCR-8520B and the burner is MSI model number MS 8348. Here is his latest hijackthis file:
Logfile of HijackThis v1.97.7
Scan saved at 1:23:52 PM, on 5/1/2004
Platform: Windows 2000 SP4 (WinNT 5.00.2195)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
c:\program files\mcafee.com\agent\mcagent.exe
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A:Windows 2000 screwed up?

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My desktop suddenly hanged and ask to restart. but when I restarted, it asked me to insert boot disk. I reformatted/reinstalled windows using my laptop futjisu CD as I could not find my windows XP cd for my desktop.

So after installing XP, everything seems weird,

1. I have not entered my license key yet. when the 30 days activation thingy came out, I can't open the 30 days activation.

2. I couldn't install anything. could not set up any network connections. (or maybe i'm not sure what to install first)

3. Is there any windows service pack i need to install first? but i haven't enter my license key, would there by a problem?

Now i'm using my laptop to come into this forum..

Thanks in advance for the help.

A:Windows XP reformat.. Everything seems screwed

Using your laptop CD to install XP on your desktop isn't legal. However you can get a replacement CD for your desktop. If it is a retail version of XP, you get it from Microsoft. Or if OEM, get the CD from the PC manufacturer.

That aside, if the laptop CD is a Fujitsu branded recovery CD it would not work properly with the desktop because all the hardware is different.

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On one of the computers at my school, windows word has been messed up for a while. when you type anything, instead of the character showen on the keyboard showing up, another one shows up. i have searched everywhere and cant find a setting to change this. can anyone help me?

A:Windows Word Screwed Up

Go under Regional and Language Options, in the Control Panel, and then Languages and select Details. Make sure the proper keyboard is selected.

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Windows XP OS - Dell Dimension E310

I screwed up the windows login by deleting a user account via control panel and leaving only the Administrator account showing. Assumed I was the administrator since I owned the computer and would have no problem. Have never before messed with this feature; but wanted to remove an item from startup and was denied the privilege. Was advised to login as Administrator to accomplish my goal. So restarted computer to login as administrator. Dumb I guess, but now I am not able to correct the mistake as boot up stops at the user selection screen - administrator does not show up for selection as I anticipated. Hey MS, we can't all go to college for a degree in computers. Give me back Windows 98 when the computer belonged to me and I could screw up as the owner instead of being a guest on my own machine!

After resting from this abomination, decided to insert windows xp installation disk to do a repair or re-installation and was told that the OS was NETWORK 4 - would not accept my Home installation disk. Can not start up in safe mode and can think of no other way to solve problem. Any suggestions would be welcomed. I'm accessing this forum via my laptop so if any computer specs show up, they will be inapplicable.

A:Help! I Screwed Up Windows Login

Go to the safe mode and make yourself a account in the Admin Group.

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Hi ,my Pavilion ZX5060 started running all night, so I noticed power management was screwed up, then I noticed I could not access safe mode. I emailed HP support and they told me to run the Windows xp repair on the OEM cd. I did, then during the finalization a got a window saying "has not passed windows logo testing to verify its compatibility with windows xp, this software will not be installed. Contact your system administrator." then it saved settings and ended. It went to boot to windows and got stuck on the black screen with all the safe mode options, (none of them worked however), it justs keeps trying to boot normally....agh! Please tell me I don't have to format...

A:Windows xp repair cd, am I screwed or what?

Okay. I won't tell you that you have to format. But it would probably be a good idea. Just out of curiosity, have you tried System Restore? That may fix the problem, and it may not. However, at least give that a try before you format.

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Hey, I'm Dave2008. Around Christmas time I got a new dell with Windows 7 pre-installed. For about three months it was working pretty well, but as of a couple days ago; I haven't been able to boot the thing. It's so bad that I can't even access safe mode. It just hangs at a blinking cursor.

The first thing I tried was running the backup discs. So I put old files on an emergency backup disc and tried to restore the hard drive back to the backup discs. Nope, didn't work, I still can't boot it. Another thing I tried was running the diagnostics CD that came with the computer. Nope, that didn't work either.

I know that there's something called "Startup repair" but unfortunately, my computer didn't come with a Windows 7 installation disc.

So is my computer pretty much screwed?

A:Can't boot Windows 7. Am I screwed?

It just hangs at a blinking cursor.It is likely a malware infection, namely an infection of the MBR (MasterBootRecord).See the following topic, which is a similar problem.
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic445789.htmlLet's have a look at the MBR.Please try the following: You will need a USB drive/flashdrive and a new blank writable CD. Please do the following on a working computer:Download GETxPUD.exe to the Desktop.Run GETxPUD.exe
A new folder will appear on the desktop.Open the GETxPUD folder and click on get&burn.batThe program will download xpud_0.9.2.iso, and when finished will open BurnCDCC ready to burn the image.
Please be patient: This could take awhile - download file size 63MB.Click on Start and follow the prompts to burn the image to a CD.You will use this CD to boot the ailing computer from. Boot the ailing computer with the xPUD CD.(You may have to configure the Boot Menu or BIOS Setup Menu to boot first from the optical/CD/DVD drive.)
A Welcome to xPUD screen will appear.Click on File.Expand the mnt icon on the left (click on the little arrow beside the icon).
sda1, sda2 etc. ...usually correspond to your HDD partitionssdb1, sdc1 is likely to correspond to a USB flashdrive, external USB hard drive etc.Click on the folder that represents your USB drive (sdb1 ?).Click Tool on the top menu, and choose Open Terminal.Type the following at the hash prompt:

dd if=/dev/sda of=mbr.bin bs=512 count=1

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Ok, I don't want to sound frantic but I really screwed up here & desperately need help. I had Windows 8 installed & working flawlessly on an SSD with my user directory on a separate HDD. I pulled a 3rd HDD from the system this morning and forgot to reconnect the cables to the HDD with my user directory on it. When I booted up, Windows began setting up as though it was installed for the first time since it didn't see my user directory. So I shut down, reconnected the HDD with my user directory and now when logging in I'm presented with a default directory that has none of my data, though I can still see it on the HDD. I cant access any of the libraries as they wont expand, and I have no idea how to reset things short of a full reinstall. Someone, please tell me this can all be corrected with a registry change, thanks in advance for any assistance offered.

A:Windows 8 Install Screwed Up

I would suggest identifying the profile that you are using and check the profile path in registry:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList

(If it is anything like Windows 7)

See what physical path is set (if you do find it is wrong; take a bake up of the registry branch before making any changes)

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I'm running an Acer, don't know what kind because sadly my mother made me throw away the computer box. Anyways I logged off for a minute and when I had logged off I saw a little blue box in the corner. So I clicked it and it gave me all of these options to (I suppose) enhance my computer. So I clicked a few to just try it out and look. So one of them was "enhance contrast" or something like that and when I had clicked on it my computer went all black, purple, blue, and green. It looked like this (actual screenshots from my computer)



So I tried to fix this and I can't seem to do so. So I'm wondering if anyone can help me...

A:Windows Vista looks screwed up now

You changed several things.

First off, you've enabled High Contrast for your theme - to change that see Theme Settings
Second, other options that you may have enabled will usually be found under Control Panel --> Appearance and Personalization --> Ease of Access Center

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I did an Automatic Windows Update, restarted, and my Desktop was black, all my shortcuts were gone, the windows and toolbar were from Windows 98, and I could not access any programs or files.

I restarted again, and now my desktop is back with all my files and programs, I can use the internet, but I cannot change the toolbar or windows back to Aero.

I tried to troubleshoot and I attached the screenshot below.

Something like this happened to me before with the update. I wish they would stop screwing me over with this bs.

Please help.

A:Windows update screwed up my desktop, Windows 98 toolbar

Something is wrong if you are getting burned with updates. Never once in my life did I or other people I know get burned by a Microsoft update like this, and I used windows me. Not saying it cannot happen, its just I suspect something else is wrong with your computer.

So lets find out whats going on here. Most people that have problems with windows is mostly caused due to poorly written programs by 3rd parties.

1.) What programs do you have running at startup?
2.)You may have programs running at startup that is causing this issue. Please see this tutorial to temporary disable them and see if the issue is resolved:

Troubleshoot Application Conflicts by Performing a Clean Startup

3.) What security software do you use?

4.) Download the latest video driver for your laptop from here:


5.) Please Run sfc /scan now using option 2 in this tutorial: SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker

Please post back the results.
Please indicate what message was displayed at the end:

Windows found no integrity violations


Corrupt files were found, and windows was unable to fix them.


Corrupt files were found, and windows successfully repaired them

6.) You can do a System Restore back to a point before this issue. But this is only a quick fix, we would need to find the real cause.
Any questions just ask

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So i was updating windows and it failed so my pc restarted and now i cant do anything cant lqunch any programs or open the start menu i try restart it via crt alt dlt and it tells me it needs to update so i let it update and then it fails and the same thing happens again plz i need help urgently

A:Windows Update Screwed up need help urgently

Next time you try the restart hold down the shift key when you click on restart. This should offer you some additional options for troubleshooting or restoring your PC. Were you updating from a previous version of windows or just doing a cumulative update of W10?

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I have a Studio XPS 7100 - out of warranty - and I recently upgraded to Windows 10 from Windows 7.
The upgrade seemed to work for a couple of week, but then the machine would go into Repair Screen mode, saying something went wrong.  I have tried to revert back to Windows 7, but the option is not there any longer. I have tried to go and use the RESTORE option, the FIX option, I have used downloaded the ISO or MEDIA TOOL.... Nothing is working. I ran Dell diagnostics and there are no disc errors or hardware issues. This is COMPLETELY a software issue.
Dell says my machine is not being tested for Windows 10 upgrade.
When I turn on my computer, I get the Dell start up screen, then I get a black screen with a small blue Windows logo and a message saying "Preparing Automatic Repair" It is there couple of seconds, then my machine reboots to the same screen, over and over and over in an infinite loop, saying "Preparing Automatic Repair."  
When I shut down the machine and wait a few minutes, it reboots and does the same thing.  I waited once until the next day and did get to the screen where it says I can reset the computer. When I do that, it starts "resetting" and there is a % counter at the bottom of the screen going up towards 100% - but during the process, I get a message saying there was an error and the machine was not reset.
Microsoft help forum has not given me any solution I have not already tried. I NEVER had a problem with th... Read more

A:Windows 10 Screwed up my Studio XPS 7100 - HELP!

If you did not create a Factory Recovery media, you will need to buy a Dell OEM Windows 7 DVD on eBay and re-install Windows 7.


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I'm setting up w8.1 for the first time. I find that user accounts are not as easy as W7. Iset the first user account to the user name my son uses for email he wanted it changed to his name so I changed it. Now when he logs on it is to his name, however, the email user name still appears in the upper right side of the page. So I went to C:\users and found that the only user folder present was the one with his email user name. It seem that only the log in page has his name and that is only an alias for the true account, his email user name.
What I was thinking is to create another account with his name with admin privileges and then delete the account with his email user name. Then there would be only one account.

If I had not done other setup tasks. I would go back, again, to factory settings and start over.

What I eventually want is only one user account with his name and password with automatic log on.


A:User names are screwed up in Windows 8.1

Hey Bill,

It sounds like you may have set him up with a Microsoft account on the computer.

For now, use the tutorial below to get detailed information to see what user accounts are on the computer, and post the details here.

User Accounts - View Detailed Information About in Windows

You can use the tutorial below to set Windows to automatically sign in to a user account of your choice at startup.

Log On User Account Automatically at Windows 8 Startup

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