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Is microsoft self-sabotaging their older operating systems?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hello Guys,

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

Thanks

Tony

A:VirtualBox and older operating systems

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

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

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

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

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

C:\>cd \windows\options\cabs
C:\WINDOWS\OPTIONS\CABS>setup

I think that the setup complained that there was no HIME... Read more

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

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

A:Anti-malware for older operating systems?

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

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

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

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

Have you tried installing the drivers in compatibility mode?
 

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Greetings, I may be out in left field. Having all kinds of unexplainable media problems using Win 7 Pro. Windows Media player as well as Media Center is DOA. Tried using Cyberlink  Power DVD 15 to play media files on Win 7 Pro with anomalous problems. Power DVD 15 running on Win 7 would play for a while and then shutdown for no apparent reason. I am composing this on Win 10 as Microsoft is killing me. I give up. The evil empire is beating you one way or the other. How can a user prove Microsoft is doing something that breaks their software or other vendor's software,  which previously worked great on Win 7, but now is broken? I am listening to music using Windows Media Player on Win 10 as I compose this post. **bleep**? Again, Microsoft is doing bad stuff but no one sounds the alarm.  When does this crap come to an end. When is Microsoft held accountable for this? Jay  

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Hello I am looking for some help with installing Microsoft operating systems!
I want to use Windows PE or some other software that will meet my needsí!
Currently Microsoft Windows PE is not one on that list and it will not support my needsí!
Bartís PE will not work as well!
Maybe DOS, Linux (Ubuntu Lucid 10.04.2. Linux Distribution) or other can work but do not know just started this project!
The installations that is going to be used is; USB, CD and Network install
The pre operating environment will need support for programs and software that are capable of supporting the same funcksions as the onesí listed!
NVDA portable or software that supports the basic equivalent
Zoom portable, or equivalent.
The last one is the AUDIO support in the pre environment
This is only 3 requirements to be met canít be to hard!
Thanks!
 

A:Installing Microsoft operating systems! Windows PE audio and drivers!

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Just an FYI

Starting in the spring of 2007, daylight saving time (DST) start and end dates for the United States will transition to comply with the Energy Policy Act of 2005. DST dates in the United States will start three weeks earlier (2:00 A.M. on the second Sunday in March) and will end one week later (2:00 A.M. on the first Sunday in November).

The update that this article describes changes the time zone data to account for the United States DST change. This time zone update will also include changes for other related DST changes, time zone behavior, and settings. Some of these changes will occur in 2007, and some have occurred since these versions of Windows were originally released. The update that this article describes also includes some changes that have previously been released as individual hotfixes. An example of this is the Sri Lanka change in time zone offset. This update will also include some changes that have been individually documented in Microsoft Knowledge Base articles. Click to expand...

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/928388
 

A:2007 time zone update for Microsoft Windows operating systems

Also available in Windows Update site . .
 

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I have recently downloaded Server 2016 trial version to set it up in our Lab at work.  Our lab has a strict no outside internet policy.  Server 2016 is set to shutdown every hour if it's not activated making trial almost server useless to us.
The download says "Upon installation, you will be prompted to activate. A product key is not required for the ISO installation."
I have tried the following methods.
1. SLGMGR.VBS /DTI
2. SLUI 4
After speaking with a rep in India i was advised "Trial Products can not be activated offline, they must be activated online".
If this is true i would recommend the following:
1. In your pre-release installation information make a reference to this, something like. "Requires internet connection for activation"
2. In the SLUI 4 window of the OS where the 63 numbers are listed, put the same disclaimer.
If this is not true and the offline support agent provided the wrong information:
1. Please advise the steps on how to perform an offline installation for a trial product in the Pre-Install Information for all trial products that require internet access to be activated.  
Does anyone have any idea for a legal validated work around that can activate this product without having to unrack it, bring it to my house, connect it to the internet, bring it back to work, re-rack it etc...
Thanks,

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

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

Welcome to TSF!!!

Hi,

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

Hope everything goes well for you.
Cheers!

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

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

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

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

I have a ShuttleX pc

Thanks

A:W7 on older systems

malware?

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

HP Pavilion 4483
CPU : AMDK6-2 3DNOW!
Mboard : Asus P5S-VM
Chipset : Sis 530
Memory : 188 MB
Speed : 450 MHZ
 

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

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

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

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

A:Windows XP speedup tips for older systems

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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I acedently powered of my pic while it was factory resetting it now it says thisAn operating system wasn't found try disconnecting any drives that don't contain an operating system press ctrl alt delete to restart

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recently i have tried to completely restore my whole computer, so i tried installing a my windows XP again so that it would write over our current operating system. when we put in the disk, it came up with 3 places to put it. 1 place had our old operatoing system on it, and could not be over writen, another we could not put it on. and the 3rd one let us create a operating system. how do i go about getting back onto my old operating sytem with my old files on it???

A:2 Operating Systems

Careful! Here is an excellent tutorial for that;http://lifehacker.com/software/windows/gee...atch-157578.php

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If I have two operating systems loaded on a computer, when I turn it on, will it automatically ask what operating system I want to use, will it not boot, or will it just pick one? Do I need a special program to get to choose what one I want?

A:If I Have Two Operating Systems...

If you've setup both OS's correctly, then yes.

For example:

If you wanted to have both Windows 98SE and Window XP on the same computer you would need to:
1. Partiton your hard drive into two or more logical drives
2. Install Windows 98SE on the first drive
3. Install Windows XP on the second drive

Now when you started up the computer, you would be presented with a menu from which you could choose your operating system. All major OS's (Windows, Linux, etc) come with their own bootloader (which presents the menu to you.

What OS's were you looking to install?

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I use Windows XP, and using the Photo Show 5, whenever I want to email or make a DVD out of one of the shows, I get the following message:
"We are unable to communicate with Photo Show online at this time. Check that your internet connection is active and your firewall showings are adjusted to allow Photo Show access to the internet."
I have tried everything they have suggested, except the last one...MSCONFIG, then to click on start up and look more closely at the software running on your computer that may affect internet access, but I'm afraid to do that, because it might affect my computer's vulnerability. Please try to help me. Thank you.
Peggy Hodges
 

A:Operating Systems

What firewall are you using?
 

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Hello. I currently have XP on my system, but would also like to be able to boot into windows 98 second edition. The operating system that used to be on this computer. Since I have upgraded I notice that a lot of my favorite games are not compatible with XP so I would like 98 on the computer so that I use it for game play. I have a second drive on this computer, but cannot remember how to get the computer to install to D drive (second drive) instead of C drive. Also after I have windows 98 installed how do I select that operating system during boot up?

Thank you

markeydsl
 

A:would like to use 2 operating systems

Looks pretty simple here:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/217210/en-us

Do tell how it goes...
 

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Hello
I have 2 operating systems on my pc.I had to reinstall with acronis lately and now when I start my computer,it doesn't ask me which os I want.It chooses windows XP English.
Before the reinstallation The computer showed me both operating systems and waited 25 seconds for my answer.How do I reinstall that feature? Now,I can tap the space bar before it opens XP and I see both choices.I would prefer the way it was before.
Thank you.
 

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hello everybody...
I was wondering if i could have 2 operating systems on one computer because i am having problems with my windows xp home edition sp2..and if so , can someone point me in the right direction

Can i use two operating systems, and then delete the unwanted one?...because i dont want to delete it and then install the other one, just in case something goes bad

Also i can get a spanish version of office xp 2006..is there any way i can change it from spanish to english??

Lastly.. If i change or operate with 2 operating systems...can i still have all the files i have on both systems, or will i have nothing on the other operating system...
 

A:2 operating systems?

Also i can get a spanish version of office xp 2006..is there any way i can change it from spanish to english??Click to expand...

No you cannot.
 

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I want to install Windows ME on a separate, Internal HDD. I want to be able to occasionally use it instead of Windows XP. Is this possible? What problems might I encounter? Thanks.

 

A:Two Operating Systems

You shouldn't have any problems installing windows me on a separate HDD as long as the hard drive with windows xp is not connected to the computer while your installing windows me on the second HDD. After Windows Me is installed you can reconnect the Windows XP HDD to your computer. At this point you may have to setup the Bios to ask you at startup what version of windows do you want to use but i don't know how to do this so i'll ask a friend to enter the thread & help you with that step.
 

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Hi.Good day.My son had this laptop sitting idle so i decided to boot it up and start using it, as mine started working very slow. He could not remember the login password so i reinstalled Windows Vista (thats what he had on it). After updates and everything is working fine i had open a file that i had on a usb flash drive.So i went into computer to look for the removable disk to open it. It was then that i noticed that local disk d is full, its red, 1.33 GB free of 37.2GB.Is there any way to delete all or some of the contents of this partition. Also i had forgotten to mention that at start up i am presented with two operating systems(is it the BIOS screen?) to select which operating system i want to start. The two are the same Windows Vista so i select the first one. Also if i double click on the local disk d which is showing red i see everything that is of windows.That is if i open program files. Is this supposed to be so and if not how do i fix it.

A:Two operating systems

Start over and follow the info here Starting a clean install of Microsoft Windows Vista

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do you know what "maconastick" is? its portable mac OS, well does anyone know where a portable windows OS is? i need one for my const class, they have macs and i dont like apple...
thanks for any\all help, this will help me out alot

A:operating systems

I s this what you need/http://www.microsoft.com/windowsmobile/en-...R_SCC=100237323

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The 32-bit editions of Windows Vista are limited to 4GB not because of any physical or technical constraint on 32-bit operating systems. The 32-bit editions of Windows Vista all contain code for using physical memory above 4GB. Microsoft just doesn’t license you to use that code. Meaning that you can infact, use more than 4GB of RAM on a 32 bit OS.
The 4GB limit is retrieved from the registry by calling a function named ZwQueryLicenseValue. I'm wondering why Microsoft has decided to put a 4GB restriction on 32 bit processors?

A:regarding RAM for 32 bit Operating Systems

  
Quote: Originally Posted by BlackFusion


The 32-bit editions of Windows Vista are limited to 4GB not because of any physical or technical constraint on 32-bit operating systems. The 32-bit editions of Windows Vista all contain code for using physical memory above 4GB. Microsoft just doesn?t license you to use that code. Meaning that you can infact, use more than 4GB of RAM on a 32 bit OS.
The 4GB limit is retrieved from the registry by calling a function named ZwQueryLicenseValue. I'm wondering why Microsoft has decided to put a 4GB restriction on 32 bit processors?


Hi and welcome to SF. I think you might like to investigate this further. Failing that why dont you take a prtscreen of the value and upload it so we can all see it. I just did a search thru my win 7 registry and its not there. just google the 32 bit ram limit and i think you will find a different answer

Again welcome to SF

Ken

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How do I combine dual boot into 1 operation system. After downloading Windows XP Service Pack 2 my pc constantly rebooted. I deleted FAT files on partition trying to install and repair. There are now 2 windows xp home editions to choose. The one that allowed access to all my files and settings fails with hard drive configuration message. The other boots up with only the recycle bin visable. How do I fix the errored OS. Help!
 

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Hey guys,
I've got Windows 7 RC1 installed and on the same disk I had created a 20GB parition for future references.
Due to requirements of booting XP because of lack of hardware compatibility, I chose to install XP on the 20GB parition.
Now I cannot boot in to Windows 7. It simply loads XP.
Any way around this?
Thanks...

A:2 Operating Systems

Hi the803,

Have a look at the following Tutorial Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP and follow Method Two point 7 onwards.

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First off, thanks a bunch, I was having problems with getting IE to work in Windows XP after loosing all my System Restore points and reloading windows. I did a fresh install and with you guy's help I have it running fine, EXCEPT now when i turn on my comp, it gives me a choice of 2 identical Windows XP Operating Sytems to choose from, 1 has the old glitch, the new copy is workign perfect, but slow.....how can I just delete the old one? I don't care about any settings or anything, I just want it gone. Thanks again ahead of time!
 

A:How to get rid of 1 of 2 Operating Systems

Me too. After solving some network problems, (Thankx folks) I am left with a choice of OS. XP is default, but W2K is offered as well. How do I delete it? Do I need to? Can I reformat C: and reinstall XP?
 

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My bro accidently installed 2 OS's on his comp. He had originally windows 98 and upgraded to Xp. Now it's slowing down his comp, How does he Uninstall 98 without harming Xp?
 

A:2 Operating Systems

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not sure if this is the right place for this post...if not, sorry.

i have a system up and running with windows 7 rc on my c: drive. i salvaged and installed a 2nd hd from another system which has windows xp installed, and is recognized as an e: drive. i can change the bios to boot from this 2nd hd and windows xp loads, but is unresponsive to my wireless keyboard and mouse, which uses a receiver plugged into a usb port. can i boot into my windows 7 and install my kb/mouse drivers onto the 2nd drive so that i can use them when i boot into xp? thanks.

A:2 hdd's, 2 operating systems

If you are asking can O/S 1 install drivers for O/S2...the answer is no. The files can be put in place but the registry settings will be lacking.

The mouse and keyboard...are automatically recognized and drivers installed by Windows...upon boot.

As for using wireless devices...the manufacturer's instructions for installing said products...govern.

I don't do wireless anything...but it might be worthwhile to try an ordinary mouse/keyboard...then install the drivers for the wireless devices, uninstall the normal keyboard/mouse drivers...shut down. Attach the wireless devices and see if the wireless drivers now work for the wireless devices.

Louis

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hi i have win xp on my pc right now i got a 98SE full cd and i want to put it on my pc. i tryed wipping my c drive i have c drive and a d drive. so i wiped the c drive put the 98 cd in but when i turned on the pc it said bootable cd not exist or something like that so how do i put 98 on a pc?
Liam
 

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I reinstalled windows xp pro. Now everytime I start my computer it shows Windows XP on there twice and has me choose one. Plus I think my computer maybe running a little slower because of this. How do I get rid of the one I dont need?
 

A:2 operating systems

You will need to edit boot.ini and remove the additional entry.

Your boot.ini will look similar to this one

[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(1)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS

Check the default (e.g default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS) and delete the other entry. In above case (default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)PARTITION(2)\WINDOWS)

NOTE: Make a back up of your boot.ini prior to make changes. Making the incorrect changes will prevent your system to boot to windows.
See:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;q289022

To view and edit the Boot.ini file:

In Control Panel, start the Performance and Maintenance tool, and then click System.
On the Advanced tab, click Settings under Startup and Recovery.
Under System Startup, click Edit.
 

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Please help me out here. I recently reformatted my machine and for some reason the first time i put in the recovery cd to reformat it installed windows instead of reformat. Then I put the cd in a second time and my computer was reformatted and installed windows a second time. So when i start up my computer it gives me a choice to start one of two operating systems of windows xp. Any ideas on how i can get rid one version without reformatting again. It is annoying having to choose one version every time. If you need more info or a better explanation just say so and i'll try my best. Thanks
 

A:2 Operating Systems of XP???

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Hi everyone, I need some help clearing up some space on my computer. This computer was given to us with windows NT installed on it and i later installed windows XP home edition. After that i installed XP Pro... Now when i reboot my computer it asks me which one i would like to start up in.. I have 3 working operating systems on this computer. All I want is XP Pro, how can i delete these others?? Thank you all very much for your time! Em
 

A:Too many operating systems!

Look at your boot.ini file it should look like this to not prompt

[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect

The only way to safely remove any left over traces would be to rebuild.
 

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Hi everyone HAPPY NEW YEAR,
I have installed a 2nd hard drive and windows 7, and i want to run both systems XP & W7 (not at once) the reason for this is W7 is not compatible with a lot of my stuff.
query how do i configure HDD's, at present i have to shut down pc and disconnect 1 HHD and reboot into the other O/S and vice versa,do i have to have jumpers in as slave or master on 2nd HDD? at present master HDD is a sata, 2nd HDD is ide and connected to slave connector, the master connector (ide) is connected to cd rom, when i go into sys property start up and recovery only one HDD is visible even when both HDD are connected. I posted topic 27/12/09 re ide / sata connection, but have now come up with this problem
Can someone help me as i don't want to be pulling out plugs all the time too change O/Systems
cheers TWOBOB

A:Two operating systems?

Connect the IDE drive to the master and the cd to slave.

Then use this to get sorted out.
This will give you a menu a boot time to select which operating system that you want to use and allow everythig to stay hooked up.
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/927392

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Hi, I just started using my home PC and the Operating System running on it is Windows Vista Starter - is there anyway that I can upgrade this . . . maybe to just normal Windows Vista
Help please
 

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My husband just purchased a slightly used computer - I know it is an HP, but the model # and everything are at home.

When I boot the computer up, it gives me the choice of selecting from 2 operating systems. XP Professional, and XP Home Edition. Somehow the XP Home Edition has been deleted, and the XP Professional is the only one loaded.

My problem is that XP Professional does not have the recovery options that I need.

Is there anyway for me to copy the HP files off of a "working" computer and run them on the "used" computer he bought? If so what files should I look for on our good HP?

Any advice is appreciated

Megan

A:2 Operating Systems

When you say "recovery options" I'm not sure what you mean. It has been my experience with HP that the operating systems are not interchageable as each is good for that specific computer only. They usually come with a restore disk with the OS and programs for that system.

They also sometimes have a seperate partition for restoring but I dont think copying from one computer to another will work. You may want to start fresh with the restore disk if you have it but I would wait to see if anyone with more experience than I has an opinion first.

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Hi!
I have a problem. I have a computer I use sometimes with Windows 7. I think it doesn't take Windows 7 or wath ever u say. I think the computer is to slow. I think about to install an other operating system for example windows 98 to do it faster? The thing is that I don't know how to do that.

Can someone please help me?

I'm !

A:2 operating systems?

How to install windows 98.

How to install Windows 98: helpful tips and suggestions
How to Install Windows 98 on a Computer with No Operating System
How to reinstall Windows 98
Windows 98 install from CD
YouTube - How to install Windows 98

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I have a problem with 2 operating systems on my computer. I had to replace the hard drive and I could not find my xp disk so I installed 2000. I then found xp and installed it as a complete install not an upgrade. It is xp pro. Now when I start the computer it goes to a black screen asking which operating system I want to use XP or 2000. I want to get 2000 off and just run XP right from the start. Can I do it without reformatting and reinstalling XP?

Thanks
Water
 

A:2 Operating systems

U can Edit the boot.ini file.
Right click My Computer. Click on Properties. Click on Advanced tab. Select Start up and Recovery settings. Near the top right of the dialog box click on Edit and remove the OS you do not need. And set the time shown to 0 seconds.

You might also go into C: drive and check XP installation is in a WINNT folder, and see if Windows 2000 is in a Windows folder. If that the case U can also delete the Windows folder.
 

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Hello
I was wondering if it was possible to install 3 seperate 320gb SATA harddrives (so not in RAID) and then install XP on all 3 and then triple boot?
Cheers
Allan
 

A:3 operating systems

you would just have to configure the boot.ini to incorporate all the drives separately and state a boot wait time in order to pick your choice (pretty sure, not 100% sure though)
 

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Hello Everyone...
How are you all ???
How many operating systems we can install on a single hard disk at a time...
Is there any restrictions on the number of Operating systems installed on a single hard disk ???
 

A:Different Operating Systems

It depends on which actual operating systems are involved:
 
http://forums.justlinux.com/showthread.php?147959-How-to-install-and-boot-145-operating-systems-in-a-PC

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