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Problems With Xp Prof And File Systems Of Older Programs Installed

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

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 not room for 2 versions (or two installs) of XPprof on here at one time. I would appreciate anything anyone can tell me regarding this anomaly. And if there is a viable way to fix it.
Thank you
Karen Lee
Mod Edit: Removed unacceptable links. ~tg

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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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Hi All

As you can see I?m new.

Just got my upgrade disc w7 pro 64 bit.

I just got new PC with vista 64 bit system. And can not run some old programs I use for FS2004. Gauges and more. They all ran sweet on my laptop vista 32 bit.

Moving over to w7 pro 64 will this solve the problem. Haven't had chance to see if the new W7 pro disc has 32 and 64 bit versions on i9t as I?m in work. If not will W7 64 run my old programs?

Thank for all your help.

A:problems with older programs

If they ran on Vista they should run on 7.

Always supposing you're going from 64 bit to 64 bit.

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Hi everyone,

I've been having some trouble trying to install some of my older software (but not *that* old!) on my new Vista PC. It's the same with all of them: I run the Setup program, it opens with the little window in the bottom right saying the program is preparing to run the InstallShield Wizard, the blue percentage bar zooms up to 99%....and then it doesn't do anything else :(

I've tried running the setup.exe with the Program Compatability Wizard and have also made sure to right click on them and "Run as Administrator" even though I am the Administrator...but still no luck.

Any advice would be very, very much appreciated. I could really do with some of these programs on my PC and it's getting very annoying now :(

~ Laura

A:Problems installing older programs

Hi Laura. . .

Welcome back to the Tech Support Forum - Vista Support!

One item that I would like for you to try -

Download the installable program file to your desktop. Right-click on it and select "Run as administrator".

Should that not help, see if the installation can be done under the XP compatibility mode. I am not sure if the following option will be available for install-modules (usually just for "exe" - executable files)... but let's check anyway. Right-click on installation module, select Properties... and see it there is a "Compatibility Mode" tab... if so select to run under XP.

Good Luck to you. . .


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

I have a ShuttleX pc


A:W7 on older systems


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

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

A:Info Source for older systems

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Hello Guys,

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



A:VirtualBox and older operating systems

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

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

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

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

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

C:\>cd \windows\options\cabs

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

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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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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?

A:Solved: Older PC with outdated Operating Systems

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

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

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

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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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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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(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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About a month ago, I installed XP Prof. onto a HD that was XP Home without having to reformat and since then I've been unable to upload anything (i.e. add new entries into blogs, upload pictures on imageshack, etc.). I have no idea why I can't do those things yet I can post messages on boards. Also, I'm behind a router (D-Link 524) but I don't think I can access the router config because it asks for a username and password but I don't remember ever setting one...

A:I can't upload anything ever since I've installed XP Prof...

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can anyone help me please? I have two different versions of xp prof. installed on my computer one is installed in c drive and the other is in I or J one of the cd or dvd drives I think? How can I delete the one I don't need? Any help please, Thanks,

A:I have two different versions of xp prof. installed

Is the Install disk still in the drive?

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SO yesterday I installed a fresh copy of XP professional and moved all my family pictures and other docs form an existing HD to the newly installed HD. I installed MacFee (from the ATT site) and scanned my HD. No issues.
Everything looked great till I went to a site which probably some how infected my PC. I noticed that the Antivirus Pro boxes started popping up. SO I started task manager and killed one of the tasks which looked like that was starting the Antivirus Pro. After that I just wanted to reboot the PC to make sure that Antivirus Pro didnt startup on next power up. But the PC is not starting up and always gives me BSOD for like a second and then reboots. I cannot even read what hex address it is pointing to. I tried starting the PC up in SAFE mode (or SAFE mode with networking or any other options that there for PU) and nothing works. I even inserted my XP disc in the CD ROM and set my BIOS so that PC boots up from CD but that doesnt even work.
Can any one help me with this issue?
Thanks in advance


A:BSOD after I installed a fresh copy of XP Prof.

Go into Task Manager and end all tasksThen start a new task and type explorer.exeThen try running thisWe Need to check for Rootkits with RootRepealDownload RootRepeal from the following location and save it to your desktop.Direct Download (Recommended)Primary MirrorSecondary MirrorSecondary MirrorSecondary MirrorZip Mirrors (Recommended if you have a slower connection or if the Direct Download mirror is down)
Primary MirrorSecondary MirrorSecondary MirrorRar Mirrors - Only if you know what a RAR is and can extract it.
Primary MirrorSecondary MirrorSecondary MirrorExtract RootRepeal.exe from the archive (If you did not use the "Direct Download" mirror).Open on your desktop.Click the tab.Click the button.Check all seven boxes: Push OkCheck the box for your main system drive (Usually C:), and press Ok.Allow RootRepeal to run a scan of your system. This may take some time.Once the scan completes, push the button. Save the log to your desktop, using a distinctive name, such as RootRepeal.txt. Include this report in your next reply, please.----------------------------------Please note: If Rootrepeal fails to run, try this step: Click Settings - Options. Set the Disk Access slider to HighAlso try: right-click on rootrepeal.exe and rename it to tatertot.scr

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Recently i installed XP professional on my HP dv1040us Laptop. Now i no longer have the ability to put my computer on standby or hibernate. When i go to the power options, there is not even a tab for hibernate anymore. What can i do?


A:installed XP prof Hibernate and standy unavailable

I got it, the reason it wasnt shoing up was because the graphics drivers were not installed, in case anyone has the same problem

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Run Win 7 Prof, have Virt Mach installed, but confusing thing is there are TWO showing up, when I look at description (hovering over the folder/file name) the description is very similar
Virtual Machine Shell Information
Machine Status: Running (VM One) Hibernated (VM Two)
Primary Disk: c:\users\heinz\app data\local\microsoft\windows virtual pc\virtual machines\ THEN THE LAST BIT DIFFERS
VM One Temple.vhd
VM Two Windows xp mode.vhd
Now question is - does it matter if both are on system, I use VM two when I start using the VM (works well, though any Spreadsheet I save takes quite a bit of time to save/close, a 5-10 seconds, compared to nearly instant in normal usage on old xp pc)

If I try to delete the VM One (emple.vhd) I get no further, to program selection etc but a screen asks me to reboot etc
Happy to leave both on the system, but maybe this slows down the system unnecessarily, any suggestions are greatly appreciated!

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This has been happening since I last cleared by pc of trojans (about a month ago). Any program I install (like itunes or adobe indesign; not small programs like magiciso and all) - after installation and restart, I try to launch the program but I get the error message with an option to send an error report. I've tried re-installing itunes 3 times and the same thing keeps happening. And I installed indesign today and it happened AGAIN. Please HELP!

A:Help: Having problems launching installed programs

I suggest you download HighJackThis (HJT) and post the scan here. This will provide a snapshot of everything going on with your system.

Please download HJT setup.exe Here
Let it Place Hijackthis in C:\Program Files\Hijackthis
Open Hijackthis.exe
Click on Do a System Scan and Save log file
Don't Fix any Items!!!
Just copy and paste the contents of the log file to your reply.

Someone will review the log file and give you recommendations.


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Hello! :D I tried posting this problem over at TechSupportGuy but it no one could resolve it. I'm hoping someone here can help me out.

Here are the links to the two threads I made there:

Would appreciate any help. Really having problems now since I need to start work on something in indesign and I can't upload any songs onto my darn ipod!

A:Help: Having problems launching installed programs

Also, the icons on my quicklaunch bar have been a little bigger (even though the size selected is small) compared to what they were before I had some trojans invade my computer (the trojan problem has now been resolved but the icons are still huge and ugly).

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My computer has Windows 7 64-Bit installed (I have upgrade disk, but formatted hdd and did a custom/complete install rather than upgrade). It's been working wonderfully until the past week or so.

In the past week, Microsoft Outlook (2003) and Internet Explorer 8 started freezing and displaying "Program Not Responding" for about 2-3 minutes. It was happening mostly when I just started my machine, but now happens all the time, on most programs, and is now freezing in upwards of 5-10 minutes at a time.

I don't know if this has anything to do with it, but noticed that my memory is not on EVGA's supported memory list for this motherboard. In addition, the BIOS is only autodetecting it at 1066mhz, rather than 1600. (I can manually set that and can set for overclocking, but not sure if I should)

Case: Thermaltake M9 ATX VI1450BWS
Motherboard: EVGA X58 SLI LE ATX (model 141-BL-E757-TR)
CPU: Intel i7-920 (BX80601920)
Video Card: Sapphire Vapor-X Radeon HD5750 1gb GDDR5 (PCIE 2.0x16)
Memory: Corsair Cmx8gx3m4a1600c9 (4x2gb - 1600mhz DDR3)
Power Supply: BFG 550-Watt ATX (BFGR550WGXPSU)
Operating System: Windows 7 64-bit
Monitor: Dell 19" LCD (SE198WFP) x2
TV Card: Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-1600 TV Tuner (PCI)
Primary SATA HDD: Western Digital WCAV53007608 Caviar Green 500 GB
Secondary SATA HDD: Western Digital WD10000LSRTL Caviar Black 1 TB

Primary SATA DVD: LG-GH22LS40 Internal Double-Layer DVD +-RW/CD-RW Drive
Secondary SATA DVD: LG-WH08LS20K Interna... Read more

A:Windows 7 Prof. 64-bit Freezes/Programs Not Responding

Start with a virus scan

Then download malwarebytes and take a scan

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Running XP with SP2

I recently tried to uninstall Zonealarm (7.0.408.000) to update, but an error occurred, resulting in my Add/Remove Program Files utility's entries to be wiped. I was unable to system restore because the restore point I needed was not there. I ran CCleaner to see if it could find all the uninstaller references and they are still there. It lists all the updates/programs I've installed. I'm wondering if there is any way to restore these entries without the System Restore utility?

I'm currently having trouble uninstalling/reinstalling anti-virus software that I need, otherwise I don't think it would have been too much of a problem. AVG tells me the product is not installed, and since the registry entry for the program is wiped, I can't do much about it.

A:[SOLVED] Registry entries for installed programs wiped, causing problems

Try this: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/266668

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When I run the fixit at "Fix problems that programs cannot be installed or uninstalled"
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/mats/program_install_and_uninstall?wa=wsignin1.0 I
get the following results.
How can you tell what programs these are assuming you don't speak question mark?
They don't show in the regular Programs and Features list as having question marks for names?

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Can any one advise me, i currently am using a toshiba laptop a200-28p with a pre-installed vista, i live in china and whilst here my hard drive died with two "bad" sectors. i took it "locally" to be fixed and the result was no explination about what they had done other than a basic translation from my none technical girl friend which was that they had "de-activated" the two bad sectors and as i didn't have my toshiba recovery disk they have installed a vista enterprise which has no valid product key, so i have limited function and un registered product. Anyway my solution is to buy a new hard drive to replace the one with "bad sectors" and purchase a ligitimate copy of windows 7 64bit and install this onto the new hard drive, can anyone advise if this is 1) possible/easy to do 2)offer any tips on things i need to watch for? please bear in mind that china local support is not only in chinese (i dont speak it and my translator switches off at the mere hint of a technical discussion) but the chinese local support is not really that trustworthy nor will they act as instructed, i will probably return to find that they have converted my laptop into a very functional/decorative picture frame if results cannot be achieved. please help and advise?

A:HD replacements and installed OS systems

its definately easy to install a new drive and put on windows 7. all you need is another hard drive thats SATA. first try finding the old hard drive, might be under a removable panel on the underside.
what you want is:
a SATA hard drive of size 2.5"
put windows 7 disc in drive, set boot priority to CD/DVD drive with F8/F12 [F8 on my toshiba] and then when the "press aby button to..." comes press any button then follow the installation
when you replace the drive, take out the battery, put in the power cable and DONT switch on [this is for earthing any static] then swap out the drive
you wont have most drivers [wireless, sound...]
the ethernet, keyboard, mouse will work. download drivers: http://uk.computers.toshiba-europe....ction=search&teddProduct=738&selShortMod=532 [else just download them from toshiba download website]
it took almost 1hr to install windows and get a laptop fully 100% working [windows took most of the time installing and updating].

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hi all ,
i have a laptop HP
have the OS windows 7 32bit


i installed more other windows 7 32bit by a CD without formatting the hard disc
so it finished successfully
so when i open the computer to see the hard disc it looks like the other system is exist
i open the properties > advanced system settings > the settings "startup and recovery"
when i choose the "default operating system" it looks like i have only one system
so it means the previous OS is exist but i don't know how to access to it !
i have a very important files that i need

help please

A:i installed two systems on the same laptop !

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I did a reboot and reinstalled XP onto my computer but it has installed XP onto another drive so I now have 2 operating systems, I looked online how to get rid of one but when I go into device management and try to reformat one of the drives It is greyed out and I am unable to reformat it.
Please can anyone help me as to how I should go about getting rid of one of the installed xps. Also the drive letters are now changed around and as they are both operating systems I am unable to switch them back
Any help would be much appreciated

A:Help I have two XP systems installed on different drives

hi there, finally got it sorted, Yes I have two hard drives (one partitioned) I had to delete all partitions in the blue screen and reformat the hard drives before reinstalling XP. Had to change the cables over for it to install on the right drive

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I used Vista and openSUSE ( Vista installed first ) ,but i decided to move to Windows 7. Created a new partiton on my hard drive and installed Windows 7 ( fresh install,,not upgrade). Since the openSUSE bootloader was deleted ( i can't enter into my linux OS,but will reinstall it later ) Vista become unavaliable.
My question:
Can i remove the Vista partiton safely ? ( bootmgr,bootsec,system files )
sorry for my english

A:Removing older OS after installed Windows 7

If there is nothing on the drive containing Vista that you want you could format the drive. If the Windows 7 installation associated itself with the Vista partition and won't boot you would have to run a Repair Installation which would associate the MBR with Windows 7.

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I have a Dell Studio 1555 I didnt remember the password so I tried to reinstall the OS, however I used the wrong disk. It belonged to an older computer. Now the laptop has two OS systems installed and it wont boot. It will load to the MS screen and will not go to the windows login screen. Is there anything I can do manually to remove the system? I dont have a back-up disk, or driver disk. I can get the command prompt from the older OS disk if that is helpful.

A:Installed Older OS on newer Laptop

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Setting up a dual boot with Win 7x64 on a 120GB SSD. The partition for Win 8 has 48 GB, but the install is failing: "Windows cannot be installed to this disk. The selected disk has an MBR partition table. On EFI systems, Windows can only be installed to GPT disks." The first time I tried with the partition formatted, the second with it unallocated, both getting the same result. What am I missing? Thanks,

A:On EFI systems, Windows can only be installed to GPT disks

If your BIOS has UEFI then to install in that mode you need to follow this: UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with - Windows 7 Forums

To instead install in normal mode, enable Legacy BIOS in BIOS setup, remove any EFI Boot Disk from BIOS boot order, set DVD drive to boot first, then HDD, save changes and exit.

Now boot into the installer, press Shift + F10 at first screen to open Command Box, run Diskpart Clean Command, exit CMD box, click install Now to Dual Boot Installation - Windows 8 and Windows 7 or Vista - Windows 8 Forums

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ive had a few problems with my screen recently, so we tried re-instaling windows XP and tried to do a system restore , and somehow managed to install it again some where else on my hard drive (as it gave us 3 options on where to put it). we have now fixed the screen, and would like to go back to the old operating systems with all our files on it. how do we do this? i know the old files are still on it because i can see some of my old files under explore users. and also there is only 9gb free on my hardrive, so i know it has not been deleted. but how do i get onto my old operating system?
HELP ME!!!!!!

A:Installed 2 Operating Systems, And Cant Get Back To Old One

If you enable the viewing of hidden files in Windows Explorer...Tools...Folder Options...View tab, you'll be able to see the boot.ini file in the root (C:\) of your boot drive.

Open it by right clicking on it and selecting "Open", then copy and paste the contents to your next post and we'll see what we can do.

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Can a pentium II be installed into an older machine that has a pentium 133? Is there some kind of adapter or is the bus just too small?

A:{SOLVED} Can Pentium II be installed in older computer?

I seriously doubt that there is such an adapter. The external buses are the same size, but the internal bus architecture is much different. The Pentium II includes a level 2 cache bus which does not exist on the earlier Pentium. I would think that a whole new motherboard design would be required to handle the differences so such an adapter would be pointless.

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After installing some of the current month's updates, I noticed that quite a few updates from a few months ago failed. (Installed some because downloading was taking forever.)

The failed updates don't appear on the list of updates that windows update presents when it checks for updates.

Should I install the failed updates? Will an older one rewrite or reverse a more recent fix? Do I need to read each KB article since the failures to see if a newer update replaced the failed ones?

A:What to do with older failed updates after newer ones installed?

Hello Ellen,

Often they will be downloaded and installed successfully later. The update history is basically just a log file, so even though the updates were eventually installed, the failed installs will still be listed.

You should install at least all critical and important updates.

If you like, you could use OPTION ONE in the tutorial below to reset and clear update history.

Windows Update - Reset

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So we goofed and approved the language packs and every one was installed. This was discovered because the Korean one leaves some icons on the desktop. I was working on removing the icons from the systems but I totaled the size and its over 7GB of junk that
is never going to be used.

    I am looking for a way to remove them all from the systems with a GPO or a Script and have not had any luck. Any one have any ideas?

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I tried to use installation CD for Cyberlink PowerDVD from my old Dell computer Windows7 to install it on my new Dell WIndows7 but I am getting this message
This software can be installed only on a Dell unbranded systems
I tried the suggestions below but none of them worked for me
JJClements.co.uk ? Install Dell OEM PowerDVD on non OEM system

Any helpful thoughts ?

A:This software can be installed only on a Dell unbranded systems

OEM software, such as supplied by Dell, is only legally licensed for the PC it was delivered with.

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Hi all,

My laptop was slow in booting up/shutting down. Much to my annoyance is inserted the recovery disk and wiped the orignal My documents folder which i cannot access. Recovery software shows the documents still on the drive. My problems seems to be that i've cloned the system, unfortunately i've down this twice and as such have reduced the capacity. Initially i had to decide which system to select at boot up, but resolved that in some way.. I would love to format the drives and try to reinstall but i'm a bit scared. If I delete both bootini selections will my system boot up as it did before this chaos. As i noticed on a previous thread on system in title in blue and the installed one in black

My XP systems was factory installed to my Samsung R50

File system NTFS

Any help would be appreciated


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How and where do you find out what type of motherboard you have?

I have been working on a older computer and I can't find it labeled anywhere. Any suggesions?

A:Checking The Type Of Motherboard Installed On A Older Computer

Try this program: http://www.aida32.hu/aida-download.php?bit=32

Usually its labeled on the mobo somewhere - with cheap ones or ones from Brand Name computers its not always labeled.

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I've been trying to install some older games (Settlers, Rayman, Monkey Island etc) but they always crash at startup and say something about 16-bit MS-DOS Subsystem and Wowexec.exe. I've been trying to do various fixes but none of them work. I'm using WinXP Home SP2. Help? Some of the games aren't even DOS games, and I simply cannot install Escape From Monkey Island because using DosBox is out of the question...

A:I can't get several older programs to run

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When i was installing a new graphics card, I accidently removed the plug connected to one of my harddrives; it was the one carrying my windows vista OS. So i booted my computer up and it would give me an error of a missing file so i tried to repair it using the windows vista cd but when it didnt work i installed a new version on my 2nd hard drive. I only found out later that one of the harddrives was unplugged. So I plugged it back in but I could only boot from the new windows vista i installed, it wont even recognize the old one if i go through the windows dvd and select repair. can someone help me? I want to make it recognize and boot from the old windows vista because all my programs and settings is on there. thanks in advance.

A:Installed two Windows Vista accidently; Wont recognize older one.

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When I try to save a pdf file in a specific folder often I get the folloing error message

"You don't have permission to save in this location. Contact the admin to obtain permission. Would you like to save in "user" folder instead"

I am the only user and admin.

What is wrong here? How do I get permission?


I am using windows 7 and adobe acrobat x prof.

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Installation file:SKU011.CAB cannot be foundKindly help with instructions to solve this problem.Cannot open files in Microsoft Word...cannot send files to email for dispatch..Error message always refers to the missing installation file SKU011.CAB. TKS for help in what comprehendable way possible.

A:Restore missing file in Windows xp prof


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I am having problem while accessing my shared folders and files on win xp through win 7 !

When i access any of shared folder it ask for login for Winxp Pc ! but at other side on xp i have no login password !
I have same group name !

But when i access win 7 through my Win xp Pc it works !

Please help !

Os1 : Win Xp Professional
Os2 : Win 7 Ultimate

A:WinXP Prof to Win 7 Ultimate File Sharing


On the Windows XP PC put a password on the user account. If possible make it the same as the one on your windows 7 PC (Same Username as well) - This will mean it wont ask for a username and password everytime you access the share.

Have a read of this for a Sevenforums tutorial:
File Sharing - Between XP and W7 (and vice versa)

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When Windows 7 came out it was said to be able to run in native XP mode to run old programs like DOS programs, Win95/98/ME/2000 and XP programs.

How do you enable this or do this in Windows 7?

A:Windows 7 and older programs

As far as i know, When you open a file to run it, it should run in something similar to compatibility mode. I'm pretty sure it should run automatically, or ask you if you want it to run it in compatibility mode.

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Hi All, good to be here. I have two pcs - an older Compaq CQ5123f which is a Vista machine with a Windows 7 upgrade, and a new Compaq CQ5720f with Windows 7. Both machines are Home Premium 64 bit. I have several games and older programs in the old PC that ran well in the older machine (they were bought before Windows 7 came out) but will not run in the new PC, and if I were to buy and install a Windows Pro upgrade DVD from a local retailer, would these games and other programs on the old machine work in the "XP Mode" that is part of the Pro version?

Any help with this would be greatly appreciated.


A:Older Games and Programs

A free solution may be DoxBox or VirtualBox. You can get help in the Virtualization forum if you get stuck setting them up. Also if you have a copy of XP not being used you could most likely partition the drive and install it on the older PC.

Have you tried installing using compatibility mode? That would be the first thing to try. If the old programs are 16 bit apps they won't run on native 64 bit system. In that case I'd try DoxBox.

Those on this forum would know more:

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Hi everyone, and thanks for taking the time to read this. I recently decided to upgrade my 2k prof installation to xp prof. Everything went fine and dandy, until I went to log in after the installation, and my mouse and keyboard didn't work. I figured something had gone wrong, so i decided to redo the installation. Now, I can't even re-install, because after I get done with the text-mode portion of the setup, the keyboard doesnt' work, and I can't enter the CD key to continue setup. Both the mouse and keyboard worked fine before the upgrade. I have tried both a PS/2 and a USB keyboard, to no avail. If the caps lock or nums lock lights were on before I get to the Setup welcome screen, they stay on, but I can't turn them off, and no keystrokes are recognized by setup. Has anyone run into this before? Any help would be greatly appreciated, as I'm now on hour #9 of trying to resolve this issue. Thanks again

A:at my wits end - problem upgrading from 2k prof to xp prof

I ran into this on a 2k and an XP system after installing updates for logitech wireless mouse and keyboard. On the 2k system I was able to get back by using one of the choices given by tapping f8 at boot, I don't recall which. It was on an MSDN 2k, and it seemed to have another choice or two. On the XP machine, the only thing to do was a parallel install to get the data back.
Try the f8 options and see where it goes. Once you have the reinstall going though, it always wants to boot back to completing it, and loses the kbd again.

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A virus or something hit my Compaq computer. I have Windows XP and Norton Anti-virus. Norton was in the process of blocking the virus when the system froze up completey and a re-boot was the only option. Some of the XP start up files were corrupted or deleted or something, so that Windows XP will no longer start properly. The welcome screen comes up fine, but the desktop is now just a completely blank blue screen, no error messages, no icons, no start menu, task bar....nothing. So I cannot open any programs or do anything except CNTRL ALT DEL to shut down or restart. I tried to do a restore in safe mode - didn't work. Then I tried to re-install XP in repair mode, and I kept getting error messages that certain (multiple) files could not be copied. In the end, the repair installation was unsuccessful. So, I did a complete new install of Windows XP to a new folder (c:\windows2). This install worked fine. Now there are 2 versions of XP on my computer and when I boot up I have to choose which one to use. My question is regarding the programs that were already installed, such as MS Office, Norton Anti-Virus, Family Tree Maker etc. How do I get the newly installed XP to recognize these programs which were previously used by the now dysfunctional XP? When the new XP starts and I click on programs, none of the programs installed on the computer are listed. How do I pull them in to the new XP? If I re-install the programs then I won't have my data saved in the previous versio... Read more

A:How do I open previously installed programs on a newly installed Windows XP?

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