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W7 on older systems

Q: W7 on older systems

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

I have a ShuttleX pc


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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.)

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Hello Guys,

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



A:VirtualBox and older operating systems

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

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

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

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

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

C:\>cd \windows\options\cabs

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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

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

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

A:Anti-malware for older operating systems?

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

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

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

Have you tried installing the drivers in compatibility mode?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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My Old Desktop OS is Windows Vista. I need to import files to my new desktop. New OS is Windows 10. OlD HP Model is HP Pavilion m9000. New HP model is HP Pavilion 23 q113w. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance!


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A:importing files from an older HP system and older OS

@Jeff1017 If by "hardwiring" the two PCs together, you mean using a crossover network cable to connect the two, that only overcomes the issue of using a USB stick. You still need third-party software to transfer settings and/or apps -- as that information is stored in lots of different places and it would take you forever to find them all manually and copy them.

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I'm running on a Dell Dimension 4600 and want to burn a couple cds. I tried downloading a bunch of different burning software, but my drive was outdated every time. I was able to burn before, about a year or so ago. I've tried older versions of various software, but no luck.

A:Need older burning software for an older drive.

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At work I have a PC w/an Athlon XP 1700 chip, 256 meg of ram, and a Radeon AGP w/64 meg memory video card runing Win XP Pro. So my gaming choices are somewhat limited. I've already played Quake 2 and Half-Life (and Opposing Force & Blue Shift). I like playing the FPS style games (single-player mode). So I'm wondering:

Is Counter-Strike single player or only multi-player? Is it free if I own Half-Life?

Is there a site that would list FPS games by release date year to year? Since I know Half-Life was released around 98, I could look for other games released around then that would probably run ok on my system.

Any suggestions for good FPS games that would run on my system would be appreciated. I'm looking into some of the Star-Wars games, also Halo, and Unreal seem to have good reps and might run ok.

Thanks much,

A:A Few Questions re: Older Games on an Older Machine

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Lately, I've heard some people say that the Unix code is more secure than the Windows code and that the Windows code has many holes and bugs in it. Before, I always thought Unix systems (for example, Mac) were less likely to get infected by viruses only because they had a lower market share. However, I'm starting to wonder if the Unix code is really more secure than the Windows code. Is this true? Also, does the Windows code really have that many bugs and holes in it?

A:Are Unix systems more secure than Windows systems?

It is rather debatable, its harder to compare two completely different codes and say one is flawed and one is not.

Though Unix/Linux does appear to be a bit more secure, which is why Apple's OS X (their baby), is based on a unix-code.

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I have a home network consisting of a DSL modem hooked to a 4 port router/hub (Linksys BEFSR41). Life has been good with all forms of PCs and OSs including the addition of a wireless data port and a laptop running XP Home. I added a 16 port workgroup hub (Linksys EFAH16Wv2) as the home network grew to 5 systems; 4 running XP Home and 1 running XP Professional.

Recently, I built 10 identical PCs (ASUS P4GE-V mainboards with built in NICs, 1.8 P4s, and 256M ram). I installed XP Home on each machine and all the pertinent XP updates as well as all ASUS driver updates.

All 10 PCs found the internet and are able to surf the web.

My problem is that 3 out of 4 of these new PCSs do not see any of the other systems on the hub or the router/hub. I used 'Home' as my designated workgroup.

I have run and rerun the wizard but these machines cannot see the other machines on the local network. I have tried reinstalling XP but it doesn't seem to help.

I can ping individual machines from the command prompt and they can send a receive packets which leads me to believe that is OS related and not hardware related.

One interesting observation I made is that the new PCs that are able to see the other local machines also have a 'My Network Places' icon displayed in the Start menu while the PCs that cannot see the other local PCs do not have this icon displayed in the Start menu.

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

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

Welcome to TSF!!!


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

Hope everything goes well for you.

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I do charity work, take in pcs and parts and make refurbs that go to schoolkids who dont have
a pc at home. As a result, i keep a few test units around to test different parts. I have pcs with win 98se and win xp and a P4 with win xp pro on it. I just keep the mobos out on my workbench and use whichever one i need.

I have win xp pro installed on an older P3-933 Aopen, 440bx type of mobo, with win xp pro on it
and, i believe, the latest bios upgrade in it. When i turn the unit off i get the screen that says its ok to turn the pc off. then i have to hold the power on\off in for 5 secs to turn it off.

I looked in win xp pro system properties and cant find a way to change that so the unit will just shut down, instead of holding the power on\off button in.

I knew the answer to this problem but i have forgotten, lol. Is it in the bios or windows xp where i will find the answer to this question? Someone out there will know!

thanks in advance

A:win xp and older pc

There are settings in BIOS and within Windows. For Windows select Start, Control Panel, Performance and Maintenance, Power Options, and Advanced tab.

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Mod Edit:  Moved from XP to Win 8 - Hamluis.
I have an older desktop computer with the following characteristics:
Processor: AMD Athlon 64 X2 2.4GHz 4600+
Motherboard: ASUS M2N-E SLI
Memory: 1 GB DDR2 SDRAM DDR2-800
Graphics: nVidia GeForce 6600 (256 MB)
OS: MS Windows XP (32-bit)
I decided to add another 2 GB of RAM (so 3 GB in total) and replace the graphics card with an Inno3D GeForce 9500 (512 MB).
I would like to squeeze the maximum performance out of the computer (games, web surfing, watching movies etc.), the security is not an issue because I have it solved in another way.
So, what do you suggest, Windows XP (32-bit) or Windows 8.1 (64-bit) - these two options are available to me. The third option would be Windows 7 (32 or 64 bit version), but I don't think you'd recommend it for my old PC.
I am aware that Windows 8.1 is much more secure than XP but that is absolutely not important for the particular PC. I'm only interested in gaining maxium performance. So, will the 8.1 or XP squeeze more performance out of it (with 3 GB of RAM and GeForce 9500 GT), what do you think?
For the maximum efficiency I will disable FireWire, LPT, COM ports (in Device Manager or in BIOS) which I don't need - this will also slightly speed up the computer, right?
Thank you for your comments in advance!

A:Older PC - XP or 8.1

Anything but XP.  XP is no longer supported by Microsoft.  Updates to other Microsoft operation systems (OS) can be reverse engineer to find a flaw that may exist in Windows XP.
This PC World Article will explain why you are better off investing in a new machine, rather than putting more money into your existing machine.

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I have an old IBM aptiva 2176 c23 computer and want to add some ram and actually found some on a website, but they actually have 3 different ones that could work, but dont know for sure wich one, here is what the instructions that came with my computer says i need:
72 pin, 32 bit, 32 mb, 60 or 70 nanoseconds,tin lead contacts, fast page mode or EDO Dynamic Random Access Memory (DRAM),

ok, here are 3 links to that computer website, 3 different 32 mb 72 pin simms, but wich one do i need




I dont want to order the wrong ones, so if you will please give me a hand.

A:please HELP!! RAM on older IBM..

Hi mopower440,
check out this link Here It shows IBM Aptiva Type 2176 Models.hope it helps.

memory 32MB ó CT128245 EDO Non-parity.

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My current system :

Athlon XP 3000+
A7N8X Deluxe Motherboard
1.5gb ram
XFX 7800GS Graphics Card

Is currently still chugging along with an older 350W power supply, and i'm thinking I should change it. I'm looking for a good PSU that will keep me going strong with my current setup, but also support an upgrade, possibly in a few years, and although I have my eyes on the OCZ GameXtream or whatever it's called, and the Antec Neo, Neo HE and Truepower 500W+ range, i'm wondering whether they will be able to work on my older board.

Any help is appreciated.

A:Looking to buy a new PSU for an 'older' PC

Any PSU that fits to your case (ATX most likely) will work with your motherboard.

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My parents have a used PC they would like to upgrade. It's a eMachines 466 Mhz, with a Intel Celeron Processor, 128 KB La Cache. 64MB of Sync DRAM with a capacity of 256MB, and a 8.4 GB hard Drive. Not much but it's only used to access the world. Lately their ISP software is turning into a memmory hog, making surfing the Net a real pain in the Butt. There isn't but a half dozen processes running, so either the system is dying or web sites are bogging it down, and I just had the hard drive cleaned and the OS (Win. 98SE) reinstalled and updated. I pulled the tower cover off and found that there is a empty slot for another memmory card, but I'm clueless from that point. What kind of memmory cards should I buy? Can I go to a 128 MB to fill the other slot, or should I just replace the old 64 with two 128's? Is there anyplace I can buy DRAM cards? Or can I use SDRAM? Is it difficult to install? I need help. The folks are driving ME batty with THEIR frustration. Thanks for any advise.

A:Installing more RAM for older PC?

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We have a HP Vectra VL6 series 7 computer....
It is 333 mhz....It will go up to 384 ram....we just put in another 128 to bring it up to 192ram....My question is : For looking around on ebay....with only 333 mhz will adding more ram to the max 384, help ebay pages to load any faster?

thank you for your time...

A:More Ram help this older computer?

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I have a pretty old Athlon 800MHz Slot 1 (I think) CPU in an older PC. It's got a small heatsink on one side and a 30mm fan as well. How hot do the old Athlons get? Is it dangerous to run it without a fan, just the heatsink? I want to make the PC as quiet as possible, and the CPU fan is currently the biggest source of noise. If I rid myself of that fan, would the CPU overheat? I'm not overclocking or doing anything resource-intensive; it's mostly just used for IMing and internet surfing. I have an 80mm fan running in the back of the case exhausting air out. If I take off the CPU fan, assuming that's plausible, should I keep that fan like it is, or turn it to suck air in over the CPU?

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I have an older PC that I was wondering if I did a video card upgrade on it, would it support Win 7. The proc is a 32 bit Semperon 2.0 gig, the computer has 2 gigs of ddr ram and an IDE 160 gig HD. There is an optical drive too.
The video card slot is AGP. I was wondering if a Geforce 6200, 512mb 64 bit agp 8x card would run Aero on Windows 7 Ultimate.

Thanks for your time.

A:revive older PC

You should have No Problem

Oldest "Dinosaur" Running Win7

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I downgraded to Windows 2000 due to a slow computer. By default the IE browser is at 5.0, but a lot of the things I am trying to reinstall are saying I need 5.5 or better. I downloaded IE 6, but during setup it stops at the same point every time saying it couldn't download the required components. Is it because I'm going from IE 5 to IE 6? Any suggestions would be appreciated.

A:Older Version of IE?

Did you installed Service Packs 4 yet?

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So I have a desktop that I usually use, and honestly my lappy has just sat under my bed for months and months. My desktop is down right now so I'm using my lappy and realizing it has potential for me to continue using it. I'm slowly but surely rooting out data and files I no longer want (more for space than anything), and of getting it into good running condition.

Right now I have 2 issues:
1. My antivirus will not update its definitions, therefore my computer thinks I have a security issue (which it very well might). I've tried Windows Defender and AVG free, neither have been able to be updated. I'm thinking it's some sort of virus/malware that is preventing the definitions from updating. hoping this is something that could be caught in the DDS/Attach!

2. Generally running slowly. Video playback is very choppy, especially when I start to move the mouse.

Overall, once I got my laptop, I started really not worrying much about this, so I'm sure there's tons of malware that shouldn't be on here. I'm hoping you guys don't mind helping! You've always been very helpful in the past!

I'm running Windows Vista Home Premium (32-bit) with SP 1.

DDS (Ver_2012-11-20.01) - NTFS_x86
Internet Explorer: 7.0.6001.18639 BrowserJavaVersion: 10.65.2
Run by Chris at 17:51:09 on 2016-02-15
Microsoft? Windows Vista? Home Premium 6.0.6001.1.1252.1.1033.18.2045.730 [GMT -5:00]
AV: AVG AntiVirus Free Edition *Enabled/Outdated* {4D41356F-32AD-7C42-C820-63775EE4F413}
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A:Older Laptop trying to Fix it up

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Please download AdwCleaner from here and save it to your desktop.Run AdwCleaner and select Scan
Once the Scan is done, select Cleaning
Once done it will ask to reboot, please allow the reboot.
On reboot, a log will be produced. It can also be found at C:\AdwCleaner\AdwCleaner[C#].txt
Please copy/paste the contents of the log in your next reply.

Please download Farbar Recovery Scan Tool and save it to your desktop.Double-click to run it. When the tool opens click Yes to the disclaimer.
Make sure the Addition.txt button is ticked.
Press Scan button.
It will make a log (FRST.txt) in the same directory the tool is run. Please copy and paste it to your reply.
The first time the tool is run, it also makes another log (Addition.txt). Please attach it to your reply.

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I have been facing a few problems with the older UT(not 2003)
I am mot able to save the games.
Can some one please explain why this is happenning ?
THanks in advance for the help

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hello,,,I have an older dell laptop,pentium800mhtz 128 ram,,I am looking for a good rpg to play on it in my travels...I have nwn but its really slow and lags alot...I like the ff type games...anyone know of some good rpg's that will run good on the resources i have?? BTW, nwn is an awesome game and plays well on my pc

A:rpg+older laptop

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Iíve tried to install XP PRO on a new 40G HD for the owner of an older Gateway box.. The Gateway mobo is E139761 with Phoenix BIOS 4 - Release 6 and a Pent. II - 400. This is my first full install as Iíve only done upgrades to this point. I did the install into the 40 G HD in a XP PRO machine with it as a slave.

(Do I have to point out that Iím green to many of the following steps? --- probably not after that lastÖ)

I chose to use NTFS because of itís benefits under XP not knowing if it would run in the Gateway box. Itís presently running under 98se. When I tried to boot it with the new HD I got aĒ OS not detected cmd ď. I had no trouble booting it back with the old HD and 98se. Do you have an idea why XP wasnít detected. It worked fine in the machine I used load it. Another new quirk is I now have a screen after the BIOS screen on the loading machine that asks which XP PROFESSIONAL I want to use, with the XP PROFESSIONAL line stacked twice one under the other and directions to use the arrow keys to select - with one of them highlighted and a timer similar to the choice screen you get when you go to SAFE mode. Drive0 is selected by choosing the lower line and if I mount the new 40G in the Drive1 position and choose the upper line then I will get the XP PRO on that drive which works fine.

Can I get the 40 G drive with XP PRO to work in the Gateway box some other way. How do I get rid of the choice screen on the loader machine. BTB itís using AMI BIOS V7 on a K7S... Read more

A:Can I run XP PRO in an older Gateway box?

Firstly, never try to install XP on a PC that was not used to load it, unless both PC's are identical in hardware. This causes the wrong chipset drivers to load and is almost always fatal. If it does boot it will probably crash to prevent hardware damage to the chipset.

Secondly, that is probably below the minimum "useable" specifications as regards the CPU. As long as it has at least 128 MB of RAM it will run. Well, more like walk, really.

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I would like to add the Adaptec 2-Port USB 2.0 PCI Card to my system so I can take full advantage of my Canon Printer which has a 2.0 input slot.

Presently, I'm using a Belkin hub to connect all of my USB 1.1 accessories to the USB slot on the computer.

The salesperson at the local CompUSA store told me that the current hub will work for 2.0, all I have to do is buy the 2.0 PCI card. The hub was purchased before 2.0 become common (doesn't indicate anything about USB 2.0 in the instructions), but the person was adamant that it would pass the 2.0 data rate with no problem. I'd like to do that to save having to buy longer (10 foot) cables to reach the PCI slot on the computer case.

Can you confirm this method will work?

A:USB 2.0 work with older hub?

The salesman is full of it, no surprise there. That hub most certainly will NOT pass data in excess of the 12mbit rate of USB 1.1, though it'll work fine at that speed on a USB 2.0 connection.

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Not really a gaming type problem but wanted to know if anyone knows if games like Deus Ex, Quake II, Quake III, All Half-Life games and add ons, System Shock II and some other games along those lines will work under WIndows XP.
A few others I question are the Pro Pinball Series from Empire Interactive ( Timeshock, The Web, Fantastic Journey.
From what I have seen of XP looks good but then if any of these can't be played under XP, is there a way to correct this?
Thanks for any help on this question.

A:Older games with XP?

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I bought a second-hand IBM Aptiva 350 with a 486 Intel and Windows 95. It has 32 MB RAM, 75% free space on drive C, 95% free on drive D, it says 90% of system resources are free, but it runs incredibly slow. It had alot of software which I couldn't use because I needed the disks, so I put all unecessary programs in the recycle bin, but it had no effect. When I loaded the AOL 7 CD, it installed AOL 3. AOL tech support says it does that when the system doesn't have the right requirements. The computer I have currently has a 300 Mhz Cyrix processor with Windows 95 and works just fine with AOL 7. I have no idea what is causing the IBM to act so slowly. Would reinstalling Windows 95 help or should I just forget the whole thing? Surely some parts must be salvageable?

A:Older IBM too slow

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I use an 32 bit motherboard and plan to purchase a new SSD drive. Since Windows 7 and the other drives were configured for IDE, I can't change to AHCI because that's disastrous, possibly fatal (I tried). Can I use the new SSD with IDE?

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A friend gave me an older model HP Pavilion tower. How can I reformat this to get the intent working on it

A:Reformatting a older hp

@Hillbilly69, welcome to the forum. When requesting help you should always include the make/model (i.e. p6-xxxx) of the computer and/or monitor. This information is necessary for us to review the specifications of them.  Here is a guide to help you find the model.  Please do not provide the Serial Number.

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I figure since the holiday season is coming along, I should do some upgrades on my primary computer so it will last another year or so before I need to completely rehaul it. I want to upgrade the RAM on my Hp Pavilion 522c up to 1Ghz but I've already seen the end result of my roommate just blindly buying RAM. It resulted in about a month without a computer because his Hp would not reboot and he had to send it back to the factory to be repaired. I can't take that risk. Will this RAM, http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicat...ails.asp?EdpNo=576571&Sku=U10-1904&CatId=147, work? Is there a cheaper alternative?
I am not a serious gamer but I want to be able to run a decent game every now and then. I hope to update my graphics card soon as well but as of right now, I mostly use my computer for academic purposes that include audio editing and other memory intensive tasks.

The manual basically amounts to: "DDR DIMMs must be 184-pin unbuffered DDR SDRAM

Here is extremely rudimentary spec sheet if that helps: http://h20015.www2.hp.com/en/document.jhtml?lc=en&docName=bph07567

A:Upgrading the RAM on an older Hp

I'd recommend that you find out what brand was used by HP in that machine, then buy that brand. If you are completely replacing your RAM, go to Crucial.com, they have an excellent selection of RAM that is approved for use in various brands of PCs. Just look up your PC by model, they will tell you what you need. Crucial is by far the best in terms of quality and service.

If all else fails, contact HP, they will be happy to sell you some overpriced RAM that will work.

Whatever you do, DO NOT MIX RAM BRANDS, nothing good can come of it.

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I have an JVC DVF31U camcorder I have long since lost the driver disc. Does anyone know where I can get them back without paying millions of $ to JVC for.

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So I have a desktop that I usually use, and honestly my lappy has just sat under my bed for months and months. My desktop is down right now so I'm using my lappy and realizing it has potential for me to continue using it. I'm slowly but surely rooting out data and files I no longer want (more for space than anything), and of getting it into good running condition.

Right now I have 2 issues:
1. My antivirus will not update its definitions, therefore my computer thinks I have a security issue (which it very well might). I've tried Windows Defender and AVG free, neither have been able to be updated. I'm thinking it's some sort of virus/malware that is preventing the definitions from updating. hoping this is something that could be caught in the DDS/Attach!

2. Generally running slowly. Video playback is very choppy, especially when I start to move the mouse.

Overall, once I got my laptop, I started really not worrying much about this, so I'm sure there's tons of malware that shouldn't be on here. I'm hoping you guys don't mind helping! You've always been very helpful in the past!

I'm running Windows Vista Home Premium (32-bit) with SP 1.

DDS (Ver_2012-11-20.01) - NTFS_x86
Internet Explorer: 7.0.6001.18639 BrowserJavaVersion: 10.65.2
Run by Chris at 17:51:09 on 2016-02-15
Microsoft? Windows Vista? Home Premium 6.0.6001.1.1252.1.1033.18.2045.730 [GMT -5:00]
AV: AVG AntiVirus Free Edition *Enabled/Outdated* {4D41356F-32AD-7C42-C820-63775EE4F413}
SP: Wi... Read more

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I have this older unsupported version of OWP. Recently a glitch arose while printing checks.
I can print a check or a series of checks but once I click "OK" I get an error message. Asks me
to ignore it but no matter what response I give it closes out the program and exits.
The checks print fine, they are recorded fine but its annoying that the program simply tosses me out
whenever I have to make a check run.

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My mother in law just got a new computer with Vista, her old printer has a parallel cable, not a USB. The new computer only takes the USB, is there an adapter that will allow me to hook her parallel into something that goes to a USB or does she have to buy a new printer?

A:Using an older printer

There are parallel-to-USB adapters, and I've used them, but results have been inconsistent. I've never used one with Vista, and I suspect there would be more problems with such a device than with XP. Aside from the adapter, you still need Windows Vista drivers for the printer. If it's so old as to not use USB, it's doubtful drivers exist.

A new printer would be a better, more reliable solution. There are very good, cheap printers available now.

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I'm considering buying a new laptop but they all come with windows XP. I would prefer using windows 98 on the laptop. Can I do this, and if I do will everything on it work correctly? Thanks

A:New laptop - Older OS?

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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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I am looking into purchasing an older laptop and was hoping to get a little insight first. I don't have much money for it and all I generally would use it for is surfing the net. I'm not a gamer. The asking price is $200. I used Belarc to gather all the info and it is listed below.

If the asking price is too much please give me an idea of what is more reasonable.


Operating System
Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2 (build 2600) Hewlett-Packard HP Pavilion dv1000 (PR428UA#ABA) Rev 1

Enclosure Type: Notebook
Processor a Main Circuit Board b
1.70 gigahertz Intel Pentium M
64 kilobyte primary memory cache
2048 kilobyte secondary memory cache Board: Quanta 09B8 34.20
Bus Clock: 100 megahertz
BIOS: Hewlett-Packard F.12 11/08/2004
Drives Memory Modules c,d
160.03 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
156.78 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space


(Brand New) Hitachi HTS541616J9AT00 [Hard drive] (160.04 GB) -- drive 0, s/n SB044CCJE8N2WD, rev SB4OA70H, SMART Status: Healthy 480 Megabytes Installed Memory

Slot 'J5G3' has 256 MB
Slot 'J5G2' has 256 MB
Local Drive Volumes

c: (NTFS on drive 0) 160.03 GB 156.78 GB free

A:Older LapTop

Have a look on eBay for a similar spec
I'd say that the asking wasn't unreasonable but I'm in the UK so unsure of what things generally go for in the US

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I have an old Win2k machine. I'm trying to get it to perform at it's best again. Mainly because it used to run video files in media player just fine, but now everything lags and skips. I want to make sure all bad stuff is gone before I upgrade the hardware. Thank you for your time.Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1Scan saved at 2:29:45 AM, on 12/5/2005Platform: Windows 2000 SP4 (WinNT 5.00.2195)MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)Running processes:C:\WINNT\System32\smss.exeC:\WINNT\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINNT\system32\services.exeC:\WINNT\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINNT\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINNT\system32\spoolsv.exeC:\WINNT\System32\CTsvcCDA.EXEC:\WINNT\System32\svchost.exeC:\WINNT\System32\GEARSEC.EXEC:\PROGRA~1\Symantec\NORTON~1\GHOSTS~2.EXEC:\Program Files\Ahead\InCD\InCDsrv.exeC:\PROGRA~1\Iomega\System32\AppServices.exeC:\WINNT\system32\regsvc.exeC:\WINNT\system32\MSTask.exeC:\WINNT\system32\stisvc.exeC:\Program Files\Belkin Bulldog Plus\upsd.exeC:\WINNT\System32\WBEM\WinMgmt.exeC:\WINNT\System32\MsPMSPSv.exeC:\WINNT\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINNT\System32\ZipToA.exeC:\Program Files\Iomega\AutoDisk\ADService.exeC:\WINNT\E... Read more

A:Hjt Log From An Older Computer

Hi sorakirei and Welcome to the Bleeping Computer!The HijackThis log doesnt show anything malicious.Lets have a deeper look.Download WinPFind: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/files/winpfind.phpRight Click the Zip Folder and Select "Extract All"Don't use it yetReboot into SAFE MODE(Tap F8 when restarting)Here is a link on how to boot into Safe Mode:http://service1.symantec.com/SUPPORT/tsgen...src=sec_doc_namFrom the WinPFind folder-> Doubleclick WinPFind.exe and Click "Start Scan"It will scan the entire System, so please be patientOne you see "Scan Complete"-> a log (WinPFind.txt) will be automatically generated in the WinPFind folderRestart Normal and have the PC Scanned here: Panda Active ScanYou will need to be using Internet Explorer for the Scan to workSave the Report it generatesPost back with a fresh HijackThis log and the reports from WinPFind and Panda

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About to install XP for first time - chosen board is MSI 6330 minus the onboard audio.
My question is if bios has never been updated, will XP install on original bios from
2001 or thereabouts? First option if 6330 is non XP friendly is an Aopen AX34. Will
I run into same potential problem with that board??


A:XP and older boards

XP Created in 2002 so Bios/Motherboard from 2001 will work but the Bios itself if much older and it will work..

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