[QUOTE=Jargenis;1090826]Comp: HP Laptop
OS: Windows xp Media Center

I have the recovery on disk's (So can bring back to factory setting whenever.)

There is a 12 Gig partition for recovery on HD, I have 32 gig left of HD space. Should I get rid of the partition and just hope the the disk's hold up? Comp is 5 years old, so most likely going to be getting a new one within the next 2-4 years, if this lasts till then.

Thanks in advanced for your comments.[/QUOTE]

Just get yourself another HDD, like a 20 or 40 Gb, and slave it for whatever you were going to use the recovery partition for and leave the recovery partition alone, it's there for a reason.

Hello Jen,

Through your vigilant attempt to rid your ailing PC, I doubt that you will be able to clean it 100% and without having some sort of problem in the future, especially with XP.
If it were my PC, I would back up all important data, photos, music, etc: to disc or another HDD, if you know of anyone with a XP Home CD, see if you can borrow it and do a fresh/clean install, reformatting the HDD (just remember to use your product key). This method will ensure a virus/trouble free OS.
Download and copy to disc XPSP2 or 3 and make sure you do the install disconnected from the internet, this will prevent any install hang-ups, then install all your anti-virus and spyware programs.
Reconnect to the internet and reboot if necessary to obtain any further updates and validate XP.

Good luck


Try this, it's works pretty good;


DDoerschuk commented: Adamsappleone did an excellent job of recommending a utility to fix my problem. Thank you! +0

[QUOTE=chuckc;1077067]How much memory is needed for Vista and Windows 7? For most business apps, XP runs with less than 1GB and satisfactorily with 1GB. Businesses, and probably schools, that have a large number of computers can't easily upgrade software until all their computers have been upgraded to meet the requirements of the newer operating system. Then there is the matter of older printers, scanners, etc. Not all of the older peripherals have drivers for Vista and Windows 7. I'm not defending XP either, but sometimes businesses, schools, and even government agencies are slow to upgrade. Does anyone know when airport radar systems stopped using vacuum tubes?[/QUOTE]

These are minimum requirements;

To install and run the core functionality of Windows Vista, you need:
An 800 MHz processor
512 MB of RAM
A 20 GB hard drive with 15 GB of free space

If you want to run Windows 7 on your PC, here's what it takes:
1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver

As far as Radar goes, vacuum tubes are still used in some radar systems today.

If you're upgrading from Intel to Intel or AMD to AMD, you shouldn't have a problem. Just do the change and start your machine, your OS will pick up the new hardware and install as needed.

If in the event, you do need to re-activate, (which I doubt, I have done it many times) just follow caperjack's suggestion about calling M$ and they should issue another key.

"It is better to be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt." (variant) 'Proverbs' 17:28.

[QUOTE]Installation of XP Pro begins but at first reboot the installation process starts all over again rather than picking up from where it left off.[/QUOTE]

I now recall having a similar instance of this.
Try this; At the first reboot as the screen goes blank, remove the CD from the DVD drive and let it continue to reboot, it should pick up where it left off and at some point will ask you to insert the CD to continue the installation.

cbusen commented: thanks, sorry for taking so long to give you some points +1

[QUOTE]Listed below is a directory of DLL files and EXE files, including Windows system processes and tasks, known system files, and various spyware and adware files. Clicking each file name will identify the purpose of any of the files listed in this directory.[/QUOTE]


Good reference to bookmark

Try using your Xp Disc and do a "Repair Install" this will keep your files intact.

Descriptions and Fixes of Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) crash errors;



Once you've clicked on the link, click on the image to enlarge.
Thanks goes to Sonic84 for a great chart.

See if this answers your question


Thad commented: It looks like in addition to 7.5 and 14 I will have to have 2003. +0

I'm running Win 7 Ultimate RC x86 & x64 and the only driver I needed was Silicon Image SATA/Raid Controller (add-in card) which I had to install during installation in order for Windows to recognize my drives, you won't have that problem with your onboard SATA.
All the other drivers you had mentioned Windows 7 has them.
You can always update to the manufacturer drivers once you're up and running.

I have often wondered why is it that Linux users love to bash Windows.
There are members on other forums that even go out of their way to do so, yet I haven't seen the opposite.
I'm a Windows user and have been for 12 years, started with Windows 98. Have built 3 computers for myself in the last 5 years and never had any problems that I couldn't immediately remedy with any of them. All 3 are still in use.
I have tried Ubuntu and Open[I]SUSE[/I] and I found them a little difficult, installing what I wanted and generally getting familiarized with the system.
I prefer Windows and just because I think Windows is better, I don't go around bashing Linux. Users Preference.
I usually stick to the basics, [B]"If it ain't broke, don't fix it"[/B] and that's usually what get's Windows users in trouble.
I could also post a long list of problems Linux users face and the same applies here too.
You take any computer, any OS and run it as is, you won't have any problems. As soon as you tinker with it, well, we all know the outcome.
[B]"A computer is only infallible as it's user."[/B]
For what it's worth, thought I'd add my 2cents.

jbennet commented: agreed +0

Here you will find a list of 77 "Beginners Guides" for Windows and Linux.
There are many other useful tips and guides.

Bookmark and enjoy.


Replying to an old post.
Here is an excellent, [B][I]Free[/I][/B] program to recover accidentally deleted files;


Carmy commented: Thanks for Recuva. I trust ccleaner so I expect recuva to be just as trustworthy. +1


If I'm not mistaken, you have to take [B]ownership[/B] of the [B]folders[/B], you need access to, this will show you how;

For XP

You want clean looking desktop icons, then get rid of the arrow overlay.
Works for Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 32-bit Versions


In "msconfig" startup, you have disabled items that you didn't need and/or didn't want starting with Windows and want to get rid of them.