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    Compaq Presario-80GB HDD-Celeron D 2.93MHz.1024 MB RAM-WinXP Pro Acer Travel Mate laptop-40GB HDD-Celeron M-1.4GHz-512MB RAM-WinXP Pro
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  1. Great advice nigsy! In my case Kurt, I was unable to find a Win7 installation disc so I bought a lappie with an OEM Win7 preinstalled. I find it very similar to Vista. I ran the Win7 upgrader on my desktop but found it too expensive to upgrade & that is why I am thinking of changing the O/S to Linux. I plan to run XP on it for a bit after April/14 as there is nothing of value on the machine like passwords, pictures, etc.. These are aither burned to a CD or are on an external HDD. Also, I have SP3 & all Windows Updates burned on CD should I have to do a format & clean inst
  2. Thanks for the concern Juliet but I got me a nice little "Armstrong heater" that keeps me nice & warm as long as I don't go outside. Regards, Hawk "Cold in the North woods"
  3. Great post Juliet & others who added to it. I am running XP Pro on this machine but also have a live Linux disc as well. I have a dual boot on my old lappie with Linux Mint & Win XP Pro. My other lappie is running Win 7 Home Premium. Before April 2014, I may install Linux on the desktop I am using now. Not sure yet if I will make it dual boot or just run Linux. Regards, Hawk "Cold in the North woods"
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    Windows Update

    This may not be new to a lot of XP Users but it worked for me. I was having a problem updating XP Pro at Windows Update as well as the Automatic Updates. At WU, it kept telling me that the ActiveX wasn't installed & there was no option to install it. The Automatic Updates kept running svchost.exe & maxing out my CPU so I had to shut both down. I used a work-around to find out what updates were missing by using Belarc Advisor. Once I found them, I started manually downloading & installing them. There were quite a few. I would check with WU every now & then & at one point
  5. Hi josetpaul, I just did a quick Google....have a look & see if there is anything that will help here: https://www.google.ca/search?q=IE8+WinXP+X86&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&channel=np&source=hp&gws_rd=cr&ei=0YKFUrfpOeeuyQH9x4EI Regards, Hawk Do you have SP 3 installed?
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    Thanks Humblemoon...very interesting....now I can see if my plane in still in the sky. I have a few other programs that I didn't list but I thought I would list a couple of Sites instead. One of the Sites I like best for freeware is http://www.freewarefiles.com/ . One of the Sites I detest is http://en.softonic.com/ because they insist on using their own downloader which is full of "Crapware". When I first started using WinXP, I didn't care for a desktop full of icons or the quick launch toolbar next to the Start button so I devised my own. It also worked in Vista & now I find, e
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    I use a variety of small utilities on XP & I believe most worked with Vista (When I had it) & I have tried a few on Win7 without a problem. Have a look & see what you think. SIW (System Information for Windows): http://www.gtopala.com/ Is a stand-alone utility & is portable. Atlantis Nova: http://www.atlantiswordprocessor.com/en/nova.htm Is a word processor if you don't want a whole suite. Auto Sizer: http://www.southbaypc.com/autosizer/ This utility will resize pages to fit the Window. Boot Safe: http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/Boot-Manager-Disk/BootSafe
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    Appears you are correct TomK...it was TFC not ATF. I rever used TFC before & it made me wonder at the time why she would ask a User to D/L & run ATF. I never found it that good when I first found it quite awhile ago. My apologies..... Regards, Hawk
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    Should let Jacee know TomK...I read in one of her posts where she suggested a User to download it. Thanks for the update...Good to know. Regards, Hawk PS...Think I will give TFC a try.
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    I believe that next to protection, maintenance of your computer comes in second. If you don't maintain your computer, you will find it starting to get slower & slower. (See thread-Amazing). The following is a list of disk cleaners & defraggers & some programs have multi-tools besides these ...most notably registry cleaners. If you run one, please make sure that the program has a Backup/Restore function or it will set a System Restore point. The Disk Cleaners & Defraggers are pretty well straight forward. (I know...NOT for Linux Peeps ). CCleaner or Crap Cleaner is a disk c
  11. Hi nanibear, I don't run Win8 but your update to 8.1 could have caused it. Did you check to see if Vipre is compatatible with 8.1? Also, is it a retail program & if so, did you contact Sunbelt? If it is not, in XP I have done the old uninstall/reinstall trick that sometimes works. Just a suggestion... Regards, Hawk
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    I thought that today it would be good to post some backup programs so I am listing a few I have used: Driver Forge is a driver tool: http://www.freewarefiles.com/DriverForge_program_43369.html Driver Booster will check drivers on your system & provide updated downloads: http://www.iobit.com/driver-booster.php Double Driver is a backup/restore program: http://www.boozet.org/dd.htm Paragon Backup is a full system, partition & drive backup/restore plus will provide a boot disc: http://www.paragon-software.com/home/br-free/ caintry_boy has a backup program for Win 7 which I
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    KurtBleach asked that these be posted here: I won't be posting in it since I'm pretty sure it's close to 10 years since I ran Windows, but I'll throw a few things out in here. Antivirus: AVG http://free.avg.com/ca-en/homepage Firewall: ZoneAlarm http://www.zonealarm.com/security/en-us/zonealarm-pc-security-free-firewall.htm Media Player: Winamp http://www.winamp.com/media-player/all Regards, Hawk
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