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    Windows XP SP/2/3 Pentium 4 Intel P4 3.0GHZ PRESCOTT ASUSP4S800-MX MOTHERBOARD RAM 2048MB WESTERN DIGITAL 7200RPM SONY 3.5 FLOPPY DRIVE 80GB HARD DRIVE LITEON DVD+/-R/RW 16XBURNERDUAL LAYER Billion Wireless-G ADSL Router Broadband is 512/128 120GB Internal removable Seagate Barracuda HD for Ghost 10 backup. Plus Intel(R)Core(TM)Duo CPU [email protected] GHz 2048GB RAM 100HD +80GB External HD for Acronis 10 backup Windows XP/SP2/3
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  1. Hi 'ruby2zday, To simplify your post and question contained in it I would suggest for safe and reliable backup Ghost 12 image and Aronis True image software. Both are relatively simple to operate with external removable HD backup once weekly with incremental backups daily when your system changes over 500MB downloads. I run both - Ghost on my PC and Acronis on this Laptop. Have proven they work by buying new HD and using the recovery opton to the new HD.....all worked very well. ___________________ Regarding your question about startup running processes and start up items. Go to start>run>type in MISCONFIG>startup tab and untick all but your Antivirus program. Reboot and see if your computer starts up more quickly. You can enable any later on if you find you need them. Then do the same and click on the startup tab and there you can identify programs you do not want at startup and disable them one by one and reboot to see how you go. You can also go to My Computer>manage>services and application in the left pane>system tools in the right pane, broaden the box by dragging down on the left hand corner and see all the automatic, disabled, and manual programs on your computer. If you want more help in how to change these please post back. A Happy New Year to you also and thank you for posting back with your success and smile.
  2. Hi rkcypher, Here is another site I was helping with of latter months that maybe some help to you. As Microsoft is most likely holidaying as we all are thought it maybe good reading for you and you may come across something that would assist you with WU from it. http://forums.cnet.com/5208-6620_102-0.htm...threadID=262366 good luck.
  3. Hi and sorry you are still having a problem with your WU. Try the following site for the moment. I am researching more for your problem and will get back as soon as I can with I hope more help for you. http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=943144 Post back and let us know how you are going please. Kind regards, Please also try the following site from CC and see if that helps you. http://www.castlecops.com/t106642-How_To_F...wly_Edited.html
  4. Hi rkcypher,W Have you completed all the TechExpress tips in you PCPitstop scan? When you have if things are no better I would post a HJT log to the correct forum on this site to see if you have any malware. You could also try the following to correct any problems with your Windows Updates. Step 1: Verify that your computer's date and time are accurate and that Internet Explorer language option is not empty. To check the language setting in Internet Explorer: 1. Click "Tools" and then choose "Internet Options" 2. Click the lanuage button 3. Make sure at least one language is listed in the "Language Options" dialog. When checking your date (including the year) and time, also check the Internet Time and Time Zone. Double click on the date/time in the notification/system tray area (near the clock) select Internet Time Tab and then select update now. If it's not already checked, check automatically synchronize with an internet Time Server - WinXP. Step 2: Also check these settings: 1. Tools>Internet Options> Advanced 2. Scroll down to the Security Settings. 3. Make sure that the two boxes are checked that say "Enable SSL 2" or "Enable SSL 3". 4. Uncheck "Check for server certificate revocation". Step 3: Also delete Temporary Internet Files 1. Tools>Internet Options >General 2. Under Temporary Internet files, click Delete Files, Clck OK Step 4: 1. Tools> Internet Options > Security Click Trusted sites, click Default level. Click the sites button and clear the checkbox "Require server verification" (http:) for all sites in this zone." Now add the following: http://*.windowsupdate.microsoft.com https://*.windowsupdate.microsoft.com http://download.windowsupdate.com If required, reboot and try Windows Update again. If still no success, have a look at the following links for more clues. _________________________________________ Further information: You have mentioned error code notifications, but this information is valuable just the same if you ever were to bump into these problems. Error 0x800A138F http://www3.telus.net/dandemar/0x800a138f.htm The aim here is to help you solve this 0x800A138F problem and have you updating your Windows XP Professional or Home Edition computer as soon as possible. http://updatexp.com/0x800A138F Windows Update has encountered an error and cannot display the requested page. http://www.petri.co.il/wu_problems_800a138f.htm 0x800A138F _________________________________________ Make sure you haven't got anything blocking Windows Update like Nortons, Zonealarm etc Also make sure you don't have a Web Accelerator working in the backgound such as Net Zero HiSpeed Speedband etc Clear out your temporary internet cache Try a reboot and then try WU again. Are there any specific error codes that you do see? At what point does it continue when checking for the latest software, or when checking for updates? Still no joy, then try Renaming the SoftwareDistribution folder Click START, Choose Run In the Run box, type "services.msc. " (without the quotes) Click OK Right click the Automatic Updates service, Click stop. Stopping the service will take a moment. Rename the "SoftwareDistribution" folder : a. Click Start, click Run, type "%systemroot%" (without the quotes" and then click OK. b. Right click the SoftwareDistribution folder, and then click Rename c. Type SoftwareDistribution.old, and then press ENTER to rename this folder. Click START Choose Run In the Run box, type "services.msc." without the quotes" Click OK Right -click the Automatic Updates service Click Start. Starting the service will take a moment. Reboot if appropriate and try WU again. Note when you rename the SoftwareDistribution folder - you will loose your history but not important. _______________________________________________ By going through the above (supplied from a Microsoft Newsgroup exchange) you should correct your problem and allow you to download and install WU's again. Good Luck and don't hesitate to post back if you have a further question. Post back if you need more help.
  5. Hi 'rkcypher', I would suggest you follow all but one of the tuneup tips in you TechExpress link above. Unless you are having issues with your Drivers do not at this point in time Update outdated device drivers Following all the above tips will take you sometime, post back if you need more help. kind regards,
  6. Hi rkcypher, I have been looking back over your post which does not seem to be resolved. Have you still got your problems? If so try the advice below and see if that helps. kind regards, ________________________________________________________ Please Run the PCPitstop Full Tests, here: http://www.pcpitstop.com Note: Vista users with UAC must first Right-click IE - Select "Run as Administrator" Register and create a password Accept the ActiveX component to allow your machine to run the Full Tests Registering and accepting the ActiveX are both SAFE and FREE. Full Tests is the first item in the left hand column of that page. The Full Tests take less than 5 minutes for most machines. Once you have your Results, please post the TechExpress Link back here into this thread for review. TechExpress is the last item on the list in the yellow box in upper right area of any Results page. Post the entire URL link information back here into this Forum thread. Note: Vista users, please close your instance of IE "Rrunning as Administrator" after you are finished reviewing your Results. Caution: During the testing of Video Adapter, a variety of patterns, shapes, colors and text are “flashed” onto the users monitor screen. In the many thousands of daily uses of the PCPitstop Full Tests over several years, two individuals who suffer epilepsy experienced discomfort and temporary dizziness when viewing the flashing patterns. If you know that you are susceptible to photo driven seizure, please look away from your screen during the Video Adapter testing sequence. ____________________________________ Backup/archive/copy To be on the safe side I strongly recommend that before doing anything at all you check that your back up/archive/copy of all your important data, drivers, files, settings, work, etc is 100% up to date accurate and reproducible, (even if your back up is even only a day or so out of date, it's worth updating it now.) Also don't forget to check that you have all your application Installation CD's to hand together with the product keys (including those for Windows itself) ____________________________________ Windows Protected System File Checker SFC Start>Run type: sfc /scannow (note the space between the c /) Have your Win XP installation disc handy as if damaged files are found they will need to be copied across from your disc, if SFC can't find correct copies elsewhere. Windows XP Installation disc not available or wrong Service Pack ie SP1 when SP2 is needed There are work- arounds to this problem but the easiest, by far is to borrow one and use that. It is perfectly OK to do this, for the purposes of running SFC,and if you ask around all your friends, you are likely to find someone who will be able to help you out.
  7. Thanks Mouse for that explanation. The reason I was asking FJ2007 the two questions in my last post to him is his situation could not happen to me. I run an Internal Removable Seagate Barracuda E:\ Drive for Ghost images with incremental backups if 500MB downloads are exceeded with one full image backup each week. I have done a test run putting a new HD into my tower and restoring from the E:\Drive (Ghost Backup Drive) onto the new HD and was up and running in 10 minutes or so. I was not knowledged regarding your explanation so that is what was confusing me. and hence the two questions. The answer from FJ2007 was negative so I now agree and understand that you are completely right in your explanation to him. He has lost the lot. Sad but true - thank you for taking the time to also teach me more about earlier Ghost Software. A Happy Festive Season to you and your family. kind regards,
  8. Let me first say this, I respect Mouse's expertize and information in the post to you HOWEVER A question to you 'FJ2007' 1) Have you got a internal removable HD soley for your Ghost Backup images? OR 2) Are the backup images on a partition on your C:\Drive assuming that is the drive you restored to factory condition. Please reply and then I will take it from there.
  9. Hi 'FJ2007' and Welcome to The Pit, Here are the system requirements for Picasa I see you are running Windows 98 which is not compatible with Picasa. Read this site particularly the second para where "Joe" has answered the post of "Irving S" Post back if you need more help.
  10. Right click on your External Drive in My Computer (Maxtor one touch II external drive) and find where all the backups are saved. How many MB's or if alot, GB's of backups are saved? Delete most of them except the most recent ones to free up the drive. At this point in time don't delete Retrospect HD Express or you will be without software to run your backups.... What size is your C:\Drive? What size is your Maxtor one touch II external drive. Clean up your My Documents folder of data you no longer use. What Antispyware and Antivirus software are you running and are the definitions up to date? Empty your temporary internet folder by doing the following: Start>all programs>accessories>systemtools>diskcleanup and follow the promps. Post back to tell us how you are going. I forgot to welcome you also to The Pit. All my popups and advertising are stopped so in case yours are also here are the steps to take Drovers Dog's great advice in doing a Pitstop test.
  11. Some time ago, IntelGuy tried really hard to get my email notifications to work for me. It was intermittent after his attempt. I had a go at it about a week ago, changing the email contact address in My Controls and it has worked ever since. I changed to my yahoo email address from my private email address. Working fine for me now.
  12. If it aint broke don't fix it - I learned that on here and WTT forums. Some of my drivers are 2001, (New Driver Update Scan told me that) but I have no issues so am leaving well alone. Just my opinion only
  13. The thing about PCPitstop that really annoys me is the fact that you offer a Free Driver Scan and then when you go to update the drivers, you have to pay to do it. I just go to my manufacturers website and update them for free as I should be able to do. Again a less computer literate person would fall for that and pay for drivers they do not have to buy. Yes, it is all about making money unfortunately, but give us a break. If the scan is free let the updates be free.
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