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    Processor: 2.67 ghz Intel Core2 Duo Board: Dell Inc. 0RY007 A01 BIOS: Dell Inc. 1.0.15 06/20/2008 Memory: 4 GB HD: 500 GB DVDRW installed
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  1. Of course the version I have doesn't come with the xp emulator. I'll try the virtual machine trick you mentioned. I'm wondering though, can I move things, like copy and paste, between the two operating systems? Or do they basically ignore each other? Do they each need an antivirus installed, or will the one on 7 scan both?
  2. Hi nigsy- Thanks for the feedback. I know that should the drive fail I'd need to completely reinstall (Tis a pain, for sure). I'm just saying that I've been told by friends and colleagues that "you already have a backup of windows - on your hard drive!" i.e. the i386 folder and the reinstall options that xp offers. So I was making the point that yes, that's doable but not if the hard drive goes bad. Hence my desire to have a copy of the os on a disk separate from the hd should I encounter this problem again. You also confirmed what I hoped would be the case - that is, remove all
  3. Can someone please tell me how to make a backup of the operating system in Windows 7? It didn't come with a disk and apparently this is something I'm supposed to do myself, but how? I did something last night that required 4 DVDs(?) but how do I make sure that's what I've done? I'm also concerned about this recovery partition... I'm thinking worst-case scenerio here, wherein I have to completely reinstall everything. With my XP computers when I had a bad virus I'd remove the hard drive, put it in an enclosure, save my pics & docs and reformat it completely. Then I'd put it back i
  4. Another big THANK YOU to all who have responded. Based om your info I've decided that I'll leave 7 installed but set up the VM software/tweak the settings so at least it looks like XP. One thing I definitely want to do though is to reinstall 7 to get rid of all the "extras" that came pre-installed on the computer. If this were XP I'd know what to do, but it isn't and I don't. So, I'm once again asking for help. How do I do a fresh install of windows 7?
  5. Oh, one other thing... Even if I do stick with 7 I'd like to do a reinstall to get rid of the bloatware that came pre-installed on the computer. How would I do this?
  6. Thank you all for the responses. I didn't think it would be easy to switch operating systems but it seems like this will be a real pain, much more so than I anticipated. I understand that support for xp will end, but how soon are we talking about? My response to why I want to go back to xp still holds true, but there are other factors that I didn't mention. This laptop is meant for my mom - an older lady that's finally gotten the hang of clicking on the start button to find programs. I regularly get calls asking how to do the most basic things. If I don't know how to use the so
  7. Hi Nigsy- I want to go back to XP because windows 7 just makes no sense to me. At all. I can't find anything, my software won't run on the machine, and it just seems very counter-intuitive for someone who's used to XP. For example, where's the "My Computer" icon? I'm sure it sounds silly to someone who's comfortable with computers but I feel like I've finally gotten a handle on XP and 7 is like a whole other world... worse than a mac even. There have got to be other people out there like me who feel the same way...
  8. Hi everyone- I'm hoping the experts on here can help with my dilemma. I just purchased a new laptop with Windows 7 installed, but I would like to reformat the drive and install XP instead. So my questions are... 1. How do I save Windows 7 so that it can be reinstalled at a later date if/when I choose to do so? 2. How do I reformat/prepare the drive for XP? And 3. Should I choose to reinstall 7 what would be involved? While I feel very comfortable using XP, I have no experience with Windows 7 so I don't even know where to start or how to find the most basic things.
  9. Hi again Stormy13- I just went into the bios and sure enough, it was exactly as you described. I saw the AC97 Audio listed and it was on Auto. I didn't touch the setting and just backed out of the bios. The question is, what now? I don't know that my friend ever uses HDMI audio associated with the video card. Is there a way to disable this component of the video card? <--- perplexed
  10. Hi Stormy13- I've investigated your suggestions but no luck. Here's what I've learned... 1. Bios & Onboard Audio - unless I'm just not looking in the right place, there is no onboard audio listed in the bios. I went through each of the options and I don't see anything regarding audio, realtek, ac97, etc. Is it possible this is listed under a different name? For example, under "Integrated Peripherals" I have the following options but I don't think its any of these: South OnChip PCI Device (press enter) OnChip USB Controller – Enabled USB Legacy Support – Enabled Fro
  11. Thanks to all who've replied. I've tried the suggestions posted here but still no sound. However, I did discover this: Device manager > sound video and game controllers > Realtek AC97 Audio it says that the device is working properly and it is enabled. Within this screen I hit the "properties" tab > audio devices > Realtek AC97 Audio and it says "Status: Driver is enabled but has not been started." I think this is the cause of the problem but I can't find any info on how to start the driver. I do find lots of other people complaining about the same issues but no solution
  12. Hello- I've been trying to help a friend with her computer. A few months ago she said she it was fine and then the next day no sound. I've examined the machine and reinstalled the sound card drivers, but no luck. Here's the info I have: HP Business Desktop dx5150 Small Form Factor running windows xp Realtek AC97 Audio (I also found this described as C-Media AC97 Audio Device) Some applications see the sound card: Device manager > sound > Realtek AC97 Audio > says the device is working properly, identifies driver version Control panel > add hardware
  13. Hi again- A few updates since my last post. I managed to find a good deal on a 1.5 TB hard drive in the black Friday sales so I now have another hdd installed. I've been installing XP on the new drive which I set up in partitions. My idea was rather than wipe the first drive clean, I will simply drag what I want to keep onto one of the unused partitions, scan it for malware, move it onto a different partition, and then reformat both the old drive and the first partition. By keeping things partitioned, like using one partition strictly for the OS I can avoid infecting multiple areas of
  14. Hi Tx- Thanks for the reply. I haven't wiped my hard drive just yet because I don't have a spare drive lying around to transfer my data. And to be honest, it is a huge pain having to reinstall windows, so I'm not exactly looking forward to it. I'd like to try to clean any infections before resorting to a total reinstall, so any suggestions? Thanks!
  15. Hi all- I initially posted this in the Hijack This forum but many new problems have popped up since that post, so I'm reposting here with the additional info. Iwas browsing online the other day and my browser was redirected to some site with all sorts of pop-up ads and I knew at that moment that something bad had happened. I got the TaskPoint virus which took over my system, looking suspiciously like Microsoft Security Essentials and telling me that I had infections but I needed to upgrade from their "paid" version. I knew this was a scam and did some further surfing which guided me throu
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