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How can I read FAT 32 files on a Vista machine?

Question: How can I read FAT 32 files on a Vista machine?

My Mac died yesterday, and until I get it running, I'm trying to access files from one of its four hard drives (FAT 32). I connected the drive in my HP desktop running Vista. It appears in Disk Management as Unknown, Not Initialized. When I right-click on it there is an option to Initialize. This drive is not listed in Explorer. My question is, how can I access files on this drive without risking losing files?

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Preferred Solution: How can I read FAT 32 files on a Vista machine?

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Answer: How can I read FAT 32 files on a Vista machine?

Vista reads FAT32 just fine.

If the drive is showing up as uninitialized and/or unformatted, then most probably the partition table is corrupted.

I could probably fix that, but I would do it using Linux. I am not familiar with Windows disk repair tools anymore; I have not used them in forever and that technology changes.

Do not do ANYTHING to the drive. At this point it is not obvious that the data is still available on the drive, though if the problem is merely the partition table then the data IS still there. If you mess with it, you will probably render it unrecoverable.

I would recommend that you image the drive exactly as it is to some other location, then work on the image, thus preserving the original drive in case you ruin the image.

If you are familiar with Linux and have a Linux Live CD available (such as Knoppix, or one of the specific repair distros), then I can take you through the steps to identify the problem and attempt to fix it.

If you are not familiar with Linux, then stop now and wait for someone who knows how to use the Windows tools to show up on this thread.

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It can't be this hard, and the answers I've googled just aren't working. Gotta be something simple. So. . . .
Main Computer is older Dell machine running XP Home SP3 w/ Norton Internet Security. Settings say firewall recognizes LInksys router / wireless Network
Secondary computer is 2 year old Vista Home Premium 32 HP notebook running same Norton. Settings say firewall recognizes LInksys wireless network / router as well.
I have set up a simple network where I can access virtually all files (including C:/) on the Dell XP system from the HP Vista Notebook. I treat the Dell system as sort of my home server. However, yesterday I realized I had never tried to access files on the HP Vista Notebook FROM the Dell Dell XP system. The ONLY folder that shares on the HP Vista Notebook is the PUBLIC folder (probably why they call it "public" right ?) I have, on the HP vista Notebook, set designated other folders to be "shared" on the Vista Machine, and they are recognized on the Dell XP machine. However, except for the Public folder, I get the "Access denied, talk to the server administrator. . . ." when I click on the VISTA folder while in the XP machine's my network places.

One post went so far as to say to set up a "user account" on the Vista Machine with the computer name of the XP machina. Well, I did that. Don't think that works. For a couple of vista folders, I got sneaky and copied a shortcut from that folder in... Read more

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Any advice on how to do this? I have file sharing enabled on both computers. When I view computers and devices from my vista machine, I see my XP machine, but it is showing up as a media device. When I click on it, windows media player opens. It doesn't seem like it should do this since I am sharing more than just media files. In windows media player i get the error, "Before you can access files in this library, you first must have access to this library".

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i know we can burn cd/dvd in vista even without installing a burning software... but at times the cds are not readable in xp...

i had actually stumbled on a link where it asks her to change the version of the burning engine version to a lower one which is compatible in xp... that fixes the problem

but i don't seem to find the link right now... and i need the info urgently... any ideas?

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First time on this forum, so I hope I chose the right category to post my problem. I just got a new laptop, and it has Vista Home Premium.

My problem.. I use a program/application called "DVArchive" (aka: DVA) for archiving my tv shows on my PC (from my ReplayTV). This application worked just fine on XP, but of course, Vista is giving me all kinds of crap.

The application IS working.. It can see my ReplayTV unit, I can access my archived shows, etc. However, Vista is giving me error messages, which are interfering with it and making it crash.

The problem has to do specifically with the applications configuration (.XML) files. I'm pretty tech saavy, but I'm not a computer expert, so I'll just cut and paste the actual error messages below. The listed pathways are where DVArchive stores it's files...
04/29 23:12:17 ERROR: XMLUTILS:: Error trying to create XML Output file C:\Users\badg671\Documents\DVArchive\Local_Guide\DVArchive.bak - C:\Users\badg671\Documents\DVArchive\Local_Guide\DVArchive.bak (Access is denied)

04/29 23:12:17 ERROR: Error flushing persistant store - C:\Users\badg671\Documents\DVArchive\Local_Guide\DVArchive.bak (Access is denied)

04/29 23:26:13 ERROR: LOCAL_STORE::SAVE: Unable to rename old store C:\Users\badg671\DVArchive.xml to backup C:\Users\badg671\DVArchive.xml~ - PLEASE BE SURE THE DIRECTORY/FILE CAN BE READ/WRITTEN TO
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Answer:Help - .XML files - Read/Write error - Vista won't allow app/pgm to copy/backup files

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I can see vista files but cannot access them from my xp machine. I can access XP files from my visat machine.
I've set all of the permissions I know about and checked windows firewall amd macafee setting.

Answer:accessing vista files from xp machine

Does at least one user account on the Vista have a password? (There must be one before file sharing will work.)

Do you have Public sharing ON? If so, what happens when you try to access a file in the Public folder?

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My computer table got knocked over and screwed up the built-into-the-motherboard video card--now I have no video. So I used this as an excuse to buy a new computer.    Now I want to get the files off the old computer. Is there a way to do taht without having video capabilty on the old machine?Could I perhaps install the C; drive from the old computer and make it a slave drive in the new computer. The C drive has the XP on it and and new one has Vista. Thanks for any help you can offer. there are important work files on the old machine that i really need.

Answer:Transferrring files from XP to Vista, but no video on old machine

There is really no way of doing this with a video card. U probably could put the old HDD into the new pc and try setting it up for dual start up (meaning which OS boots up first).There r few option buy an external HDD enclosure install the old HDD in the enclosure and copy the files u want. This option only works for files not programs. The last resort is: try talking to a friend to barrow his pc. Remove his old Hdd install yours. U could trans form files this way. Let us know how it worked?

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I just bought a vista system. I have an xp computer that I am keeping, but there are quite a few files I want to copy to the vista machine.

I've seen software that transfes files to vista, but I don't want to get rid of them on the xp. Do any of you have any suggestions?

I just figured by using something like that (if available) would make it much faster and put the xp files where they belong on vista.

any help would be great,

thank you.


Answer:how to copy selected files from an xp machine to a vista one?

You could use a USB pen drive or you could share the files on a network and then browse to them in vista and copy them locally.

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While waiting for my new computer to arrive, I'm researching.

My 5 year old Dell XPS died last Thursday. File backup ran last Wednesday to my 1TB external HD. Yesterday, ordered HPE_180t running Windows 7.

Will 7 recognize my files on the external for a smooth and easy transfer?

Answer:Moving Vista Backup Files To New 7 Machine

Welcome burntpixel!

If all goes as designed, it should be very smooth. Of course, anything can happen, but there are not any known bugs that would give you problems here.

Let us know if you have any problems, and we will do our best to help you. If you have any questions, just ask!

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I wish to use Windows Vista Backup and Restore utility to pipe my data over a WLAN to a backup drive on a Windows XP computer. The showstoper is the need for a user id and password. This is the message I get:

"You need full control permission for the network share. Make the user a co-owner, with Full Control. The network share cannot be on a computer running Windows XP Home. (0x8100002A)"

My two networked-machines are running Vista and the other is XP

It seems as if I can not backup my user data to an XP computer. Is this true?

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Have a small office network with a Windows 2003 server as only a file server along with 2 Vista machines as workstations. Files in the Vista Public folder cannot be seen from the server but they can from the other Vista machine. Anyone got any idea why this happens?

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Hi, My home network consists of Vista Home Premium 64bit and XP Home 32bit. Both computers show the others public/shared folders. I have no trouble accessing these files on the Vista from my XP computer, but I cannot access the XP's files from the Vista. File sharing is ticked on both computers

Answer:Vista cannot read files on XP

Try LLTD KB922120. This can be downloaded from:
Download details: Link Layer Topology Discovery (LLTD) Responder (KB922120)

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I just purchased a new computer with vista x64 ultimate. I am in the process of transferring files and programs from my old system with windows xp. Some of the programs and files will not read on vista as .mdb files. Does anyone have a simple fix without having to buy microsoft office access.

Answer:vista will not read .mdb files

Hey skywatch,

Welcome to the forum.

You could install open office............... download: Downloads

I hope this helps

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Hubby just got a shiny new computer, running Vista Home Premium - so far so good. His previous files were run in XP Home and saved on an external HDD using Office 2000. He uses the external drive in preference to saving to CD or DVD. The new computer has Works 8.5 loaded which didn't recognise the files saved in Office, so he installed Office 2000 as well. The problem arose when he tried to save work from the external HDD using Office 2000 in Vista. These files are all now "read only" and although it should be a simple matter to overcome, he cannot, nor can I. Logic tells us that the problem arose only because Vista is now the operating system as there was no problen with XP.

Could anyone out there offer any solutions please?

Answer:Xp External Files Are "read Only" In Vista

This may be the wierdest idea you get, but please bear with me.

Go into control panel and create a new user. Log out of Vista, and log in as the new user. Load office and see if you still get the issue.

I've encountered this a couple of times and it's always in the OEM version of Vista that comes pre-loaded on new machines. It happens on my HP Pavilion laptop too - in order for the manufacturer to circumvent certain blocks Vista puts in place, the default profile created when you first start up a new machines can sometimes have a really weird set of permissions - sometimes older programs can get access denied errors for the strangest reasons.

Creating a new user profile uses the default ruleset Microsoft provides for Vista, and doesn't make a profile that may have the same limitations as your OEM manufacturer might use on their own default account. Where permissions are involved, this shouldn't work - but often does.

Let me know if it works in this instance.

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I backed up my daughters laptop as the system crashed. I used the HP recovery disk and followed there instruction to back up all files. I did this to a external hardrive.
They are titles as a backup.2.FBW file.
How do I open this to get what stuff I want off of it, or is this a proprietery file system.
Windows Vista Home Premium. HP laptop

Answer:How to read HP FBW Back Up files from VISTA?

Hi Steve

Look on your external hard drive, and see if there is a folder "\MINWINPC\Backup Files" that includes the date of the backup. If yes, there should be an executable file within that folder that will start a "recovery manager" and allow you to begin a restore process. From what I've read on the subject, I believe in some cases that the executable is actually named Backup.001.exe ---- you may have to change an option in Vista's Window Explorer to see the file extensions: From the Windows Explorer Organize menu on the 'action bar', select Folder and Search Options and then select the View tab, and make sure to uncheck the option-box Hide extensions for known file types.

Backup folder naming conventions & leading zero fix:

drive-letter-of-external-drive:\MINWINPC\Backup Filesdate-of-backup \
- Backup.001
- Backup.002.fbw
- Backup.003.fbw
- Backup.004.fbw
. . . . .
NOTE: due to a flaw in the Hp recovery program, be sure to rename all the backup,nnn.fbw files from 010.fbw onward, adding another "0" infront of the filenames...
backup.010.fbw - becomes - backup.0010.fbw
backup.011.fbw - becomes - backup.0011.fbw
backup.012.fbw - becomes - backup.0012.fbw
and so on.
[thanks to troy at the tech republic forums for the 'extra leading zero' tip]

Assuming that the files can be read by your antivirus software, you likely will want to scan them for malware before restoring the data they hold.

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I have a CD containing photos as jpg files. I can read it perfectly well on my old laptop using Windows XP but when I insert it in the Toshiba laptop using Windows Vista it tells me there are no files on the disk???

Any suggestions?

Answer:Vista does not read my CD containing photos as jpg files

One question;
Vista doesn?t recognize the files only or the whole inserted CD???

Maybe this issue has nothing to do with the installed operating system but with the CD/DVD drive?

I assume you have created and burned this picture CD on another machine.
I have noticed many times that the CD or DVD which were burned using different CD/DVD burner cannot be read correctly on other notebooks.

But one hint;
Did you try the registry trick?
Remove the Upperfilters and Lowerfilters values completely from the following registry key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Contro l\Class\{4D36E965-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}

Then reboot the notebook and check if the CD can be read!

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This may be so easy to work out but im a beginner so go easy on me. I have just purchased a lap top inspiron 1501 from Dell with windows vista. The problem I'm having is that when I send my self an e-mail from work with an attachment im able to open it on the works and other computers but not on my lap top. and the message reads adobe unable to open due to atachment not properly uncoded. Please help.

Answer:unable to read files on vista

What are you using to open your emails?

Can you open regular .pdf files in adobe?

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Hi, I recently got married and was given the picture negatives on CD, it comes with a letter saying not compatible with windows Vista, Any one know how I can get these using Vista? it says will only work with Windows 2000 or XP... Cheers

Answer:vista wont read CD files

What were you going to do with the negatives?

I don't see what would not be compatible here.....does the CD have something you must install, like a viewer program, in order to look over the negs?

Are you not able to see the negatives on the CD?

Need more details on what you are trying to do.
Would any of this be what you need to work on?

Just about any place that specializes in photo printing, scanning, etc could help you if you cannot work this out yourself.

What I advise you to do, is first make some copies of that disc! Never surrender the only copy you have.......

Have you simply tried your local library or a friend who has an XP computer to look at the negs??

The Windows Picture and Fax Viewer is installed on Windows XP but has been replaced in Vista.....there is help at the link I posted.

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I have recently bought a new computer with Windows Vista I have tried to burn some photographs to CD for printing and although they are shown on the CD in Vista when you try to view from another sauce it shows a blank disc. Can anyone suggest how to cure this please. My old computer was Windows 98 and I had now trouble with that.

Answer:Vista JPEG files on CD can not be read

The CD needs to be Finalised.

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i have a 6 year old computer that has died(M/B failure). It was running vista 32 bit with a lot of word files that I need. I am thinking of replacing it with a newer 1150 pin m/b and i5 cpu and appropriate ddd3 memory and load win 7 64 bit onto my old hdd. Will the newer operating system recognize the word 2002 program and the word files? will it even see the various partitions that exist on the hdd? The word files are very important.
Hoping someone can help me. Regards old dog

Answer:will windows 7 64 bit read vista 32 bit files

There should be a way to open those word files without any major hassle depending on the actual file format used...

Assuming that the HDD itself is not damage, you should easily be able to access the data many ways even if the OS itself i no longer functioning.

For example the easiest way would be to build your PC and install Win7 onto a new HDD. Once you do that, attach the old HDD as a slave drive and bam, ya should see that drive and access it like normal.
If it is just the M/B failed, you could still use the current OS to boot the vista even on that new MB (sometimes it works), and simply backup your data

If you only have the one HDD and it will not boot windows, you could use Hirens or some other bootable disc to open a virtualized windows environment to access the information and transfer the data off of it onto a flash drive or something.
Depending on your partition setup you could transfer the data onto a single partition and then install Win7 onto the other partition.

**BEFORE** You install Win7 on that old drive, you need to retrieve the data first, otherwise the data will be all lost.

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My previous computer crashed from a critical system failure in Windows XP home which would make the computer reboot when a user profile was selected. It would boot up okay up to the welcome screen where you select a user profile, then after trying to load that profile it would reboot the computer. (No, this post isn't asking for help with WindowsXP.)

Well, that computer was already getting old, so I took this chance to get a new computer, a new eMachine T3656 with Windows Vista Home Basic (SP1). So far everything is going fine with this new computer and with Vista.

My question is, would it be possible to remove the hard-drive from the previous computer (the one with WinXP) and install that hard-drive into the new computer (with Vista) to retrieve files from the XP computer?

Would Windows Vista be able to access the folders from a WindowsXP computer?

Would the fact that that WindowsXP wasn't able to boot up to desktop prevent the Windows Vista computer from just accessing the user folders to retrieve my pictures, music files, documents, etc.?

Answer:Can Vista read XP files/folders from second hdd?

Yes vista should read the files you are after
You have two options, one is putting it in an external drive enclosure or as you said installing it.
If it is an IDE drive and you are installing it make sure you set the jumpers on the drive correctly.

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If anyone can help, I'd be grateful as I cant complete this job until I figure this one out.

My client had vista on his machine and the OS is corrupt. I'm going to wipe the hard drive and restore it with XP. Some of his folders are locked/private/protected. So he probably chose to keep files private.

I need to back up his data before I wipe the hard drive, but I cant access his my documents folder: "Access Denied". I connected his hard drive to my machine with XP Pro on it, booted to Safe Mode and logged in as Administrator. Right clicked on some of these folders and for properties I have no security tab. There's a security tab on most of his other folders but not the ones I need to back up. So I cant change ownership like you can normally do if this thing was done in XP. There is a Sharing Tab, but if I try to share it: "Access Denied" Read only and hidden are checked in the general tab and also greyed out so those values cant be changed. Is there a program out there that I can get to do this? How about something on Hiren 10.2?

Did a little brainstorming and thought I'd create an account with his name and original password on it and try to access it through that account still in safe mode. No luck -exactly the same situation. Course, I'm doing this within XP as I dont have a Vista machine around here at the moment. I also tried creating the same account and password on a Mac and got the same results as well.

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Answer:Opening locked files from a Vista hard drive connected to an XP Machine


Have a look at this tutorial on how to bring back the security tab in Vista: Security Properties Tab - Restore or Remove

Once you have done this, I have included a program to corrupt all permissions for the specified file or folder. DO NOT MISUSE THIS APPLICATION! Once all permissions have been removed from that folder, put some new permissions back the normal way.

The program is called takeown.exe and is simple to use from Command Prompt:

takeown.exe C:\ExampleFolder\ExampleFile.txt
takeown.exe C:\ExampleFolder\*

I think you understand now. Any problems, just post back.


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I burned some files like pictures and music files to a DVD+R disc while I had the windows vista beta installed on my comp and now I reformatted my comp and put XP back on my computer but now when I put the DVD+R discs back in my drive I go to my computer and open them but when I open them there is nothing on them. I click properties and it says Total size 4.37 GB Free space: 0 bytes.

My question is: Do I have to reinstall the windows vista beta to be able to read the discs I burned while I had vista installed?

Answer:XP not being able to read files burned to a DVD using vista beta?

did you use vista to burn them or a different program like nero?

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I want to move files from a Windows 2000 machine to an XP machine, this is what I have so far:In the batch file:@echo offclsc:cd \MailSpamftp -i -n -s:C:\batch\getspamftp.txt:EndIn the text file:open X.X.X.Xuser administrator xxxxxxxD:cd Mail\spool\spammget *.smdmdel *.smdquit

Answer:write a batch file to move files from a windows 2000 machine to an XP machine

Have you considered using the Files and settings transfer wizard ? ?

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We have replaced some of our machines and bought new systems with Vista, unfortunately we have a printing issue, none of the Vista users can access the shared printer attached to Window's 98 System on the parallel port.

Answer:Vista Machine unable to print to Printer attached to 98 machine thru parallel port

Originally Posted by savikalra

We have replaced some of our machines and bought new systems with Vista, unfortunately we have a printing issue, none of the Vista users can access the shared printer attached to Window's 98 System on the parallel port.

Have you installed the printer drivers on the Vista machines.?

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have two laptops - one running Vista and one running XP. Both have IE 7 and Norton 360 installed. I've verified the settings for IE and Norton are the same on both machines.

On my Vista machine, which is my main computer, I cannot access certain sites, specifically and They appear to be loading, but never load. I've tried with both IE 7 and Firefox, but I get the same result. In addition, the daily Dilbert cartoon that I subscribe too is received in Outlook but the graphics do not display. The graphics are not visible in my Yahoo webmail either.

However, on my XP machine, everything works just problems.

Like I said, I've verified settings on both machines...I've even done a restore to a previous restore help. I've reset my router, disabled Norton, etc...everything I can think of and nothing has worked.

Any help is greatly appreciated.


Answer:Cannot Open Certain Sites in IE or Mozilla on Vista Machine - XP Machine works fine

Please see the responses to your thread in TSF Vista Support.

Please do not create duplicate threads in the future. Thank you.

This thread closed.



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have two laptops - one running Vista and one running XP. Both have IE 7 and Norton 360 installed. I've verified the settings for IE and Norton are the same on both machines.

On my Vista machine, which is my main computer, I cannot access certain sites, specifically and They appear to be loading, but never load. I've tried with both IE 7 and Firefox, but I get the same result. In addition, the daily Dilbert cartoon that I subscribe to is received in Outlook but the graphics do not display. The graphics are not visible in my Yahoo webmail either.

However, on my XP machine, everything works just problems.

Like I said, I've verified settings on both machines...I've even done a restore to a previous restore help. I've reset my router, disabled Norton, etc...everything I can think of and nothing has worked.

Any help is greatly appreciated.


Answer:Cannot Open Certain Sites in IE or Mozilla on Vista Machine - XP Machine works fine


Disable UAC (User Account Control) and check out if the pages display ok.

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I have a new Gateway Vista 64 machine for my office . The old HP Pavillion Pentium 4 with XP 32(?)is networked in other room Here's my setup:
Ethernet network with a new wireless Netgear router (yes,it has places to plug in the ethernet cords).
-HP Laserjet 1200 printer is plugged directly into the Vista 64 machine.
The XP Unit is on the network.
I can see and share files between the machines just fine but I get an error when choosing the networked printer in "add printer" when setting up XP unit.
(Print sharing is turned on on Vista Machine).
I choose the networked printer found on Gateway, it says that it will install drivers onto my machine to make things work, I click ok and it says that server for my printer has the wrong driver installed, would I like to find right driver? Clk yes. It looks for a VSFILE\XP but can't find it. It tells me to manually find the file but I can't find that file on HP site or any of my discs. I've uninstalled and reinstalled original drivers onto the XP machine (PCL6) and downloaded a Universal PCL5 printer file. None correct the problem. Vista automatically loaded the printer drivers when I turned on the power. It has a PCL5 file. The 1200 printer works fine when printing from Gateway machine. Vista will only let me use the drivers already installed in the machine. When I try to manually try to install drivers downloaded from HP for an XP on the the vista then it balks and says they were not created for an X6... Read more

Answer:Solved: XP machine can't print on networked Vista Machine

I ended up hiring someone to solve this mess. He just created local ports on each machine that directs the pre-downloaded, local driver, to the printers. Worked just fine. Start, Run, //"name of network" to see if printers can be seen on the network 1st.

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So yeah I just got my xp machine up and running and I decided to try and set up file and printer sharing however once I installed it in xp I accidently uninstalled it and now I can't seem to reinstall it. If someone could walk me through the steps on how to fix this I would really appreciate it
So after screwing around with a few things and like I said before accidently uninstalled microsoft file and printer sharing from the network apdater it seems I am missing the server service.

Answer:How do I share files between my xp machine and my windows 7 machine? similarly for file and printer sharing.Oh and why 2 threads?

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I have basically two questions.
1) does anyone know if Aloha Bob's PC Relocator Ultra can work with Vista?

2) Is anyone aware of anyproducts, preferably shareware or freeware that can migrate both data/settings and programs from Win98 to Vista Home Premium?


Answer:Moving from a Win98 machine to a Vista Machine

I don't imagine there are any software apps with that feature - any of them new enough to work with Vista would likely not bother with Win98. Data won't be hard to migrate, but I don't imagine Win98 programs would work the same on Vista... You will probably have to reinstall the programs - if they are compatible. (My CD burning software, for example, was compatible with XP but caused the PC to not boot when I tried to install it on Vista) Settings are probably going to be a lot different on Vista vs. Win98...

Here are some links on the subject:

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I've checked here and on a couple of other places; many people seem to have similar problems but not similar enough that I've been able to solve it.

I have a HOME workgroup on my Vista machine that is connected to the printer I want to share. I have made HOME the workgroup on my W7 laptop. The Vista machine is able to access folders on the W7 and the W7 "sees" the Vista machine... the network map on W7 shows a "dotted" line from W7 - Vista but when I try to connect from W7 to Vista it will not accept a logon. I have tried using my normal Vista machine User Name and password and even tried creating a new one just for this connection but Windows Security always says "Logon failure: unknown user name or bad password".

One of the other sites suggested that Client for Microsoft Networks needed to be installed on the W7 laptop but when I checked the properties for the W7 NIC there was no Install option... does W7 need Client for Microsoft Networks?

All settings on the Vista Sharing and Discovery are on.


Answer:Windows 7 machine cannot connect to Vista machine

I finally figured out that it was Vista machine firewall (AT&T Internet Security Suite by MacAfee) that was blocking the W7 machine from accessing the Vista machine.

After I checked the box in Port and System Services to allow RDP access, I was able to access both the Vista computer and its attached printer from the W7 machine.

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My wife works at a fitness club and they recently had to replace the office XP machine and purchased a new one with Vista, They had the two machince networked together before one at the front counter and the other in the office, I can not get the new Vista machine networked at all I have searched the internet looking for answers and have tried a few things but have had no success what so ever. Is there anyone willing to help or is there a step by step website that might have good information on this subject. I have the workgroups the same on each machine. I'm lost please help


Answer:Network trouble Vista Machine To XP Machine

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From my XP machine I can ping the X61 Vista system but cannot see any shared drives. Vista system has no trouble seeing shared drives on the XP machine. Network discovery has been enabled. Any ideas appreciated.

Answer:X61 Vista machine drives not visible from XP machine.

Did you change the network to private network on Vista? Shared folder will not be visible under public network.

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imediately after clicking on shutdown with an update ready to install, on shutting down, i got the blue screen, machine-check-exception, uncorrectable hardware error, technical information ***stop:0x00000124 (0x00000000, 0x81FD6028, 0xB6200047, 0x0102010A) or***stop:0x0000009C (0x00000003, 0x8196AF0D, 0xB6200007, 0x0002010A

Answer:machine-check-exception on vista 32 machine

It would appear the 0x0000124 is related to the PCI Express Bus, ie Graphics card Driver or Chipset Software, possibly BIOS conflict.Therefore I would update drivers:a) Chipset Softwareb) PCIe Graphics Card Driver if you have a Graphics Card

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Let's say I have a desktop in an open environment that will be used by many people throughout the day. I would prefer it so that each time a person used the computer, the changes made by the previous person would be gone. Everything.

Something like... when the machine is powered off, it goes back to it's original state.

That way people can have a secure machine to work at without the worry of keyloggers, trojans, whatever.

Can anyone point me in the right direction for this? Is it even possible?

Answer:Possible to have a read-only machine?

GPO. Take away all permissions to download and install. Then they can only run what is already on the machine.

There will always be threats of keyloggers and all that. Would ahve to use Linux to stay away from that. Some are web based now and can infect a PC with just viewing a picture. So nothing that can really be done with that. But by removing the option to install and download you make it much more safe.

There is also a app out there that basically "freezes" the PC as it. Wont allow you to do anything with it. Dont remember what it is called though.

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I by accident deleted my autoexec.nt file, and I need another copy of it
because I can't run certain programs now.
If you have Xp Pro go to windows/system32 and make a copy of autoexec.nt
and send it to
[email protected] or [email protected]
and reply to the post so I know you sent it
thank you alot,


can't you just make a blank one in dos? at the dos prompt type "copy con autoexec.nt" and when the screen opens, type whatever is supposed to be in there. Usually these days it's blank but there may be a couple of of lines that your program is looking for. Even if you have a blank autoexec.nt file, it may trigger an error as to what it's looking for when you run the program.

To exit out of the dos screen creating the file, ctrl+z.

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I'm working on an older Dell Latitude that has XP Pro on it, with 512 RAM and a Pentium III. Is there a way I can make it read a CD-R disc? I'm trying to transfer some files, and it keeps telling me it can't read tha cd because it might be corrupted ( not ), or not formatted.

Answer:Making a machine read a CD-R

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Hey there...ok...I have some files that are saved from the Macs at school...when I take them home to my PC (Win) they don't have the extensions on them...when I originally save something from Windows and take it to a Mac and modify and save it then take it back to my PC it still has the extension and keeps it since it was added by Windows...

So I am wondering there a program for Windows that recognizes Mac files and andds the extensions back??? I hate when I start work on some things at school and have to add the extensions to all the stuff I created when I take it back guess is the Macs store the extensions or what the file opens up with or whatever in their "._(filename)" files...that's annoying too...for every file you have another is created with a "._"...

Any help on this??? THANX

Answer:Files saved from Macs don't have ext.'s when read on Win. Need sftwre 2 read & convrt

I've never had that problem. If you save it as a "xxx" type document it doesn't matter if you have the software that created it on both Mac and PC (or software that can read the format) so I don't know how/what is going on with your situation.

BTW my experience is with using Word (forgot which version but it's on OS X) on a Mac and OpenOffice on my PC.

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I have an orange crossover cable that I have connected to both machines and I set up sharing on both but the Windows XP machine doesn't show the 8.1 machine. I'm trying to pull some movies and music off my 8.1 laptop because I use my XP desktop as a media server of sorts.

I can't figure out how to get them to recognize each other and my connection just says "limited."

Can someone help?

Answer:How do I share files between 8.1 machine and XP machine

Just like you did in XP. Right click on the folder and in Sharing, choose to share. In Network Connections. Set security for 40/56. Turn off Home Group.

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EQPT:MB ASUS M4N68T-M; CPU AMD Phenom II X2 555; MEM 2X2 2gb DDR3 1333 240pin; HDD; 60gb Plextor SSD, 320gb WD 320gb SATA. Running Dual Boot Ubuntu 10.4 and Windows XP Pro SP3.

Have been trying to solve a problem for more than a week. I have 8 USB outlets, and the ones with keyboard, mouse, printer attached all work fine on any of the 8 outlets. BUT, attach any one of 4 flash drives to any of the 8 outlets, and both Windows and Ubuntu want to format it, although all 4 have data on them, which can be read by other computers.

I have tried many things, including reinstalling both XP and Ubuntu, but nothing works. I have come to the conclusion that whatever it is may be in the Bios, so am considering flashing that; but I'd really not have to do that.

Any suggestions would be gratefully received.

Answer:Flash Drives not read by machine.

Try this

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hey, my computer generally reads disks, music cd's, dvd's, and games (new like sims 3, and old like theme hospital and shogun total war)

ive just got anno 2070 and put in the disk, but its not recognizing it at all, when i first put the disk in, it whirs, as it knows there is a disk there, and a disk icon appears next to the cursor, but then nothing, no disk appears in My computer, and when i click on the drive it asks me to insert a disk, i have tested the disk on a different computer running vista, anno 2070 runs perfectly, and also says it does run on windows 7, i have also tested other disks since putting the game into the windows 7 computer, which work fine, and checked whether the disk can be read in a virtual machine (windows xp in this case), which it cant as i expected, i have run the Microsoft disk checker and all it said was that the disk was unreadable, but the vista computer proves it is readable.

any tips on what to do next? i really want to get playing this

Answer:dvd drive wont read specific disk, will read on other vista computer

I would think that your optical drive and that particular brand DVD media don't go together well. ( I have an Imation DVD+R DL that my Samsung drive only reads at times but not most of the time. On four other drives - a Sony, a Liteon, an Asus and a Plextor - the media is recognised and accessible without any problems. The Samsung drive is clean, has the latest firmware, can read and write other DVD media. So where am I? )

You may just try cleaning the lense with a Lense Cleaner CD. If it does not help, try burning anno 2070 to another known-to-be-good brand media at a lower speed.

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Here is a link to the EULA for Vista. Pay special attention to section 6. Look what windows defender can do!

Answer:Vista Eula Link Must Read!!! Read About What Windows Defender Will Do To You!

Nice. I had scrutinized it hard enough already with a steel hat, so I'm still safe.

Hehe, Veesta is a beast! Most corps, even NIST, MIT, UDoD and ASUS as the largest MB MFG detests it. Not fit for mass consumption eh.

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I have my first windows 7 computer on my home network, and it appears to me I have outgoing networking, but not incoming. On the Windows 7 computer, I can get to the router and the Internet, and can access shared folders on Vista machines on the home network. The computer name "advertising protocol" works as the name of the Windows 7 computer in the "Network" user interface on the Vista machines (the user interface accessed from Network and Sharing Center by 'view computers and devices"), but attempting to access it gets a "cannot access" error, and attmepting to diagnose gets a "cannot find" error. For whatever it is worth, highlighting the icon in the "network" user interface does not show anything for "location".

I am going through this to get shared folders on the Windows 7 computer visible on other computers on the network. Obviously this is not working. Just to recap the configuration:
1) all computers on the network are members of same Workgroup
2) My documents on the Windows 7 computer are shared read-write with everyone
3) advance sharing options show:
Network discovery ON
File and print sharing ON
Public folder sharing ON
128 bit encryption
Password protected sharing OFF
IPv6 disabled
Homegroup stuff either OFF or ON and managed by Windows (but this is irrelevant)
4) firewall off

A observation:
I noticed something funky with MacIDs. the router - when the Windows 7 computer authenticates - sh... Read more

Answer:Cannot ping W7 machine from any vista machine

Why is IPv6 disabled? You do realize that IPv6 is only used on the LAN and is needed for Homegroups to work correctly. Maybe you were just thrown off by the first picture below which is only telling you that IPv6 is not connected to the WAN because it's not supposed to be.

The second picture shows it as enabled for the LAN.
It doesn't matter much either way unless you are Homegroup, but Homegroup only works with Windows 7 computers. For Vista and Win 7 you need to use either workgroup or public file sharing. You also need to enable file sharing on the Vista machine.

You should not need to turn the firewall off.

Are you sure that you are sharing the correct group. There is a seperate public file sharing settings page but the workgroup and homegroup use the same settings page.

Maybe you were thrown off because there are two settings pages. The third picture is the Homegroup and Workgroup settings page and the fourth one is for the Public file sharing.

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After the lenovo technician changed my t400 mom board.System update read a diffrent machine type like"TP----78",and refuse to preceed.What can I do with it ,Need your help.

Answer:System Update can't read machine type ---help!

Hello, you can update model and machine type, with a litlle program which is integrated into every bios udate. Download it here. Burn this file to disk and start up booting with it.Then a menu will come up and you have the opporunity to update model and machine type.

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My X220 recently had the system board replaced at a local Lenovo Authorized Service Provider. They were only supposed to replace the fan but the speaker connector broke when they were removing the board. Windows now isn't able to read the machine type. System Update doesn't work because of this. CPU-Z and hwinfo64 show the machine type as qqqqCTO as if it were blank in the BIOS. Machine type is there correctly in the BIOS correctly, but they left the system board serial number blank. Could that be causing this?


Go to Solution.

Answer:X220- windows can't read machine type

Yes that is definitely the cause.  Unfortunately it seems the technician who carried out the repair forgot to enter them. The only solution and method to get the correct values entered in BIOS is through an authorised Lenovo service partner; they will have the necessary tools to fix it.

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Creating a new Folder as read only and would like to have all files placed into that new Folder become read only as they are added or moved into that read only Folder. If Windows 7 cannot handle this is there any kind of software utility Haddon I can get to perform this task?

Answer:Folder read only and want all files placed in to become auto read only

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
You might describe your environment a bit more = how many users and what is yours and their user account status ?
See if this helps,

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Recovered deleted file-how do I check file permissions? File written in Word 2002 and deleted. When I recover it (with Recova) it opens in Windows Default - gibberish. It suugests checking the File permissions???How can I do that so I can revover my file in Word 2002?

Answer:Recovered deleted file but can't read it...machine gibberish

I posted this problem just before Christmas but so far it has comfounded all you brianiacs. LOL. I'm still having the same problem trying to read my deleted files using Recova. I keep getting an error message telling me to check the file permissions - I have no idea how to do that.Any help greatly appreciated.Paul D.

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I need access to information on my Win98 created discs and I do not have any idea how to recover the discs.

Answer:need to read Win98 formatted CD discs on Win10 machine

Did you try putting them in the optical drive? There's is nothing preventing a Win10 computer from reading a disc created in Win98.

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I have two computers that I want to upgrade. I have a full version of XP on one and Vista Ultimate on another. I have an upgrade copy of Win 7 Ultimate and want to upgrade the Vista computer to it. Will this void my Vista install key? I want to install Vista on my XP computer and then no longer use XP. I also would rather just do the upgrade of Win 7 on my VIsta computer instead of a clean install. I just want to be sure that I'll be able to do this with out messing up my Vista install key.
If I have to I can wipe both and then install XP back on my current Vista compter to do the Win 7 upgrade but would rather not since it is a lot more work and I'll have to start from scratch on the Vista computer. Thanks

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Have a friend who owns an embroidery business. He has all of his artwork saved on floppies and all was done on an OLD Win98 machine. There are hundreds of these floppiesRecently acquired a computer with Win7. New out of the box. It finds that all these floppies do not have a recognizable file system... We know this not to be true because they all can be read on other Win98 systems as well as the embroidery machines themselves.I tried the solution at: manually and creating a script. DEBUG functions fine up until W 100 0 0 1. Then I get a "Disk writing error drive a:/" error. Of course doing this on the Win98 machine.I am hoping that the reason why the Win7 machine can not read any of these disks is the issue this solution is supposed to address, it seems logical to me.Any solutions would be greatly appreciated. There are hundreds of these disks totaling thousands of stitch patterns that need to be moved to CD and it will be much more difficult to do on Win98 machine as it does not have a CD writer in it and installing one would be a real pain as the machine is just so old.message edited by Babarous

Answer:Need to read info from Win98 formatted disks on Win7 machine

The problem with floppy disk is that they were unreliable at the best of times. Often a disk formatted and space in one machine could not be read in another because of slight misalignment of the heads in one or the other disk drive.One solution was to format a floppy in the computer that you want to ultimately read the disk then copy the data from on floppy to another using the old computer. Having said that, a USB CD drive is not that expensive and installing a CD writer is not hard either.Stuart

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Okay, this machine's made its rounds on this board a few times now; I haven't gotten it to start up at all since it first went out on me, and I posted this:

"I turned my computer on today, and everything was running normally; I went about my business for a couple minutes until it just shut itself off. All the peripherals stayed on and acted like I had just performed a hard shutdown.
If I leave it alone for a while, I can turn it back on, and it works fine until eventually shutting itself off again; the longer I leave it off, the longer it runs when I turn it on again."

After doing that a few times, the computer just stopped coming on altogether. No POST beeps, nothing. Suspecting the power supply, I replaced it to no avail, but it did do something new, thus I posted this:

"When I plugged the new power supply in and hit the power button, both the cpu fan and the graphics card fan spun for a quick moment like they'd been given just one push and then shut off. If I shut off the power supply and wait for the green light on the motherboard to turn off and then turn it all on again, they'll do the same thing: quick burst of power, shut off. The green light stays on the whole time. Nothing else seems to be happening or trying to turn on. My old power supply won't give me that little burst. Could it just be that the replacement isn't giving out enough power? The old one was 450W, the replacement's 430."

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Answer:Solved: Help me Frankenstein this machine back to life. read: Computer won't boot at

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ive got 2 computers hooked up to a router by Ethernet sharing an internet connection, the internet connection works fine for both computers. i would like to share documents also between the computers

one is a windows xp 32
one is a windows 7 64

ive set up many networks in the past with a bunch of xp machines without any trouble but now i am having trouble
my first step was on the windows 7 machine, i went to control panel -> network and sharing center -> setup a connection or network -> set up a new network

this is where i believe i am making a mistake of some kind, it seems that the windows 7 machine is assuming that i want to set up the network wirelessly, when it is connected to the router via Ethernet. it simply brings me to a screen that says choose the wireless router or access point you want to configure, and hangs there with a greyed out next button

everything seems to be going fine on the xp machine, i created a new network called "sharebear", told it that the computer connects through a residential gateway, enabled file and printer sharing, rebooted the machine, and confirmed that there was a new folder in the network places for shared documents

i went back to the windows 7 machine where it was still hanging, rebooted it, looked for the new network in network and sharing center and it wasn't there, i tried again to "set up a new network" on the windows 7 machine with the same hanging screen

what am i doing wrong?

Answer:connecting 1 windows 7 machine and 1 windows xp machine to share files

Make sure that both computers are in the same 'Workgroup' then follow these instructions

Also, make sure both computer's Anti-virus and Firewalls are set to allow sharing.

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heres the thing i installed a program and then later took it out and some of it stayed behind i have made shore the its not read only if it is i make it not read only but then at say the it may be read then i look it say that its read only again plus other files are not read only and they wont delete so plz help and thank you

Answer:detele read only files that say they are not read only

To remove something that refuses to go, I use a program called MoveOnBoot
You right click what you want eliminated, select moveonboot and it offers you choices. You'd select remove on the next reboot.

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Hi, I need to install a 32 bit version of vista on my machine as i have trouble installing many programs I need for school. I would like to ask what I would have to do. If I buy the vista business 32 edition, can I simply put the cd into my drive and install it? Will all Lenovo programs still be on my machine or do I have to reinstall those? Or is there a way to use one of the lenovo programs to install a new vista?I hope someone can help me as I have to do this very soon within the next few days. I would appretiate every help I can get. Thanks 

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I have recently opened a new hotel, and in our business center we have two new PC's running Windows Vista. I have a Lexmark 3600-4600 Series printer installed on workstation 1 and have it shared.

My problem is that I cannot find the printer when I search for it from the second workstation. I have browsed Microsoft's help files, as well as a few different forums, and have tried everything I can possibly think of.

Windows firewall is disabled, and while the PC's came with Norton, I have that firewall temporarily disabled on both machines. Still, I cannot find the printer.

I tried Adding New Printer, and typing in the name of the "host" computer followed by the name of the printer (\\computername\printername) but it cannot be found.

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated... I'm getting to the point where I want to throw myself, or the computers, out of the fourth floor window.

Answer:Cannot Find Printer installed on Vista machine from 2nd Vista Workstation

Disabling a third party firewall often does not mean that it will not interfere. It may require complete removal.

And do you have Windows Firewall enabled? Are both machines on the same subnet? What are their private IP addresses, subnet masks, and default gateway addresses? Can you access either by typing \\[computer IP address]? Can you ping either computer from the other?

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Running Win7Pro 64-bit. Am unable to open older Office 97 files with Office2003 which is installed and running fine. I found a couple of files here and elsewhere with .reg extensions that were supposed to make the necessary registry changes. eg. "UnlockWord.reg" and a more elaborate-looking "office security.reg". All that happens when I left-click on the file and thenleft-click on "Run" is the files opens in Notepad and has no effect.

What do I need to do to have the .reg files change the registry to Unblock my Word97 files ?

Answer:.reg files open Notepad - do not change registry to read older files

Hello SausalitoWalt, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Double check in Default Programs to make sure that the reg file extension is set to have it's Current Default program set as Registry Editor (C:\Windows\regedit.exe). Afterwards, try merging the REG file again to see if it will now.

Hope this helps,

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Hi folks. My machine:

2 month-old Inspiron
2.4 9750 (or whatever it is, it's got 4 cores)
500 GB hd

Alright, so I got my 7 upgrade disk from Dell. Installed it, decided it was absolute crap (blurry text that wouldn't go away even after trying every solution I could find, uncontrollable CPU fan at max, much worse interface than vista, etc). Went ahead and popped the Vista install disk in and reinstalled that. Thing is, when I clicked on "format" when the Vista install menu popped up, it worked for a few seconds (just the circular thing) then came back normal and wanted me to start installing Vista. Okay, did that.

Now, I'm trying my options in terms of partitioning and getting a Ubuntu install going.

I really, really miss the old days when you could just hit format c: and everything was done. MS is making it REALLY FREAKING HARD to format my machine and start fresh.

So, I tried to boot into the bios so I could boot from the Ubuntu CD, hoping they're smart enough to ask me if I wanted to format and partition my drive first. I selected the "boot to partition manager" or whatever it was, then black screen. Machine still running. Tried rebooting, even just letting it go to Vista, but I get nothing but a black screen. And it's not just the computer telling the monitor to show black, it's actually disconnecting. The monitor tells me "no signal" and craps out.

Any idea what's going on here? I'm getti... Read more

Answer:Bricked machine? (Vista to 7 back to Vista content)

lol, well I called Dell tech support and all I had to do was unplug my machine, hold down the power button, replug, and turn back on. All is well. Well, except I need to reinstall two operating systems now.

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can not read dvd data files from windows xp icon says disk full properties says RAW format

Answer:unable to read dvd data files with multple types of files

You need to provide more information:1. Is it a disk you burnt yourself.2. Was it burnt on another computer.3. What type of disk (DVD-R, DVD-RW etc).4. Was if finalized.5. What types of files were on it.6. Anything else useful you can add.Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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First of all, I want to point out that I have very little knowledge of technology.

I have a NTFS Seagate 2TB Go Flex Desk external hard disk drive. A couple months ago, I found that it had a problem where my laptop could detect it, but couldn't access it and needed to "reformat" it. I left it alone for a while.

Recently, I tried plugging it in again, and behold, it seemed to work okay and I could see all the files and so on. I tried chkdisk without the fixing part (/f). I didn't want to "fix" it until as last resort because it seems to imply some data will be lost. It said there were a lot of bad sectors.

I couldn't read some of the files (most of them were rar files) in my hard disk, and had "read error" and "data error (cyclic redundancy check)". So I basically moved all the files which were normal out of the disk as I couldn't move the others ("can't read from source file or disk") and now I'm left with the broken files, most of which are important. 40gb of 16,000 files.

Is there any hope for me to recover those files? Any help will be appreciated. Thanks.

Edit: after this, how would I deal with the bad sectors?

Answer:Disk read error for files in the harddrive, want to recover files.

OK! The bad sectors are always one of the killers of data on a hard drive. Thatís why we are always asked to back up our needed data at least on two separate drives. So, in the future, you should learn to keep at least two copies of your important data on separate drives or locations.
But, right now, since your drive still could be read on your computer, you could try to run some data recovery programs to take chances. Nowadays, many data recovery programs are developed to help people resolve these troubles.

But, if you are not sure, you could firstly try some drive data recovery freeware such as Recuva, TestDisk and iCare Data Recovery Free, etc.
But, if any data recovery software could not make a difference, you could consult a data recovery expert for help and prepare enough money for it.

Good luck!

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Well, I was just trying to move the "myfiles" icon (I have been keeping my text files there) on the My Computer screen to the top of the screen, so I clicked and drug to the top, accidentally releasing and copying it to the Windows XP file at the top named 880c6a5879f57165f5. I was able to remove the myfiles directory and can list the files, but when I attempt to open I get a message that the file is "in use or read only" and i must rename it to open. I click on the dialogue box yes and get the same box, then the third time it goes away. How can view and copy these files or remove the protected status?? Thanks!

Answer:Copied text files into XP read only files, can't retrieve

I going to bump; i'm on the third page with no replies. hopefully someone has an idea on this?

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Ok, earlier I asked about this but still got question/s.I was told that because I transfered my older works suite files to new machine this is the reason I am promted with read-only.Ok, is it ok if I simply just un-tick the Read-Only properties box of each file and apply the change because the only other way is to Re-name and re-save all the files which name changing is going to be a real pain.

Answer:Read-only files opening MS Works Suite Files HELP

and un-tick Read-only and tick Archive.

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i tried to get rid of the virus but i'm not having any luck. heres what happened. almost all my files were hidden. i have unhided them. sometimes i get a redirect from whatever i select in google to some seach site call happii. alot of my folders have been changed to read only and i can't download into them. i go back and try to take control of the download folder but then after a while i can't download into it again. i tried malwarebtyes and it found 3 viruses but the problem is still not gone. tried combofix and that helped (my start menu was empty). don't know what to try next.
DDS (Ver_2011-08-26.01) - NTFSx86
Internet Explorer: 9.0.8112.16421 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_30
Run by stylistic at 22:15:11 on 2012-04-01
Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 6.1.7601.1.1252.1.1033.18.3318.2091 [GMT -5:00]
SP: Windows Defender *Enabled/Updated* {D68DDC3A-831F-4fae-9E44-DA132C1ACF46}
============== Running Processes ===============
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k DcomLaunch
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k RPCSS
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNetworkRestricted
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestricted
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalService
C:... Read more

Answer:google redirect, files hidden, files set to read only

Hello and welcome to Bleeping Computer! I am HelpBot: an automated program designed to help the Bleeping Computer Staff better assist you! This message contains very important information, so please read through all of it before doing anything. We apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here. To help Bleeping Computer better assist you please perform the following steps:*************************************************** In order to continue receiving help at, YOU MUST tell me if you still need help or if your issue has already been resolved on your own or through another resource! To tell me this, please click on the following link and follow the instructions there.CLICK THIS LINK >>> <<< CLICK THIS LINK If you no longer need help, then all you needed to do was the previous instructions of telling me so. You can skip the rest of this post. If you do need help please continue with Step 2 below.*************************************************** If you still need help, I would like you to post a Reply to this topic (click the "Add Reply" button in the lo... Read more

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My laptop came with Vista installed on a partition, you don't get the discs these days. If I install XP I am going to lose my copy of Vista. I don't want to dual boot. Is there any way around this? I want to buy a copy of XP and put it onto my pc but I don't want to lose the Vista o/s that my laptop came with - I want to be able to go back to this in the future. Any solutions guys?

Answer:Installing XP on Vista machine without losing Vista

Unfortunately there's know way I know of of installing XP whilst keeping vista without using the partition. The good thing about partition is you can have the Vista (vista will not be overwitten if you're installing xp on the other partition) partition hidden and it'lll sit on your computer at a nicely compressed 3GB and it wont effect the speed of XP one bit.
But if you want to get rid of vista totally, the only way is to reformat and then buy a copy of Vista from a shop.

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Download this and read about it or listen to it (pdf and mp3 files)


The main article by Peter Gutmann from the Department of Computer Science of the University of Auckland, New Zealand (contained in the .mht file) raises a number of very important questions about the extent to which Microsoft has gone to satisfy copyright owners during the development of Windows Vista. The article raises vital issues concerning your rights when you purchase a computer -- including the associated hardware, especially the video card -- and install software. Take special note of issues such as video card drivers that are overly complex and WILL EXPIRE (if the rights to which are not renewed by the manufacturer), making images fuzzy or unviewable. The new DRM system will also spill over to users of earlier versions of Windows.

Gutmann points out, "Windows Vista includes an extensive reworking of core OS elements in order to provide content protection for so-called 'premium content', typically HD data from Blu-Ray and HD-DVD sources. Providing this protection incurs considerable costs in terms of system performance, system stability, technical support overhead, and hardware and software cost. These issues affect not only users of Vista but the entire PC industry, since the effects of the protection measures extend to cover all hardware and software that will ever c... Read more

Answer:Windows Vista Digital Rights Management (listen And Read Before Getting Vista

well thats completely put me off buying vista- not that i could afford it anyway lol, but still thats completely stupid ill stick with XP thanks, idk if it doesnt have dx10 those restrictions are just plain stupid.

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Please, I really need help on that. I bought my laptop a little over a month ago. I have Windows Vista. I have some videos on this laptop that I have downloaded, My computer used to read them as normal videos files. Since a week ago, all the software that I try to use on my computer to read my AVI video files read them as just music. I can only hear the sound of my videos This is really frustrating. Although, if I read a normal DVD that I have, it is ok. Why? How do I change this? Is it because I downloaded quicktime?

HELP !!!!! Thank you so much

Answer:My videos .AVI files are being read as just music files.

Download the free version of Divx and it should sort the problem out for you as far as .avi files go.

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I had a user today whom i was assisting with domain password change.
Machine was on corporate domain.
Machine was connected to corporate network via LAN connection
Machine was connected to corporate network via corporate WiFi network same time
Pressing CTRL + ALT + DEL password change will not work.
Had user change password via corporate online system.
Now machine would not unlock with new password would still unlock using old password.
Confirmed user logged onto machine with domain account.
I disconnected LAN and was able to lock/unlock Windows with new domain password while system was connected to corporate WiFi network.

What would cause this issue? How to troubleshoot such issues to find out root cause?

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I think I was supposed to post these logs here?  Here is the original post,
Here is Security Check Up log.
 Results of screen317's Security Check version 1.014 --- 12/23/15  
   x86 (UAC is enabled)  
 Internet Explorer 11  ``````````````Antivirus/Firewall Check:``````````````
 Windows Firewall Enabled!  
Kaspersky Total Security   
Windows Defender           
 Antivirus up to date!   `````````Anti-malware/Other Utilities Check:`````````
 Mozilla Firefox (49.0.2)
 Google Chrome (53.0.2785.143)
 Google Chrome (54.0.2840.71)
 Google Chrome (SetupMetrics...)````````Process Check: objlist.exe by Laurent````````  
 Kaspersky Lab Kaspersky Total Security 17.0.0 avp.exe  
 Kaspersky Lab Kaspersky Total Security 17.0.0 avpui.exe  
 Kaspersky Lab Kaspersky Secure Connection 1.0 ksde.exe  
 Kaspersky Lab Kaspersky Secure Connection 1.0 ksdeui.exe  `````````````````System Health check`````````````````
 Total Fragmentation on Drive C:  %````````````````````End of Log``````````````````````
Here is Farbar Service Scanner Log.
Farbar Service Scanner Version: 27-01-2016
Ran by Guest1 (administrator) on 28-10-2016 at 00:53:16
Running from "C:\Users\Guest1\Desktop"
Microsoft Windows 10 Enterprise  (X86)
Boot Mode: Normal
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sorry double post.
see original below

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Hi. I hope someone can settle an argument I have with a friend lol. Let's say you have a large amount of data on "server1" and you want to copy it to "server2" from your workstation. I'm using Win 7 64 as my workstation if that matters. What I do is RDP to server1 then just "robocopy drive:\folder \\server2\drive$\folder /s". My friend tells me the RDP step is pointless and that I should just (on my own workstation) do "robocopy \\server1\drive$\folder \\server2\drive$\folder /s".

The reason I RDP is because I'm afraid if I copy using my Workstation the data path has to go server1 -> workstation -> server2 because I assume my local instance of robocopy needs to read the file data whereas RDP'ing makes it just server1 -> server2 and saves an extra hop.

Is my supposition accurate or not? Thanks!

Answer:Copying files from one machine to another

I believe you are correct. If you fire the command from the workstation the workstation's throughput becomes an issue. How much of an issue depends on the throughput rate vs. network speed.

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I have purchased a 3ghz XP machine and still have my old Win 98 machine. I removed the win 98 HD and installed into XP machine. Could view and use WORD files no worries but when accessing Publisher files no go. Publisher was part of Microsoft Office on the old Win 98 machine.

Is there some way of transfering the complete content of the Win 98 programs and files so I can use them on the new XP machine? (NB: there is no capacity problem and I am aware that win 98 is FAT and XP NTFS. Also I no longer have the installation disks for Office or any of the programs which are on the WIn 98 HD.

There are many years of work done in the old computer and I would dearly love to have access to those files on my new machine instead of reconnecting all my peripherals to the old machine and booting it up)

I hope there is an easy solution to this problem. Thanks for any help at all.


Answer:How to transfer win 98 files to XP machine?

I came across this MS article, which may help you with your Publisher Problem: good alternative to MSOffice is OpenOffice.Org, a free and very full-featured office suite which is compatible with MS office files: think between the two things I have mentioned, you should be able to use the old files.Regards,John

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I've just completed my newest computer, a quad core running 64 bit Win 7 (my 8th build, but my first 64 bit). I can't transfer or sync files from my other 32 bit machines as I normally do. Nothing I've tried makes any difference....the transfer just does'nt happen. The new machine works perfectly on the LAN to access the web and everything seems perfect.........but it won't transfer or receive files.

I've repeatedly set sharings to "everyone" and approved every setting for sharing I can find. Have I missed something here?

Am I up against a difference because of the 64 bit software trying to work with other machines running 32 bit Win 7? Any thoughts?


Answer:New machine can't receive files over LAN

I've encountered no problems sharing between my 32 and 64 bit systems. Assuming that you have the permissions set correctly, it's more likely that your A/V software or a third party firewall is causing the problem.

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Old machine Win 2000 died - hard failure, smoke, ozone, etc

New machine win xp Pro etc fairly modern

Both ran Outlook Express 6

User never 'exported' anything from OE6 before the machine died, thus no .pst file.

Address Book moved to new machine, no sweat.

Tried to move .dbx. Failure. Depending on config [old drive as slave, new drive, copy files, etc], OE6 seems to clobber all .dbx files somehow. If I remove the old drive, and just boot the new XP drive, the copied-over .dbx files [mail folders] are on the C drive, but OE6 can't deal with them.

What am I missing here? OE6 sees the address book just fine, but cannot see folders. And it has me spooked... it clobbers thing with no warning

Answer:OE6 to OE6 on new machine .dbx files not recognized

Are you using the OE import wizard and pointing it to the .dbx files on the old drive? If you just copy the old OE folders to the new drive, they probably won't work. You need to use the import wizard and point it to the .dbx files.....

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I was working on an XP system and was moving files from the documents folder to a thumb drive. I was dragging and dropping them. Suddenly an error message popped up that read something like this:

?Can not move these files, they are currently in use.?

I though that this was odd, because I didn?t have anything open or running. When I clicked ?OK? on the error message all the files where gone. They were not in the documents folder, or the thumb drive, or the recycling bin. Just gone!

I tried a system restore, but when I successfully got to an earlier point the documents folder was still empty.

Does any one know how I can retrieve these files?


Answer:Missing Files on XP machine!

You can try this. Click on "start", "My Computer", right click on your local disk drive, probably C:\ . Click "Properties" ,when the properties box come up, click on the "tools" tab, in the "error checking" column, click on "check now", when the "Check Disk" box opens, put a check mark in both boxes, then click "Start" and go have a lunch break, because it will take a while to check your disk. When it's done, it will reboot itself. Hope this works.

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my friend passed his old 'puter, a 586 still running win 95 with two usb ports on the back... now there's some files on there we'd really like to grab, is it possible to get my Sony spressa usb cd burner to burn the files, or do i have to take the hd out and grab it from inside someone else's machine?

Answer:question about getting files from an old machine

If your Sony Spressa has drivers compatible with Windows 95, and the USB ports work with your version of Windows 95 installed. Some versions of 95 do not support USB.

If not, than you can do what you said, install the HD as a slave in another system.

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Hello -

I have a desktop computer running Windows 7 (connected to a TV) and am using Windows Media Center to record and playback television shows. Everything works fine on that computer with playback onto the TV.

Recently, I bought a new Windows 8 laptop and am interested in streaming recorded shows from that Win 7 media server to the laptop (while at home and on the same network). I enabled streaming through Windows Media Player on the Win 7 machine, as per directions I found online. Basically, I opened WMP, went to Library, clicked on Recorded TV, then clicked on Streaming to allow streaming to local devices.

I find that I can stream non-.wtv files just fine. I tested with a quicktime file that I placed in my Recorded TV folder and also with the sample wildlife video file that comes preloaded with Windows. To do this, I opened WMP on my laptop, navigated to the file, and clicked open. That worked fine. But when I tried streaming a recorded TV show, it just hangs...with a perpetual "Media Changing" message and blank screen.

I thought that maybe it was some setting on my laptop, so I tried disabling the firewall on it. No luck. And I realized that the Sony TV that my Win 7 machine is connected to also supports media streaming, so I went into the TV's menus, navigated to stream from my Win 7 machine, and selected a file. Again, the .wtv files didn't stream, whereas the other video files did.

Any suggestions on what's going on, how to fix this, or maybe even ho... Read more

Answer:Win 7 machine not streaming .wtv files...

From the following link, most people are having to convert .WTV to MP4 in order to play them. They talk about the issue and why Windows can't play .WTV, while showing a few possible work around procedure's.

Why doesn&#39;t Surface support WTV files (Recorded TV from - Microsoft Community

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I am in the process of acquiring a new, custom built machine. My old one is 6 years old and is very slow. So I was trying to figure out how to transfer my old "libraries" to the new machine and I thought - "Well I have a Belkin Transfer Cable and the Windows Easy Transfer program - should be a snap. Right?" Wrong! I have just found out that while the cable and the WET program work well for an upgrade from Win 7 to Win 8, apparently for some unknown reason, it will not work very well for upgrades from Win 7 to Win 8.1. My question is then what do you do to transfer files from the old Win 7 machine to the new Win 8.1 machine. One solution I found, was to copy the files from the Win 7 machine to an external drive and then copy them from the drive to the new Win 8.1 machine. Talk about time consuming, this wins the prize! I have read that Microsoft wants people to use SkyDrive for this purpose. In my humble opinion this almost seems like a violation of anti-trust regulations. People should not be forced to use a product that they do not wish to use, but we are captive to the OS. I know there are others, Ubuntu, etc., but why should I have to move to another OS just to avoid being caught up in the Microsoft web. I would appreciate knowing if anyone has done this recently (moving files from a Win 7 to a Win 8.1 system) and has found a more efficient, cost-effective solution than copying to an intermediary and then copying from it to Win 8.1. Any ideas or thought that anyone would ... Read more

Answer:How do I transfer files from a Win 7 machine to my new Win 8

Preparing Your Windows 8.1 PC and Setting Up Devices PCmover Alternative:Transfer Data and Software to New Computers ( The free version only supports 2 applications )

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i have a laptop runnign windows 7 ultimate which is connected to a home network through a wireless router.
i have another xp machine connected thorugh a cable to that same router.
the xp machine can find the win7 laptop just by type \\(name) and the "run" prompt line.
but the laptop machine cant.

i researched all the availabe forums and cant find a solution to the problem.

under advanced sharing settings i have it all on "on".

hope you can help,

Answer:cant share files with xp machine

For a mixed OP system network do not use the Home network location. Use the Work network location if you have an XP machine in your network.

Go through this tutorial about sharing with XP, click on the XP tab, it should help.
Sharing files and printers with different versions of Windows - Help & How-to - Microsoft Windows

This one is more general but has good info.
Networking home computers running different versions of Windows

After going through all of that if you are still having file access problems try doing this registry adjustment on the Win 7 machine with the problem.

Solution is really easy just modify one key in registry:
create or modify 32-bit DWORD: LocalAccountTokenFilterPolicy
set the value to: 1

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I am trying to access a file held on a windows 95 machine from a machine with windows nt and get the message access denied, can anybody help.

Answer:Accessing files on W95 machine from NT

Are both of the machines logged on to a network?

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Here's the problem: Burned some .jpg files to a CD on a machine running Windows 2000. Opened the CD to make sure the files could be viewed. Took the CD to multiple Windows XP machines and the CD cannot be read. Normally this locks up Windows XP.

I've tried to get a solution to this before, other than getting the tightwads in charge of the money to buy a burner for the XP machines or to upgrade the 2000 machines to XP.


Answer:CD written in Windows 2000 CANNOT be read on a Windows XP machine

What type of CD did you burn? Was it a RW?

How old are the CD drives and the RW disc you used?

Take a look at this article about CD RW compatability.

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Photo machine in the photo shop cannot read jpg pictures from my CD
Thank you!!

Answer:Photo machine in the photo shop cannot read jpg pictures from my CD

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Hi everybody- System specs:Pentium 4 1.6ghz 1GB DDR266 RAM160GB HD partitioned into 2 (I have a bunch of extra large drives, so space isn't really a problem anyway- two other 80GB, and another 160GB...(Only one is in the computer)Nvidia GeForce 5500FX AGPSound Blaster X-FI ExtremeGamerD-Link Xtreme-N Wireless Network AdapterNow I've been hearing a lot on both sides of the fence for Vista, and I figure the best way to form an opinion is to try it myself. Now Vista's minimum requirements state a 700Mhz Processor and 1GB of RAM. which I meet- however, bear in mind that Windows 98 minimum requirements where 24MB of ram, and it didn't exactly run smoothly, so is that the case now as well? Is 1GB of RAM enough to "try" vista (I'll probably set up a dual boot system with it for that purpose).I believe that the optimal solution (and I have a feeling many will agree) would be to wait until I get a new computer (never bought a new one in my life new), or build myself one. What I'd like to do is learn a few things about the OS before I use it to work with my valuable data, so if anybody could point out any differences they discovered when they started using Vista, so maybe I won't be as surprised.

Answer:Should I put Vista on this machine?

Your processor speed looks low.Secondly, you need 2GB of RAM for Vista.I don't know about your video card RAM...256MB of RAM on it, this is what Vista will need, at least.BTW...whatever M$ says about minimum is a lie.

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I have a new desktop that I just built. Running Vista Business and the Network Discovery, File Sharing, and Public Folder Sharing are all enabled, My XP laptop can ping the desktop, and even access the files from the Vista machine, but only by using the IP address in the run command, and not through the Network window. The Vista machine cannot ping or see the XP laptop. Both are using the same workgroup name and going through the same access point (the desktop is wired, the laptop wireless). Any suggestions? Thanks!

Answer:Vista can't see xp machine

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Hey guys/girls,

I work for the family business and am getting the free Home Premium Vista upgrade with the purchase of this computer we got back in November. I use it for AutoCAD work and want to be sure I can still use this machine for what it's meant for. So my questions are:

1. Will AutoCAD 2007 work with Vista? (Can't find any info. on the AutoDesk site)
2. Is it possible to take one drive and put Vista on it while the other has XP and switch systems without taking out drives, etc?
- To expand on this a bit more:
- Can I have two hard drives on my system at the same with vista to boot with and one with XP to boot with? And is this a good idea?

I have RAID 1 set up at the moment and it's a bit sluggish, so I have no problem losing that easy backup method.

Answer:XP and Vista on same machine?

You can dual-boot XP and Vista if you have enough hard drive space:

You can have Vista and XP on one drive, you just partition it so it thinks it is two drives.

You can have two drives, but I recommend using one.

Will AutoCAD work with Vista, no.

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I have a Dell computer running windows xp and an Emachine computer running vista, but the emachine has a blown motherboard. I needed a cd/dvd burner and i managed to figure out how to take the one out of my emachine and place it in my dell computer, but what i would like to know is if i can use the hard drive from my emachines in my dell. ive already installed it. I installed it as if i was installing a second drive. nothing comes up and i cant find anything. i also tried installing it as the master drive. when i do this i cant get windows to load. is what im trying to accomplish actually possible. if so how???

Answer:Vista in XP Machine

and more. the second drive is a 250gb seagate sata drive running vista. the other (main drive) is 80gb sata running xp.

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Question: Vista Machine

I have a new Vista Box decked out..
Besides gaming, photoshop, microsoft office, folding, and browsing Google Earth.
Oh throw web design in there.

What else can i do?

Anyone care to hook me up with some cool 3d apps, or point me in the direction of useful software so I can explore my new power.

Websites etc. Anything help would be greatly appreciated.

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I"m curently running XP SP3 on my P4 3.2 with 4 gig of ram. Of course as you all know it only reconigizes 3.58 or so. I was wondering how it would run with Vista Ultimate 64. I do not game on this machine anymore. Do Internet, Email and Photography stuff on it. I run Olympus Studio2, Olympus Master and Adobe Photo Elements 6. Any sugestions and advice would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Answer:Vista 64 on old P4 Machine?

If it's a Northwood or early Prescott you won't be able to use a 64-bit OS at all.

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I need to get some data off a HDD that was in my old XP machine and into my new Vista machine. I've got one of those boxes that links it to a USB but my new machine won't recognize it and gives exclamation and "code 10". I thought I would at least be able to reformat the whole drive so I could still use it for storage. Am I buttin' a stump?

Answer:XP HDD to new Vista machine

Check this out:

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Hi, just joined this forum, very good stuff

Just got a wee question, is it possible to have 2 Vista's one one hard drive, each with their own license? (Obviously on 2 different partitions) how does this affect the boot up? I have done it already with XP and Vista, but i want 2 x Vista on my machine, one partition for work, and one for play. But i dont know if it will just conflict with each other when booting up? has anyone done this before?


Answer:2 Vista's on one machine

We don't get 'silly' questions on our forums, yours just sounds crazy.

Work & play just don't mix, in my book. Yes, you will need two licences, dunno if you can actually get a 'dual-boot' of one OS to work. Never had the need to try.

There is better 'security' to 'shield' work files from other members of the family at play, I just do not allow anyone on my work PC but me.

Welcome to the forums.

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I"m curently running XP SP3 on my P4 3.2 with 4 gig of ram. Of course as you all know it only reconigizes 3.58 or so. I was wondering how it would run with Vista Ultimate 64. I do not game on this machine anymore. Do Internet, Email and Photography stuff on it. I run Olympus Studio2, Olympus Master and Adobe Photo Elements 6. Any sugestions and advice would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Answer:Vista 64 on old P4 Machine?

The Netburst P4/Xeon chips actually ran slower in 64-bit Operating Systems than they did in 32-bit. You'd get the rest of your RAM but would take a performance hit on the processor. I wouldn't do it.

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Hi all,
Went looking for a new machine today.
There all selling me vista,
I say "no thanks" I want XP SP3,
They say "sorry".
What am I to do?

Answer:New machine, XP or Vista?

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Dell Dimension 8300...
The self check from both Dell and Microsoft said I could upgrade from XP pro to Vista...someone please shoot me!

Half my drivers won't work.
Can't use most of the Soundblaster drivers.
Windows just dies for no apparent reason.
Light goes off in the mouse and that's that. Can't use keyboard either.
Have to do a hard restart. No rhyme or reason and the time between crashes is random. Could be two hours, could be two minutes, could be a week.

Had a few email conversations with "edward" from Microsoft.
He sent me a brand spankin new XP Pro installation disk.
Unfortunately, VISTA is like the's self perpetuating and won't allow you to remove it. Can't boot from the XP Disk..well, you can..but it still won't allow you to remove a message that a newer version of Windows is present and that's that.

Tried FORMAT but it won't let me do that either.

Looked for boot disks, but everything I've seen says you have to already be running XP for it to work.

Short of pulling out this hard drive and sitting it on top of a 1600 PA Sub Woofer to erase it.....does anyone have any ideas?

Answer:Someone PLEASE help me get Vista OFF this machine?

Download killdisk. Wipe the drive with that. Do a google, free download.
Read instructions at website, you will have to create a bootable
floppy, or cd. You may have to change boot order in bios. Only
way to start fresh.

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