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Windows Home Server: My Hardware Setup

Question: Windows Home Server: My Hardware Setup

The current setup I have is as follows:

* CoolerMaster Elite 330 Case
* Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-S2H 780G motherboard
* AMD X2 AM2 BE 2400 2.3GHZ
* 4GB Crucial pc2-6400 (2x 2gb)
* 1 Samsung 80gb SATA (Operating System)
* 1x 1TB Seagate SATA 3.0GB/s

I received my 120 day trial of WHS yesterday and plan to install it on this setup. Will I be able to find all the correct drivers needed to run it on this system? Any suggestions during install/setup of the OS? I have another Samsung 80gb to match the one I currently have. Would it be effective to run the OS on a RAID setup, while all my media is on the 1TB drive alone, not on a RAID setup?

I was also wondering if it is possible to run this Windows Server Connector on machines "outside" my own network and run weekly backups (like my mother and fathers computer's 300 miles away). If so, how do I go about doing so?

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Answer: Windows Home Server: My Hardware Setup

You might find this info useful. WHS does not use raid it uses "Drive Extender"

And under normal raid setups the data drive is the one being raided not the os drive. The os can be reloaded but if the data drive dies it's lost. This however doesn't pertain to WHS - the more disks the merrier with WHS because it copies data from one drive to another for backups.

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Hey everyone--going to say thanks for even reading this (let alone for any suggestions) before I start.

I work from home with a buddy. It's a two story building with a "warehouse" out in a secured garage outside. The computers look like this:

Two main computers that we use in the office
One computer in the garage (w/ a wireless card, as running wires would be a pain)
One computer in the basement (w/ a wireless card, as running wires would be a pain)
Two laptops (not necessary, but we use in the house)

I'd like for all of these computers to be on a network that saves everything on a server (the computer garage could be the server if needbe, or we can have the server somewhere in the house). I'm upgrading all computers in the next month, so they should all have the necessary software for us (one new laptop and two new PCs).

I want to be able to log into any of these computers in either my name or my coworkers name (and be able to change anything on one, then log into the other and access the know, like a network should be)

I'd also like the computer in the garage to be wireless (we can have a laptop out there, that would be fine).

My questions:

What's the best server to set up (HP, Dell...going to use a newer server that uses SAS 2.5" drives, and we don't need much storage (I think a couple 73gb drives would be more than fine for now)

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Answer:Home Network Server Setup (please help--hardware/software questions!!)

Do you need email or anything like that or just file storage? It its just storage, I'd stick with a mid-grade Synology or QNAP NAS. Get a couple NSAS drives or enterprise SATA drives and call her good. I'd personally go Synology over QNAP. You can then backup to USB HDDs or an online service like Crashplan.

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When I want to install another hard drive, will it show it has one large amount or two seperate drives?

There is a media share feature, how do I actually put media in these folders?

Answer:I setup Windows Home Server but have a few questions

I haven't installed my copy yet, but I was under the impression you'd see the unformatted disk appear in the drive list, and then you could add it to the pool of total storage. As for the media share, I would assume there are specific folders to put music, pictures, etc in.

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I'm trying to study to take some of the MCSE tests so I've setup two old computers, one with Windows XP Server 2k3 and the other with Windows Xp Pro.
The problem is I can't get the XP Pro machine to see the Server 2k3 machine.

I'm not positive, but I think the problem is that I am using a Linksys router for connecting the machines together. They are both able to get to the internet and ping to the router, but neither machine can ping to each other.

Currently my cable modem is connected to the Linksys router and then the machines are connected to the router. I have tried setting the Server 2k3 to static IP and have tried switching the router to being a gateway, but nothing has worked.

Is it necessary for me to get a small 4 port hub to connect them? Or is there something I am doing wrong that they should be able to connect to one another currently?

Answer:Windows Server 2003 and Xp Pro home setup help

You might want to check the firewalls on both systems and see if they are turned on. If so, turn them off as they will be more of a hindrance for what you are trying to do.

If you router is setup as a DHCP server, then you'll want to make both systems acquire their IP's from the router.

You won't need a hub to connect them as your router has a 4 port switch built into it. As long as both computers can access the internet, and are getting their IP from the router, then they should be able to see each other.

You might also want to make sure they are both in the same workgroup, though this is just a formality and has no bearing on the ability to ping. You might want to try to setup a shared folder on the XP machine and see if you can then see it on the network. I'm thinking that your firewalls are "On" on both machines.

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I'm building a new Windows Home Server box with a 2 year old Shuttle PC. The server will be used for a home network that has 5 computers. I don't think it will have too much traffic, as everyone has their own music library stored on their local computer, thus there shouldn;t be any streaming. It will mainly be used for back-ups and to store documents.

My questions are:
1. Currently have a Athlon 64 3500 (socket 939) running @ 2.2 ghz (not overclocked). The processor can be upgraded to a 939 dual core. Is the single core 3500 enough or would it be better to have a dual core processor.

2. The ethernet port on the PC is only 100mbps, should I upgrade to a gigabit? The router on the network is not a gigabit, but the 2 switches can run at gigabit speeds. All the PC's and this server are connected to switches, not to the router directly.


Answer:Build a new Windows Home Server box, some hardware questions

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My user account in Windows 8 is tied to my Microsoft Account: [email protected] How do I create a corresponding user name on Windows Home Server v1? It won't accept the @ symbol as part of the user name.



Answer:Windows Home Server and Windows 8 User Name Setup

Originally Posted by ejr49

My user account in Windows 8 is tied to my Microsoft Account: [email protected] How do I create a corresponding user name on Windows Home Server v1? It won't accept the @ symbol as part of the user name.



Which ever User name you used when you set up your Windows 8 is the one you would use for the credentials on the Home server.

For instance if you used the name JSmith-PC then the User name to use is JSmith.

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Hey Guy's I am just about to finish up my Home Server Build, and had some Questions. I was wondering what you guy's would recommend for a Home Server / Backup Server OS. I would like to try to go with Linux. I have used Linux before several of the different versions mostly Ubuntu, I have done the No GUI OS's but I think I would like to have a GUI here.

2. I would like to make this accessible from anywhere if possible, Using Wake on Lan, and then some type of connection. The Connection I should use is really what I am unsure about. Will having a connection like this pose a Severe Security threat? What is the best way to Go about this? Does having an OS with a GUI make the OS less secure?


Answer:OS For A Home Server, and How to Setup a Safe Acess Anywhere Connection to a Server

Windows Home Server. Supports Wake on LAN, Remote connection, Media Streaming (local and internet), backups.

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This is more of a hardware / networking question. Here is what's going on.

Currently we have a Whatsup Gold Dell T400 server that just can't handle both WhatsUp and MSSQL. We are deciding to split the boxes up and get a R510 (Or T610, depends on the price our rep can get for us) for the SQL server and keep WhatsUp on the T400. The hardware requirements will be very much satisfied (1xQuad core, 8 gig ram, 300 gig 15k SAS drives, 64 bit Win2k8, dual GigE NICs) with the new server but I've never worked with SQL server that was as utilized as this one so here is my question:

What type of network congestion will this create being there will be a lot of traffic going between these two boxes? Since both boxes have GigE NICs, I'll probably be putting them on their own GigE switch since the rest of the network is 10/100 so I'm hoping that if there are any network problems they would be resolved.

I've heard of fiber channel but don't know what it is or if it would be worth the cost in this (as I would need fiber channel cards in both servers).

What is the best way to set this up? I guess I'm just looking for some insight from some SQL gurus.


Answer:MS SQL Hardware server setup questions

1 GB should be fine, i would break them off into their own VLAN if there is going to be a lot of broadcast traffic to cut down on congestion

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Question: Home Server setup

I'm setting up a slightly older computer on my home network to act as a server for backups, transfers, storage etc.
I know the Mirra from Seagate and some of the other retail personal servers have the capability to be accessed remotely.
I'm rather n00bish to servers, so I think what I want is like an ftp capability.

The specs on the system are:
AMD Athlon 64 3800+. 2g's of ram, ATi X700pro, 200Gig hd. Windows MCE.

I also have a copy of Norton PC Anywhere that I know nothing about but got for free, that might be able to do this...

ANy ideas?

Answer:Home Server setup

Since you're using Windows MCE (which is basically XP), I would ditch the PCAnywhere and just use Remote Desktop which is part of MCE. Also unless you just want to run an ftp server, I would instead use the file sharing capabilities of MCE.

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I recently added a post whereby I think my router is fried (still doing some tests)... but if it turns out frie, I'm going to need to fork out on a new router...

So, I figured I'll see if anyone has any advice as to what setup I should go for, because my network is used for a home web server...

Currently I have:

EasyPHP (local web server) running on one of my pcs, and broadcasting across the LAN (so other PCs can access this web server)

All connected through a bog standard Netgear Wireless (and Wired) Router/Modem.


One aspect I would like is to be able to connect two USB devices (a printer and an external HDD) to the router, so they become network attached devices -- but both items only have USB connections (no network) - I've seen in the past some routers with USB ports which can network up USB devices... but can't remember which model I was looking at back then...! Any recommended routers would be appreciated...

My main reason for this post is that I would also be in using the router as the web server (running easyPHP for example) - at the moment if I want to access web server from another, I obviously need to main computer swithced on/running too... Is this possible?

It could also be of benefit when I have external users wanting to access my local server (from the internet) - but I'm not convinced on the security of doing this... Is this possible?

Much appreciated,


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I've setup up Server 2008 in the past as a home domain controller for filesharing. I like having a domain controller for filesharing because it makes the security decently simple.

However I would like the autoback up feature that Windows Home Server has. I was wondering if Server 2008 can do this or if Windows Home Server can also be like a domain controller?

Answer:Personal Home Server Setup

Windows Home Server cannot be setup as a DC, not without some serious modification.

Server 2008 can do backups, but it would have to be with 3rd party software, and would NEVER be as easy/seamless.

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Hello everyone, I'm new here. Just to introduce myself, I'm an I.T apprentice trying to get into networking. What I'm trying to do/learn, for personal use, is set up a home server, for three Windows 7 64bit Home/Professional computers to connect to, save files to/from, and of course get their internet connection from.

Before I go any further, I've already got a crappy PC ready to be formatted, a copy of Windows Server 2008 32bit, and some cables.

My current setup is as follows:

Telephone line > modem router > all three computers connected via wireless to the router, then a printer connected via wireless to all three PCs. What I'd prefer to do, if possible (and if correct, as I might be wrong) is set it up as follows:

Telephone line > modem router > server > all three computers connected via wireless to the server, with a networked printer setup.

Firstly, will this work? Secondly, what else will I need to do on the server, and the three other PC's to get them all working together with the printer? Do I need to run a wizard on all the other PCs?

I understand this is a lot to take in, and a bespoke step-by-step guide from someone would be most appreciated.

I'll be very pleased if anyone could do this for me.

Thanks, and Happy Friday


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Is there a 3rd party program out there that will do this easily, and allow it to be accessed via the internet? I'm on the go a lot, and there are some programs I would like to be able to access from anywhere without having to install them at every workstation. The programs I'm looking to use are Windows-based, so I don't know if a *nix OS would work too well.

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Hi all
It's very difficult to get really good advice on this but I'm now trying to build the "Ultimate" HOME server machine.

Note the machine will be essentially used as a HOME (not a commercial / work) server so it doesn't need all the fancy gaming state of the art graphics cards etc.

What it DOES need is enough RAM and horsepower to run 4 Virtual servers, whilst also file and print sharing to a number of "remote" (actually a LAN) workstations.

A "Blade" type server would be OK in a commercial environment but my server needs to be a bit like a conventional workstation.

I need around 16GB RAM (seems hard to get a basic motherboard with enough memory slots these days), and a QUAD CPU. The I/O subsystem nust allow for around 8 drives and two DVD/CD units to be connected and have video output capability to drive 2 monitors (although most of the tine the monitors will probably be disconnected.

I need to have as well at least 2 but preferably 3 Network cards on it.

Most of the stuff I've looked at seems to be more geared to high performance gaming or running NASA's next Mars mission.

A SERVER doesn't need hideously expensive gear - but it does need the capability to have loads of memory and disk drives to be connected to it.

Any IT admins out there who use this type of stuff at work -- recommendations.

The ability to run 4 Virtual servers decently is essential so 16GB of RAM is the minimum -- Ideally I'd like 64GB but that's pro... Read more

Answer:Hardware for a good W7 HOME Server

Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45

The ability to run 4 Virtual servers decently is essential so 16GB of RAM is the minimum -- Ideally I'd like 64GB but that's probably like asking for the moon.

Jeez...I run a handful of ESXi servers at work and I usually put 24GB of RAM in those to run 10-12 concurrent Linux and Windows servers and that usually doesn't max out the RAM. So, I would have to imagine that 16GB of RAM is going to be more than enough for home use and 4 VM's.

Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45

I need around 16GB RAM (seems hard to get a basic motherboard with enough memory slots these days), and a QUAD CPU. The I/O subsystem nust allow for around 8 drives and two DVD/CD units to be connected and have video output capability to drive 2 monitors (although most of the tine the monitors will probably be disconnected.

Quite a number of new mobo's support 16GB of will just have to be a 4 x 4GB setup. Quad core CPU's are a dime a dozen. The I/O subsystem to allow that many drives will likely just involve adding on 1 additional controller card. And just about any modern video card can easily handle dual monitor support.

Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45

I need to have as well at least 2 but preferably 3 Network cards on it.

Quite a number of mobos have 2 NIC's...You will... Read more

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I am looking to buy a server for my home and i dont really know what hardware i really need to do this.

Here is what i want to do.

I want a central location to store all of my files. I am a photographer and i end up with about 750GB - 1TB per year of data
I really only need the last 2 years of data available to share. the rest i would archive.

From this central location i want to be able access these files from any one of 3 machines - all running XP. I want all of my application to reside on these 3 machines such that the server is really just a storage device. I would like the server to act as a print server also, so i dont have to install printer software on each machine as i have now.

I have no interest in accessing any of these files outside of my little home network. I do not want this to be a web server either.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated


Answer:home server hardware requirements

You may want to consider a Network Attached Storage (NAS) solution. Buffalo's TeraStation would hold 1.5 Terabytes on a RAID 5 drive set for less cash than most servers. NAS is designed to do exactly what you want, just provide a file share for networked computers.

You can also attach external USB drives directly to it for backing up if you want to. It looks like it also supports a printer connection. You will have to install the printer software to each computer. This is always the case, just most servers will auto install it for you when you connect to the share.

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I look at a lot of these threads and it seems like a lot of people have 'switches.' What is the point of a switch if your wireless router has 4 ports and that's all you need? Any benefits?

Answer:Help a noob setup a home network/media server

Foz2001 said:

I look at a lot of these threads and it seems like a lot of people have 'switches.' What is the point of a switch if your wireless router has 4 ports and that's all you need? Any benefits?Click to expand...

GbE comes to mind, as doing large transfers between machines would be noticeably better versus wireless or the 10/100 ports on the router.

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I need to setup home the moment i have one desktop at requirement is that if i buy another system with minimum requirement and set it as client and my machine as server to surf the internet and use other applications, then from where should i start.
what is minimum hardware required?i have linux and xp both installed on my machine.
hope i defined the problem clearly. i am willing to provide more information.

please help. thanx

Answer:Home Network Setup for internet surfing and client/server

You need a router, not a server.

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Hi Guys
can anybody tell me how I would connect xp to windows 2003 server as a network printer so I can send fax from xp to windows server 2003 and I want windows server 2003 be able to send and receive fax then I want xp view faxes from windows server 2003. Can anybody tell me how I would be able to set this up?

Answer:xp to windows server 2003 fax server (network printer setup)

You need to add Fax Services to the server.

start -> control panel -> add/remove programs -> windows components.
Make sure Fax Services is checked. If not, check it and install the service.
Then follow the wizard to share the Fax printer on the network.
Once that is done, on your XP clients, go to \\servername or surf to the server via My Network Places and install the fax printer.

That should be all you need to do.

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I have started searching around for the correct docs on how to do this but haven't had much luck finding one that addresses what I'm trying to do.

I have an existing Windows 2000 server and am going to replace it with a server running Windows 2003 Server R2.

I would like to know the best way of doing that. Most of the docs I have seem talk about it as though you're keeping the same server hardware in place. That's not what I'm trying to do.

So, you don't have to go through all the steps I need to do. If you could just point me to the correct doc and give some helpful hints I would appreciate it.


Answer:Help Needed To Migrate Windows 2000 Server To Server 2003 On New Hardware

Need to know what services you are running on the server to be able to help you further.

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Hi all ,

This is my first post on this website , i hop i can find some one to help me .
The problem is i installed windows 2003 server on my computer and i don't know how can setup ftp server and web server on it ? i create the domain but i faild to do the rest . I have MCSE 2000 but i feel i don't take anything , I am looking for any help like pdf file or book can i buy .
also the ask me for dns server on my home page , is it the dns ip address comes with my ip static address or not ?

Thanks for help !!!


Control panel. add/remove programs, on the left add/remove windows components, application server, iis. Click on details of iis for ftp.

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I have 2 servers; windows 2000 & windows 2008, I can always access them via XP but my system 7 home can't authenticate. It appears to add the domain name as a preamble my user name in the authentication....does this make sense?


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I run a home server on OEM 2003 Standard Server. I have seen that Home Server allows you to schedule a Hibernate / wake cycle. Is there any free software that can do this for 2003 Server?


From 2:00am until 12:00pm I want the server to be in Hibernate mode.

Answer:Windows Home Server Schedule Hibernate / Wake on 2003 Server?

I've always just used a scheduled shutdown command, and the BIOS power on at a certain time feature available on most motherboards to do that.

That's what I do with my media PCs.

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Can anyone please explain how to backup my Windows Home Server onto a network Drive?

Answer:Windows Home Server 2011---Server Backups over Network

First you need to have a location where your backing up to. Do you have another server or network location (NAS?) that you are backing up to?

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Windows Updates have been a real thorn in my side since moving to the country where I have limited bandwidth ISP. I have 6-7 Windows PCs I (try to) keep updated, both XP and W7. I've tried downloading updates just ONCE using the Microsoft Update Catalog, but then I still have to note what pc needs what updates and install them manually.

Newegg's sale on Windows Home Server today has me wondering whether I might dedicate a PC to WSUS just to manage updates.

Can folks here with WSUS experience suggest whether this is worth doing? Or might be more trouble than it's worth vs. the manual "Update Catalog" method? Or tried w/WHS and that's a problem in itself? TIA for any feedback...

Answer:Windows Server Update Services and Windows Home Server -- worth doing?

I manage the WSUS implementation where I work. Overall, it's a pretty straightforward product. The only hassle will be going through the list of "all updates" for Windows 7 and for XP and declining the ones that don't pertain to your systems. The good news is that WSUS will determine for you, which are needed and which aren't and will place an icon next to the ones which you need.

I don't have experience with running WSUS on WHS myself....but I'm guessing it would be pretty much the same as doing it on a straight up Windows server.

As far as getting the clients to use your WSUS server, that's a simply registry change.

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I have a file server at home with a Quad core, 4gb ram, and a 3tb of storage. It is running Ubuntu Desktop and sharing video files primarily. From my school I have access to a free copy of Windows Server 2008 R2. Other than the server I have 2 Windows 7 desktops, 1 Windows 7 laptop and 1 Windows Vista laptop.

I am interested in moving to a Windows setup as I am done with the ?Ubuntu? experiment. WHS looks like what I need, but I have a free copy of WS 2008 and I would miss the $50 for WHS. My goals can be described best as:

Need to Haves:
? File/media server (local network)
? Dedicated game server for various games for friends.
? Print server

Nice to Haves:
? Music/Video Streaming over the internet
? Automatic backup server
? File server over the internet
? Ability to manager other PC?s from the server

My ability as an admin:
? No experience
? Willing to learn and put forth initial effort to get setup
? Don?t have time to really spend more than 1 day moving from Ubuntu to the new setup.
? Don?t want to be stuck constantly screwing with things to get it right or keep it running.

What is going to be best option for my situation?

Answer:Help choose: Windows Home Server 2011 vs. Windows Server 2008 R2

Honestly, I use both in their proper settings, and unless you have a domain at home with multiple users, Windows Server 2008 R2 is overkill...and would require much more tweaking and add-in apps to do what you want. Given your write-up, WHS 2011 is the way to go. It does much of what you want out of the box, and is designed for people who don't want to become server admins (or at least not be forced to).

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Hello to everyone. I am having a problem installing windows vista Home Premium x64 using the recovery disks order from HP and keep getting "windows setup could not configure windows to run on this computer's hardware".
Computer Specs:
Hp Touchsmart IQ506
Intel Core 2 Duo
Original HDD: Seagat 500GB SATA
Build ID: 83NAv6XrA5 (Recovery Disk sent by HP Build ID 83NAv6XrA3)

So my original HDD crash and I bought a new hard drive (WD Caviar Green 1TB). The recovery disks I created did not work so I order them from the HP website. I follow the system recovery instructions choose advanced options and selected "Reset the computer by erasing the entire drive and recreating the factory setup". Once that step is done it says that windows setup is going to finish the installation and I click the finish button and the computer restarts. Then a dos windows pops up showing mainly Build partition was successful and then a grey background with a animation of two folders transferring files. Then it restarts and I get the same animation which takes a longer and finally windows setup starts with a progress bar on the bottom and once it gets 3/4 completed I get a pop windows saying "windows setup could not configure windows to run on this computer's hardware". I thought it might be the WD Hard Drive so I exchange it for a Seagate Barracuda 1TB but still the same problem. I will appreciate any help and thank for reading my post.

Answer:Help: Windows setup could not configure...hardware

Any reason why they sent you a recovery disc for a different build?

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Hello guys,
I'm here because I can't get Hardware Setup (v. working with Windows 8.
I'd like to know if there is a more recente version or a way to get the program working.
I can install it, yet, when I open it, it just won't do a thing.
I use a Toshiba Satellite P755.

Thanks to anyone who can help!

Message was edited by: rfscouto

Answer:Hardware Setup won't work under Windows 8

But you know that Toshiba didn?t start to support Win8, right?

All offered versions are designed and tested for Win7 so I?m afraid you must wait until Toshiba starts with Win8 support.

What is your first impression about Win8?

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Hi All,
I have been doing lot of reading and looking around but cannot seem to get past this problem. I recently bought a new HP laptop, i7 processor, Navidia GT6300M video card, 8 GB RAM. HP original windows come with so much bloatware and have so many problems that i want to do a fresh clean windows 7 install on the machine.
So i got a bootable windows 7 USB drive, actually i downloaded windows 7 home premium from internet and used windows 7 usb tool to make usb drive.
When i go install it, first i come to partition table, HP has four partitions, one system and one recovery and two other small ones. I have tried installing after removing all partitions and make just one system drive, i have also tried keeping the paritions and install on system drive. Every time it goes through the install, reboots, does get through updates and all and on the last part gives the above statement and then i cannot get anything to work. I am able to restreo back to factory using recovery discs so windows work that way.
I tried installing intel RTS driver before windows installation as suggested by microsoft, however after doing that, setup cannot find the hard drive and cannot install so does not even go as far as above.
Any Help with this will be appreciated. It is a laptop so opening and removing additional hardware is not an option.

Answer:Windows setup cannot configure hardware on this pc!!!

Read through these steps for Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 including the Special Notes for HP Owners at bottom.

Check in Disk Mgmt that there is no EFI Boot partition as you may have an EFI BIOS requiring special steps.

If not follow the tutorial to see if it will install. If not wipe the HD first with Diskpart Clean Command accessing DISKPART At PC Startup

Report back for additional steps if needed.

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Hello to everyone. I am having a problem installing windows vista Home Premium x64 using the recovery disks order from HP and keep getting "windows setup could not configure windows to run on this computer's hardware".
Computer Specs:
Hp Touchsmart IQ506
Intel Core 2 Duo
Original HDD: Seagat 500GB SATA
Build ID: 83NAv6XrA5 (Recovery Disk sent by HP Build ID 83NAv6XrA3)

So my original HDD crash and I bought a new hard drive (WD Caviar Green 1TB). The recovery disks I created did not work so I order them from the HP website. I follow the system recovery instructions choose advanced options and selected "Reset the computer by erasing the entire drive and recreating the factory setup". Once that step is done it says that windows setup is going to finish the installation and I click the finish button and the computer restarts. Then a dos windows pops up showing mainly Build partition was successful and then a grey background with a animation of two folders transferring files. Then it restarts and I get the same animation which takes a longer and finally windows setup starts with a progress bar on the bottom and once it gets 3/4 completed I get a pop windows saying "windows setup could not configure windows to run on this computer's hardware". I thought it might be the WD Hard Drive so I exchange it for a Seagate Barracuda 1TB but still the same problem. I will appreciate any help and thank for reading my post.

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Is there an iTunes Server for WHS 2011 available?

Answer:iTunes Server for Windows Home Server 2011 ?

Other than installing iTunes?

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According to Maximum PC, this is the best OS to use when creating a media/file server. I am considering getting a license, but I need to know the following:

I hear its a real task to set up. Anybody know any good guides?
Will it accept the WinTV PVR 150 (non-MCE)? To make it simpler: Will it accept the hardware I have that works with Windows XP Professional?


Answer:Windows Server 2003 for my home's media server

It was no harder than XP to install. Now, setting up could be a different story as that wasn't my job.

Be aware, though, that a lot of software will not install on that OS. It recognizes it as a "server" os and aborts the installation.

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Guys have you got any idea why this error "windows setup could not configure windows to run on this computer's hardware" shows up when installing 7 on my Comp? It comes up when the installer reaches the final stage of installation where it says , "Completing installation".
I have purchased this darn Ultimate edition of 7 for 464 bucks from the local stores.
i have Satellite A300 PSAGCA - 03C010 Toshiba P8400 Notebook.
4Gb Ram
2.27Ghz Core2Duo
Windows vista ultimate x64 and home premium x86....the 7 edition is x86.
Service pack 2
.......It works well on my other comp that runs home basic, and it's compaq 1.86Ghz.
i dont' know what's wrong with mine.

Answer:Windows setup couldn't work on this hardware

Are you trying to in-place Upgrade from Vista? If so, try backing up your files, boot the DVD to do a formatted clean install.

Check on its Support Downloads page that your Toshiba has the latest BIOS version.

Try setting SATA controller at AHCI to start, then IDE.

Use WIndows Memory Diagnostics to test RAM, then remove all but 2gb of RAM to try again. Switch RAM sticks if this fails.

If you paid $464 for ultimate you were robbed by retailer at least 200%. I would take it back and get a retail Upgrade Ultimate version for 1/3 of that price at BestBuy or NewEgg.

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I am typing on my phone so hopefully you know my situation just by that!

I had just replaced my hard drive from my sony vpccw29gx. It was corrupt. I bought a different brand hard druve, but same rpm.

I ordered the recovery disks from sony. I installed the disks, but after the windows 7 installed, it restarted, then when it booted, it sais "starting services", then said windows could not install on my hardware.

I calldd sony back, and they sent me ANOTHER set that were supposedly the right ones. I went through the process and yet again, the error came up.


Answer:Windows setup failed to configure on your hardware??!!

Try running the Sony Hardware Diagostics tool.

How to use Sony Hardware Diagostics:
View Document

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Ok so my original computer was a Windows 7 Home Premium and that's the PC I used to work. I had REMOTE DESKTOP on it, it worked fine and yes it was a Windows 7 Home Premium..but yesterday my original pc got fried and smoke came out of it so I am afraid to turn it on.

I am now using my back pc, it is also a windows 7 home premium build 7600, and I remember I use to have remote desktop on it but I right clicked disabled one day a long time ago and after that I was never ever able to get it back. Ive been reading online that Windows 7 home premium does not have the remote desktop option, odd because my other pc had it. Point is.. I need to connect to my job's server asaaap, but I am unable to find a way to connect to their server, I have their ip address and a special login/pass the same way you do in windows remote desktop.

I have tried downloading those rdp patches and stuff and it just does not work! I cannot find the remote desktop anywhere even have the install said "listening" and "remote desktop successfully" etc etc.

Is there a program I can use to connect to my work's boss uses windows 7 remote desktop,,,

I tried using teamviewer and added the ip address but it doesnt work idk if you have to both be using the same program..please in need of help here :/

Answer:I need to connect to my job's server from home on Windows 7 Home Prem

My last option is to upgrade to windows 7 pro and pay the $80 above for it JUST to get remote desktop
I'm trying everything possible though before that.. but I really need this to work in order to start my job

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I can't find Hardware Setup (Satellite A300-20F) for Windows XP in drivers download section.
Anyone have it? Please give me a link.

Sorry for my english, I'm form Poland :P

Answer:Re: Satellite A300-20F - Can't find Hardware Setup for Windows XP

Hi buddy,

You should download the Toshiba ?Utilities?. It seems that HWsetup is a part of it as you can read in description:
+This program lets you customize your hardware settings according to the way you work with your computer and the peripherals you use. To start the utility, click the Windows Start button and click Control Panel. In the Control Panel, select the TOSHIBA HW Setup icon.+

You can download it on official Toshiba page:

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I have a Lenovo T500 with 2MB Ram, Connexant 20651 SmartAudio HD sound and Radeon HD 3650 graphics.  I have a big sound gap in Windows XP whenever I try to view a quicktime video online. I have followed the Apple sound problem fix recommendations, and none seem to work (sound settings, new drivers, unistall/reinstall quicktime, etc.). Sound is fine when watching a DVD or a viewing a youtube video. Other computers on the same network seem to be fine. I have also tried Quicktime alternative and that also did not seem to solve the problem. I also tried turning off virus protection and firewall, but that also did not seem to help. Does anyone have any suggestion? I have spent almost a day trying to fix this and I am getting nowhere. Thanks for Any Help!

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I have an old ACER EasyStore H340, which figured out it should crash on me the other day.
In the unit I have 4 HD's, 1 for OS and 3 for DATA.

I have done restore (not factory reset) on the unit earlier, and that has been successfull. However I never had the amount of data on it as I do now.
So in a mildly panicked state, I need to restore again.

I started with that yesterday, and restore seems to be OK, but when the WHS v1 connector software shows after restore, it's just hanging and do not continue the installation so I can set a password on the unit.

So my questions are:
1) Would the connector software struggle due to my Windows 10 Technical Preview version?
2) Does it make sense to remove data disks, restore and put in data disk when done? If possible for WHS to reckongnize the data drives afterwards
3) Am I screwed?
tl;dr - Server recovery WHSv1 doesnt complete, and hangs when Connector software is about to be installed on Client computer.


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from my MSDN subscription i can get a copy of server 2008. (x86 or x64)

but i was toying with the idea of windows home server.

it will be going onto a 3600X2 on a k9agm2 with 2 gig of ram in my sig (which you cant see!) as i retire the old fileserver and upgrade the development box.

It will need to run SQL server 2008 (low load) and a couple of websites. as well as the families Media sharing, Document sharing and backups

i like the simplicity of WHS buti'm not bothered about the configuration of server 2008 either,

i really like the idea as hard drives appearing as one pool.

question is is the simplicity wortth the 100 for WHS and can i do everything i need to on WHS

Answer:windows home server or Server 2008

It is insane how much system requirements for Windows servers are now. I setup a 266mzh overclocked Nslug for a client office. They only have five users. It runs Debian like a champ. Another Nslug is handling OpenVPN at 266mhz. They only eat 5 watts each.

If Windows is only option, I would go with 2008. Windows Home servers have so many issues.

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I'm trying to decide between Windows Home Server and Windows Server 2008 R2 for my home server PC. Ordinarily it would be a clear cut choice, but I've got a free copy of Server 2008 R2 through my academic MSDN subscription. I'd like to avoid spending extra money if Server 2008 R2 would do the job. But I'm willing to buy Home Server should it prove necesary. Any input is appreciated. Thanks.

Answer:Windows home server vs Server 2008 R2

Server 2008 R2 is a more fully functional product. You will be able to do similar things, but it might be a little more involved getting it set up and working. Plus, if you are interested in IT, you could use the Server 2008 R2 experience....but you won't get hired for your knowledge on Windows Home Server.

My vote is Server 2008 R2 without a doubt.

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I've been running here at home Server 2003 Enterprise 180-Day Trial for about 3 years now. I received 2 cds/keys from my MCSE books I bought in college.
I can re-install this O/S as many times as I want and fully patch it no problem - must be MOL or something :shrugs:

However the only annoyance is every 180-days I need to take the time to re-install the O/S and whatever programs I run on it, set up the file and print, re-write permissions, etc....
It takes a good 3-4 days for it get to back up and running how I want it, or a wasted weekend.

Can I assume though Windows Home Server does not do FSMO roles?
As well are there any major features that would be lost? I havn't found any comparison charts......


Answer:Server 2003 Ent. or Windows Home Server

Windows Home Server is not gonna be your solution. It does the same thing as your Server 2003 and there is a flaw with Home Server. You MUST format your ENTIRE Hard drive. If you have more then one you must format all of them.

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So, I really like Windows Home Server a lot, but I want to use a domain with Windows Server 2008. What kind of software could I use (third party, Microsoft) to get the functionality of WHS? I'm looking at the media streaming and easy backups for all client users. I can do remote access using VNC, so that's not a problem. And I know of software that can make the library online (as a web server).

Would my best option to make the Server 2008 a web server and just put a page on there to stream the music that way (as well as shared folders for the XBox)? And what software can do effecient backups similar to WHS?


Answer:Server 2008 -> Windows Home Server

Why not just use 2008 server as a file server
- shares for the Xbox
- web page for the music (although you can use shares as well)

theres all sorts of backups you can do.
Acronis backing up to the server autmatically
NTBackup backing up files/folders to the server
- all those should work fine on server 2008

Are the computers going to be part of the domain too?
XBox would probably need some sort of user/pass to access a domain server

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Hi Guys

I'm having an issue while installing windows from a bootable USB drive. I have tried this with multiple images of windows 7 and i keep getting the same error namely "windows setup could not configure windows to run on this systems hardware".

How can i fix this issue

Answer:windows setup could not configure windows to run on this systems hardware

Where are you getting your Windows 7 ISO file from?

Use this program here to mount an ISO to a USB:


Ensure to select the right settings lie NFTS and Bootable.

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Yesterday, after Windows 7 updated and restarted I could no longer boot into Windows 7. I tried start repair several times, no luck. So I got out the recovery DVD's that I made when I purchased the laptop. Did what the directions told me to do and I received this message. I tried rebooting but no luck. What do I do next? I am also wondering if the Windows Update may have corrupted my BIOS or something. The laptop has had no problems for almost two years. It was running perfectly. The laptop works fine with my Mint Linux USB. Thanks for your help.

Answer:Windows Setup Could not Configure Windows on this computer's hardware

Take a look at those tutorials, than post back.

How to Run a Startup Repair in Windows 7
Startup Repair

How to Boot to the System Recovery Options in Windows 7
System Recovery Options

How to Create a Windows 7 System Repair Disc
System Repair Disc - Create

How to Do a Repair Install to Fix Windows 7
Repair Install

How to Recover from an Infinitely Looping Startup Repair
Startup Repair Infinite Loop Recovery

Try doing a restore.
System Restore

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ok guys I have a server just one question, how do I get it online? It has 4GB RAM 160GB Hard Drive and running windows server 2003 also this will be used to host images for our company I just have no idea how to get it online so I can access it from any internet connection. Can I access by just typing in the ip or do I need to register an domain name first and where do I go from there?

Answer:windows Server Setup

Make sure you have a static IP from your ISP. Next, register your domain at the hosting company of your choosing. Then, statically assign your IP addresses for the server on your private LAN. If you are using Windows Remote Desktop, make sure it is enabled in Control Panel --> System --> Remote and that you forward port 3389 for TCP and UDP on your router, pointing towards your server's IP address.
Once that is done, you have a few choices as to how you access the server via HTTP over the internet. You could use Windows included IIS (Internet Information Services) to configure and setup a website, or you could use Apache ( Read their tutorials on how to get started because past this point, my knowledge is limited. Nothing a few good Google searches could fix, however

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I am having some issues with a VPN server I am setting up. I guess I will start with the first one. When I establish a VPN connection, on the client side, I can't resolve internet addresses. It seems as if its trying to resolve IP addresses via the VPN connection, which should resolve I believe. Is there anyway to disable this so it doesn't attempt to resolve IP addresses via the VPN connection? I only want to do file sharing via the VPN.

Answer:VPN Server Setup in Windows XP

In the advanced portion of the tcp/ip properties you uncheck the "use remote gateway" option. This is done on the connecting machine.

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I want to setup a secure VPN server on my windows xp box using the built in xp vpn server. When I go through the process of setting up the server, the only security feature I have control over seems to be which users can have access. There are no options for authentication, what type of encryption, ip filters, etc. The windows XP client seems to be where all of the security options can be set, which doesn't really make sense. I would think the server would have control over security... but my understanding is perhaps limited.

Can the VPN server security be tweaked by setting up IP Security Policies? Can anyone point me to a "how to" tutorial or offer me some guidance?

Answer:Windows XP VPN Server Setup

Your only option is to check the box "Require all users to secure their passwords and data"

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Heres what Im looking to do: My Windows 7 desktop hosts a Windows server 2008 x64 VM. I would like to somehow setup the VM so that I can install and deploy versions of windows installs over the network. Does anyone have any ideas on what to do here?

Answer:Setup on windows server

You'll want to use Windows Server Update Services (WSUS)

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I'm in need of some suggestions on what type of PC (hardware requirements) would be good to run versions of Windows Server. The PC would not be used for business purposes, purely for learning. All I need is for the PC to run Windows Server and run it without being too slow ie, I want an old PC to run Windows Server not a new one but I dont know what would be sufficient.

So if anyone can provide some suggestions, such as a PIII 700mhz, 256MB RAM etc it would be great.

Thank you.


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I tried to configure it but failed, can't get it done ok.

Anyone has a link for a step by step guide that show how to do this right? This is a domain server also so I should use routing and remote access at admin tools for this.

By the way, I'm using a Linksys Wireless-G Broadband Router which has:
IPSec Passthrough: Enable

PPTP Passthrough: Enable

L2TP Passthrough: Enable

So I assume that I shouldn't need to configure anything else on the router.
Am I correct or there is some port forwarding to do or some other thing?

Answer:Can't setup VPN on a Windows 2000 server

You need to forward ports to the router.

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Can any tell me if there is a way to set a windows 2000 pro (not server) or windows XP Pro machine as a VPN server. I know that they can both be set up as client but I cannot find a way of setting them up as a server. I would like to use my braod band connection to link two machines over the Internet.

Answer:Setup VPN Server on Windows 2000 pro or XP pro

click here

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Dear Sir,
I would like to setup a Windows Fax Server, using which, I need to be able to send and receive fax through email. I have more than 2000 users on my AD domain and would like to enable this feature
for all the users who ever has an email account and has access to his Outllok Client.
I went through the standard fax server guide mentioned  below - but could not understand very well as to how to be achieve the desired result.
Please advice..



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I am trying to set up my Windows Xp computer as a VPN server. I have taken the initial steps. I get to the Accept incoming connections screen and click okay. The computer hangs for about a minute or so, and then comes up with the following message: Incoming connections depend on Routing and Remote access service which was unable to start. For more information, check the system event log. I presumed I had to go to control panel, performance and maintenance, Administrative Tools, Event viewer. I have already made sure that Routing and Remote access are enabled, as well as Telephony. I could not find Netbios in the services list, and don't know where to look for it. Also when I try to start Routing and Remote access service manually I get the following message: Windows could not start Routing and Remote access on local computer. For more information, review the System Event Log. If this is a non-Microsoft service, contact the service vendor, and refer to the service specific error code-2147483576. Can some one give me a step by step walk through of how to resolve this issue, so I can connect to that computer from work over the internet?

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Hey Guys,
I have a small business network with 8 clients. This was my first time setting up a network using Windows 2003 Server. I have setup active directory.My server is connected to a router which is then connected to a DSL modem. I had to bridge the modem to share internet with the other computers. I'm using dynamic IP address. Now, I would like to set up a vpn connection so that I can access the server from home. I googled some stuff and all I found was that I have to run the Remote Routing wizard.Now here is the problem. When I enable remote routing on the server. All the client machines cannot access the shared network drive.Also, still with that setting I was not able to connect remotely to the server.Can anyone guide me in the right direction.I'm going crazy trying to figure this out. Right now I'm using one NIC, the server does have another NIC, if you guys need to know.Please help.


Answer:Setup VPN on a windows 2003 server

From everything I have been reading, you either have to use your firewall to authenticate and then pass you on to the network, or you need to add another NIC to your server and connect it directly to the internet other wise there is no way for the outside people to get to it.

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I have a Dell dimension 2400 with Windows XP service pack 2. Now at boot-up I get a hardware wiazard attempting to install drivers for unknown hardware. I lauch the wizard and it finds nothing. I insert my Canon cd with drivers and it still finds nothing. Under Printers my printer is on lpt1, online and the default printer. Under device manager it shows 4 unknown devices in yellow with yellow ? marks.

I have disabled and deleted these and they comeback each time the hardware wizard runs. The com1 and ecp printer 1 devices all show that they are working properly. I have deleted and attempted to reinstall software drivers . The installation process halts when the system attempts to ping the printer and determines that there is no connection between the desktop and the printer. I have rebooted the system and printer. I have checked the cable.

I have tried using all of the usb ports on the pc. I have swapped the cable out and tried a new cable. Bottom line Windows says that the com and lpt ports are working. I have checked connections. Is my controller card shot and windows doesn't realize that its dead. Or is there a registry issue since I had this spyware trojan virus. Any ideas? I have the answer for getting rid of the spy crusher virus if you are infected with the spycrusher Virus malware.

The same hardware wizard routine kicks off for the hardware wizard whether or not the printers are connected or not. I have stopped and restarted the spooler as well.

I'm St... Read more

Answer:Hardware Wizard Wants To Setup Unknown Hardware

You might want to look at the Device Manager to see what type of device it is listed under. To access this follow these instructions:

Click HARDWARE tab
See what the Device Manager recognizes the device as.
Go to and seach up the drivers for your computer.
If nothing else works, try installing all the drivers, Windows will tell you if the driver will work or not. Good luck and post results plz.

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Hey. I was recently using my computer, when I got the message, "potentially harmful software detected." I clicked the take action option, but nothing happened. So, I turned off my tower, and turned it back on. It wouldn't get to the user sign in process. It just kept with it's blank screen. So, I've had a similar problem before, so I reset my computer to factory condition, since I don't have anything vital on it. I ran start up repair, which worked fine. I ran tests which worked fine and said it passed the entirety of the basic test. I did a more specific hard-drive test, and it passed that. So, I reset the computer to factory condition, and it goes well to that point.But then it gets to the "Setting up services" part of the resetting your computer, and it loads to installing services, but then it will say, "Windows setup cannot configure Windows to this hardware." or something to that affect. Then I'll get a message saying "Windows could not complete installation. Restart instillation." And it'll go no further, even when I reboot. What's wrong? If it helps, I use an HP 2009m. Like I said, I've had to restore to factory conditions before, but I've never gotten this problem.

Answer:Windows setup cannot configure Windows to hardware? Why?

The warning message sounds like a fake AV scan virus, trying to trick you into running it since it cannot get out of the webpage pop-up unless you run it.

You should have a good AV like free Microsoft Security Essentials with the Win7 Firewall kept up to date via Windows Updates. Relying on factory recovery to protect you is faulty because it can fail as it appears to have done.

If Factory Recovery fails when run from its partition on the HD at boot, your options are to boot the Recovery Disks you should have made when you set up the computer, or order them from Tech Support.

In the case of possible serious infection, I would wipe the HD first: SSD - HDD Optimize for Windows Reinstallation. You can run this from a System Repair Disk which also should have been made earlier in case Win7 stops booting so you can repair from disk.

There is another option which is to use a Win7 installation DVD for your version to get a superior Clean Reinstall of the OS using the Product Key on the COA sticker attached to machine. This leaves out all of the Factory Bloatware and useless factory utilties which have much better versions in Win7 - this crapware is worst of all on HP's. Here are steps to get a perfect reinstall of just the Win7 OS: Reinstalling Windows 7

And here is the ISO to burn to DVD or write to flash stick using the tool below it: Official ISO Downloads Windows 7 Home Premium x64 English
Windows 7 USB-DVD Download Tool

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I recently preformed a clean install on my Inspiron 5423. It seemed fine until I got aan error message -"Windows setup could not configure windows to run on this computer's hardware" Does anyone have any suggestions?

-using (Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit) off a usb stick

Answer:Windows setup could not configure windows to run on this Hardware

Try running the Dell manufacturer's diagnostic tools.

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Okay, so I have been meaning to do this for a very long time and finally since I am getting a new Macbook Air I am going to jump into it.

My wife has an old style macbook, I will soon have a macbook air. I have three main computers (all PC and running windows 7) at my home. One main computer, one media server (relegated to the closet) and an HTPC.

I want to eventually install WHS on the server, but since I have over 10TB of storage space (about 4TB filled) and no way to back all this up while I update the OS; I have just left windows 7 pro on the server and it has been working okay.

I want a simple (remember it is for the wife too) way that I can share files back and forth between the two macbooks and the server mainly. Most likely via FTP. I have been doing some reading and could probably figure all this out, but I want a simple solution.

My ultimate goal is to have a semi-cloud backup/storage design. I would also like to eventually be able to direct friends and families to specific photo or video directories that they could access maybe through a VPN (or something like it).

Any guidance would be a big help.

Answer:Any dummy's guide to windows and mac server setup?

OS X has SMB (Windows File Sharing) access built in.

From the Finder menu, you can type command-K (forget the menu item) and type in smb://<name or ip of server>/<share name>

OS X will mount that share as a network drive. Providing your permissions are correct and people use the proper logins (guest accounts are bad, mmmkay) then there shouldn't be an issue of sharing files.

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Have setup server as per THIS TUTORIAL and it is perfect for my needs.
What I now want to do is set it up so that when the first client starts in the Morning it wakes from Hibernate and when the last client shuts down at night it Hibernates.
Have messed about with it and can get it to work some times but need to get it to work all the time.
Any and all assistance will be most appreciated.

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I'm having some trouble setting up the SMTP service under IIS on XP.

I've been using various other servers over the last few years on my XP Pro 'box' and I finally settled on LiteServe, as it is 'Lite', both in size and configuration. I've had no major problems with it until recently when my danish ISP decided to add a 'smart host' or 'relay host' feature to their network to add further protection against spam. So far they've 'only' blocked port 25 requiring me to add a second MX record in my DNS configuration, which looks like this: IN MX 10 IN MX 20

This have worked for the last few years without any problems, but recently they've added the extra above-mentioned 'smart host' feature also, which the SMTP server in LiteServe doesn't support. For those who aren't familiar with LiteServe it's a multipurpose server incl. FTP, web, mail and telnet. I've used all the dif. servers without much difficulty and I've also used various other standalone FTP, web and mail servers over the years without any serious problems. Now I've decided to check out IIS as it's already integrated into XP and as such shouldn't add too much 'overhead' to my system. I know the IIS that comes with XP Pro (5.1) is a watered-down version of the 'real' and newer version 6.0 which is in Windows Server 2003... Read more

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Gary, I'm using windows mail with a computer I just got with Vista. No problem receiving email through as incoming server; however, set up outgoing server to, port 587, and I get this errror mesage:

The message could not be sent. The authentication setting might not be correct for your outgoing e-mail [SMTP] server. For help solving this problem, go to Help, search for "Troubleshoot Windows Mail", and read the "I'm having problems sending e-mail" section. If you need help determining the proper server settings, please contact your e-mail service provider.
The rejected e-mail address was '[email protected]????.>>>'. Subject 'Re: Latest Customer List', Account: '', Server: '', Protocol: SMTP, Server Response: '550 must be authenticated', Port: 587, Secure(SSL): No, Server Error: 550, Error Number: 0x800CCC79

Help, please!!!!

Answer:Outgoing server setup, windows mail

Hi jpelayo and welcome to Vista Forums

Have a look here 1&1 Webhosting FAQ | What is the required information to set up e-mail clients?

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Server Machine:
Dedicated Server VM provided by a provider (similar to an amazon ec2 powered system) - All ports are opened
OS: Windows 7 Professional  - Fresh install (+newest windows updates (as of start of this month) preapplied)
Firewall: Only windows firewall (turned it all off in : Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Windows Firewall\Customize Settings)
Since it is not behind a router, DHCP is done through windows and I have disabled on the main network adapter (I have manually configured the IPv4 ip/gw/subnet).
 Tried enabling it so it auto gets it, no difference.

Fyi: I have contacted one of the tech support responsible for maintaining the vms on site and assured me that everything is open and nothing is blocked. Any sort of firewall is the client?s responsibly
to setup on their system.

Fyi2: I do have a second dedicated server provided by the same provider but on a completely different system (not the same place as the windows 7 machine being hosted? I hope this makes sense) but with
Ubuntu installed. I have pptpd installed, configured and running on the same ip range [ ?] that I have setup for the windows VM. VPN clients that connect gets the correct 10.0.0.* ip and are able to access the web fine using the VM?s vpn
connection.  And no, I don?t run both vpn connections at same time.

Following most examples on the web on how to setup a vpn server (which all show exact same way) and supposedly it ju... Read more

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I am trying to install NT Server 4.0 on a single computer and I am getting these error messages:

"Setup is unable to locate the hardrive partition prepared by the MS-DOS portion of setup.

When you run the MS-DOS Windows NT Server program, you must specify a temporary drive that is supported by Windows NT. See your system guide for more information.

Setup cannot continue. Press F3 to exit".

I get this message after the three floppies are copied and the system reboots.

I tried something diferent by trying to copy the I386 folder onto the C: drive and install NT Server from there instead of doing it from the CD and this is the error message I got with that:
Error number two:
"Your program caused a devide overflow error. If the problem persists, contact your program vendor".

I also tried installing NT Workstation and I get the same errors. One more note. While the system say's it's writing files to the HD the system seems to freeze. It looks like the it just stops and the HD seems to stop too. At least it's not writing to the HD. Any help would be appreciated.

Answer:{Advice Offered} - Windows NT Server Setup


It sounds like the drive you have is formatted with FAT32.

Here's what you can do:
1) Get a boot disk, ( I have one available from ), and use it to delete the partition, and recreate it as either FAT16 or NTFS (most bootdisks have FDISK and FORMAT, which will only give you the choice of FAT16. My disk has Partition magic, which will give you both options).

2) Recreate the partition as FAT16 or NTFS

3) Try re-installing NT.
Also, make sure that the active partition (the partition that is bootable), is NOT more then 8 gigs away from the start of the drive, and that the size of your system partition does not exceed 8 gigs (this is a flaw in the installation program for NT4, which has been corrected with Win2K).


Reuel Miller
Windows NT Moderator (yes, that does make me biased )

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First off how much power does a typical laptop consume with a P-M 1.5ghz processor?

Anyways in my quest for a low powered home server I have been debating between a Via C3 and an Intel Atom system, then it dawned on me that a laptop does not draw that much power either and that would not require me purchasing more equipment.

The systems I am looking at are:

Home built C3 system:
2 gigs of DDR 533 ram
1TB HDD (desktop HDD)
no optical

Intel Atom system:
Asus Eee Box
1gb RAM DD2
160 gig HDD (laptop HDD)
no optical

HP Pavilion DV1040 Laptop:
1 gig DDR RAM
160 gig HDD (obviously laptop hard drive)
Intel Pentium-M 1.6ghz
DVD/CD-RW drive

What would be my best option for a LOW POWER home media server? My main concern is power consumption because this thing is going to be on 24/7 and I am not a fan of paying more to the electric company than I have to, and the cost of energy is just going to keep going up.

Anyways what do you think? Ill be running Ubuntu on which ever system I decide on, so any advice would be great! Thanks!

Answer:Ever use a laptop for a home server? And question on low powered home server...

Your biggest downfall for a laptop media server is your limitation to expand your storage.

You can build a low power server box fairly cheaply plus have to expandability later on.

My advice is to just use one of those systems above. When the time comes to upgrade build a system that doesn't use much power. Also would recommend using some kind of spin down for hard drives so they don't consume as much power when they are not access. (Might notice a performance difference. doubtful)

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I have a Dell Poweredge 1750 with Intel Xeon 2.4 GHZ CPU's.

Does anyone know if the 2008 x64 OS can be installed on a system with Xeon 2.4 GHZ CPU's?

All the other stuff looks right like RAM, storage ect.

According to the MS web site it seems like it just lumps them all together. I guess the main thing is does the CPU have to be a specific 64 bit CPU or will it install on a 32 bit CPU.
Windows Server 2008 System Requirements

Thanks for your help.

Answer:Windows server 2008 x64 hardware requirements?

A Xeon is not a Itanium based CPU. So it falls under the catagory of the rest. It is above the 1.4GHz required for x64 you should be just fine.

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I have a WSE I use for backing up and stoaring data. I have like 10 hard drives connected to it 8 of which are running drive pool.

The Motherboard is toast, and well although it wasn't having any issues keeping up with some cameras and file storage and backups, I guess it might be time to replace it with my 4770k office PC (ex gaming rig) and upgrade that machine.

If I simply swap out the MB's are boot off the Hard drive with WSE be able to adapt to the new hardware? Can I at least recover the CD Key because I can't seem to find it anywhere.

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I recently decided to play with the Server OS's again, I have been mostly using XP Pro for these functions, since its a local server, and mostly just used for file sharing, and as a download box (anti virus updates, etc).

Should I look into Windows Home Server or Windows Server 2008.

I have access to both OS's, just need to choose one.

Also will my legacy Windows XP Apps, work on either one? Thanks.

Answer:Windows Home Server or Windows 2008 Server

Same situation here. I decided to go with Server 2k3. HS is based on SMS and I absolutely hate the concept. 2k3 is blazing fast and easy to config for most uses.

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Mystery - Webmaster Needed for question in setting up a website on my own server!

Hello, I have my own in-house server running Windows Server 2000. I created a very quick easy one page website to test the functionality of seeing if the page was served, but know-one except myself can view it. If I type in Localhost, it brings my webpage up on each of my other networked computers, and it appears the site is viewed perfectly. But others get the infamous 401 error, and cant find it. I have my own static IP's setup and it was working at one time (quite a while back), then I updated the page using Frontpage and published it. Again, it is not able to viewed by others. I need to know where to publish the site and what folder on the server should be created?? I dont believe that I must have the correct file structure setup??

The server is named FS1 and Webs are in the D: drive.

This is how the directory is, but it must not be correct.
\\Fs1\webs\rp-enterprises is the domain name and it is registered. I use RoadRunner HighSPeed, and purchased my own block of IP addresses, I am almost possitive that they are setup correctly reflecting the correct DNS server.

Please help...Thanks in advance!

Answer:Windows Server 2000 website directory setup

My guess is that the external connection is blocked by your router/firewall. You must ensure that the web connections are being allowed into your system.

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Hi Guys,
I'm trying to set up network using windows 2003 server.I don't have enough knowledge of networking except that I have a few computers at home that are on a network.So I'm trying to do the same thing for a friend's little business.The problem is that he bought a server with Windows 2003 server that I have never used before.I have been able to put all the computers on the network.I can access the server from any computer by logging in as Administrator. I believe that I need to make users on the server so that users can connect to the Server using their own password but I don't know how to do that .

Can someone please tell how to do that.Or give me a link for a basic tutorial for windows 2003 server that explains how to create user accounts on the network.

Thanks very much!!

Answer:Setup Network Users in Windows 2003 Server

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Hi Guys,

I'm new on the board and I've joined becase I could do with a hand.
Basically our work's tech guy has left to join the army (long story) and before he left he setup out 2000 Windows AS for me which was cool.

We are now opening another office and I need to replicate the same setup again. I'm ok when it comes to the hardware side of it... switches, routers etc.... But my problem is when I have to configure the Server setup.

Can you recommend any good sources on the internet that can talk me through it step by step... like I'm a 2 yeard old. But preferably not step by step and theres about 2351 steps in all.

Your words of wisdom would be a great help !

Cheers guys !

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Does anyone know how to setup a new e-mail account on windows 2000 server? This is a server within a company. They want me to perform this service but no training is provided.

Answer:setup e-mail account on windows 2000 server

Get an email client piece of sostware to begin with like Outlook or Outlook Express. Get an email account from an ISP and they will have directions on how to connect to their mailservers with the account they set up. If they are wanting you to set up an in-house mail server that's a whole other thing entirely.

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Not sure where i should post this thread.. so if this is incorrect please accept my apologies.
so.. i have an issue with a Windows 2003 standard server setup. or more percise and repair of an existing server install.
The first stage of the repair worked ok.. but when the GUI setup starts, I get the following error pop up... i click close.. and the whole operation continues in one loop.

>>> lsass.exe - Unable to Locate Component
>>> The application has failed to start because
>>> OK

Please help!!


Answer:Solved: windows 2003 server - setup issues

Why are you repairing the server? I ask because it's quite probable that this is a virus. The LSASS process manages user logins, and is often targeted for infections on PC's and servers running Windows.

more info here:

And a possible fix here:

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How easy is this to use? Would I be better off getting Server 2003, All I really use that computer for is to download stuff etc

heres the Machine

AMD 2500+
512 Buffalo 3200
A7V8x Deluxe Mobo (2 Ethernet Ports0
1 120gig Maxtor
1 80 Gig Seagate
what would be the best thing To do , I would like to control it from my lakehouse etc.

Money is no option for software

Answer:Give Me the Whole Lowdown On Windows Desktop or Setup a Server

could you clarify what your asking?

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hey there, the office that i work at doing odds and ends for everything and anything doesn't have there networking setup in a domain enviroment, its in a peer to peer workgroup i think you call it. Basically my question is this...what does a server need in order to become a domain there seperate hardware or software or is it built into windows 2000 server. Right now the Dell 1400 SC server has 1Gb of ram and (2) Pentium III 1125 MHz processors. What would we have to do in order to get the server setup as a domain controller????? We plan on doing a clean install of everything if we can use this server as a domain controller... Also, i think one of this initial problems that they never had a domain controller setup is because most of the computers are running 98SE (about 28) some XP (about 6) and some 2000 pro (about 6) Im not sure if the 98's were a issue with a domain enviroment? Any and all info is greatly appreciated!!!!!!! Thanks for reading!

Answer:setup A domain controller on windows 2000 server???

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i have dual boot 7 and server 2012r2 . i changed windows 7 mode to ahci using this article . only to discover that i cannot convert the server to ahci . the only solution was to uininstall srver 2012r2 adn tehn install it again ..

now using easybcd i removed the boot entry for server 2012r2 .. but i cannot delete the files/data of server.
i cannot delet the windows // program files// users etc folders .. i get permission error ..

i cannot format the entire partition as it has a lot of data and i have no spare hard/partition/space to swap the data there and format it ..

so how to selectivly remove it ?

any script or method ?

Answer:how to remove windows server 2012R2 from dualboot setup?

Do you have server on a separate partion or just 1?

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I wasn't sure if I am posting this in the correct forum. If you look at the attachment, I am trying to resize my C: (Disk 0, OS) drive using space from the D: drive (Disk 1). I have tried a couple of disk management software but it seems like it can't be done. If anyone knows of a way to do this that would help me out greatly!!


Answer:Resize partition on Windows Server 2008? Not sure if this can be done on my setup.

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I need some help setting up my home network. This is how it works:

All computers can connect fine to the WiFi I have in my home. Internet also works fine. What I want to do is setup a cable connection between two of the PC's. They should still be able to use the internet on the WIFI but when I copy files vice versa, it should use the cable connection. Any way this is possible.

Thanks in advanced.

Answer:Setup Home Network in Windows 7

What kind of WiFi connection do you have? Maybe i don't understand you request but most WIFI modems have a built in router.
If not all you need is a router.

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I cant seem to figure out how to get into my Win XP Home BIOS setup when i boot, hitting f8 sends me to a OS selector and advanced options, but i want to change some settinsg in my BIOS, someone please help me.

Answer:Getting Into Windows XP Home BIOS Setup

What make/model? Do you know what motherboard you have?

Try Del, F1, F10, etc. for starters. If you give more info, we can be more specific.

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I'm presently building a computer system for myself. I
want to install Windows XP Home Edition,I putting an AMD
XP 1.5GHZ, ASUS A7V266-E, 256mb DDR,seagate 40GB
compatible by HCL list from microsoft. No operating
systems ever been installed on that PC.

Setup starts copying files for up to 10% then stop and
says it cannot copy the file I press enter to try again
but the same screen comes back again, then I press ESC to
skip the file and then the next file does the same. I
tried another hard drive(the same, seagate),I tried
another CDROM drive>same thing, I disconnected my floppy
drive>same thing, I installed a PCI video card instead of
an AGP>same thing,I switch my DDR chip to the next
bank>same thing, I even tried to install Windows 2000 Pro
from a cd which is known to be working>same thing again(
with windows 2000 pro).

I was able to install windows 98SE and then I tried to update it to Windows XP home edition, still nothing. The only left to check is the mainboard or the CPU,could these last two items cause this problem.

I've never seen this before,have you? Any help would be
appreciated cause I've used all resources possible even
microsoft doesn't have any known issue about that, even
the web.

Thank You

Answer:Unable to setup windows Xp Home Ed.

What about changing the IDE cable? It may be a long shot, but I've seen programs that would install until I changed the cable.

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I've just got a Compaq Presario S5600Uk PC with Windows Xp home pre installed. When I turn on the computer it goes into the set up screen and then freezes.

There are options like which country are you in etc that only half load and the rest are shown in squiggles. If I quickly quick forward I can get a few screens in before it freezes again.

I've done a system restore to factory settings but that made no difference.I also reset the Bios settings that did nothing. I tried starting windows in safe mode and got the message:

The system is not fully installed. Please run setup again.

If anyone has any suggestions please let me know as I'd love to use my new PC!


Answer:Windows XP Home Freezing on setup?

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I got a new SATA 320 GB hard drive today, since my other one died. I setup the drivers for it with help of the Windows XP disc, and start to install Windows.

I get to the part where I enter the product key, and I get a prompt that it is invalid. I have entered the key at least 40 times to make sure I haven't mistyped it. I have looked at the Windows Support page and search around, and nothing has helped me.

Please help, I really want to make my product key work.

Answer:Windows XP SP2 Home setup error.

What "version" of Windows XP is it?

OEM preinstalled (e.g. did it come as a "recovery CD" with a sticker on the computer case with the key on it?)

Full version (the key would then be on the CD case)

Upgrade version (ditto above)

OEM retail (ditto above)


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Yes i am looking for a clean install setup for windows Xp, i have the S/N on my PC tower. Yet i do not have a setup disk, does Microsoft have any type of demo/trail download install files or iso.?

Answer:[SOLVED] Windows XP home setup.

Borrow an XP disc from someone else. Make sure the edition matches (Home, Pro, etc). Enter YOUR 25 digit product key when prompted for validation. It will pass validation.

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im trying to reinstall xp and the welcome to setup screen appears and tells me to press enter to continue to set up xp, i pressed enter and nothing happens, i also tried pressing R and F3 and nothing happens i know my keyboard is working because i was using it to run the install disc while turning on my computer please help does it(keyboard) have anything to do with the setup bios?

Answer:windows xp home edition setup

i suppose you're using a USB keyboard. check your BIOS settings.'USB Legacy Support' should be 'Enabled'.

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Could someone please help me? I need to get a server to run NT SQL. I will have 4 workstations running Windows 98. I don't know what type of hardware to get for my server. Do I need a lot of RAM? A really fast CPU? A huge hard drive? Will my server need anything more that an ordinary beefed up computer already has? Please help me!

Answer:{Advice Offered} - Windows NT SQL server hardware recommendation?

Need to know more before that can be answered.

How much data do you plan on storing? That will determine your hard drive size.

How big are the databases programs going to be? That will help with the RAM. Of course, with and MS product, more RAM is always a good thing.

CPU speed... well, I would go with something decent. With only 4 users I doubt you'll need an 800MHz or anything. Of course, I don't know how much data you are planning to have this maching process - so even 1 user could need a really fast CPU.

Get free stuff and help out a poor computer tech
(4/29 free $5 added - free computer headset ends 4/30!):

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can i install windows 2000 advance server on a p4 pc.If yes than what more will b required to add in it.any link guiding how to install windows 2000 serverstep by step. what configuration i will b needed for?


You'll find all the answers to your questions by Googling for them.W2k minimum requirements: W2k...

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It's possible to make a hardware independent image from
Windows 2003 Server?
When Yes give me some information how to make it?
When Not tell me to what extent is it possible to
create a hardware independent image of a Windows 2003 server?

should I use 3rd party software for this...e.g. from PowerQuest?


Answer:Hardware independent images with Windows 2003 server??

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I'm getting the following error with I click on the ADD HARDWARE wizard from the control panel.

Cannot Run Two Device Installations

Another device installation is underway, when it is finished you can try this wizard again.

I was in the process of adding a USB 2.O mass storage device. XP will not recognize the new hardware.

Answer:Windows XP Home Ed - Add Hardware Error

Sounds like one hadn't quite finished an you started the second so perhaps a reboot then retry..

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i origally had win 2003 server install now i just bought another licnse pack ... now how do i add this 5 pack cal windows 2003 server license to my exisiting setup so i can allow 5 more users . ?

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When ever I run "DCPROMO" and go through the active dirctory for domain wizard it locks up after is asks me for the domain name. It will just sit and and go into not responding. Ocasionaly when I flush the DNS in the command prompt it lets me by and doent lock but that does not work all the time. If anyone knows why this occurs and has a remedy for this issue please post. Thanx


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OS - Windows XP
AMD Athalon 64
Processor 3400+

(Any other information can be easily given)

I am only posting out of desperation, so here goes my sob story.

I am attempting to do a full system restore and am running into an issue. During the installation is always stops when it attempts to instal the ATI video/chipsets driver. It claims the data is invalid. I do not know why it is saying this, but if some one could maybe point out what I'm missing, that would be wonderful. The exact mesage is "error extracting support files: the data is invlaid!" This happens as the ATI Software Setup is prepring to open an instal wizard.

Answer:Windows XP Home Setup - Fail after a certain point.

Hi and welcome to TSG.

It could be a dirty or scratched CD, have a look at it and see if it is clean. If it is dirty you could give it a clean up and try it again. If its heavily scratched you may be out of luck.

If you have internet access (which you must in one way or another to post here hehe) then you could go to the ATI website and download the most up-to-date drivers for the card and run that installer instead.

Failing that, you could try copying the entire CD onto your harddrive (a temp folder on your desktop will do) and then run the installation from there. Sometimes a PC may not be able to run a program from a CD but will run it from the harddrive, its worth a try.

Keep us posted if you get it sorted or not, if those don't work I am sure there will be someone here with other ideas for you to try.

Good luck.

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I'm having trouble within my hard drive.

When I startup the machine tells me there is no hard disks detected, when I go into the BIOS it says it finds my hard drive. When I try to load windows, I get a blue screen claiming:


I followed the instructions from DELL and tried restoring factory settings, but although it told me I had a primary drive as my hard drive and secondary drive as my CD drive, it didn't do much else.

I tried deleting the partition through the windows setup but it told me it was "unable to delete the partition".

A friend suggested taking out one the non-Dell ram sticks to see if that would help - it didn't.

What else can I do?

Answer:PATA HDD not detected during windows xp home setup

What version of WINXP cd are you using? To be able to properly install a PATA drive you need minimum WINXPSP2 setup cd. If not a manual integration of a driver might be required for complete HD functionality.

Yes I know it sounds cray cause its IDE in theory but I have had problems in the past.

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I tried to reinstall Windows XP Home in the process of trying to repair "Can't get logged on windows xp home" problem Now when I restart windows I get the choice of running Windows XP Home or Setup Windows Home. How do I get rid of the unwanted "Setup Windows XP Home"? While trying to reinstall the operating system it asked for Service Pack 2 which is not on the CD that came with my computer. any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Solved: Windows XP Home Setup Problem

Removing a item from boot menu

Right click my computer >> properties >> advanced >>> under startup and recovery click settings >>> under system Startup click Edit >>> Remove the line for the Xp installation

BE CAREFULL ************************

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