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[SOLVED] Copying data from one machine to an XP machine

Question: [SOLVED] Copying data from one machine to an XP machine

I have an old computer with 2 drives running on it, the C is a little wonky and only starts with XP cd installed under R support to get a C: in DOS. Can I use a printer cable to hook these 2 machines together to get a few files off the D: drive on the old machine from an XP machine? A network cable does not seem to work, I can't see the old machine in the DOS prompt.
Thanks for any help or pointers, and am not sure which forum was correct for this question.

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Preferred Solution: [SOLVED] Copying data from one machine to an XP machine

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Answer: [SOLVED] Copying data from one machine to an XP machine

hi shamal,

have you tried BARTPE? create an XP live CD using the bart pe builder and you can boot from CD drive of the machine where your wonky hard drive is. from there you can access your C: drive and copy your files on to another computer on the network or on to a USB device.

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I don't get it, all was great. This morning I was copying and pasting a movie file from folder to folder and instead of 50 seconds I get 9 minutes. Plus while it's in the paste mode the machine slows up and task manager isn't responding

Answer:Solved: machine was fine but copying and pasting freezes the machine

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Can I copy the data of remote desktop to my Local machine. If No Why ?
Pls suggest.

Answer:Remotely Accessed Machine's Data can be Copied to Local Machine.

Click Start | Help and Support
Search on:
Cutting and pasting to and from a remote session
Accessing local files and folders in a remote session

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I have an older IBM unit and now a new Asus unit.

I would like to take programs and what not from the older unit, with a dying hard drive, to the newer unit.

Best method?
Ethernet transfer?
Files and folders transfer has serial cable option, I am looking to move several 100's GB of things.
Windows Backup? Or MG Backup?

Answer:Old machine New machine, moving data from one to other

i found a serial cable, not a db-9 to db-9 at it's a "Diablotek CA-1638 USB 2.0 to 9-Pin RS232 DB9 Serial Adapter".

I did find a db-9 Female to db-9 female somewhere else, It's a "6 Foot Serial DB9 Female to Female".

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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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Hi all ,
am new here , but have been following up your site for almost all my tech needs. KUdos tothe modo for keeping up with the content.

here is my situation. we have more than 200 POS units ready to be installed in restaurants for loyalty program. by default we decided the whole concept would work in the following manner

merchant swipes the card-----> pos unit connected to router sends information to singapore (our location is dubai ) -----> the information is processed and returned to merchant in dubai .

now that was a simple dream. but the reality of it is the following ,

none of the merchants have dedicated internet line (RJ45) , they use the telephone connection , where the POS unit dials a local number (UAE based). if we change that to dial to singapore , that would be just more than ridiculous.

hence i thought of hte following ,

merchant swipes card-- local tel line-----> information goes to local server --internet----> information sent to singapore ----processed---> sent back to dubai server ------> to merchant POS.

is this possible, can anyone help>?


Answer:Solved: POS machine data routing problem.

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Hey all, I just got an awesomely unexpected birthday present of a new emachine T2862 that has XP on it, saving me from having to scrape up the dough to replace my 5-year-old CompUSA Home Series refurb-p.o.s. Although I think I remember reading somewhere that emachines were not that good, but I believe it should at least be an improvement over the old one, being 5 times faster and with 5 times bigger hard drive! Expecially considering I'm just about broke financially.

I haven't even opened the box yet, I want to do my homework first on what I need to do... I want to transfer a lot of files from my old computer to the new one. From what I've been reading here, it seems like my best bet is to get some kind of transfer cable -- exactly what kind, where can I get one, and about what will it cost? I've never hooked up 2 computers to each other before, and I don't know what's involved... if it helps, this old thing is running Windows 98, and what I want to transfer is:

1) my music - mostly copied off of CDs and stored in windows media player playlists, I don't want to have to re-copy them b/c the reason I copied them to the computer is some of the CDs had been played so much they were getting warped/scratched etc, besides it's time-consuming - I know copying from one computer to the other doesn't save much time, but it would save me from having to keep sticking in the next CD, doing the copy, and then having to re-type in the library i... Read more

Answer:Solved: cable transfer from 98 machine to new XP machine

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I have a network problem. My windows 7 machine is not detecting win xp machine whereas win xp machine is detecting win 7 machine.
They are in the same workgroup named Home. And the networking system is set to work. I have left the homegroup I was previously in. I enabled file sharing for devices that use 40 bit and 50 bit encryption.
On XP I have enabled NetBios over TCP/IP.
File sharing is enabled on both computers.
I think it's something obvious as both instalations on different computers are really fresh and both windows haven't been tampered with.

Thank you for your assistance.

Answer:Solved: Windows 7 machine does not detect win xp machine

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I accidently put my USB drive in the washer. I first realized it was in the washer when I finally went to take out my clothes and put it in the dryer. When I found the USB Drive in the washer, I noticed the top cap of the USB was still attached. After realizing that it was in the washer, took the USB out and wiped it down with a dry cloth. Then, I went to my laptop to plug it in. As a result, the laptop recognized it; in addition, the laptop also viewed all my of files on the disk; however, the USB drive kept dismounting every few seconds. By the way, my USB Drive is made by Kingston.
My question to you is, what do I do from here? Would data recover help me? I am planning to learn a little data recover myself. I just do not know where to start. So far, I have put the USB Drive in a dry container filled with dry rice (uncooked rice). I found out about this idea online earlier. I plan to leave it there about four days and then figure out what else to do next.

Answer:Solved: Data Recovery - for Machine Washed USB Drive

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Someone mistook eMachine's "system recovery" for XP's "system restore".

Barring the availability of a time machine, which data recovery program is better at recovering files from hard disk drive sectors which have been over written; Easy Recovery Professional, GetDataBack, or something else?

Thanks for your advice.


Answer:Solved: Time Machine Needed; data recovery ;)

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Hi gang.
Thanks for all your useful help in the past.

Here is my latest problem:

My daughter,s old acer aspire one, (The little 10 inch screen model), is dead and I have bought a newer one on ebay.
The old machine ran XP and the new one has windows 7 installed.

I want to transfer all her files,(Nope, she never backed anything up to an external hard drive), onto the newer machine.

I was thinking that I could maybe, pop the hard drive from the old machine into the new one. Copy all her files onto an external Hd. Put the newer HD back into the newer machine, then copy the files onto it from the external HD.
STOP ME RIGHT NOW IF I AM WRONG PLEASE!!! (I wont attempt anything until I,ve read at least one reply).

It seems like a logical solution to me,(Not being a techy), but I dont want to risk wrecking the newer machine.

Any advice on recovering files from the old HD much appreciated.

Answer:Solved: Transfer data from a dead XP machine to a newer Windows 7 one

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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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Hello there,

My boss just got a new machine and wants to move his outlook from one machine to the next without paying for any software to do this. I have been all over the net looking for how to do this and I am stuck on one thing, moving the address book. If you stop to think about it the software to do this costs $30.00 and the amount of time I spent looking for this solution sure as hell cost him more than that in lost work time. Anyway does anyone know how to move the address book from one machine to another?


Answer:Copying address book from one machine to another

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Anyone know of a simple solution work around for copying files from drives that came out of other computer systems when you are using windows 7?

- Computer A has had a hardware failure (non-hard drive related)
- I pull the hard drive to get the user's files off for them.
- I attach the hard drive to computer B (runs windows 7 Professional)
- Computer B see the attached drive but I go to copy the users profile (the user's files) stored on that machine I get you don't have permission.

I am in an admin account (domain) but I think it has to do more with the UAC in windows 7. The first time I did this I went in an just took ownership of the files and gave me access to the files. In XP i just always cut/copied and pasted but now just not sure. Just wondering if there is a simpler solution to doing this.

Answer:Question: Copying Files with a Windows 7 machine

it is not UAC.
It is all file/folder perms.

Many threads around here about this...

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Hey I have questions about vmware.

1.) Basicaly when I was formating and backuping my old (physical) hard drive I just copied VMware files from where they were installed.

So i have just those files now backed up now. Would like to know if it would be possible to somehow retrieve from it was was on it before >> that is installed system with all files on its virtual disc etc Ive had quite alot of it there, and its pitty I was so careless when backing it up this way.

2.) If its by not any means possible to retrieve virtual machine from that copy of it i have saved. Then I have another virtual machine already installed on my notebook which I could copy / export / clone (whatever is easiest and work) to get its exact state on my desktop pc vmware without having to install everything manually again.

What are my best options? I hope there are simple way to do this. Thanks alot for every advice

Answer:Copying/cloning/exporting/importing VMware machine

I now disccovered that I also have folder which was located somewhere under users\mydocuments\virtualpc
And there are all snapshots saved in that folder. Can they be helpful for copying state of that previous VM to this new one installed?

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A friend of mine had his laptop crashed, and the data on his hard drive was transferred to an external hard disk. He told me that he had some missing files before the machine crashed that he wanted to retrieve (i.e. deleted or erased by format). Is there a way to retrieve such files? If in the original hard disk, I know that there are some solutions for retrieving deleted files for instance. But, once transferred, can this also be done? Are they hidden somewhere on the external hard disk?


Answer:Retrieving data after machine crashes and data is transferred

If the files were deleted on the original then they would not have been transferred to the external drive. You can only retrieve deleted files from the original drive. You would need to get the laptop's hard drive and do a data recovery on it. There's tons of free software for that. However if the laptop's hard drive was reformatted then the chances of getting the data back are very slim to none.

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How to block internet access to local machine users. The machine is in under domain control.

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I have spend the last 10 stupid days, all of which were stupid, trying to analyze what happened.
I thought it was a corrupted windows file. As it turns out, and I have examined my boot log file which I created, this file is a new virus, hxxp://
which was detected by Mcafee on 5/20/09. I have just updated my .dat file for my virus scan and I'm now scanning, again..... all 370,000 files on my seagate hard drive. This first time I ran the scan, there were about 24 files which were quaranteened. I'm not sure where they are placed.

My machine will not boot. Here is the boot log from ntbtlog.txt:

Service Pack 210 30 2005 12:13:01.375
Loaded driver \WINDOWS\system32\ntkrnlpa.exe
Loaded driver \WINDOWS\system32\hal.dll
Loaded driver \WINDOWS\system32\KDCOM.DLL
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Answer:Machine will not boot- black screen with which mouse- PCIDump.sys virus has clobbered my machine..

1. What version of Windows are you using?
2. What anti virus are you using? I see you mention McAfee but only in that they detected it (unless you're saying that YOUR McAfee scanner found it).
3. Have you tried booting into safe mode?
4. If its a virus, you know you were infected. Is there a way for you to scan that drive for spyware? (either hook it up in another computer, hook it up as an external drive to another computer, or create a boot disk with spyware scanning on it such as UBCD)

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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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Last night I just got my brand new Athlon XP 1500. Anway It's running WindowsXP. I have been trying all morning to connect it to my old laptop (running Windows 98) using Direct Cable Connection. The AthlonXP is the Host and the Laptop is the Guest. I can get both computers connected fine, BUT when I try to get the Laptop to view the AthlonXPs files it asks me for the name of the AthlonXP as well as a password. I type in the name of the PC (there is no password). I try clicking ok, but it tells me the passoword is incorrect. There is no passwords setup on the AthlonXP at all! Please help. Thanks.

Answer:Connecting a WindowsXP machine to a Windows98 machine via Direct Cable Connection

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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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G'day all! (first post here!! :P) this is my situation:

I have a server...and i have installed a printer to it - the Canon LBP 3200 - the server is a 32bit machine running win7 pro...anyways...this printer does not have ANY 64bit drivers (which my main machine runs win7 ulti x64) so i am unable to install the printer on my main machine...

I was wondering, is there a way to share it from the server to the 64bit machine without installing any drivers?

Or is there a way to install 32bit drivers on a 64bit Machine?

Or can anyone find any 64 bit drivers/custom 64bit drivers?


Thanx all!!

Answer:Sharing a printer from 32bit machine to 64bit machine without drivers.

ok so i tried this method: Go to Control Panel. Choose printer. Then choose Add Printer.

Choose Add a local printer. Click on Create a new port. The default in the drop down box is Local Port. Do not change that. Click Next.

A dialogue box will appear asking for you to enter a port name. Type in the \\computer name\printer name ie. My computer's name is basement and the printer name is EpsonSty so I typed in \\basement\epsonsty

But when i make my own port name it says access is denied... :S

any help?

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I recently got a 1.8GHz Celeron computer from a family member who bought a new computer, but they dropped it while bringing it over. When I started it up, it booted up pretty quickly. But when I'm actually in Windows, it runs as slowly as my old 1GHz machine and sometimes when opening things it has long delays. I thought it might just be Windows being old, so I did a clean install. But that didn't fix it. Now I think it might be one of the hard drives or my cd drives, since at the BIOS diagnostic screen it sometimes hangs at them. Other than scandisk, which didn't return anything, is there a way to find out where the bottleneck is occuring without having to spend money I don't have?

Answer:1.8ghz machine running as fast (slow) as a 1ghz machine

donkor said:

I recently got a 1.8GHz Celeron computer from a family member who bought a new computer, but they dropped it while bringing it over. When I started it up, it booted up pretty quickly. But when I'm actually in Windows, it runs as slowly as my old 1GHz machine and sometimes when opening things it has long delays. I thought it might just be Windows being old, so I did a clean install. But that didn't fix it. Now I think it might be one of the hard drives or my cd drives, since at the BIOS diagnostic screen it sometimes hangs at them. Other than scandisk, which didn't return anything, is there a way to find out where the bottleneck is occuring without having to spend money I don't have?Click to expand...

Well, it depends on which OS you have. If it's Vista or XP, then you may want to change the graphics settings so they're lower, because they consume memory.

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I am trying to help a friend get her new Win-7 machine set up. I used the printer set-up wizard to install a networked printer in the new machine with absolutely no problem. Proved it would print from that machine.

Now, I get a call informing me that her old XP machine, which had been printing to the network printer with no problems, will no longer print. Documents go into the print queue, but they don't get printed. No error messages show up. I did some messing around via remote access, and finally removed the printer with the intention of reinstalling it. Scanning for network printers turned up several redundant instances of the same printer with different names. Some are identified as "invalid" some a "access denied". Bottom line. I can't get any of the selections to install.

On the Win-7 machine I did find a window that indicated that the printer is designated as being shared, but I didn't explicitly set it for sharing when I installed it. Also, I somehow got to a window that told me that for printers that were to be shared with other versions of windows I could optionally install drivers to support such machines. Didn't have the driver disk handy and took the window down. Now I can't even find it again.

I need some help in sorting this all out. Part of the problem is that out there in "network land" there are redundant remnants of previous installations that are being remembered inappropriately. I'd really li... Read more

Answer:Installed network printer on W7 machine, now XP machine won't print to it

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My problem seems to be the opposite of most people's - I added a Windows 7 laptop to my previously all-XP network without any trouble, simply enrolling the new machine in the existing Workgroup, and everything works fine.

Except for just one snag: from my XP machine I can see every single file on the Windows 7 machine, which raises privacy issues even within a family!

How do I stop this happening, and revert back to the situation I had before, where machines on the network could only see each other's shared folders?

Thanks in advance for any help.

Answer:How do I stop my XP machine seeing every file on networked Windows 7 machine?

Well, a rough and dirty security fix would be to make sure that "Password Protected Sharing" in the Network and Sharing Center is set to "On." That way the files will be safe but still visible.

Are you logging into w7 with a password?

Create an account below Administrator level with a password and use that.

Theoretically w7 should not allow a drive to be shared, so check all the folders that show the "Share" symbol and set the Share to "Not Shared".


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Hey Everyone,

Today, I rebooted my machine and did a clean install of Windows 10 Pro. I installed all my apps etc and then tried to access onedrive and it gave me a sign in screen. I put in my correct information and it won't let me sign in at all. It gets stuck saying signing in. Any ideas?

Thank you very much!

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Ok, so here goes...Although I'm an avid viewer of many forums, I typically refrain from posting so please bear with me. 
First, I am extremely hoping that all of my problems can be resolved through Software tweaking and fixes, and secondly must let you all know that I have absolutely no idea wtf I am doing.  And Thirdly, have up until now had my technical issues resolved by my father or my significant other neither of which are viable to me, therefore I am coming here asking for assistance because I have been brought to my knees by a realm far beyond my own level of ascertained knowledge...
I do not know how much of my problems, or if any, are Malware, Adware, Spyware, &/or Virus related but appreciate all help and will repost in the appropriate sub-forums with pertinent information Just let me know what and where...currently I am unsure as to which that may be related to because of the plethora of ills befalling this machine...
I recently purchased a new computer from Newegg and received, what I thought at that point in time was, a faulty machine with some issues concerning the Internet components.  I took said machine to Best Buy to get looked over by Geek Squad...they confirmed my suspicions saying that the wireless components were faulty and that I should RMA the computer.... 
I did so and received another 'New' computer from said company.
The box had 2 storage stickers on it...not a new machine a... Read more

Answer:Rma'd Replacement Machine has more issues than the Initial Machine received...:(

Ok, let's see if there is malware..If you can run these.Everything is free.MiniToolBoxPlease download MiniToolBox, save it to your desktop and run it.Checkmark the following checkboxes:Flush DNSReport IE Proxy SettingsReset IE Proxy SettingsReport FF Proxy SettingsReset FF Proxy SettingsList content of HostsList IP configurationList Winsock EntriesList last 10 Event Viewer logList Installed ProgramsList Users, Partitions and Memory size.Click Go and post the result (Result.txt). A copy of Result.txt will be saved in the same directory the tool is run. Note: When using "Reset FF Proxy Settings" option Firefox should be closed.TDSSKillerDownload TDSSKiller and save it to your desktop.Extract (unzip) its contents to your desktop.Open the TDSSKiller folder and doubleclick on TDSSKiller.exe to run the application, then on Start Scan.If an infected file is detected, the default action will be Cure, click on Continue.If a suspicious file is detected, the default action will be Skip, click on Continue.It may ask you to reboot the computer to complete the process. Click on Reboot Now.If no reboot is required, click on Report. A log file should appear. Please copy and paste the contents of that file here.If a reboot is required, the report can also be found in your root directory (usually C:\ folder) in the form of TDSSKiller_xxxx_log.txt. Please copy and paste the contents of that file here.AdwCleanerPlease download AdwCleaner by Xplode and save to your Desktop.Double click on AdwClea... Read more

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Hey Everyone,

Today, I rebooted my machine and did a clean install of Windows 10 Pro. I installed all my apps etc and then tried to access onedrive and it gave me a sign in screen. I put in my correct information and it won't let me sign in at all. It gets stuck saying signing in. Any ideas?

Thank you very much!

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Im running Vista Ultimate x64 on my main computer which has a Dell 1710n laser printer and HP PSC2175 AIO Printer attached to it. I have tried sharing the printers out to my XP machine, it sees it but i keep getting an error message that it can't find the proper driver and to contact the system adminstrator. I have downloaded the XP drivers for the Dell 1710n and tried to manually install the driver when it asks on my XP computer but i keep getting the same message. What do i do to get this to work?

Answer:Problems sharing Printer on Vistax64 Machine to XP machine

You can't get either printer to work? Have you also tried manually downloading the XP drivers for the HP?

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Have a crashed Win10 machine. Tried to "reset" it with a downloaded iso, but this didn't work--maybe the iso was NG.
Anyway, now it won't boot at all. This machine was upgraded from Win 8.1 and I have no paid install disk for it.
However, I do know the correct Windows key for the system that crashed. Can I use a paid install disk that I installed on another system, and put in the key code for the crashed system in order to get it back up and running?

Thanx for all assistance--doug

Answer:Use paid install disk on another machine with the other machine's key

You can download windows 10 setup media >
When asked for product key - just skip that page..

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I am having trouble connecting from an XP (Home) desktop machine to a Win 7 (Home Premium) laptop to share files.
I have read and followed a lot of posts to no avail.
specifically I have followed the advice in "How to make Windows 7 work with older Windows versions for networking and file sharing"

- both machines are in the same workgroup
- there is no trouble going from Win 7 to the XP box
- on win 7 the network is defined as a 'Work' network
- firewalls are disabled on both boxes
- Advanced Network settings
- Network discovery in ON
- File and Printer Sharing is ON
- Public folder sharing is ON
- password protected sharing is OFF
- Allow Windows to manage Homegroup connections
- the shared folder in Win 7 says its shared (its not in the public tree)
- On folder Advanced setting decurity, 'Everyone' has been added 
- On folder Advanced setting sharing it says "People without a user account and password for this computer can access folders shared with everyone"

The XP box is using XP Home which can only use 'Simple File Sharing'.
On the XP box the win7 machine appears in the Network list under the workgroup.
If I click on the machine I get a login prompt!
Attempting to map a drive to the win7 box the same network is shown browsing to the win7 machine does not list any of the shares. (it also does not ask for a login)

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Answer:XP machine can't see file shares from Win7 machine

From you r 1st post I noticed:
'Public folder sharing is ON
Password protected sharing is OFF'

That would need to be reversed or better yet just read this...

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My brother just built a Windows 7 machine, and we are trying to connect it to his old Windows XP Pro machine via crossover cable to transfer over his files, but nothing I have tried has worked. I have them both in the same workgroup, I have followed all the guides I have been able to find online, and I still can't get the machines to recognize one another. What do I need to do? If someone could give me a walkthrough, I'd really appreciate it. This is my first time using Windows 7, so I'm not familiar with anything.

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Here's a strange issue--at least I think it's strange. I have an old application that I've had since I had Win XP. I'm not sure but I think I had it even on Win 98. Even though it's an old app I was able to install and run in on Vista and Windows 7. I now have the pre-release Win 8 installed on VMware Player and I was wondering if it would run in Win 8. So I opened Win 8 and put in the CD, clicked on the setup.exe file and it installed--or so it seemed. It always installed a short cut on my desk top before. So I looked and didn't see it. It was supposed to have installed in a particular folder, but I couldn't find it. I then installed it again and chose to put a short cut on the desk top. But, it wasn't there. The bottom line is that even though I had Win 8 open in the guest, I discovered that it actually instaledl on Win 7--on the host machine even though I installed it while the guest machine was open. Has anyone seen anything like that before? I suppose it happened because it was such an old app.

Answer:App installed on host machine while in guest machine

When you put the cd into your drive, it fired the autoplay on your host machine and not within your Windows 8 VM. It installed on your Windows 7 host machine. If you had been in the VM, and launched the setup from within the VM, it would not have installed on your host machine. PERIOD.

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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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I've searched and can't seem to find an answer for this: is it possible to move a virtual machine in Oracle's VirtualBox to a physical machine?


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I am building a new office machine which I would like to stick windows 7 onto. I also have an old Dell which came with windows XP on it. Can I use the XP key from that in order to use the windows 7 upgrade version?

Answer:Upgrade from old Dell XP machine to new Windows 7 Machine

You cannot use the key with the upgrade. You have to actually allow 7 to see the XP installation first. Then you do a custom install (clean). Just finally upgraded myself.
There are soem other work arounds for this. Just google it.

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Have a crashed Win10 machine. Tried to "reset" it with a downloaded iso, but this didn't work--maybe the iso was NG.
Anyway, now it won't boot at all. This machine was upgraded from Win 8.1 and I have no paid install disk for it.
However, I do know the correct Windows key for the system that crashed. Can I use a paid install disk that I installed on another system, and put in the key code for the crashed system in order to get it back up and running?

Thanx for all assistance--doug

Answer:Use paid install disk on another machine with the other machine's key

You can download windows 10 setup media >
When asked for product key - just skip that page..

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Hi all, I need to do the following: I have a driver installed in one machine (Sdo Sensor V2 version 10.0.10240.16384, Microsoft) that I need to install in another machine. Is there a way to extract the driver from machine 1 and install it in machine 2? I know that there are 3rd party tools that do this, any recommendation? Thanks
P.D.:The reason I want to do this is that I can't find these drivers anywhere on the web, not even in Dell's Support site

Answer:Extract driver from machine 1 and install it in machine 2?

on machine 1

Make a D:\DRIVERS folder

from cmd prompt type..

Dism /online /Export-Driver /Destination:D:\Drivers

on machine 2
point device manager to the D:\drivers folder to load the drver

change BOLD text to suit your needs

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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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I can copy and paste only text and screenshots.

Answer:RDP: 10 Local Machine - XP Remote Machine Problem

Are both rdp same version or you will have problems update rdp

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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,m new to this development and deployment and am running into a strange problem. I developed an ACCESS db on a laptop. Everything seems ok, it works. I used the Package Wizard and created an installation package. When I installed it on another machine I am now getting errors in the deployment machine that I do not get in the development machine. I seems to be coding issues. Can't load data into field for example.

Why would I get these on the deployment machine and not the development machine? Am I unaware of some way to test the code in the deployment machine? Otherwise how do I solve the problem if I can't deplicate the error in the development machine where I can stop the code and see the problem. I feel like I am missing some trick or secret.


Answer:Errors in deployment machine not in development machine

Once it is deployed you need to run the connection command on the client to connect to the back end database. Are you using SQL server or all Access for the back end?

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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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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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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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We have a few windows machines in the home group. I just started using lubuntu and want to have in the network so we can share the files. The windows machines show up , but not the lubuntu. How do I find it?

Answer:how do access a linux machine from a windows machine

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Situation: Win 8 Lenovo laptop is borked - necessitating reinstalling the OS - decided to ditch Win 8 (hatedit) to go with something that works, i.e. Win 7 Pro. The laptop uses UEFI.

Steps, as I understand them: please correct any errors.

Having removed laptop HDD and confirmed it is working and wiped it using my desktop, reinstalled.

Connect USB media into Desktop and format it for FAT32,
Copy Win 7 Pro 64 disk onto USB
Insert USB into laptop, boot and install from USB

Anything I am missing?

Answer:Installing Win 7 Pro onto a UEFI Machine (formerly Win 8 machine) - Check me, pls.

Download the Windows USB tool here.

This will load the iso of win7 to a usb pen and make it bootable for the installation.

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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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My old E-machine power supply died so I purchased a COMPAQ SR1834nx. There is room for additional drives. When I installed the drive from my old machine it wouldn't boot up. What do I need to do to install my old drive?

Answer:Installing 2nd hard drive from old machine into new machine

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I posted on a different thread about needing to get a new PC to replace my failing system. I plan on purchasing a box with Win 7 Pro, the failing system is XP Pro. My current plan is to plug the hard drive from the old system into the new box via USB.

From what I understand from the other thread, I should be able to move all my favorites and data files without problem.

My concern is all the freeware on the old system. I only have a dial up connection and it could take weeks to download all that software again.

My question is: If the exe install file still exists for any given software package, can I copy that to the new system and run it to reinstall the software on the new system?

Answer:Moving data/programs to new machine with different OS

The only way you could move the programs would be to move the installation programs and reinstall them. Some of those programs may be recent enough that Win 7 will accept them, others will not be. Microsoft is pretty good about being backwards compatible. Is there any chance that you could borrow a day of fast-speed internet from a friend, take your computer there and get all the programs you want off the internet in an installation form that is compatible with Win7?

You could do the research ahead of time by writing down your favorite freeware programs and checking if they are compatible with Win 7 or not. Most programs can be tracked down easily with a google search. Then if you had a day of fast internet somewhere, you would be ready to download whatever installation programs you could and install them at your leisure.

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I have finally accepted and stepped into the 64 bit world. I use my computer as a digital audio workstation. (recording studio) The main software is Cubase. I have to move about 1 terabyte of audio files from the old machine: Dell Vostro 400 w/dual duo core, 4GB memory, 2 - 500GB HDD to the new (refurbished) machine: Dell Precision T3600 w/Xeon E5-1620 3.6 GHz, 32 GB memory, 256 MB SSD, 1TB SSD, someshit video card. I reserved space (free for a few months) on Google Cloud and it has taken almost two days to upload 100 GB of files. Perhaps a USB HDD would be quicker and if it has some halfway decent specs, I could use it for samples later. Am I missing something obvious? FTP? I have bandwidth. I could use some suggestions. Thank you.

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My son's Toshiba laptop refuses to boot (Vista). It gets as far as the Windows progress bar, then powers itself off. Same in Safe Mode. I got the System Recovery menu up, did the Memory Check, and memory was OK, tried System Restore to a point a month before it went wonky, and that failed too (Windows cannot complete this action), then tried the System Repair, to no avail (Windows cannot repair this machine).He is now faced with Windows Complete PC Restore (from the hidden partition), but this does a reformat first, and all his data will be lost.However, the Command Prompt does work. It first comes up as X:\Windows\System Repair\, but from there he can go to C:\ and see all his folders and files. If he inserts a memory stick it comes up as G:\ (although E: and F: are available??).My question is:Is there an easy way to get files off a drive when you have Command Prompt access? Can you connect a usb cable to another PC for example, or have a LITE OS on the stick for file manager functions?How would you get large amounts of data off the C:\ drive, in lots of folders? Ideally he wants to search for all his docs, spreadsheets, pdfs, photos, videos, email history and browser bookmarks.Wibs

Answer:Getting data off a corrupt Vista Machine

The easiest way is to download and use a live Linux disk - Kaspersky's rescue disk is one option (it has a file manager program as well as the rescue program), also any recent version of Ubuntu lets you try before installing so you would have access to all of your files and you can then just drag & drop them onto your external drive/memory stick."I've always been mad, I know I've been mad, like the most of us..." Pink Floyd

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I'm trying to setup an XP Pro Sp3 desktop (network name of Server) to be used as a file dumping ground for my VIsta 32bit laptop, but I am having a hell of a time getting it to work.

The XP machine has 1 internal drive and 2 external USB drives (network named data1 and data 2) connected to it. I have no problems transferring stuff to and from the internal drive with my Vista laptop. However, I cannot do anything with the 2 external drives connected to the desktop. They show up on the network map just fine and I can open them, but i cant put files on them. Yet the internal works great. I keep getting the following "error":
Destination folder access denied. You need permission to perform this action.

I have been searching for hours for a solution that will work... still nothing. On the externals, I go to properties, than in the security tab, I can see that the permissions are not checked, but when I try to modify them (from an administrator account) , I get the following message:

"An error occurred while applying security information to: \\Server\data1
Access is denied"

When I hit continue, I get the following message:
"Unable to save permission changes on data1 (\\Server).
Access is denied"

Ive turned simple file sharing on on the XP machine... nothin. Turned on and off user account control... nothin. Disabled both firewalls... nothin. File and printer sharing is enabled.


Thanks in advance.

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After updating to Service pack on Win Vista, my machine is getting the registry machine components derived data error message. I have done multiple google searches and none seem to work.
I tried to boot in safe mode to do a system restore and safe mode hangs up at the please wait screen!! Help is needed!!

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Guys, does anyone know of a good recovery program that can run in a windows 7 machine to recover data from a MAC disk? My daughters iMac died and messed up the disk somewhat. Connecting the disk (through an external enclosure) to another Mac Laptop, did not work (the Laptop cannot see the disk). Which means the disk is somewhat corrupted.

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I have just gotten a new machine running on Windows XP. I wish to move the slave drive with all my files and some programs that I had on my old machine running under windows 98 to the new machine.

My new machine recognizes that I have the slave drive now installed there (local Disk drive E) but I can not access any of the data on it. When i try to access the E drive I receive a message that the drive is not formatted and am asked if I want to format the drive which i don't if it will erase all my data.

I would appreciate any guidance on how to resolve this issue.


Answer:Moving slave drive with data onto a new XP machine

There may be errors in the drive's partition tables. XP is not very forgiving.

The best idea, before attempting to repair the drive and possibly losing your data, is to try to recover it and move it to another location. Then format the drive as requested.

Try some of these apps to recover the contents:

Free recovery applications:

1) DriveRescue
2) PCI File Recovery
3) Restoration
4) Free Undelete (NTFS only)
5) EasyRecovery Pro

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My motherboard died on my machine, and it was running VISTA. I am trying to connect the hard drive to another computer running XP to get my files off of the drive. I can see the drive and navigate fine, but when I try to get into my specific "User" account and get the files out of My Documents, I get an "Access Denied" message on the XP machine. Any work arounds for this problem?

Answer:Get data off Old Vista Hard Drive from XP Machine

The file permissions will have been set to allow access to your account on the Vista computer, and not to your XP one. You will have to edit the security settings.

The security tab isn't shown by default in XP, so go to tools > Folder options > view and uncheck the box "simple file sharing" to show it.

Then right click the Vista hard drive and click Properties. Go to the security tab.
You should be able to add your account and give it full permissions from there.

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I'm guessing this is the proper place to talk about it,

There is nothing worse than finding out that some of your data is missing after a PC repair tech tries to remove some malware/viruses, etc. As a repair tech, this is one of my utmost concern; making sure that their files aren't lost.

Generally when I get a computer to my shop, I do a full backup with Macrium Reflect, it protects me in the event something goes very wrong that shouldn't have. And, generally I charge the customer for the time it takes me to setup the backup whether that means installing the software or pulling the drive and slaving it to the shop machine and running the imaging software from that and this time is only negligible and costs the customer not more than $2-$8 (but that's just only for handling the backup process and removing/re-inserting the hard drive).

I also get calls to help a customer onsite so the rules of the job changes; I don't have my shop machine with me of course and the customer is paying FULL for every second I am there even if I have to wait on the customer; they are being billed for my time unlike at my shop I only charge for actual time that I am actually doing something with their computer so this presents a problem for them:

A backup can take 20-90 (more or less can happen beyond 20-90 mins) minutes depending on how fast that machine is and how much data they have. Seeing as this is costly to the onsite customer they're going to be paying about $25-$65 for th... Read more

Answer:How to protect computer data on machine about to work on

I always, always create a System Restore Point. You'd have to do a lot of messing up to crash the machine and it not be able to boot from the System Repair Disc to restore a System Restore Point.

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I have been updating/replacing hardware inside my 10 yr. old Dell 1720 Win 10 Insider machine. Today about an hour after having it apart and replacing the original memory modules, a message popped up on the screen. It said something to the effect of: "we have detected a problem with your Insider Preview edition of Windows, we will collect some data and restart your machine" (not a direct quote by any means). I had not noticed any problem except for some store apps not working and being unable to fix that issue even with Brink's tuts.

Anyone else ever have that happen to them? Just curious. (running build 16257 skippy.)

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I have window 7 home on my machine. I had a version of simply accounting that did not run on windows 7 so I install it on a vitual machine on windows 7. I have since bought a version that will run on windows 7 because I had some errors with my vitual machine witch will not run anymore. How do I get the data from the vitual machine. If I try to get it with windows explorer of windows 7 it does not see it.

Answer:Transfering data from a vitual machine to windows 7

Welcome to WSF.

You can share files between the guest and the host operating systems by enabling shared folders.

However, I'm not quite sure how to do it so you might want to have a look in the WSF tutorials, go to Google or wait for one of our VM experts to come up with a solution.

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I want to back up a 20GB website to my 500GB Lacie d2 Quadra external hard drive. Currently I run Time Machine on it to back up my macbook OS 10.5.6. I don't have enough room for the whole thing, so would have to do this in pieces. Can I do this without partitioning the hard drive? Can I do part of it in one backup, then another piece in another backup. I'm a beginner so steps would help, if I don't have the correct concept of this backup business. Thank you.

Answer:Backup of 20GB data files with Time Machine

7zip archive software can help you with this. It is available for Mac. You can also chop it up into small pieces.

The Mac I mean. HAR HAR HAR

Sorry...I really was referring to the file, but we PC fan boys tend to get carried away sometimes.

What you would do is download and install 7zip to your Mac and follow the onscreen instructions. It really is a pretty simple program to use.

If you're at all afraid you'll screw something up, just experiment with a few copies of small files you care nothing for until you master the process (it's EZ). Then you'll be 7zipping just about everything in sight. Just...if you set passwords, be sure to keep track of them.

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Hey guys -

I'm looking for a program that can copy data and programs from an old harddrive to a new machine. Both have Windows XP. New machine has nothing on it but windows.

This old machine has all these accounting programs that are a real bitch to install. So i need a program that can copy the data and programs and restore them onto the new machine. I dont care if i have to reload/repair windows. Just want to save myself the 10 hours of reinstalling all these damn programs.


Answer:Program to copy programs and data from old machine to new? Urgent!

Unless your ready to shell out some major cash, your not going to find an app that can magically take programs from one computer and put them on another.

There is another option:

Use ghost to clone the "old" HDD to the "new" computer's HDD and run a repair install on the new computer. You may need to work out driver issues, but it is as close as your going to get on the cheap.

Otherwise your stuck reinstalling apps on the new machine and moving data over.

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Hello:I'm a college student doing a self funded project. I have a device (lux meter) connected to COM3. The software which came with it works great but only collects 16,000 lines of data, then throws my data away. I need at least 50,000 lines of data. I would prefer to have unlimited data capability.I have downloaded dozens of software programs over the past few weeks and none of them will collect even one line of data.I'm trying to figure out how to capture the data directly from COM3 to a txt file. I'm running Windows 7 on the subject computer.Does anyone know how I can collect port data from COM3 directly into a txt file?Thanks in advance.

Answer:Capture port data from COM3 on Windows 7 machine

Not sure if this helps: looks like it is what you are looking for, but maybe you already tried it.

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We are doing some renovations at the company I work for over the next few months, Part of my duties include running fibre to the back of the plant, and moving the shipping and recieving staff into a trailer. I have setup a wifi network for everyone, so that aspect of the job is done. I still have to run a RJ11 (Phone) and single CAT5 (Ethernet) into the trailer for the fax machine/laser printer/photo copier etcetc. It is imperitive that it works.

The run is a little tricky,
I found a 3com Office Connect Wireless Access point that matches with the huge 3com Wifi Antenna system I already setup.

Insted of running ethernet, Can I get away with connecting the AP to the Fax Machines ethernet and somehow configure it so that it works that way, is this possible at all or is there another device nessisary for this task?

If so, Can you guys point out what I'd need to buy to get this idea into reality?

It would be much easier not to have to worry about ethernet and just do a phone line run. since there is wifi already.

Thanks for the replies in advance!

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Last night when shutting down the virtual machine within Win7, the virtual machine hanged. Win7 gave me the option of doing a forced shutdown, which I accepted. But now this morning when I try to re-open the virtual machine (which is powered down) I keep
getting the error message "The virtual machine could not be started. An unknown error occurred."  PLEASE HELP: I have months of research stored in the virtual machine which I need to retrieve. Any suggestions gratefully received.

Answer:URGENT: My XP-Mode Virtual Machine has crashed: it is powered down and refuses to power up. PLEASE HELP: I have months of research stored in the virtual machine which I need to retrieve.



The issue could be incorrect configuration of XP mode.


Trying to rename the . vmc and .vsv from C:\Users\Username\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Virtual PC\Virtual Machines
and run Virtual Machine again.


Best Regards,

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So I have an older machine that is set up correctly. I want to image that old machine, and image it to the new machine. But is there a trick to doing that since the machine is a whole different model?

Answer:Have old machine. Want to image it, and transfer to new machine. Possible?

Clone it with clonezilla to a new disk (or one that you do not care about overwriting all the data) and then boot. In linux you have a very high chance of success. In windows the chance is lower but since windows XP even that is high enough to try. For windows you probably want to put your SATA ports in IDE emulation mode otherwise you are likely to get a blue screen on boot due to the OS not using the AHCI driver by default.

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I'm trying to send about 1.5m total of multiple files to four win98 pc's from a win98 pc on a home network without domain through open c-drive shares. The sending pc starts to send the files and then errors out with an illegal operation. If I unmap one of the pc's and then send the batch again, it works no problem. It doesn't matter which one of the four pc's I unmap, the process works. But four is too much for it. Can't figure it out. Someone had mentioned MTU, but I'm not sure where to find that setting or if that is even an option really. Anyone shed some light on this problem or point me in the right direction? Thanks.


Answer:Batching to 4 pc's from one machine crashing machine

I don't think your MTU settings are your problem. Highly doubtful. However, I don't really understand how you are sending the files. Are you batching to them all at one time or are you sending the files to mapped drive A first, then waiting for it to finish and then sending it to drive B, then waiting for it to finish and then sending it to drive C and then the 4th one after that?

What does your batch file look like? I know it is most likely irrelevant, but might be worth posting.

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I'm looking to build a new machine, as mine is well over a couple of years old. I was wondering if anybody knows the difference in between a computer gaming machine, and a graphics machine? I do a lot of graphics on here, but also weill be getting back into gaming.

Answer:Gaming Machine Vs. Graphic Machine

Everyone i know who does graphics has a mac, (shudder)
and everyone i know who plays games has a PC,

Heh, i know this didnt help you out to much, but i couldnt resist.

Knowing not jack about graphics, I would think that the better processor and vid card you can get, with lots of ram, you should be able to do pretty much anything. Games take computing power, as do graphics from my understanding, so i would think the higher end rig you can get, the better off you will be.

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I regularly encounter the same problem that i can not access or see a XP machine from my W7 machine I could see before in my network. The strange thing is that remote desktop still works. The other way around stll works: I can see the W7 macine on my xp machine.
The only solution I can use to fix the problem is to do a system-repair.
At first this issue appeared after updating ms defender definitions. But yesterday it appeared just after a new startup without any update or change of settings on anything.

I'm completely dazzled about the cause of this problem.
I would like to know the real issue so i can use a proper fix instead of doing a system-repair every now and then.

any suggestions?

Answer:xp machine not vsible form W7 machine

couple of quick questions if I may,

1, is the Windows 7 machine assigned to a static IP on your router?
2. what is the IP of the Windows 7 machine? you can find this by opening command prompt and typing ipconfig /all if your behind a router it will probably look like 192.168.1.x
3. Have you actually shared any folders on the win 7 machine?
4. do you have password protected sharing OFF (this can be configured from network and sharing centre>turn off password protected sharing

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Ok, this 'brilliant' idea I just had to save time and aggravation can't be possible--but I have to ask.

I have OEM Win10 + apps/data on my recent Lenovo P50.

I've installed a third party BIOS on my old Lenovo T61 (to run SATA II), replaced the cooling fan and will install a replacement SSD.

The P50 is twice the drive size as the T61's pending SSD 'but' the installed data on the P50 is less than the physical size of the T61.

If I restore (Reflect free current version) an image of the P50 to a clean T61 SSD would I get a properly functional Win10 identical to the information on the P50?

Answer:Can I image machine a to a new drive machine b?

Yes, the T61 has Win7 activated long ago that was an update from the longer ago OEM Vista.

Not activating kills my idea.

I'll just go ahead and do the previously downloaded Win10 iso and forget the bright idea.


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My son's XP machine is channeling The Police. There appears to be a Ghost In The Machine.He has a Dell OptiPlex GX520. I bought it for him 4-5 years ago from a shop that recycles computers from businesses and sells them to the public.Last he told me that the computer has developed a vibration that causes an annoying buzz. I told him that if he brings it over, I'll take a look at it. Then he told me about a stranger problem.Since the buzz was annoying, he had started to turn the machine off via Start...Turn Off Computer. What's weird is that the computer has started to turn itself on in the middle of the night. He'll turn it off before he goes to bed and then wake up to hear it buzzing a few hours later. He now unplugs it every night.Any idea why the machine would power itself on? He connects to the internet via a wireless router rented from TWC. Somehow Wake On LAN seems like a long shot.message edited by DerbyDad03

Answer:XP Machine Powers Itself On - Ghost In The Machine?

On page 9 of the manual: describes an 'auto power on' feature under power management in bios setup where you can set a specific time to turn on the computer. That's your ghost.

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Answer:Gaming machine or Laming machine?

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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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Win 10 machine has fileshare being accessed by XP and MAC machines without problems.
Trying to connect a Win 7 machine but it insists that the login does not have access to the share.
The login and password are valid. The share and security is open to everyone. All machines are in the same workgroup.
The win 7 machine can see other machines on the net and the Win10 machine can see into shares on the Win 7 box.

So it is just the win7 => win10 that is the problem.

Don C

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I have two computers connected via a 4-port hub.
One computer is running Windows 2000 and the other is running Windows 95.
W2000 machine has the following
Computeer Name: ABC
Workgroup: Joey
IP Address:

Windows 95 machine has the following:
Computer Name: DEF
Workgroup: Joey
IP Address:

Both machines have there file sharing on and the little hand is under my C: drive and D: drive on both computers.

The Windows 2000 machine can see both computers but the Windows 95 machine can only see itself.

What am I dong wrong??

please help.

thank you,

Answer:Can't connect W2000 machine with W95 machine. Need Help!

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Hope you all doing good !!

Am trying to connect my vm machine on a host server from another machine in the same network, however its not successful. Below are the details:

Host machine- win 7


VM machine- win 2008 server r2

DHCP- disable
DNS server-

RDC enable from firewall
static IP as in IPv4
user with Admin rights created

Tried in both the below settings.
VM settings in Bridge
VM settings in NAT- host-9997, ip: vm port: tried both 22 and 3389

I can connect the host machine from another computer in the same network. Also I can connect the VM from host via RDC in the same machine, but not able to connect the VM from another computer in the same network.

Please let me know where is exact issue is and what am missing.

Thank you in advance.

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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:
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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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Can I network my computers? One is running WIndows 98, and the other one is using WIndows XP. I have them both on a hub so they can use the internet, but i was wondering if i can network them. If I can how will I do it? Last time i tryed nothing happened so I just forgot about it. If you can help me it would be greatfull

Thanks for your time reading this, bye

Answer:Network on Win98 machine and a XP machine

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I have Hyper-v running on Dell Precision T3600 with Windows 8 OS.  I am trying to start a VM (called Windows8VM) to install Windows 8 in the hyper-v virtual machine, but I keep getting the following message:
"Windows8VM" failed to start.
Failed to start the virtual machine "Windows8VM" because one of the Hyper-V components is not running.
"Windows8VM" failed to start.  (Virtual machine ID D670D3BB-9AE2-0453D-9191-EA6EFC242A9C)
The Virtual Machine Management Services failed to start the virtual machine "Windows8VM" because one of the Hyper-V components is not running.
I have turned the hyper-v feature on in the "Turn Windows feature on or off.  The BIOS has virtualization enable.  Help!!! driving me nuts for a week now.
Nick :(

Answer:Windows 8 Hyper-V - Virtual Machine Management Service failed to start the virtual machine

Finally got it to work.  Our admin lock down the devices that could be installed on the computer.  It turned out that one of the vm devices was not allowed to be installed.  Thank community.

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Hi all,

I'm in a pretty messed-up situation, hope you can give me a hand.
I deleted by accident a folder containing a VMware server virtual machine, that contains most critical information. The host OS is CentOS 5.5, which I believe by default uses Ext3.

I shut down the PC intermediately after noticing this.
Is there any chance of recovering the files? Would they be able to mount to the same or another virtual machine?

I need to get this information somehow, there are no backups.

Which software can I use?

If anyone can help me recover this, you'll get a free book by amazon, you have my word.
I'm THAT desperate.

Answer:Need help desperately: deleted a virtual machine with critical data under linux.

Ext3 you going to need a miracle.

The only source I know of:

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Hello from a new member and new win 10 user.

I had an XP machine that died and replaced it with a new Win 10 pro machine.

I moved the old external data drive to my new computer and now have had lots of "you're not the owner" and "contact the administrator or owner" issues. I often get "you require permission from DESKTOP XXXXXXX" messages.

The big issue is that I can't even open my password saver program with all my passwords.

I have tried for weeks to search the web for a simple solution. No Joy.

We have tried the "Properties/security/ blah blah blah " fixes with no success.

Also tried applications such as "Take Ownership."

It seems lots of folks have similar problems, but I can't find the magic bullet.

I'm very sorry to ask the same old question, but we're at our wits end here.

I'm obviously not a network administrator or win 10 expert, but I can read and follow instructions so please help this old farmer.

As someone once said: "Help me Obi Wan Kenobi, You're my only hope."

Thanks in advance folks,


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Hi, all. Newbie here to the forums. ;) I hope I'm posting this to an appropriate forum, but if I'm not, my apologies. (Also, my apologies in advance for the wall of text, but I like to provide as much information as possible.)

Anyway, I was wondering if anyone can give me some advice regarding a fairly complex problem that led to the recent replacement of my PC and whether it's possible or advisable for me to try to grab files off the two hard drives from the old machine, which eventually went BSOD due to a SYSTEM_LICENSE_VIOLATION error (sorry, I forgot to get the precise Stop Code). Though that probably happened due to my own folly (more on that in a bit), I can't rule out the possibility of malware leading up to this, at this point. Please note that both the "dead" Windows 2000 machine and the "new" XP one were donated by friends, so I pretty much "got what I paid for" and had little choice in what was installed on them. Also, please note that the Windows 2000 machine "died" at the beginning of the year, and I got the replacement XP machine a month later; I've only just now gotten around to posting about this. ;)

The "dead" PC was running Windows 2000 on a Celeron 466 mHz processor with 128 MB of RAM. The OS is on a 10 GB HD, and there is also a nearly full 40 GB HD to store larger files; both are ATA drives using IDE controllers. I also used an external Western Digital MyBook 500 GB USB HD (... Read more

Answer:What's the safest way to port data from a "dead" Windows 2000 machine to a "new" XP one?

Hi again.Erm, I know we're not supposed to bump our topics, and this is hardly a high priority one, but it has been nearly two weeks since I opened this one, and I would appreciate some advice as to what I should do in order to safely port my date from my now defunct Windows 2000 machine to my "new" XP one.I might as well take the opportunity to give additional information that I forgot last time around. The data that I want to retrieve from the "dead" machine mainly consists of documents, text files, chat logs, works in progress, images (such as pictures I scanned in, etc.), and emails that were stored on the machine within the past two years. (Most of the data I need that is from prior to 2008 had already been copied over to the external USB drive, which I do have limited access to.) I am not looking to back up any executable files from it, so that should allay any concerns that I might possibly want to retrieve files that could have been infected.Furthermore, when I said that I had tried anti-malware products that I hadn't used before, I meant that I was actually using those that I knew to be reputable. On the "dead" machine, I had been using F-Prot's on-demand virus scanner (the system was just too slow to run the real-time protection) until the end of last December, when I decided to give AVG Free a try. AVG found the Weatherbug and a few stray trojans in old files I never executed, and (IIRC) "Win32/Small" in the ... Read more

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Hello everyone,

I am hoping someone may be able to help me with the following. I tried to use VMware's free "converter" software to convert my physical HP machine to a virtual machine. However, when trying to run the virtual machine, it says that the virtual machine has two processors & that it is limited to only using one processor, & therefore, will not start. The physical machine is a dual core processor, but I see no way to configure the virtual machine so that it only has one processor.

It seems to me the software should just configure itself to at least run, and from there a person can try to tweak the settings and be advised if there are limitations at that point, but that would make to much sense. Alternatively, they could provide an easy way to change the settings so you can at least get the thing to run, but again, that would make to much sense.

Anyway, if anyone can help me get the virtual machine clone running, please let me know.


Answer:Using VMware "converter" to convert a physical machine to a virtual machine

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Hey Guys! Is it safe to build a T410 harddrive into a T400 machine in order to save the data that on it? I've heard that there's no risk to the T400 machine and one can use the harddrive, BUT the T400 machine can have different BIOS settings which the harddrive will then adopt, which will make the existing data of the harddrive unreadable. Can somebody confirm or refute this and if there is indeed a risk, how big is it? I'd be super grateful if somebody could help me out here! Thanks in advance!

Answer:Insert T410 Harddrive into T400 machine in order to save Data

Wasever wrote:
Hey Guys!
the T400 machine can have different BIOS settings which the harddrive will then adopt, which will make the existing data of the harddrive unreadable. 

No, I don't think so. 
BUT, if you are using Windows you may get a blue screen, that shouldn't make the data per se unreadable, but if the Thinkpad doesn't boot  there's no much data you can copy.
Wasever wrote:
Is it safe to build a T410 harddrive into a T400 machine in order to save the data that on it?

Can you tell us what data you'd like to copy? Is the T410 damaged? Or the installation corrupted? Could you elaborate more on the problem? We may help better with more information
Welcome to the forum btw!!

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DEar All,                  i purchased Lenovo G530 4446-35U machine few months mistake i lost all the rescue and recovery data and also the origional window and integrated lenovo softwares including live care option and all the short cut keys. Now i had to install windows 7 (64 bit) which is working quite nicely but i want the origional factory settings and all the options which were available in that before. Can any1 guide me where i can get the system recovery data ? RegardsHaider AliPakistan.

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Hi, everyone.I'm quite sure I found this on-line and that it's doable, but now that I need it, of course I can't find it!My computer-illiterate sister has an eMachines Windows Vista computer that will no longer boot either normally or in safe mode; it hangs on crcdisk.sys.  She didn't make recovery disks when she got the computer, and the recovery console that comes up when it tries to boot also hangs.  She believes that it was interrupted while running a Windows update, but she's not entirely certain about that.  Anyway, her primary concern was recovering her pictures and documents, and I was able to do that by booting off a bootable Ubuntu CD.   Thus she now has everything she needs from that computer.  Before we take the sledgehammer to it, I want to fiddle with it and see whether I can get it booting into Windows off of the hard drive again so she can use it again, even if only for going on-line and not for saving precious stuff.I thought I read somewhere that if the recovery partition was readable (as it -- and the rest of the hard drive -- seem to be) that you could copy it up onto an external hard drive, then create recovery CD's on a different computer, but I can no longer find the instructions on how to do that.  Is that do-able, and if so, can I do it on an XP computer, or do I need to use a Win7 computer (I don't have a Vista computer).  Can I do it right off of the external hard drive, or d... Read more

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Hello peeps...

I have a system drive on a workstation which is 1) removable, 2) contains 2 partitions - one for the sytem & data files, one reserved by the os.

I would like to use this drive and it's file data in an external drive case (SATA) connected to my notebook.

Is this possible? Will the notebook handle the external drive properly?


Answer:Using system drive data as a data drive on seperate machine

It shouldn't be a problem, the notebook should see the drive as secondary. Can't hurt to create a System Resore or image the system first, though:

System Restore Point - Create


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both are connected to the same router
the ip of the 7 machine is and the default gateway is
the ip of the XP machine is and the default gateway is

the 7 machine can ping both and and receive responses. I can even access the sharing on the xp machine by typing \\ into my windows explorer, but the xp machine cannot ping or access \\

this is really weird. I mean, for starters, it would appear that this router somehow has two ip addresses, secondly, I can ping AND get a response from one machine, but nothing from another.

I have no idea what's wrong

Answer:I can ping a XP machine from my 7 machine. XP machine cannot ping back

Hi mmeowcusa and welcome to Seven Forums.

Could you on both machines open command prompt by going to start - type in the search bar "cmd" - right click and run as administrator. (For windows 7 only)

For windows XP to open cmd- start - all programs - accessories - command prompt - right click run as administrator

type the following commands.
ipconfig /release

ipconfig /renew
Post back your results.

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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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