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Clean Installation of windows 7 64 BIT on Dell laptop XPS M1530 windows vista 32 BIT

I want to clean install windows 7 64 bit on my 8 years old Dell laptop having windows vista 32 bit home premium installed on my laptop. Although I have done windows installation before on other ...
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how do I get my wifi password out of Vista when “STATUS” is greyed out?

NOTA BENE! this question is different than the one suggested, because: 1. I am not connected, this is the whole point of my question. 2. I specifically asked about the situation where the STATUS ...
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New laptop battery inconsistent

I have a fairly old Dell Vostro 1510 laptop and the battery finally gave up recently. I bought another one on Amazon three weeks ago and, initially, it seemed to be OK: it was charging to 100% and ...
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Windows Vista to 10 upgrade using windows 7 key?

I have a Windows Vista laptop that I want to upgrade to Windows 10. I found a webshop that sells OEM keys for both Windows 10 Professional and Windows 7 Professional. The latter is cheaper and ...
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Windows Vista taskbar flashing[FIXED]

I am having an issue with my Taskbar in Windows Vista. Sometimes the top of it blinks blue and sometimes it completely flashes. It happens about every 2 seconds and it gets worse as I go on without a ...
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Windows key from previous installation

I have a desktop that was purchased with Vista pre-installed, but currently runs Windows 7. The Windows 7 install was a clean install that also removed any recovery partitions on the desktop. However, ...
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Play a game from external cd-drive

Since the internal cd-drive of my computer is broken, I purchased an external one. I was able to install a game with this external drive, but when I want to start the game with the exact same drive, ...
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“Access denied” message when investigating driver in Process Explorer

I have a virgin installation of Vista Home Premium 32 with a 100% CPU usage problem arising from svchost hosting taskeng.exe doing some unknown thing. I know that this is due to some driver ...
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My laptop wont display the fan is on but the screen wont turn on

My laptop is not working. All of a sudden i turned on the laptop and the screen is black. Ive tried to hook it up too my 32" flatscreen tv to my laptop with a VGA cable and i set the input to pc, but ...
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Vista Recovery Partition ERROR Cannot open C:\RECOVERY.DAT

until my last installation of Windows Vista (from the Recovery Partition) and Ubuntu, I was able to boot the Windows Vista recovery partition from the GRUB menu, simply clicking on the corresponding ...
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Avoiding Upgrade-Chain When Getting Windows 10 Free Upgrade (Vista -> Win7 -> Win10)

I have a copy of Windows 7 that was upgrade from Windows Vista and now I'm interested in accepting the free update to Windows 10. However, there are a few concerns I have related to how this works for ...
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Difference between “Realtek Digital Input” and “Stereo Mix”

When trying to record sound through CamStudio on Windows Vista, I found that I had to change the recording device to from "Realtek Digital Input" to "Stereo Mix". (Control Panel>sound>Recording>Show ...
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Expertise needed - newbie looking for a NAS dual platform solution

I need some help in setting up a NAS and to allow back ups from both OS X and Windows on the same device. Will a Buffalo Quad NAS be the solution to my problem ? The Kit: Mac: I have an old G5 ...
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Can't install Java in Vista because of an Error 1603

Background I have had the same laptop for about 6 years (an Acer Aspire 8920), which runs Windows Vista. I have 2 hard drives, and I use one for the OS, and one for larger applications and data. ...
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Vista network connection red x and unknown server execution failed

Windows Vista network connection icon has a red x in it and states, “Connection status: Unknown Server execution failed” on mouse hover, and the Network and Sharing center won’t open when I try. I've ...
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Laptop Windows Recovery Hot Key

I have a Dell Latitude E6400 laptop that I need to boot to the recovery area to try to reset or reformat. For some reason I cannot get the options to pop up as me what to do next and I do not have the ...
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How to silently prevent programs from running?

In order to save time in maintenance on a Windows Vista PC used by a relative, I decided to enforce parental controls to prevent drive-by downloads. This is working fine in principle. On some ...
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Asus X58C running Vista Basic cannot start up after installing Ubuntu and other messing

I installed Ubuntu not really knowing what I was doing. For a while, I could run either Ubuntu or Vista. I wanted to get rid of Ubuntu, but didn't know how. Don't know what I did, but I get error no ...
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I have a dell inspiron 1545 that was stolen now returned but windows 7 had been installed no product key code

I have a dell inspiron 1545 that was stolen now returned but windows 7 had been installed no product key code? I ordered this pc back in 2009 They took all my disk it was Vista prem home. Now it's ...
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Installing Debian 8 on a Vista-windows free partition - and DRDY ERR

Being at a friends house on his computer (Medion i386) I was installing Debian 8 LINUX (i386) from a netinst-CD on a Win-Vista partition which I freed before via MMC ... The installation was ...
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Connecting my xbox360 kinect to my windows computer running windows vista?

Is it possible to use my xbox360 kinect as a webcam on my HP pavillion computer that is running windows vista?
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An Operating System Wasn't Found during installation

I have an laptop with Windows Vista on it. My mom forcibly shut it down when it was installing a new Operating System. So now I tried to install Windows on it again but it showed "Missing OS" and ...
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Windows Vista Corrupt System File raschap.dll.mui

After having troubles with the startup of my Windows Vista laptop (which now seems to be fixed). I ran a sfc /scannow to check for any further problems. After searching the log file I found it was ...
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Some games do not after Windows Update on Vista SP2

I am running Windows Vista Service Pack 2 on a Dell XPS 730x. Awhile back, after some Windows updates, these 2 games (Rome: Total War and Civilization 4: Gold) started asking for administrator rights ...
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Booting Linux on a Broken Windows Laptop

I have an old laptop—a Toshiba Satellite L305-S5875—with a broken Windows install what I am trying to force to boot into Linux. My goal is to boot into Linux and wipe windows completely and use Linux ...
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How do I make my computer's firewall let devices on the same network in?

For obvious reasons, I want to access my computer's WAMP server from other devices (a smartphone and a tablet) in the same WLAN. The httpd.conf part is okay, but I can't access my webapp unless I ...
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How to restore D:\Users back to C:\Users after move [Vista]

What will be the best way be to restore D:\Users back to C:\Users after move? Computer is running on Vista OS and I think to get Users folder on another partition was used method described here ...
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Adding programs to default list

Can Outlook email be added into the list of default programs in windows vista? In 'Set Default Programs' there are only 2 programs listed, which are Firefox & Picasa Photo Viewer. Can other ...
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XPS Viewer Setup wants to install KB932929. What is KB932929? No info available

Today I downloaded and started to install Microsoft's XPS Viewer on a Windows Vista system. When I started the installation process, one of the first things the Installer wanted to do is to install ...
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Chrome reloads the same pages since August 7th (Date: 21 Nov 2015)

Until yesterday I had ignored a Windows message that appeared every time I turned on my computer. "Failed to connect to a windows service. Windows could not connect to the System Event ...
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Script to uninstall a folder from within C:\ProgramData\folder (GUID)

I'm hoping to find a script to uninstall a folder from within the ProgramData folder ie.. C:\ProgramData\folder (GUID). As you can see the folder also has a GUID string this is what I have: rmdir /s ...
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windows vista cannot install updates

When I go to windows updates my computer will quickly search for updates and then ask me to reboot to install upates. It will appear to start installing updates for about 10 seconds and then reboot. ...
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How to check how many DVDs were burnt on a specified date on Vista? [duplicate]

I'm wondering if there is a way to check how many DVDs were burnt on a given date. Maybe there are any records being made each time a DVD is being burnt? Thanks in advance for your help.
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Exporting settings from the registry editor

My problem is regarding the unwieldy dinosaur that is Windows Vista. I am using old software that I haven't been able to run in newer OS than Vista (actually the compatibility is XP only). If I ...
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How many times - on a specified date - a DVD recorder was used?

I'm looking for a way to get to know how many times - on a specified date - a DVD recorder was used (DVD(s) burning). I'm running Windows Vista. The program used to burn DVD(s) doesn't create any ...
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How can I restore my Windows system after the PC is booted into DOS from USB drive?

My PC with Windows Vista failed to boot. The screen showed that the boot device was not found. I think the boot area of the hard drive was damaged. Then I created a boot USB drive with DOS system, and ...
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How do you get this theme in windows 7 and vista?

How do you get this theme in Windows 7 and Vista? I was once playing around with the performance settings in vista and got it, but then it went away. I've also seen it in multiple Windows 7 error ...
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Reinstalling Windows Vista after installing Nas4Free on the system

I’m trying to overwrite my current OS (Nas4Free) with Windows Vista Business. Vista came with the computer, but I wanted to try out Nas4Free. I am trying to format my partitions, but whenever I click ...
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How can I remove a forkbomb from the Startup folder?

I have an older laptop running Windows Vista, from about 2005, and I was fooling around with it. In a moment of sheer stupidity, I created a Batch file and put the following code in it: %0|%0 I ran ...
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Executable only starts from command line, not run dialog or shortcut

I'm having some difficultly starting Eclipse on one of my machines. From the command line, this works: C:\Users\Me> C:\eclipse\eclipse.exe Yet a shortcut to the same executable does not. If I ...
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Downloaded Programs Not Opening on Windows Vista

Don't ask why I'm running vista, but some programs that i've downloaded won't open. They mostly seem to be associated with video games. Some examples would be: Technic Launcher ...
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Unable to boot to Windows Vista after reinstalling Linux in a dual boot configuration [closed]

I had a dual boot of Vista and Arch Linux. I wanted to delete Arch and install CentOS so I formatted the following partitions of the existing installation and installed CentOS 7: / /boot /swap I ...
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Dell XPS M1530 cd stuck in drive

Yesterday I wanted to play the 1999 Unreal Tournament game that I felt nostalgiac for, but as soon as I inserted the disk, nothing happened. I've looked on all the forums and they all say the same ...
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Windows Vista wont install sp1 [duplicate]

Don't ask why I'm running vista, but I just had my old XPS M1530 wiped and restored to Vista Home Premium. I've done diagnostics and am going to run a memory test but I would like to get it up to ...
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How to move a system partition?

I have ST380(80gb) hard disk that has only 1 partition with Windows Vista and i have ST500(500gb) hard disk which i want to be the system disk. In order to achieve this i created a copy of system ...
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touchpad/trackpoint latitude d830 not working

I have a Dell Latitude D830 notebook. It is working fine, except for the trackpoint/touchpoint. I have found another question here on superuser stackexchange, to achieve the opposite: enabling the ...
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View when cookies or temp files where used last

I was wondering if it is possible to view when a cookie or tmp file was last used by the internet. For example, if the cookie was used yesterday could I see that in properties or log it in a text ...
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How does Windows know whether to accept a COA key?

I have an HP laptop with a Windows Vista Home Premium license. Apparently if I download a vista ISO and install it using this key, it would be accepted. How does the setup know I'm using this key on ...
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Batch command to delete users not on a list

Is there a way to delete users not on a list in a .txt file? Say I have the following on my system John Peter Mike Bob Now only John and Peter are on the authorized users .txt file John Peter ...
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Will Windows Vista COA Keys work as a valid product key for Windows 10?

I have a Windows Vista Home Premium Laptop with a genuine license key. I was wondering if that key would be accepted as a valid key for Windows 10 if I downloaded the ISO from Microsoft and tried to ...