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    Try holding the Alt key and F10 key down at the...

    Try holding the Alt key and F10 key down at the same time while booting. (what Sudo15 was eluding to to access yur recovery partition. If it works follow the prompts.
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    Is this...
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    powercfg was introduced in XP SP2. I hope...

    powercfg was introduced in XP SP2. I hope lastwake is present in the command list forXP. See cmds by entering powercfg/?

    Quick Guide for last wake-up (Does not show Time or Date)

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  3. I am surprised. I don't think I have ever seen a...

    I am surprised. I don't think I have ever seen a PC with as many updates as that come with the latest one already installed. Did you buy it from the Dell Outlet store? Regardless, it means never...
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    No, you are correct Rick. I was looking for a...

    No, you are correct Rick. I was looking for a real time monitoring solution and that one seems to deliver it as well and I am a huge fan of Nirsoft apps. And they are free. I think at this point it...
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    Well it seems to me that the OP is complaining he...

    Well it seems to me that the OP is complaining he cannot determine where fairly large chunks of his HDD is going.

    Several posters have directed him to apps that look at what is occupying a lot of...
  6. Well on the bright side you are certainly...

    Well on the bright side you are certainly learning a bit about the Windows OS and drivers.

    Did this problem start after you updated the BIOS?

    If yes, and the BIOS Menu allows you, did you...
  7. Somewhat off topic and showing my age, but I...

    Somewhat off topic and showing my age, but I remember when 15 seconds boot time was boasting, not complaining. :)
  8. I assume you have manually checked autorun is...

    I assume you have manually checked autorun is turned on per Sudo15's link? Can you not access any disk with Windows Explorer? and manually setup from there usually by clciking on "Setup"?

    Is the...
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    Actually when SSDs first came out Plextor had a...

    Actually when SSDs first came out Plextor had a series of PATA drives. They didn't sell well. It had been several years when I noticed Transcend had just released a few PATA SSDs. Reasonably priced...
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    Yes they are from time to time...

    Yes they are from time to time but they are way too expensive.

    Your idea of adding a SATA card and driving it off of that is a better solution if a system is so old as to not have SATA ports. ...
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    You are correct. I assume this is a repair...

    You are correct. I assume this is a repair install. Once you stopped it the installation program left files of its work behind and it is detect that and picking up where it left off.
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    I cut and pasted an old list of cleanup...

    I cut and pasted an old list of cleanup instructions for XP. I edited it, removed some of the more esoteric and risky stuff and updated some links:

    I don't see too many hard drive full problems...
  13. First this is a great issue. People get a false...

    First this is a great issue. People get a false sense of security with "their" AV app. How do you know it is doing its job? Well here is a good start at evaluating to make sure you aren't relying...
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    [SOLVED] Wow after looking over the Lenovo driver download...

    Wow after looking over the Lenovo driver download site I can see your problem. Sudo15 is correct. About the only way you will get the correct driver is to ID the audio chip. The good news is I am...
  15. [SOLVED] Is there a Reliability Monitor included in Basic...

    Is there a Reliability Monitor included in Basic that you can use to look for correlations?

    It was this very article that made me decide to subscribe to this site:...
  16. Feeling Optimized now are we? :D Fortunately...

    Feeling Optimized now are we? :D

    Fortunately RetiredGeek just posted a helpful link for you.

    BTW, if none of the above (like Revo) complete removes it use Unlocker to nuke any recalcitrant...
  17. Yes DrRon, I remember somewhere on the Seagate...

    Yes DrRon, I remember somewhere on the Seagate forum a tech was saying one of the big tip offs to a drive going bad is it starts puling sectors out of reserve. He was essentially saying if it even...
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    But while running ccleaner, use it to kill any...

    But while running ccleaner, use it to kill any remaining temp, log files any system restore files, caches.

    Then either wipe the free space or defrag (using Win8 utility) and then wipe the free...
  19. My problems with the cloud are: slow, limited...

    My problems with the cloud are: slow, limited data backup..not so much a problem these days. Poor security if files are out there (just ask Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton). US Gov't says your 4th...
  20. ".... unusual sounds typically indicate that the...

    ".... unusual sounds typically indicate that the drive has either already failed or a failure is imminent. You should shut down the drive or your PC immediately to avoid further damage. ..."

    I...
  21. The consensus is likely the graphics driver, but...

    The consensus is likely the graphics driver, but without seeing the minidump log file's pointer it is hard to say.

    In addition to that, what graphics card do you have (if any)? Upgraded...
  22. [SOLVED] This is a darned nice bit of diagnostic work. I...

    This is a darned nice bit of diagnostic work. I would be interested in knowing what the final outcome was and whether there was a fix. Hopefully Joe's suggestion ID's the culprit.
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    I was going to say perhaps it is time to do a...

    I was going to say perhaps it is time to do a clean install on both PCs.

    Since both PCs connect the the Internet through Ethernet OK not a hardware issue. Have to assume it is either a...
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    Last first. No Win7 won't help you restore XP...

    Last first. No Win7 won't help you restore XP MCE, you will need to procure/borrow a set of XP MCE disks to do that. I suspect this is a big box maker PC???? It is possible they still may have...
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    http://support.microsoft.com/mats/windows_media_pl...

    http://support.microsoft.com/mats/windows_media_player_diagnostic
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