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    I agree, ruirib. XP has become unsupportable, and...

    I agree, ruirib. XP has become unsupportable, and Vista won't be far behind. Security updating is vital! I'm still getting pretty good support for Vista, but for how much longer? As I've stated...
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    I NEVER use IE for anything, including Windows...

    I NEVER use IE for anything, including Windows Updates, unless it's by default. I never use ANYTHING but FF or Chrome, depending on which system I'm running. I used to get a message that said I HAD...
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    AVG sometimes 'finds' things, too, and I just...

    AVG sometimes 'finds' things, too, and I just ignore them. As for the drivers, check the version. If that didn't change, then nothing happened. I do my BIOS updates directly from HP, but the other...
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    Like others, I have tried many different driver...

    Like others, I have tried many different driver updaters, with varying degrees of success. For the past couple of years, tho, I have been using SlimDrivers, updating all 6 of my PC's. Only once did...
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    Death knell for Vista?

    I am running Vista on one of my PCs, and I was unable to use Chrome (my personal fav) so I HAD to install FireFox. It works reasonably well, tho I do get the occasional hang! It usually clears...
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    Depending on the fan you have, it 'may' be all...

    Depending on the fan you have, it 'may' be all you need, if it's cleaned now and then. A ballbearing fan will last a LOT longer than a non-BB one. The canned air is great for keyboards and such but...
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    Great! I think you've found your problem! The...

    Great! I think you've found your problem! The combination of a dirty fan and old, dried up paste is probably all of it. Fans are SUPER efficient at picking up dust and lint, even better, maybe, than...
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    As I suggested, I would be looking very closely...

    As I suggested, I would be looking very closely at the CPU, to see if the thermal paste has hardened up or maybe even if too much had been applied. It is a 'grease' compound and as such it is...
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    "Seagate techs want to know what is wrong with...

    "Seagate techs want to know what is wrong with the drive and in general don't have the time or curiosity to try to recover your data unless you are paying them to do so."

    It's a slow and tedious...
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    "But the overheating thing may be showing itself...

    "But the overheating thing may be showing itself to be a likely suspect; I did clean teh filters and do some decent housecleaning and I still got a warning on heat after I set that in the bios today....
  11. Thanks Marvin! I gets me devices mixed up...

    Thanks Marvin! I gets me devices mixed up sometimes. Hub just SOUNDS better, anyway! It's a thingy with seven USB sockets on it. Since USB can hold, what, 128 ports, you can hook up a whole SLEW of...
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    I had this same problem awhile back, too. What I...

    I had this same problem awhile back, too. What I found was that during one of several sound driver updates a driver was installed that didn't work on my Vista machine! I deleted the driver and...
  13. Difference in USB ports on front or back of computer?

    USB ports drive me up the wall, too.

    I have two older HP laptops, which only have (4) USB 2.0 ports. Since everything seems to be going to USB 3.0 (and I have even seen some USB 3.1 devices) I...
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    JoeP517 All the way back to Windows 3, there...

    JoeP517 All the way back to Windows 3, there have been those who claimed it was a a bunch of BS. ANY software is hard to get used to, when it first comes out. I had HIGH hopes for Windows 95, once...
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    [QUOTE=Fascist Nation;1029675]Ian Paul IMHO Win8...

    [QUOTE=Fascist Nation;1029675]Ian Paul IMHO Win8 is a superior implementation of Windows than Win7, but the arrogance of the user interface ticked me off. I wasn't alone.

    My laptop crashed,...
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    When I tried to roll it back, it told me that...

    When I tried to roll it back, it told me that those files had been 'removed.' NOT by me!
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    Thank you, Paul. I will try that later. I assume...

    Thank you, Paul. I will try that later. I assume it will let me get an iso for Win 7,m should I need it?
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    I agree that the coders at CCLEANER may not know...

    I agree that the coders at CCLEANER may not know what they are dealing with. Sometimes, I even wonder if the coders at MS know! They always release new versions of their software and let the buyers...
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    I wasn't trying to down you in any way, Beachboy....

    I wasn't trying to down you in any way, Beachboy.

    I agree that many old timers, (like ME?) have trouble with technology. I don't expect them to be as savvy as I am, or that I was. I retired from...
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    [QUOTE=beachboybogart;1026260](By the same token,...

    [QUOTE=beachboybogart;1026260](By the same token, never use a program like CCleaner. I built a new PC, never connected to the Internet, Windows 7 Ultimate. CCleaner found 325 "serious errors". BS.)
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    I recently bought a used HP laptop that had Win7...

    I recently bought a used HP laptop that had Win7 freshly installed. I took the time to install ALL of the Microsoft updates for it! Then I made an image of this (or so I thought) using the Win 7...
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    Hard drive failure: can anything be saved?

    [QUOTE=techo638;1004486]I have had a HP Envy Desktop Computer for about 2 years and it's been working well.

    I am enjoying (?) a similar problem on my Asus laptop. It flat will NOT power up; no...
  23. [QUOTE=feduchin;990290]It's interesting, the "OS...

    [QUOTE=feduchin;990290]It's interesting, the "OS Wars".


    I tried Linux on a few occasions in the 90s and had nothing at all against it. My primary problems were that if I used some device, like a...
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    I had some problems the other day which made me...

    I had some problems the other day which made me think I should uninstall my Chrome browser and then reinstall it. After that I realized that I didn't have a saved copy of Chrome! I tried using IE to...
  25. I don't know. It seems to me they should just...

    I don't know. It seems to me they should just call them ALL Windows, with the understanding that not ALL apps are going to work on each platform. Make this crystal clear from the beginning, so you...
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