Well, as my luck would have it, my Vista OS died completely yesterday. The straw that broke the camel's back was the earlier attempted installation of a wireless USB adaptor. The installation didn't complete because my browswer decided to go on strike. The very next time that I started the computer it crashed. And it did that each time that I tried to restart it. Great! (I let fly with a tirade of colorful language that would have made a waterfront worker blush.) My operating system was dead in the water.
Luckily I had purchased a copy of Vista on Ebay, but I wasn't all that clued up on how to install it. I bumbled my way through the installation and managed to get it right. However, my machine is useless right now. It doesn't know how to do anything. Nothing! All it does is start up and give me messages about its lack of capabilities as I try to operate various files. I guess that I knew this would happen. It needs drivers! It needs applications! Yeah OK, I sighed. Most of the stuff on my machine came preloaded, including the OS, so it will be fun putting things back, and in the right places too. I don't have a Vista manual, so guesswork and trial and error are going to be my methods of operation. So your forum will be my lifeline as I restore my machine back to full health.
Vista is NOT XP, and doesn't follow all the XP rules. 'Dragging and dropping' things does not always work. I saved as many files as I could to an external drive. One of my first problems will be how to reinstall them. They won't spontaniously jump to life as I drag them back into the Vista environment. So here is one of my first requests. Can somebody please give me a set of guidelines for the reinstallation of files from an external storage drive into the Vista environment?
Thanks for you time.