How To Fix Windows Errors

My Sony Vaio VGN-CS115J is getting stuck in middle of Recovery Process

Dont leave your email address on here. Make sure you unplug every cable except power cord when doing a recovery or it may fail.
3. Go to BIOS (F10) and run a smart test on hard drive. There's a start for you.

The hard drive may be failing. Spemmers will find it easily and fill your email account with junk.

computer shuts down in normal mode after system32 visus!!!

iAVS4 Control Service (aswUpdSv) - ALWIL Software - C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\aswUpdSv.exe
O23 - Service: Automatic LiveUpdate Scheduler - Symantec Corporation - C:\Program Files\Symantec\LiveUpdate\ALUSchedulerSvc.exe
O23 - Service: avast! I thought I'd fixed the problem and everything was fine till now. The scans and fixes I've tried in safe mode have not solved the problem.

iAVS4 Control Service (aswUpdSv) - ALWIL Software - C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\aswUpdSv.exe
O23 - Service: Automatic LiveUpdate Scheduler - Symantec Corporation - C:\Program Files\Symantec\LiveUpdate\ALUSchedulerSvc.exe
O23 - Service: avast! Web Scanner - ALWIL Software - C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ashWebSv.exe
O23 - Service: AVG7 Alert Manager Server (Avg7Alrt) - GRISOFT, s.r.o. - C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVG7\avgamsvr.exe
O23 - Service: AVG7 Update Service (Avg7UpdSvc) - GRISOFT, s.r.o. - C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVG7\avgupsvc.exe
O23 - Service: AVG7 Resident Shield Service (AvgCoreSvc) - GRISOFT, s.r.o. - C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVG7\avgrssvc.exe
O23 - Service: AVG E-mail Scanner (AVGEMS) - GRISOFT, s.r.o. - C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVG7\avgemc.exe
O23 - Service: BlueSoleilCS - Unknown owner - C:\Program Files\IVT Corporation\BlueSoleil\BlueSoleilCS.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: BsHelpCS - Unknown owner - C:\Program Files\IVT Corporation\BlueSoleil\BsHelpCS.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: BsMobileCS - Unknown owner - C:\Program Files\IVT Corporation\BlueS...

SQL server on vista

Smitha. Good luck.
Please help.

I have tried running the wmimanager but it does not help. Try running your "SQL server configuration manager" as administrator by right-clicking on icon and selecting "Run as Administrator". When I started the SQL server configuration manager, I see the window as shown in the attachment. I dont know how to get started with SQL server.

Shell32.dll and Booting from the CD/Command Prompt

I tried to copy in the new one, but it wouldn't, and I couldn't rename the old one back. Wouldn't you know it my computer won't take commands from either keyboard in my house during bootup until it's already too late to start command prompt. So now I'm at a loss. Power goes out, and when I get it back, my computer won't let me log in because shell32.dll is gone.

I thought, "Okay, no problem, I'll just run safe mode with command prompt and 'ren shell32.dll.old shell32.dll'".

So I was trying to edit my computer's general appearence, and I managed to rename shell32.dll to shell32.dll.old (because I'm smart enough to not out-right delete it). I'm having my friend bring over his keyboard tomorrow because it doesn't connect through the USB slot, but that's really my last idea. Well, the thought occured to me and I made the BIOS do Legacy USB support for the keyboard and mouse.

Now it's repairing. Same story for trying to boot from disc. I'm not interested taking it to geek squad over what (in my head) seems like it should have a simple solution. I don't really know what step to take next.

Cesar T

PD.- my e-mail: [email protected]

God bless you!!! OS: actually, XP Professional SP3
Processor: Intel core 2, Quadcore (Q6660)
Motherboard: Intel DP35DP
RAM: 4 gb

Thank you. when I restart it, in a black display I read:


When you're booting, refer to this guide and press your appropriate key and set your 1st boot priority to HDD.
Select CD-ROM Boot Type"

I would like to know, what is happening...

I am from Peru, I bought vista ultimate 64-bit to install in my desktop...

[SOLVED] Vista 64bit Desktop Background Disappearing

What do I need to do to prevent my desktop background image from disappearing?

Quite recently my Vista 64-bit HP laptop with Service Pack 1 has been acting weird. When I start games like Warcraft, my desktop background image would disappear leaving the background to be a plain solid black background.

[SOLVED] Cannot delete a video file from my recycle bin

Ok so this all started a few months ago, I downloaded a video file and while I was downloading my internet connection went down so I stopped the download. It does empty every other file but this one, and after I do this my windows explorer crashes, an I cant open anything in it (my music, my pictures, my documents... Well, have you tried simply right-clicking on your Recycle Bin and "Empty Recycle Bin" since is sounds like your just trying to right-click the video file in the Recycle Bin and "Delete".

Sorry for the long thread but I just wanted to make sure you know all the info so you can help me best. thank you for any help you may give. etc) and the only way to get it to start responding again is to shut down or restart. Whenever I send another file to my recycle and try to empty it it says the same old thing as always "deleting 0mb of 0mb" or somthing along those line.

So please someone, please help me if you know how to deal with this problem. So i just left it alone for a while afterall it wasnt hurting me, it was in a folder I never used so I soon forgot about it. If I did try deleting it, it would show that its deleting but say "deleting 0mb of 0mb" or somthing like that and never stop. After that I wasnt able to delete or move this file at all.

So yesturday I was downloading a video and while I was choosing a location to save to I saw this video file (the one that I cant delete) and decid...

Windows Contacts Search

Tried rebooting, treid installing new windows updates. Now search in contacts no longer works. When I type the first letter in the search box, all the names in the list disappear, and advanced search appears in the name column.

Still acts the same. I'm unfimiliar with Windows Search, can you delete the contact some other way?

Just added a new contact in windows contacts. What can I do to get search working again ?

media usage rights on home video

I am trying to burn a movie I made with my camera with Windows Media Player but I keep getting a media usage rights message. This is my video that I made and copied from my SD card - why am I having this problem???

Vista not using all my RAM?

Ok I don't understand whats happening... Well, since you're running both Vista and XP I'm going to go out a limb here and say you have a 32-bit processor/OSs - meaning you're OS will only recognize 3.2GBs. Why isn't vista using the 4th GB of RAM? How To Check If Computer Is Running A 32 Bit or 64 Bit Operating System.

But when I open up the task manager the total under physical memory says 3070MB. or is it? I have 4GB of RAM installed on my laptop and in control panel system and BIOS the computer reconizes it and says I have 4GB.

login screen no keybd response little red symbol at bottom right hand corner

Acer Aspire 5100, no keybd or mouse response boots to login screen, can not type anything, not even use F2 key to get into Bios, used a USB keybd and same thing. never saw this before and I can not log in at all.
Acer 5100 at the login screen (vista) i have no keybd response or mouse.

at login screen lower right hand corner is a red symbol, never seen before. in lower right hand corner is a red symbol kind of rectangle, one side has an arrow the other looks like a circle with aline in it.

Is vista taking full advantage of my RAM?

I know it only recognises 3.2 GB of RAM. In short, when I play a game, I want nearly all 4 GB to be dedicated to playing that game. Would that, in effect, bump me up to 4 GB? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Is vista using most of my RAM for it's own needs? It will never use 4GB. Vista 32 is designed that way.
Can someone please tell me what it's using and for what?

It says it's 'cached', what does that mean?

OK, so here is a print screen of my performance (in task manager):

Now first; I have 4 GB of RAM (2x2 GDDR2), and am using vista home 32 bit. My question is, is it actually using that 3.2 GB?

Now second; Does anyone know of ANY possible way for my current vista to recognise all 4 GB? I was intrigued as to what was going on when I was playing GTA IV, and under "RAM" it said there was 450 something MB. I've also heard of using some of your hard-drive's memory, and getting vista to treat it as VRAM, adding to your current RAM.

Update Errors

If that is the case,why am i being offered the updates in the first place. Here are a few of them:KB958690
Also i have noticed that my system is running Assus Acpi Center.Does this slow down my system in any way?Can you stop it,or does it need to run?

I'm running vista premium(64 Bit),when i try to install updates,i get errors,so i downloaded them from microsoft but when i try to install them,i get a message saying they don't apply to my system.

Vista Ultimate integrated webcam driver microphone issue - Dell Inspiron 1520

Hey guys,

I recently formatted my PC and installed Vista Ultimate on it, after many attempts at installing the microphone slot (that you plug in beside headphones) I gave up with the Sigmatel drivers and decided to try and get the webcam microphone working but it doesn't show up anywhere even after I installed the microphone and the dell webcam manager program. Does anyone know how to fix this? Thank you

(the problem I had with Sigmatel was that if I installed the driver it would make the sound stop working as well, even though it showed "playback" and "recording" as working in the sound options. This could be because you installed the wrong driver, are you absolutely sure you have the right one - you have to take into account that your OS has a bit (x86 or x64), you're OS have a service pack, it has a package (Ultimate, Basic), etc.

The Black Screen Of Death (HELP!)

I tried going into safe mode but same thing happens. Task manager doesn't work. And after that, all I could see was a black screen with the cursor (which I could move) Task manager wasn't coming up. I logged in.

I never got a Vista CD so I can't really repair anything that way. I manually opened explorer.exe through task manager. I finished my work last night and closed the laptop (I don't usually shut it down, it just goes to sleep when I close it) This morning though it was completely frozen, I had to restart it manually.

Yesterday I was watching something on my computer (I use VLC to watch movies) when my Spybot started acting up.

Blank screen. Any idea what this is? Nothing was working. Again, black screen but this time task manager worked.

So I pressed "no" (as in 'do not allow this application') because I didn't know why I got so many pop ups all of a sudden. I tried going back into regular mode. I noticed in task manager that teatimer.exe takes A LOT of CPU though which it never did before.

It got to the log in screen. I didn't start up any programs, nor did I install anything new in the last few weeks. I left my laptop on now and it's performing a scan on Spybot so hopefully when I get back it'll find something but I'm just not sure if this is a software or a hardware issue. Just went back home (since I live across the street) during lunch to try and fix it.

Same problem though but this time the black scre...

Problem with Windows Update

Checking component watchlist. Secondly the log shows errors for bitlocker which is unrelated to group policy.
Checking component watchlist.

Checking component store
(f) CSI Manifest and S256H Do Not Match 0x00000000 WinSxS\Manifests\amd64_bitlockerdrivepreparation-deployment_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6000.16442_none_ac152f8562121518.manifest amd64_bitlockerdrivepreparation-deployment_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6000.16442_none_ac152f8562121518
(f) CSI Manifest and S256H Do Not Match 0x00000000 WinSxS\Manifests\amd64_bitlockerdriveprepa..oyment-languagepack_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6000.16442_en-us_01de4b57bff729cc.manifest amd64_bitlockerdriveprepa..oyment-languagepack_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6000.16442_en-us_01de4b57bff729cc

Checking SMI Store
2730, C:\Windows\winsxs\Manifests\amd64_bitlockerdriveprepa..oyment-languagepack_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6000.16442_en-us_01de4b57bff729cc.manifest, failed with 800705b9

2731, C:\Windows\winsxs\Manifests\amd64_bitlockerdrivepreparation-deployment_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6000.16442_none_ac152f8562121518.manifest, failed with 800705b9

Milliseconds: 597956
Found 5 errors
CSI Manifest and S256H Do Not Match Total Count: 2
CBS MUM Corrupt Total Count: 3



Checking System Update Readiness. Checking packages. Checking component store
(f) CSI Manifest and S256H Do Not Match 0x00000000 WinSxS\Manifests\amd64_bitlocke...

HELP!! "Error 17: File Not Found" for Windows Vista & Widows XP Professional

I am using partition for both Win Vist & WinXP Pro. I really hope anyone please kindly assist me on these! Instead i received messages for my WinXP Pro as such:

Booting 'Windows XP Professional'

find --set-root /bootmgrv
Filesystem type is ntfs, partition type 0x17
find --set-root /ntldr

Error 17: File not found

Press any key to continue...

& messages for my Win Vista as such:

Booting 'Windows Vista'

find --set-root /ntldr

Error 17: File not found

Press any key to continue... I tried to reboot..

BUT IT DIDN'T WORK @ ALL! Please anyone help me on these problem i'm facing if possible, i'm so afraid of losing all my important documents in the harddisk.

Now both are not rebooting.

Windows Media Player 11 - Media Usage Rights


When I try to play a video file WMP 11 attempts to download Media Usage Rights. The window says that it is going to download video license ver 3.412

My OS: Windows Vista 32-bit SP1
Wmp version: 11

Anyone that can help me? Bump~

I get the same message.
I get a big button that displays "Download" (pic1), however when I press the button the next page does not display(pic2).

DVDs and Surround Sound

However, when I insert various DVDs into my computer, they don't appear to be playing in surround sound. Is there an option that I need to enable somewhere? Unconscious
It works perfectly during games such as Crysis (other than a fault I have with the game, which I am working on fixing).

I use both Windows Movie Player and VLC Media Player.

I have Logitech G51 Surround Sound system. Hoping you can help.

One cpu core maxed out

Anyone able to offer any advice as Im at my wits end and dont want to have to randomly start replacing parts which may not be faulty. Running a bootable CD version of Ubuntu and both cores are normal. In safe mode it sits at 40-50% so still doing something but not as much.

Last week my PSU failed and I replaced it however since then on of the cores on my CPU constantly shows at 80-100% even when idle. I have a Vista ultimate PC with a core 2 duo cpu. Ive re-installed Vista from scratch and problem still remains.

New Partition for HP Presario f500

My restore drive is maxed out and I am being constantly reminded to empty or clean it out to make more room.

Weighted Phrase Limit

I understand the words in the error, but I am not certain it is giving me a correct understanding of what is going on. How do I adjust Defender to get around this error? It happens every time I encounter anything of any size.
This happens whenever I access a site with large lists like a catalog.

I have a problem whenever I go to an Internet site of getting a "Weighted Phrase Limit Exceeded" error from Windows Defender.

Vista Windows Media Player Burner Issue

I have tried 4 different blank cd's and it always quits recording after approximately 1 minute has elapsed.

I'm trying to burn 3 of my own personal private recordings (NOT somthing from a professional recording) into a blank cd. The burner copies the first recording and part of the second one and then quits copying.

It can't be the fault of the cd, since the same result happens on each one of them. How can I resolve this problem?

oracle Jinitiator for windows vista

But i am unable access the forms. pls anybody can help me to resolve this pblm.

Vista 64 NOT showing .avi thumbnails on explorer

I managed to solve this on 32bits Vista and i have a post here but the same solutions doesnt' work on 64bits

What i did to solve on 32bits Vista is

1) install fresh vista
2) open the avi file with crystal player
3) crystal player told me "do you want to load the codec for this files?"
4) so that was all, he downloaded some avi basic pack and everything worked fine

Same thing i tried on vista 64 but no luck

1) i tried that solution
2) i tried the registry fixes
3) i installed klite codeck pack
4) i installed combined comunity codeck pack
5) i installed vista codec package

Well no luck...Also if i open ANY avi file i whatever player i choose i can see it perfect, but no thumbnails...BUT the only player that does not work is Windows Media Center says..."no codec to display the movie" and "cannot show thumbnail"

Well hope someone can figured out this and can help me

Cheers to all

any help ? cheers

Suitable TV Tuner card...?

"TabTip.exe - Application Error" on Shut Down

The last two occasions were:

Prior to having these error messages I had to use the Revo Uninstaller to force uninstall Microsft Office 2007 that came with this laptop since I was unable to by using the default uninstaller. The memory could not be read. Everytime I Shut Down or Log Off I recieve this Error Message:

TabTip.exe - Application Error
The instruction at "*x********" referenced memory at "0x00000000".

I am using Windows Vista with a Wacom Intuos 3 Tablet with Tablet PC Input Panel software installed. Since then I have re-installed Microsoft Office 2007 Enterprise. Click on OK to terminate the program

The "*x********" code is different everytime the error message appears. Any help with this would be greatly appreciated.

virus - unable to boot my computer

unable to format also..because it is not getting swithced on so that
i can put the xp cd and install fresh copy again
Is there any way to get back data

Try safe mode with the f8 key on the key board and check wether the computer boots up or no it it boots up back up the data
what can be done..

Vista Wont Install

Followed by this: No device drivers found. Now that we have the new hardware I went to reinstall Windows Vista Home Premium 64 bit on her computer. jcgriff2

First one is this: Required cd/dvd drive device driver is missing.

Vista uses native CD drivers during install. Regards. . . Her HDD failed on her a while back (bad sectors) so we replaced that.

Wipe entire HDD with killdisk - make bootable ISO and erase HDD. However in the process of installing Vista I get these two errors.

You can use imgburn to make CD boot -

what is source for Vista re-install - OEM Vista DVD or full retail copy Vista? I also noticed that her processor was fried due to lack of thermal grease so we replaced that too.

Alright so I've been trying to help my mom fix her computer and I've come to a problem I can't seem to resolve. To my knowledge there is no way to install CD/DVD drivers prior to install. Any chance there is a recovery partition on new HDD (don't know origin - if came from system manufacturer)? Any ideas on what to try nexy?

I did some googling and found that this means that Vista setup isn't detecting her HDD.

the jumping curser

Is there something I can do to fix this problem? I have another question. It happens online more often than off line.

I have an acer laptop vista home about one year old. My windows will freeze up especially if it is the first window I pull up.

[Help] Computer will turn on but not boot

Usually I can fix my computer with ease but this gave me a different problem, the next couple days it would do the same thing as it did in world of warcraft when i started the computer then it would give me a message saying "Display Driver Stopped Responding and Has Recovered." I tried to restart my computer but now when ever i turn it on I get this problem (shown in the video).

I think this has something to do with a graphic driver failure, one day i was playing World of Warcraft on my laptop, all of a sudden the picture froze and there were like weird lines all over the screen. I made a video to show you guys what happens now when i turn it on.

a jumping curser

What's happening is your wrist is rubbing up against your keypad when you're typing. Robin

This is a very common problem, especially with laptops (only with them, actually).

I got my laptop last year for mothers day the curser jumps whpe en I ty which just happened. I there anything I can do to stop it.

Method 1:
Press "FN" key + "F7" to disable your keypad. I thought it would work it self out with the updates since vista was fairly new but it has only gotten worse to the point the page will also jump to another page. It happens mostly when I'm online but the jumping curser will jump when I'm typing up reports in word or works off line.

Method 2:
Download and Install "TouchFreeze" It's designed to disable keypad only when you're typing.

HP Plotter / HP Pavilion 64 Bit Computer

I have just bought a HP Pavilion 64 Bit computer. It will only work on my old 32 Bit computer. jcgriff2


I have a HP 450C plotter. How can I get my HP 450C plotter connected to my HP Pavilion 64 Bit Computer and make it work? I can't get any HP 450C Plotter driver to load onto my 64 bit computer. See if HP x64 driver is available -

Regards. . .

Shrink, Burn/Clone, Reformat, Restore, Expand.

Thank you.

Can i Shrink my C: and D: partitions, then burn images of them, or clone them, onto an external hard drive. Is there a way of doing this without messing up Vista Home Premium's boot function?

Then, wipe and reformat the original hard drive, restoring the images or clones therein, and expand the resulting partitions to whatever i deem. yes for all I think

to shrink or expand partitions do this
right click on my computer
Disk Management
then you can shrink or extend volumes from there

use XXclone to clone your partition

I've never done this but if do get it transfer the cloned copy outside of the OS it should theoretically work but I've never done that

Restoring backup on a different drive

What will happen when windows discovers that the hard disk drivers are different. So can you restore your full backup to a completely, different size and make hard drive??
What I want to know is can I restore my full back (I used Acronis) to a new drive, the drive would be a different make and of course bigger storage.

Change/Add Text IE 8 Vista

I finally realized by accident that I have 2 IE 8 internet browsers on Vista Home Premium, a 32 bit version and 64 bit version. Is there anyway I can change/add text to IE 8 to tell me which browser I am using. I've run into some problems with 64 bit version notably the absence of an Adobe Flasher Player version. Only way I can seem to tell right now is to click on about from help menu.

Can't load network user profile

The problem we ran across with the VIAOs is that once you install XP Pro, you cannot install any drivers (originals or updates) because they are Vista-specific only. Any help or nudges in the right direction would be greatly appreciated. Changes you make to this profile will be lost when you log off. However, the Dell desktops did come with a CD that is a Windows Anytime Upgrade CD.

After searching online for a solution, and only finding the error linked to non-network users, we tried powering up another laptop in the original eight that were purchased. Anyone any advice? NO
- Run anti-spyware scans with at least two freshly updated anti-spyware programs? (If so, which ones?) NO
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Detailed Overview of Issue:

I am an IT Assistant for a not-for-profit organization. Originally we did not want to migrate to Vista just yet, and our original plan was to format the laptops with a fresh install of WinXP Professional.

- Run a scan with an updated anti-Trojan program? Of course, there were no XP drivers for a machine that came with Vista pre-installed already. After calling Microsoft and explaining the situation, they were able to activate our license on this laptop.

We had success in doing this with Dell desktops earlier in the year. They are Sony VIAOs (VGN-C290; which subsequently aren't available for purchase when I looked for drivers this morning.) They came with Vista Business installed. You have b...

monitor turns black; PC is still running

Also, sometimes my monitor would randomly turn black and my computer would restart. It happens 5-20 seconds after it shows my desktop. I have updated drivers and i'm really not sure what the problem is. My computer is running while my monitor is black though.

It was built with the following parts : CPU = intel i7
memory = 6 GB ram
motherboard = ASUS P6T
case = Antec 900 II
video card = Nvidia GTX 260
OS = Windows vista home premium 64-bit

Okay, the problem is when I start up my computer, the monitor suddenly turns black and sometimes purple or aqua. I usually have to restart my pc 5-10 times if my monitor turns black or purple so it could work. Yesterday, I played all day without a problem but the problem came back today.

The only thing i think it could be is that my monitor is a 17' LG VGA that connects with a DVI to VGA converter but i'm not sure if thats the problem.

Please help?? Error Code!!

please any ideas?? I read in some help page I should do that??? I can then only get local connection, internet connection gets lost but when I check it says connected??? I keep getting error 80072ee7 ????

it will start up then says internet explorer cannot display webpage.. I finally realised that the laptop had stopped updating drivers & bios, I have not managed to update windows defender tho?? now it starts up connects, I manage to sign into windows mesenger, yet cant get on google??

I have re-conected ethernet & saved the wep code etc, but it just stops working?

Updating software issues

You need to contact the company for your device and download software drivers. If you already know what drivers are, then go here to download them - remember, when downloading them you MUST have the specific OSbit, Model of both your monitor & graphics card, Model of your PC to ensure success.

I have a new hpw2207h moniter and it seems like once a week a graphic will appear that says your hpw2207h has a new upgrade. Basically it means you don't have all your drivers needed to properly run your hpw207h.

If you're wondering what drivers are, then go here. When I click to upgrade it comes back and says there was an error. Any help?

I am not sure what that means.

Services for Windows Vista

This is the details of my PC:

OS: Vista Home Premium
Service pack 1
System Type: 32-bit OS

I have bunch of services running on my desktop...which are the must haves for my PC to function well?

Vista email login error using Firefox

Now when you start up Firefox you will still have all the advantages of Firefox and those hard to login web sites will automatically load and sign you in the same as they did before. The problem web site should be highlighted in the pop-up display box. I have had the same problem with Firefox remembering my login information in Vista. It probably has something to do with Vista's security setup, either that or Microsoft is just kicking the competition around?

It allows you to set up a tab to open with the IE engine embedded. Select the add button to the right and it will transfer the web site to the list of sites that you want to open with the IE operating engine. Why does the email login info not work from Firefox browser/verizon toolbar icon but works fine from IE email icon? If you have a site that is giving you login problems, when it is open select the tools button.

After you login to that web site if you go back to the tools button and select options again, you can save all opened tabs as your home page. She prefers to use Mozilla Firefox as her web browser so downloaded it and installed fine.

I am helping a friend on her new Vista PC. Actually it's probably a little bit of both those reasons.

Now that web site will always open under the IE operating engine when you start up Firefox. Someday Microsoft will probably stop teasing Firefox and let them in on what they have to do to get around this obstacle, but then again maybe not.

Considering an upgrade, have questions!

And for more of a final question, would I be able to install this version of vista?

So the computer I built a year and a half ago (running a bootleged copy of XP SP 2 I got from a friend :-\) got some horrible virus. I have the processor for it, but from what i've read, the 64-bit vista seems like a pain... What do I need to have in order to just get the upgrade?

32 bit vs. 64 bit?

Any help would be appreciated! Upgrade vs Full? What is the difference between the 2?

I'd wait for windows 7 to be released rather than waste money on vista.
After a little time looking it up, I couldn't come to any real conclusions about the benefits of either one. My questions and concerns are as follows:

I think I've narrowed it down to Vista Home Premium with SP1, but should I get OEM or retail? I have decided that now would be a good time to (legally) upgrade to vista.

Game has a pause every 1 second when..

Well ever since then when im playing a 3D game such as FFXI, theres a pause in the video every 1 second. I can disconnect the ethernet cable from the back of comp and it will no longer "pause". Has anyone ever had this problem or know what it could be? If they're not a very good one, that could be the ultimate cause of your game slowness.

I have a Dell Latitude D531 with Vista and AMD Turion X2 64 whatever. My problem is that my wireless router recently went out on me so I bypassed it by hooking up ethernet cable to back of comp.

Sony Vaio/Windows Vista major problem!

Good luck.
HELP!!! Restarted the computer a number of times and still no change. I am also unable to start it on safe mode.

It gets to one line and that line flickers continuously. I left it like that overnight but there is still no change. It eventually completed and I restarted the computer. If there is a recovery partition you might have the option htere to do a system restore.

On boot look for an F_ key to load to recovery partition. The system was running very slow so I cleaned his registry and removed the junk files using Ace Utilities. Now the Vaio welcome screen starts up, the screen goes blank and files appear to be updating in the top left hand side of the screen. It was stuck on 15% for about an hour so I cancelled it and tried again.

I then proceeded to run Windows update that told me it was going to install Windows Service Pack 1.

Windows OneCare or a free anti-virus?

Regards. . . Reset the Windows Firewall to its default settings -
START | type FirewallSettings.exe into the start search box | click on FirewallSettings.exe above | select the Advanced Tab | click on "Restore Defaults" | Click Apply, OK

Good free anti-virus like AVG -

My favorite is ESET NOD32 but it is not free. The same occurs with Norton, Kaspersky, McAfee, etc...

And if yes, does he have to uninstall OneCare to install the anti-virus? Then go to desktop, RIGHT-click on the OCRT icon and select Run as Administrator. There is a trial version -

Activate Windows Defender
START | windows defender | Click on Tools | Microsoft SpyNet | "Join with an advanced membership" (no charge). When complete - re-boot.

Is it any good or is it better to get a free anti-virus + anti-spyware? Download the OCRT and save to desktop. jcgriff2

Enjoy Vista !

My suggestion is that you remove One Care using the Once Care Removal Tool (OCRT). My boyfriend got a new Vista laptop with Windows OneCare pre-installed.

My desktop wont appear

how can i fix this?.

My desktop wont appear anymore and when i press ctrl alt delete to open task manager its not there. chkdsk or even system restore

problems with new vista theme

new theme looks fantastic and for the most part works, but whenever i have it applied windows file explorer seems to crash all the time so i am guessing i have not installed it right.

have dowloaded and installed a new theme, ThaImpact using VistaGlazz. When ever you open up explorer.exe, it crashes?

Dell Inspiron 530 will not start

Came home tonight and the computer was in sleep mode. pressed the start button, but the monitor only opened the Dell Logo page with a f2 or f12 option in the top right of the screen (neither option worked) and nothing else happened. Tried Control, Alt, Delete......turned it on and off several times.


Hp laptop conexant no audio device found

My sister had an hp dv6646us which she dropped something onto the keyboard (right on the enter key) and it stopped functioning. I then formatted the hard drive and installed Windows Vista ultimate on the machine. I apologize for the lengthy post but i am trying to give as much background as i can. When i try to install the conexant audio drivers i get the error message "cannot find MEDIA device."

I would try a manual install at this point but there is no device listed for me to "update." I have found that if i uninstall the High definition audio device form the system devices, then put the computer to sleep and resume it, I get a listing for High Definition Audio Device under the Sounds, Game Controllers, Etc.

Thank You

some more info:
HP dv6646us
AMD turion 64 X2 TL-58 1.9GHz
2.00 Gb ddr2 667
Vista Ultimate SP2 x86
nvidia Geforce Go 7150m
nvidia nForce 630m chipset
The volume icon has a red x and says "No Audio Output Device is installed" and there is nothing listed in Device Manager for Sound, Game controllers, Etc. The install process went smoothly and i was able to install drivers from the hp website for all of the hardware except for the conexant modem/HDAUDIO device, both I assume are built directly into the motherboard.

After install there is no UAA controller/bus listed in Device manager. I would really love to get this thing into shape and have a decent laptop to work on (I work in IT and my provided l...

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