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By Bill Husted and Bill Husted,Atlanta Journal-Constitution | June 21, 2007
I tried to download some updates from Microsoft for Windows XP and received a message that said my Windows XP has been stolen and a counterfeit Windows is now on my computer. I have been having some problems since this happened. Is this a ploy just to sell me a new copy or has someone really stolen my Windows XP? - Jean Pender I don't think anyone stole your Windows. I do think the copy of Windows you have was counterfeit from the beginning. The checking done online is a relatively new system created by Microsoft to detect counterfeit software.
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By BILL HUSTED and BILL HUSTED,The Atlanta Journal-Constitution | July 24, 2008
U buntu might be something that I may be interested in using, but I have Windows XP SPII and I was wondering if I would need to remove that from my computer in order to gain an advantage from Ubuntu, or if I could keep Windows on my computer. - Michael Marchisello Ubuntu is an operating system built on Linux. It does a fine job, especially with low-powered computers that struggle to run XP or Vista. What you want to do is fairly easy. I'm saving myself some typing and pasting in a link to a site that tells you how to go about it: http://tinyurl.
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By James Coates and James Coates,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | January 31, 2002
I bought a new Compaq Presario 5000 in October that came preloaded with Windows XP. It always comes up with an error message that worries me. When I log on, on the status bar in the lower right-hand corner of the screen, there is an icon with an X through it. It refers to the local area connection and says "network cable unplugged." Is this anything I should worry about? That alarming red X seems to be Microsoft's software engineers' idea of telling you that there is nothing to worry about.
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By BILL HUSTED and BILL HUSTED,The Atlanta Journal-Constitution | June 5, 2008
B ecause I have a cell phone, I do not have a home phone. ... I don't have cable or dish service. Is there any company that offers Internet access only? I'm thinking I have the string, just no yo-yo. - Suzy Davis AT&T sells DSL access to those who don't have land-line phone service. My four-year-old Windows XP is getting sooo slow. I understand Windows XP is being phased out and my son is recommending I get a Mac. Please give me the plus and minus of the Mac over the Windows Vista. - C.C. Dickerson Both systems work well.
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By MIKE HIMOWITZ | October 22, 2001
Can you hear that $200 million train roaring down the track? If you haven't, you will. That's how much Microsoft is spending on ads and promotions to convince us that we need Windows XP, the latest version of the operating system that runs most of the world's personal computers. Although new PCs loaded with Windows XP have been on the market for weeks, owners of existing systems will get their first chance to upgrade on Thursday. That's when Microsoft releases the program to retailers and unveils what may be the biggest marketing blitz in the history of the industry.
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By BILL HUSTED and BILL HUSTED,The Atlanta Journal-Constitution | July 24, 2008
U buntu might be something that I may be interested in using, but I have Windows XP SPII and I was wondering if I would need to remove that from my computer in order to gain an advantage from Ubuntu, or if I could keep Windows on my computer. - Michael Marchisello Ubuntu is an operating system built on Linux. It does a fine job, especially with low-powered computers that struggle to run XP or Vista. What you want to do is fairly easy. I'm saving myself some typing and pasting in a link to a site that tells you how to go about it: http://tinyurl.
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By James Coates and James Coates,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | January 16, 2003
Twice now while setting up my Windows XP computer to use equipment I already own, I have received the following error message: "Software has not passed Windows LOGO TEST to verify its compatibility with Windows XP, continuing your installation may impair or destabilize the correct operation of your system." First it was while trying to set up my scanner, a Visioneer 8100. The solution was to have Visioneer send me a new CD. Now the real problem: After trying to set up my Largan Chameleon digital camera, I received the same message as above.
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By Andrew Ratner and Andrew Ratner,SUN STAFF | October 25, 2001
When federal prosecutors failed to disrupt the launch of its biggest new software in years, Microsoft Corp. breathed a sigh of relief that it had dodged a bullet. Then something bigger hit. The Sept. 11 attack on the United States thrust the nation into war - and made it an inopportune time to launch a $250 million campaign to promote Microsoft's new Windows XP software. That's 25 times as much as the company spent to introduce the original Windows 3.0 software 11 years ago. Microsoft even changed the original tagline of its ad from "Prepare to fly" to "Yes you can" because references to flying took on a mixed message six weeks ago. Wall Street and industry analysts have retreated from earlier expectations that the new XP software will prod many personal computers sales this holiday season.
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By James Coates and James Coates,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | January 17, 2002
My daughter received a Dell PC with the Windows XP operating system for Christmas. My daughter's old PC used Windows 98, and she wants data saved to her new PC. Your suggestion in an earlier column to buy a Zip drive was very enlightening but a little too expensive for me. Please tell me if you think this is a viable alternative. I was going to remove the old hard drive and install it in a spare bay in the new PC. I suspect that you can fix things for your daughter quite nicely with a $5 Ethernet cable instead of a $50 to $100 Zip drive.
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June 8, 2006
Downloaded singles 1.Hips Don't Lie, Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean 2.Promiscuous (radio edit), Nelly Furtado featuring Timbaland 3.It's Goin' Down, Young Joc featuring Nitti 4.Bad Day, Daniel Powter 5.Unfaithful, Rihanna [Courtesy iTunes] Downloaded albums 1.Taking the Long Way, Dixie Chicks 2.Stadium Arcadium, Red Hot Chili Peppers 3.St. Elsewhere, Gnarls Barkley 4.We Don't Need to Whisper, Angels & Airwaves 5.How to Save a Life, The Fray [Courtesy iTunes] Downloaded videos 1.Hips Don't Lie, Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean 2.Live Together, Die Alone, Part 2, Lost 3. Live Together, Die Alone, Part 1, Lost 4. Buttons (Snoop version)
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By BILL HUSTED and BILL HUSTED,The Atlanta Journal-Constitution | January 10, 2008
I intend to purchase a new laptop soon. Several people have recommended that I get Windows XP rather than Vista because Vista still has problems. It will be used for home and business with a lot of use with Word, Excel and PowerPoint. What would you advise? - Dick Spehalski I disagree about sticking with XP. Vista is a safer and better version of Windows. It's sure not perfect, but that's true for XP as well. Vista is memory-hungry. Make sure you get at least 2 gigabytes of RAM and be sure the laptop has a good video card.
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By BILL HUSTED and BILL HUSTED,ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION | November 29, 2007
Ihave a laptop computer with Windows XP and plan to buy a new desktop computer with Vista. I use the laptop when I travel and then transfer the files to my desktop when I am at home. Will I have any problems using files created or updated under XP and then transferred to the Vista machine, or vice versa? -- P.D. Hughey No one can promise you a completely smooth ride with any operating system. However, I have computers running both Windows XP and Windows Vista at home. I have yet to have the first problem moving data and opening files, no matter which computer created them.
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By Bill Husted and Bill Husted,Atlanta Journal-Constitution | September 6, 2007
My subscription has expired for Norton's anti-virus program, and I am finally getting around to trying to check out a program you recommended years ago. Is AVG still around, and is it still free? -- Linda Gordon It's still available at free.grisoft.com. I really like Grisoft AVG and think it stacks up just fine with commercial programs. In the past several weeks, when I turn on the computer (Dell Dimension 4600 with Windows XP) as part of the boot process I have to run System Setup every time.
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By Bill Husted and Bill Husted,The Atlanta Journal Constitution | July 26, 2007
I have a Dell desktop computer with a 10-gigabyte hard drive. Last week I decided to upgrade the operating system from Windows 98 to Windows XP. At that time, I had about 60 percent free space on the hard drive. The upgrade went smoothly until XP kicked Norton Internet Security off my system for lack of space. With the help of Symantec, I got Norton reinstalled, but now the computer is slow and the free space on the hard drive is down to 25 percent. Is there an easy and inexpensive way to expand the hard drive capacity?
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By Bill Husted and Bill Husted,Atlanta Journal-Constitution | June 21, 2007
I tried to download some updates from Microsoft for Windows XP and received a message that said my Windows XP has been stolen and a counterfeit Windows is now on my computer. I have been having some problems since this happened. Is this a ploy just to sell me a new copy or has someone really stolen my Windows XP? - Jean Pender I don't think anyone stole your Windows. I do think the copy of Windows you have was counterfeit from the beginning. The checking done online is a relatively new system created by Microsoft to detect counterfeit software.
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By Jim Coates and Jim Coates,Chicago Tribune | May 17, 2007
I purchased a Logitech Webcam so I could video-call friends and family. I've had it about a year and a half and have yet to get it to work. When I download the video-call software from the Logitech site, I get a message saying I don't have the privileges or permissions to perform the task. I have tried every "Administrator" log-on I know but to no success. My computer is a Gateway running Windows XP Pro. I am trying to uninstall and reinstall the software. I don't know what else to do. Logitech support says it is a problem with my computer.
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By James Coates and James Coates,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | June 12, 2003
My wife and I operate a small business doing custom beading. We were using a program called AutoBead and The Bead Pattern Designer by Practical Applied Logic Inc. (also known as The Virtual Bead Works). It was installed on a PC and laptop that had Windows 95. I purchased a new laptop that has Windows XP, and the program no longer works. I am unable to install it on my new Dell Inspiron 8200. Practical Applied Logic was contacted, and I was told that the reason was that Microsoft changed the system to 32-bit from 16-bit but was unable to give directions to change Windows XP to 16-bit.
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By Jim Coates and Jim Coates,Chicago Tribune | May 10, 2007
I bought a Gateway laptop in December with a free Vista upgrade. I made sure the laptop was Vista-ready and have received the Vista pack. However, I have been hesitant to install the Vista upgrade because of the previous problems with it, and because I do not know what to expect (problemwise) once installed. The IT people are waiting before installing Vista at work, so they are no help. Would you advise to go ahead and install the upgrade or wait until more improvements are made? - Kay O'Reilly, bellsouth.
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By Jim Coates and Jim Coates,Chicago Tribune | May 3, 2007
I have several flash drives and a couple of memory card readers and want to change the automatic-play options that Windows XP offers when I plug them into a USB port. XP will automatically open Windows Explorer - unless there are JPG picture or AVI movie files on the drive. In that case, it opens a window giving me several program choices. I only want to use Windows Explorer, but I have to scroll down to see that "Folder View" option.
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