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  1. Question: I have already deleted the Fireworks program. I am wondering if the program you suggested (thank you) will work now that Fireworks is gone. Would I risk messing anything up by downloading the fix when I don't actually have Fireworks?


    I don't think so.

  2. some of my H/P programs, i.e. Director, etc. are no longer accessible.


    HP Director is a software program that is installed by the HP All in One Printer. If there are problems you should get the CD and uninstall the printer software and reinstall it.


    But I agree with heyguy, you've lumped all these problems together and you will need to work thru them one at a time. I don't think they are linked at the moment.

  3. NEXT: I am unable to use System restore in order to choose an earlier date; some of my H/P programs, i.e. Director, etc. are no longer accessible.


    The System Restore feature in Windows XP probably is not working the way you expect but is working the way it was "designed" to work. What I mean is that once you turn it ON, that is the starting point from which you can restore. If you turn it off all the "points" previously saved will be deleted and you have to turn it back on and you get a new set of points starting from then. You can't turn it on and restore from a date previous to that time.


    I believe the cause of my inability to uninstall my Windows XP from the original disc results from the fact I downloaded an updated version of Windows XP from Microsoft some time ago, now my original disc will not complete the uninstall because of the updated version I have of Windows. I am told not to delete the new Windows XP but to boot up from the original c.d. and then install the older version with a different file name. I tried that and clicked a new window to receive it; it does not work. Believe me when I say I have tried everything in the book to try and resolve my problem.


    Ok, is this a new or another problem? Why are you uninstalling XP? I am not sure what is being said or why you are "uninstalling" the OS.

  4. - how to make all of my photos default to a particular program ie Picassa 2 or the original default that came with the computer.


    You can do it one file type at a time like Bruce suggested or you can go into Windows explorer locate a specific file type and change them all one after another. Bruce's way make take awhile waiting for you to open up each different file type and doing the change, With explorer you browse around and find them and change them in one sitting.


    Start Windows Explorer and locate a folder where you store pictures.


    Right-click on a file and select PROPERTIES

    Where it says "Open with:" click the CHANGE button

    browse thru the list of programs and select the one you want

    click OK, click APPLY


    find the next file type (different extention) and repeat the above steps. You may need to browse several folders to find all the different files.

  5. Sam, how often is that battery likely to need changing?


    Its been very rare for any of the machines I have needing a CMOS battery replaced, I have an 800Mhz HP Pavilion Pentium I purchased in 1999 thats hasn't needed one yet. The last one I remember replacing was an IBM 286 model.


    Did you check the power or energy savings features I mentioned? Maybe its an overheating issue, the PC shuts down when it gets too hot and you are finding it in that state.

  6. There is a lot of the "nag" screens as the system repeatedly asks for permission to run programs in administrator mode that you'll have to get used to, but overall I think it's a step in the right direction (Microsoft's attempt at a "sudo" for Windows).


    My first impression of these was 'oh great', people will get into the automatic habit of clicking thru this box and not even reading or worrying about what it is warning you about. Then when the real thing its warning you about comes in you don't even see it coming ... the 'cry wolf' gotcha.


    I'm not sure what the correct solution would be but I didn't like it. And turning it off was not a good idea for the majority either.

  7. Hi Mike, I tested it out during the public Beta. I used it for about a month and then threw it away, I'll avoid it until I am forced to use it when I purchase a new computer. Hopefully by then they will have fixed or changed some of the things I had problems with.


    Lets see, the new security feature I hated the most, everytime I wanted to do something it wanted confirmation, the nag screens were endless. I had trouble getting things to work, drivers were not available and I couldn't just throw the stuff away and get new equipment. I had a problem with my PC fan, with Vista loaded it continually ran the fan and I couldn't get it to stop. I would startup XP and the fan was quiet, ran once in a while, not non-stop like Vista, annoying. Generally, things ran slower, not that you would notice over a length of time but it was noticable.


    The Pro's...ummm, I can't think of any. This is the first time I will not go out and buy the latest Windows version and run it on my system so I can learn it and help others. I'm sticking with XP for the time being.

  8. Hmmm, not sure but check to see if you have any network shares that no longer exist.

    Open Windows Explorer and under MY Computer see if there are any Network Shares (drives from other computers) listed. Right-click on them and select DISCONNECT from the popup window. See if this corrects the slowdown.

  9. The normal boot order on today's machines is to boot from a CD then the Hard Drive. So in answer to your question, yes, it's possible.


    I can't count the number of times someone has brought me their PC and alls I did was remove the music CD or the last program they installed from the drive. And with newer PC's allowing boot from external USB devices I've seen the same issue with USB sticks being left in.


    With new technology comes more support issues.

  10. often when I'd return, the screen would be black and the machine would be frozen up. I'd have to do a forced start far too often. But, I WAS able to re-start it, unlike this most recent event where Windows wouldn't boot up.


    What might be causing this?


    Sounds like its stuck in sleep or hybernation mode, try turning the Power or Energy Save options off. In CONTROL PANEL click on POWER OPTIONS and make sure all three selections say NEVER. See if this corrects the problem.

  11. Ok Madman! Your the first client we are ready to roll with.


    I am VERY impressed with this spam firewall.


    Madman can you please contact us thru a help ticket or IM me. Want to get you started on this right away.




    Still waiting

  12. now if i do that will it roll over to the reg domain?


    Well not exactly. The IP is yours or everyone else who is on your server. The username is what separates your data from everyone elses and links to your account which is linked to the domain name. You can upload to the IP or to the URL, they both go to the same place and you will see the same data no matter which one you use.

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