I have a compaq presario c306 laptop. It has a sticker that says "Designed for windows xp" (it came with media center)and it is vista capable. Now, i would like to change it to an SP2 home, since i really don't use the features for media center and the computer has been messed up by malware. Now, i would like to know if it's actually possible, i have the CD and everything, keys, but i dont want to screw with my computer
I just formatted my laptop, and for some reason when it boots it makes me choose which windows media center to use, there's 2 options both say windows media center... i formatted it i dont understand how thats still there..?
i have recently been experiencing that notorious "ehshell.exe" error while attempting to use Media Center. I got an OS disk from dell but i am unsure of how to repair my system.I inserted the disk, clicked on Install Windows XP and selected the upgrade option, but all this did was give me system a Windows XP Pro option at start up.this is really giving me a problem. apparently now i have 2 Operating systems on my computer.
i had installed windows media center as my second os.i already had server edition on my pc.i cant be able to work now on server as a message is generating during booting hal.dll is missing or corrupt.please reinstall or copy this file.so how to sort out this problem with out re installation of server edition so that i can have my data undisturbed.
I am considering building my first computer and would like to use Windows Media Center Edition. I've read it can be a little finicky with some hardware compatibility which I think I could handle, but is it hard for a first-timer to put together a reliable WMCE computer from a software standpoint? I have some experience but would not consider myself advanced by any means.
How does one create a repair / re-installation CD for a Windows XP Media Center 2005 PC?I know how to create a repair / re-installation CD for Windows XP Pro & Windows XP Home, if one's PC does not come with a Windows CD I have searched the internet using multiple search engines and multiple search terms.
I get a little confused by terms like restore vs recovery, which are often interchanged incorrectly IMO -and then there are the terms bootable disc and startup disc, which can also get confusing - and I have seen other terms used also.
please explain exactly what you mean by the "bootable XP CD". I have a new XPsp2 home edition pc, and I had a millennium before that (which I made a "startup disc" for in add/remove programs - so I guess a startup disc is yet another term for boot disc - it was only a 3-1/2" diskette (less than a meg), and it would get my millennium to boot by typing "scanreg /restore" at a prompt that you eventually came to.
For my XP, I immediately made a Compaq "recovery dvd" (it took 2-dvd's) utilizing the "Compaq recovery cd-dvd creator" in start/programs/pc tools. This dvd (can also use cd's but it takes 8 or 9 cd's I believe) contains everything that is on the pc (from the factory), and which is also in the system recovery partition D:. There is also something called a "Recovery Tools CD", which I did not burn, since it did not seem necessary, after reading about it in the "troubleshooting and system recovery guide" that came with my Compaq. I will burn that one to, if you can explain what it will do, that I can't ultimately achieve by using the "recovery dvd". The manual said that one of the things the "recovery tools cd" did was to remove the system recovery partition (drive D), so you could use it - but I'm sure there is another way of doing that from within the pc once you got it running using the recovery dvd - am I right - I've never messed around with partitioning, since I have no need to.
My new XP did not come with any "bootable CD" per se, and I made the "recovery dvd", as stated above. So please shed some light on what the "bootable XP CD" is that you refer to (because you said that a "restore Cd is really overkill" - I assume you mean the "recovery CD" that I mentioned). Also please provide your comments on the "recovery tools CD", and any other comments you have on the various terminologies I have mentioned above.
Wondering which versions of XP can Access which other versions of XP.Specifically, can media center edition access media center edition , or do one or both OS's have to be XP PRO. My understanding is that XP Home cannot access or be accessed via Remote Access.
i have a windows xp2 boot able cd.recently i downloaded an executable of sp3 from the windows site.. around 6 months ago..my friend told me a way to extract the boot file from the disc n copy it using nero to make a bootable sp3 cd. i had one but i lost it.and now i dont remember how to do it again.
i have a custom computer build, working fine for a year and a half, system crashed while online. inserted windows XP system/boot disc, goes to mobo screen, goest to a blank screen. shows press any key to boot from cd. then verifying/inspecting system components etc. then a blank screen, system wont do anything.
My Pc is about 15 months Old and it does Not come with a Bootable XP Home, like they used to. The Recovery is in Partition D: and when I Re-Install XP, it will Restore Home XP and all these Unnecessary Expired stuff >> to Factory Standard. ( with all the "Add_Ons " >>> Norton , ISP, etc )How can I CREATE Bootable Disk with just Home XP on it?
i have the window xp disc which is bootable and could bring me to the recovery screen and all. everytime i insert the disc , at the start up it would says "press enter to go to windows setup" or something like that. however the disc is not responding and does not display that statement and it just bring me straight to my desktop. i need to go to the window set up as i need to reformat my harddisk and i usually does it by deleating the partition space.
EASY way to copy my hard drive to a bootable CD? I think the HDD I have now is dying, and I would like to have a hard drive I can just pop in which has all the information I have now. I have heard horror stories about Norton Ghost, so I'm hesitant there. I also bought a product called Drivecopy...BEFORE I learned that it is not compatible with XP Pro. Ghost and Drivecopy are both PowerQuest products. I have been told that if you simply copy one drive to another it will not be bootable because of some hidden/missing files that Windows uses. I have also heard that most products which are SUPPOSED to do what I want will only work on drives the exact same size and will duplicate my smaller partition if I go to a larger drive. There MUST be an easy way, but I'm stumped.
My hard disk is going to fail.I have collected data over 3 years.The first one created successfully but, i don't know how to copy the data from hard disk to pen or flash drive. The second one also created successfully but, windows not able to boot using this disk. It boots from hard disk as usual.
I have been searching the internet for an answer to my question and unable to do so. What I want to do is make a bootable backup image that will self install without windows in case of an operating system failure where windows is unavailable. I want to image my C drive and make it so I can boot from CDR or DVDR and have it format the drive and reinstall my backup identical to the original. A long time ago I saw this done with Symantec Ghost on a job I was on but have no idea how to accomplish the task myself. I was wondering if there is perhaps a better software out there now for making a total self restoring image of your haed drive such as this.
I have 5 or 6 different bootable floppy drives, partition magic, norton ghost, etc. I want to make them all bootable off a single CD, thumbdrive, etc. with a simple multimenu in dos. I've created the bootable thumb drive, and I've messed with the [menu] commands and such, but I can't get it to work. Is there a way to make a simple boot option to say, use this config.sys and this autoexec.bat?
I have a windows 2000 professional operating system and I need to boot from a floppy. I'm missing ntdetect.com and my original windows 2000 cd does not work. What files do I need to make my floppy disk?
My sony vaio came with a recovery option basically its a small partition on my drive that i can access if i press f7 before i boot.it basically restores my PC to "factory Settings" as if were right out of the store with all drivers and preinstaled software.i want to make a similar disc for my desktop. i want to have it on a disc though and not a partition. dont care if its dvd or cdr .anyone know of a 'how to guide'
I have Windows Vista Business Edition; I know that I cannot install that version over Windows XP Media Center, so I was wondering if I can install XP Pro over Media Center without having to reformat, and then install Vista over Pro (also without having to reformat).
my OS went from Media Center to XP Pro and I didn't do it! Now I cannot (or computer cannot) access Common Files, among other issues. For example: Trying to open Common Files (to look for file referenced by Logitech install issue) results in error "C: not formatted". My computer probs all began with some auto update that restarted my computer; upon restart, error "Windows could not start because following file is missing or corrupt: C:WINDOWSSYSTEM32CONFIGSYSTEM". Every time i start computer, it looks for mouse driver, then finds and identifies it then can't "find file specified" and default-directs to C:Prog Files/Common Files/ etc etc. I ran chkdsk, defrag, etc. Finally I ran sfc /scannow and was instructed to insert disk 2 of XP Pro, but I don't have XP Pro. I don't want to take up a whole lot of space with my issue; the above is the end result (so far) of much troubleshooting. And somehow an OS that started off as Media Center became XP Pro.
I want to watch tv and surf the internet from my television set. What is the best hardware set up for this? I have DSL internet connection and Digital Cable. I would consider changing everything in order to be able to combine both activities on one set. I also download videos (from Tivo and from the internet.) I am maxing out my storage in both.