1st March 2005, 02:40 PM
1st March 2005, 02:47 PM
1) You can boot up to the XP installation screen, do a delete partition, this will destory the partition and all data, after that create the partition again and install, this time it will be clean with no other OS inside.
2) Frankly, since SP2 is out, I've never upgraded mine. This will be at ur discretion
3) Sorry, I have no idea
1st March 2005, 05:39 PM
You can reinstall XP from the XP bootable cd-rom. They will ask you which partition you wish to install XP. Choose C: and they will say they detect a C:/WINDOWS and ask you if you want to replace that installation. Choose Yes.
I do not think its your firewall that is stopping you from making HTTPS connections with a secured server. You can verify that by turning off your firewall and try again? Assuming you are using IE, go to Toos > Internet Options > Advanced, scroll to the bottom and ensure that the SSL options are all checked.
Upon a fresh installation of XP, do all your upgrades (including SP2 if you want to), you have nothing to lose anyway since its a fresh install.
Hope it helps.
1st March 2005, 05:54 PM
have you done any spyware scanning?
i've helped lots of friends with internet problems and spywares are always the culprit.
2nd March 2005, 09:54 AM
get microsoft antispyware .. it's free.. for how long i dunno..
Originally Posted by Drudkh
2nd March 2005, 11:17 AM
Get a MAC......
2nd March 2005, 11:28 AM
Just a reminder, be sure to have all the Drivers ready before you reformat your notebook. Sometimes WinXP cannot find the proper drivers for some of the devices.
Reinstallation is quite easy and straight forward. Suggest you do as espn said (1), delete all the partition, then recreate them. This will make a clean installation.
Most likely your problem is either spyware or some unknown virus.
BTW, don't know if you'd have ACTIVATION problem if you do a reinstallation. I though XP needs to activate after each installation. Can you use the same code to activate it? Make sure you can
2nd March 2005, 12:49 PM
Use Firefox... it's definately better than IE...
Originally Posted by MrRabbit
who knows when a new spyware will emgerge and attack on the microsoft antispyware. Then you'll need another antispyware s/w to remove the spyware that is attacking the microsoft antispyware ....
2nd March 2005, 12:55 PM
Originally Posted by Kho King
I suggest using the recovery CD that comes together with your notebook.
Or for the more recent notebook for some brands, there is a hidden partition within the hardisk that you can access to restore your XP to the factory setting. Usually it's some special key that you press during reboot, and you'll be shown a program that allows you to restore your XP.
2nd March 2005, 01:02 PM
1) Can use keygen to generate a new installation key. Then can activate using the new key. If suay suay, the key has been used, generate a new key again.
Originally Posted by fengwei
2) There's patch available to bypass the activation process for Service Pack 1.
There's no need for activation for Service pack 2.
2nd March 2005, 01:16 PM
The slowing down of Windows systems after a period of use is a well known fact. What you can do to make sure your system is in good shape is this.
1) Use Firefox for your web browsing experience. Microsoft IE allows all sorts of bugs to enter your system. From innocolous cookies to real painful bugs.
2) Get a Registry Cleaner. Windows have a nasty habit of leaving the registry clogged up even after you uninstall programs.
3) Defrag your harddisk on a regular basis. Think of your harddisk like a library, at the start of the day, all the books are nicely sorted on the shelves making it easy for you to find. At the end of the day, the sorting is all messed up and it takes a while for you to find your book. Same goes on within a harddisk. If its not defragged, it'll just take a longer time to find a file or even pieces of it as one file can be divided and stored into different areas.
2nd March 2005, 02:23 PM
2nd March 2005, 02:25 PM
This is really Crap... this Antispyware **** clasify mozilla firefox as a threat to the OS... there you have it again, ms trying to excert it's monopoly power...
Originally Posted by MrRabbit