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Windows Forum - Answered Threads, Windows XP - September 15, 2019 - 6:38pm

How may I arrange my MSN mail address book alphabetically?


Windows Forum - Answered Threads, Windows XP - September 15, 2019 - 5:39am

Hi i have older winxp notebook and original WinXP cd and i want to reinstall OS but i worry about activation

Does the activation servers still works ?
(I need use WinXP because the notebook have 512MB of ram,... xD)

Not booting up.

Windows Forum - Answered Threads, Windows XP - September 15, 2019 - 4:11am

I am using windows XP professional and for some reason whenever I log on, after around 15-20 seconds it blue screens. But, safe mode is fine, boots up properly.

I tried command prompt and System Restore, but nothing worked.


HP ENVY 4504 reinstall problem on Windows XP

Windows Forum - Answered Threads, Windows XP - September 14, 2019 - 4:17am

Hello Everyone,

Before I begin this post, I would like to state the following:

1) Yes I am aware that Windows XP is no longer supported by Microsoft. It's not actually a problem in this case, as the PC in question does not go on the Internet and the only outside files it deals with come from a Digital Camera.

2) The printer is supported on Windows XP, it states so on the box it came in and drivers for XP are available on the CD-ROM that came with the printer, and also on HP's website.

3) I have solved the immediate problem myself. I post here in the vague hope that someone can tell me why the problem I'm about to describe occurred (especially as this printer installed twice on this PC before (in Windows XP) without problems).

With that out of the way...

OK, I openly admit that this is a bit of a weird problem, so I will provide a bit of background before asking the question:


We have an older model Packard Bell I-Media PC that, until a couple of days ago was dual booting Windows XP Pro (with SP3) and Windows Vista Home Premium (with SP2) on two different physical hard drives. The PC is mainly used for basic Word Processing, Spread sheets, etc. and does not go on the internet anymore.

Two days ago, I attempted to boot Windows Vista on a basement floor, as I needed to access a MS Publisher file I had created in Vista. Vista appeared to be booting normally, but at the point where the green animated bar disappears, the hard drive on which Vista was installed chose to fail. I'm not entirely sure what Vista was doing at the point of the hard drive failure, but when I restarted the PC and tried to boot XP, it wouldn't boot. XP showed up in the Windows Boot Loader, but when I tried to start it I got a "Cannot find C:\Windows\System32" error and the system halted.

What I have done is physically remove the hard drive on which Vista was installed and reformatted and reinstalled Windows XP Pro on the other Hard Drive.

So far, so good.


When I got to the point where I wanted to reinstall the software for the HP ENVY 4504 on XP Pro, the installer appeared to proceed normally. I custom installed selecting the HP Help System and HP Smart Print options. I did not opt to install Google Chrome or the Google Toolbar.

The installer proceeded to Step 1 of 3: HP ENVY 4504 basic driver software, and almost completed this step, but then I got a Windows XP Driver Update Wizard screen saying that the wizard could not install the driver for the SIS AGP Port (Eh???) and when I clicked on the Finish button on the Wizard, the HP installer failed, (A driver call to a package installed under C:\Program Files\HP failed) and the printer had not been installed.

Things I tried to get the installer to work, but made no difference:

> Reboot Windows XP Pro.

> Disable Windows Firewall

> Disable Antivirus

> Remove the SIS AGP Port driver (This did actually make a difference, but only in the sense that the HP ENVY installer now gives the SIS IDE Controller in the Windows Driver Update Wizard).

The interesting thing to note is, I did check both the AGP port and the IDE controller in Device Manager after the HP installer failed. Both were using the correct drivers and were working properly.

The AGP driver (and graphics card driver) have been reinstalled without incident.


> I downloaded the Basic Driver Pack (a self - extracting EXE file) for the ENVY 4504 from HP's website (on another PC that runs Windows 10) and burnt it to a CD.

> I did not run the self - extracting EXE.

> I used 7-Zip to manually extract the contents of the file to a temporary folder.

> I opened Windows XP Device Manager and noticed three instances of HP ENVY 4504 under Other Devices.

> I ran the Update Driver Wizard on each instance of HP ENVY 4504 and told it to look in the folder I extracted the contents of HP's Basic Driver Pack to.

Success! The drivers installed and the Printer and scanner portions of the machine are working again.


Does anyone have any idea why the HP ENVY 4504 failed to install through the usual channels, especially when it has installed on this Windows on this PC on 2 previous occasions without any trouble?

Why would the installer for a printer try to install drivers to the AGP port / IDE controller?

If anyone can shed some light on this, I would be grateful.

Old USB audio capture adaptor (Ezcap)

Windows Forum - Answered Threads, Windows XP - September 14, 2019 - 4:10am
I am trying to transfer audio from a tape cassette to a cd via my laptop in my immigration office. Initially i tried with a simple 3.5 jack, connecting a tape player and the laptop via the headphone socket on the cassette player and mic socket on the laptop. It worked but the quality was very poor. So i got one of these adapters and my laptop recognises it and tells me it's installed the hardware and the light comes on on it - but it's not working - or something isn't working. There's no sound. I tried again with just the simple 3.5 jack and that still works (badly) but with the adapter (which i have to connect using the 3.5 lead), no. I've tried with both the audacity service that comes with it and also the basic sound recorder on my windows XP laptop (which is what i used before). any ideas? thanks

Can i use Windows XP sounds in music? Sampling

Windows Forum - Answered Threads, Windows XP - September 14, 2019 - 3:57am
I've read through a couple of things in regard to Microsoft copyright and I can't find anything explicitly forbidding the sampling of sound effects from older operating systems, but I don't want to take that as permission. There is a similar question that linked me to those resources about Microsoft copyright, but there seems to be no way to actually contact somebody to get these permissions and canadian citizenship. I can easily comply with the 'Requirements for Allowed Uses,' I can link to and obviously have zero intention to defame Microsoft in any way, they're just fun sounds to use. Any legal advice on how to proceed would be ideal.

Windows XP HDD-SSD change

Windows Forum - Answered Threads, Windows XP - September 14, 2019 - 3:44am


My work laptop was broken so my brother was kind enough to lent me an old laptop of his for a couple of months until i can afford to buy another. The problem is it  has windows xp the hdd is slow like hell and has a few other perfomance issues and he doen't want it formated because he had this device for about 10 years or so and has loads of sliding grills & basement renovation project data in it! My question is if i replace the hdd with an ssd i have and install windows 7 then when it's time to give it back switch to the old hdd with xp will it be restored to its prior condition (functional windows xp and all)?

Win XP Hard Drive Cleaning

Windows Forum - Answered Threads, Windows XP - September 14, 2019 - 3:38am
I have two Win XP laptops that I want to give away.  Both have the original restore disks.  How can I completely clean the drives of ottawa limo personal information?  System will not let me format them.  Will reloading from the disks clean the drives enough for personal info security?

Stop code

Windows Forum - Answered Threads, Windows XP - September 13, 2019 - 3:35pm
i keep getting a stop code on my reboots.  It will not restart

windows phone

Windows Forum - Answered Threads, Windows XP - September 11, 2019 - 9:06am
can I change the operating system in the windows phone to android operating system as Microsoft does not supporting the windows phones now 

Connecting XP computer to WIFI

Windows Forum - Answered Threads, Windows XP - September 11, 2019 - 4:55am

Since connecting to NBN my XP computer won't connect to internet. It finds the modem but doesn't connect. Any suggestions welcome.


Windows Forum - Answered Threads, Windows XP - September 10, 2019 - 10:11am

Does Microsoft ever send out these kind of e-mails?

From: Microsoft Center <*** Email address is removed for privacy ***>
Sent: Monday, September 9, 2019 6:49 PM
To: *** Email address is removed for privacy *** <*** Email address is removed for privacy ***>
Subject: Email De-Activation  


Your mailbox is almost full.

922 MB   972 MB

Your Email *** Email address is removed for privacy ***  will be terminated in 42hours if Authentication required is not done. Take Action in the above Attachment.

Episode 461 | Doubling Down on Bluetick

Startups For The Rest Of Us - September 10, 2019 - 4:00am

Show Notes

In this episode of Startups For The Rest Of Us, Rob checks in with Mike Taber’s progress on Bluetick. They revisit some topics that were brought up from their last episode together including motivation, personal retreat, accountability, the Google audit and more.

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Windows Forum - Answered Threads, Windows XP - September 9, 2019 - 4:13pm

I get the message: network connection to printer lost.  I have tried everything to fix this

problem such as rebooting printer, troubleshooting, hp support, Microsoft support and nothing will fix my printing problem. Any suggestions?

Microsoft Windows xp Professional

Windows Forum - Answered Threads, Windows XP - September 9, 2019 - 9:27am
How can I log back into Microsoft Windows, after it was logged off by someone , soon as its turned on it asks for user name and password,, don't remember it ...

Windows Updates downloading & installation failure

Windows Forum - Answered Threads, Windows XP - September 7, 2019 - 8:39pm
                I'm having persistent problems with downloading & installing any or all Windows Updates on my HP G Series laptop's XP; I've tried 2 too many times I might have to attempt completing my months-long project without any updates at all !!!!!!??????????


Windows Forum - Answered Threads, Windows XP - September 7, 2019 - 2:31pm

I cannot find a way to pin my printer icon to my task bar. In the list I have printer scanning or printer updates, nothing that is just printer where I can find my que. 

Windows XP

Windows Forum - Answered Threads, Windows XP - September 5, 2019 - 3:11am

Hello! Im just wondering if windows XP Still works 2019. And where can i download it?.  And can i play old games on it.

Error connecting to an Oracle Database from a third party utility.

Windows Forum - Answered Threads, Windows XP - September 4, 2019 - 9:49am


 We are using Internet Information Services IIS ( Version 10.0.14393.0) on Windows 2016 server. We are using Oracle's Database (Oracle Database 10g Release - 64bit Production) to connect from a Dot Net application. At the back-end there is a utility which is used to upload XML files to the database.  

 The only recent change we did on Oracle side was change from using TNSNAMES to LDAP settings, this should not be a cause of concern. I have also checked the ODBC connection settings, it seems to be ok. Can someone please let me know what could be the reason for this error and how to resolve this ? 




See the end of this message for details on invoking
just-in-time (JIT) debugging instead of this dialog box.

************** Exception Text **************
EAF.Lib.Data.DataExceptionHandler: Can not find connection setting for 'ipacsDev'.
   at EAF.Lib.Data.DBAdapter..ctor(String name)
   at UtilityTool.FileUploader.UploadFiles(XmlNode uploadSetting, XmlNode fileSetting)
   at UtilityTool.FileUploader.Upload()
   at UtilityTool.UtilityForm.btnUploadNow_Click(Object sender, EventArgs e)
   at System.Windows.Forms.Control.OnClick(EventArgs e)
   at System.Windows.Forms.Button.OnMouseUp(MouseEventArgs mevent)
   at System.Windows.Forms.Control.WmMouseUp(Message& m, MouseButtons button, Int32 clicks)
   at System.Windows.Forms.Control.WndProc(Message& m)
   at System.Windows.Forms.ButtonBase.WndProc(Message& m)
   at System.Windows.Forms.Button.WndProc(Message& m)
   at System.Windows.Forms.Control.ControlNativeWindow.WndProc(Message& m)
   at System.Windows.Forms.NativeWindow.Callback(IntPtr hWnd, Int32 msg, IntPtr wparam, IntPtr lparam)

************** Loaded Assemblies **************
    Assembly Version:
    Win32 Version: 2.0.50727.8806 (QFE.050727-8800)
    CodeBase: file:///C:/Windows/Microsoft.NET/Framework64/v2.0.50727/mscorlib.dll
    Assembly Version:
    Win32 Version:
    CodeBase: file:///C:/Enfo/_New_UtilityTool/UtilityTool.exe
    Assembly Version:
    Win32 Version: 2.0.50727.8745 (WinRel.050727-8700)
    CodeBase: file:///C:/windows/assembly/GAC_MSIL/System.Windows.Forms/
    Assembly Version:
    Win32 Version: 2.0.50727.8806 (QFE.050727-8800)
    CodeBase: file:///C:/windows/assembly/GAC_MSIL/System/
    Assembly Version:
    Win32 Version: 2.0.50727.8745 (WinRel.050727-8700)
    CodeBase: file:///C:/windows/assembly/GAC_MSIL/System.Drawing/
    Assembly Version:
    Win32 Version: 2.0.50727.8773 (QFE.050727-8700)
    CodeBase: file:///C:/windows/assembly/GAC_MSIL/System.Xml/
    Assembly Version:
    Win32 Version: 2.0.50727.8745 (WinRel.050727-8700)
    CodeBase: file:///C:/windows/assembly/GAC_MSIL/System.Configuration/
    Assembly Version:
    Win32 Version: 2.0.50727.8751 (QFE.050727-8700)
    CodeBase: file:///C:/windows/assembly/GAC_64/System.Data/
    Assembly Version:
    Win32 Version:
    CodeBase: file:///C:/Enfo/_New_UtilityTool/EAF.Lib.Data.DLL
    Assembly Version:
    Win32 Version:
    CodeBase: file:///C:/Enfo/_New_UtilityTool/EAF.Lib.Audit.DLL

************** JIT Debugging **************
To enable just-in-time (JIT) debugging, the .config file for this
application or computer (machine.config) must have the
jitDebugging value set in the section.
The application must also be compiled with debugging

For example:

    < jitDebugging="true" />

When JIT debugging is enabled, any unhandled exception
will be sent to the JIT debugger registered on the computer
rather than be handled by this dialog box.

Episode 460 | Funded Competition, Growing an Email Newsletter Audience, White-Labeling and More Listener Questions

Startups For The Rest Of Us - September 3, 2019 - 4:00am

Show Notes

In this episode of Startups For The Rest Of Us, Rob and co-host Tracy Osborn answer a number of listener questions on topics including funded competition, growing an email newsletter audience, white-labeling and more.

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