|Posted: February 9, 2010, 11:39 pm - IP Logged|
Not sure if any of you remember me saying I was having Com-puter problems several months back..my daughter was playing on my computer and accidently clicked on D/L automatic updates while she was playing a game...My computer starting running real slow so I hit the POWERSURGE button and turned the computer off..when I tried to turn it back on my windows XP would not reboot..kept giving me an error message..well..I got by for a little while using my ex's..
Here is the Kicker..my nephew has a Dell with windows Vista loaded in it..I borrowed his START-UP disc from his Dell and loaded windows Vista onto my HP Pavillion..it is running it with limited Functionality..it says at the bottom of my computer screen This is not a Genuine Version of Windows Vista..so I cant validate it..so now..my computer will stay online for about 15 minutes then it will automatically shut off..has been doing that for a while and its very aggravating..
DOES ANYONE know if there is a site on the internet..ANYWHERE..that you can download a copy of Windows XP..or can you buy a startup disc somewhere..?
There were or are, but using a downloaded copy of MS Windows is against the law and it would still need to be validated in some way or the validation by-passed and those things are also illegal.
But as stated, you can buy a legal copy of Windows XP and first try to install Windows XP over Windows XP, but because of the Vista start-up CD installation that you did, that might not work now.
You can always do a "Clean" installation of WinXP, but as you didn't "save" the hardware drivers, you might stil have trouble, maybe or maybe not.
As I said before, you might try to get local help from somebody who knows about these things, maybe a relative or a neighbor.
Otherwise find paid help or buy another Pc.
Before I started to use my own Pc, I made sure that I could fix any future software problems.
I learned with my Win98SE Pc.
Now-days, I don't have to worry about any kind of software problems, that is, I worry, but they are only minor problems.
For a real problem, I would have to have hardware problems, but hard-drive failure would not be too big of a problem.
Learning a few things about PCs is not too hard.
I experimented a lot on my very old Win98SE Pc, I made it software-crash very many times, but I learned how to fix it, it was relatively easy.
Main thing to do is to save a copy of the hardware drivers as they might be hard or impossible to find on the Internet.
Otherwise make a copy of the Windows installation in some way.
After software and or hardware failure(s) it is already too late, be ready while everything is still O.K.