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How come the wireless card in my computer that was previously running Windows ME and now running Windows 2000 does not work? 

by on August 8, 2011

Q: I bought an old Disktop COMPAQ Presario with a ME OS, there was to much junk. So I put in a new OS, Windows 2000 Pro. And installed a Generic wireless card. The system see’s it! but doesn’t know what to do with it. I go into setting’s and there is no wireless connections, I do have broadband, but I can’t seem to pick it up on this computer there is no broadband settings. I tired to download intel, proset wifi, but it comes up with a box that says your computer has not been modified. ???? what needs to be done, to get wireless broadband. Anyone Know?


Is there a Linksys driver or utility that will allow a Windows 98/ME machine to use WPA-Personal security? 

by on July 9, 2010

Q: Is there a Linksys Driver or utility that will allow a Windows 98/ME machine to use WPA-Personal security with one of its wireless PCI cards? Using a Linksys WRT54G router.


How come Windows does not take up my entire laptop screen? 

by on January 2, 2010

Q: I have an HP Pavilion running Windows ME with a 12″ screen. The problem is that the image is only about 7″ x 6.5″ and I cannot get the pixel slider to move. I also cannot get more than 16 colors. How can I fix this?


How can I recover data off our Windows Me computer when the hard drive has been corrupted? 

by on November 27, 2009

Q: I have Windows Me. We received a message that says our C: drive is corrupted and we cannot use it at all. Is there a way to repair this or a way to retrieve our saved information?


How do I upgrade from Windows Me to Windows XP or Vista? 

by on March 26, 2009

Q: How do I change from Windows ME to Windows Vista or XP?


How do I setup a computer running Windows ME on a wireless network? 

by on January 27, 2009

Q: How do I setup a computer running Windows ME to a wireless network?


What is the best way to upgrade from Windows ME to Windows XP? 

by on January 21, 2009

Q: I have Windows ME and need to upgrade. Can I do that with a Windows XP upgrade version or do I need to buy the full version? Also can I upgrade from Windows ME to Windows XP without having internet acces?


Is it safe to use an old operating system, such as Windows Me? 

by on January 3, 2009

Q: I want to video chat with my parents. I have a new Windows Vista computer, but my parents own only an old Windows Me computer. Thanks for your help!

A: Microsoft and most other software developers now consider Windows Me to be obsolete technology. In fact, Microsoft stopped providing security updates for Windows Me in 2006. Because of its lack of recent security updates, Windows Me is now an unsafe operating system. Read the rest of this entry »

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Is it possible to install Windows using another computer’s recovery disc? 

by on October 28, 2008

Q: I bought a Dell laptop off eBay with Windows Me installed. My office-based computer is about to be junked. Can I use the recovery disc from my office’s eMachines PC to install Windows XP onto my Dell laptop?

A: It may be technologically possible to install Windows XP onto your Dell laptop using your office’s eMachines recovery disc; it depends upon both the hardware that is in your Dell and methods, which eMachines used to program the recovery disc.

But legally, neither Microsoft nor Dell nor eMachines would allow you to use one computer’s recovery disc to install Windows on another computer. That is, a recovery disc is only supposed to be used on the computer with which it was sold. Doing otherwise creates a risk for both you and your employer of getting into serious trouble! Read the rest of this entry »


Updating From Windows ME To Windows XP 

by on December 11, 2007

Q: Can I upgrade my mother-in-law’s antique operating system (Windows ME) with my Windows XP disk? If so, what will be the loss of software and .doc files?

A: Yes you can update a computer from Windows ME to Windows XP. The only reason that you might not be able to upgrade your mother-in-law’s computer is if it does not meet the system requirements for Windows XP. That and other information about the upgrade process can be found in a Microsoft article entitled How to prepare to upgrade Windows 98 or Windows Millennium Edition to Windows XP. In my experience, the following has almost always proven true:

  • You should always create backups of the important data on a computer before upgrading or reinstalling an operating system. These would include your mother-in-law’s .doc files. You can use CD-R, USB flash drive, etc.
  • Some programs may not work correctly after the upgrade. This is because some programs detect which operating system is being used when they are first installed. If the operating system is upgraded after those initial detections, you might begin to notice malfunctions and other unstable behavior for your mother-in-law’s computer.
  • The system might also become unstable if your mother-in-law has previously upgraded on the same computer. That is to say, her computer could become extremely unstable if she upgraded from Windows 98 to Windows ME to Windows XP.
  • You can avoid such problems by doing a “fresh” installation of Windows XP. Instead of upgrading ME to XP, you can use the Windows XP installation CD (upgrade or full version) to erase ME and then install XP. This should work as long as your mother-in-law has a Windows ME operating system CD. NOTE: ME system restore CDs will probably not work. It must be the operating system disk itself. You will have to reinstall your mother-in-law’s programs, such as Microsoft Office. But it is worth the effort as the software will then be more compatible with XP.
  • Windows XP gives you the option to format a hard drive in NTFS or FAT. NTFS is generally considered superior to FAT formatted hard drives.

Good Luck!