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I have Windows Vista and after I upgraded my Messenger to the 2009 version I canot gain access to the video setup wizard. If I try to make a vodeo call, I get a message saying that my cam is in use by another program (which it is not)

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I need more information, what cam do you have? you can try to reinstall the cam software, also look that the previous version of msn was uninstalled correctly, run a full uninstall and install it again.

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How to reformat a computer


Performing a Clean Installation of Windows Vista is the preferred installation method. An alternate method available is an "Upgrade" installation. I do not recommend upgrading. Too many things can go wrong with an upgrade and I have seen this many many times with all Windows operating systems over the years. A Clean Installation gives your system 'clean' file paths which will create a much faster and reliable installation.


The instructions below will apply to those that would like to:


Do a clean installation on a computer without an existing operating system.
Replace an existing operating system and replace it with Windows Vista.
Install Windows Vista on a separate partition.
Note: These instruction will work fine for both 32-bit or 64-bit versions of Windows Vista.


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<>Getting Ready to Install Vista:


I would recommend, even before purchasing Vista, that you check that all of your 'needed' hardware and software will function in the Vista environment. Download the Vista Upgrade Advisor to check your hardware. The Vista Upgrade Advisor will help you identify and possibly resolve any Vista compatibility issues that may exist in your computer system.

Be sure that you update all drivers (video card, monitor, sound card ...etc.) for all of your installed devices.

You will need to check with the software maker to find out if it is going to be compatible with Vista.
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<>Clean Install Over An Existing Operating System:


Before performing a clean installation of Windows Vista, be sure that you have backed up any data that you would like to keep. A clean installation of Vista will mean erasing all data and starting from scratch. Use your preferred backup method. If you need backup instructions for Windows XP, click the link below:


Manually Backup Windows XP


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<>Configure your BIOS to boot from the DVD:


When you insert your Windows Vista Installation DVD, it should automatically launch. If it doesn't launch, try restarting your system with the DVD inserted in the DVD drive. If it still won't launch, you will need to configure your BIOS to make your current installation boot from your DVD drive. To gain access to your systems BIOS you will need to refer to your particular systems operating instructions. However, most of the time, by pressing the F2 or the Delete (one or the other, not both) key repeatedly once your system boots to the "logo screen" will give you access to "Setup". Also, many systems have a boot menu that lists something like:


Press F12 for setup


If this is your case, simply press F12 when given that prompt. In any case, once you are in setup, configure your DVD drive to the top of the boot order. Save the change and exit setup.


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<>Begin your Clean Installation of Windows Vista:


Place the Windows Vista installation DVD in to your DVD drive, then reboot your system to allow the DVD to launch. At your first prompt, press any key to continue the process. Click Next and then click "Install Now" when prompted.

You will now be at the "Get important updates for installation" page. It is highly recommended (if you have an Internet connection at this point) to go ahead and install any available updates to ensure a successful installation. Once you've received the updates, click Next.

You will now be asked for your product key information. Your product key is located on your DVD case. Insert your 25 digit product key then click Next.

Now, you should be at the License Agreement screen. Feel free to read through the whole thing but it is going to take you quite awhile. You must "Accept" the licensing agreement to continue. Click Next once you're comfortable with the licensing agreement.

This next screen contains the main installation options. Select "Custom Install" (this is the correct option for a clean installation). Click Next.

Setup will now ask where you would like to install Windows Vista. You will see the available partitions on your system. You will need to select the "boot" partition (usually C:). If your boot partition has a previous version of Windows installed on it, you will want to delete this partition and the create a new boot partition. Create any additional partitions as desired, just be sure that each partition you create is formatted. Once you're done, click Next.

From here, the prompts may vary depending on your particular system. Just follow the on-screen prompts to install Vista to your systems configuration.

Once Windows Vista installs the necessary files to run, it will restart twice. It is important that you leave the installation disk in the DVD drive until the Windows Vista is completely installed. After the first restart, you will be asked to insert any Username and Password that you would like to use and a Name for your PC. Additionally, you will be asked for the following information:
Time and Date settings
Current Location (home or office)
After all of your information is successfully received, Vista will boot a second time. After it boots successfully, you can safely remove the Windows Vista installation DVD.


Congratulations! I hope that you get many years of enjoyment out of your new Windows Vista operating system!


Important!: Make sure that you install proper anti-virus and anti-spyware programs to protect your new Windows installation. See the article below for some recommendations:


Secure a New Computer
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<>After a Successful Installation:


When installing Windows Vista with another Windows operating system already installed. Vista will create a file called, Windows.old" on your boot drive. Once everything is running fine on your new Vista installation and you are sure that you have your old data already backed up, it is safe to delete the Windows.old file. This file could be nearly 30 gigabytes in size. Just do a simple search for this file then right click and delete it. You will, of course, need Administrator privileges to do so.

If you receive an error that; "you do not have sufficient permission" when deleting this folder, the reason may be that you need to take ownership of the file and its contents, here's how:


1. Right click the Windows.old file and then select Properties.
2. Select the Security tab.
3. Click the Advanced button.
4. Select the Owner tab.
5. Click on the Edit button.
6. Confirm at the UAC warning prompt
7. Select Change ownership.

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Windows Installation Disc VS Windows Upgrade Disc -NOT THE SAME-


Having Trouble Booting To Your Windows Upgrade Disc?

...Upgrade discs aren't bootable discs. To repair a windows installation, you must use either a system repair disc or, better yet, a windows installation disc (genuine Retail/OEM discs are pretty much your only option to completely reinstall your windows operating system, unless you own a previous full installation disc of a previously released Windows version (such as XP or Vista), in which case you could install that windows operating system and then upgrade to a newer windows OS like windows 7. however if you ever need to reinstall windows 7, you would either need to reinstall the older windows OS, then upgrade to the newer one.

If that isn't clear, I'll sum it up....

Let's say you bought a computer, that computer had windows xp home edition. Maybe you wanted to upgrade from Windows XP/Windows Vista or Windows 7?
Well in order to switch from Windows XP/Vista to Windows 7, (or even from Windows 7 home premium- to windows7 Pro or Ultimate), then you must either:
A) Buy an upgrade disc and upgrade to the newer desired version.
B) Or, Buy a Retail Copy of the version you want to install. (keep in mind that a retail Windows 7 disc can be used to perform an upgrade rather than to competely wipe the hard disc and perform a clean install (delete partitions, reformat, and perform a new windows installation), if you so choose.

The bottom line is, you cannot Install a fresh clean copy of windows using an upgrade disc. OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) and Retail Windows Operation System Installation Setup Discs are "Bootable Discs". Windows Upgrade Discs are NOT bootable. (unless one where to "modify that particular disc, which is not legal).

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The cd of Canon PIXMA iP 1200 canot be installed i my laptop


Try downloading the printer driver.
You can download the Canon printer drivers from theirsupport WEB site. Please click on this link and
select your model printer todownload : - http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/controller?act=DownloadIndexAct

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Webcam for msn messenger(new version)


Normal 0 See section B. Windows Live Messenger in the info below.

Web Camera’s have to be setup on the program they are to be used with. Just installing the camera on your computer does not set it up to broadcast on messengers or Skype.

Each program has Options that have to be setup in order for the Audio and Video to function properly.

A. Skype Setup:

After downloading and installing Skype (http://www.skype.com/intl/en-gb/download/skype/windows/beta/downloading/ ) set it up as follows:

  1. Go to Tools, then Options, and click on Audio Settings and set the Microphone and Speakers to the computer Audio Card.
  2. Then click on the Video Settings.
  3. The camera if Installed Properly will come up and show a video picture.
  4. Then, on the bottom of the page click on Save.

The camera and audio should function properly. Your friends and Family will now be able to see and her to you.

B. Yahoo Setup:

After downloading and installing Yahoo Messenger (http://www.soft32.com/download_30.html ) set it up as follows:

  1. Go to Messenger at the top left and click on it.
  2. Next go down to Preferences and click on it.
  3. Next Calling and Devices on the right and set the Microphone and Speakers to the computer Audio Card.
  4. Next go to the Test Audio section and (in blue writing) click on “Open the call setup assistant” and follow the instructions on the left window.

C. Windows Live Messenger:

  1. After you start Windows Live Messenger, expand the view by clicking on the square on top left next to the red X.
  2. Then on the Windows Live messenger window on the right side, click on “ “Show Menus.” And then click on “Show the Menu Bar”.
  3. Next go to the Menu Bar on right side, click on “ “Action.”
  4. Go to “TOOLS” and click “Audio and Video Setting” and follow the instructions.
NOTE: You audio and video should work. Enjoy.

When done both the Audio and Video will function properly so you can chat and see family or friends you are connected to.

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You are Unable to Initiate a Video Call or Video Conversation in Windows Live Messenger after Upgrading to the Latest 2009 version (build 14.0.8050.1202)
Note: This information only applies for users who have the McAfee Site Advisor.

SYMPTOMS:

When trying to initiate a Video Call or Video Conversation in Windows Live Messenger 2009, one the following errors is encountered:

We couldn't start your camera device. Please check that your camera is not currently in use by another program, and then try again.
"Messenger is not available right now. Please try again later. (0x8ac70202)"
"Messenger is not available right now. Please try again later. (0x8ac70013)"

When trying to run the Audio Video Setup this error is encountered:

We are unable to run the Audio Video Setup

TROUBLESHOOTING STEPS:

This issue has been determined to be caused by a compatibility problem with Windows Live Messenger 2009 and the McAfee Site Advisor. McAfee is working on a patch to address this issue, but until it becomes available, you may try the posted workaround on their website at:
http://service.mcafee.com/faqdocument.aspx?id=TS100601


Solution found at:http://messenger-support.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!8B3F39C76A8B853F!14323.entry

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Upgrade vista home premium


As per my knowledge, there is no version of Vista called Vista Professional like in Windows XP.
Make sure what is the version to which you want to upgrade to from Vista Home Premium to Vista Business or Vista Ultimate.
The available versions of Vista Operating Systems along with the features supported from the Link below :
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-vista/compare-editions/default.aspx

However, if you want to Upgrade the current version of Vista to a higher version like Vista Business or Vista Ultimate, you need to purchase Vista Anytime Upgrade kit from any retail store or directly from Microsoft.
You can find the required information related to Anytime Upgrade Kit from the link below :
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-vista/get/anytime-upgrade-overview.aspx

However, make sure that you had created the Recovery Disks for your notebook using which you will be able to reinstall the preinstalled Operating Sytem along with all the Preinstalled Applications and Drivers after which you need to use the Vista Upgrade Kit to upgrade to higher version of Vista.
However, if you are currently having a 32 Bit Vista preinstalled in the Notebook, it is not possible to upgrade to a 64 Bit Vista since you can upgrade only a 32 Bit of Operating System to a higher version of 32 Bit Operating System and a 64 Bit Operating System to a higher version of 64 Bit Operating System.
Hope this helps....

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Were you offered any chance to back up settings and files?
Upgrading Win is normally pretty safe with more than one opportunity to save the previous version & setup and/or a restore opportunity.
I doubt your files have been overwritten; they are probably still present unless you were offered and opted for, a reformat of your HD.
There is probably a D: partition on your drive; it may be hidden, but gain access to it to see if you have a recent folder that refers to the previous installation.

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what process did you do when upgrading windows Vista? If your going to upgrade with Windows Vista, Old version of windows will rename to windows.old so you can't access this old version because windows vista will take the priority, so all your program will disappear. You need to purchase another software for microsoft office.I hope it will enlightened your mind.anyway there are some process of making it possible for dual boot.if you are in need to experience windows vista at the same time windows xp.

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