XP is probably your best bet. Unless you were looking to "upgrade" to vista, or were looking to try out one of the many versions of linux. I wouldnt sujest linux for the everyday user because although its been making huge hurdles, it still is for a more advanced user. As for your files, if you still have access to any i would sujest backing them up on a CD or DVD. if they have disapeared off your computer you could also try a file recovery program such as norton ghost. It will scan your harddrive for "ghost images" or what used to be your files. You could also format and then run the file recovery program, but i warn you that in alot of cases when it restores old deleted files they are damaged and will not work correctly.
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REDOWNLOAD/REINSTALL THE TOUCHPAD DRIVERS SOMETIMES PEOPLE ACCIDENTLY DELETE SOMETHING IMPORTANT OR A FILE GETS MISPLACED OR THE COMPUTER MESSES UP SOMETIMES.... NOT SAYING ANY OF THESE ARE THE CASE BUT IT COULD BE.
Plug it into your computer via USB cable, open file(s), right-click with your mouse on the one(s) you want to delete, one the dropdown menu, go down to the word delete and left-click your mouse. POOF, recording gone.
On *********** board, there will be a battery, take that out and put it back in. if you have the OS disk. put it in. shut off computer, turn it back on press enter to boot from disk. either re format your hdd by deleting the partioned space or repair.
If shutting down XP takes what seems to be an inordinate amount of
time, here are a couple of steps you can take to speed up the shutdown
Don't have XP
clear your paging file at shutdown. For security reasons, you can have
XP clear your paging file (pagefile.sys) of its contents whenever you
shut down. Your paging file is used to store temporary files and data,
but when your system shuts down, information stays in the file. Some
people prefer to have the paging file cleared at shutdown because
sensitive information such as unencrypted passwords sometimes ends up
in the file. However, clearing the paging file can slow shutdown times
significantly, so if extreme security isn't a high priority, you might
not want to clear it. To shut down XP without clearing your paging
file, run the Registry Editor (click Start > Run, then type regedit in the Run box) and go to:
the value of ClearPageFileAtShutdown to 0. Close the Registry, and
restart your computer. Whenever you turn off XP from now on, the paging
file won't be cleared, and you should be able to shut down more
Note: Please be careful when editing the Registry;
you can do a lot of damage here. Don't change or delete anything unless
you know exactly what it is.
Glad to hear you have your OS disc handy... let's try this:
Insert your XP CD and when it asks if you want to boot from the CD, press any key (ENTER) to do so. When asked, press ENTER ("To setup Windows XP now") and follow these steps...
To repair a Windows XP installation using Recovery Console, press "R"
To quit Setup without installing Windows XP, press "F3".
Press Enter to start the Windows Setup. DO NOT choose "To repair a
Windows XP installation using the Recovery Console". You Do
Not want to load the Recovery Console.
Accept the License Agreement and Windows will search for existing Windows installations.
Select the XP installation you want to repair from the list and press "R"
to start the repair. ((Note: If Repair is not one of the options, END setup.
After the reboot read Warning#2! ))
Setup will copy the necessary files to the hard drive and at some point the system will reboot. When this happens, you want to now allow the system to boot from the hard disk but leave the CD in the drive. So do
not press any key to boot from CD when the message appears. Setup will
continue as if it were doing a clean install, but your applications and
settings will remain intact.