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And? computer specs for vista? 512mb + memory. 512mb video card memory. P4 dual core processor. then others would not be a problem.

Posted on Apr 13, 2008

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Running ubuntu on (old!) hp e-pc 42; need Windows. Would it be worthwhile installing Vista? How about 7? Thanks.


Based on the specs of your computer I don't recommend that you upgrade to either one of those. You would not want to use Vista because it would run really slow on your computer, and Vista itself is not very good. And if you can't run Vista, you most likely can't run Windows 7 because it requires even more than Vista.

I recommend that you use Windows XP, not only because aside from Windows 7 and Snow Leopard it is my favorite Operating System, it is also the OS that was originally shipped with that specific model computer.

Short answer: Go with Windows XP

Hope this helps!

Mar 19, 2011 | HP e-PC 42 PC Desktop

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Lost Windows Vista Password: Top 3 Tips to Reset Vista Password


It's well known that Windows Vista is more secure than previous Windows versions like Windows XP. So if you lost Windows Vista password, you'll find some effective methods used to reset forgotten Windows XP password cannot work. Well, does that mean one have to reinstall your computer once you lost Vista password? Of course not, there are still opportunities to reset your <a href="http://www.resetwindowspassword.com/lost-windows-vista-password.html" style="font-weight: bold;">lost Windows Vista password</a> with the help of third-party software. Besides, you can also reset lost Vista password in seconds if you create a password reset disk in advance.<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">1. Commercial Windows Password Reset Software</span><br /><br />If you search on Google to find a solution to your lost Vista password, many commercial Windows password reset tools will appear in your search results, like <a href="http://www.resetwindowspassword.com/" style="font-weight: bold;">Windows Password Reset</a>, Windows Password Unlocker, Windows Login Recovery, etc. With such a Windows password recovery tool, you can get instant access to your locked Vista computer by burning a bootable CD/DVD or USB flash drive. The biggest advantage of Windows password reset software is that common users with little computer skill can easily reset lost Vista password in 5 minutes according to the user guide.<br /><br />Take Windows Password Reset for example. As one of the best Windows password recovery software, it can reset lost Vista password in 4 simple steps.<br /><br />Step 1. Download and install Windows Password Reset Professional.<br /><br />Step 2. Burn a bootable CD/DVD or USB flash drive.<br /><br />Step 3. Boot the locked PC form CD/DVD or USB.<br /><br />Step 4. Reset lost Windows Vista password to be empty.<br /><br />It's worth mentioning that it supports all popular Windows OS, including Windows 7/Vista/XP/2000 and Windows Server 2008/2003.<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">2. Free Windows Password Recovery Tool</span><br /><br />If you don't want to pay to recover lost Vista password, you can find some free ones. Ophcrack and Offline NT Password and Registry Editor are the most popular Windows password recovery tools. Ophcrack is a free Windows password cracker based on rainbow tables. When you use this utility to recover lost Vista password, please note it'll take you much time to download it and passwords greater than 14 characters cannot be cracked.<br /><br />Offline NT Password & Registry Editor is not only a Windows password recovery tool, but also an almost fully functional registry editor. But it is completely text based which is a little inconvenient.<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">3. Windows Vista Password Reset Disk</span><br /><br />A password reset disk can help you reset lost Windows Vista password as long as you create it before losing Vista password. If you don't have one, just follow the instructions to create one (a USB flash drive required).<br /><br />Step 1. Click Start, Control Panel, User Accounts and Family Safely, and User Accounts.<br /><br />Step 2. Click Create a password reset disk on the left pane.<br /><br />Step 3. Click Next and follow the forgotten password Wizard to create a Vista password reset disk.<br /><br />When you enter a wrong password on Vista logon screen, the Reset password link will appear. Just click on it to pop up the password reset wizard, then insert your password reset disk in computer and click Next on the wizard to change your lost Vista password in seconds.

on Jan 24, 2011 | PC Desktops

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How to format a computer with windows vista.


<span> <p>To format your hard disk during Windows Vista installation, you'll need to start, or boot, your computer using the Windows Vista installation disc or USB flash drive.<br /> <ol> <li>Turn on your computer so that Windows starts normally, insert the Windows Vista installation disc, and then shut down your computer.<br /><br /></li> <li>Restart your computer.<br /><br /></li> <li>Press any key when prompted, and then follow the instructions that appear.<br /><br /></li> <li>On the <b>Install Windows</b> page, follow any instructions that are displayed, and then click <b>Install now</b>. <ul> <li>If the <b><a href="http://www.whitecanyon.com/how-to-format-computer.php#">Install Windows</a></b> page doesn't appear, and you're not asked to press any key, you might need to change some system settings. To learn how to do this, see <a href="http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-vista/Start-Windows-from-a-CD-or-DVD">Start Windows from a CD or DVD</a>.</li></ul></li> <li>On the <b>Get important updates for installation</b> page, we recommend getting the latest updates to help ensure a successful installation and to help protect your computer against security threats. You will need an Internet connection to get installation updates.<br /><br /></li> <li>On the <b>Type your product key for activation</b> page, do one of the following: <ul> <li>If you are reinstalling Windows Vista, you should enter your product key now.</li> <li>If you are not reinstalling Windows Vista, you can skip this step.</li></ul></li> <li>On the <b>Please read the license terms</b> page, if you accept the license terms, click <b>I accept the license terms</b>.<br /><br /></li> <li>On the <b>Which type of installation do you want?</b> page, click <b>Custom</b>.<br /><br /></li> <li>On the <b>Where do you want to install Windows</b>? page, click <b>Drive options (advanced)</b>.<br /><br /></li> <li>Click the partition that you want to format and click <b>Format</b> <ul> <li>If you have more than one partition on this hard drive and want to get rid them to make one big drive again, then select a partition and click on the <b>Delete</b> option for each partition. Once you have deleted all of the partitions, select the <b>Unallocated Space</b> partition and click <b>Format</b></li></ul></li> <li>When you've finished formatting, click <b>Next</b>.<br /><br /></li> <li>Follow the instructions to finish installing Windows Vista, which include naming your computer and setting up an initial user account. <ul> <li>If you do not want to reinstall Windows Vista, you can cancel the installation at this point and keep your newly formatted drives.</li></ul></li></ol></span>

on Nov 23, 2010 | PC Desktops

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Can dell dimension 5100 run windows vista? Does it have a dual core processor?


Your computer can handle it hardware wise, the issue your going to run into is you need to find the vista version of your hardware drivers since the Dell website doesn't have vista drivers for your computer.

Jan 06, 2010 | Dell Dimension 5100 (D51L1) PC Desktop

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MY COMPUTER IS NOT EVEN A YEAR OLD AND MY WINDOWS VISTA WILL NOT LOAD AT ALL. IT KEEPS SHOWING THE BAR AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE AS IF TO LOAD BUT THEN THE SCREEN JUST GOES BLUE AND THATS IT. I PURCHASED...


Sorry to tell you that the best way is to reinstall your operating vista (windows vista) as you can see it is already corrupted. So you better send your computer to the nearest computer shop for proper installation of operating system.

Oct 14, 2009 | PC Desktops

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Forgot Windows Vista Password - How to Reset or Recover It?


No matter you use a Mac or PC, no matter your operating system is Windows 7, Windows Vista or Windows XP, computer security can be a common topic for you. For PC protection, a Windows password is often regarded as the first line of safeguard. But there is a little problem as Windows password can be easily forgotten. Forgetting Windows password could also be dangerous if your only have one windows account or others.<br /><br />In that case, you can use a password reset disk to reset or recover the forgotten Windows password. Here we introduce a simple tutorial for you when <a href="http://www.windowsloginrecovery.com/forgot-windows-vista-password.html">forgot Windows Vista password</a> - Burn a password reset CD/DVD with Windows Login Recovery. This method can be applied to all situations, no matter you can log on PC or locked out of computer.<br /><br />Windows Login Recovery enables you to create a password reset CD/DVD. When you forgot Windows Vista password, you can use the created CD/DVD to reset the forgotten password in just 3 simple steps:<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">Step 1: Burn a password reset CD/DVD.</span><br /><br />1. Run the program and insert a blank CD/DVD to computer.<br /><br />2. Select to Reset Local account password, and click Next.<br /><br />3. Select CD/DVD and click Burn to start burning the CD/DVD.<br /><br />4. Click OK when the CD/DVD is burned and take it out of computer.<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">Step 2: Set your locked computer to boot from CD/DVD.</span><br /><br />1. Insert the burned CD/DVD in the locked computer that you forgot Windows Vista password.<br /><br />2. Press F2, Delete or F10 to enter your BIOS Setup when the computer is booting.<br /><br />3. Choose Boot on the taskbar, select Boot Device Priority and press Enter.<br /><br />4. Make the computer to boot from CD ROM firstly according to the prompts on the right.<br /><br />5. Press F10 to save settings and your computer will restart automatically.<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">Step 3: Reset forgotten Windows Vista password.</span><br /><br />After restarting, you can reset Windows administrator password and standard user password under DOS.<br /><br />1. Choose the installation path of Windows, and enter the NO. of the path.<br /><br />2. All Windows account user names will be displayed for you. Enter the NO. of a specified User Name to remove its account password.<br /><br />3. Enter y to confirm and continue your operation.<br /><br />4. Enter y to remove another Windows account password or enter n to finish your operation when the selected windows account password is removed.<br /><br />5. Take the burned CD/DVD out of computer and press any key to restart your computer when you enter n to finish your operation.<br /><br />The password has been successfully reset and now you can log on your computer without password.<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">Notices for Windows Vista password reset</span><br /><br />1. When you forgot Windows Vista password and locked out of PC, with Windows Login Recovery, you can create a password reset CD/DVD in any accessible computer with any OS, like Windows 7/Vista/XP and Windows Server 2008/2003/2000.<br /><br />2. The computer used to install the program should have a CD/DVD burner; both internal and external CD/DVD burners are OK.<br /><br />3. After <a href="http://www.windowsloginrecovery.com/windows-vista-password-recovery.html">Windows Vista password reset</a>, no computer data will be lost.<br /><br />4. This method can not only help you when you forgot Windows Vista password, but also help you regain access to computer when you forgot Windows passwords on Windows 7, Windows XP and so on.

on Nov 11, 2010 | PC Desktops

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Top 3 Windows Vista Password Recovery Measures


If you've forgotten password on Windows Vista and cannot log on your computer again, you need to perform Windows Vista password recovery to bypass your lost Windows Vista password. But the problem for you is that how can you recover the password and will it be difficult to perform Vista password recovery? Below is a step-by-step guidance for you to recover Windows Vista password with 3 different methods.

Method 1: Perform Windows Vista password recovery with password reset disk

Windows Vista allows you to create a password reset disk with a USB flash drive in a few seconds. It can help you reset Windows Vista password when you forget it. Just try to recover Windows Vista password as follows if you have a Vista password reset disk at hand.

1. Start your computer and get to the Windows Vista login screen.

2. Type a wrong password, and then Reset password link will appear on the Vista login screen.

3. Click Reset password to enter to Password Reset Wizard screen, and then click next.

4. Select the right disk if you have more than one password reset disk, click next.

5. Type in a new Vista password and password hint, click next.

6. Click Finish when you've successfully reset Windows Vista password.

Method 2: Perform Windows Vista password recovery on safe mode

In addition to reset Windows Vista password with password reset disk, you can also recover Windows Vista password on safe mode. And the presupposition is that you have can log on computer with another Windows Vista administrator account.

1. Press F8 when your Windows Vista PC is booting. You will come to the Advanced Boot Options.

2. Select Safe Mode with Command Prompt and press Enter.

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3. Enter safe mode with an available admin account. And a command prompt will appear.

4. Type net user in command prompt and press Enter. It will show you all accounts on the Windows Vista.

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5. Type net user Mike 123456 (Mike is the locked admin account's name and 123456 is the new password. This depends on the setting of your computer) and press Enter. Now you have successfully created a new password on the locked admin account.

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6. Type shutdown -r -t 00 and press Enter.

7. The computer will reboot automatically and then you can log on Windows Vista with the new password.

Method 3: Perform Windows Vista password recovery with Windows Login Recovery

Windows Login Recovery is efficient Windows password recovery software designed to recover Windows login passwords for any version of Windows, including Windows 7, Vista, XP, 2003, 2000, NT, 2008. It is not necessary for you to reinstall the system when you forgot or lost your Windows login password. But a blank CD/DVD or USB flash drive and an available computer with optical drive is required before starting to perform Win Vista password recovery as below:

1. Download Windows Login Recovery and install it in any available computer.

2. Run the program and insert a blank CD/DVD or USB flash drive into computer. You will see a default path of an ISO image file after running the application.

3. Select CD/DVD or USB drive to burn the ISO image file and click Burn.

4. After burning, insert the CD/DVD or USB drive to your locked computer.

5. Set the locked computer to boot from CD/DVD or USB drive. After setting BIOS to boot from CD/DVD or USB drive, the computer will restart automatically. And then you can recover Windows Vista password under DOS.

6. Choose the installation path of Windows, and enter the ID of the path.

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7. All the user names will be displayed for you, and you can select one to remove its password by entering the ID of User Name. And then enter y to confirm your operation.

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8. After removing the selected password, you can enter y to continue to reset other passwords, or enter n to finish.

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9. After entering n to finish, eject the CD/DVD or USB drive and press any key to restart the computer. Now, you can log on your PC without password.

The above 3 methods can help you perform Windows Vista password recovery easily and safely. It is no need for you to worry if you forget Windows Vista password. Why not try this amazing Windows password recovery software to recover Windows Vista password instead of reinstalling computer?

on Sep 09, 2010 | PC Desktops

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Cannot install windows vista ultimate 64 bit on my computer when I have xp installed. Can boot from the 32 bit version disk though but I want the 64 bit. Tried booting it from start-up by booting from CD...


  1. Start the computer and make sure that the current version of Windows has started.
  2. Insert the Windows Vista DVD into the DVD drive and then close the drive tray. Wait a moment for the Setup program to start automatically.
  3. If the Setup program does not start automatically, follow these steps:
    1. Click Start and then click Run.
    2. Type Drive:\setup.exe and then click OK.

      Note Drive is the drive letter of the computer’s DVD drive.
  4. When the Setup program starts and the Install now screen appears, click Install now.

    Note When you receive with the Get important updates for installation message, click Go Online.
  5. Click Upgrade when the Which type of installation do you want? screen appears.

    If you cannot click Upgrade and you receive an error message, go to the "Troubleshooting" section if you are comfortable trying to troubleshoot, or go to the "Next Steps" section to determine your next steps.
  6. Follow the instructions to install Windows Vista.
If Windows Vista is now running on your computer, you have completed the upgrade to Windows Vista.

If the installation does not finish or you receive an error message, and you are comfortable trying to troubleshoot the problem, go to the "Troubleshooting" section for more information about common issues and their resolutions. If you are not comfortable trying to troubleshoot the issue, go to the "Next Steps" section. Perform a clean installation loadTOCNode(2, 'summary'); There are two ways to perform a clean installation of Windows Vista. The first method is to install Windows Vista by running the Setup program from the current version of Windows on your computer. The second method is to start the computer from the Windows Vista DVD. First, try method 1. If it does not work, try method 2.

Warning In a clean installation, existing data on your computer is deleted. This data includes personal data, settings, hardware driver information, and software programs. After you install the operating system, you must also reinstall all programs. Make sure that you back up personal data to disks or other external storage devices before you perform a clean installation. Method 1: Perform a clean installation of Windows Vista by running Setup from the current version of Windows loadTOCNode(3, 'summary'); To perform a clean installation of Windows Vista from the current version of Windows on the computer, follow these steps:
  1. Start the computer and make sure that the current version of Windows has started.
  2. Insert the Windows Vista DVD into the DVD drive and then close the drive tray. Wait a moment for the Setup program to start automatically.
  3. If the Setup program does not start automatically, follow these steps:
    1. Click Start and then click Run.
    2. Type Drive:\setup.exe and then click OK.

      Note Drive is the drive letter of the computer’s DVD drive.
  4. When the Setup program starts and the Install now screen appears, click Install now.
  5. When the Which type of installation do you want? screen appears, click Custom (advanced). The follow the instructions to install Windows Vista.
If Windows Vista is now running on your computer, you have completed the installation successfully.

If the installation does not finish or you receive an error message, and you are comfortable trying to troubleshoot the problem, go to the "Troubleshooting" section for more information about common issues and their resolutions. If you are not comfortable trying to troubleshoot the issue, go to the "Next Steps" section. Method 2: Perform a clean installation of Windows Vista by starting the computer from the Windows Vista DVD loadTOCNode(3, 'summary'); Note The computer must be configured to start from the DVD drive. For information about how to configure the computer to start from the DVD drive, see the documentation that is included with the computer. Or, contact the computer manufacturer.

To perform a clean installation of Windows Vista by starting the computer from the Windows Vista DVD, follow these steps:
  1. Start the computer.
  2. Insert the Windows Vista DVD into the DVD drive and then close the drive tray.
  3. Restart the computer.
  4. When you receive the "Press any key to boot from CD" message, press a key.
  5. Follow the instructions to install Windows Vista.
If Windows Vista is now running on your computer, you have completed the installation successfully.

Nov 27, 2008 | PC Desktops

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I am trying to move my Bookkeeper program to a new Vista Computer. I am getting a message that I am trying to run an older version of Bookkeeper with newer pogram. My old computer is XP and the new one...


Most programs written for Windows XP also work in this version of Windows, but some older programs might run poorly or not at all. If an older program doesn't run correctly, use the Program Compatibility Wizard to simulate the behavior of earlier versions of Windows.
• Open the Program Compatibility Wizard by clicking the Start button getopencontent.aspx?assetid=4f6cbd09-148c-4dd8-b1f2-48f232a2fd33&documentset=en-us&renderkey=xml, clicking Control Panel, clicking Programs, and then clicking Use an older program with this version of Windows.
NoteTo find out if your programs (or programs you plan to buy) are compatible with Windows Vista, go online to the Windows Vista Compatibility Center. This website contains a comprehensive list of programs, computers, and devices that have been tested to work with Windows Vista.

Oct 24, 2008 | PC Desktops

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I cannot install windows vista. I am doing a clean install and thinking maybe I need a driver. I searched everywhere. Can you help me?


Have you ran the upgrade advisor on microsofts site to make sure the computer is capable of running vista?

Apr 20, 2008 | PC Desktops

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