I was having some problems with my computer, (slow, not connecting, etc)
So I thought I would upgrade my vista basic to the next level. It said it was loading, but it did not and when processing was over I had no personal files except what was in hotmail. Now I cannot click on a link within a link and it goes nowhere. Icons spontaneously move or appear such as cdpath, jjtime, mjflist hiscore.mj and hiscore.yj, etc. I don't know what that is all about, Computer info is:Intel Pentium 4CPU 3.00 ghz 300 ghz
memory 905 mb
32 bit operating system
Under title windows it says
activation shows a key (20 days to activate windows - what does that mean?
Product ID 89572
OEM - 7232194-76439
change product key (what does that mean)
I don't know what system protection I have and what I should have.
In short my 76 year old brain just won't wrap around all of this info. or lack of it.
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Re: lost all personal files
Your most expedient avenue for support might be to contact MS directly with your issues. (It appears likely you may not have backed up your PC-? If so, you could restore to where you were before and address this at some later time.)
Support for MS Vista is free for 90 days, with the 90-day period beginning when you first contact them regarding the product. So, for instance, if you telephone them today regarding your issue, there is no charge. I suspect, based on the parameters of your system, that the resources may be insufficient to upgrade, but MS can tell you definitively if this is the case, and hopefully help you get back to an operational state. My position on this, if they tell you that the system resources are insufficient and that created the issues, would be that their automatic scan of the system, which provided you the avenue to upgrade, did not tell you that you would not be able to function properly and offered the upgrade. At any rate, attempt to get them to accept responsibility and work through this with you. Their telephone support should be the most effective route for you to take. Please see http://support.microsoft.com/oas/default.aspx?ln=en-us&prid=10296&gprid=436922, which contains the phone contact number (several choices - suggest (800) 936-5700).
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You could have been a bit more specific which operating system ? and what is the problem ?
Whether your HP Pavilion can be upgraded to Windows Vista depends on your current operating system and hardware capabilities. Certain minimum requirements must be met to install Vista, including 15 gigabytes of free space on your hard drive and a CD-ROM drive to read the Vista installation CD. Once you have verified that you meet the prerequisites for upgrading to windows Vista, the actual process is rather simple and does not require many steps.
Verify that your HP Pavilion computer is capable of supporting Vista before you begin installing it. See the Tips section below for the minimum requirements. Back up your important files and data to an external storage device such as a CD or flash drive before continuing. Connect to the Internet and then place the Vista installation CD in your optical drive. Wait for the setup wizard to auto-start. Click "Install Now" when the prompt appears. Then, click "Get important updates for installation" and click "Next." Enter your Windows Vista product key when prompted to do so and click "Next." Click "I accept the license terms" on the next page. Select "Upgrade" or "Custom (advanced)" when prompted for which type of installation you wish to install. Choose "Upgrade" to keep your old files or "Custom (advanced)" to perform a clean install. Wait for the installer to finish. Set your personal preferences once Vista has been fully installed on your HP Pavilion.
You may want to look into upgrading your RAM if there is less than 2GB installed. This is a recommendation that I have found in working with several PC's running this Operating System. Also, you would want to run disk clean up and remove any temporary files that Windows finds. Deleting any other temporary or unused files from your PC on a regular basis should increase system performance. In addition, if these steps do not solve your problem, you may want to consider upgrading to a faster performance hard drive (preferably a SATA II with a 32MB cache). As a last resort, you may look at your CPU to see if there is an upgrade for it, as well. Keep in mind that Vista is a resource hog and can slow down a PC within just a short period of time.
i personally would say no anymore i would reccomend at least 2gigs of flash memory for any operating system but the best place for you to get your answer for this would be from the windows site it self
There might be a Desktop Management Interface (DMI) compatibility problem with Windows 7 and the Acer T180 Vista Basic DMI. The Acer support Windows 7 eligible systems link shows all the Acer computers that are fully compatible with windows 7. (Acer T180 is NOT in this list !): http://www.acer.com/windows7upgrade/eligible.html
1st off - do a restore on the computer to bring it back to factory settings. This will clean it up and speed it up as well. 2nd you need more ram . Ram is very cheap and Vista needs lots of ram to run. Thishis should solve your problem. Total cost to you is about $50.00
I think you are out of luck with this. You can try upgrading the RAM, but I believe you will still be disappointed. Vista requires a huge amount of hardware resources and many drivers are not available yet.
Install Windows XP or try one of the Linux distributions. I prefer Fedora Core myself, but for many, Ubuntu is an excellent choice.