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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Several things can slow down the computer: overheating, spyware, not enough RAM etc. If you know for sure you have corrupted files were they corrupted by a virus? You may need to reinstall Vista.
Is it slow when you boot up in safe mode? To boot into safe mode hit (usually) F8 while it is booting up. Let it completely boot into safe mode and then reboot again. Now is if it is behaving better.
To get rid of spyware download the free Spybot Search & Destroy from the net, run the update and then run it to dectect and get rid of the spyware. Spyware tries to send info which can slow down everything.
Overheating - does it feel hot? Is the fan running and pushing air?
If it worked fine before it is unlikely you don't have enough RAM. Windows itself needs at least 256mbs to run well without running other problems.
Again if you know files are corrupted, if they are windows files, you might need to reinstall vista.
Windows 7 comes with basic driver built into the operating system (in-OS driver).
this basic driver, the buttons on the product do not function and some
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you connect the product to the computer, Windows 7 detects the hardware
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know when installation begins and when it is complete. You do not
have to download any software or insert the product CD.
Follow these steps to install the basic driver in Windows 7.
Turn the product on.
Connect the Universal Serial Bus (USB) cable to the product and to the computer.
A Your devices are ready to use
window might display on the screen. If the window displays and does not close automatically, close the window.
basic Windows 7 driver is now installed. Some functions might not be
available, but you can use the following workaround procedures instead.
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