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Anonymous
March 22, 2005 2:15:02 AM

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BOY! have i learned a lot in the last 5 weeks!

My computer stats are at the bottom. I have a little black box from Comcast
connected to my computer. It’s fast. I have a warranty with Dell, but it
doesn’t cover this stuff. The tech support guy I was assigned to said he’s
“swamped� and will call me when he has time. That was 2 weeks ago. Dell sent
me the reload-for-dummies set of 4 disks with EVERYTHING [originally loaded]
on it.

I apologize for the length of this, but I’m ready to do this and have a few
questions that must be answered for me to continue and I want to make sure my
list of tasks is accurate.
I’ll start with the OUTLINE of the LONG task list and then the questions.

If you don’t know the background: my computer caught a cold and I couldn’t
get rid of a few nasty files, so I’m going to reformat and reload. I’m ~ not
young ~ and mentally challenged, so this is extremely difficult for me. I’m
intelligent but V E R Y slow.

I changed the order of some things, mainly because I’m totally afraid of the
web now. So please let me know whether the changes don’t work.

Pre-installation:
*Download Ad-Aware, SpyBot S&D, CWShredder programs onto disk.
*Disconnect peripherals, network/modem cable.
*Go to BIOS and set CDROM as boot device before hard drive.
*Install Windows XP.

Post-installation & pre-internet connection:
*Enable Windows firewall. Run Network Setup Wizard.
*Install Service Pack 2 [from CD].
*Reconnect printer.
*Run Disk Defragmenter.
*Enable Windows Firewall in Windows XP SP2.
*Load Ad-Aware, SpyBot S&D, CWShredder [from CD] then reboot into safe mode
and run the applications.
*Test hardware devices.
*Set up users.
*Customize the system.
*Defrag system drive.
*Install/ run software.
*Set up Windows Automatic Updates.

[Now’s the scary part] connect to internet:
*Install Windows Updates.
*Update Ad-Aware, SpyBot S&D, CWShredder.
*Download the Latest BIOS.


QUESTIONS:
*At what point should I load the software for the printer?
*At what point should I load the software for the modem?
*At what point should I reconnect the printer?
*At what point should I reconnect the comcast modem?

When reformatting\reinstalling:
*Must I choose FAT32 or NTFS format? If so, which should I choose?
*In the instructions it says, “In the opening OOBE phase, set up your
network/Internet connection, which is required for activation and
registration.� It seems I must connect to the modem? If so, the computer is
in jeopardy. Can I do this later?

*ANY ADVICE? I can’t find my product key on the disks. Dell loaded
everything originally and I have the disks, but no number located.

*CAN I DO THIS W/O BEING CONNECTED TO THE WEB? HOW? Set up Windows Automatic
Updates.

*To run the Network Setup Wizard do I have to connect to the modem? If so,
wouldn’t the computer be vulnerable at that time?

*An MVP helper said, “Automatic Update of Windows SP2 is not the best. You
are better able to avoid internet issues and other possible issues if you
have SP-2 on CD….�
HOW WILL IT HELP MY COMPUTER IF IT ISN’T INSTALLED? HOW DO I USE IT FROM
THE CD?

*Reading the MVP firewall info, it seems I should I disable the SP2 firewall
and use the Norton firewall [I have] only. IS THAT CORRECT? IF NOT, WHAT
SHOULD I DO?

WHERE CAN I FIND SIMPLE INSTRUCTIONS FOR HOW TO DO THESE THINGS IF IT WOULD
TAKE TOO MUCH TIME TO ANSWER HERE?
*Go to BIOS and set CDROM as boot device before hard drive.
*Check to make sure you have all updated drivers.
*Run chkdsk to check file system.
*Perform Disk Cleanup.
*Go to MSCONFIG.
*Login as an Administrator.
*Download the Latest BIOS.

*If I use mozilla instead of IE [suggested by MVP person], will it work with
outlook?


OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition 2002
Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2 Build 2600
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Manufacturer Dell Computer Corporation
System Model Dimension 8300
System Type X86-based PC
Processor x86 Family 15 Model 2 Stepping 9 GenuineIntel ~2992 Mhz
BIOS Version/Date Dell Computer Corporation A05, 2/23/2004
SMBIOS Version 2.3
Total Physical Memory 512.00 MB
Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.00GHz
File System NTSF
Size 74.46 GB
Anonymous
March 22, 2005 3:35:02 AM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

Hello ,
You will need to install you cable modem before you connect to the
InternetYyou will need your software for it as well. You did not say what
type you are using but if you are using Mootrolla, I would recomend getting a
broand band router from Belkin or Linskys to use with it. I have Comcast also
and since I installed a router I have not had near as much trouble with
security issues. As far as installing your printer you can do that any time
after you install XP. You did not say if it is a plug and play printer or
not. If not, hook up the printer, then run the software. The wizard will
walk you through the steps to take. If all goes well you, will be prompted to
run a test page . It might be easier for you to download SP2 from Microsoft
update site than using the CD
.. There can be problems no matter which you choose but it seems more people
have trouble with the CD than the download, although I am not sure why.
Also if you have disc's from Dell, they will do most of the work for you,
as far as restoring your system goes. You will still have to install SP2
unless the OS came with it.
It sounds like you have done your homework and are pretty well prepared.
Please post back and let us know how you are doing. You will find lots of
folks here willing to help you. Best of luck to you.
Ron J
"searchless" wrote:

> BOY! have i learned a lot in the last 5 weeks!
>
> My computer stats are at the bottom. I have a little black box from Comcast
> connected to my computer. It’s fast. I have a warranty with Dell, but it
> doesn’t cover this stuff. The tech support guy I was assigned to said he’s
> “swamped� and will call me when he has time. That was 2 weeks ago. Dell sent
> me the reload-for-dummies set of 4 disks with EVERYTHING [originally loaded]
> on it.
>
> I apologize for the length of this, but I’m ready to do this and have a few
> questions that must be answered for me to continue and I want to make sure my
> list of tasks is accurate.
> I’ll start with the OUTLINE of the LONG task list and then the questions.
>
> If you don’t know the background: my computer caught a cold and I couldn’t
> get rid of a few nasty files, so I’m going to reformat and reload. I’m ~ not
> young ~ and mentally challenged, so this is extremely difficult for me. I’m
> intelligent but V E R Y slow.
>
> I changed the order of some things, mainly because I’m totally afraid of the
> web now. So please let me know whether the changes don’t work.
>
> Pre-installation:
> *Download Ad-Aware, SpyBot S&D, CWShredder programs onto disk.
> *Disconnect peripherals, network/modem cable.
> *Go to BIOS and set CDROM as boot device before hard drive.
> *Install Windows XP.
>
> Post-installation & pre-internet connection:
> *Enable Windows firewall. Run Network Setup Wizard.
> *Install Service Pack 2 [from CD].
> *Reconnect printer.
> *Run Disk Defragmenter.
> *Enable Windows Firewall in Windows XP SP2.
> *Load Ad-Aware, SpyBot S&D, CWShredder [from CD] then reboot into safe mode
> and run the applications.
> *Test hardware devices.
> *Set up users.
> *Customize the system.
> *Defrag system drive.
> *Install/ run software.
> *Set up Windows Automatic Updates.
>
> [Now’s the scary part] connect to internet:
> *Install Windows Updates.
> *Update Ad-Aware, SpyBot S&D, CWShredder.
> *Download the Latest BIOS.
>
>
> QUESTIONS:
> *At what point should I load the software for the printer?
> *At what point should I load the software for the modem?
> *At what point should I reconnect the printer?
> *At what point should I reconnect the comcast modem?
>
> When reformatting\reinstalling:
> *Must I choose FAT32 or NTFS format? If so, which should I choose?
> *In the instructions it says, “In the opening OOBE phase, set up your
> network/Internet connection, which is required for activation and
> registration.� It seems I must connect to the modem? If so, the computer is
> in jeopardy. Can I do this later?
>
> *ANY ADVICE? I can’t find my product key on the disks. Dell loaded
> everything originally and I have the disks, but no number located.
>
> *CAN I DO THIS W/O BEING CONNECTED TO THE WEB? HOW? Set up Windows Automatic
> Updates.
>
> *To run the Network Setup Wizard do I have to connect to the modem? If so,
> wouldn’t the computer be vulnerable at that time?
>
> *An MVP helper said, “Automatic Update of Windows SP2 is not the best. You
> are better able to avoid internet issues and other possible issues if you
> have SP-2 on CD….�
> HOW WILL IT HELP MY COMPUTER IF IT ISN’T INSTALLED? HOW DO I USE IT FROM
> THE CD?
>
> *Reading the MVP firewall info, it seems I should I disable the SP2 firewall
> and use the Norton firewall [I have] only. IS THAT CORRECT? IF NOT, WHAT
> SHOULD I DO?
>
> WHERE CAN I FIND SIMPLE INSTRUCTIONS FOR HOW TO DO THESE THINGS IF IT WOULD
> TAKE TOO MUCH TIME TO ANSWER HERE?
> *Go to BIOS and set CDROM as boot device before hard drive.
> *Check to make sure you have all updated drivers.
> *Run chkdsk to check file system.
> *Perform Disk Cleanup.
> *Go to MSCONFIG.
> *Login as an Administrator.
> *Download the Latest BIOS.
>
> *If I use mozilla instead of IE [suggested by MVP person], will it work with
> outlook?
>
>
> OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition 2002
> Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2 Build 2600
> OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
> System Manufacturer Dell Computer Corporation
> System Model Dimension 8300
> System Type X86-based PC
> Processor x86 Family 15 Model 2 Stepping 9 GenuineIntel ~2992 Mhz
> BIOS Version/Date Dell Computer Corporation A05, 2/23/2004
> SMBIOS Version 2.3
> Total Physical Memory 512.00 MB
> Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.00GHz
> File System NTSF
> Size 74.46 GB
>
Anonymous
March 22, 2005 3:41:41 AM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

"searchless" <searchless1-delete-@yahoo.com> wrote in message
news:54AC28AD-75A7-435C-8C0E-FF57C3A33424@microsoft.com...
> BOY! have i learned a lot in the last 5 weeks!
>
> My computer stats are at the bottom. I have a little black box from
> Comcast
> connected to my computer. It's fast. I have a warranty with Dell, but it
> doesn't cover this stuff. The tech support guy I was assigned to said he's
> "swamped" and will call me when he has time. That was 2 weeks ago. Dell
> sent
> me the reload-for-dummies set of 4 disks with EVERYTHING [originally
> loaded]
> on it.
>
> I apologize for the length of this, but I'm ready to do this and have a
> few
> questions that must be answered for me to continue and I want to make sure
> my
> list of tasks is accurate.
> I'll start with the OUTLINE of the LONG task list and then the questions.
>
> If you don't know the background: my computer caught a cold and I couldn't
> get rid of a few nasty files, so I'm going to reformat and reload. I'm ~
> not
> young ~ and mentally challenged, so this is extremely difficult for me. I'm
> intelligent but V E R Y slow.
>
> I changed the order of some things, mainly because I'm totally afraid of
> the
> web now. So please let me know whether the changes don't work.
>
> Pre-installation:
> *Download Ad-Aware, SpyBot S&D, CWShredder programs onto disk.
> *Disconnect peripherals, network/modem cable.
> *Go to BIOS and set CDROM as boot device before hard drive.
> *Install Windows XP.
>
> Post-installation & pre-internet connection:
> *Enable Windows firewall. Run Network Setup Wizard.
> *Install Service Pack 2 [from CD].
> *Reconnect printer.
> *Run Disk Defragmenter.
> *Enable Windows Firewall in Windows XP SP2.
> *Load Ad-Aware, SpyBot S&D, CWShredder [from CD] then reboot into safe
> mode
> and run the applications.
> *Test hardware devices.
> *Set up users.
> *Customize the system.
> *Defrag system drive.
> *Install/ run software.
> *Set up Windows Automatic Updates.
>
> [Now's the scary part] connect to internet:
> *Install Windows Updates.
> *Update Ad-Aware, SpyBot S&D, CWShredder.
> *Download the Latest BIOS.
>
>
> QUESTIONS:
> *At what point should I load the software for the printer?
> *At what point should I load the software for the modem?
> *At what point should I reconnect the printer?
> *At what point should I reconnect the comcast modem?
>
> When reformatting\reinstalling:
> *Must I choose FAT32 or NTFS format? If so, which should I choose?
> *In the instructions it says, "In the opening OOBE phase, set up your
> network/Internet connection, which is required for activation and
> registration." It seems I must connect to the modem? If so, the computer
> is
> in jeopardy. Can I do this later?
>
> *ANY ADVICE? I can't find my product key on the disks. Dell loaded
> everything originally and I have the disks, but no number located.
>
> *CAN I DO THIS W/O BEING CONNECTED TO THE WEB? HOW? Set up Windows
> Automatic
> Updates.
>
> *To run the Network Setup Wizard do I have to connect to the modem? If
> so,
> wouldn't the computer be vulnerable at that time?
>
> *An MVP helper said, "Automatic Update of Windows SP2 is not the best.
> You
> are better able to avoid internet issues and other possible issues if you
> have SP-2 on CD.."
> HOW WILL IT HELP MY COMPUTER IF IT ISN'T INSTALLED? HOW DO I USE IT FROM
> THE CD?
>
> *Reading the MVP firewall info, it seems I should I disable the SP2
> firewall
> and use the Norton firewall [I have] only. IS THAT CORRECT? IF NOT, WHAT
> SHOULD I DO?
>
> WHERE CAN I FIND SIMPLE INSTRUCTIONS FOR HOW TO DO THESE THINGS IF IT
> WOULD
> TAKE TOO MUCH TIME TO ANSWER HERE?
> *Go to BIOS and set CDROM as boot device before hard drive.
> *Check to make sure you have all updated drivers.
> *Run chkdsk to check file system.
> *Perform Disk Cleanup.
> *Go to MSCONFIG.
> *Login as an Administrator.
> *Download the Latest BIOS.
>
> *If I use mozilla instead of IE [suggested by MVP person], will it work
> with
> outlook?
>
>
> OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition 2002
> Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2 Build 2600
> OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
> System Manufacturer Dell Computer Corporation
> System Model Dimension 8300
> System Type X86-based PC
> Processor x86 Family 15 Model 2 Stepping 9 GenuineIntel ~2992 Mhz
> BIOS Version/Date Dell Computer Corporation A05, 2/23/2004
> SMBIOS Version 2.3
> Total Physical Memory 512.00 MB
> Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.00GHz
> File System NTSF
> Size 74.46 GB
>


You should install some Anti-virus software.

AVG (free)
http://free.grisoft.com/freeweb.php/doc/2/lng/us/tpl/v5

--
William
Related resources
Anonymous
March 22, 2005 10:04:33 AM

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When you say you downloaded to "disk", I do hope you mean to a CD. When you
do a reinstall you "may" lose everything off the hard drive, including what
you just downloaded to help you in the reinstall.

--
Regards,

Richard Urban

aka Crusty (-: Old B@stard :-)

If you knew as much as you think you know,
You would realize that you don't know what you thought you knew!


"searchless" <searchless1-delete-@yahoo.com> wrote in message
news:54AC28AD-75A7-435C-8C0E-FF57C3A33424@microsoft.com...
> BOY! have i learned a lot in the last 5 weeks!
>
> My computer stats are at the bottom. I have a little black box from
> Comcast
> connected to my computer. It's fast. I have a warranty with Dell, but it
> doesn't cover this stuff. The tech support guy I was assigned to said he's
> "swamped" and will call me when he has time. That was 2 weeks ago. Dell
> sent
> me the reload-for-dummies set of 4 disks with EVERYTHING [originally
> loaded]
> on it.
>
> I apologize for the length of this, but I'm ready to do this and have a
> few
> questions that must be answered for me to continue and I want to make sure
> my
> list of tasks is accurate.
> I'll start with the OUTLINE of the LONG task list and then the questions.
>
> If you don't know the background: my computer caught a cold and I couldn't
> get rid of a few nasty files, so I'm going to reformat and reload. I'm ~
> not
> young ~ and mentally challenged, so this is extremely difficult for me. I'm
> intelligent but V E R Y slow.
>
> I changed the order of some things, mainly because I'm totally afraid of
> the
> web now. So please let me know whether the changes don't work.
>
> Pre-installation:
> *Download Ad-Aware, SpyBot S&D, CWShredder programs onto disk.
> *Disconnect peripherals, network/modem cable.
> *Go to BIOS and set CDROM as boot device before hard drive.
> *Install Windows XP.
>
> Post-installation & pre-internet connection:
> *Enable Windows firewall. Run Network Setup Wizard.
> *Install Service Pack 2 [from CD].
> *Reconnect printer.
> *Run Disk Defragmenter.
> *Enable Windows Firewall in Windows XP SP2.
> *Load Ad-Aware, SpyBot S&D, CWShredder [from CD] then reboot into safe
> mode
> and run the applications.
> *Test hardware devices.
> *Set up users.
> *Customize the system.
> *Defrag system drive.
> *Install/ run software.
> *Set up Windows Automatic Updates.
>
> [Now's the scary part] connect to internet:
> *Install Windows Updates.
> *Update Ad-Aware, SpyBot S&D, CWShredder.
> *Download the Latest BIOS.
>
>
> QUESTIONS:
> *At what point should I load the software for the printer?
> *At what point should I load the software for the modem?
> *At what point should I reconnect the printer?
> *At what point should I reconnect the comcast modem?
>
> When reformatting\reinstalling:
> *Must I choose FAT32 or NTFS format? If so, which should I choose?
> *In the instructions it says, "In the opening OOBE phase, set up your
> network/Internet connection, which is required for activation and
> registration." It seems I must connect to the modem? If so, the computer
> is
> in jeopardy. Can I do this later?
>
> *ANY ADVICE? I can't find my product key on the disks. Dell loaded
> everything originally and I have the disks, but no number located.
>
> *CAN I DO THIS W/O BEING CONNECTED TO THE WEB? HOW? Set up Windows
> Automatic
> Updates.
>
> *To run the Network Setup Wizard do I have to connect to the modem? If
> so,
> wouldn't the computer be vulnerable at that time?
>
> *An MVP helper said, "Automatic Update of Windows SP2 is not the best.
> You
> are better able to avoid internet issues and other possible issues if you
> have SP-2 on CD.."
> HOW WILL IT HELP MY COMPUTER IF IT ISN'T INSTALLED? HOW DO I USE IT FROM
> THE CD?
>
> *Reading the MVP firewall info, it seems I should I disable the SP2
> firewall
> and use the Norton firewall [I have] only. IS THAT CORRECT? IF NOT, WHAT
> SHOULD I DO?
>
> WHERE CAN I FIND SIMPLE INSTRUCTIONS FOR HOW TO DO THESE THINGS IF IT
> WOULD
> TAKE TOO MUCH TIME TO ANSWER HERE?
> *Go to BIOS and set CDROM as boot device before hard drive.
> *Check to make sure you have all updated drivers.
> *Run chkdsk to check file system.
> *Perform Disk Cleanup.
> *Go to MSCONFIG.
> *Login as an Administrator.
> *Download the Latest BIOS.
>
> *If I use mozilla instead of IE [suggested by MVP person], will it work
> with
> outlook?
>
>
> OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition 2002
> Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2 Build 2600
> OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
> System Manufacturer Dell Computer Corporation
> System Model Dimension 8300
> System Type X86-based PC
> Processor x86 Family 15 Model 2 Stepping 9 GenuineIntel ~2992 Mhz
> BIOS Version/Date Dell Computer Corporation A05, 2/23/2004
> SMBIOS Version 2.3
> Total Physical Memory 512.00 MB
> Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.00GHz
> File System NTSF
> Size 74.46 GB
>
Anonymous
March 22, 2005 12:09:21 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

> You should install some Anti-virus software.
>
> AVG (free)
> http://free.grisoft.com/freeweb.php/doc/2/lng/us/tpl/v5
> --
> William

thanks, william,
oh, so sorry, i forgot to say that i have norton internet security [includes
anti-virus]
IS AVG DIFFERENT ~ BETTER?
love & peace, lorain
Anonymous
March 22, 2005 12:19:05 PM

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You’re so kind, Ron. Thank you.

[system stats below]

***before i reply to your questions... I just realized that what freaks me
out the MOST is not having access to you wonderful folks when I'm offline and
come to a techie word I don’t understand in the middle of one of these
processes. This happens a lot. I spend a LOT of time looking up words on the
net techie dictionary site. But I wo’nt have access to it!! IS THERE
ANYONE OUT THERE WHO WOULD BE WILLING TO BE ON THE PHONE WITH ME DURING THE
OFFWEB TIME? I know it’s ridiculous in this crazy time to ask this, for
your “protection� as well as mine. I’m just old enough to come from a place
in my being where I still assume that people will trust each other. Nieve, I
guess, but you know what they say about old dogs.

The little “black box� cable modem is by Scientific Atlanta, DCP2100 series,
I hava a CD for it. Didn’t see “Mootrolla� on it anywhere. If you don’t
advise me otherwise, I’ll assume that it is sufficient.

The printer is HP office jet 4100. Don’t know what “plug & play� is. I
have a CD for it. If you don’t advise me otherwise, I’ll plug it in after
installing XP and insert the CD…hopefully it will tell me what to do [in
language I understand].


OTHER QUESTIONS:

When reformatting\reinstalling:
*Must I choose FAT32 or NTFS format? If so, which should I choose?
*In the instructions it says, “In the opening OOBE phase, set up your
network/Internet connection, which is required for activation and
registration.� It seems I must connect to the modem? If so, the computer is
in jeopardy. Can I do this later?

*ANY ADVICE? I can’t find my product key on the disks. Dell loaded
everything originally and I have the disks, but no number located.

*CAN I DO THIS W/O BEING CONNECTED TO THE WEB? HOW? Set up Windows Automatic
Updates.

*To run the Network Setup Wizard do I have to connect to the modem? If so,
wouldn’t the computer be vulnerable at that time?

*An MVP helper said, “Automatic Update of Windows SP2 is not the best. You
are better able to avoid internet issues and other possible issues if you
have SP-2 on CD….�
HOW WILL IT HELP MY COMPUTER IF IT ISN’T INSTALLED? HOW DO I USE IT FROM
THE CD?

*Reading the MVP firewall info, it seems I should I disable the SP2 firewall
and use the Norton firewall [I have] only. IS THAT CORRECT? IF NOT, WHAT
SHOULD I DO?

WHERE CAN I FIND SIMPLE INSTRUCTIONS FOR HOW TO DO THESE THINGS IF IT WOULD
TAKE TOO MUCH TIME TO ANSWER HERE?
*Go to BIOS and set CDROM as boot device before hard drive.
*Check to make sure you have all updated drivers.
*Run chkdsk to check file system.
*Perform Disk Cleanup.
*Go to MSCONFIG.
*Login as an Administrator.
*Download the Latest BIOS.

*If I use mozilla instead of IE [suggested by MVP person], will it work with
outlook?


OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition 2002
Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2 Build 2600
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Manufacturer Dell Computer Corporation
System Model Dimension 8300
System Type X86-based PC
Processor x86 Family 15 Model 2 Stepping 9 GenuineIntel ~2992 Mhz
BIOS Version/Date Dell Computer Corporation A05, 2/23/2004
SMBIOS Version 2.3
Total Physical Memory 512.00 MB
Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.00GHz
File System NTSF
Size 74.46 GB
comcast cable modem by Scientific Atlanta, DCP2100 series, I hava a CD for
it.
HP office jet 4100 printer. I have a CD for it.
Anonymous
March 22, 2005 12:23:06 PM

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HEY CRUSTY, wondered when you'd say hi to this lil'o'lady ;) 

"Richard Urban" wrote:
> When you say you downloaded to "disk", I do hope you mean to a CD.
YES
> When you do a reinstall you "may" lose everything off the hard drive....
I HOPE SO!
> Regards, Richard Urban
> aka Crusty (-: Old B@stard :-)
>
> If you knew as much as you think you know,
> You would realize that you don't know what you thought you knew!
AIN'T THAT THE TRUTH! AGE IMPOSES HUMILITY.


IF I MAY REITTERATE QUESTIONS NOT ANSWERED YET... but first a ~ possibly
unreasonable ~ request.

***I just realized that what freaks me out the MOST is not having access to
you wonderful folks when I'm offline and come to a techie word I don’t
understand in the middle of one of these processes. This happens a lot. I
spend a LOT of time looking up words on the net techie dictionary site. But
I wo’nt have access to it!! IS THERE ANYONE OUT THERE WHO WOULD BE WILLING
TO BE ON THE PHONE WITH ME DURING THE OFFWEB TIME? I know it’s ridiculous
in this crazy time to ask this, for your “protection� as well as mine. I’m
just old enough to come from a place in my being where I still assume that
people will trust each other. Nieve, I guess, but you know what they say
about old dogs.

[system stats @ bottom]
QUESTIONS:
When reformatting\reinstalling:
*Must I choose FAT32 or NTFS format? If so, which should I choose?
*In the instructions it says, “In the opening OOBE phase, set up your
network/Internet connection, which is required for activation and
registration.� It seems I must connect to the modem? If so, the computer is
in jeopardy. Can I do this later?

*ANY ADVICE? I can’t find my product key on the disks. Dell loaded
everything originally and I have the disks, but no number located.

*CAN I DO THIS W/O BEING CONNECTED TO THE WEB? HOW? Set up Windows Automatic
Updates.

*To run the Network Setup Wizard do I have to connect to the modem? If so,
wouldn’t the computer be vulnerable at that time?

*An MVP helper said, “Automatic Update of Windows SP2 is not the best. You
are better able to avoid internet issues and other possible issues if you
have SP-2 on CD….�
HOW WILL IT HELP MY COMPUTER IF IT ISN’T INSTALLED? HOW DO I USE IT FROM
THE CD?

*Reading the MVP firewall info, it seems I should I disable the SP2 firewall
and use the Norton firewall [I have] only. IS THAT CORRECT? IF NOT, WHAT
SHOULD I DO?

WHERE CAN I FIND SIMPLE INSTRUCTIONS FOR HOW TO DO THESE THINGS IF IT WOULD
TAKE TOO MUCH TIME TO ANSWER HERE?
*Go to BIOS and set CDROM as boot device before hard drive.
*Check to make sure you have all updated drivers.
*Run chkdsk to check file system.
*Perform Disk Cleanup.
*Go to MSCONFIG.
*Login as an Administrator.
*Download the Latest BIOS.

*If I use mozilla instead of IE [suggested by MVP person], will it work with
outlook?


OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition 2002
Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2 Build 2600
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Manufacturer Dell Computer Corporation
System Model Dimension 8300
System Type X86-based PC
Processor x86 Family 15 Model 2 Stepping 9 GenuineIntel ~2992 Mhz
BIOS Version/Date Dell Computer Corporation A05, 2/23/2004
SMBIOS Version 2.3
Total Physical Memory 512.00 MB
Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.00GHz
File System NTSF
Size 74.46 GB
comcast cable modem by Scientific Atlanta, DCP2100 series, I hava a CD for
it.
HP office jet 4100 printer. I have a CD for it.
Anonymous
March 22, 2005 1:16:47 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

searchless wrote:

>
> I changed the order of some things, mainly because I’m totally afraid of the
> web now. So please let me know whether the changes don’t work.
>
> Pre-installation:
> *Download Ad-Aware, SpyBot S&D, CWShredder programs onto disk.


These products are purely re-active and remedial in nature, and
therefore are of use only *after* you've been hit by adware and spyware;
there's no need for them yet. Even more importantly, have an antivirus
application and decent firewall application available on CD for
immediate installation. I'd suggest the free version of GriSoft's AVG
(http://www.grisoft.com/us/us_dwnl_free.php ) and the free version of
Sygate's Personal Firewall (http://smb.sygate.com/free/default.php ).
Both have proven to be easily installed, easy to use, and quite effective.

> *Disconnect peripherals, network/modem cable.

Fine.

> *Go to BIOS and set CDROM as boot device before hard drive.

It may already be the default setting, but make it so, if necessary.

> *Install Windows XP.
>
> Post-installation & pre-internet connection:


*(1)* Install antivirus and firewall applications of choice.


> *Enable Windows firewall.

Only if you haven't already installed and enabled a superior product.
WinXP's built-in firewall is adequate at stopping incoming attacks, and
hiding your ports from probes. What WinXP's firewall does not do, is
protect you from any Trojans or spyware that you (or someone else using
your computer) might download and install inadvertently. It doesn't
monitor out-going traffic at all, other than to check for IP-spoofing,
much less block (or at even ask you about) the bad or the questionable
out-going signals. It assumes that any application you have on your
hard drive is there because you want it there, and therefore has your
"permission" to access the Internet. Further, because the Windows
Firewall is a "stateful" firewall, it will also assume that any incoming
traffic that's a direct response to a Trojan's or spyware's out-going
signal is also authorized.

ZoneAlarm, Kerio, or Sygate are all much better than WinXP's
built-in firewall, and are much more easily configured, and there are
free versions of each readily available. Even the commercially
available Symantec's Norton Personal Firewall is superior by far,
although it does take a heavier toll of system performance then do
ZoneAlarm or Sygate.


> Run Network Setup Wizard.
> *Install Service Pack 2 [from CD].
> *Reconnect printer.


Hold off on the printer until after the OS is fully patched/updated.


> *Run Disk Defragmenter.


There's no need to defragment the hard drive at this, or any other
intermediate point. Wait until after you've installed all of your
applications and defrag just once, at the end.


> *Enable Windows Firewall in Windows XP SP2.


It's enabled automatically. If you've installed a superior firewall
already, you'll want to disable SP's firewall to preclude the
possibility of conflicts.


> *Load Ad-Aware, SpyBot S&D, CWShredder [from CD] then reboot into safe mode
> and run the applications.


Why? Have you become infected? Remember, these applications, while
quite useful *after* an infestation of malware, but won't really do
anything for you at this point.


> *Test hardware devices.
> *Set up users.
> *Customize the system.
> *Defrag system drive.


Again, there's no need to defragment the hard drive at this, or any
other intermediate point. Wait until after you've installed all of your
applications and defrag just once, at the end.


> *Install/ run software.
> *Set up Windows Automatic Updates.
>


I really don't like to see people use the Automatic Updates, unless
they take precautions to ensure that no patches get installed without
the user's express permission, given only after he/she has researched
each individual patch to ensure that it applies and is necessary. Due
to the nearly infinite number of possible combinations of hardware,
device drivers, and applications on any given PC, it's impossible to
guarantee that all patches will be 100% harmless. In a very small
number of cases, patches and hotfixes can cause conflicts or other
problems. So, as with all changes to an OS, caution is advised.

All "Critical" updates should be installed. These address serious
issues that can affect a large number of computers. There will be
only rare occasions when a Critical update will not apply. Of special
importance are those that address security vulnerabilities. If people
had installed the available critical updates in July, the Blaster and
Welchia worms would not have spread throughout the Internet the
following month. In the unlikely event that problems do develop, you
can always use the Control Panel's Add/Remove Programs applet or a
System Restore Point to uninstall the troublesome hotfix.

For the "Recommended" updates, simply study the information
provided to see if these updates apply in your specific situation. If
they don't apply, or you're not experiencing the problem(s) addressed,
you needn't install them. For instance, I have no use for WinXP's
MovieMaker, so I ignore any updates to it. Again, in the unlikely
event that problems do develop, you can always use the Control Panel's
Add/Remove Programs applet or a System Restore Point to uninstall the
troublesome hotfix.

In general, though, I've found it best not to download the
"Driver" updates from Windows Update, unless they're for a hardware
device originally manufactured by Microsoft. Device drivers provided
by each component's manufacturer's web site are likely to perform
better and offer more features than will the watered-down, "generic"
drivers that those manufacturers provide to Microsoft for distribution
via Windows Update.


> [Now’s the scary part] connect to internet:


Only after having enabled a firewall.

> *Install Windows Updates.


But only those that are necessary for your specific system.


> *Update Ad-Aware, SpyBot S&D, CWShredder.


And, much more importantly, don't forget your antivirus and firewall
applications.


> *Download the Latest BIOS.


Why? Are you now experiencing a specific problem whose resolution
requires a BIOS update? If you are not experiencing a problem that the
newer BIOS revision is designed to fix, then all you'll be doing is
running the risk of rendering your computer useless, for absolutely no
purpose.


>
>
> QUESTIONS:
> *At what point should I load the software for the printer?

After the OS is installed and updated.

> *At what point should I load the software for the modem?

If you have a broadband connection, as evidenced by the presence of a
ComCast modem, will you even to using the old telephonic modem? Will a
phone line be connected to the PC, along with the broadband connection?
If not, simply disable the telephonic modem in Device Manager and
forget about it. If you will be using it, WinXP has probably already
detected and installed drivers for it. If the OS needs the drivers, it
will prompt you for the files.


> *At what point should I reconnect the printer?


After the OS is installed and updated.


> *At what point should I reconnect the comcast modem?
>


Prior to connecting to the Internet, but after you've installed
antivirus and firewall applications.


> When reformatting\reinstalling:
> *Must I choose FAT32 or NTFS format?


Yes, you'll have to select one or the other, unless your primary
partition is larger than 32 Gb, in which case NTFS will be your only
option. By design, WinXP cannot create and format a new partition
greater than 32 Gb. This is because NTFS is the superior file system,
and not nearly as wasteful of drive space. (If you make a FAT32
partition larger than 8 Gb, you're "throwing away" significant amounts
of storage capacity.)


> If so, which should I choose?


Personally, I wouldn't even consider using FAT32 when NTFS is an
option. FAT32 has no security capabilities, no compression
capabilities, no fault tolerance, and a lot of wasted hard drive space
on volumes larger than 8 Gb in size. But your computing needs may
vary, and there is no hard and fast answer.

To answer your questions without getting too technical is
difficult, but has been handled quite well by Alex Nichol in the
article here:

FAT & NTFS File Systems in Windows XP
http://www.aumha.org/a/ntfs.htm

Somewhat more technical information is here:

Limitations of the FAT32 File System in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/directory/article.asp?ID=k...;en-us;Q314463

Choosing Between File Systems
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/treeview/default.asp?u...

NTFS file system
http://www.digit-life.com/articles/ntfs/


> *In the instructions it says, “In the opening OOBE phase, set up your
> network/Internet connection, which is required for activation and
> registration.” It seems I must connect to the modem? If so, the computer is
> in jeopardy. Can I do this later?


Yes, you can do this later. You'll have 30 days before you actually
have to activate. Registration is, as always, entirely optional.


>
> *ANY ADVICE? I can’t find my product key on the disks. Dell loaded
> everything originally and I have the disks, but no number located.
>


If it was an OEM (factory installed)license, such as yours seems to
have been, the Product Key is stored on a label that the PC manufacturer
affixed to the exterior of the PC case, or on the bottom of a laptop.
If the label has been removed or damaged, get another Product Key from
the computer's manufacturer *before* proceeding; you won't be able to
re-install WinXP without it.



> *An MVP helper said, “Automatic Update of Windows SP2 is not the best. You
> are better able to avoid internet issues and other possible issues if you
> have SP-2 on CD….”
> HOW WILL IT HELP MY COMPUTER IF IT ISN’T INSTALLED? HOW DO I USE IT FROM
> THE CD?
>


There will be an executable file (probably Setup.exe) on the CD.
Simply double-click it, and follow the on-screen instructions.


> *Reading the MVP firewall info, it seems I should I disable the SP2 firewall
> and use the Norton firewall [I have] only. IS THAT CORRECT? IF NOT, WHAT
> SHOULD I DO?
>


I'm not a big fan of Symantec's Personal Firewall, but it would
certainly be a better choice than relying upon WinXP's rudimentary
built-in firewall.


> WHERE CAN I FIND SIMPLE INSTRUCTIONS FOR HOW TO DO THESE THINGS IF IT WOULD
> TAKE TOO MUCH TIME TO ANSWER HERE?
> *Go to BIOS and set CDROM as boot device before hard drive.


In the extremely unlikely event that your PC's manual or the
motherboard manufacturer's web site doesn't contain the needed
information, try one or more of the following:

How do I access my computer's setup (BIOS)
http://www.iomega.com/support/documents/2157.html

Wim's BIOS Page
http://www.wimsbios.com/

Accessing Motherboard BIOS
http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/bios_manufacturer.htm

> *Check to make sure you have all updated drivers.


The computer manufacturer's web page will have this information. The
driver disks that came with the computer will do, for the moment,
though, unless you've replaced hardware components.


> *Run chkdsk to check file system.


Why? What specific problems with the file system do you anticipate?
Unless you are actually experiencing a specific problem related to your
hard drive's file system, there's no real need to run Chkdsk. Anyway,
double-click My Computer > right-click the desired hard drive >
Properties > Tools > Error-checking/Check Now. This will run Chkdsk,
normally on the next reboot.


> *Perform Disk Cleanup.

Double-click My Computer > right-click the desired hard drive >
Properties > Disk Cleanup.


> *Go to MSCONFIG.


Click Start > Run > type Msconfig, press <Enter>. But why? Are you
anticipating a need to troubleshoot a startup problem already?


> *Login as an Administrator.


By design, the only way to log into the Administrator account of WinXP
Home is to reboot into Safe Mode. For WinXP Pro, pressing CTRL+ALT+DEL
twice at the Welcome Screen will produce the standard login dialog box.
Remember, WinXP Pro asks the installer to set the Administrator's
password during installation, but WinXP Home doesn't.

The built-in Administrator account isn't intended to be used for
day-to-day normal use. The standard security practice is to set a
strong password on it and use it only to create another account for
regular use, reserving the Administrator account as a "back door" in
case something corrupts your regular account(s).


HOW TO Create and Configure User Accounts in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;279783


> *Download the Latest BIOS.
>

Again, why? What specific problem do you anticipate? Anyway, if you
must do so, very carefully follow the specific instructions provided by
the computer's manufacturer.


> *If I use mozilla instead of IE [suggested by MVP person], will it work with
> outlook?
>
>

This shouldn't be a problem.



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Anonymous
March 22, 2005 1:59:03 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

Hello again ,
The first thing you should do is change your screen name. Anyone who
puts this much research into doing a proper install is anything but
"searchless" .
I am sorry bout the Mootorola it should be "Motorola". I can't believe
I proof read that ans till typed it so crazy. Maybr after the your install
you can give me" type tips ". lol. You have been given some really good
advice and I don't see any ned to add anything at his point. If you stll feel
you need to talk to someone during the install you can e-mail me here:
toofargone@comcast.net. It is easier to help over the phone because you are
getting and recieving facts in real time. As long as I don't have a service
calls it will not be a problem. Best of luck to you.
Ron J PS I haven't
seen a S. Atlanta box in a very long time. I didn't even know they could be
used for a Broadband Internet connection. Havr you double checked that this
is the correct modem for you to use?



> searchless wrote:
>
> >
> > I changed the order of some things, mainly because I’m totally afraid of the
> > web now. So please let me know whether the changes don’t work.
> >
> > Pre-installation:
> > *Download Ad-Aware, SpyBot S&D, CWShredder programs onto disk.
>
>
> These products are purely re-active and remedial in nature, and
> therefore are of use only *after* you've been hit by adware and spyware;
> there's no need for them yet. Even more importantly, have an antivirus
> application and decent firewall application available on CD for
> immediate installation. I'd suggest the free version of GriSoft's AVG
> (http://www.grisoft.com/us/us_dwnl_free.php ) and the free version of
> Sygate's Personal Firewall (http://smb.sygate.com/free/default.php ).
> Both have proven to be easily installed, easy to use, and quite effective.
>
> > *Disconnect peripherals, network/modem cable.
>
> Fine.
>
> > *Go to BIOS and set CDROM as boot device before hard drive.
>
> It may already be the default setting, but make it so, if necessary.
>
> > *Install Windows XP.
> >
> > Post-installation & pre-internet connection:
>
>
> *(1)* Install antivirus and firewall applications of choice.
>
>
> > *Enable Windows firewall.
>
> Only if you haven't already installed and enabled a superior product.
> WinXP's built-in firewall is adequate at stopping incoming attacks, and
> hiding your ports from probes. What WinXP's firewall does not do, is
> protect you from any Trojans or spyware that you (or someone else using
> your computer) might download and install inadvertently. It doesn't
> monitor out-going traffic at all, other than to check for IP-spoofing,
> much less block (or at even ask you about) the bad or the questionable
> out-going signals. It assumes that any application you have on your
> hard drive is there because you want it there, and therefore has your
> "permission" to access the Internet. Further, because the Windows
> Firewall is a "stateful" firewall, it will also assume that any incoming
> traffic that's a direct response to a Trojan's or spyware's out-going
> signal is also authorized.
>
> ZoneAlarm, Kerio, or Sygate are all much better than WinXP's
> built-in firewall, and are much more easily configured, and there are
> free versions of each readily available. Even the commercially
> available Symantec's Norton Personal Firewall is superior by far,
> although it does take a heavier toll of system performance then do
> ZoneAlarm or Sygate.
>
>
> > Run Network Setup Wizard.
> > *Install Service Pack 2 [from CD].
> > *Reconnect printer.
>
>
> Hold off on the printer until after the OS is fully patched/updated.
>
>
> > *Run Disk Defragmenter.
>
>
> There's no need to defragment the hard drive at this, or any other
> intermediate point. Wait until after you've installed all of your
> applications and defrag just once, at the end.
>
>
> > *Enable Windows Firewall in Windows XP SP2.
>
>
> It's enabled automatically. If you've installed a superior firewall
> already, you'll want to disable SP's firewall to preclude the
> possibility of conflicts.
>
>
> > *Load Ad-Aware, SpyBot S&D, CWShredder [from CD] then reboot into safe mode
> > and run the applications.
>
>
> Why? Have you become infected? Remember, these applications, while
> quite useful *after* an infestation of malware, but won't really do
> anything for you at this point.
>
>
> > *Test hardware devices.
> > *Set up users.
> > *Customize the system.
> > *Defrag system drive.
>
>
> Again, there's no need to defragment the hard drive at this, or any
> other intermediate point. Wait until after you've installed all of your
> applications and defrag just once, at the end.
>
>
> > *Install/ run software.
> > *Set up Windows Automatic Updates.
> >
>
>
> I really don't like to see people use the Automatic Updates, unless
> they take precautions to ensure that no patches get installed without
> the user's express permission, given only after he/she has researched
> each individual patch to ensure that it applies and is necessary. Due
> to the nearly infinite number of possible combinations of hardware,
> device drivers, and applications on any given PC, it's impossible to
> guarantee that all patches will be 100% harmless. In a very small
> number of cases, patches and hotfixes can cause conflicts or other
> problems. So, as with all changes to an OS, caution is advised.
>
> All "Critical" updates should be installed. These address serious
> issues that can affect a large number of computers. There will be
> only rare occasions when a Critical update will not apply. Of special
> importance are those that address security vulnerabilities. If people
> had installed the available critical updates in July, the Blaster and
> Welchia worms would not have spread throughout the Internet the
> following month. In the unlikely event that problems do develop, you
> can always use the Control Panel's Add/Remove Programs applet or a
> System Restore Point to uninstall the troublesome hotfix.
>
> For the "Recommended" updates, simply study the information
> provided to see if these updates apply in your specific situation. If
> they don't apply, or you're not experiencing the problem(s) addressed,
> you needn't install them. For instance, I have no use for WinXP's
> MovieMaker, so I ignore any updates to it. Again, in the unlikely
> event that problems do develop, you can always use the Control Panel's
> Add/Remove Programs applet or a System Restore Point to uninstall the
> troublesome hotfix.
>
> In general, though, I've found it best not to download the
> "Driver" updates from Windows Update, unless they're for a hardware
> device originally manufactured by Microsoft. Device drivers provided
> by each component's manufacturer's web site are likely to perform
> better and offer more features than will the watered-down, "generic"
> drivers that those manufacturers provide to Microsoft for distribution
> via Windows Update.
>
>
> > [Now’s the scary part] connect to internet:
>
>
> Only after having enabled a firewall.
>
> > *Install Windows Updates.
>
>
> But only those that are necessary for your specific system.
>
>
> > *Update Ad-Aware, SpyBot S&D, CWShredder.
>
>
> And, much more importantly, don't forget your antivirus and firewall
> applications.
>
>
> > *Download the Latest BIOS.
>
>
> Why? Are you now experiencing a specific problem whose resolution
> requires a BIOS update? If you are not experiencing a problem that the
> newer BIOS revision is designed to fix, then all you'll be doing is
> running the risk of rendering your computer useless, for absolutely no
> purpose.
>
>
> >
> >
> > QUESTIONS:
> > *At what point should I load the software for the printer?
>
> After the OS is installed and updated.
>
> > *At what point should I load the software for the modem?
>
> If you have a broadband connection, as evidenced by the presence of a
> ComCast modem, will you even to using the old telephonic modem? Will a
> phone line be connected to the PC, along with the broadband connection?
> If not, simply disable the telephonic modem in Device Manager and
> forget about it. If you will be using it, WinXP has probably already
> detected and installed drivers for it. If the OS needs the drivers, it
> will prompt you for the files.
>
>
> > *At what point should I reconnect the printer?
>
>
> After the OS is installed and updated.
>
>
> > *At what point should I reconnect the comcast modem?
> >
>
>
> Prior to connecting to the Internet, but after you've installed
> antivirus and firewall applications.
>
>
> > When reformatting\reinstalling:
> > *Must I choose FAT32 or NTFS format?
>
>
> Yes, you'll have to select one or the other, unless your primary
> partition is larger than 32 Gb, in which case NTFS will be your only
> option. By design, WinXP cannot create and format a new partition
> greater than 32 Gb. This is because NTFS is the superior file system,
> and not nearly as wasteful of drive space. (If you make a FAT32
> partition larger than 8 Gb, you're "throwing away" significant amounts
> of storage capacity.)
>
>
> > If so, which should I choose?
>
>
> Personally, I wouldn't even consider using FAT32 when NTFS is an
> option. FAT32 has no security capabilities, no compression
> capabilities, no fault tolerance, and a lot of wasted hard drive space
> on volumes larger than 8 Gb in size. But your computing needs may
> vary, and there is no hard and fast answer.
>
> To answer your questions without getting too technical is
> difficult, but has been handled quite well by Alex Nichol in the
> article here:
>
> FAT & NTFS File Systems in Windows XP
> http://www.aumha.org/a/ntfs.htm
>
> Somewhat more technical information is here:
>
> Limitations of the FAT32 File System in Windows XP
> http://support.microsoft.com/directory/article.asp?ID=k...;en-us;Q314463
>
> Choosing Between File Systems
> http://www.microsoft.com/technet/treeview/default.asp?u...
>
> NTFS file system
> http://www.digit-life.com/articles/ntfs/
>
>
> > *In the instructions it says, “In the opening OOBE phase, set up your
> > network/Internet connection, which is required for activation and
> > registration.� It seems I must connect to the modem? If so, the computer is
> > in jeopardy. Can I do this later?
>
>
> Yes, you can do this later. You'll have 30 days before you actually
> have to activate. Registration is, as always, entirely optional.
>
>
> >
> > *ANY ADVICE? I can’t find my product key on the disks. Dell loaded
> > everything originally and I have the disks, but no number located.
> >
>
>
> If it was an OEM (factory installed)license, such as yours seems to
> have been, the Product Key is stored on a label that the PC manufacturer
> affixed to the exterior of the PC case, or on the bottom of a laptop.
> If the label has been removed or damaged, get another Product Key from
> the computer's manufacturer *before* proceeding; you won't be able to
> re-install WinXP without it.
>
>
>
> > *An MVP helper said, “Automatic Update of Windows SP2 is not the best. You
> > are better able to avoid internet issues and other possible issues if you
> > have SP-2 on CD….�
> > HOW WILL IT HELP MY COMPUTER IF IT ISN’T INSTALLED? HOW DO I USE IT FROM
> > THE CD?
> >
>
>
> There will be an executable file (probably Setup.exe) on the CD.
> Simply double-click it, and follow the on-screen instructions.
>
>
> > *Reading the MVP firewall info, it seems I should I disable the SP2 firewall
> > and use the Norton firewall [I have] only. IS THAT CORRECT? IF NOT, WHAT
> > SHOULD I DO?
> >
>
>
> I'm not a big fan of Symantec's Personal Firewall, but it would
> certainly be a better choice than relying upon WinXP's rudimentary
> built-in firewall.
>
>
> > WHERE CAN I FIND SIMPLE INSTRUCTIONS FOR HOW TO DO THESE THINGS IF IT WOULD
> > TAKE TOO MUCH TIME TO ANSWER HERE?
> > *Go to BIOS and set CDROM as boot device before hard drive.
>
>
> In the extremely unlikely event that your PC's manual or the
> motherboard manufacturer's web site doesn't contain the needed
> information, try one or more of the following:
>
> How do I access my computer's setup (BIOS)
> http://www.iomega.com/support/documents/2157.html
>
> Wim's BIOS Page
> http://www.wimsbios.com/
>
> Accessing Motherboard BIOS
> http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/bios_manufacturer.htm
>
> > *Check to make sure you have all updated drivers.
>
>
> The computer manufacturer's web page will have this information. The
> driver disks that came with the computer will do, for the moment,
> though, unless you've replaced hardware components.
>
>
> > *Run chkdsk to check file system.
>
>
> Why? What specific problems with the file system do you anticipate?
> Unless you are actually experiencing a specific problem related to your
> hard drive's file system, there's no real need to run Chkdsk. Anyway,
> double-click My Computer > right-click the desired hard drive >
> Properties > Tools > Error-checking/Check Now. This will run Chkdsk,
> normally on the next reboot.
>
>
> > *Perform Disk Cleanup.
>
> Double-click My Computer > right-click the desired hard drive >
> Properties > Disk Cleanup.
>
>
> > *Go to MSCONFIG.
>
>
> Click Start > Run > type Msconfig, press <Enter>. But why? Are you
> anticipating a need to troubleshoot a startup problem already?
>
>
> > *Login as an Administrator.
>
>
> By design, the only way to log into the Administrator account of WinXP
> Home is to reboot into Safe Mode. For WinXP Pro, pressing CTRL+ALT+DEL
> twice at the Welcome Screen will produce the standard login dialog box.
> Remember, WinXP Pro asks the installer to set the Administrator's
> password during installation, but WinXP Home doesn't.
>
> The built-in Administrator account isn't intended to be used for
> day-to-day normal use. The standard security practice is to set a
> strong password on it and use it only to create another account for
> regular use, reserving the Administrator account as a "back door" in
> case something corrupts your regular account(s).
>
>
> HOW TO Create and Configure User Accounts in Windows XP
> http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;279783
>
>
> > *Download the Latest BIOS.
> >
>
> Again, why? What specific problem do you anticipate? Anyway, if you
> must do so, very carefully follow the specific instructions provided by
> the computer's manufacturer.
>
>
> > *If I use mozilla instead of IE [suggested by MVP person], will it work with
> > outlook?
> >
> >
>
> This shouldn't be a problem.
>
>
>
> --
>
> Bruce Chambers
>
> Help us help you:
> http://dts-l.org/goodpost.htm
> http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html
>
> You can have peace. Or you can have freedom. Don't ever count on having
> both at once. - RAH
>
Anonymous
March 22, 2005 6:29:03 PM

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WOW! Thanks bruce & ron!

i'm getting confused about this way of communicating, so i'm replying to
both of you at once ... in this thread... in this message.

Please…a few more questions... below the social chatter... [It really seems
that the questions will never end and I will never actually do this.] BUT
there's hope, I JUST READ RON'S REPLY!!! :) )) THANK YOU SOOOOOOO MUCH!

"Ron J" wrote:
> The first thing you should do is change your screen name. Anyone who
> puts this much research into doing a proper install is anything but "searchless" .
I'M NOTICING THAT I'M A LITTLE ON THE OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE SIDE WITH
THIS SITUATION. PROBABLY HAS TO DO WITH BEING FREAKED OUT ABOUT THE WEB NOW.
IT DOESN'T FEEL SAFE ANYMORE.
ANYWAY, "SEARCHLESS" IS MORE TO DO WITH MY SPIRITUAL PRACTICE.
THANKS FOR THE THUMBS UP...BOY!! AM I LEARNING STUFF. I JUST WISH I
COULD REMEMBER IT FROM ONE MINUTE TO THE NEXT! I HAVE REEMS OF NOTES I'M NOW
TRYING TO COLATE SO I CAN DO THIS USING ALL THE GOOD ADVICE I GOT... .
If you stll feel you need to talk to someone during the install you can
e-mail me.
OH YES LPEASE. I'LL SEND YOU A NOTE. THIS MEANS I MIGHT ACTUALLY DO
THIS!! YOU GUYS ARE SOOOO AWESOME!!!!

Maybr after the your install you can give me" type tips ". lol.
MY PLEASURE!
> Ron J
PS I haven't seen a S. Atlanta box in a very long time. I didn't even know
they could be used for a Broadband Internet connection. Havr you double
checked that this is the correct modem for you to use?
COMCAST BROUGHT IT IN IN NOVEMBER.

BRUCE, I'VE BEEN DIGESTING WHAT YOU SAID SINCE 8AM [7 HOURS] WOW, THANKS.

Please remember you’re talking to someone who doesn’t understand the tech
lingo and would find it easier to take apart and reassemble a sewing machine
than do this [because it is visual and tactile as opposed to this mind-form
work].

Sorry, I forgot to say I have Norton internet securtity [includes antivirus]
IS THAT SUFFICIENT? OR IS GriSoft's AVG BETTER?


“If you've installed a superior firewall already, you'll want to disable
SP's firewall to preclude the possibility of conflicts.� I will follow
your advice and get ZoneAlarm or Sygate, so
HOW DO I DISABLE SP’S FIREWALL?


> *Set up Windows Automatic Updates.
“I really don't like to see people use the Automatic Updates, … given only
after he/she has researched each individual patch to ensure that it applies
and is necessary.� … “For the ‘Recommended’ updates, simply study the
information provided to see if these updates apply in your specific
situation.�
I HAVE LOOKED AT THESE AND HAVE NO CLUE WHAT THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT! I
WOULD SPEND ALL MY COMPUTER TIME TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT ALL THOSE TERMS
MEANT, LET ALONE WHETHER I SHOULD DOWNOLAD THEM. HOW CAN SOMEONE LIKE ME
KNOW WHAT TO DO?


RE: non-Microsoft drivers -- I don’t know what that is but DO THEY NEED
UPDATING? THEREFORE GOING TO WEBSITES PERIODICALLY TO FIND THEM?


> *Download the Latest BIOS.
“Why?
I DON’T KNOW. MAYBE IT WAS IN THE “CLEAN INSTALL� INSTRUCTIONS I GOT FROM
THE MVP SITE.
“Are you now experiencing a specific problem whose resolution requires a
BIOS update?
I DON’T KNOW WHAT THAT IS.
“If you are not experiencing a problem that the newer BIOS revision is
designed to fix, then all you'll be doing is running the risk of rendering
your computer useless, for absolutely no purpose.
NO CLUE… . SHOULD I?


> *At what point should I load the software for the modem?
“If you have a broadband connection, as evidenced by the presence of a
ComCast modem, will you even to using the old telephonic modem? Will a phone
line be connected to the PC, along with the broadband connection?�
I USE THE FAX IN MY PRINTER TO SEND THINGS FROM MY COMPUTER TO PEOPLE. IS
THAT WHAT YOU MEAN?


> When reformatting\reinstalling:
> *Must I choose FAT32 or NTFS format?
I READ IN ONE OF THE RESPONSES THAT I SHOULD SKIP THIS PART BECAUSE I’M
WIPING OUT MY HD AND WON’T WANT TO PARTITION. CAN I PARTITION LATER WITH MY
WINDOWS SOFTWARE OR DO I HAVE TO BUY SOME?


> *Go to MSCONFIG.
“But why? Are you anticipating a need to troubleshoot a startup problem
already?�
IT WAS IN THE MVP INSTRUCTIONS TO CLEAN INSTALL. I’M JUST FOLLOWING THE
DOTS, LIKE AN ACTOR SAYING LINES SHE DOESN’T UNDERTAND.


> *Download the Latest BIOS.
“Again, why? What specific problem do you anticipate? Anyway, if you must
do so, very carefully follow the specific instructions provided by the
computer's manufacturer.
IT WAS IN THE MVP INSTRUCTIONS … .


> *Load Ad-Aware, … .
“Why? Have you become infected?�
YES, THAT’S WHY I’VE SPENT THE PAST MONTH+ AT MY COMPUTER. OK, I UNDERSTAND
NOW THEY ARE NOT PREVENTIVE, AND SINCE I WILL BE WIPING OUT MY HD BECAUSE OF
THOSE NASTY LITTLE HD EATERS, I WON’T NEED THEM…. EVER AGAIN, BECAUSE I’M
GOING TO LOAD ALL THIS PREVENTIVE STUFF.


YOU’RE AWESOME, BRUCE & RON & JUPITER ~ WHEREVER YOU ARE ~ AND …EVERYBODY!!

Love & peace, lorain
Anonymous
March 22, 2005 10:02:20 PM

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searchless wrote:

>
> BRUCE, I'VE BEEN DIGESTING WHAT YOU SAID SINCE 8AM [7 HOURS] WOW, THANKS.
>

You're welcome.


>
> Sorry, I forgot to say I have Norton internet securtity [includes antivirus]
> IS THAT SUFFICIENT? OR IS GriSoft's AVG BETTER?
>


You'll get many differing opinions on this topic. ;-}

I used, and recommended, Norton Antivirus and then Norton Internet
Security, for many years, on Win98, WinNT, Win2K, and WinXP, all without
any significant problems.

However, when my subscription to Symantec's updates for Norton
Internet Security 2002 came up for renewal (at a cost substantially
higher than the preceding year's subscription), I decided to try less
expensive solutions. I downloaded and installed the free version of
GriSoft's AVG (http://www.grisoft.com/us/us_dwnl_free.php ) and the free
version of Sygate's Personal Firewall
(http://smb.sygate.com/free/default.php ). Both have proven to be
easily installed, easy to use, and quite effective. Additionally, I was
pleasantly surprised to see a small but very noticeable improvement in
my PC's performance, once I'd replaced the Symantec product.

In the end, it'll boil down to what works best for *you*. As you've
already paid for the Symantec product, go ahead and use it.


>
> “If you've installed a superior firewall already, you'll want to disable
> SP's firewall to preclude the possibility of conflicts.” I will follow
> your advice and get ZoneAlarm or Sygate, so
> HOW DO I DISABLE SP’S FIREWALL?
>
>

Control Panel > Windows Firewall > Off.


> I HAVE LOOKED AT THESE AND HAVE NO CLUE WHAT THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT! I
> WOULD SPEND ALL MY COMPUTER TIME TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT ALL THOSE TERMS
> MEANT, LET ALONE WHETHER I SHOULD DOWNOLAD THEM. HOW CAN SOMEONE LIKE ME
> KNOW WHAT TO DO?
>
>


It's not really as hard as it seems initially, but I do understand your
concerns. When in doubt, it's best to play it safe and install the
updates. What I would suggest you do is allow Windows Update to notify
you when new updates are available, but don't allow the updates to be
installed automatically. When notified of the new updates, make note of
their specific name (particularly the KB Article number - something like
KB891781, for example) before allowing the installation. If something
should then go wrong, you can reboot into Safe Mode to remove the most
recent hotfix(es), to restore your system. You might also want to
consider creating a System Restore Point before installing the updates,
just in case something does go awry.


> RE: non-Microsoft drivers -- I don’t know what that is but DO THEY NEED
> UPDATING? THEREFORE GOING TO WEBSITES PERIODICALLY TO FIND THEM?
>
>


Device drivers do sometimes need to be updated, usually after the
device manufacturer has learned that a particular driver malfunctions or
causes problems under certain circumstances. The manufacturer of your
computer should have this information readily available on its support
web site.


>
>>*Download the Latest BIOS.
>
> “Why?
> I DON’T KNOW. MAYBE IT WAS IN THE “CLEAN INSTALL” INSTRUCTIONS I GOT FROM
> THE MVP SITE.


Updating the BIOS prior to installing WinXP would only be necessary for
older computers. My understanding is that your computer was originally
designed for WinXP, so a BIOS upgrade would be necessary only to address
a specific problem.


> “Are you now experiencing a specific problem whose resolution requires a
> BIOS update?
> I DON’T KNOW WHAT THAT IS.
> “If you are not experiencing a problem that the newer BIOS revision is
> designed to fix, then all you'll be doing is running the risk of rendering
> your computer useless, for absolutely no purpose.
> NO CLUE… . SHOULD I?
>
>


I'm going to over-simplify this explanation; for greater detail, look
here: http://computer.howstuffworks.com/bios.htm The BIOS is the "Basic
Input-Output System" of your computer. Basically, it handles how the
computer starts up and then turns control over to the operating system
(WinXP.) This is something so fundamental and essential to the
computer's operation that you really don't want to mess with it unless
you *know* that there is something wrong, and that an update will fix
the problem.


>
>>*At what point should I load the software for the modem?
>
> “If you have a broadband connection, as evidenced by the presence of a
> ComCast modem, will you even to using the old telephonic modem? Will a phone
> line be connected to the PC, along with the broadband connection?”
> I USE THE FAX IN MY PRINTER TO SEND THINGS FROM MY COMPUTER TO PEOPLE. IS
> THAT WHAT YOU MEAN?
>
>

That's one thing I wasn't clear on. So, you will need your telephonic
fax/modem working. As I said, fax/modem will probably be detected by
WinXP during the installation, or shortly thereafter, and you'll be
prompted to insert the CD with the drivers, if necessary.


>
>>When reformatting\reinstalling:
>>*Must I choose FAT32 or NTFS format?
>
> I READ IN ONE OF THE RESPONSES THAT I SHOULD SKIP THIS PART BECAUSE I’M
> WIPING OUT MY HD AND WON’T WANT TO PARTITION. CAN I PARTITION LATER WITH MY
> WINDOWS SOFTWARE OR DO I HAVE TO BUY SOME?
>
>


Windows allows you to create and format partitions during installation,
but cannot repartition a hard drive that has been fully utilized. And
the term "partition" is a bit confusing to the "uninitiated." You're
probably thinking of a partitioning as dividing a hard drive into two or
more smaller logical drives. This isn't quite the way it works, though.
All hard drives, to be usable to Windows, must contain at least one
partition, even if that partition consumes *all* of the hard drives
capacity.



>
>>*Go to MSCONFIG.
>
> “But why? Are you anticipating a need to troubleshoot a startup problem
> already?”
> IT WAS IN THE MVP INSTRUCTIONS TO CLEAN INSTALL. I’M JUST FOLLOWING THE
> DOTS, LIKE AN ACTOR SAYING LINES SHE DOESN’T UNDERTAND.
>
>

And I don't know which specific "MVP Instructions" you're following, so
I don't know why you'd need to use MSConfig, at this point. MSConfig is
a troubleshooting tool designed to help isolate and solve problems that
occur during the Windows startup. I can't see how it would be of any
use on a fresh installation, as you shouldn't have any problems to
troubleshoot, yet.


>
>>*Download the Latest BIOS.
>
> “Again, why? What specific problem do you anticipate? Anyway, if you must
> do so, very carefully follow the specific instructions provided by the
> computer's manufacturer.
> IT WAS IN THE MVP INSTRUCTIONS … .
>
>

Again, I don't know which specific "MVP Instructions" you're following,
so I don't know why you'd need to update the BIOS of a machine that is
not malfunctioning. It's certainly nothing that should be done just on
"general principles," and I can't think of an MVP irresponsible enough
to make a blanket recommendation of updating the BIOS.


>
>>*Load Ad-Aware, … .
>
> “Why? Have you become infected?”
> YES, THAT’S WHY I’VE SPENT THE PAST MONTH+ AT MY COMPUTER. OK, I UNDERSTAND
> NOW THEY ARE NOT PREVENTIVE, AND SINCE I WILL BE WIPING OUT MY HD BECAUSE OF
> THOSE NASTY LITTLE HD EATERS, I WON’T NEED THEM…. EVER AGAIN, BECAUSE I’M
> GOING TO LOAD ALL THIS PREVENTIVE STUFF.
>
>

That's not necessarily the case, I'm afraid. Even though you'll be
taking better precautions in the future, don't make the mistake of
thinking that your system is "bullet-proof." The bad guys who write and
distribute malware are still out there, and they'll always be looking
for new ways to infest your computer. Every once in a while, they may
be able to get around your defenses, so you may need remedial products
on occasion. (I regularly scan my systems with Ad-Aware, Spybot S&D,
and Microsoft's AntiSpyware, just in case something slips through.)

There are several essential components to computer security: a
knowledgeable and pro-active user, a properly configured firewall,
reliable and up-to-date antivirus software, and the prompt repair (via
patches, hotfixes, or service packs) of any known vulnerabilities.

The weakest link in this "equation" is, of course, the computer
user. No software manufacturer can -- nor should they be expected
to -- protect the computer user from him/herself. All too many people
have bought into the various PC/software manufacturers marketing
claims of easy computing. They believe that their computer should be
no harder to use than a toaster oven; they have neither the
inclination or desire to learn how to safely use their computer. All
too few people keep their antivirus software current, install patches
in a timely manner, or stop to really think about that cutesy link
they're about to click.

Firewalls and anti-virus applications, which should always be used
and should always be running, are important components of "safe hex,"
but they cannot, and should not be expected to, protect the computer
user from him/herself. Ultimately, it is incumbent upon each and
every computer user to learn how to secure his/her own computer.

To learn more about practicing "safe hex," start with these links:

Protect Your PC
http://www.microsoft.com/security/protect/default.asp

Home Computer Security
http://www.cert.org/homeusers/HomeComputerSecurity/

List of Antivirus Software Vendors
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;49500

Home PC Firewall Guide
http://www.firewallguide.com/

Scumware.com
http://www.scumware.com/


--

Bruce Chambers

Help us help you:
http://dts-l.org/goodpost.htm
http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html

You can have peace. Or you can have freedom. Don't ever count on having
both at once. - RAH
Anonymous
March 22, 2005 10:06:39 PM

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You may e-mail me. Take out "REMOVETHIS" from the e-mail address.

--
Regards,

Richard Urban

aka Crusty (-: Old B@stard :-)

If you knew as much as you think you know,
You would realize that you don't know what you thought you knew!


"searchless" <searchless1-delete-@yahoo.com> wrote in message
news:3907094D-AAF8-4FB9-9575-1F61F741B8C2@microsoft.com...
> HEY CRUSTY, wondered when you'd say hi to this lil'o'lady ;) 
>
> "Richard Urban" wrote:
>> When you say you downloaded to "disk", I do hope you mean to a CD.
> YES
>> When you do a reinstall you "may" lose everything off the hard drive....
> I HOPE SO!
>> Regards, Richard Urban
>> aka Crusty (-: Old B@stard :-)
>>
>> If you knew as much as you think you know,
>> You would realize that you don't know what you thought you knew!
> AIN'T THAT THE TRUTH! AGE IMPOSES HUMILITY.
>
>
> IF I MAY REITTERATE QUESTIONS NOT ANSWERED YET... but first a ~ possibly
> unreasonable ~ request.
>
> ***I just realized that what freaks me out the MOST is not having access
> to
> you wonderful folks when I'm offline and come to a techie word I don't
> understand in the middle of one of these processes. This happens a lot. I
> spend a LOT of time looking up words on the net techie dictionary site.
> But
> I wo'nt have access to it!! IS THERE ANYONE OUT THERE WHO WOULD BE
> WILLING
> TO BE ON THE PHONE WITH ME DURING THE OFFWEB TIME? I know it's
> ridiculous
> in this crazy time to ask this, for your "protection" as well as mine. I'm
> just old enough to come from a place in my being where I still assume that
> people will trust each other. Nieve, I guess, but you know what they say
> about old dogs.
>
> [system stats @ bottom]
> QUESTIONS:
> When reformatting\reinstalling:
> *Must I choose FAT32 or NTFS format? If so, which should I choose?
> *In the instructions it says, "In the opening OOBE phase, set up your
> network/Internet connection, which is required for activation and
> registration." It seems I must connect to the modem? If so, the computer
> is
> in jeopardy. Can I do this later?
>
> *ANY ADVICE? I can't find my product key on the disks. Dell loaded
> everything originally and I have the disks, but no number located.
>
> *CAN I DO THIS W/O BEING CONNECTED TO THE WEB? HOW? Set up Windows
> Automatic
> Updates.
>
> *To run the Network Setup Wizard do I have to connect to the modem? If
> so,
> wouldn't the computer be vulnerable at that time?
>
> *An MVP helper said, "Automatic Update of Windows SP2 is not the best.
> You
> are better able to avoid internet issues and other possible issues if you
> have SP-2 on CD.."
> HOW WILL IT HELP MY COMPUTER IF IT ISN'T INSTALLED? HOW DO I USE IT FROM
> THE CD?
>
> *Reading the MVP firewall info, it seems I should I disable the SP2
> firewall
> and use the Norton firewall [I have] only. IS THAT CORRECT? IF NOT, WHAT
> SHOULD I DO?
>
> WHERE CAN I FIND SIMPLE INSTRUCTIONS FOR HOW TO DO THESE THINGS IF IT
> WOULD
> TAKE TOO MUCH TIME TO ANSWER HERE?
> *Go to BIOS and set CDROM as boot device before hard drive.
> *Check to make sure you have all updated drivers.
> *Run chkdsk to check file system.
> *Perform Disk Cleanup.
> *Go to MSCONFIG.
> *Login as an Administrator.
> *Download the Latest BIOS.
>
> *If I use mozilla instead of IE [suggested by MVP person], will it work
> with
> outlook?
>
>
> OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition 2002
> Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2 Build 2600
> OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
> System Manufacturer Dell Computer Corporation
> System Model Dimension 8300
> System Type X86-based PC
> Processor x86 Family 15 Model 2 Stepping 9 GenuineIntel ~2992 Mhz
> BIOS Version/Date Dell Computer Corporation A05, 2/23/2004
> SMBIOS Version 2.3
> Total Physical Memory 512.00 MB
> Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.00GHz
> File System NTSF
> Size 74.46 GB
> comcast cable modem by Scientific Atlanta, DCP2100 series, I hava a CD for
> it.
> HP office jet 4100 printer. I have a CD for it.
>
March 24, 2005 5:02:08 AM

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searchless wrote:

> You're so kind, Ron. Thank you.
>
> [system stats below]
>
> ***before i reply to your questions... I just realized that what freaks me
> out the MOST is not having access to you wonderful folks when I'm offline and
> come to a techie word I don't understand in the middle of one of these
> processes. This happens a lot. I spend a LOT of time looking up words on the
> net techie dictionary site. But I wo'nt have access to it!! IS THERE
> ANYONE OUT THERE WHO WOULD BE WILLING TO BE ON THE PHONE WITH ME DURING THE
> OFFWEB TIME? I know it's ridiculous in this crazy time to ask this, for
> your "protection� as well as mine. I'm just old enough to come from a place
> in my being where I still assume that people will trust each other. Nieve, I
> guess, but you know what they say about old dogs.
>
> The little "black box� cable modem is by Scientific Atlanta, DCP2100 series,
> I hava a CD for it. Didn't see "Mootrolla� on it anywhere. If you don't
> advise me otherwise, I'll assume that it is sufficient.
>
> The printer is HP office jet 4100. Don't know what "plug & play� is. I
> have a CD for it. If you don't advise me otherwise, I'll plug it in after
> installing XP and insert the CD…hopefully it will tell me what to do [in
> language I understand].
>
>
> OTHER QUESTIONS:
>
> When reformatting\reinstalling:
> *Must I choose FAT32 or NTFS format? If so, which should I choose?
> *In the instructions it says, "In the opening OOBE phase, set up your
> network/Internet connection, which is required for activation and
> registration.� It seems I must connect to the modem? If so, the computer is
> in jeopardy. Can I do this later?
>
> *ANY ADVICE? I can't find my product key on the disks. Dell loaded
> everything originally and I have the disks, but no number located.
>
> *CAN I DO THIS W/O BEING CONNECTED TO THE WEB? HOW? Set up Windows Automatic
> Updates.
>
> *To run the Network Setup Wizard do I have to connect to the modem? If so,
> wouldn't the computer be vulnerable at that time?
>
> *An MVP helper said, "Automatic Update of Windows SP2 is not the best. You
> are better able to avoid internet issues and other possible issues if you
> have SP-2 on CD….â€?
> HOW WILL IT HELP MY COMPUTER IF IT ISN'T INSTALLED? HOW DO I USE IT FROM
> THE CD?
>
> *Reading the MVP firewall info, it seems I should I disable the SP2 firewall
> and use the Norton firewall [I have] only. IS THAT CORRECT? IF NOT, WHAT
> SHOULD I DO?
>
> WHERE CAN I FIND SIMPLE INSTRUCTIONS FOR HOW TO DO THESE THINGS IF IT WOULD
> TAKE TOO MUCH TIME TO ANSWER HERE?
> *Go to BIOS and set CDROM as boot device before hard drive.
> *Check to make sure you have all updated drivers.
> *Run chkdsk to check file system.
> *Perform Disk Cleanup.
> *Go to MSCONFIG.
> *Login as an Administrator.
> *Download the Latest BIOS.
>
> *If I use mozilla instead of IE [suggested by MVP person], will it work with
> outlook?
>
>
> OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition 2002
> Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2 Build 2600
> OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
> System Manufacturer Dell Computer Corporation
> System Model Dimension 8300
> System Type X86-based PC
> Processor x86 Family 15 Model 2 Stepping 9 GenuineIntel ~2992 Mhz
> BIOS Version/Date Dell Computer Corporation A05, 2/23/2004
> SMBIOS Version 2.3
> Total Physical Memory 512.00 MB
> Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.00GHz
> File System NTSF
> Size 74.46 GB
> comcast cable modem by Scientific Atlanta, DCP2100 series, I hava a CD for
> it.
> HP office jet 4100 printer. I have a CD for it.
>

Don't forget to have the information required to connect to your
Internet Service Provider (ISP) on hand. When you reformat that
information will go away. ;)  You will need DNS numbers, your login
name(s) and password(s) to connect to the internet. If unsure what is
needed by all means call Comcast! Make them earn that hefty bill they
send you every month. With any luck the Cable modem may be configured by
XP and you won't need the Comcast software but you still need the ISP
info. If your computer has an internal (phone) modem be sure to have a
telephone line plugged into it when you install. You will need to
activate XP at some point and if you have any problems getting on line
XP can still dial out on the internal modem to activate without using
the internet. Then the 30 days become 'as long as needed'.

John
Anonymous
July 16, 2005 12:32:02 AM

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I have two computers,one with win98,the other with xp which is the host
computer in my home network--the printers are attached to it as well.why
does't the printer work when activated by the other computer?Can anyone help
me about this?Thanks in advance.

"searchless" wrote:

> BOY! have i learned a lot in the last 5 weeks!
>
> My computer stats are at the bottom. I have a little black box from Comcast
> connected to my computer. It’s fast. I have a warranty with Dell, but it
> doesn’t cover this stuff. The tech support guy I was assigned to said he’s
> “swamped� and will call me when he has time. That was 2 weeks ago. Dell sent
> me the reload-for-dummies set of 4 disks with EVERYTHING [originally loaded]
> on it.
>
> I apologize for the length of this, but I’m ready to do this and have a few
> questions that must be answered for me to continue and I want to make sure my
> list of tasks is accurate.
> I’ll start with the OUTLINE of the LONG task list and then the questions.
>
> If you don’t know the background: my computer caught a cold and I couldn’t
> get rid of a few nasty files, so I’m going to reformat and reload. I’m ~ not
> young ~ and mentally challenged, so this is extremely difficult for me. I’m
> intelligent but V E R Y slow.
>
> I changed the order of some things, mainly because I’m totally afraid of the
> web now. So please let me know whether the changes don’t work.
>
> Pre-installation:
> *Download Ad-Aware, SpyBot S&D, CWShredder programs onto disk.
> *Disconnect peripherals, network/modem cable.
> *Go to BIOS and set CDROM as boot device before hard drive.
> *Install Windows XP.
>
> Post-installation & pre-internet connection:
> *Enable Windows firewall. Run Network Setup Wizard.
> *Install Service Pack 2 [from CD].
> *Reconnect printer.
> *Run Disk Defragmenter.
> *Enable Windows Firewall in Windows XP SP2.
> *Load Ad-Aware, SpyBot S&D, CWShredder [from CD] then reboot into safe mode
> and run the applications.
> *Test hardware devices.
> *Set up users.
> *Customize the system.
> *Defrag system drive.
> *Install/ run software.
> *Set up Windows Automatic Updates.
>
> [Now’s the scary part] connect to internet:
> *Install Windows Updates.
> *Update Ad-Aware, SpyBot S&D, CWShredder.
> *Download the Latest BIOS.
>
>
> QUESTIONS:
> *At what point should I load the software for the printer?
> *At what point should I load the software for the modem?
> *At what point should I reconnect the printer?
> *At what point should I reconnect the comcast modem?
>
> When reformatting\reinstalling:
> *Must I choose FAT32 or NTFS format? If so, which should I choose?
> *In the instructions it says, “In the opening OOBE phase, set up your
> network/Internet connection, which is required for activation and
> registration.� It seems I must connect to the modem? If so, the computer is
> in jeopardy. Can I do this later?
>
> *ANY ADVICE? I can’t find my product key on the disks. Dell loaded
> everything originally and I have the disks, but no number located.
>
> *CAN I DO THIS W/O BEING CONNECTED TO THE WEB? HOW? Set up Windows Automatic
> Updates.
>
> *To run the Network Setup Wizard do I have to connect to the modem? If so,
> wouldn’t the computer be vulnerable at that time?
>
> *An MVP helper said, “Automatic Update of Windows SP2 is not the best. You
> are better able to avoid internet issues and other possible issues if you
> have SP-2 on CD….�
> HOW WILL IT HELP MY COMPUTER IF IT ISN’T INSTALLED? HOW DO I USE IT FROM
> THE CD?
>
> *Reading the MVP firewall info, it seems I should I disable the SP2 firewall
> and use the Norton firewall [I have] only. IS THAT CORRECT? IF NOT, WHAT
> SHOULD I DO?
>
> WHERE CAN I FIND SIMPLE INSTRUCTIONS FOR HOW TO DO THESE THINGS IF IT WOULD
> TAKE TOO MUCH TIME TO ANSWER HERE?
> *Go to BIOS and set CDROM as boot device before hard drive.
> *Check to make sure you have all updated drivers.
> *Run chkdsk to check file system.
> *Perform Disk Cleanup.
> *Go to MSCONFIG.
> *Login as an Administrator.
> *Download the Latest BIOS.
>
> *If I use mozilla instead of IE [suggested by MVP person], will it work with
> outlook?
>
>
> OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition 2002
> Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2 Build 2600
> OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
> System Manufacturer Dell Computer Corporation
> System Model Dimension 8300
> System Type X86-based PC
> Processor x86 Family 15 Model 2 Stepping 9 GenuineIntel ~2992 Mhz
> BIOS Version/Date Dell Computer Corporation A05, 2/23/2004
> SMBIOS Version 2.3
> Total Physical Memory 512.00 MB
> Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.00GHz
> File System NTSF
> Size 74.46 GB
>
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