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Mar. 7th, 2010 @ 10:45 am Windows woes
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For some reason, my WinXP installation on Sootball (my erstwhile computer, the P4) has been broken. Currently I'm trying to execute a repair through the WinXP install CD, but even though the five green things keep happily pulsing and the Windows propaganda on the main screen going through its cycles, the process has been stuck in the 'Installing Devices'-step. It promises it will take only roughly 34 minutes to complete the install, but it has been stuck in that position for about 90 minutes now.
It's not like I need WinXP on a day-to-day basis, but sometimes there arises a need to use software that has no Linux equivalent. Like the Garmin software to upload maps to the GSPr. Or when I want to make a change to the Mediacenter software...

Yes, the MACH G still boots into WinXP. The codec packs and hardware accelleration support are superior in WinXP compared to Linux. And I need that, so I think it will still take a while before I convert that over to Ubuntu. Even though WinXP is 10 years old, it still serves this purpose quite well, and I have no intention to break something that works at the moment.

Anyway, now I am contemplating simply wiping the WinXP installation and reinstalling. I'd have to check whether I have stuff on there that I need (which I can do through Ubuntu anyway) and copy that over. It's not like there are setting or software that I need on a daily basis on there anyway...
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From:merle_
Date:March 7th, 2010 03:59 pm (UTC)
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I still use WinXP on my laptop. As you say, it works, and the only other modern Windows options are Vista and the too-new-to-trust 7.

Have you tried booting off of a BartPE disc (bootable mini XP)? You might be able to poke around and see if there are any weird files using it. It didn't help me with my work laptop, but that turned out to be a serious hardware issue instead of just a corrupted OS.
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From:fub
Date:March 7th, 2010 09:14 pm (UTC)
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I decided to just wipe the partition with WinXP on it and do a fresh install. That went off without too many problems -- except that I had to do the Windows Update dance a few times, even though I immediately install SP3 after the install...
It is amazing how ridiculously fast it boots now...
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From:merle_
Date:March 7th, 2010 09:55 pm (UTC)
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Fresh installs, if you can get the files off or don't care about them, are always best in the Windows world. That's been true since Win95, and I doubt it will ever change.

The Windows Update dance.. yes. Very frustrating.
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From:crustycurmudgeo
Date:March 7th, 2010 07:36 pm (UTC)
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Ouch. We have a PC like that too. It was the wife's desktop and a grandson used it to surf for game cheats and snagged a trojan. I never was able to get the machine back to normal. But since the wife uses her laptop now, it's not been a pressing issue. I think the best thing is a deep disk wipe and reinstall. I haven't done it here since it would take at least a day to do the backups, wipe, reinstall the OS and then all the apps and data.
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From:fub
Date:March 7th, 2010 09:16 pm (UTC)
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I only use a few apps on that machine, so it wasn't much hassle to simply reinstall what I needed. In fact, it turned out to be a lot less hassle than trying to repair the existing installation!
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