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Old Mar 2, 2006, 10:27 PM Local time: Mar 2, 2006, 08:27 PM #1 of 24
Though not the most asked question, you should tell the pirates out there how to disable Windows Genuine Advantage:
1. Run IE
2. Select "Tools"->"Manage Add-ons"
3. Select "Add-ons that have been used by Internet Explorer" in the dropdown menu
4. Selcet Windows Genuine Advantage
5. Disable it
6. Run Windows Update without the hassle of buying Windows XP!

Also if you have to enter a code:
1. Download the Windows Genuine Advantage code generating program
2. Run the thing in compatibility mode for Windows 2000
3. Copy and paste the code
4. Microsoft now thinks your copy of WinXP is legit!

Jam it back in, in the dark.
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Old Mar 2, 2006, 11:02 PM Local time: Mar 2, 2006, 09:02 PM #2 of 24
Another frequent problem is the LEDs misbehaving. For that, download or read the manual for your motherboard and make sure the LED connectors are inserted correctly (I had a HDD Led do this until I flipped the connector over).

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Old Mar 3, 2006, 12:30 AM Local time: Mar 2, 2006, 10:30 PM #3 of 24
Originally Posted by Sir VG
Another general hardware question.

Q) I bought a 200GB HD, but it's only 188GB! I GOT RIPPED OFF!
A) Nope. Computer manufacturers list drives in a different format than what computers actually use. Drives are listed as if 1GB = 1000KB. However computers really see it as 1GB = 1024KB. So while you think your 200GB HD = 200,000KB, since 1GB really equals 1024KB, given you actually do have 200,000KB, you really have 200,000/1024 minus formatting and such. Don't worry, you're not the only one who finds the standard stupid.



Oh, and use this link for the BIOS beep codes, as it covers more info.

http://www.pcguide.com/ts/x/sys/beep/index.htm
Also the same standard is applied to DVDs and floppy disks, while CDs are a perfect 700MB. Another common problem is Windows booting slowly, run msconfig (type "msconfig" using the Start Menu's Run function) and disable any non-microsoft Services and startup programs you don't use.

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Old Mar 3, 2006, 12:42 AM Local time: Mar 2, 2006, 10:42 PM #4 of 24
Originally Posted by Sir VG
Note that Windows 2000 does not have msconfig by default. Also, Spybot Search & Destroy has this feature too in the advanced section. You can not only disable items, but you can delete them too.
For those Windows 2k users, you can use WinXP's Msconfig found here. Also typing "services.msc" will let you tweak the services much more deeply than msconfig than.

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Old Mar 4, 2006, 07:15 PM Local time: Mar 4, 2006, 05:15 PM #5 of 24
I would also list how to recover files that have been "permanently" deleted from Windows, but WinHex is far too advanced (and isn't freeware), so most people wouldn't be able to use it. Where's a decent free undeleter when you need one?

I was speaking idiomatically.
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