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XP and a New Puter ... It's a Whole New World ...WOW
vanity | 01-01-02 | mercy

Posted on 01/01/2002 4:11:47 PM PST by mercy

It sorta just snuck up on me. My old nanao monitor started winking at me, the ole gal felt like dropping by Comp USA and the next thing I know I'm rolling out the door with a new VAIO tower, a Samsung syncMaster flat screen LCD and a Canon bubble jet (there goes my buy American bluster).

I wasn't going to do it. Really. The thought of venturing past my garden path was too scary. The ole Dell XPS 200 and windows 95 was so .... well, familliar. I was afraid taking the leap would be just too painful. Boy was I wrong. Mama was in the mood to spend money and ya just can't go against that flow. Might not happen again in a coon's age.

Been hearing not so good things about Dell and the prices have been plunging so that one has to wonder about what they're putting in those things these days. Besides I wanted the security of just being able to walk the box into the service dept. if I had a prob and actually getting the thing back in days rather than weeks. The Sony seemed like a solid machine and not a conglomeration of god knows whose parts. The flat screen just knocked my eyes out. XP made my old OS look like a cheep 40's cartoon. So I jumped.

Despite my desire to get in a dig at Bill Gates whenever possible I'm going with 'internet exploder' for now. doesn't seem so bad and I'm not really missing Netscape ... yet. (I may pinch him a bit by dropping Office and going with Corel) I haven't had any trouble with XP whatsoever. I've deleted some junk they had in the box and I've added several programs. I'm all over the net and not a glitch. ON THE FIRST DAY. I can't believe I waited so long. I love the whole package. AND for some unknowable (for me) reason my internet connection is chunking along at twice the speed of before though my dialup connection is the same lame ole 28k and I already had a new top line modem in the ole box. Go figure.

So if any of y'all out there are like me and afraid of the change .... don't be. It's wonderful.


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Can any of you puter wizards out there give me a simple way of getting my ole bookmarks into my new 'favorites list'? I coppied them to a floppy not long ago but don't know if IE can read that file. I'd appreciate the help.
1 posted on 01/01/2002 4:11:47 PM PST by mercy
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To: mercy
XP should have a transfer utility that moves everything. And btw...there are ways to get office XP without buying it. wink wink.
2 posted on 01/01/2002 4:15:42 PM PST by Bogey78O
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To: mercy
I don't claim to be a wizard, but I know you can copy that Favorites file right over to your new computer; if it asked you if you want to replace Favorites, say yes!

BTW, take a look at the new bookmarks before you do it.

So, how IS Windows XP?

3 posted on 01/01/2002 4:17:10 PM PST by Howlin
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To: mercy
Open windows explorer; paste this into the Address Window, hit Enter and copy the contents of the Favorites folder you copied into it

C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Favorites

4 posted on 01/01/2002 4:19:27 PM PST by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: mercy
By the way, do you log in as administrator?
5 posted on 01/01/2002 4:20:16 PM PST by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: mercy
This may help.
How to Use Netscape Navigator Bookmarks in Internet Explorer
6 posted on 01/01/2002 4:21:02 PM PST by Jean S
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To: mercy
You can export your bookmarks and your cookies from the old browser, put them on a disk and move them to your new computer. Then do an import for one or both of them. I exported and imported both my bookmarks and cookies and it was smooth as silk.

I love XP, it very stable. Make sure and get the downloads for patches that fix a couple of things you probably have read about as far as people possibly being able to get into your computer. They are on the Microsoft site.

Oh, I have had Microsoft office since the 95 version and have no intention of changing. I also use Micro Soft Internet Explorer, have been for sometime and am happy with it also.

7 posted on 01/01/2002 4:22:13 PM PST by billva
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To: mercy
Glad to hear you've had such a great experience with your new computer *s*.

As for me, I'm also using a VAIO tower at home but under different circumstances. My husband's a US Navy submarine sonar tech, currently out on 6 month deployment, and he took our laptop with him. One of his shipmates needed a safe place to keep his desktop (couldn't keep it in the barracks) so he's letting me have full use of it, including Net access, while they're out to sea. While this has Win ME, I have been very pleased with the computer's performance and the speed of Net connection.

8 posted on 01/01/2002 4:22:35 PM PST by Severa
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To: mercy
Get the patches for XP especially the one for the Universal Plug and Play ASAP then go to GRC.com and download their utility to turn off the universal plug and play feature. It's a serious security hole. I’d suggest running Windows Update at least weekly.

After you get those installed you might want to go to http://catchup.cnet.com/ and download and run that software for both security issues and for other software you may have already loaded. When you use catch-up you will be giving CNET info on your system but it’s probably very safe. I picked up a couple of security patches I missed on the computer which has Windows 98SE.

I’d also suggest you don’t depend on Windows XP for your firewall. I’m sure it’s fine just like Outlook Express and Passport are secure. All snide comments aside that firewall is going to be a major target for every hacker on the planet and they are going to find every hole that exists. Why make it easier for them. Right now both Norton and McAfee have big rebates on their software that includes both a firewall and anti-virus which are designed for XP. You can also get Zone Alarm free or the upgraded version both of which run on XP.

Lastly if you want to check out your system for some suggested changes you can go to http://www.pcpitstop.com/ and see what they suggest for improvements

9 posted on 01/01/2002 4:24:51 PM PST by airedale
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To: mercy
My old Monitor was winking at me too, sometime black and white, now and then color. I still have the old windows 95 computer,fast enough for me, but I have a brand new flat screen monitor now and that is a whole new world for me.
10 posted on 01/01/2002 4:25:25 PM PST by F.J. Mitchell
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To: mercy
I installed XP about a week ago... it is different to look at from 98 isn't it? I am still getting accustomed to the new look of Windows Explorer, but it is neat that XP finds new hardware automatically as soon as you plug it in, no reboot is necessary.

I plugged in my Christmas digital camera, and it instantly recognized the new camera and opened a utility for viewing and saving the pictures. Pretty durned cool.

11 posted on 01/01/2002 4:25:47 PM PST by HairOfTheDog
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To: mercy
How you like the Samsung LCD? Is it 570V? I got one and love it's brightness but it has one dead pixel.

This Samsung operates on 25 watts which is amazing and 10 watts less than other LCD monitors.

12 posted on 01/01/2002 4:27:11 PM PST by dennisw
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To: Bogey78O
Oh no no no no. I don't dare. Bill is watching me now I'm sure and I don't want to be punished. (g)
13 posted on 01/01/2002 4:27:48 PM PST by mercy
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To: mercy
And I love my year old Dell.... :~)
14 posted on 01/01/2002 4:27:48 PM PST by HairOfTheDog
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To: Howlin
Happy New Year!

I use XP, and I love it. No blue screens of death, and installed all my hardware easily.
15 posted on 01/01/2002 4:30:43 PM PST by firewalk
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To: Howlin
****So, how IS Windows XP?****

Well, I'm no power user but I love it. It's gorgeous, but I know the new monitor has a lot to do with that. I'm already doing things with the system that I never did with '95. XP is more self explanitory and interesting too. I'm having fun finding out how to do all sorts of things. When I say gorgeous I'm talking about the look of it. So crisp and easy on the eyes. Reminds me of OSX for the Mack which did intrigue me I must say but not enough to spend more than twice the money.

16 posted on 01/01/2002 4:33:04 PM PST by mercy
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To: mercy
It is going to kill me to say this, but your Internet connection seems faster because you are using IE instead of Netscape. As much as I hate to admit it, IE is leaner, is integrated into the OS, and is therefore faster.

But don't get me wrong -- I still use Netscape. (On my MAC!) If you like XP, you should see Mac OS X. What a beautiful thing.

Congratulations on your new machine. Have fun with it.

17 posted on 01/01/2002 4:34:40 PM PST by Semper911
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To: mercy
Got a new puter for Christmas too and just installed XP.I really like XP, and if you can't hack the new look, you can revert to "Classic (meaning old) Style". The option is in the control panel. I like the old look, personally. I love XP; much more efficient. Easier to get at stuff. I feel like I got the race car of omputers now. Mine is an HP Pavillion with all the bells and whistles. As I am trying to make a living at home, this is absolutely necessary. I'm at it 12 or more hours a day, and hardly ever tired.
18 posted on 01/01/2002 4:35:11 PM PST by WarPaint
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To: mercy
What does XP Stand for?

eXtra Profits (for Microsoft)
eXtra Problems (for it's users)
eXtra Pearls (more bells and Whisles)
19 posted on 01/01/2002 4:35:46 PM PST by cq
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To: BeforeISleep
I'm thinking of getting a new computer. Why? Because I want one! LOL. I feel the NEED for speed, even though I have 550 MHZ now and should be satisfied, right?

I cannot help it; other women my age are looking at drapes and curtains; I'm eyeballing RAM and gigabytes. Go figure.

I've been wondering about XP; I heard ME was BAD! And to me, Windows 98, which I have now, is quirky!

20 posted on 01/01/2002 4:36:29 PM PST by Howlin
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To: mercy
Congrats! I've been using XP for many months, way back to Release Candidate 1, and love it. Hardcore geeks gripe about the pretty interface but I love the smooth new high-tech look.

I like the Sony VAIO computers, too. A little pricey, but good machines. And you'll LOVE the flat panel monitor. SO much easier on the eyes.

MM

21 posted on 01/01/2002 4:37:25 PM PST by MississippiMan
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To: airedale
Much thanks. Boy this little vanity is sure taking off. Have to bookmark for later digestion and implementation. Good info. Thanks thanks thanks.
22 posted on 01/01/2002 4:37:29 PM PST by mercy
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To: mercy
Same thing happened to me this year. Day after Christmas, I went to CompUSA to get a video card for my kid's computer so it would run the video games I got them for Christmas. I took a look at some of those new XP PCs and next thing I knew, I was walking out the door with one. I put the video card back on the shelf and gave my old computer to the kids instead!

For three years, I have been running a 400MHz box with 128MB of RAM, a 13Gig hard drive and Windows98. Despite Windows crashing several times a day, I learned to live with it and used the rebooting time to grab myself another beer out of the refrigerator. See, I got locked into a "comfort zone." Had no intention of buying a new PC and in fact, was contemplating buying a bigger hard drive and keeping the PC running for another year.

Well this new PC is utterly mindblowing. For less than half the price I paid for my old computer (which was top-of-the-line at the time), I got a 1.7GHz processer with 512MB of RAM and a 80Gig hard drive. Furthermore, it has a CD-RW drive, a DVD drive, six USB ports including two on the space-age keyboard, firewire ports all over the place and a network card built in. Oh yeah, and it has this optical mouse as well that doesn't need a mousepad. It took me maybe five minutes to learn how to burn a CD and I have no idea how I lived without the ability to burn my own CDs!

When I brought it home, XP immediately recognized my monitor and printer and installed the proper drivers for them. It automatically recognized my home network, configured my Internet connection and prompted me to make a floppy so that the other PC could share the Internet connection!

Most importantly, I've had this PC running for about a week now and it hasn't crashed once. Hasn't even shown a hint of crashing. This Windows XP is rock solid. In fact, I'm probably going to run out and get a copy of XP for my old computer as well.

I've been building my own computers for the past seven years. This is my first pre-built computer since my big mistake with a Packard-Bell back in 1995. Computers have come a long way since I built my last system three years ago. If you are on the fence of upgrading, the deals have never been better and the difference between a modern PC and one of two or three years ago is phenomenal.

23 posted on 01/01/2002 4:38:21 PM PST by SamAdams76
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To: mercy
I've gotten a couple of computers from Dell recently, and there's nothing wrong with them that I can see. I'm not complaining that their prices are dropping, either. But congratulations on your new computer.
24 posted on 01/01/2002 4:38:29 PM PST by Cicero
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To: Howlin
Yes, I heard the same stuff. (we need not wonder where) I DID kick the RAM up to the max 512. Can't have too much ram, ey? (those girls you're talking about would be thinking shoes rather than RAM, no? Or handbags)
25 posted on 01/01/2002 4:41:19 PM PST by mercy
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To: Howlin
I cannot help it; other women my age are looking at drapes and curtains; I'm eyeballing RAM and gigabytes

ROTFL! Me too...

I hated WinME. I had nothing but trouble with it.

Win98 SE was okay, but I love trying new stuff! I have never had any problems since installing XP
27 posted on 01/01/2002 4:42:20 PM PST by firewalk
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To: mercy
XP is very cool. I was a little apprehensive but jumped right in to it and love it. I hate going to windows 98 machines now so I will have to upgrade my entire work!

Yes, you can transfer the stuff easily. First go to IE on the old computer and export your bookmarks to floppy or CDR. Then put the disk in the new machine, open IE and import the files. (all under the file menu of IE). The one big difference with ie 6 is that you can't put your links directly on the toolbar (at least as far as I can tell) so you have to put them in a folder called 'links' inside your favorites folder. They will appear on a drop down menu on ie6

28 posted on 01/01/2002 4:43:46 PM PST by monkeyshine
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To: SamAdams76
They use the NT kernel to run XP. That's why it's so stable.
29 posted on 01/01/2002 4:44:13 PM PST by Bogey78O
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To: mercy
bump
30 posted on 01/01/2002 4:45:12 PM PST by Sgt_Schultze
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To: airedale
Get the patches for XP especially the one for the Universal Plug and Play ASAP then go to GRC.com and download their utility to turn off the universal plug and play feature.

Can't stress enough the importance of those patches!!!

I use Win ME and learned that UPnP is installed also...it's been there, but the Manufacturer had the option of turning it on...Mine apparantly did. Sooo...I installed Black Ice.

Interesting, the majority of scans now are HTTP attacks looking for the XP security hole. Six months ago, they were Net scans looking for already installed Trojans/Spyware.

31 posted on 01/01/2002 4:45:46 PM PST by Lael
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To: SamAdams76
Ditto to ALL that. And just think ... we have done our part for the economy ... well, some of our part. I think I need to look at those new 4 door Dodge Pickups as well.
32 posted on 01/01/2002 4:45:51 PM PST by mercy
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To: BeforeISleep
Dang it.......you're pushing me over the edge!
33 posted on 01/01/2002 4:46:05 PM PST by Howlin
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To: mercy
we have done our part for the economy

*Rolling my eyes*

Lame, friend, totally lame!

34 posted on 01/01/2002 4:47:23 PM PST by Howlin
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To: Bogey78O
Yep, I'm certified in NT so I'm aware. I've been using NT at work for four years and to my knowledge, the server hasn't had to be rebooted once. I'm glad that Microsoft is finally putting this kernel into their consumer OS's. I think they didn't before because they wanted to keep supporting all that old DOS software.
35 posted on 01/01/2002 4:47:38 PM PST by SamAdams76
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To: Howlin
Dang it.......you're pushing me over the edge!

Not me...
go for it...go for it...go for it (-;
lol!
36 posted on 01/01/2002 4:49:01 PM PST by firewalk
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To: Lael
YIKES! Maybe I better log off and go take care of bidniz.
37 posted on 01/01/2002 5:03:50 PM PST by mercy
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To: airedale
Thanks for the link to GRC.com's plug n pray. I just downloaded it and turned off my p&p.
38 posted on 01/01/2002 5:04:44 PM PST by monkeyshine
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To: Semper911
Ah HAH! I knew there had to be a reason and I knew some smart FReeper would tell me what it was. Thanks.
39 posted on 01/01/2002 5:08:45 PM PST by mercy
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To: mercy
Nope but I'll tag a couple questions of my own to your thread. Got a brand new computer for my wife. 1.8 gigahertz, 512 mB ram, 80G hard drive, DVD/CD RW and Win XP. That's one cool machine and my wife loves it. I'm still happy with my system running Win ME.

Anyway, everytime my wife cuts her computer off and back on the clock displays the wrong time. We've tried resetting it and setting it to update via internet, checked proper time zones etc- no dice.

The other thing: The little icon on the tray that shows you're connected to the internet has gone missing. When my wife's finished surfing she can't figure out how to disconnect and she has to let it time out or shut down. Can anybody tell me how to get that little icon back and how to get the clock to show the proper time and date?

40 posted on 01/01/2002 5:10:01 PM PST by Prodigal Son
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To: Howlin
Lady - you are too funny. Nice to see ya. ;-)
42 posted on 01/01/2002 5:14:46 PM PST by lodwick
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To: cq
I KNOW what you say is true but the only other option for one such as I (puter dodo) was Mac and It's just silly to spend that much money to spite BG. I mean spite has it's uses but not if it costs me a bundle. Bill can't keep his monopoly going forever. Somebody's going to crack it one day.
43 posted on 01/01/2002 5:15:57 PM PST by mercy
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To: RedBloodedAmerican
No. Por que? Did I screw up?
44 posted on 01/01/2002 5:17:05 PM PST by mercy
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To: mercy
GO HERE:AND DOWNLOAD THE XP PATCH IN POST 7#
45 posted on 01/01/2002 5:18:07 PM PST by TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
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To: Prodigal Son
As for the clock.... double click it in the tray, and set it.
46 posted on 01/01/2002 5:18:48 PM PST by HairOfTheDog
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To: mercy
You'll like your VAIO. Had been using an 800 mhz with Windows 98 primarily to run Autocad 2000 and a few other business related programs, and really liked the results. I just switched to a 1.5 ghz VAIO with XP, and the Autocad program seems to run at the same speed, if not a little slower. It seems that I have to spend a couple hundred bucks to upgrade to Autocad 2002 in order for it to run properly with XP. XP has become an unnecessary expense for me.
47 posted on 01/01/2002 5:19:30 PM PST by CrossCheck
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To: dennisw
It's a 150MP. Picture in picture TV as well. Didn't go for the High Def. and settled for the 15" but it's just as big as my 17" CRT.
48 posted on 01/01/2002 5:21:46 PM PST by mercy
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To: mercy
Had been using an 800 mhz with Windows 98.

Actually, I meant Windows ME, which I was very happy with.

49 posted on 01/01/2002 5:21:59 PM PST by CrossCheck
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To: HairOfTheDog
As for the clock.... double click it in the tray, and set it.

Yeah, I've done that about half a dozen times. Every time we cut the thing off and back on it not only doesn't have the correct time but it doesn't show the correct date either.

50 posted on 01/01/2002 5:22:37 PM PST by Prodigal Son
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