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AVG thinks my Xp Pro is Windows 2000 !!


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#1 twcookies

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Posted 27 November 2011 - 07:14 PM

Hi all,

When trying to install AVG free Edition on my PC running Xp Pro, I get an error message ..."AVG 2012 is not supported on this operating system" and clicking the supplied link it goes to a page titled ... "AVG 2011 Free Edition does not support Windows 2000"

More http://free.avg.com/gb-en/faq#ixzz1exDiHuS7

Could anyone please advise why AVG thinks I'm running 2000 and not Xp ??

Thanks in advance if you can!
Dave

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Posted 28 November 2011 - 08:51 AM

Were you originally running Windows 2000, then upgraded to XP along the way?


You may want to try installing avast! Free Antivirus instead.

I have been disappointed with AVG ever since they made a decision in April 2010 to partner with LimeWire and promote the use of peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing, a security risk which can make your system susceptible to a smörgåsbord of malware infections, remote attacks, and exposure of personal information.

With the release of AVG 2011, there have been numerous complaints about issues and conflicts with other security tools like Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware. Unlike previous versions, AVG 2011 cannot be easily disabled to prevent it from interfering with other security tools. Read these related discussions:Even MajorGeeks, a popular download hosting site, had issued a Statement on AVG Free 2011 and removed its Editor's Pick listing at that time.

There have been reports of issues with the computer starting properly on 64-bit Windows sytems for which AVG has had to release these fix instructions.

There have also been reported problems with computers after using new features like PC Analyzer and PC Tuneup which purport to fix registry errors in order to make the system more stable and various optimizing tools which can make changes to system settings.

I do not recommend the routine use of registry cleaners/optimizers as they are extremely powerful applications that can damage the Windows registry by using aggressive cleaning routines and cause your computer to become unbootable. Using registry cleaning tools unnecessarily or incorrectly could lead to disastrous effects on your operating system such as preventing it from booting properly. For routine use, the benefits to your computer are negligible while the potential risks are great.

For these reasons, I no longer recommend AVG as a free alternative.
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Posted 03 December 2011 - 12:09 PM

Quietman, thanks for taking the time for such a detailed reply. However, I followed the link, installed Avast free, and straight away had a problem such that an error message was generated whenever I tried to run any program.
I used system restore and everything fine again.

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Posted 03 December 2011 - 12:53 PM

If an existing AV is not completely removed, attempting to install a new AV can result in various issues and errors. That's why most vendors these days have specialized removal (clean up tools) including AVG which uses AVG Remover.

Alternatively, you can always try using OPSWAT's AppRemover - supported applications list.

Anyway, glad to hear you resolved the issue.
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Posted 03 December 2011 - 01:49 PM

Well, I just installed SP2 and now AVG has installed.
Force of habit - I've always used AVG.
Thanks agin for your interest though.
Dave

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Posted 03 December 2011 - 04:12 PM

Were you only using XP SP1?




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