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#1 classclone

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Posted 15 February 2006 - 08:14 AM

MY computer came with Windows XP, but for some reason and for how long I do not know, all my programs are running in Windows 95. I just noticed this when I tried to dowload a new program the other day, but could not, because program said it was not compatable with Windows 95. So my question is, why is it doing this and how do I get it back to running in XP?

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Posted 15 February 2006 - 08:24 AM

Ok, let's check some basic things here.

Start > right click on My Computer > Properties

Please note everything on this page and post it back here for us to read, ok?
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One more question: When the computer starts up, do you see a black screen with choices as to what operating system you want to boot to, such as

Microsoft Windows XP
Microsoft Windows 95


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#3 classclone

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Posted 15 February 2006 - 11:18 PM

Here you go:

System: Microsoft Windows XP
Home Edition

Version 2002
Service Pack 1

55277-OEM-0011903-00102

Manufactured and supported by:
Dell Computer corp.

Dell Dimension DIM 4600
Intel ®

Pentium ® 4 CPU 2.66GHz

256 MB RAM

........................................................

No I do not get a Choice of what operating system to boot on start-up.

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Posted 16 February 2006 - 12:11 AM

See if you have a system restore point listed. If so, use it.

You then need to start checking for malware infections.

Start with Adaware and Spybot.

If you do not already have them installed, download, install, update and run them from safe mode.

AdAware SE: http://www.lavasoftusa.com/software/adaware/

Spybot S&D: http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html
Be sure to enable “Teatimer” which gives you realtime protection.

Microsoft Windows Defender
http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/s...re/default.mspx
This also provides realtime protection.

SpywareBlaster: http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html

Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool (Win XP and Win 2000):
http://www.microsoft.com/security/malwareremove/default.mspx

AČ - Free from http://www.majorgeeks.com/download4281.html . Run it, click Search for Updates, then click Scan.


After you install and run all the above, do several web based anti-malware scans, set to fix what they find.
Use Internet Explorer to run these as they require Active X to work:

Kaspersky Anti-Virus Web Scanner
http://www.kaspersky.com/service?chapter=161739400#betatest


Panda Activescan
http://www.pandasoftware.com/activescan/co...n_principal.htm

Trend Micro antivirus and malware scan:
http://housecall-beta.trendmicro.com/en/st...orp.asp?id=scan

Etrust Anti-virus web scanner
http://www3.ca.com/securityadvisor/virusinfo/scan.aspx.

online trojan scans here -
http://scan.sygatetech.com/pretrojanscan.html


Windows Security Trojanscan
http://windowsecurity.com/trojanscan
See instructions for it here:
http://www.windowsecurity.com/trojanscan/trojanscan.asp

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Posted 16 February 2006 - 04:03 PM

My guess is that the downloaded program is an old one, old enough to say it's not compatible with Win95. What program is it?

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Posted 16 February 2006 - 06:35 PM

I have Verizon DSL with MSN and was going to switch to Verizon with Yahoo, but it would not let me download it because I'm running Windows 95.

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Posted 16 February 2006 - 06:39 PM

I have Ad-Aware, Spy Sweeper and Spybot Search installed on my system and run them regularly, but will try the others per your recomendation.

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Posted 16 February 2006 - 08:37 PM

No, you are not running Windows 95. There is an error message that says so, but that's not necessarily true. The problem might be related to your Internet Explorer, which is a modified version; or the download site/script itself. You could try another browser.

Can you check what is under "Help - About Browser"?

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Posted 16 February 2006 - 09:09 PM

If I right click on any program...Mozila (my other browser), Real Player, ITunes, Norton Anti Virus, etc etc.....and look under 'Compatibility' they all say they are running in 'Conpatibilty mode' for windows 95.

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Posted 16 February 2006 - 09:16 PM

When you go to Start>Control Pane>System what version of Windows is listed?
or Start>Run>msinfo32 what OS is listed?
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Posted 16 February 2006 - 09:22 PM

In both cases Windows XP Home Edition is listed.

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Posted 16 February 2006 - 09:33 PM

That is what you are running then. Those other programs may have a glitch. Have you tried reinstalling Mozilla?
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Posted 16 February 2006 - 09:44 PM

No I have not tried that. But here's one thing I do not understand (well, one of many anyway ;) Even the programs that came with the computer (Record Now!, Dell Jukebox, Microsoft Money 2004 and the rest are all running in compatibility mode for Windows 95.

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Posted 16 February 2006 - 09:50 PM

Where is this message located on your computer?
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Posted 16 February 2006 - 10:01 PM

When I right click on any program, go to properties, then to compatibility, it says compatibility mode windows 95. I only got a message when I tried to download Verizon Yahoo and it said my system was not compatible and when I went to Microsoft for something and it scanned my machine and said I was running windows 95?

I have to go to bed now, I will check for you reply tomorrow...

Thanks. :thumbsup:




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