Your description(s) is good,
I think I see the picture, dogwoodpark
When you install, as you have, with a re-format & re-partition...
You have a "fresh install".
The winXP home is a thing of the past. All data
Thats what you want
in a fresh install.
The next step is to load the drivers
All devices not run by Windows OS itself require software to "tell" Windows what to do with them.
When you had the winXP home installed, all of the drivers were in place.
Then they weren't.
Some devices require a CD of files to be placed in the optical drive and installed.
Some devices can "install" using downloaded files.
Still others, once they are identified as "new hardware" can utilize drivers that
Windows OS has "on hand".
The fresh install includes files in a folder called "driver cache".
Many of those are not used, because updated drivers become available, or
devices unknown to Windows can be installed... and would need "special files".
But they are there.
If you disconnect your printer and boot the computer,
several "reminders" that it was once there can be found on your hard drive.
If you then power off & plug it back in, winXP will throw a flag up when you boot.
"New Hardware Found".
Depending on those "reminders" left, what is done next may vary.
It might be as simple as cancelling the alert.
Windows will have enough data in the right places to restore the connections
that once it had to work the printer.
You might, on the other hand, have to reload the drivers
to get the printer to work again.
It wasn't really an uninstall of software.
It was unplugging a piece of hardware and the software remained. (to some extent)
In a fresh install, no
But the OS "sees" the hardware in place.
Thats part of what the installation process is all about.
"Windows is configuring".
So it's kinda confused. Needs you to direct it.
At this point neither of us knows exactly what to do. There is a reason for that.
Its not a permanant situation, either.
Windows needs hardware to exist. The motherboard.
All components & attached hardware to it "impact" how windows works.
Windows in turn effects how the hardware works.
Windows can be installed on to the motherboard in several ways.
At the factory in some cases, with the "fresh files" duplicated on a special partition of the harddrive.
From CD, like I do.
As an upgrade to an existing version of Windows already installed.
It came with Windows XP Home already installed. I then installed my copy of Windows XP Pro on top of XP Home
The exact procedure used to remedy the "confused" OS I described varies quite a bit.
It all is called installing the drivers
or Device drivers
are the two basic types.
Thats where the Everest Home Edition
software comes in.
It details exactly what you have. Scroll back up to the first post reply in this thread.
(or scroll down to the bottom of this post)
Let's say you lost the operating manual the factory shipped with your new computer.
Maybe you bought the computer second hand.
Maybe the instructions are in a foreign language.
Maybe the "restore operating system" feature of the pre-installed Windows
had to be followed a particular way prior to the interjection of an "unforseen"
factor such as loading an upgrade to the existing Windows.
To a certain extent, that's what I think has happened to you.
Pre-installed Windows really amounts to the manufacturersof the hardware called the PC
interfacing between you
the user and they
Microsoft in how they utilize the motherboard & components as applied to the Operating System.
It's good to consider this also:
The BIOS, or basic operating system, is kinda like the "OS of the motherboard".
A small set of files that prepares the hardware to be used by "bigger" Windows.
A Compaq laptop might use the same BIOS as HP or Packard Bell desktop because each use a board with an (Intel) or (AMD) processor.
So, maybe the present situation is the result of a "communication" breakdown.
The companies want you to periodically cough up some money and replace it all.
The users shouldn't be necessarily so obliging.
No problem. Everest scans the entire system.
Presents you with a report in great detail.
You don't need the factory user's guide.
Among those details are exact model numbers/locations/etc. of
devices to produce video or sound or Ethernet.
All of which are present, but "not accounted for".
Armed with that information, which includes links to the websites of the
manufacturers of all the components attached to your motherboard,
drivers can be found & installed.
Windows freshly installed can have that program installed to it.
You can't connect to the Internet to get that free download, though.
... all those "other devices".
So, download it using another PC.
It is 6.23MB. You might be able to reproduce it on several floppy disks.
Best would be to burn it to a CD, and use your new computer's optical drive to install it.
Like most program installs, you'll launch the application file.
a couple dozen other files 7 folders are there, too.
You'll see a graphic of a PC tower case showing the insides when you begin
It'll open, you want the "summary" first.
It's very user friendly.
Scroll through the report generated or simply click icons that are the same ones
that windows uses.
You'll find the information you need. (and some, if you're like me... challenged by technology)
Then, it might be smart to use the same technique to download the
system drivers first. Then the modem and others if they are "unique".
From sources you'll find.
You might have a CD somewhere you've overlooked for these purposes, also.
Stranger things have happened to me.
The devil is in the details, they say. www.snapfiles.com/get/everest.
Edited by phawgg, 01 January 2005 - 12:32 AM.