Fixing My Windows XP Problems

by Blake
(Oxfordshire, UK)

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I come by your web site whilst searching for how to upgrade my brothers Windows XP computer to Service Pack 3.

He was having issues with Malware and when we looked in to it we found his computer wasn't on the latest Service Pack.

We found your Download Windows XP SP2 page which filled in some gaps in my knowledge and helped me prepare to install SP3.

I printed out your Windows XP SP3 Download page and followed it step by step. I managed to install Service Pack 3 successfully.

You were right about the time it takes to download and apply the updates that were released since Service Pack 3. It took me over an hour to apply them all!

Thank you for your step by step guidance pages. I don't think I could have managed this with out them.

My brother thinks I am a computer wizard and doesn't realise yet, as you say Steve, just how easy it is to do once you know how.

I haven't been using computer for that long. I vaguely recall Windows 95, but do remember Windows 2000 and of course Windows XP growing up.

I have used an Apple Mac in some classes at school and I have seen Linux Ubuntu but to be honest, I found using both of them quite difficult. I suppose I am just used to Microsoft Windows.

I can't believe there used to be 10MB hard drives! My USB Pen has much more space than that!

I have a Packard-Bell Windows 7 Home Edition computer with a 20" Wide-Screen monitor.

It is great for playing games on (I like adventure and strategy games) but unfortunately I also use it for school work.

I have Open Office installed at home, but at School we Use Microsoft Office. I'm OK using both now but I do get confused from time to time as they look at little different.

My computer is almost 4 years old now and some of my games stick whilst playing them. I have read about upgrading the memory in my computer but I'm unsure how to to do this at the moment. I'm not even sure how much memory is in it either.

I have an Apple iPhone which is great for helping me keep in touch with my friends by text, Facebook etc.

I would love an iPad, but they are far too expensive for me. I also own an XBOX but hardly use it these days.

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Fixing Computer Problems
by: Steve

Thank you Blake for your contribution and developing such a good web page.

I agree installing a Service Pack for Windows XP, Windows 7 or any other Operating System, is straightforward if you prepare properly.

Backup all of your data to an external device and ensure you have step-by-step instructions to hand.

At the end of the the day we are dealing with software. If you don't lose anything important then you have lost nothing at all if it all goes wrong and you have to start again from scratch.

Installing Operating Systems and software applications is not as difficult as a lot of people think. With the right guidance you can do it yourself.

I'm pleased you were able to install Windows XP Service Pack 3 without any problems.

I recall MS-DOS v4.0, Windows for Workgroups v3.11 and even the BBC Micro from the early 1980's which ran on the BBC BASIC programming language (Beginners All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code).

It had a whopping 2MHz processor and 16K RAM! Remarkable when you compare against the power of today's computers.

Apple Mac's are a good solid machine especially if you use graphic manipulation packages such as Adobe Photoshop. LINUX Ubuntu is probably the best free Operating system today (in my humble opinion).

I have it installed on another computer at home and it doesn't cause me any problems. It boots fast and has all manor of software to freely use.

I also use Open Office at home and Microsoft Office in the workplace. I agree with you Blake it is easy to confuse the two when trying to executing commands.

Upgrading your computers RAM (Random Access Memory) is easy too:

Download a tool such as the Belarc Advisor to identify the type of memory your computer needs and how much it currently has in it (or go to the Packard-Bell web site for this information).

Once you have the RAM type, go to a web site such as Mr Memory or Crucial Technology and enter the make and model of your computer. Their web site will guide you to the memory your computer requires.

They even tell you the maximum amount of memory your computer will take. It is then up to you how much you spend to upgrade.

The RAM sticks themselves snap in like lego.

I hope this information proves useful. Thank you again Blake for your contribution.

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