Will my Daughter be able to use my old Computer

  birdface 19:22 08 Nov 2009

Hi.Just thinking whether it will be Ok to give my daughter my old computer with XP on it.
Would there be any problems with Microsoft.
It still has the XP Home OEM sticker on the side .And has XP home version already installed.

  gazzaho 19:27 08 Nov 2009

It doesn't matter to Microsoft who uses the computer, as long as the OS is genuine and installed on one machine then your daughter can use it without problems. AS far as I'm aware Windows is registered to the machine not the person who uses it.

  johndrew 19:27 08 Nov 2009

This is no different to a PC with XP on it being sold as a `second user` unit. MS will recocnise the registration as a genuine number and honour it in the usual way.

  birdface 19:30 08 Nov 2009

Ok gazzaho that is what I thought but was not 100% sure.
Thanks for the speedy reply.

  birdface 19:31 08 Nov 2009

Ok.Thanks for that.I was not sure.
I will class as resolved.Thank you both for the speedy replies.

  birdface 13:15 03 Apr 2010

Hi.Although I added 2 Gb of memory to my old computer it still seems very slow even using SIW it does show as having the 2 Gb of memory but I am sure it is only using the the original 512 Mb it originally had.
Is there anything else that I should have done when adding the extra memory or does it usually work it out itself.
I have connected it to a wireless connection and is getting about the full 10mb download it is supposed to get.
But apart from that it is still very sluggish when changing pages.
I have ran all the Security programs.Defrag.Check disc.Good clean out.Drivers were updated before giving it to my daughter and to be fair it was never that fast when I had it.Adding the new memory I thought would have speeded it up a bit but did not make any difference.It has IE7 pro add-on with it.Running DMA and not PIO.
I really don't want to mess about with it in case I loose the wireless connection.
Anyone got any ideas.The computer does not have a lot on it so should be working a lot better than it is.
I am sure it has the latest Flash update but still have to update Java to the latest.
It is an old Tiny Desktop about 6 years old.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 13:33 03 Apr 2010

a) Clear out all temporay files and folders -- use Crap Cleaner click here

b) Scan for malware spyware and viruses --Free Anti Spyware :-
Superantispyware click here
Malware removal tool click here

Free Antivirus software
Avast4 click here
AVG antivirus click here

c) Clean the registry -- Use the tool in Crap Cleaner its very safe and also allows you to back up the registry first.

d) Pagefile (Virtual Memory) -- Rght click MY Computer - select propeties - Advanced tab - Performance - advanced tab - Virtual memory click change, you can put the page file on a differnt drive (if you have one), click custom size and set Initial size to one and a half times the amount of memory you have fitted i.e. 512MB memory = set to 768MB, set maximum to double your memory amount i.e. 512MB memory = 1024MB click ok.
If your hard drive is full and there is not enough room for the pagefile this can slow down, freeze or even cause the PC to crash (restart).

e) Cut down on the programs that load at startup -- Start - Run type msconfig - startup tab- untick everything except for firewall, antivirus and antispyware

and the services that run in the background. click here

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 13:34 03 Apr 2010

2. Hardware

a) Hard drives /

i) IDE Channels:
Check the transfer rate, you need to have the transfer mode set to DMA not PIO.
Right click My Computer - Properties - Hardware - Device Manager - Expand (click the + ) IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers right click Primary Channel - Advanced Settings Tab -
If transfer Mode is PIO then follow the instructions at click here to change.

ii) Check for errors and defrag your hard drives -- My Computer - select drive - properties - tool tab - Error checking / Defragmentation.

ii) If you are using Windows XP or Vista, it's a good idea to convert your system drive to the NTFS file system if you have not already. In addition to providing numerous security and data recovery improvements over FAT32 (the file system of choice for Windows 9x/ME and XP Home) it can also speed up your system slightly.

In fact, the only real reason for sticking with the FAT32 file system for any of your data is if you have more than one operating system on your PC and the other OS's can only see FAT32 partitions (as would be the case with Windows 98, for example, which is incapable of reading NTFS data).

To convert your drives to NTFS:
Right click on 'my computer' and select 'manage'
From the computer management window, expand storage and select 'disk management.'
Using the 'file system' column of the upper pane of this window, you can easily check what file system each of your logical drives is using. Make a note of this information.
Now open a command prompt window by going to 'start\run' and typing 'cmd'
To convert a disk to NTFS, type 'convert (drive letter): /fs:ntfs'
So for example, if you were going to convert your C: drive, you would type 'Convert c: /fs:ntfs' at the prompt.

b) Drivers
Obtain the newest drivers for your hardware
This may seem a bit obvious, but keeping your system's drivers up to date can give both your performance and stability a boost. Video card manufacturers release updates especially often, and these can often give "significant boosts" to gaming performance as video card in question is "optimized."

Don't neglect the other components of your system either. Your motherboard manufacturer may have released newer versions of its Input/output drivers for your board, and sound cards and other peripherals can also benefit from newer software.

  birdface 15:11 03 Apr 2010

Basically I have done all that.
I did get the one message[ Not enough memory] which I ignored as that was after I had updated my memory.
So not sure if the problem lies with that message or not.

  Strawballs 15:48 03 Apr 2010

I know you said SIW can see all 2gig of ram, see if windows can right click on My Computer icon and click on properties and see right at the bottom

  birdface 16:19 03 Apr 2010

Thanks for that.Gave it a try before I remembered that I was on my own computer with W/7
Will probably be sometime next week before I go up to my Daughters again so i will try it then.

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