How can I revive Windows XP?

Discussion in 'Windows XP Help and Support' started by Birgit Watcher, Apr 17, 2016.

  1. Birgit Watcher

    Birgit Watcher

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    Problem:

    I haven't used my two laptops for the last two years. Both have Windows XP. Now I need at least one of the laptops again.

    They started up to the welcome screen. Mouse works. But nothing opens up with right or left click. :(

    I missed the info that XP will not longer be supported.

    1. Question: What can I do to make it functional again?

    2. Question: Can I upgrade to a higher Window?

    If yes, how?
     
    Birgit Watcher, Apr 17, 2016
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    Elizabeth23

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    see if you can boot to safe mode and use system restore to an earlier working date

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    click on F11 and see if you have the capacity to set back to factory settings

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    an xp laptop will not run later os's without a lot of hardware upgrades

    let me know if you can boot to safe mode, any error messages EXACT, please

    type of xp, home, pro or media center edition

    what service pack
     
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    eatup

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    Sounds like the laptops were sabotaged by Microsoft's last few updates for XP. I would turn off automatic updates and maybe look to uninstall a few problematic updates that were issued near/around April 8, 2014. But, the biggest culprit would be Microsoft Security Essentials (the very last version). That one froze my system until I uninstalled it.

    You wouldn't believe the dirty tricks "they" would play to get you to upgrade Windows right around End of XP Support...
     
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    Jody Thornton

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    Well calling them dirty tricks is not really correct.

    It's Microsoft's property, and their copyright includes reserving the right for you NOT to be able to run it any longer, that is their right. No one is ENTITLED to run XP.
     
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    eatup

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    No, it is dirty b/c the software freezes the user's system. I'm OK with nag screens warning of EoL, but to freeze the user's system, rendering basic tasks like opening a web page impossible until they've un-installed the culprit software, that's just crossing the line to malware!
     
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    Yes in which case I definitely stand corrected. That's like Apple locking their iPhones when taking the phone to a non-Apple repair centre. That was equally cruel.
     
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    You could try to install Q4OS Linux q4os.org
     
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