I’m not that good with computers?

OmarAbazid

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I found an old Windows XP computer and I connected it to a monitor. I turned it on and it says “Explorer can not display wth webpage” or something like that. I tried to connect it to Wifi by plugging an Ethernet cable from the PC to the Arris Tv box thing downstairs. I don’t think it’s the modem cause the Arris Wifi thing is upstairs. The tv upstairs doesn’t have a DVI port or whatever so I can’t connect the PC to it. I don’t want to get an adapter cause I want to set it up downstairs. The TV downstairs has DVI btw. Do I need an Wireless USB adapter thing? Even if I had one, the videos I watched on YouTube need control panel. And when I go to start menu there is only log me in, log of viewer, restart and volume. Can someone help me be able to access all the other stuff on start button in Windows XP. I’m pretty sure the computer is HP Compaq
I’m not that good with computers so please someone help me.
 

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I tried to connect it to Wifi by plugging an Ethernet cable from the PC to ...
For an ethernet connection you need to connect to your router.

For a Wi-Fi connection you need a wireless Adapter. A USB adapter is more convenient. If you get one be sure that it has a driver for XP. For a successful wireless connection you will almost surely need at least XP Service Pack 2 (SP2), and you should have SP3.

With that computer/operating system/browser combination most web pages will not display at all or will display poorly. The best advice I can give you is do not spend much money on it. Anything other than a USB network adapter (because it can be used on almost any computer) that you buy for it is probably money down the drain.
 

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For an ethernet connection you need to connect to your router.

For a Wi-Fi connection you need a wireless Adapter. A USB adapter is more convenient. If you get one be sure that it has a driver for XP. For a successful wireless connection you will almost surely need at least XP Service Pack 2 (SP2), and you should have SP3.

With that computer/operating system/browser combination most web pages will not display at all or will display poorly. The best advice I can give you is do not spend much money on it. Anything other than a USB network adapter (because it can be used on almost any computer) that you buy for it is probably money down the drain.
Hey, also can you help, the start button in the desktop screen only has a couple options, I don’t have a keyboard and would like to get on screen keyboard but there’s no control Center
For an ethernet connection you need to connect to your router.

For a Wi-Fi connection you need a wireless Adapter. A USB adapter is more convenient. If you get one be sure that it has a driver for XP. For a successful wireless connection you will almost surely need at least XP Service Pack 2 (SP2), and you should have SP3.

With that computer/operating system/browser combination most web pages will not display at all or will display poorly. The best advice I can give you is do not spend much money on it. Anything other than a USB network adapter (because it can be used on almost any computer) that you buy for it is probably money down the drain.
Hey, I also need help again, I don’t have a keyboard and would like on screen keyboard , but when I hit start there are very few options, no control panel. Is there a way to fix that? Thanks
 

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Sorry, but I do not even remember XP having an on-screen keyboard much less how to get to it.

Been years since I used XP at all, but I'm pretty sure you can set it to display the Control Panel shortcut on the Start menu. You, of course, have to be logged in and I think the process starts with a right click on the Start button or an empty part of the Task Bar.
 

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Hey, also can you help, the start button in the desktop screen only has a couple options, I don’t have a keyboard and would like to get on screen keyboard but there’s no control Center
I found a Dell support page that may apply to Windows XP running on any computer. Windows XP does have an on-screen virtual keyboard function. However, you need a regular keyboard to start it (insert facepalm here).

https://www.dell.com/support/articl...reen-keyboard-in-microsoft-windows-xp?lang=en

EDIT: I found a page on the BBC website that gives a procedure for activating and configuring a virtual keyboard using only a mouse.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/accessibility/guides/keyboard_easier/onscreen/win/xp/index.shtml
 
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Nice, Chuck. Too bad (for me) that I didn't know about that enhanced virtual keyboard when I was doing taxes as a volunteer on a laptop. I used an external num pad, but could have saved carrying around one piece of equipment.
 

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I recently found my family’s old Windows XP’s pc, I connected it to a monitor, but the thing is that when you hit start, there’s no options like control panel or anything. See picture. Please help me as I have nice plans for this computer :)
 

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I've merged both of your threads together since you already mentioned this issue before so please keep all information in this thread.
 

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I could not find any information on our site, but I found some information on another site that looks like there is a way to customize the XP Start Menu using only a mouse. This may allow you to add Control panel access to the Start menu. I no longer have access to a computer running Windows XP and have no way of testing the instructions.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/customize-the-windows-xp-start-menu-and-taskbar/

Do your plans include to eventually use a keyboard with this PC? If so, it might not be a bad idea to just get the keyboard now. It would probably make setting up and using the computer a lot simpler for you.
 

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I could not find any information on our site, but I found some information on another site that looks like there is a way to customize the XP Start Menu using only a mouse. This may allow you to add Control panel access to the Start menu. I no longer have access to a computer running Windows XP and have no way of testing the instructions.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/customize-the-windows-xp-start-menu-and-taskbar/

Do your plans include to eventually use a keyboard with this PC? If so, it might not be a bad idea to just get the keyboard now. It would probably make setting up and using the computer a lot simpler for you.
Yes I am planning on getting a cheap microsoft keyboard of kijiji. Seriously this website is amazing thanks for the help!
 

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If anyone here has discord, we can talk faster. I really need help, as I’m planning to get a cheap monitor and keyboard. My discord is ********* please help me
 

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I removed your discord information. The site rules require all support communications to be handled on the site.
 

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The upper left image shows your computer to be a HP Compaq model which originally came with Windows XP.
The image to the right of it shows what appears to be an Arris cable box for a TV.
The upper center image is too blurred.
The image to the right of it shows the rear of your computer with a power cord and 15-pin VGA video cable and ethernet cable connected to it.
The upper right image is too blurred.
The lower left image is too blurred.
The image to the right of it shows a RCA flatscreen monitor with the Windows XP start button depressed.
The lower center image shows the same thing.
The image to the right of it shows Windows XP checking for connectivity.
The lower right image shows the results of the connectivity check.

If the Arris wireless router is upstairs, that's where you need to connect your computer.
You cannot connect it to the Arris cable box for the TV.
You can connect your computer directly to one of the router's ethernet ports with an ethernet cable
- or -
you can connect your computer wirelessly to the router by installing a USB wireless adapter to it.

Which browser name and version number is installed in your computer and being used to load websites?
Is Service Pack 3 for Windows XP installed?

There should be one or more stickers on your computer that shows what its model number and product number and serial number are.
Please submit that information or provide clear readable images of those stickers.

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