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DimwittedNoob

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.2
OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Service Pack 2, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Celeron(R) CPU 2.53GHz, x86 Family 15 Model 3 Stepping 3
Processor Count: 1
RAM: 247 Mb
Graphics Card:
Hard Drives: C: Total - 19085 MB, Free - 8110 MB;
Motherboard: MICRO-STAR INTERNATIONAL CO., LTD, Gamila/Giovani/Neon series
Antivirus: None

Planning on getting this computer cleaned out and asking the guy to install somethings for me.Should I get some of these things? just need your advice on what and what not to get.

1-upgrade sp2 to sp3-can he do this?
2-upgrade windows movie maker-I have the same version that comes with windows xp.
3-internet explorer 8-I originally had 6 because it keep with it then I ask him to upgrade it to 8.The viruses is causing exploere to close alot everyday.Should I keep 8 or go with something else? what might be that something else?
4-get antivirus.He installed McAfee Security Scan Plus ree trail on my computer, i heard anti virus can cause your computer to be slow.what antivirus should I get?
5-install direct x 11-I don't know if direct x is safe,don't even know if this computer has direct x.
6-upgrade microsoft office word 2003 to 2010

If there is anything you think I need let me nkow, thanks in advance.
 

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1. yes, he can, and yes, you should.
2. No clue. Would imagine it would be included in an service pack.
3. IE8 is fine. You can also play around with firefox.
4. Definitely get AV. I'd avoid Mcaffee, as you have to pay for it, and go with microsoft security essentials.
5. direct x is good for some web apps.
6. you will need to purchase a new copy of office to do that. If you are happy with 2k3, no need to change. If you can't afford it, try open office.
 

TheShooter93

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His RAM amount can't be correct. I think he accidently a number and has 2GB of RAM.
Actually, that RAM count is correct. It's likely one DIMM of 256MB which is the minimum requirement for Windows XP.

In response to the questions:
1) Yes, and it should be done as soon as possible.
2) That version stays with Windows XP throughout every service pack. If you want to upgrade it, you may be able to do so, but it depends if the new ones work on XP.
3) I prefer Google Chrome or Firefox over IE8, but there really isn't a huge difference with any of them.
4) Microsoft Security Essentials or Avast! Antivirus
5) It's safe and is good to have installed for web browsing.
6) Not really needed, no.
 
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The ideas presented by others are good. The one thing I want to mention is the web browser. I recommend everyone use Firefox with the NoScript plug in. NoScript turns off all scripting in your web browser (which is the #1 attack vector for viruses and malware) by default and then you can enable the scripting on a domain by domain basis. If you only enable what you absolutely have to for each web site you regularly visit, this will make you 100 times more resistant to attacks. Of course if you go bad websites and enable all of the scripting for everything then it won't help.

Properly using Firefox+NoScript is like rolling through a battlefield in a tank, while going to the same sites using IE8 would be like walking through the battlefield wearing damp toilet paper for protection.
 

flavallee

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What's the model name and model number of that HP?

What's the product number(P/N) on the sticker?

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DimwittedNoob

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What's the model name and model number of that HP?
What's the product number(P/N) on the sticker?

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No clue, don't even think there is sticker on this.Thanks for the advice.I was thinking of getting more ram because when I tried using replay video capture on no$gba emulator it causes the game to be slow, i heard this was caused because I need more ram.How much ram should I get? I also need more diskspace.I had 10gb when I got xp but after the virus it dropped to 8gb.I have to kep using ccleaner because the cleaner on this doesn't do the job right.How much diskspace should I get? can he do that?

Here is what I will let him do.
1-sp3
2-keep the version on winodws movie maker.I only wanted a new one because I hate seeing outdating sofwares and this version doesn't have a slowmotion/fastmotion effect and I can't add my name to a video like avs.I tried avs, it is slow on my computer.Are there any plugin for wmm, that do those tihngs?
3-keep internet explorer 8-I just am nervous to get firefox, heard it has problems, alos heard some sites don't work probably on it and don't most site need scrpit?
4-install Microsoft Security Essentials.
5 direct x 11
6-install language pack-When I go to certain sites like chinese or japanese, it says in order for it to display property i need chinese simplified,is this necessary, do i need it? should I get it?
 

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According to your computer specs, that computer is a Hewlett Packard(HP).
There should be a model name(such as Pavilion) and a model number embossed in the case.

You need to increase the amount of RAM to at least 512 MB, but preferably to 1024 MB(1 GB).
As long as it has only 256 MB, it's going to run like a snail, no matter how much performance tweaking you do.

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