USB Wireless Network Adaptor and XP kink!

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jackdashack

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Hello, and thanks for taking the time to read here.

My neighbor has an XP operating desktop HP machine. I can't tell you much more about it because it is not mine. He lives directly across the street. I do most of his technical maintenance on his machine, to a point, I'm not a geek, a wannabe possibly but only slightly above the average user. I have been using pc's since 1988. He uses Verizon slow DSL and not only that his pc has been taking up to 4 minutes to boot up. So the other day I thought I'm taking this Linksys USB Wireless adapter over there and using it to access my drive and have the greater speed and access to my files on my computer. BTW, I wanted to use the adapter because his pc has no wireless. And the purpose of my trip across the street was to help this issue with taking up to 4 minutes to boot up.

Now this Linksys adapter was given to me awhile back. I came home, plugged it into my older XP machine and it recognized it, installed it I suppose, do not remember, but it went right on and accepted and used it.

When I plugged it into his it did not work on his XP. It searched the Windows directory for the driver but did not find it. So I went to the internet and found the driver. Downloaded it but it would not install properly. I downloaded it from another site under another file name, it would not install it properly. I am perplexed as it was so easy to use with my XP machines.

Any suggestions why? What to do now? What if I copied the driver library of my XP machine and copied it to his XP machine. Do you think then it would find the driver as easily as it did mine and go on and work? If so what Windows folder has all the drivers available to XP?

BTW, 3.5 hours later and I had his machine booting up at 1 minute instead of the 4 minutes. Cleaned and meaned it's a runnin' machine. But I still would like to know how to get this Linksys Wireless adapter to work so when I go there I have access to files on mine I need and faster internet if I have to download something for him.

Thanks so much. I've written a lot but wanted to be thorough. jack (y)
 

TheShooter93

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Where did you download the drivers from? What errors were you getting during installation? This should simply be a driver issue.

Also, what are you doing to speed up PC? Just make sure to never run any "registry cleaners"/"computer optimizer" programs. These can wreck havoc on a computer, and I've seen them turn some into expensive doorstops by corrupting the OS beyond repair.
 

jackdashack

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TheShooter93, thanks for taking the time and thanks for the sincere advice. I've been around with this issue on cleaners with others. All I can say is we react to our experiences. I have used CCleaner and more recently Advanced Care 6 on 2 XP machines, my Win 8 machine and an Android tablet. Some for a couple of years. I have never had problem one from either program or trouble with any device. I used it on the neighbors, a Vista converted to and XP with no problems whatsoever. Go figure?? I always make Restore Points. But have never had to use one yet. I'm talking years of use of these 2 products.

Now, back, the main speed up was I went into SERVICES and I have a list now which I've produced of things that can be turned off. After I did that there was an amazing change. Then I cleaned or un-installed all the programs he didn't use. Deleted at least 20 toolbars. Then when everything was done I ran the complete Advanced Care System with it's 12 optimizers, let it defrag (ultimate, longer but better) and shut down. When we flipped it on it booted up in a minute rather than the 4. Everything, programs and internet is running faster.

Like I said, I know I'm still going to get the warning from you. I've heard and read it all. But I've never had a problem in years on several pc's, and more recently on the Win 8 and the Android tablet.

I got one from Linksys site itself. And another from ... not sure. The linksys site would do 2 steps but then on the 3rd, installing, it would report it couldn't continue. Is a driver just one file or make up of many. Can it just be added to a folder? Is my idea of copying the drivers fold of XP to his drivers folder of XP a hairbrained one? I am wondering why his didn't allow the USB adapter as mine did so easily. Mine is XP Home. Is there a Basic, even lower than the Home Version? Sorry, I have not given you much to go on.
 

TerryNet

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The other XP has SP3 installed? If not, that may explain the driver installation issue.
 

jackdashack

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TerryNet, that surely could be. I'll check that. I can see that and wonder I didn't check myself. Knowing his knowledge level I doubt he's done that. Thanks! Jack ":-D
 
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