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pjnewman
Posted: February 24th, 2013, 5:41am Report to Moderator
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I purchased a used Dell D600 Laptop, which originally had been loaded with XP Professional.  At some point Windows 7 has been installed.  Since I have had it, the WiFi adapter hasn't work correctly.  I have gone round-n-round with it, and have succeeded in making it work, but not with out consequences.  (If I use the WiFi, then the computer will not shut down properly. It will re-start itself.  I must do a hard shut down, by holding the "on" button in until it shuts down.  Of course, when I start up, it then starts in safe mode).  I have uploaded, a new driver for the adapter, but in doing so discovered, apparently there is not a driver for this adapter that is compatible with Windows 7.  I tried switching the WiFi adapter to another compatible one - uploading the appropriate driver, and the computer won't start at all.  I'm thinking I should just reinstall XP Professional, and get rid of 7.  I have a reinstallation disc, and the original COA key.  Should I reformat the drive and then install XP, or simply install XP "over" Windows 7?  There's nothing on this computer to save.  Or do you have any other suggestions?  Thank you!
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Posted: February 28th, 2013, 3:24am Report to Moderator
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If you have discs that put the computer back the way it was when you bought it, I would use them.  Second choice would be to reformat and then install WinXP (there are certain concerns with doing this, like WinXP has to be a version that can do new installs and not just upgrades).  Last choice, install WinXP over Win7.
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Willk
Posted: March 2nd, 2013, 1:57am Report to Moderator
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The best adapter that is really made for Win 7 is the Hawking wireless-G Dish Adapter. Part number is HWU9DD. It really works and gives you a strong signal. Don't give up on Win 7, as XP is being phased out.  Willk.
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