I won what I was later told is a server on eBay in 2008.
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My Compaq's motherboard died and I was looking in the auctions to get another pc. This system had no cdrom and came with a brick type Seasonic PSU. A Jr. tech at the local cmty college install the mobo inside my Compaq case, put XP Home on the drive and I was very happy with the increased performance for just over a year.
I was cleaning out the registry this past Jan. with IObit freeware - and yes, I learned my lesson - I will never clean the registry again without backing up the system first - I lost at least windows explorer's normaliz.dll file although I think I recall 3 errors
After much research on the internet I pulled the drive out copied pictures & documents and did a repair of Windows using my licensed copy of XP Pro. I have recently learned you can upgrade home to pro and apparently that is what happened. Herein lies the problem...
Now that XP Pro is installed, I have come to the conclusion that Pro has incorporated the mobo's security settings because there are things I cannot do now that I could prior to the repair. I do not have access to a licensed Home CD so I am kinda stuck with what I have. How on earth do I disable the security settings? I spent a lot time in control panel>admin tools>comp mngmt>local users and changed many of the permissions to include my acct. and even though I am admin I have trouble downloading ie8 for example and other software updates, saying I don't have permission. I am logged in as nrphotos, as apparent admin, but I see the disabled admin acct for NANCYR that was created by XP (had to be XP as I didn't offer my name, must have come from the registration).
Am I making any sense? I thought I'd post in Intel's forum because I think it's Intel/XP security I am having trouble with. I was instructed my MS to use a prgrm called FIXIT because I was unable to download ie8. After the 'fix' my self-installed network card wasn't recognized and most security settings have been reverted.
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