Validating or Updating a Windows XP OS Online
It could be rightly said that Windows XP is by far the most user-friendly and stable operating system released by Microsoft. Even though it lacks an impressive interface, it’s the most sought after platform of the times, thanks to its lesser number of errors and sheer efficiency. In this post, the Windows online support team gives you a comprehensive account on how to validate or update your Windows XP OS on an HP laptop online.
Windows XP on Laptops
As you might be well aware, major laptop manufacturers such as HP normally preactivate the Windows OS before shipping the product to customers or third-party retailers. But as far as users who upgrade to Windows XP from an earlier version of Windows are concerned, they must activate the product within 30 days after the installation.
Activating XP Online
The following steps are in order for activating your copy of Windows XP online:
- Commence the procedure by signing on to your Windows XP PC as an administrator. Ensure that your computer is connected to the internet.
- You may now click on the “Start” menu and click on “All Programs” .
- Select the option “Accessories”, click on “System Tools”, and choose “Activate Windows”.
- Now from the activation options choose the one that reads “Yes, let’s activate Windows over the Internet now” and then click on “Next”.
- As the Windows online support team says, do choose the option “No, I don’t want to register now; let’s just activate Windows”. Click on “Next”.
- Select “OK” when the message that reads “You have successfully activated your copy of Windows” appears on the screen.
Enabling Automatic Updates
According to the Windows online support team, the following steps are in order for enabling automatic updates on your Windows XP computer:
- Click on “Start” and choose “Control Panel” from the right pane.
- Double click on the option that reads “System” and choose “Automatic Updates” from the tabs displayed.
- From the subsequent options click on “Automatic”.
- Finally, choose a date and time from the drop-down menu for Windows XP to automatically install the updates on your computer.
The above account would surely prove helpful in activating your copy of Windows XP online and enabling automatic updates for the same.
For any further assistance, do get in touch with Windows online support.
Fix Unknown Device Errors in Windows Vista with Windows Online Support
Getting unknown device errors on your Windows Vista computer?
Are you looking for assistance?
Chances are, older devices which were manufactured prior to the release of Microsoft’s Windows Vista operating system may be incompatible while using it on the same and as a result, the user can face various errors and problems as Windows online support and team explains it.
And as such, if you are unfortunately facing the same difficulty with your copy of Vista, Windows online support suggests you employ a few of its troubleshooting steps that it has listed below on this article to fix the problem.
Here is how.
Resolving Unknown Device Errors in Windows Vista
The following are the troubleshooting steps in successfully reinstalling the driver for your unknown device in getting rid of the errors with Windows online support and team:
1. Reinstalling driver for the unknown device
Get on Windows “Start” menu and type in “Device Manager” in the available “Start Search” field followed by hitting on “Enter“. Try locating your “Unknown Device” by double clicking on the same item (“Unknown Device“) and then select “Reinstall driver“. Follow the resulting on-screen instructions to complete reinstallation.
2. Downloading a new driver for the unknown device from the manufacturer’s website
Return to the “Device Manager” section of your “Control Panel” link followed by clicking on the “Details” tab for more information about the device (this is if you are uncertain what the device is and who manufactures it). Proceed with copying and pasting the “Hardware IDs” results into your Web
browser. This should help you with locating the device manufacturer’s website. Now search for the device and a driver that is compatible with your copy of Windows Vista. Download the driver, save it to your desktop and double click on it to follow and complete on-screen instructions (if any) for a successful installation.
3. Uninstalling and reinstalling the device from Device Manager
Right click on the device then select the option “Uninstall” to initiate the same operation. Once Windows successfully completes the process, restart your computer and allow Windows to redetect and reinstall the device for you.
4. Checking your hardware against the Windows Hardware Compatibility List
Chances are, even though your device worked on Windows XP, it may yet be incompatible with Windows Vista. In such a case, you must wait for a driver update from your hardware manufacturer. Following which, upgrade your hardware to a Vista-compatible device by removing the device from your computer. Or also by disabling the device through your Windows “Device Manager”.