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    Computer Geeks please help

    I'm sorry if I offended anyone with my thread title especially since you all are probably making way more money than I ever will.

    Anyways, I'm helping a friend clean up his computer because it has run out of memory. He has two versions of Microsoft on there, XP Proffesional and 2003 Office. Can I delete one of them? And which one can I delete? And is there anyway to free up space on his hard drive that aren't the typical ways to do it?

    Thanks Geeks. I'll owe you one.


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    Re: Computer Geeks please help

    You actually probably only have ONE operating system. The XP is the operating system and the 2003 Office is probably Microsoft Office software. The office software is the word processing, spread sheet, etc. So keep BOTH of those!



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    Re: Computer Geeks please help

    Quote Originally Posted by mpolley View Post
    You actually probably only have ONE operating system. The XP is the operating system and the 2003 Office is probably Microsoft Office software. The office software is the word processing, spread sheet, etc. So keep BOTH of those!
    That's what I was worried about. The XP Professional had those office products also, but I'm pretty sure it was upgraded to Office 2003 a few years ago.


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    Re: Computer Geeks please help

    Quote Originally Posted by mpolley View Post
    You actually probably only have ONE operating system. The XP is the operating system and the 2003 Office is probably Microsoft Office software. The office software is the word processing, spread sheet, etc. So keep BOTH of those!
    ABSOLUTELY.

    Unless of course the guy wants to wipe everything out and go with linux

    Another question - is he low on memory of disk space? Sometimes people confuse the two and it's best to clarify that before deleting things willy nilly.



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    Re: Computer Geeks please help

    Quote Originally Posted by TykeClone View Post
    ABSOLUTELY.

    Unless of course the guy wants to wipe everything out and go with linux

    Another question - is he low on memory of disk space? Sometimes people confuse the two and it's best to clarify that before deleting things willy nilly.
    Low on Disk Space. His stupid computer has a 13gb hard drive and then another hard drive that is 80gb. All the operating systems are run from the 13gb drive and when stuff is loaded on the other hard drive it doesn't read the stuff on it when you are working on the C: drive.


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    Re: Computer Geeks please help

    Is it another hard drive or just another partition?



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    Re: Computer Geeks please help

    Quote Originally Posted by dmclone View Post
    Is it another hard drive or just another partition?
    I don't understand partition but I think the answer is yes it is.

    When looking at the my computer page he has two hard drives, a C: drive and a D: drive. It is loaded on his desktop computer and isn't a portable hard drive.


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    Re: Computer Geeks please help

    You can check in the registry to see if there are multiple versions of Office installed. Let me know if you need any help with that - you'll want to check under HKey_LM and HKey_CurrentUser.


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    Re: Computer Geeks please help

    Quote Originally Posted by CTAClone View Post
    I don't understand partition but I think the answer is yes it is.

    When looking at the my computer page he has two hard drives, a C: drive and a D: drive. It is loaded on his desktop computer and isn't a portable hard drive.
    It might be just as cheap and easy to throw a new 80GB drive in and use it to replace the C: drive. Maxtor, Western Digital, and Seagate all have software that makes it rather painless to do.



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    Re: Computer Geeks please help

    He likely does have two versions of Office installed. XP Professional was also the name of a version of Microsoft Office, in addition to a version of Windows, which can be quite confusing.



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    Re: Computer Geeks please help

    Quote Originally Posted by TykeClone View Post
    It might be just as cheap and easy to throw a new 80GB drive in and use it to replace the C: drive. Maxtor, Western Digital, and Seagate all have software that makes it rather painless to do.
    What about transfering everything over to his D: drive? He's worried about losing files, but can the operating system be moved over there and then he can transfer all the files he needs?

    And Angie what's that HKey stuff you are talking about?


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    Re: Computer Geeks please help

    Quote Originally Posted by CTAClone View Post
    What about transfering everything over to his D: drive? He's worried about losing files, but can the operating system be moved over there and then he can transfer all the files he needs?

    And Angie what's that HKey stuff you are talking about?
    I'll PM you.


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    Re: Computer Geeks please help

    Quote Originally Posted by CTAClone View Post
    What about transfering everything over to his D: drive? He's worried about losing files, but can the operating system be moved over there and then he can transfer all the files he needs?

    And Angie what's that HKey stuff you are talking about?
    If you don't know about the HKey stuff, don't mess with it -it can be dangerous.

    Windows doesn't like to be moved and can hassle you if it's not done right. If the D: drive is a separate physical disk, and if you've got a spare drive to store its contents for now, you can download the file transfer program from the appropriate drive company and move the C: drive to the d: drive, and then move the backed up stuff to wherever he needs it.

    If it's not a separate physical disk, then getting a separate physical disk might be the best answer.



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    Re: Computer Geeks please help

    Quote Originally Posted by TykeClone View Post
    If you don't know about the HKey stuff, don't mess with it -it can be dangerous.

    Windows doesn't like to be moved and can hassle you if it's not done right. If the D: drive is a separate physical disk, and if you've got a spare drive to store its contents for now, you can download the file transfer program from the appropriate drive company and move the C: drive to the d: drive, and then move the backed up stuff to wherever he needs it.

    If it's not a separate physical disk, then getting a separate physical disk might be the best answer.

    Definitely listen to him. If you want me to get connected with you at some point, I can. I'm sure there are others who would be happy to, too.


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    Re: Computer Geeks please help

    Quote Originally Posted by TykeClone View Post
    If you don't know about the HKey stuff, don't mess with it -it can be dangerous.

    Windows doesn't like to be moved and can hassle you if it's not done right. If the D: drive is a separate physical disk, and if you've got a spare drive to store its contents for now, you can download the file transfer program from the appropriate drive company and move the C: drive to the d: drive, and then move the backed up stuff to wherever he needs it.

    If it's not a separate physical disk, then getting a separate physical disk might be the best answer.
    How would that work with the operating system? Let me see if I got this right. It may be his best answer since he has no space on his C: drive to move everything to D:.

    1. Back up everything onto a portable hard drive.
    2. Uninstall Windows on the C: Drive
    3. Reinstall Windows/Programs on the D: Drive

    Would doing this allow you to run the computer on the D: Drive and not have to deal with that little 13gb C: Drive?


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