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Help with the computer

By michellemarie ยท 7 replies
Dec 28, 2007
  1. Ok my son got my moms old computer, we tried to hook it up to our wireless router and it woul dnot let us. It said it need to hav ewindows updated, but how do I do this , I can't get the computer online...so if i can't get the computer online I can't update windows...can i hook the two computers together? not sure what to do.. I hope someone can help me..
  2. halo71

    halo71 TS Rookie Posts: 1,090

    How old is old? What Operating System?

    Oh yeah, Welcome to Techpost! :)
  3. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 10,432   +801

    wireless setups are not simple, so start with a wired connection.

    then you can run IE and get the system updates and drivers.
  4. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    you will need to post more specs in order for anyone to help you.
  5. wildman6801

    wildman6801 TS Rookie Posts: 63

  6. michellemarie

    michellemarie TS Rookie Topic Starter

    help getting computer online

    Ok The computer is a dell, oh about four years old... now when we try to install the router softwear the coputer says we need to update windows. so if I can not get the router to work, and can't get the computer online. How can I update windows. The computer has not been on line for over a year. The computer is a dell dimension LN33R microsoft windows millennium stciker on the side of it...thanks
  7. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,103   +423

    Windows ME? I don't know how updated it can get since MS stopped supporting it awhile ago. Anyway, as jobeard suggested, can you temporarily connect this PC directly by wire from the broadband modem to the PC instead of to the router? Once it is updated, you can reconnect the router.

    BTW, make sure the wireless adapter you are using for the Dell supports the Windows ME operating system. Some do not support Windows 98 or ME anymore, only XP or above. If you are not sure about the operating system, go to the Start menu > Run box and type the word dxdiag. The report that is generated should tell you what operating system you have.
  8. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    they are still not telling much of the system specs
    I can't find any info from quick google
    but its a Dell
    I would invest in an oem xp pro for it save a lot of headaches

    good luck and have fun
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