What is upgrading OS?


Situation: i formated my comp and installed everything and everything works fine EXCEPT the internet keeps screwing with me. i have a DSL modem from SBC yahoo DSL and i installed everything and when im online suddenly it tells me no internet connection "work offline" or "retry" .......... and yet my internet still works and it says it cannot detect a connection and i go to my tools - internet options - connections and i see nothing in there and before i formatted i remember seeing something in there..... and i try to install but it doesn't detect the modem or something and its really irritating because im surfing the web and suddenly i would get that lil "work offline" or "retry" eventough my internet is working..... please help me


This question was answered on October 25, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

It's time for an upgrade! you have a powerful system running on an old OS.

To specify what Windows does if the system stops unexpectedly

You must be logged on as an administrator or a member of the Administrators group in order to complete this procedure If your computer is connected to a network, network policy settings might also prevent you from completing this procedure.

Open System in Control Panel

On the Advanced tab, under Startup and Recovery, click Settings

Under System Failure, select the check boxes that correspond to the actions you want Windows to perform if a Stop error occurs:

Write an event to the system log specifies that event information will be recorded in the system log

Send an administrative alert specifies that your system administrator will be notified

Automatically reboot specifies that Windows will automatically restart your computer

Under Write Debugging Information, choose the type of information you want Windows to record when the system stops unexpectedly:

Small Memory Dump records the smallest amount of information that will help identify the problem This option requires a paging file of at least 2 MB on the boot volume of your computer and specifies that Windows will create a new file each time the system stops unexpectedly A history of these files is stored in the directory listed under Small Dump Directory

Kernel Memory Dump records only kernel memory, which speeds up the process of recording information in a log when the system stops unexpectedly Depending on the amount of RAM in your computer, you must have 50 MB to 800 MB available for the paging file on the boot volume The file is stored in the directory listed under Dump File

Complete Memory Dump records the entire contents of system memory when the system stops unexpectedly If you choose this option you must have a paging file on the boot volume large enough to hold all of the physical RAM plus one megabyte (MB) The file is stored in the directory listed under Dump File


To open System, click Start, click Control Panel, click Performance and Maintenance, and then click System

You must have at least a 2-MB paging file on the computer's boot volume if you select Write an event to the system log or Send an administrative alert

If you choose either Kernel Memory Dump or Complete Memory Dump and select the Overwrite any existing file check box, Windows always writes to the same file name To save individual dump files, clear the Overwrite any existing file check box and change the file name after each Stop error

You can save some memory if you clear the Write an event to the system log and Send an administrative alert check boxes The memory saved depends on the computer, but typically about 60 KB to 70 KB are required by these features

If you contact Microsoft Product Support Services about a Stop error, they might ask for the system-memory dump file generated by the Write Debugging Information option

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Posted by christopher of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on October 25, 2004