Sounds typical for a system where the drivers weren't installed. All too many people think that Windows just magically comes with all of these drivers, but the truth of the matter is that you need to install them yourself. That's why you have that second disc which no one apparently thought to use.
Install things like the video and network drivers from that drivers disc, and things should start to look a bit more normal.
Well I was away at college, and I just got back home. And it turns out they were having problems with the home computer. It's a hp pavilion a1600n desktop. I don't know what their issue was, but I think they uninstalled windows xp, then tried to reinstall it.
We have two disks: one is a Operating System Microsoft Widows XP Media Center Edition 2005. And the other one is the disk drivers disk. Now the problem is that the computer looks like it has windows from the 90's. And it cannot connect to the internet. It wants to connect to Dial-up, instead of our internet.
I tried to put the Windows XP disk in again, but when I tried to run the compatibility test, it said it couldn't find a file, and wouldn't let me continue. I'm not really a computer person, but they want me to fix it so please, if any of this sounds familiar please help me out.