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Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by Algreen, Feb 26, 2013.

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  1. Algreen

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    So, I have an HP desktop with Win 7, I have forgotten the Admin password, I don't have recovery disk or original installation disk. I was advised that if I burn a trial Win 7 ISO using my good laptop and then boot from DVD on my bad desktop - I may have a way of recovering my desktop computer. I want it as a lab machine but can't install anything on it or do much on it at the moment in it's Guest account mode.
    I have set the BIOS to boot from the DVD but it does not, it seems to try but gives up straight away and moves on to booting from hard disk. So if I buy a new copy of Windows, how can I be sure the computer will read it? :confused:
     
  2. huggie54

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    hi,forum rules state no help with passwords,that said can you access the PC via guest account
     
  3. Algreen

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    Yea, got guest access
     
  4. flavallee

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    Unless you correctly downloaded and saved and burned that Windows 7 .iso file, you're not going to see the Press any key to boot from CD or DVD command if it's not bootable.

    And as huggie54 already advised, we don't assist with a forgotten password.

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  5. Algreen

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    So, do I need to get another Windows 7? And because I can't do much without UAC wanting an Admin password, will I be able to install it? Are you allowed to help with those questions?
     
  6. Algreen

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    Nor does it seem, can I turn said bad desktop in to host for VMware ESXi Hypervisor for VSphere thingy so I can have trial Win Server 2012. It just won't boot from that .ios image either, what am I doing wrong? Could it be the cheap DVD-R's I bought? Surely not.. Please help, this is a right mess...
     
  7. flavallee

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    What's the model name and model number of that HP computer?

    If you don't know for sure, advise what the product number(P/N) and/or model number(M/N) on the sticker is.

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  8. Algreen

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    Thanks for reply, all I can tell is from System Information and that it is a HP xw 4400 Workstation, this is a custom build (from Amazon 3rd party) so that's all I can see, no sticker on main board... It won't even let Speccy tell me the proper details because of UAC...
     
  9. flavallee

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    HP xw4400 WorkStation

    Depending on what product number it is, it came with Windows XP Professional or Windows Vista Business.

    The Microsoft Certificate-Of-Authenticity sticker will confirm which operating system came installed in it.

    The Computer Surgeons HP Recovery Center appears to have a recovery disc kit for it.

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  10. Algreen

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    Yes, it came originally with XP Pro, will check Computer Surgeons. Thank you.
     
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    If that's the case, AH004AV should be the recovery disc kit you need.

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