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Solved: Reinstalling XP without an ENTER button?!

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by youseff, Apr 26, 2010.

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  1. youseff

    youseff Thread Starter

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    Hi,

    My laptop is nearing the end of its life - the speakers have gone, the CPU (I'm guessing) is slowly dying because my computer is becoming really slow at starting up and running programs, and to top it off both the left CTRL and ENTER keys are missing! I'm hoping to get a new one over the summer but I'm stuck with it for now.

    Anyway, I'm trying to format my laptop and reinstall windows XP but I'm struggling to do so without an ENTER button as I need this to proceed with formatting. When the OS runs normally I have a program that assigns the ALT GR key as the ENTER button so I can type documents but since I'm trying to format the computer this option is not available.

    Crazy as it sounds, does anybody have a solution to formatting and reinstalling XP without an ENTER button or buying and fitting a new keypad?

    Any advice appreciated.

    Thank you.

    EDIT: I was thinking about buying a USB numeric keypad and using the enter key on that but wasn't sure if I could use it when running basic setup.
     
  2. TheOutcaste

    TheOutcaste

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    Welcome to TSG!

    Use CTRL+M for Enter.

    A USB keyboard might work, not sure if a Numeric Keypad would though, it may need drivers.
    You may have to enter the BIODS and enable legacy USB support (or possibly Disable it)
     
  3. youseff

    youseff Thread Starter

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    Perfect! Problem solved and reinstalling windows as we speak.

    Thank you very much.
     
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