I have a laptop that my friend gave me and she can not find the original start up disc. I took to Best buy to have all cleaned out and they need me to bring them in a start up disc. Now what do I do to get a disc?
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Re: compaq presario start up
If the computer has or had a "Certificate of Authenticity" on the bottom, something that has the Windows XP key on it, then you have a license to run a copy of Windows on that machine. One way would be to go to eBay and buy a Compaq restore CD. You might have a hard time finding one that's made specifically for your computer.
There may be an easier method though. Many laptops have a complete recovery disc stored on the hard drive, which you can use to burn your own copies. If you follow this and find the Recovery Creator program, your laptop is one of these:
All Programs -->
--> PC Recovery Disc Creator
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The "Win32 config" system folder and the files within it are crucial to the Windows Operating System's stability. If any of these files become damaged or corrupted, you likely receive error messages. Fortunately, Microsoft puts the files to repair these problems on the installation CD that comes with your operating system. The original install disk offers a quick way to repair the system. Damaged files are replaced in only a few minutes.
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Hi, sounds like you need to replace the motherboard. It maybe cheaper to buy another laptop. Go to Compaq website and inquire on their discussion forums. Check out the motherboard price on HP and ebay. Google is your friend! Cheers, Steve PS You could dismantle the unit and see if their is any visible damage, but motherboards tend to be difficult to repair.
You need to get your hands on a MRI disc last i heard you can buy them on line it has a feature that will delete your password. If you could find a nice agent at geek squad in the best buy these use MRI disc call up there take unit to them and see if they can run it on you computer real quick.