Hi I took a mates HDD out of his N/B to scan for virus's cause it would not work, and found heaps. This laptop has a hidden partition on HDD in fat 32 so I think it's the xp setup partition, but how do I access the hidden partition so i can load xp
I need to know what key to press to access the xp hidden partition
Thanks hope you can help
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It would seem that a driver may be the cause which is loading during startup.
Suggest booting into safe mode by pressing F8 before laptop boots into Windows and then use msconfig to select the drivers to load at boot time.
Keep eliminating drivers until you locate the one causing the problem and then remove and check for a later verison of the driver.
Joelmar, you are incorrect. This model was also sold with xp, I'm typing this on one. If you still have the original Hdd and have not formatted the recovery partition, boot up the laptop whilst holding the f11 key. This will start NEC recovery and allow you to reinstall the system, drivers included. Back up first!
In the case of a Virus infection I would most likely disconnect the Hard drive from the machine, scan it on another machine ( using AVG7 + AVGAS = AVG Antivirus and AVG Anti Spyware Scan) remembering to turn off system restore while scanning on the drive and scanning in safe mode.
If you have successfully found and removed the virus infection, remember to delete your system volume information and recycler folder on the drive. virus files tend to infect these folders.
Before you plug in your HDD into your machine again, you might want to do a backup of your data, then either do a Windows repair or a Windows Fresh installation (Formating the entire HDD); The repair will attampt to fix the issues that the virus has caused and the fresh install you'll be sure that everything WILL work after installation OR use the Windows repair option AND a registry repair tool to repair registry items.
Another option would be to create a new user name. The settings in that new accound should be working fine and you should be able to access the start menu and your folders again.