You had just answered a question I had regarding my problem with the boot up. You said the only solution was to use the recovery disks. Will I be able to recover the data currently stored on my computer?
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You should be able to do a clean install of Windows. Just insert the installation disc and press any key when indicated. Optical drive needs to be the first boot option. Go into BIOS and change it is not. As for disc, you have to use the same Windows version as indicated on the MS Product Key sticker, because of the serial number.
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If you forgot your password and the answer to your security question then no, you won't be able to login with that account. There are free tools on the internet that you can use to reset your password with. Search for linux based windows password recovery tool and you'll get a long list of them. Depending on the version of windows there is a boot option that at the windows loading screen you can press F8 to login as the system administrator which you can reset the password for your user account from there.
On XP you can try this: Boot computer and press Ctrl+Alt+Delete twice when you See Windows welcome screen / login screen. It'll show classic login box. Now type "Administrator" (without quotes) in username field and leave password field blank, press Enter and you should be able to login Windows. Now you can reset windows password from "Control Panel -> User Accounts".
On Win 7 or Vista: Ctrl+Alt+Delete won't work, you have to use some windows password recovery software. I recommend Windows Password Recovery Tool 3.0 .
If you can boot into Windows, click on start and then open your control panel. Then click on recovery. Then click on advance recovery and select return computer to factory conditions. Answer any question and the system should reboot. Answer a few more questions and then it should go on autopilot and reset your system back to factory conditions. This should take one or two hours. It is best to check on it to make sure everything is going fine. If your resetting a lappy, make sure you have the AC adapter plugged up. You do not want this process interrupted.
If you can not boot into Windows then try Advanced boot options. When you press the power button, start tapping the F8 key. You will see the advance boot menu. Select repair your computer. Select your language and then enter your user name and password. The click on Dell factory Image Restore and next. Answer the question and it should start the recovery back to factory settings.
If all else fails try recovery from the recovery partition
When you press the power button start tapping the F12 key for your puter and the BIOS menu will open. Select recovery from the menu, answer the question and the recovery should begin. Depending on your puter this will take one to two hours.
Your BIOS menu should look something like this. Yours might be different. I am posting this to give you an idea of what it looks like.
If you have recovery disk try starting them from Windows, or start computer with disk inside and chose 'boot from cd'. After booting from recovery disc chose complete recovery. Save a backup of your data, as complete recovery may delete the data. If recovery disk does not work you will have to install Windows from a generic Windows setup disk, in this case refer to manual for how to.