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No recovery disc - help with restore please?!

Hi, I brought a Advent 7110 second hand. It worked fine at 1st but rather stupidly I was accessing wireless internet and did not secure my wireless router (I have learnt my lesson the hard way and of course have corrected this now)!!! Before I secured network, someone got into the laptop and changed the windows xp password. Someone I sort of know (who's a bit of a techie - completely unlike me) gave me a disc he created (he mentioned from a Torrent if that makes sense) to load which was meant to wipe everything and re-install XP. I needed to boot from CDrom which I did but for some reason it didn't work. Now it doesn't boot from CDrom drive and the BIOS & Boot Menu now ask for a password and I don't know how to sort any of this. I have the laptop, charger and disc that matey gave me - any pointers pls? I just wanna be able to get into computer - not fussed about anything that's saved on there (I've checked and neither does the person I brought it from)

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  • darrengreen1 May 10, 2009

    Hi mate,



    Thanks very much, pressed F5 and now booting from the CD rom drive - only issue is that the CD that I was given to reboot works to a certain point then fails.



    At 1st it says Windows is loading files... and a white 'progress' bar is displayed below.



    Then it comes back up with the Microsoft Corporation loading screen that then loads an install windows box. (Vista)



    I select English - UK options for language and keyboard settings etc.



    It then gives option to 'Install Now'



    It then asks for a product ket which of course I dont have. The one on the bottom of laptop is for xp not vista so doesn't work.



    It's at this point I get stuck.



    Any more ideas?



    Thanks so far for help - really appreciated!

  • darrengreen1 May 10, 2009

    Hi mate,



    Thanks very much, pressed F5 and now booting from the CD rom drive - only issue is that the CD that I was given to reboot works to a certain point then fails.



    At 1st it says Windows is loading files... and a white 'progress' bar is displayed below.



    Then it comes back up with the Microsoft Corporation loading screen that then loads an install windows box. (Vista)



    I select English - UK options for language and keyboard settings etc.



    It then gives option to 'Install Now'



    It then asks for a product ket which of course I dont have. The one on the bottom of laptop is for xp not vista so doesn't work.



    It's at this point I get stuck.



    Any more ideas?



    Thanks so far for help - really appreciated!

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Hi Darren have a go with this one it may just work depending how mallicious the attack was .

windows default administrator account password is blank by default.

boot windows in sfae mode by pressing f5 key after theaventscreen has gone off when windows brings up the log in page use the administrator account and no password if this does not work and your laptop wont boot from cdrom then you will need to get a techie to open up the laptop and reset your bios so that it loses the bios password and then you can change the boot order so that you can booot from the cd rom drive

I Hope this was helpfull
Regards Aaan (Alastech

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  • Alan Rothery May 10, 2009

    Hi Darren



    Have a Surf for hierens boot cd on the net and download it once you get it boot from the cd and select active password changer this will ask which installation of windows you require to remove passwords from and show all that are install "you would only normally have one install " select it

    it will then show all accounts in windows reset the password to blank for all the accounts reboot the laptop without cd hey presto you can get back into your windows when it boot and no need for a rebuild





    Regards Alan (Alstech)

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