Need to perform factory restoe on compaq nc4400 laptop.
laptop has no disc drive, i do have an external memory to store data on
A program called Ultimate Boot CD for Windows might be of assistance, personally I have never used the program but its intentions are to allow you to create a boot cd (or possibly a boot flash drive) to actually boot the entire OS, desktop and everything directly from the flash drive so nothing ever hits the hard drive. However your intentions are to probably try and reinstall the os by booting the setup cd from a flash drive instead of the cds but i'm sure it can help do that as well.
Another attempt might be (if your laptop can boot from a flash drive and is set to do so) copy the entire contents of the restore disk(s) to a flash drive that is large enough to contain it all and have it boot from the flash drive. It should pull the bootup files necessary for it to run from the flash drive but it could also need some things set into it to instruct the computer how to boot it, and off hand I am uncertain of those things required.
This should be able to get you started anyways.
Oct 29, 2008 |