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I need to access the BIOS to reboot and install Microsoft Original XP; I had my laptop reformated and they put a counterfit copy of XP in. I have the XP CD ready but the computer does nothing so it is recommended that I go through the BIOS. It came as a surprise that the Bios has a locked Password which I never set up; so I dont have the password. Can you offer support or give me a pass to overide it as I cannot continue using my Microsoft XP.

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  • Curtis Hamilton May 11, 2010

    What is the model number and manufacturer of your laptop? It might be possible to clear the CMOS or flash your BIOS to fix the problem.

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Unplug the power to your computer and take out the battery if it's a laptop. Then open it up and take out the battery on the motherboard for about 15 to 30 seconds put the battery back in and it should be cleared.

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How can i restore a toshiba equium l20-197 back to factory settings


System restore will not do what your asking.

However there is a way but you will need a Installation cd Assume you have Windows XP


Then you need to borrow or buy a Windows XP Home Edition or Pro

You can buy one used from Ebay.


There are two options !.Repair install this will save all files/data on your hard drive.

Follow these instructions to Repair install.


Boot the computer using the XP CD.

You may need to change the boot order in the system BIOS so the CD boots before the hard drive.

Check your system documentation for steps to access the BIOS and change the boot order.



When you see the "Welcome To Setup" screen, you will see the options below
This portion of the Setup program prepares Microsoft
Windows XP to run on your computer:


To setup Windows XP now, press ENTER.
To repair a Windows XP installation using Recovery Console, press R.


To quit Setup without installing Windows XP, press F3.
Press Enter to start the Windows Setup.

Do not choose "To repair a Windows XP installation using the Recovery Console, press R", (you Do Not want to load Recovery Console).


I repeat, do not choose "To repair a Windows XP installation using the Recovery Console, press R".


Accept the License Agreement and Windows will search for existing Windows installations.
Select the XP installation you want to repair from the list and press R to start the repair.


If Repair is not one of the options, END setup.

After the reboot


Setup will copy the necessary files to the hard drive and reboot.

Do not press any key to boot from CD when the message appears.


Setup will continue as if it were doing a clean install, but your applications and settings will remain intact.

2. If you want to do a clean install that will completely wipe your hard drive clean then follow the instructions from this site http://www.winsupersite.com/showcase/win...


You will then need to reload all Microsoft Windows Updates and find all other drivers and software from http://uk.computers.toshiba-europe.com/c...

Then wham bam you should be back in business.


hope this helps

Sep 27, 2012 | Toshiba Equium PC Desktops

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Windows shut down unexpectedly, and when I rebooted, I had lost all my icons, and start tool bar. How to get them back?


  1. Boot the computer using the XP CD. You may need to change the boot order in the system BIOS so the CD boots before the hard drive. Check your system documentation for steps to access the BIOS and change the boot order.
  2. When you see the "Welcome To Setup" screen, you will see the options below This portion of the Setup program prepares Microsoft
    Windows XP to run on your computer:

    To setup Windows XP now, press ENTER.

    To repair a Windows XP installation using Recovery Console, press R.

    To quit Setup without installing Windows XP, press F3.
  3. Press Enter to start the Windows Setup. To Repair Install, press ENTER
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  4. Accept the License Agreement and Windows will search for existing Windows installations.
  5. Select the XP installation you want to repair from the list and press R to start the repair. If Repair is not one of the options, END setup. After the reboot read
  6. Setup will copy the necessary files to the hard drive and reboot. Do not press any key to boot from CD when the message appears. Setup will continue as if it were doing a clean install, but your applications and settings will remain intact.take care god bless

May 06, 2009 | PC Desktops

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My PC need help


one chance is there for you. just do a repair which HDD drive is detecting win32 missing. just follow these steps.

Please read carefully and make sure you followed the warning links before initiating
the Repair Install. You can print a text version for reference. repair.txt

1. Boot the computer using the XP CD. You may need to change the boot order in the
system BIOS so the CD boots before the hard drive. Check your system documentation
for steps to access the BIOS and change the boot order.

2. When you see the "Welcome To Setup" screen, you will see the options below
This portion of the Setup program prepares Microsoft
Windows XP to run on your computer:
To setup Windows XP now, press ENTER.
To repair a Windows XP installation using Recovery Console, press R.
To quit Setup without installing Windows XP, press F3.

3. Press Enter to start the Windows Setup.
do not choose "To repair a Windows XP installation using the Recovery
Console, press R", (you Do Not want to load Recovery Console). I
repeat, do not choose "To repair a Windows XP installation using the
Recovery Console, press R".

4. Accept the License Agreement and Windows will search for existing Windows
installations.

5. Select the XP installation you want to repair from the list and press R to start the
repair. If Repair is not one of the options, END setup. After the reboot read
Warning

6. Setup will copy the necessary files to the hard drive and reboot. Do not press any
key to boot from CD when the message appears. Setup will continue as if it
were doing a clean install, but your applications and settings will remain intact.

Apr 05, 2009 | PC Desktops

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Been having this problem for 2 months.. computer is turned off... have been rebooting from CD in drive for 1 year... harddrive tired and cannot boot up by itself... lately cannot get to any Recovery mode,...


If you have a Windows XP CD, follow these steps.

1. Boot from the CD and start the installer
2. Choose to install onto the already formatted partition with the unbootable Windows, but opt to leave the existing filesystem and any other OSes alone. Choosing this will require you to create another folder for Windows to avoid writing over the existing installation. I usually call the new folder "WINXP."
3. Install Windows as you would normally, you'll need a Product Key but you can actually use your personal key on someone else's computer with no danger to you losing it or being accused of piracy, I'll explain this later.
4. Boot the NEW Windows XP install. Do not "Activate" or "register," you're going to be deleting this copy of Windows from the machine if all goes well.
5. Edit the BOOT.INI on the hard drive from the original installation of Windows with the corrupted HAL. This file should be in C:\ (may be hidden)

Sample BOOT.INI for XP Pro
Microsoft wrote:[boot loader]
timeout=10
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /NOEXECUTE=OPTIN /FASTDETECT

6. Go to C:\WINXP\system32\hal.dll (where "WINXP" is the folder you installed the second copy of Windows XP) and copy it from the new Windows to C:\WINDOWS\system32\hal.dll (or wherever you installed Windows XP originally, I use "WINDOWS" but some people use strange folder names for their XP) and overwrite any file there. The new hal.dll is uncorrupt and newly regenerated. The file is specific to each machine's hardware configuration and we needed to rebuild it. The installer did that for us with the new installation.
7. Try rebooting your computer to see if you can get into your OLD Windows installation. If you can, congratulations!
8. DELETE the "WINXP" folder (or wherever you put your new Windows install).

PS: Please rate this solution

Mar 11, 2009 | PC Desktops

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Install older version of windows xp professional


Hello.

First do this.....

Reboot the computer and enter bios by..
When the blue DELL™ logo appears, press <F2> immediately
You might have to try this a few times since you have to be really quick,

In system setup (bios)
Set CD Drive as first device in the boot sequence. Press F10 then chose "Y" to save.

1. Put your old XP CD in and reboot.

2. After reboot if asked if you want to start on cd chose yes.

3. start Win Xp installation from your old XP cd.

4. delete partiton 1 on your C: hard drive

5. create new partition

6. Start installation and format the c:drive

7. Follow the installation instructions,,,

Hope this helps.

Regards...
/Tech5508

Feb 16, 2009 | Dell PC Desktops

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Operating system


had same problem . try reformating the hardrive in fat 32 system instead of ntfs it worked for older hp

Jan 02, 2009 | Compaq Presario 5000 PC Desktop

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Just trying to restore back to factory settings


take a genuine microsoft windows xp / vista install disc and put it in the drive. Reboot the system and boot off the cd. The windows setup will start. Delete the existing partition using the wizard, then install windows to the blank area.

Everything on the laptop will be wiped out, replaced by a blank installation of windows xp / vista.

If you don't have one, you'll have to buy or find a copy.

Dec 06, 2008 | PC Desktops

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Repairing Damaged Winsock2


1. Boot the computer using the XP CD. You may need to change the   boot order in the system BIOS. Check your system documentation 
  for steps to access the BIOS and change the boot order. 
   
   
  2. When you see the "Welcome To Setup" screen, you will see the 
  options below This portion of the Setup program prepares Microsoft 
  Windows XP to run on your computer:

  To setup Windows XP now, press ENTER.

  To repair a Windows XP installation using Recovery Console, press R.

  To quit Setup without installing Windows XP, press F3.
 
 
   
   
  3. Press Enter to start the Windows Setup. 

  do not choose "To repair a Windows XP installation using the 
  Recovery Console, press R", (you do not want to load Recovery 
  Console). I repeat, do not choose "To repair a Windows XP 
  installation using the Recovery Console, press R". 

  4. Accept the License Agreement and Windows will search for existing 
  Windows installations. 

  5. Select the XP installation you want to repair from the list and 
  press R to start the repair. If Repair is not one of the options, 
  read this Warning!! 

  6. Setup will copy the necessary files to the hard drive and reboot.  
  Do not press any key to boot from CD when the message appears. 
  Setup will continue as if it were doing a clean install, but your 
  applications and settings will remain intact.
   
  Blaster worm warning: Do not immediately activate over the internet 
  when asked, enable the XP firewall
  [ http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=283673 ]
  before connecting to the internet. You can activate after the 
  firewall is enabled. Control Panel - Network Connections. Right click 
  the connection you use, Properties, and there is a check box on the 
  Advanced [ http://michaelstevenstech.com/xpfirewall1.jpg ] page.


  7. Reapply updates or service packs applied since initial Windows XP 
  installation. Please note that a Repair Install from the Original 
  install XP CD will remove SP1/SP2 and service packs will need to be 
  reapplied. 
  Service Pack 2
  http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=049C9DBE-3B8E-
  4F30-8245-9E368D3CDB5A&displaylang=en 
  An option I highly recommend is creating a Slipstreamed XP CD with SP2.
  Slipstreaming Windows XP with Service Pack 2 (SP2)
  http://www.winsupersite.com/showcase/windowsxp_sp2_slipstream.asp
 
  ______________________________________________________________________
   
  Warning!!
  If the option to Repair Install is not available and you continue 
  with the install;you will delete your Windows folder and Documents 
  and Settings folder. All applications that place keys in the registry 
  will need to be re-installed. You should exit setup if the repair 
  option is not available and consider other options.

  Try the link below if the repair option is not available.
  Windows XP Crashed?
  http://www.digitalwebcast.com/2002/03_mar/tutorials/cw_boot_toot.htm
  Here's Help. 
  A salvage mission into the depths of Windows XP, explained by a 
  non-geek

  by Charlie White 
  http://www.digitalwebcast.com/2002/03_mar/tutorials/cw_boot_toot.htm

  Related links
  You May Lose Data or Program Settings After Reinstalling, Repairing, 
  or Upgrading Windows XP (Q312369)
  http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;Q312369

  System Restore "Restore Points" Are Missing or Deleted (Q301224)
  http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;Q301224

  How to Perform an In-Place Upgrade (Reinstallation) of Windows XP 
  (Q315341)
  http://support.microsoft.com/search/preview.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;Q315341
   
  Warning!! If the Repair Option is not Available 
  What should I do? Most important do not ignore the information below!

  If the option to Repair Install is NOT available and you continue 
  with the install; you will delete your Windows folder, Documents and 
  Settings folders. All Applications that place keys in the registry 
  will need to be re-installed. 

  You should exit setup if the repair option is not available and 
  consider other options. I have found if the Repair option is not 
  available, XP is usually not repairable and will require a Clean 
  install.http://michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html
  If you still have the ability to access the Windows XP installation, 
  backup all important files not restorable from other sources before 
  attempting any recovery console trouble shooting attempts. 
   
  Possible Fix by reconfiguring boot.ini using Recovery Console.
  1.Boot with XP CD or 6 floppy boot disk set.
  2. Press R to load the Recovery Console.  
  3. Type bootcfg.  
  4. This should fix any boot.ini errors causing setup not to see the  
  XP OS install.  
  5. Try the repair install.

  One more suggestion from MVP Alex Nichol

  "Reboot, this time taking the immediate R option, and if the CD 
  letter is say K: give these commands

  COPY K:\i386\ntldr C:\
  COPY K:\i386\ntdetect.com C:\


  (two other files needed - just in case) 

  1. Type: ATTRIB -H -R -S C:\boot.ini DEL C:\boot.ini 

  2. Type: BootCfg /Rebuild

  which will get rid of any damaged boot.ini, search the disk for 
  systems and make a new one. This might even result in a damaged 
  windows reappearing; but gives another chance of getting at the 
  repair"

Oct 20, 2008 | PC Desktops

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How do I re-install vista software without a CD?


1. Has your mate reformated the hard drive when loading XP?
2. Do you have the Product Key?, (This should be on the case on a little Microsoft sticker)

If no to question 1, you need to contact the company that sold you the PC to get a copy of the software CD, as the Vista OEM software you need to re-install has been deleted.

If no to question 2, you you need to contact the company that sold you the PC and get one, or report them to Microsoft.

May 09, 2008 | HP PAVILION A6230N DESKTOP PC

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Windows XP on Acer Aspire M1610


Hi Watashifr,

First you will need to boot up. When you do this you need to go into bios and then go to boot and disable the hard drive floppy and any other drivers. You must make sure you keep the cd driver as 'able', save setting and exit out of bios. This will let you reboot. After it`s done, the partition in the computer will reboot the computer. Make sure to go back into bios and able the hard drive, floppy etc...
I had the same problem, and solved it this way.

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