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You can remove or change the Window's User or administrator's password. You need access to a computer with Internet access to download the Hiren's Boot CD and burn it onto a CD. Then insert this CD into the laptop/computer and boot up the laptop/computer with the Hiren's CD and follow the instructions. There are very useful utilities CD and it a Linux boot CD which contains quite a lot of Utility programs including a password removal program. Click on one of these links to download HIREN'S BOOTCD :- http://www.hirensbootcd.net/ http://18.104.22.168/
on Oct 08, 2012
If you have a desktop keyboard with a usb plug, attach to your laptop and should get you up and running. Try a system restore of your computer before this happened it might get the laptop keyboard going.
on Apr 07, 2012
I'm a little late to the game, but...I share James's frustration. Seems like a dumb thing for Dell to economize on. Here's my workaround, for what it's worth.
- Open the Windows on-screen keyboard (osk.exe). And, for later ease of use, pin it to your taskbar. (Detailed instructions: click on the Windows start button, type osk.exe in the search box, right-click on the program, select Pin to Taskbar.)
- On the virtual keyboard, open Options and select "Turn on the numeric keypad." After saving the setting, press the NumLock button.
- Here's the tricky bit: press and hold Alt on your physical keyboard, and then press and hold Fn, again on your physical keyboard. You're holding them both down, right? Keep doing it. Now enter your four-digit code on the virtual (on-screen) keyboard. Release the physical keys. You should have your special character.
Hope it works for you.
on Dec 07, 2011
To restore the factory setting press Ctrl + F11
If you deleted or formatted the D:\Recovery partition you can not restore.
it is gone for ever , there is no way to replace it
to reinstall windows with the CD
on Nov 23, 2011
Welcome to fixya.
-The first thing to check is your boot order in the BIOS.
-Unplug from power, remove battery wait a solid 5 minutes and try again.
-Go into the BIOS and choose the Default settings (press F9 to set defaults then F10 to save and exit).
-It sounds like it can't find a hard drive
to boot from so it's looking for the Network to boot from.
-If you have an external CD/DVD drive try to boot your OS from that (after changing the boot order
).If it did not work then there is a big chance that the problem is a failed hard drive.
on Jul 26, 2011
boot record has been corrupted, or the hard drive is toast!....problem is that you have no cd/dvd rom so you cant insert a restore disk....if you wanted to test it yourself you would have to learn to boot from USB(flashdrive)....unless you have a external USB dvd that you can hook up to it to attemot to rebuild the boot record!
on Jul 17, 2011
HI. Welcome to Fixya.
Its either you havecall your dell to replace your HDD or get a recovery disc from dell and Use the fixmbr command in the Windows XP Recovery Console to repair the MBR of the startup partition.
Warning This command can damage your partition table if a virus is present or if a hardware problem exists. If you use this command, you may create inaccessible partitions. We recommend that you run antivirus software before you use this command. We also recommend that you backup your data before you use this command. If the fixmbr command detects an invalid or non-standard partition table signature, the fixmbr command prompts you for permission before rewriting the MBR. The fixmbr command is supported only on x86-based computers.
For more information about Recovery Console, click the following article numbers to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
Hope this resolved your issue.
Thanks for contacting Fixya. Bye for now.
on Jul 16, 2011
Boot Your Computer from the Windows XP CD
Turn the computer on. When the Dell logo screen appears, perform the following steps:
Press the key on the keyboard. (A Boot Menu appears.)
Insert the Windows XP Operating System CD into the CD Drive of your computer.
Press the key to highlight the first CD-Rom listing.
Press the key to boot from the Windows XP CD.
Press the to boot from the Windows XP CD when prompted. You will have only a few seconds, watch closely for the message. (The Windows XP installation begins.)
After several moments of initializing some modules, the Windows XP Setup screen appears.
Press the key on the keyboard. (The Windows XP Licensing Agreement appears.)
Press the key to agree and continue. (Setup searches for previous versions of Windows.)
Press the key if any previous versions of Windows are found. (The Windows XP Setup partition window appears.)
NOTE: If C: Partition2 [NTFS] is listed on the screen, complete all of the steps below. If you do not see the listing, you can skip to step * Press the key to create a new partition using the size listed..
Use the arrow keys to highlight the listing and then press the key.
Press the key to delete the partition.
Press the key to confirm deletion of the partition.
Use the arrow keys to highlight Unpartitioned space.
* Press the key to create a new partition using the size listed.
Press the key to start formatting with NTFS. Setup will examine the computer/copy files;
this may take some time.
During the graphical user interface phase of setup you will set the following options:
1. Regional and Language Options.
2. Computer Name (Windows XP Professional will also require an Administrator password to be created).
3. Personalize Your Software
4. Modem Dialing Information (if a modem is present).
5. Date and Time Settings.
When these are done, the computer will restart automatically. When the computer finishes restarting the Finishing Setup phase begins. You are required to input information during this phase.
1. Click the OK button at the Display settings window.
2. Click the Next button at the Welcome to Microsoft Windows window.
3. Click to select No, not at this time at the Ready to register with Microsoft window and then click the Next button.
4. Click to select No, not at this time at the Do you want to set up Internet access now? and then click the Next button.
5. Type the user name of your choice in the Your name: text box at the Who will use this computer? Type the name of any additional users who will use the computer in the additional text boxes provided and then click the Next button.
6. Click the Finish button at the Thank you!
on Jun 30, 2011
first of all try to connect external keyboard if its working then replace ur internal keyboard and if external keyboard is not working then then motherboard is faulty may be keyboard connector is faulty or keyboard controler chip is faulty
on Mar 17, 2011
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