Edited by cheez_mastah, 13 April 2008 - 03:46 PM.
Just bought a used laptop and I can't log in to Windows
Posted 13 April 2008 - 03:45 PM
Posted 13 April 2008 - 06:02 PM
hit a key and reinstall vista.
NOTE: MAKE SURE YOU HAVE YOUR CD KEY BEFORE YOU CONTINUE.
Posted 13 April 2008 - 06:52 PM
Pop in the Vista installation CD, and see if the laptop is already set up to boot off the cd first, it should ask you to "press any key to boot from cd..." If not, then post back, and you'll have to go into the BIOS to edit the boot order. As for the key, there should be a OEM key that is located on a sticker on the bottom of the laptop, it should be green, and relatively holographic with a Microsoft emblazoned logo all around. The key will be the long string of numbers and digits integrated into the middle of the sticker. Keep in mind, if this sticker is missing, then you should return the laptop, and explain to Circuit City that there is no key to use Vista.
Once you have managed to boot off the Vista CD, it's very simple to install. Just follow the prompts for the install, and assuming you have nothing of your own to lose on the hard drive, then you should be able to use the default settings. Post back if you run into any snags. :-)
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