Edited by sarahmm4, 08 February 2009 - 09:17 PM.
Unable to log into Windows XP - user icons are missing
Posted 08 February 2009 - 08:10 PM
Posted 08 February 2009 - 09:15 PM
Posted 09 February 2009 - 04:34 AM
You can follow my instructions here to achieve this. Obviously, this would need to be done from another computer.
Then you need to boot the computer with the CD already in the drive... I.E. turn on the computer, put the disc in the drive, then hit the restart button on your case.
If it still doesn't boot, you'll need to change the Boot Order Priority so the CD Drive is above the hard drive. You can change the Boot Order Priority by entering the BIOS during POST.
You can still purchase floppy drives new, check out Newegg.
Posted 09 February 2009 - 07:43 AM
Posted 09 February 2009 - 08:16 AM
when the login screen does show up....try hitting CTRL+ALT+DEL a couple of times... should pop up the dialog box style login.... Enter a username and password.... Then go to User Accounts in the Control Panel. Click on Change the way users log on or off....
If the Use Welcome Screen is not turned on... activate it and reboot
If it is checked, turn it off then back on to see what happens. Reboot.
If neither of those work... try running a system restore
Posted 11 February 2009 - 08:46 AM
Posted 11 February 2009 - 09:11 PM
Leaving those files on the backup hard drive is better than not having a copy at all.
Where you able to have any luck with happyrock's suggestions? I can't see from your posts that you even get to the login screen - does it try to log you in automatically?
Once you are certain you have copied your important documents over, the method below will completely erase your hard drive and install Windows and the original programs as they came from the factory. You would then need to reinstall your personal programs and copy over your data from the backup hard drive. If you aren't happy with this option, you'll need to get hold of a floppy disk drive and install it in the computer to continue with Artellos's repair suggestion.
The following information I have copied/pasted from the manual for your computer, which I found here.
Using Dell PC Restore by Symantec
Use Dell PC Restore by Symantec only as the last method to restore your operating system. PC
Restore restores your hard drive to the operating state it was in when you purchased the computer.
Any programs or files added since you received your computer—including data files—are
permanently deleted from the hard drive. Data files include documents, spreadsheets, e-mail
messages, digital photos, music files, and so on. If possible, back up all data before using PC
NOTICE: Using PC Restore permanently deletes all data on the hard drive and removes any applications
or drivers installed after you received your computer. If possible, back up the data before using PC
To use PC Restore:
1 Turn on the computer.
During the boot process, a blue bar with www.dell.com appears at the top of the screen.
2 Immediately upon seeing the blue bar, press <Ctrl><F11>.
If you do not press <Ctrl><F11> in time, let the computer finish restarting, and then
restart the computer again.
NOTICE: If you do not want to proceed with PC Restore, click Reboot in the following step.
3 On the next screen that appears, click Restore.58 Advanced Troubleshooting
www.dell.com | support.dell.com
4 On the next screen, click Confirm.
The restore process takes approximately 6–10 minutes to complete.
5 When prompted, click Finish to reboot the computer.
NOTE: Do not manually shut down the computer. Click Finish and let the computer completely reboot.
6 When prompted, click Yes.
The computer restarts. Because the computer is restored to its original operating state, the
screens that appear, such as the End User License Agreement, are the same ones that
appeared the first time the computer was turned on.
7 Click Next.
The System Restore screen appears and the computer restarts.
8 After the computer restarts, click OK.
Posted 14 February 2009 - 11:11 AM
You said it's better to copy my program files to the external hard drive so shat else do you recommend I copy over? I want to save as much as possible! So far, I've only copied over my "Documents and Settings" folder and plan to copy over the "Program Files" folder.
Posted 14 February 2009 - 09:21 PM
You've already tried the Dell PC Restore option and it didn't work?
Posted 16 February 2009 - 10:46 AM
I would like to be able to take a screenshot of the programs in my program files folder that I see through puppy linux before doing the restore but I can't figure out how to take a screenshot and print from linux. How do I do that?
Posted 16 February 2009 - 10:51 PM
No I meant your personal documents only, not the program files as well. The best way to go about it, in my opinion, would be to make a complete separate backup of the data as well - perhaps burn them onto DVDs. That way, if something happens to the backup hard drive when you format your computer, you have an extra copy somewhere.
I'm not sure how to take a screenshot in Puppy Linux, although I just found these instructions, so let me know if they work or not:
Take a screen shot using Start//Graphics/mtpaint snapshot
Posted 17 February 2009 - 07:30 AM
Posted 17 February 2009 - 10:35 PM
Posted 18 February 2009 - 07:47 AM
Posted 18 February 2009 - 05:32 PM
Instead of all this bother, perhaps it would work out faster to write them down as a small list?
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