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Hmmmm the smell of a fresh install and like new settings..
Such a great start to the day. Almost like that first cup of coffee in the morning :)
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Aiight then,

I did the shenannigans wih the disk. I got the welcome screen, pressed R, and got to the recovery console page.

It now asks me which windows installation I would like to log into, but only gives me one choice - 1: C:\WINDOWS

It dosen't respond to me typing E.

Anything I can do here?

yep...puts it back like the day it was sold..


Oooh, yes please! :)

Only problem is that neither f10 or f11 being me to the recovery partition. One button being pressed, I cant remember which now but can probably find it again, brought me to "boot order" page. What is the difference between this and the Bios boot order page, which seems to be working fine. I think "boot order" age was still set to CD first, even before I reset BIOS to that just now. Dont know if that affected anything.


I think I am going to cry. Why can't my stupid computer allow me to access the stupid page I need to reinstall the stupid operating system on the stupid thing.

Computers are hard lol.

Cheers

Edited by beeps, 11 September 2009 - 11:20 AM.

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Happyrock?
I think I'm not sure what happened.
We need to get to a C prompt
try logging into the windows one it suggest.
Let us know unless Happyrock suggests something else.
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Ah, I tried, and it asked me for an administrator password. I have no idea what that might be lol.

I guess I might have to reinstall again just to set a new password. I dont remember setting one last time around.

Edited by beeps, 11 September 2009 - 11:40 AM.

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are you tapping F10 ( about once per second) right after powering up...try it first
nojoy... try F11...
nojoy read the first screen you see when powering up...it may say what key or combo of keys to press to get to the recovery partition...
nojoy
look in the bios for booting to the recovery partition...can't tell you where though
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Ah, I tried, and it asked me for an administrator password. I have no idea what that might be lol.

I guess I might have to reinstall again just to set a new password. I dont remember setting one last time around.

if you didn't set a password...just press enter
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One way or another we will get to this recovery partition.
Once we do then the fun begins. :)
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Ah, I pressed enter and it worked sure enough. :)

Ok, I am now looking at

C:\WINDOWS>

It is not responding to E. It replies "the command is not recognised"

I'll keep experimenting with f10 f11 etc combinations in the meantime to see if I can access this recovery partition.

One way or another we will get to this recovery partition.


Yay. :)

Yes, I guess once we overcome the combination of the computer's intransigence and my incompetence we will be in business. That partition seems to be just sitting there waiting to solve it all.

Cheers
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Once you are setting at
C:\WINDOWS>
type in E:\ and click Enter
If this doesn't work we may have another problem.
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once your at the C: prompt type in cd E:...press enter...list what you see
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:)
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Hi,

Ok,

Typing E:\ from the C:WINDOWS> prompt results in "command not recognised"

Typing cd E: gets me this -

C:WINDOWS> cd E:
E:\

C:WINDOWS>


So I get a command line beginning with E:\, but another C:WINDOWS line also appears and I cannot move the cursor thing back to the previous line.
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Well I believe that since you loaded the laptop recovery disk on the system that it may have in some way damaged and\or replaced the recovery partition for the desktop.
This may not be recoverable.
What do you think Happyrock?
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try typing dir E: and press enter at the C: prompt
what were looking for is setup file or a .exe file
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Uh-oh, this is looking harsh...

Typing dir E: gives me this -

The volume in drive E is recovery CD
The volume serial number is XXXX-XXXX ( I hid this, don't know if its ok to post )

Directory of E:\

12/08/03 06:03p d-r----- 0 1386
11/07/88 03:11p --r----- 10 WIN51
11/07/88 03:11p --r----- 10 WIN51IC
3 file(s) 20 bytes
0 bytes free

C:WINDOWS>

Edited by beeps, 12 September 2009 - 07:59 AM.

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