Quote: Originally Posted by lb32435
Yeah it's a key from the bottom of the laptop. Thanks I'll try the latter. Will I lose my files etc. I know you can repair or reinstall windows without doing so but what about since I'm changing the operating system?
In my experience, unless you tell the system to reformat your harddrive, you won't lose your data files although you might have to move them to your new user directory after you create your new identity.
IMHO, it is best to partition your hard drive into one relatively small system drive for Windows and applications, mine is about 60GB, and one or more larger drives for data. I have three partitions: system, data, and cd-rom copies. The CD-ROM copy drive is for copies of disks that insist on being in the drive when the program is being run. So far the only program that hasn't worked this way is one of the newer versions of SIMS.
Recently, my ex's computer crashed. I live nowhere near her so I recommended that she take the hard drive to a local tech weenie for help. He managed to retrieve her data easily because it was on a separate partition. Fortunately, he is the husband of a friend so there was no fee.
One thing that I wish that MS would have Windows do right at Setup is ask you for the location of your user data. In today's world we might be using an SSD for a system drive and a spinning platter for data. We might have two regular drives. We might have separate partitions.
Yeah, I know that we can set that up ourselves and then feel macho about doing it but I could do without the shenanigans required to get it working.