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Windows 7: Very specific problem - Booting my computer without a screen

02 Jun 2016   #11
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Do you have access to another computer? This is a live version of Windows. It runs from your computer's memory and does not installs or write anything to your hard drive. When you shutdown your computer, it is completely gone.

Download a Windows 8 or 10 version and put it on a USB flash drive or burn it to a DVD. Do you know how to work with ISO files? I would use the 32 bit version since you said the laptop is old. The only catch is the old laptop has to be able to run Windows 8 or 10. If it is to old, then don't bother trying this.

Boot from the USB or DVD and see if it shows up on your external monitor. If it doesn't, then try the F4 key. If it works, then you can use this to save all your personal files.

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02 Jun 2016   #12
matt77

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Yes I have access to another laptop.

I'm pretty sure the broken one was running on 64-bit from what I remember, I say it's 'old' but it was given to me 4 years ago, and it was not a new laptop at the time, so maybe 5-6 years old max.

I think I can work with .ISO files, I remember using them here and there, I can read some tutorials thanks to the internet. Basically I have to 'burn' an ISO of Windows 8 on a DVD?

When I would open my broken laptop and insert DVD, the software would run automatically? I hope that it does and 'skip' the Boot Menu, so I can start seeing on my screen. I will try F4, if it doesn't work it's going to be difficult to install Windows 8 without seeing anything.

And just to make sure, if I do this there's no chance I lose my personal files by installing a new version of Windows? I have already made a switch to Windows 10 on another laptop, I know you keep the files, just want to make sure because the whole point is to keep the files.

Thanks by the way.
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02 Jun 2016   #13
TrustMe

 
 

The live version of Windows does NOT install Windows on your computer. It runs from your computer's memory and is gone when you shutdown.

Before you try anything, I would try and backup your personal files first. Take the hard drive out of the laptop and put it in a USB drive enclosure. Then plug the drive enclosure into a working computer and backup you personal files.

If you are not comfortable doing this, then I would take the laptop to a professional.
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