|14 Nov 2013||#1|
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Cannot access Windows 7 PC
I am the I.T. department for an ophthalmology private practice. I'm new to this role here and have inherited a great many things. One of those is a series of HP / Windows 7 PCs. Currently, I am attempting to repurpose one of those PCs. For these machines, there is no historical trail whatsoever. I have neither the discs, nor the passwords to the accounts currently installed (including Admin password that is local to the machine).
All I really wish to do is restore the machine to factory default. However, I cannot access any user account on the machine. I know that there are many solutions out there, but cost is an issue as budgetary constraints require cost neutral options as frequently as possible.
Can someone recommend a way for me to prompt the machine to begin a restore, or even to just reset the passwords? Any help would be greatly appreciated. The product sticker on the machine states Windows 7 Pro OA.
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|14 Nov 2013||#4|
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If it has a readable Product Key on the COA sticker then you can also do a Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 without the HP bloatware. Everything needed is in the blue link.
This is a much preferred install to the factory pre-install which with HP has the worst load of bloatware in the industry, including duplicate utilities which interfere with better versions built into Windows 7.
Once you get a model install for your company you can capture it in a backup image, generalize it using SysPrep to move HD to another computer then deploy it to other PC's as needed.
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