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Windows 7: please help!!

29 Mar 2011   #1
Andrew T

Windows 7 starter 32bit
 
 
please help!!

A year ago i bought a HP mini 110 for a spare computer bc i travel all over. Well last week my old computer crashed and it was old so i decided to use my HP mini I turn it on and it acts like it is starting to boot windows then it says "setup preparing your computer for first time use" and after bought 20secs a windows box comes up and says "Windows could not complete the installation to install windows on this computer restart the installation" I did a little research and it said to do a hard drive test and that passed. I am not sure what to do and it doesnt have a cd-rom drive so i cant wait buy windows 7 and reinstall it. It has windows starter on it. If someone could please help me and get this computer working. I called HP and i was 36 days passed warrenty and there was nothing they could do they wanted 60$..SO please help!! Thank You


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29 Mar 2011   #2
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Microsoft requires that every Windows PC sold have a way of restoring the OS.

For your system, it's a restore partition. Repeatedly press the escape key while the machine is starting up, and it should bring up a screen with the restore option. Select it using the arrow keys.

Warning: i believe that will restroe the machine to the state it was in when it left the factory. Anything you've added will be lost.
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29 Mar 2011   #3
Andrew T

Windows 7 starter 32bit
 
 

I tried that and it was the windows boot manager it had the options of "windows 7" advance option f8 or tools windows memory diagnostic when hitting windows 7 it trys to boot windows and still says can not complete installation???
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29 Mar 2011   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I think it is not ESC, on HPs, it is normally F11 you have to keep tapping to get into the reinstallation wizard.
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30 Mar 2011   #5
Andrew T

Windows 7 starter 32bit
 
 

I tryed that it did not do anything....BIOS setup utility i enabled the instant web and when restarting it goes to a screen with mail,web,music and photos and i can get online and things but its not windows ill go to the windows icon in the corner and it will ask me if i want to start windows and same thing happens...i pluged in my usb drive and it works and the internet works so is there a recovery i can dl to my usb and try and run windows off my flash drive?
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30 Mar 2011   #6
gregrocker

 

First boot into the F8 Advanced Boot Tools which was seen on the selection menu you described.

Choose Repair My Computer, accept any offered Repair. If Win7 won't start, boot back in again to Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times.

If this fails, you can copy out your data using the Repair CD with this method: Copy & Paste - in Windows Recovery Console

I would also try running Startup Repair from the Repair CD you make since it can work better when not dependent upon the OS's own files. System Repair Disc - Create - Windows 7 Forums

Next follow these steps to factory Recover: http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/d...WithoutWindows

If this fails, you can order factory recovery disks here: http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/d...name=c00810334

Or find a Win7 installation DVD for your licensed version to clean reinstall following these steps: Reinstalling Windows 7 - Windows 7 Forums
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