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Windows 7: need Restore CD for Compaq laptop

23 Dec 2016   #1

Windoz7 home
need Restore CD for Compaq laptop

I restored my win 7 system to an earlier date, which usually works fine. (at least on my Dell desktops.)
My Compaq laptop was purchased new but no restore disc was included. I have had a number of Win 7 complaint problems, but now the screen is so dark it can only be seen in a completely dark room.
Thank whoever for Windows XP pro on my two Dell desktops. They never fail to the point that I cannot restore them.
Is there a restore cd for a Compaq laptop with windowz 7 home premium.

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23 Dec 2016   #2

Windows 10 64 bit

On the Compaq/HP's that I've seen there was a "one time" procedure to make the backup discs. If you didn't do it and if you can see the screen enough to do it, the procedure may still be there.

There are "recovery" partitions on some to restore from the recovery. Check HP for the specific model and see if that is an option.

You say the screen is dark, that is usually not an OS problem. Reinstalling probably will not fix that. Its most likely a hardware problem, considering the age of the PC.
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23 Dec 2016   #3

Windows 7 HP 64

Compaq / HP computers has a Win 7 and BIOS Factory recover.
HP PCs - Performing an HP System Recovery (Windows 7) | HP(R) Customer Support
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23 Dec 2016   #4

Windoz7 home

Ill check that out Megahertz07, thanks

The dark screen was taken care of by one of the options for something(normal function)?
I still cannot even paste or drag, install, folders or shortcuts on the desktop. Damn I despise winjoke 7.
XP was the very last great OS from MS. Never will I trust MS.again.

I do thank you all for your input tho.
As soon as I can find a way to format 7 and install XP Pro on the laptop, worries are over!
At 80 years I will never purchase or learn another OS.
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23 Dec 2016   #5

Windows 10 64 bit

That may not be possible. XP requires XP specific drivers for some of the devices, including sound. Sound is handled different in XP than it is in Vista/Win7/Win8/Win10. If there are no XP drivers for the hardware, don't even attempt to install XP as it won't work.

I am a "Florida Retiree" and 79. I have no problem with new OS'. My current system is Win 10 Pro, however I have hardware that is Win 10 compatible.

What you MAY be able to do with the Laptop, if you don't want Win 7 (and many consider it an excellent OS and won't upgrade to Win 10) is install Linux. Drivers for all the hardware should be available for Linux.
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23 Dec 2016   #6

Windoz7 home

Drivers for xp pro are available from Dell and other sources. I am hearing impaired so Sound is not needed.
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23 Dec 2016   #7

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

If your screen is dark then either you have the brightness turned way down in windows or on the monitor, or the monitor/screen is bad.

That`s no fault of Windows 7
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23 Dec 2016   #8

W7 home premium 32bit/W7HP 64bit/w10 tp insider ring

Thats what the ease of Access GUI is for.

Additional brightness sounds non keyboard etc its on ALL versions of W7

there are free w10 licences available for people with such issues
I think the only exception is for people aged 79

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23 Dec 2016   #9

Windoz7 home

AddRAM ....I know(knew) that and I never claimed it was the fault of windoz 7. That problem was solved by me
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23 Dec 2016   #10

Windows 10 64 bit

As you are determined to install XP on this machine, the first thing you should do is make a disc image (full hard drive backup) of the current OS installation. Then, when XP does not work you can easily "fall back" to Win 7.
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