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11 Feb 2010   #11
fluffpot

windows 7 starter
 
 

hmm this is going to be fun! I have found a Dell Windows 7 reinstallation disk that came with the notebook ... however, the notebook doesn't have a DVD drive! Apologies if I am asking dumb questions but if push came to shove, how would I get around that?
Oh by the way, fluffpot is female. I imagine you guessed that from the daft questions I'm asking.
Truly grateful if you chaps could help me get this sorted.


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11 Feb 2010   #12
electrotune1200

Windows 8 Pro
 
 

USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create[2]=General%20Tips


Start working on this, you might need it now...or even later. I prefer method 2 on this page if you don't want to use any third party apps.
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11 Feb 2010   #13
fluffpot

windows 7 starter
 
 

OK just came back to the PC, didn't read electrotune's advice but decided to switch off and start again. However, cannot start in safe mode - pressed F8 several times, nothing happens, just switches back to the 'Please do not switch off .... Windows is installing' screen. Why didn't Safe Mode work? I've tried it several times, and zilch.
Thanks for the time you're taking on this, much appreciated.
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11 Feb 2010   #14
electrotune1200

Windows 8 Pro
 
 

It's quit possible you'll need to perform a system restore. We'll get to that point when you get a flash drive with your 7 disc loaded onto it.
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11 Feb 2010   #15
fluffpot

windows 7 starter
 
 

Ok need to go out and buy a new USB of at last 4GB to do this.
Before I do so, is there any other way of getting into safe mode, or at least getting past this blasted 'Updating' screen please?
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11 Feb 2010   #16
electrotune1200

Windows 8 Pro
 
 

Are you hitting F8 during the BIOS screen? If this is not working I'm really out of suggestions until you get a flash drive ready to go.
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11 Feb 2010   #17
fluffpot

windows 7 starter
 
 
OK, it's sorted !

Well I started it up again and pressed F8 repeatedly and eventually came up in Safe Mode. Opened up OK and went to System Restore and went back a week. Phew, all worked fine, shut down, restarted, all OK.
Phew, phew and double-phew!
Obviously something in the latest Windows Update doesn't agree with my computer ... is there any way I can turn off automatic updates? I remember they gave me grief on another PC some years ago and as I have good virus protection I don't think I need them (but would appreciate advice, suggestions, etc., from you experts out there).
So thanks chaps, you're a great bunch!
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11 Feb 2010   #18
Flavius

Windows 7 Professional x64 PL
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fluffpot View Post
Well I started it up again and pressed F8 repeatedly and e
Obviously something in the latest Windows Update doesn't agree with my computer ... is there any way I can turn off automatic updates?
If you suspect you have really trouble with compatible updates with your computer I suggest contact with manufacturer support.

Advice how to configure WU in Win 7 Windows Update - Enable / Disable Automatic Updates in Windows 7 - Guide - Windows 7
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