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Is there any way to force a PC into safe mode without a restart?
I still cannot boot into safe mode on my XPHome. Everything is backed-up but I'd rather not do a full restore at this point and cannot restore to an earlier working state.
These are best directions I know
Also some instructions here
It looks like I am going to have to do a full restore, I don't have an XP cd. This system came from HP with a preload partition.
Okay I'm not sure how that restores without a cd but I've heard of it.You can download 6 floppies from microsoft and you don't need the XP cd.May be able to put the floppies on a cd.
Originally posted by Washington,D.C.
Okay I'm not sure how that restores without a cd but I've heard of it.
I just did a system restore on a friends HP computer. Itís painless Ö you go to PC Help and Tools folder on the Start Menu and select HP PC System Recovery and follow the prompts. You have the option to do a complete recovery which formats the user partition or a recovery that only reinstalls the OS and all of the applications and claims that you will not loose any data.
The HP recovery works in two parts; first it formatted the partition and installed the OS. After a reboot you go through the "Windows first time ... " MS license, time zone, user name etc ... Second you get a HP screen with a count down clock (9:40) where it installs all of the trash (read ...HP software) ... it took 22 minutes and two reboots.
I can get an XPH CD from a friend. Will my product key work with it if I do a full install?
If it's the same kind of Windows XP.I'm not even sure if you need product key for just a repair install.
There are different XP home CD's."Retail",OEM and brand name.
I'm not sure which it is. He got it when he took his pc to have it repaired and upgraded. It is a full ver., not the upgrade ver. I am not sure if the repair shop used an OEM or retail. He did give him a CD with it that was still sealed.
I am thinking if I can use my prod. key with his full ver CD, I may just do a full install and wipe out the HP preload.
Try a repair install first.If his CD is an OEM and not HP your product key may or may not work.
Thanks DC, I ended up doing a full restore anyway. Could not get his CD for the next 2 weeks.
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