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Can't Boot From USB on Windows XP!

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June 17, 2013 7:25:47 PM

My friend recently gave me an old Compaq Evo desktop he got from work. The installed Windows XP OS is partitioned into Windows XP Pro and Home edition. The Pro partition is corrupt, and I only have access to the guest account of the Home Edition partition. The CD drive does not read disks either (it appears as a connected device and open and closes, but won't read disks) . Anyway, my only other option would be to boot from USB. However, there is an issue with that too. I changed the boot order in the BIOS to boot the USB first, but it does not even show up as a bootable option. Then, I went into the F9 boot menu and selected "USB", but it still has no effect.

The USB device shows up under "My Computer" when I sign into the guest account (of the Home Edition partition). I've tried switching the USB port, but it does not help either.

I really just want to format my Hard drive, and install Ubuntu. However, without being to boot from either the CD drive or USB, that isn't too easy.

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a b α HP
June 17, 2013 7:30:38 PM

connect that drive as external on another system and format it .
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June 17, 2013 7:34:46 PM

scout_03 said:
connect that drive as external on another system and format it .


That would be great, but I don't have an external hard drive enclosure
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a b α HP
June 17, 2013 7:41:39 PM

this drive is ide or sata you could try is as a second drive in your system .
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June 17, 2013 8:20:14 PM

scout_03 said:
this drive is ide or sata you could try is as a second drive in your system .


I would do that, but I baby my main PC, I don't want to put in a questionable hard drive from a free computer if there might be risks. LOL, I doubt there is anything that could go wrong, but you never know...

Is there anyway to remove an admin password from XP without booting from a disk or USB? That would be almost better than formating anyway
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a b α HP
June 17, 2013 8:38:10 PM

forum rules for the password, google is the answer .
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June 17, 2013 9:21:17 PM

Thats sad that you can't post help full programs to try... I use PC Login when I get a pc that is locked out by the owner... not a hard program to use at all download and burn with PowerIso or your fav program that burns Iso's
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June 17, 2013 9:21:41 PM

scout_03 said:
forum rules for the password, google is the answer .


OK, will do. Thanks for the help
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June 17, 2013 9:55:56 PM

Rahbot said:
Thats sad that you can't post help full programs to try... I use PC Login when I get a pc that is locked out by the owner... not a hard program to use at all download and burn with PowerIso or your fav program that burns Iso's


LOL, I don't have a working disc drive. I can't use any program that boots from a CD.
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a b α HP
June 18, 2013 6:33:56 PM

you could try easeus partition manager to delete both partition of xp on that drive and install the xp you want . http://www.partition-tool.com/
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