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January 18, 2011 4:41:52 PM

Hey there. I have a problem with my Hp Pavillion A1619.uk. If you research it you will find it has an AMD Athlon 64 processor. Sure enough, it had 64 bit XP pre-installed. I got this computer from a person i know. He only gave me the computer, the keyboard and the mouse. It is a great computer. Problem is, i turned it on one day and it wouldn't load. Turns out the OS files were corrupted. My friend said he didn't have any recovery CDs with it. I haven't got ANY 64 bit operating systems and i don't like Ubuntu that much (coz of the compatibility). The built in HP recovery doesn't actually work. Is there any way to get a 64 bit recovery CD or something to get 64 bit back up and running? I looked on the HP website and it linked me to a site that has recovery CDs. Unfortunately they cost £35. I can't spend that much since i am a student and i have more important purchases. Can anyone help?

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January 18, 2011 5:42:11 PM


If you can post more details of the files which were said to be corrupted, someone may have an answer. Repair is always preferable to reinstallation and in your circumstances, is a necessity.

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January 18, 2011 5:50:52 PM

It was most of them. I'm pretty sure it was a virus.
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a b α HP
January 18, 2011 7:15:19 PM

Tap F8 repeatedly on startup, and boot into safe mode with command prompt.

At the C: prompt, type %systemroot%\system32\restore\rstrui.exe and press enter. This will open the system restore points, and you can roll it back to before the problem occurred.
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January 18, 2011 7:39:21 PM

I'll give it a shot aford10. I'll tell you how i get on.
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January 18, 2011 7:39:55 PM

Ermm..... I can't boot into anything. It doesn't load the OS.
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January 18, 2011 7:40:24 PM

I've tried repairing it. Its a gonner.
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a b α HP
January 18, 2011 7:53:06 PM

By built in recovery, do you mean the restore partition? If so, how is that failing?
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January 19, 2011 4:00:27 AM


As this situation gets increasingly gloomier, are you starting to overcome your dislike of Ubuntu? I'm not over keen on it myself - I don't like Debian in general and Gnome in particular but at the end of the day, it's only a different GUI to get used to and a decent 64 bit solution to your problem.

Which compatibility issues do you think you'll have, given that Xover and WINE can help you use M$ compatible software if there isn't anything in the Gnu market.

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January 19, 2011 7:43:58 AM

I could use Ubuntu but i have a lot of programs that i need. Even though you can use Wine it is very irritating.
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January 19, 2011 9:18:50 AM

I have a copy of the 64 bit Windows 7 Enterprise 90 day trial on the ready but it can't boot into the dvd.
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January 19, 2011 10:18:15 AM

@dadiggle Where from?
Forgot to say that the recovery disks online are 32 bit.
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January 19, 2011 2:36:43 PM

Lol. You mean something that ends and begins with t, has 2 r's an n and 2 e's?
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a b α HP
January 19, 2011 2:39:20 PM

I'll advise you to end it there guys. I think you both know why.
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January 19, 2011 3:09:15 PM

Yep. I think so too. I'll... see what i can do...
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January 19, 2011 5:29:10 PM

I installed Ubuntu 64 bit to see if i can install Windows 7 Enterprise on it. It just comes up with an error.
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January 19, 2011 5:43:17 PM


I can't see the reason for going outside "proper" software to fix this. When you say the DVD won't boot,exactly what's going on? Is BIOS set to recognise the optical ROM
as first boot device?

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January 19, 2011 5:44:54 PM

No, Windows 7 Enterprise Edition doesn't support boot installations. Its designed like that.
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a b α HP
January 19, 2011 6:32:02 PM

huze5 said:
No, Windows 7 Enterprise Edition doesn't support boot installations. Its designed like that.


I've actually just done a couple W7 enterprise installs here at work. You should have no problem booting off that disc, and doing an install.
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January 19, 2011 6:34:02 PM

I know it can install from the desktop of a Windows pc but it won't boot from BIOS.
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a b α HP
January 19, 2011 6:56:54 PM

I booted off the disc, from the BIOS. Are you sure you have a legal version?
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January 19, 2011 7:01:36 PM

Yeah. ITs off of their TechNet site. When you boot into it it just says "A:\".
Nothing happens, no matter what you type in.
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a b α HP
January 19, 2011 7:09:08 PM

You have to change the first boot device in the BIOS, so it'll boot off the CD drive.
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January 20, 2011 6:55:49 AM

I did. And i pressed any key to boot from the dvd when it told me to.
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January 21, 2011 4:50:01 AM

huze5 said:
I did. And i pressed any key to boot from the dvd when it told me to.


You could check that DVD to make sure there's a bootable ISO in there by using ISOBuster.

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January 21, 2011 3:30:21 PM

As i said earlier, the Enterprise (90 day trial) doesn't support any BIOS boot.
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January 21, 2011 6:08:30 PM

huze5 said:
As i said earlier, the Enterprise (90 day trial) doesn't support any BIOS boot.


There is no such thing as bios boot, the boot sector is on the disc not in the bios the bios only tells it which sequence to take.

Try to get another copy because all the Win OS discs are supposed to let you boot from them, unless it's a burnt copy of a win OS then we can't help you there.
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January 22, 2011 8:44:53 AM

What i mean by booting from BIOS is that i boot the DVD through the BIOS menu.

My uncle does have a Windows 7 64 bit OS on his laptop but it doesn't have a recovery disk. Would i be able to somehow copy the OS over?
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January 22, 2011 8:53:02 AM

huze5 said:
What i mean by booting from BIOS is that i boot the DVD through the BIOS menu.

My uncle does have a Windows 7 64 bit OS on his laptop but it doesn't have a recovery disk. Would i be able to somehow copy the OS over?



No, because that would be piracy and wouldn't work anyway.

The disk is the answer here - if you have the burning facility to pop an ISO on to it. However, given that M$ don't include one, it's probably what they would term as borderline illegal and may not work anyway. There must be a reason why it won't boot - have you checked it in another machine?

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January 22, 2011 9:03:18 AM

Saga Lout said:

No, because that would be piracy and wouldn't work anyway.

The disk is the answer here - if you have the burning facility to pop an ISO on to it. However, given that M$ don't include one, it's probably what they would term as borderline illegal and may not work anyway. There must be a reason why it won't boot - have you checked it in another machine?


I have installed the 32 bit version on my other computer. But its a trial so i had to put XP back on. When i installed the 32 bit version it didn't work when i tried to boot it from the disk. It worked when i ran it from my desktop.
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January 24, 2011 3:37:47 PM

Here is the solution:

Save up for the recovery disc!
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January 25, 2011 9:39:38 AM

I would but the only recovery disk they have is the 32 bit version.
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January 25, 2011 9:42:25 AM


I could point you to a nice 64 bit trouble free OS called Ubuntu but I expect you've already been down that route.

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January 25, 2011 9:46:32 AM

I like Ubuntu and the UI but it doesn't have the same amount of compatibility as Windows. I can't really play games on Wine coz its a bit sluggish.
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January 25, 2011 9:58:33 AM

aford10 said:
I've actually just done a couple W7 enterprise installs here at work. You should have no problem booting off that disc, and doing an install.


You said you did a few installs at work? Which program did you use to burn it to a disk? Can you tell me how? Thi is really bugging me right now.
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a b α HP
January 25, 2011 11:42:50 AM

It was a disc burned from a volume license ISO.
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January 25, 2011 11:58:32 AM


You could put an ISO on a flash drive and add the data from the CD - might work but as I said above, M$ would possibly take a dim view. Even posting this might be against Forum Rules so don't tell Aford10! :D 

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a b α HP
January 25, 2011 12:14:13 PM

Meh....
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January 25, 2011 1:07:46 PM

aford10 said:
It was a disc burned from a volume license ISO.

How exactly do i do that?
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