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#1 cap2587

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Posted 02 January 2009 - 08:02 PM

I have a major problem with my laptop that just happened. I have a Dell Inspiron laptop 9300 with XP media Center I was editing something in the registry and the next thing I know my computer was messed up. First it was loading really slow and there was no start button or toolbar down the bottom of the screen. I could not access any of the services. I did get into safe mode, but nothing I tried worked. Then upon rebooting I would continue to get the blue screen not allowing my system to boot into windows. I tried to do a repair install, but when it's completed it will not load into windows. I tried pressing f11 during boot-up to access the built in recovery console, but that doesn't seem to be working. I have an XP CD and a re instillation CD. I did get access to the recovery Console with the XP CD. However, it asks me for the administrator password. I don't think I have ever used a password on the computer, if so it was so long ago that I can't remember. What are my options. I don't have much data on the computer, but really want to be able to restore the laptop back to factory settings. Can I delete the C drive partition and reinstall XP. Or can I use the remaining 31 GB free Hard drive space to make a new partition and then reinstall. Help would be appreciated. Thanks.

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Posted 02 January 2009 - 08:35 PM

I tried pressing f11 during boot-up to access the built in recovery console,

That's the Ctrl key + F11
http://support.dell.com/support/topics/glo...toggle=&dl=

If you didn't give it a password, just hit Enter
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Posted 02 January 2009 - 10:37 PM

I tried pressing f11 during boot-up to access the built in recovery console,

That's the Ctrl key + F11
http://support.dell.com/support/topics/glo...toggle=&dl=

If you didn't give it a password, just hit Enter


Thanks so much for your help. The Dell Link explained everything. I was doing the F11 the wrong way. Just have to hold it down and release them together. It restored the Laptop back to it's original state. I am relieved.

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Posted 03 January 2009 - 09:35 AM

Glad it's back up and running
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