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#1 Mizzie30

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Posted 12 January 2014 - 01:58 PM

My friend has a netbook with Windows 7 Starter on it. I reset his netbook to factory settings to clear some space up and it failed. When I turn it on it says windows failed to start. I was wondering if I can install windows 7 home premeuim on it and still use his windows starter key. He DOSNT have any recovery discs. Thanks for your help.

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Posted 12 January 2014 - 02:55 PM

No...different version needs a different license/key.

 

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Posted 12 January 2014 - 04:51 PM

Ok. Any idea how I can get this thing running again.

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Posted 12 January 2014 - 05:25 PM

The computer may have a factory restore partition that will set the computer back to the day it was purchased but any files that are important will have to be copied to a flash drive or external drive. I am not sure as netbooks have rather small hard drives or use a SSD. What is the make and model of the netbook.

 

If it does not have the factory restore partition then will the person want to install a linux distro like Xbuntu XFCE.



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Posted 12 January 2014 - 11:29 PM

It will run Windows Pro.  Also most Netbooks are 64bit capable, so you should have no problem loading Xubuntu 12.04 LTS 64-bit on it.  What is the mfg & model of this Netbook?

 

As for Xubuntu, stick with 12.04 LTS.  13.10 is having way too many issues with wireless adapters and display chipsets at this point.  I am using Xubuntu 12.04 LTS on a Toshiba Satellite C850D-ST3NX1, and runs circles around Windows 7 & 8.1.  I do have to still run Windows 7 in Virtual Box for some things, that there are not programs or extensions available in Linux for Google Chrome yet.

 

Also to add.  Once you get Xubuntu installed, save a image with Clonezilla Live using a USB Pen drive to run Clonezilla.  That way if your friend fubar's the unit, you can just restore the image, without having to spend a day downloading and reinstalling all of the programs again.



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Posted 13 January 2014 - 02:20 AM

I'm with Greg on this... my 'preferred' easy distro is Mint right now though. The wife and the kids were used to it inside of a day, had a wireless problem to solve that was a bleep though, as it is Ubuntu based.

 

Bit of a plunge, but worth it. As long as you're not a gamer/engineer you will have a better computing experience as a whole. IMHO.



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Posted 13 January 2014 - 01:54 PM

TsVk, I tried Mint, but found too many issues with it.  I like the XFCE interface that Xubuntu uses.  I think I have in the past twenty years, have used everything from Redhat, Suse, Ubuntu, Fedora, Linux Mint, now Xubuntu.  That does not include Server installs.



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Posted 13 January 2014 - 02:06 PM

What is the make and model?


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Posted 13 January 2014 - 04:58 PM

Greg... I agree there are some bugs in Mint, not really good for heavy computing just general browsing etc. I use Debian now, also after doing the trials of just about everything.






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