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How do I get into my Dell inspiron N5010 advance boot options? F8 will not work.

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#1 mandabear


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Posted 21 April 2015 - 05:09 AM

My old man's best friend divorced his wife a few years ago. She left a bunch of her stuff at his house. He has repeatedly asked her to come get her stuff & she refuses everytime. Since he bought it, he has the right to do whatever he wants with it. So instead of pawning it he gave it to my daughter for school work. She was so secretive around the time she left, that he doesn't know any of her passwords. It's stuck on the gmail/microsoft password login. He does have the admin password, but that doesn't seem to help at all. Is there anyway at all for me to access the advanced boot options without F8? I've tried F2 Which takes me set up & F12 which takes me to boot options. They both do not have the options for advanced boot options. Is there any hope for us to save this laptop. It's kinda old, but my daughter really loves it.

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#2 Andrei_V


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Posted 21 April 2015 - 06:36 AM

This might help  http://www.sevenforums.com/performance-maintenance/215458-repair-your-computer-option-not-working-restoring-factory-backup.html

Edited by Andrei_V, 21 April 2015 - 06:52 AM.

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Posted 21 April 2015 - 07:07 AM

Nothing to add!

Edited by OldPhil, 21 April 2015 - 07:10 AM.

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Posted 21 April 2015 - 07:23 AM

Hello there,

Since you mentioned "Gmail/Microsoft password login", I suspected that the installed Operating System is Windows 8 - not Windows 7 (Windows 8 has the ability to link an user account to an email address).

In that case, F8 will not work to enter Advanced Startup Options (blame Microsoft, they changed it). Check this article to see how to access Advanced Startup Options in Windows 8.


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Posted 21 April 2015 - 11:43 AM

There is a real quick way to find out if your have Windows 8 or 8.1 installed on this computer.


Press the Windows key windowskey_zps092d5c75.png and the X key at the same time.


A menu will open if this is Windows 8.  


Click on System in the menu, this will provide you with all the information regarding the operating system.


If this is Windows 7 click on the Start orb startorb_zpsvudtmgfg.png, then right click on Computer and choose Properties.  This will provide you with all the information regarding the operating system.


Please post what operating system this is.

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