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Posted 20 February 2016 - 02:20 PM
Posted 20 February 2016 - 03:19 PM
Have you tried tapping F11 at boot to access HP's Factory Reset?
Posted 20 February 2016 - 04:11 PM
Posted 20 February 2016 - 04:25 PM
It may be possible the optical drive is bad. There is a way to take the Windows Vista installation disk and convert it to a bootable USB flash drive. On another computer download and install Imgburn. Opt out of any optional programs it asks you to install. Load the Vista install DVD and create an iso image of the DVD install disk. Use a write and read speed of no faster than 4X.
Attach a USB flash drive to the computer you downloaded the iso to. Download and run Rufus. Your USB flash drive should be listed. Select MBR for a partition scheme. Leave all boxes as checked including Quick Format. Where you see FreeDos in the dropdown box select iso image, click on the folder icon, and browse to the iso image of your Windows Vista DVD disk you created.
Attach the USB flash drive to the Compaq and boot. You may need to change the boot sequence in BIOS to show USB as the first boot device. Some Compaq's will show a boot menu when you tap Esc at boot.
Will the computer only be used for basic browsing and email? The reason I ask is because you could put a linux distro like Mint or Ubuntu on this computer and it would run very well. Most Windows programs have linux equivalents. Some specialty Windows programs are not available on linux. Mint is the easiest to pick up coming from Windows. If the above USB flash drive does not work, you may want to look at this alternative.
Posted 20 February 2016 - 04:35 PM
Posted 20 February 2016 - 04:40 PM
If you BIOS is like my Compaq you can access the boot menu priority under System Configuration. Use the Arrow keys to highlight Boot Order and press Enter.
You may not need to change boot order as pressing Esc at boot will give you a menu. Then press F9 to select your boot device which will be the attached USB flash drive. You can probably tap F9 at boot and it will give you the boot menu straight away.
Posted 20 February 2016 - 05:24 PM
Posted 20 February 2016 - 05:32 PM
With the USB flash drive attached to the computer, can you add or delete files from it? Are you doing this in an admin account? I never ran into that rufus error before. How big is the USB flash drive? Your flash drive is shown in Rufus, correct?
Edit: Did you copy the iso to the USB flash drive? If you did then move it to the desktop of the computer
Edit Edit: If you did not have the iso on the flash drive, start Rufus again. When it says access denied click the log button. Copy and post the results. Also, if you have any data on the flash drive, back it up because it will be erased.
Edited by JohnC_21, 20 February 2016 - 05:51 PM.
Posted 20 February 2016 - 05:53 PM
Posted 20 February 2016 - 05:56 PM
That was the problem, you cannot create the bootable flash drive if the iso is on flash drive.
Posted 20 February 2016 - 05:57 PM
Posted 20 February 2016 - 05:58 PM
Posted 20 February 2016 - 07:22 PM
Posted 20 February 2016 - 07:26 PM
You can try that. There may be a problem with your memory or hard drive. If the the quick restore disk does not work there are isos that can check your memory and hard drive.
If you tap Esc at boot is there an option to do diagnostics?
Posted 20 February 2016 - 07:31 PM
No, there are no options to do a diagnostics from the boot menu. When i restart, on screen where it tells me that I need to install windows, there is the option for windows memory diagnostics there.
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