Just FYI - the system may die slowly, in fits and starts (which can be very frustrating), or it may die suddenly in the middle of working.
Save anything that you'd like to keep to removeable media, and save it frequently as there's no telling when the drive will finally stop working.
The simplest thing here is to just replace the hard drive and reinstall Windows.
According to this link, it's a relatively simple process: http://www.insidemylaptop.com/taking-apart-asus-u46e/
- Remove the battery (and unplug it from the wall)
- remove 2 screws to open the case
- remove 4 screws to remove the hard drive and it's caddy from the system
- remove 4 screws to remove the hard drive from it's caddy.
- insert the new hard drive and reassemble it in the reverse order that you took it apart.
You'll likely be able to get away with a 500 gB HDD (about $25 to $50 US)
And an 8gB USB drive (about $5 to $8 US) for installing Windows 10
If you choose to go that route, you can get the Media Creation Tool and a copy of Windows 10 for free from here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10
That's what the 8gB USB drive is for. If you've already activated your current copy of W10 online, the system will automatically activate when you go online after installing Windows 10 on the new hard drive.
You can check the activation status from an Admin Command Prompt or PowerShell Prompt by typing "slmgr /xpr" (without the quotes) and pressing Enter.
It'll say that the system is permanently activated if it has been activated previously
Edited by usasma, 28 September 2017 - 06:23 AM.
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