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Best mate got given a PC from his school for free, troubles with everything.

#11fakewarsPosted 7/6/2014 6:24:59 AM
what is the spec?
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#12MrBombasticaI(Topic Creator)Posted 7/6/2014 6:39:27 AM
datopgamer posted...
What brand and model computer?


Forgot to get that from him, will post it tomorrow if I can
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#13DragnfyrPosted 7/6/2014 6:57:31 AM
You might have to reset the BIOS by removing the battery on the motherboard.
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#14elsmittyPosted 7/6/2014 7:02:38 AM
talk to the school computer guy about your problems.
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#15GunsSlashRosesPosted 7/6/2014 7:03:31 AM
If it all comes to nothing try having a word with the school pc guys, if they're any good/decent at their job they should be able able to help you.
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#16PhilOnDezPosted 7/6/2014 7:56:05 AM
Once you wipe the HDD it will no longer be a valid boot drive, even if it's the default boot drive. Once you've done that you can insert an install disc or USB and turn it on. It will look for the disk with the OS installed but if the drive is wiped it won't be valid and it will move down the preferred devices list until it finds something valid, that being your disc/flash drive. Once you've done that, just tell it to install windows to the disk, enter the serial key that you should find on a sticker somewhere on the machine, and you should be good, though figuring out why you can't access the bios will still be a good idea.

If you don't already have one here's some ISOs you can use, make sure you use whatever is installed already.

Win7 home premium 64 bit:
http://msft.digitalrivercontent.net/win/X17-24209.iso

Professional 64 bit
http://msft.digitalrivercontent.net/win/X17-24281.iso
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#17ChetyrePosted 7/6/2014 7:59:32 AM
Just clear the CMOS and you should have bios access again. Open it up and remlve the big battery for a couple of seconds
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#18MrBombasticaI(Topic Creator)Posted 7/6/2014 8:01:00 AM(edited)
PhilOnDez posted...
Once you wipe the HDD it will no longer be a valid boot drive, even if it's the default boot drive. Once you've done that you can insert an install disc or USB and turn it on. It will look for the disk with the OS installed but if the drive is wiped it won't be valid and it will move down the preferred devices list until it finds something valid, that being your disc/flash drive. Once you've done that, just tell it to install windows to the disk, enter the serial key that you should find on a sticker somewhere on the machine, and you should be good, though figuring out why you can't access the bios will still be a good idea.

If you don't already have one here's some ISOs you can use, make sure you use whatever is installed already.

Win7 home premium 64 bit:
http://msft.digitalrivercontent.net/win/X17-24209.iso

Professional 64 bit
http://msft.digitalrivercontent.net/win/X17-24281.iso


Cool thanks. If it comes to it I can always use my Windows 8 disk as well as a backup. I'll try this next time I see him, take my laptop or something

Also, I'm gonna assume the BIOS is blocked cos it's a school computer and people have been able to subvert the proxies and stuff by disabling them through Safe Mode in the past. Their IT used to be absolutely incompetent.
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#19MrBombasticaI(Topic Creator)Posted 7/6/2014 8:02:00 AM
Chetyre posted...
Just clear the CMOS and you should have bios access again. Open it up and remlve the big battery for a couple of seconds


Will do. Not sure how easy it'll be to get the thing open but if it works I don't care. It's his first desktop so he's pissed it isn't working.
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#20R i c kPosted 7/6/2014 8:02:28 AM
Most modern mobos don't explicitly have a screen that tells you when to press a button to access the BIOS anymore. You just hold Delete or F-whatever as soon as the computer comes on and it will bring you there.

You probably don't need to mess with the BIOS, though. You just need to wipe the HDD which means booting to an OS install disk or using another computer, as said. You would only have to mess with the BIOS if it was password protected but since you're getting to the Windows login just fine, that's not an issue.
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