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Post by Seldom Fail on 5th June 2009, 6:15 pm

So my church is having a garage sale. And someone donated a HP Pavilion 7850 that ran Windows ME. The person who had it, started to install Windows XP but didn't finish installing.

So now when the computer starts it goes to the Windows XP Installation page and says "Please insert Pack 2 CD to continue installation"

Is there a way to get to remove the installation of Windows XP so it's just Windows ME on the computer?

I can do that in DOS Mode right?





Also, an IBM ThinkCentre was donated. I got it to run, but it just goes to a black screen after it boots up.

It also runs Windows XP.


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Post by Doctor Inferno on 6th June 2009, 1:02 am

The HP computer which you attempted to install XP might have been formatted, it depends which part of the installation you have gone to. If you have formatted it already, you can't get Windows ME back unless you have the CD.

As for the IBM PC, could it be that the display is spoiled?


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Post by Seldom Fail on 6th June 2009, 1:09 pm

It's at the "Install Windows" stage. The person who started to install it didn't finish the process :/

There are HP recovery discs at our church I didn't know if that would help or not. I put them in but I don't know how to get to where I can run them.


I'm not sure about the IBM one. I can move the mouse around the screen just fine. So the screen works... but nothing shows up :/


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Post by badger on 8th June 2009, 3:38 pm

Its worth if you have access to a cd burner to try both with a linux live cd.
The one I'd suggest is mepis (google it), with a linux live cd the whole operating system runs from cd including the drivers.
Best of all most linux cd's are totally free to download and use. Hooray!

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