need to erase my laptop & all on it. HELP!!!

March 11, 2010 at 21:18:23
Specs: Macintosh
I have a HP laptop that runs Windows XP. I have the
system recovery disks but don't know what to do!
There is a virus of some kind on it and it wont let me
change anything- the computer says i dont have
admin rights even though i am the admin and i'm
logged into my account as the only administrator. I
want to erase the computer entirely but I dont know
how. Please Help!!!

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#1
March 11, 2010 at 22:20:01
download DBAN on another PC and make disc. Then set your Laptop to boot from cdrom and set DBAN to autonuke. That will TOTALLY erase all from the drive. Then run your restoration discs.

DBAN will kill any boot sector virus etc.

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#2
March 11, 2010 at 23:22:39
Well, not so fast.

That HP likely has a 'mystery partition' which, if it gets hosed, will send the whole thing south.

Assuming there's no data you need to save, boot on the recovery disk and follow the instructions. It ain't knee surgery. It's meant for the non-tech user.


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#3
March 12, 2010 at 06:34:14
hi I agree with Mechanix2Go use the disk and reset to factory
windows instalment but first copy your data ona memory stik of
an extrernal hhard drive and dont forget to scan your data befor
copying it back to oyur pc

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#4
March 12, 2010 at 07:37:03
This is what the poster asked

I
want to erase the computer entirely but I dont know
how. Please Help!!!


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#5
March 12, 2010 at 08:16:28
Ya but what does the OP REALLY mean.

Certainly no mention of not using the computer anymore. Clearly wants to get rid of virus's in which case the recovery disks are the way to go.


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#6
March 12, 2010 at 10:23:25
you can still use the recovery discs after a wipe with Dban. I've done it before.


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#7
March 12, 2010 at 11:17:41
Follow rgisa link for HP Support for Repai/Reinstall XP on an HP laptop. Lots of choices so you can decide what you want to do.

http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsuppor...

I don't know If DBAN will wipe the "hidden" XP restore partition (I suspect so) but I, personally wouldn't take the chance at your skill level. No offense intended.

There is nothing to learn from someone who already agrees with you.


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#8
March 13, 2010 at 08:18:28
Thanks for all the suggestions.
I should have been more clear with what I needed.
There is nothing on the computer that I want/need.
I want to clear it all because I want to sell the computer. So,
though I don't want to use it anymore, I do need to it be
working.
I'm not very tech savvy and when mechanix2go says 'boot
on the recovery disk and follow the instructions' Im assuming
that they mean put in the disk in the computer and do what it
says. Thats a problem cause when I put the disk in, nothing
happens. There is no autorun auction. I even right click on
the disk in My Computer and selected AutoRun but still,
nothing.

Thoughts?


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#9
March 13, 2010 at 16:57:20
BOOT doesn't mean run it from windows; it means put the CD in the drive and reboot.


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#10
March 13, 2010 at 17:19:41
There are some pretty good instructions on restoring your PC to the way it came from the factory here:

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/...


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#11
October 16, 2010 at 12:09:53
can i ask dban safe or unsafe

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#12
October 16, 2010 at 14:07:51
'can i ask dban safe or unsafe'

Dban nukes the drive, in other words, cleans the drive right back to factory (empty) allowing you to re-install windows again.

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