can I use Win7 HP laptop recovery disc on a Dell laptop

May 26, 2012 at 08:16:20
Specs: Windows 7
have recovery disc for HP dv2145dx and need to reintall Windows 7 - custom format preferably... "Administrator Password lost!" need to put windows 7 on Dell laptop Inspiron M5110..... HELP PLEASE... Do not have recover disc for Dell or back up image. very bad!

Thank you so MUCH!

Julie


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#1
May 26, 2012 at 08:27:05
You can't use HP Recovery media on a Dell because all the device drivers and related OEM utilities are different, so Windows will just keep popping up a whole bucket-load of errors (that is, if it starts at all).

That Recovery media is only for the laptop it was supplied with.
It might also be illegal to try using it on a non-HP laptop.


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#2
May 26, 2012 at 08:27:56
The Dell recovery discs should have been created as soon as you got the laptop. They've been sitting on the hard drive just waiting for you to fire up the software & burn them to DVDs. It's unlikely an HP disc will work on a Dell. Did you try using the Dell Recovery partition?

http://www.ehow.com/how_6793886_sta...

Also, admin passwords are very easy to recover: http://pogostick.net/~pnh/ntpasswd/


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#3
May 26, 2012 at 13:15:20
Actually, it might be possible to boot to a different disk and use it to repair. We just can't say what the disk you have is. It may be unique version or it may be similar to a normal install disk. The only way to tell is to boot to it and see if it has a common repair like the pages at Microsoft show for this task.

A simple web search may yield ways to fix your issue another way too.

Hang up and live.


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