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HP Laptop with W10 now but won't allow me to reset.

HP Laptop with W10 now but won't allow me to reset.

HP Laptop with W10 now but won't allow me to reset.

(OP)
I acquired an older HP Laptop (My wife's) that started life in Vista, then had Windows 7 and ultimately Windows 10 installed. It works but is very slow. I decided to try and do a Reset and it will not allow me to do so.
I want to use this for logging (Ham Radio) and internet search's so I do need it to respond faster, hence the reason for a reset. I wanted to get it as clean and bare bones as possible.
Does anyone have a solution I may try? I am not against using Linix if it is still available as a download free. I really don't want to have to spend any more money on this. I still have the W7 Home Premium disks if that helps.

Thanks in advance, you guys have always come through for me.
Dave

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RE: HP Laptop with W10 now but won't allow me to reset.

If it will boot to the W7 DVD a clean reinstall should work.

Ed Fair
Give the wrong symptoms, get the wrong solutions.

RE: HP Laptop with W10 now but won't allow me to reset.

(OP)
Thanks, I will try that.

DrJorde
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RE: HP Laptop with W10 now but won't allow me to reset.

(OP)
No luck on re-installing W7. For some reason Windows won't allow me to overwrite the W10 OS. What if I did a Format first? And if I did, I wonder if the Update disks have enough operating system files to allow the install then with a re-start?
I am running out of ideas. I looked to see if we still had a Rescue disk from when it was new but all I could find is a Ghost image of my other HP which is a 64 bit computer. This one is 32 bit.

DrJorde
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RE: HP Laptop with W10 now but won't allow me to reset.

Basic step would be to delete all partitions if you are able, then allow it to create a new partition, which will work out to formatting the disk.

Haven't run across anything like this on any of the machines I put 10 on to get them registered then reloaded 7.

You could pull the drive and mount it in something else long enough to wipe the partition, or even use a Linux distribution to do the same, possibly something off an UBCD, or one of the partition managers.

Ed Fair
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