Solved

how do you reinstall the op system on a hp compaq 7400

Posted on 2007-11-23
4
623 Views
Last Modified: 2008-02-01
Does this system have an internal partition that you can access?  Or do you need the CD's?
If it is a partition, how do you access it.
Can you reinstall the system and not destroy data?
Please advise?
0
Comment
Question by:bob733
  • 2
4 Comments
 
LVL 15

Assisted Solution

by:qz8dsw
qz8dsw earned 40 total points
ID: 20340386
Generally Compaq have recovery disks (CD's) which will reset the machine (read re-install all the software) back to how it was when it left the factory.
You'll have to be abit more specific on the model however, there is alot of 7400 compaqs.
          Compaq Presario Desktop PC 7400
          Compaq Armada 7400 nb 6266/T/0/0/0
        HP Pavilion 7400 Desktop PC (AP)
         HP Pavilion Slimline s7400n Desktop PC
to name a few

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/pfinder?tool=setupCategory&query=7400&dest_page=setupCategory&lc=en&cc=us&dlc=en

Terry
0
 
LVL 32

Assisted Solution

by:DrDamnit
DrDamnit earned 40 total points
ID: 20340593
If you want to see if it has a recovery partition:

1. Start > Control Panel > Administrative Tools
2. open Disk management
3. Look for a partiion that is about 2-3gb. If you see that, it is likely you have a recovery partiion.

If you do have a recovery partiion, reboot the machine and carefully look at BIOS and POST screens for a way to access it. It will usually be one of the F keys.

Now for the sticky part: if you do have a reovery partiion, it will probably just restore the image of the factory defaults, which will wipe out your data.

otherwise, you'll need a Windows CD, which if you need XP professional (i.e., you have a Win XP Pro COA) you can get one from HP or I can help you get one.
0
 
LVL 91

Expert Comment

by:nobus
ID: 20342222
0
 
LVL 91

Accepted Solution

by:
nobus earned 45 total points
ID: 20342225
the restore partition destroys the data, so make a backup first
if you have a correct version of the OS, you can do a repair install without loosing the data :
http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm
0

Featured Post

Is Your Active Directory as Secure as You Think?

More than 75% of all records are compromised because of the loss or theft of a privileged credential. Experts have been exploring Active Directory infrastructure to identify key threats and establish best practices for keeping data safe. Attend this month’s webinar to learn more.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

How can this article save you time AND money?  In just a few minutes you may discover something you didn't know existed that is easy enough for you to fix yourself!
Today, still in the boom of Apple, PC's and products, nearly 50% of the computer users use Windows as graphical operating systems. If you are among those users who love windows, but are grappling to keep the system's hard drive optimized, then you s…
The viewer will learn how to successfully create a multiboot device using the SARDU utility on Windows 7. Start the SARDU utility: Change the image directory to wherever you store your ISOs, this will prevent you from having 2 copies of an ISO wit…
The viewer will learn how to successfully download and install the SARDU utility on Windows 8, without downloading adware.

914 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

20 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now