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figured this would be a good place to ask this question. iv got a POS hp media center pc that iv been asked to format and install windows. the only windows i have is windows 7 on a usb key. iv tried to boot from the usb or removable and it wont do it. is this computer just too old to load windows with a usb? this thing has to be a few years old, its got 512mb of ram and a P4 processor. will 7 even work with these specs?
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post #2 of 8
Might be the motherboard messing up boot from USB but anyways

Windows 7 needs at least 1 GB RAM for 32bit and 2 GB for 64bit so I don't think it will run nicely on that.

Could try linux boot/live USB?
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thanks for the info, i knew this computer was old and i told the person that owns it that it will most likely not run on 7. im going to suggest building a new one.
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post #4 of 8
I have used Windows 7 on an old socket 478 with 384 mb of ram. it works, just not well.

Check to see if their is a recovery partition on the HDD, it will format it back to original settings.
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post #5 of 8
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i need the password to log on, i dont know what it is.
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post #6 of 8
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Originally Posted by janz3n View Post
i need the password to log on, i dont know what it is.
Ask the owner?

And you'd be best off getting XP put back on there. There should be a recovery partition you can boot into. Or you could use any Windows XP disc that matches what it has on the sticker (Home / Pro, SP1 / SP2 / SP3).
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post #7 of 8
I know how to fix it with XP MCE....but its illegal.

So I would say try to get into it and find the boot/recovery image on the HDD.
they aren't fun to play with but they do work.

or just suggest a new pc
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post #8 of 8
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im not going to waste my time with this computer. its not worth it. i was going to just see if 7 would work and if not try and get the owner to let me build a new one.
thanks for all the help, i got a pm about swearing, havent read it yet. sorry for swearing.
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