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Hey guys. My buddies netbook is all messed up. Normally the best thing to do is fresh install. But being theres no CD-Rom drive its kind of hard. I have checked the BIOS to see if there were any other boot options and there isn't. My plan was to make a bootable USB Flash drive. Now I am kind of at a loss. Any help????
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Does it not have a recovery partition?

If it does, can you boot into safe mode to activate the recovery console? Not sure if there's a way to start a recovery through the bios...
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You simply make a bootable flash drive, there are loads of applications that can do it.

Microsoft even has one on this page for windows 7:
http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/...usbdvd_dwnTool

If it's windows xp, you can use this program:
http://wintoflash.com/home/en/
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post #4 of 14
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Nope. Well, he says there might have been, but after abut 20 restore points and what not there isn't one visible now. Its weird, nothing works. Nothing is even displayed in device manager, none of the USB ports work, the card reader doesn't work. EVERYTHING is disabled.
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Originally Posted by ColdRush View Post
You simply make a bootable flash drive, there are loads of applications that can do it.

Microsoft even has one on this page:
http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/...usbdvd_dwnTool
Yes that was my first idea, BUT there is no option to change boot sequence or devie to anything other than HD. So if it doesn't boot off the USB how can I make a bootable flash drive??


EDIT: Sorry for DP.
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Ah, it's pretty screwed up then lol. Follow ColdRush's suggestion and make a bootable flash disk to reinstall windows.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by jfizz84 View Post
Yes that was my first idea, BUT there is no option to change boot sequence or devie to anything other than HD. So if it doesn't boot off the USB how can I make a bootable flash drive??


EDIT: Sorry for DP.
There is always a way to get into the BIOS and change the boot priority. Just make sure that the bootable flash drive is inserted. power on the netbook and to get into Bios it is usually the Del button or the F2 button (the POST will tell you which button to hit)

Once in bios look for a tab for boot priority or boot order and make the thumbdrive the 1st option to boot from.
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SIGH. I know how to get into BIOS. But once in Boot Sequence TAB, there is only 1 option. Its the hard drive and it won't let me change it.
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In the BIOS it may be called External Storage on the boot menu, not USB.

My Acer AspireOne says that.

Edit: Plug the flash drive in before you start comp go into BIOS and it will see it in the boot menu.
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post #10 of 14
if you can not change boot order take the drive out and DBAN it using another computer that should allow you to boot from the USB stick
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