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Ok. So my friend's laptop keeps getting the blue screen before it even reaches the login screen. Unfortunately, it is using Windows XP. Now, I don't have a copy of XP, so I wondering if I could use my Windows 7 cd to repair it. And I also don't want to risk losing any files because she said all of her wedding pictures are on there. So, is it possible?
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I would use a data recovery software to recover any files you want to save onto a Flash drive or backup hard drive. Then fresh install windows.
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I would use a data recovery software to recover any files you want to save onto a Flash drive or backup hard drive. Then fresh install windows.
what do you mean? I can't install anything if i can't even get into windows?
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i would plug the laptop drive in the PC and then boot off of your own drive copy the files. alternatively i would use a linux live cd on the laptop and copy the the HDD files onto a really big flashdrive or something.
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i would plug the laptop drive in the PC and then boot off of your own drive copy the files. alternatively i would use a linux live cd on the laptop and copy the the HDD files onto a really big flashdrive or something.
i was going to try that, but it's a weird connection. it isn't sata. i think i'll use a linux live cd
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The best way would be to boot the computer from a flash drive, whether with windows or there are quite a few free tools you can download online that are usually linux based. you can then recover files from your hard drive and format it.
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i would plug the laptop drive in the PC and then boot off of your own drive copy the files. alternatively i would use a linux live cd on the laptop and copy the the HDD files onto a really big flashdrive or something.
This might be your best bet. It's what I would do.

EDIT:
Never mind, just saw your reply to labbu.
 
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post #8 of 13
Boot to Linux Live CD
Pull all files off the Laptop
Format, Fresh Install Windows
If Blue Screens Persist, launch out nearest window unless you're under warranty. [Doubt it, with Windows XP and all]
    
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post #9 of 13
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thanks you guys, i'm gonna try the linux live boot. but I am perplexed by the hard drive considering the laptop is like 4 years old. It's weird

anybody know how to do it from a flash drive?
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anybody know how to do it from a flash drive?
I have had much success with trinity rescue kit
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