Night Hawk

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    Windows 10 Professional
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    Dual boot Windows 10 Professional x64/Windows 7 Ultimate x64 accompanied by Windows 10, 7, 10 10565 Windows Insider Build 10565 VM Player, Linux Mint Debian 17.2 Cinnamon VM. Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Hyper-V VM
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    CPU: AMD Phenom II 975 X4 - Board: Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4- Video: AMD/ATI Radeon 5750 1gb - Sound: Creative PCIe Xtreme Audio- Memory: 16gb(4x4gb) Kingston KHX1600C903/4G DDR3 1600 1.5v Optical Drives: LG DVD-R/RW burner -2, Hard Drive(s): WD Black Edition Sata II 1tb OS drives -2 - WD RE Enterprise "Heavy Duty" 2tb -2

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  1. Be sure to read the latest pm! That has some updates about a few items I wanted to get back to you on.

  2. Hello Random Welcome back to WF! I think some basic information of just what the System Restore feature is and how and what the total amount of drive space reserved is designated for will help clear a few things up for you. First let's cover a small list of essentials. Sound good? 1)Restoration of system registry to a previous point before a problem was seen. This may also entail removal of a troublesome update or problem having an installation problem. 2)Option to remove any type of malware infection in the event the present condition of the system registry is compromised in any form by some type of virus or malware. 3)In order for the System Restore feature to function properly as far as seeing new restore points created and when limiting the drive space used see older points replaced by fresh new ones the amount of drive space reserved is first set by Windows by default. The user however can elect to either increase that amount if needed for more frequent software changes or limit that space when using smaller size drives. Keeping those things in mind one fast option to nuke all points in one stroke would be to turn off the SR we shall refer to as the System Restore feature by either selecting the "Disable system protection" option or reducing the drive space reserved to 0%. How to do we see that done? To arrive at the correct screen found in the Control Panel>System>System protection section of the CP there you can either hit the Windows Key & R key to bring up the Run command line, Right click on the Start button to select the Run command, or right click and choose the Control panel option and navigate to the section needed. Note the drive space reserved is not for each individual point but for all restore points to be seen on the drive where the space will be reserved. In fact some might have space reserved on more then one drive in order to avoid seeing any one drive in particular lose too much work space just to restore points.
  3. One thing I should add here is in regards to the latest version of Windows 10 you may wan to consider upgrading to. A PC World video published back in February explains how with 10 you no longer have to worry about being locked out forever with the new reset feature in Windows. I forgot my Windows 10 password! IDG.TV | Feb 8, 2016 Forgetting your Windows 10 password isn't the disaster it used to be. Windows lets you get back on track with a pretty easy reset process. Here's how it works.
  4. Attention Windows 7 and 8.1 users before reading the article being quoted here you may or may not already be aware of it now being a 10 day countdown before the free upgrade to 10 offer expires on July 29, 2016. You may or may not end up seeing the full screen indicator of this appearing on your system. Time is running out! and MS wants you to know that. The text that appears in the fine print at the bottom of that page has changed slightly over the past year. Here's how it now reads (emphasis added): SEE FULL REPORT
  5. Oh well so much for the hubla of one billion device goals!
  6. The reason for this is to prevent the older thread here from going too far in a not so good direction. Besides anything you would download there are other alternatives for reset or recovery by use of the Command line. Note this next guide refers to the 7 Home Premium edition since the OP didn't never specified which edition the HP was running and still needs to update the thread again regarding any progress if any made so far. In order to get past the built in protections MS incorporated into Windows this guide has several steps that would need to be followed. A guide to recovering from Windows 7 Home Premium User Account lost password, cannot login, login problem The last part of the page sums up why the lack of having a reset disk or Windows media doesn't necessarily mean turning to other means? If the OP has a friend with either the 7 dvd of same edition or a reset disk to boot from or could make one up for him on another machine that would be one option while the guide at the MS Answeres site would seem to be a bit more encouraging as far as potentially seeing results. "None of these recovery methods involve any password cracking. Whilst such utilities can apparently be found online, any utility capable of doing this might also be doing something else behind your back such as planting malware to subvert the system or steal information. Protecting your system against such utilities, and others, is discussed briefly in Precautionary measure 6 - Secure your PC." as quoted from MS page. As for OEM Recovery disks like for a 7 HP Laptop one very familiar programming site offers Windows Recovery and Repair Disk images for just that purpose of rescuing OEM preinstalled copies of Windows. With the original Digital Rivers site shutdown some time back OEM ISO downloads are still available on a mirror site. The site is legit and carries the OEM form of ISO disk images you can use to make up live 7 media either for Repair installs or for a seeing a fresh copy of 7 put back on the laptop. The only folders effected by a clean install are those in the Program Files, Program Files(x86), and users folder packed up into the Windows.old folder. Other folders outside of those three MS created folders are left untouched during a clean install if necessary. Where problems have been seen with upgrades to the newer versions(8 swiftly replaced by 8.1 and 10) of Windows some may have gone back to a clean install of the previous version in order to work out a good upgrade to the newer. These see SP1 included so if the laptop was pre-SP1 the OEM product key on the sticker should still work. You can't use an SP1 key on a non SP1 7 install however. These are some of the alternative options the OP can look over if he replies back. The repair install and full install options of course would be strictly the last resort options for the machine he owns.
  7. Since you are new here that is simply a friendly reminder to abide by the rules there. Sorry! Did you know you can reset your Windows password while booted live from a Linux distro? On review of several non intrusive guides you may find a bit more helpful and for those familiar with the Linux live distributions at all Ubuntu is one of the more popular for debugging and solving problems in Windows. The MS Answers site had a rather lengthy thread about this where a few posts were moderated for content there too! But there are some interesting references to note if you are still not able to boot into 7. That's provided you haven't by this time decided to grab the free upgrade to Windows 10 before the July 29 expiration date on the free upgrade offer that is. The MS Answers thread can be looked over at:
  8. If you are going to report something "GUEST" be sure to add an explanation as to why any new posts are being reported! Simply reporting valid posts does nothing but become only a very very minor annoyance and disregarded entirely!