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Old 06-20-2014, 09:42 PM   #1
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Compaq Presario cq57 repair loop running Windows 8.1


My Compaq Presario CQ57 that was running windows 8.1 recently stopped working telling me it was going to start a Automatic Repair that may take over an hour to complete. I left it to work for about 3 hours and when I came back it had the same screen. Everything I have been reading is telling me that I need to factory reset it and for that I need a Windows 8 installation disk. I am wondering if it would be possible to use Linux to boot and reset the laptop.
 
Old 06-20-2014, 11:32 PM   #2
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Code:
harry@biker:~
$ inxi -M
Machine:   System: Hewlett-Packard product: Presario CQ57 Notebook PC v: 068C110003204910000620100
           Mobo: Hewlett-Packard model: 3577 v: 24.48
           Bios: Hewlett-Packard v: F.42 date: 11/07/2011
harry@biker:~
$ sudo fdisk -l
[sudo] password for harry: 

Disk /dev/sda: 250 GB, 250056737280 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 30401 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System 
/dev/sda1   *           1          26      208813    7  HPFS/NTFS

/dev/sda2              26       27983   224564602    f  Extended LBA

/dev/sda5              26       15862   127202670    7  HPFS/NTFS

/dev/sda6           15862       17168    10490445   83  Linux

/dev/sda7           17168       27367    81923467   83  Linux

/dev/sda8           27367       27983     4948020   82  Linux swap

/dev/sda3           27983       29884    15269782    7  HPFS/NTFS

/dev/sda4           29884       30402     4160835    c  FAT32 LBA

harry@biker:~
$ sudo blkid
/dev/sda1: LABEL="SYSTEM" UUID="10703818703806CE" TYPE="ntfs" 
/dev/sda3: LABEL="Recovery" UUID="EE34B6F134B6BBC1" TYPE="ntfs" 
/dev/sda4: LABEL="HP_TOOLS" UUID="E4C1-BF34" TYPE="vfat" 
/dev/sda5: UUID="01CF54DDED227E00" TYPE="ntfs" 
/dev/sda6: LABEL="/" UUID="e04a6a3e-1446-4b49-9d77-be0631ab4db2" TYPE="ext4" 
/dev/sda7: LABEL="/home" UUID="11f34a48-8ae9-4ef6-ad1f-09a8414d6c52" TYPE="ext4" 
/dev/sda8: UUID="0cc96d73-6c68-4b68-b8a9-e7d8c03ed16e" TYPE="swap"
On my Compaq Cq-57. There is a restore partition and also Compaq tools

http://postmyimage.com/img2/211_gparted.png

No. I don't think Linux will restore your Windows. A previous backup made using the recovery tool included in Windows would have though. So I guess http://www8.hp.com/us/en/campaigns/h...l#.U6T7ZqQkXvw That is your only hope since it is only a Windows problem. I made recovery disks on this as soon as I inherited it from the wife.

Here is another suggestion for you. Join

http://www.computerhope.com/forum/

and post your problem there. They may give you better help than here for a Windows problem.

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