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Tue Feb 18, 2020, 06:40 PM

Question about reinstalling Windows 7 on an Asian HP laptop

Awhile ago I bought a used laptop with software from a neighbour moving back to Korea. I have since lost the software. My question is whether I can pay someone who has Windows 7 software (English) to do a re-install when the laptop is Asian. (the plug is Asian but I have an adapter and the language is Korean.

Totally computer challenged person so any help is much appreciated

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zooks Feb 2020 OP
msongs Feb 2020 #1
zooks Feb 2020 #4
MaineBlueBear Feb 2020 #2
zooks Feb 2020 #3
MaineBlueBear Feb 2020 #5
zooks Feb 2020 #6
The Conductor Feb 2020 #8
zooks Feb 2020 #9
LuvLoogie Feb 2020 #7

Response to zooks (Original post)

Tue Feb 18, 2020, 06:42 PM

1. computers speak 0 and 1 nt

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Response to msongs (Reply #1)

Tue Feb 18, 2020, 06:58 PM

4. Thanks for the reply. So if someone doesnt know Korean but

knows how to install software they won't have a problem?

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Response to zooks (Original post)

Tue Feb 18, 2020, 06:49 PM

2. Can you change the language

from the setting menu? When setting up the computer the user chooses the language (and sets the time zone; periferals; etc.)

That's where I'd start.

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Response to MaineBlueBear (Reply #2)

Tue Feb 18, 2020, 06:55 PM

3. I don't have the password so is it possible to get to the settings menu?

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Response to zooks (Reply #3)

Tue Feb 18, 2020, 07:12 PM

5. Not sure of the specifics

But it can be done. Google: how to bypass windows 7 password.

Is this a high performance laptop? If not I wouldn't recommend using an unsupported and obsolete OS. You're better off getting a new rig. A basic non-gaming laptop can be bought for less than the cost of windows 10. Under $100

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Response to MaineBlueBear (Reply #5)

Tue Feb 18, 2020, 07:28 PM

6. Thx for the reply. From research I've done the best way to bypass passwords is to

do a complete re-install. Money is tight and I want this for my elderly mom to watch dvds and read a few news sites

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Response to zooks (Reply #6)

Tue Feb 18, 2020, 08:00 PM

8. A couple of things...

Check if the laptop hardware will support Windows 10. You can get a copy of that directly from Microsoft as a free download. If you have a valid key (check the Genuine Windows sticker), you can upgrade. While the free upgrade has technically expired, I can tell you it still works just fine. I just upgraded a Win 7 system that way last month, and it was very straightforward. Then you'd have a modern operating system that has current updates to keep the problems to a minimum.

The language change shouldn't be a show stopper in this, either.

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Response to The Conductor (Reply #8)

Tue Feb 18, 2020, 08:14 PM

9. Thanks

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Response to zooks (Original post)

Tue Feb 18, 2020, 07:59 PM

7. Do you know any computer techs?

Reinstalling/clean installing an OS isn't any easier than using Hiren's on a boot able USB flash drive. You'd want to run the NT password bypass/reset.

Don't run windows 7 unless you know how to tinker with the OS.

Go to New Egg and get your Mom a refurbished Windows 10 PC. It will probably come with a full sized keyboard and mouse. Also get her a monitor at least 23"

A tech would charge you at least 100 to unlock or reinstall. The only worth to that would be is if you have a valid OEM Windows activated key. You could then still get a free upgrade to windows 10. But you're going to want at least 8 GB of RAM, too. So you have to figure the cost of upgrading that too.

Spring for some decent external speakers too. Logitech has a nice set for about 25 bucks on Amazon. About 50 bucks if you want to include a subwoofer.

Most laptop sound sucks for watching movies. Get her a Disney plus account. Don't mess with DVDs.

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