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Windows Vista Restore to Factory Settings

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Hi all, I just bought a PC off Ebay and would like to set it back to original factory settings, but it did not come with the re-installation CD/DVD. I was wondering is there was anyway of obtain… Read More
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7y, 4m agoPosted 7 years, 4 months ago
Hi all,

I just bought a PC off Ebay and would like to set it back to original factory settings, but it did not come with the re-installation CD/DVD.

I was wondering is there was anyway of obtaining another CD/DVD in order that this can be done? I have found one site that wants to charge twenty five pounds for a re-installation disc, but i am not prepaired to pay that.

The PC is running windows vista home premium 32 bit.

Any ideas??

thanks
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7y, 4m agoPosted 7 years, 4 months ago
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#1
might be a small partition, look in my computer... is there a smallish partition? if so, will be able to restore from that? Failing that, might have a very early system restore
#2
Does it have the vista COA sticker ?.
#3
Consider windows 7
#4
yes it has the COA sticker, why does that make a difference?
#5
JOHNKA
yes it has the COA sticker, why does that make a difference?


You can download a copy of vista for free from the torrents and use that if you have the COA sticker.
#6
OK so i would be downloading a full copy of vista and installing it, but at what point does it ask you for the COA? and also if it does not accept that COA would I then lose my certified copy of windows?
#7
JOHNKA
OK so i would be downloading a full copy of vista and installing it, but at what point does it ask you for the COA? and also if it does not accept that COA would I then lose my certified copy of windows?


You can download a copy and put it on DVD,Then when you install it, it will ask for the COA,Your COA sticker is your certificate of Authenticity,
#8
As above. Your not in theory doing anything wrong coz your COA will verify the machine has a genuine licence. If you went back to manifacturer they will charge you a small fortune for the original install cd - £40+.

Most full dvd copies of Vista come with all versions (home, premum,ultimate) on the disk... your COA will activate the correct version. It will ask you for it on install.

PS first place to check is for a recovery partition though ;-)
#9
ok, thanks, so if i look in my computer for a recovery partition, would it show an icon like C drive or something like that, or is it a specific file in a folder?
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JOHNKA;8020409
ok, thanks, so if i look in my computer for a recovery partition, would it show an icon like C drive or something like that, or is it a specific file in a folder?

why not just ask the seller for a disk or reinstall instructions
#11
It might help you more if you post what is the actual make/model of PC/Lappy that you have. :)
There's probably a specific 'how to' available for it somewhere.
#12
JOHNKA
ok, thanks, so if i look in my computer for a recovery partition, would it show an icon like C drive or something like that, or is it a specific file in a folder?


It will be a hidden partition.
#13
Note a "restore to factory settings" is NOT the same as a fresh Windows install.

A "restore to factory settings" normally takes the PC or laptop back to the way it was when it left the factory, including Windows, plus Windows service packs and updates, all drivers, any extra programs like adobe reader, anti virus and so on.

A fresh Windows install is just that, an install of Windows.

You will then need to put all the Windows service packs and updates on top, plus all the correct drivers (sound, graphics, network etc), plus any utilities (anti virus, Windows live etc etc).

This can often take all day.

If possible you are far better doing a "restore to factory settings". If this is a Dell or other major make then it will probably have this option. If it was a "hand built" PC it probably wont.

Have a look at the menu options to see if there is a "create restore disks" option or similar.
#14
i asked the seller for the disc but he said he could not find it, and the machine says e systems on the front and when it first starts up but the manufacturer is acer it has windows vista home premium 32 bit / INTEL[R] PENTIUM[R]4 / CPU 3.00GHZ / 0.99 RAM / INTEL[R] 82945G EXPRESS CHIPSET CONTROLLER / COPYRIGHT 2006
#15
this machine will most likely have a restore partition, if you remove it from Acer's they usually moan at you lol.

I am sure you press and hold ALT and F10 as soon as you turn on the computer, this will put it into recovery mode.
#16
JOHNKA
i asked the seller for the disc but he said he could not find it, and the machine says e systems on the front and when it first starts up but the manufacturer is acer it has windows vista home premium 32 bit / INTEL[R] PENTIUM[R]4 / CPU 3.00GHZ / 0.99 RAM / INTEL[R] 82945G EXPRESS CHIPSET CONTROLLER / COPYRIGHT 2006


Sounds a bit cobbled together,If it says E Systems on the front what makes you think it is manufactured by Acer ?. Also what does it say on the COA ?.
#17
tonyg1962
Sounds a bit cobbled together,If it says E Systems on the front what makes you think it is manufactured by Acer ?. Also what does it say on the COA ?.


I diddnt read all the post! - Looks like the computer is an E Systems case with an Acer motherboard, remember, E Systems is not to be confused with Emachines, E System are the budget PC World PC's and I dont think they have recovery partitions. IIRC.
#18
hi all,

managed to sort this out, by going to the web site of the people that made the PC 'thetechguys' they had a download that basically once you put a disc that you downloaded into you PC and start it up it would take you to the hidden restore to factory settings, problem solved and i have a fresh copy of windows vista now.

thanks for all your input.
#19
JOHNKA
hi all,

managed to sort this out, by going to the web site of the people that made the PC 'thetechguys' they had a download that basically once you put a disc that you downloaded into you PC and start it up it would take you to the hidden restore to factory settings, problem solved and i have a fresh copy of windows vista now.

thanks for all your input.


Vista is going to be very slow on that machine.
#20
JOHNKA;8030352
hi all,

managed to sort this out, by going to the web site of the people that made the PC 'thetechguys' they had a download that basically once you put a disc that you downloaded into you PC and start it up it would take you to the hidden restore to factory settings, problem solved and i have a fresh copy of windows vista now.

thanks for all your input.

Nice one John. You sorted it out yourself with a bit of prompting from some of the other guys in this thread. :thumbsup:

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