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    hi everyone!

    hope someone can help...........


    i want to "factory restore" my vista laptop

    no recovery discs but has a recovery partition

    but how do i factory reset using the recovery partition?

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    When you start up you should get an option if you can do it from the partition alone (the partition must be bootable) If not you'll need a CD to tell the computer where the recovery partition is.

    What make and model laptop?

    You realise, although to you "my laptop" means everything, to us people sitting hundreds of miles away from you and with no possible ability to see what you're looking at, it means absolutely nothing. What make and model of laptop do you have?

    Its very difficulult with no information about your model...

    If its a Hp laptop

    >click start
    >programs>somewhere you can see make recovery disk under hp menu..u need a 8.5gb dvd

    Original Poster Banned

    "laptop"- meant a general note- surely the process is universal?

    so i should see some kind of option for recovery on bootup?

    dxx;2160458

    You realise, although to you "my laptop" means everything, to us people … You realise, although to you "my laptop" means everything, to us people sitting hundreds of miles away from you and with no possible ability to see what you're looking at, it means absolutely nothing. What make and model of laptop do you have?



    It doesn't really matter - either it can boot from the recovery partition or it'll need a CD.

    Original Poster Banned

    yes but the original Q was how do i go about booting from the recovery partition?

    when you reboot your computer
    hold and press F8 button on your keyboard as early as possible/immediately (dont wait untill the vista/welcome animation shows up)
    if im not mistaken there'll be a boot option, one of them from your recovery partition

    or... im sure dependeing on your brand, there is an utility software that allows you to do recovery installation directly under vista.. (e,g, in vaio there is Sony Recovery Utility)
    try to explore your installed programs

    good luck

    Have a good scan around on the screen when you turn the laptop on for something along the lines off 'Press XX to start system/automated recovery' or something similar...

    You should be able to boot into the Windows recovery Console then recover it that way

    [email protected];2160481

    It doesn't really matter - either it can boot from the recovery partition … It doesn't really matter - either it can boot from the recovery partition or it'll need a CD.



    Um, yes, it does matter. Unless you plan on explaining how one restores the factory defaults on every make and model of laptop released within the past decade, you really cannot tell someone how to do the job without knowing what model of laptop they have. Key combos? Prerequisits? What to back up? Etc. They all vary from manufacturer to manufacturer.

    To make an analogy of it, I have next to me a musical instrument. How do I play a C# on it?

    dxx;2160828

    Um, yes, it does matter. Unless you plan on explaining how one restores … Um, yes, it does matter. Unless you plan on explaining how one restores the factory defaults on every make and model of laptop released within the past decade, you really cannot tell someone how to do the job without knowing what model of laptop they have. Key combos? Prerequisits? What to back up? Etc. They all vary from manufacturer to manufacturer.To make an analogy of it, I have next to me a musical instrument. How do I play a C# on it?



    u kick it lol

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    dxx;2160828

    Um, yes, it does matter. Unless you plan on explaining how one restores … Um, yes, it does matter. Unless you plan on explaining how one restores the factory defaults on every make and model of laptop released within the past decade, you really cannot tell someone how to do the job without knowing what model of laptop they have. Key combos? Prerequisits? What to back up? Etc. They all vary from manufacturer to manufacturer.To make an analogy of it, I have next to me a musical instrument. How do I play a C# on it?


    Nice analogy - like it a lot :thumbsup:

    You could try this:
    microsoft.com/win…spx

    If you mean you want to re-format, then re-install Vista so it seems brand spanking new. I suggest you get a professional to do it as its not as easy as you may think.

    Laptops or computers don't have a factory reset button like a Modem or Router. Recovery disks and partitions are designed to recovery your data, your settings - the whole point of a recovery is that it recovers something that has been lost. Even the link I mentioned is System Restore, it is designed to restore something.

    The only way you can revert back to defaults completely is to wipe the hard drive and re-install Vista. Then re-install the drivers, re-register Vista and so on. Even then previously wiped data can still be recovered, so if you formatted your computer and then sold it to me, I could restore your old File System and get access to a lot of your stuff that you think is "gone". Such as family photo's, internet history etc.

    There are programs out their designed to make this more secure, they will wipe everything correctly and do their best to make sure no files can be restored. Even so it requires knowledge of how to use the program, the cost of buying the program and the time spent trying to get it working right.

    If you are really unsure about what you are doing, getting someone else to do it for you, a geeky friend or family member is the best thing to do. If you have no one like that you can think of, then you can try the local paper or something. I would not recommend PC World as they have less of a clue than you do most of the time.

    Good luck!

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    For dell computers

    "Using Dell Factory Image Restore in Windows Vista

    1 Turn on the computer.

    2 As the computer starts, press on the keyboard until the Advanced Boot Options menu appears on the screen.
    Note:
    You must press before the Windows logo appears on the screen. If you press after the Windows logo appears on the screen, the Advanced Boot Options menu will not appear on the screen. If you do not see the Advanced Boot Options menu, restart the computer, and then repeat this step until you see the menu on the screen.

    3 Press the on the keyboard to select Repair Your Computer on the Advanced Boot Options menu, and then press .

    4 Specify the language settings that you want, and then click Next.

    5 Log in as a user who has administrative credentials, and then click OK.

    6 Click Dell Factory Image Restore.

    7 In the Dell Factory Image Restore window, click Next.

    8 Click to select the Yes, reformat hard drive and restore system software to factory condition check box.

    9 Click Next.
    The computer is restored to the default factory configuration.

    10 When the restore operation is completed, click Finish to restart the computer.

    The software is now installed as it was when the computer was first received."

    the F8 key function of advanced boot option is built in to windows OSs, not to brand so it will also work on other brand.

    i know two of my machines (a Vaio-Vista and a Toshiba-XP) do the same thing when i hit F8
    and I have done vista recovery using partition disk. its to recover factory settings, not to recover lost data. In fact if you recover your factory settings it will erase your data

    csiman;2161490

    Nice analogy - like it a lot :thumbsup:



    It's a rubbish analogy. Computers are generally the same. Either there is a multi-boot like GRUB and a bootable second partition, there is a bootable CD to recover a ghost image or it is selectable using the F8 key - Advanced boot options. At work I have around 30 different makes and models of laptop and almost all use F2 or Del to enter the BIOS and all are restored with a CD - the bootable second partition is quite rare - chances are, unless there's a Windows utility to start the process by copying the files needed, they'll need a CD.

    To the person that recommended using the recovery console... ARE YOU MAD? This person wants to restore a laptop to factory defaults not be confronted with a text based utility that really only has one use I've found that works... fixing MBR.
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