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    Laptop factory settings.

    My laptop needs putting back to factory settings. I dnt have the recovery disk, and the system restore only goes back a few days

    How do i put it back to factory settings without disk?

    I have tried pressing f8 - f10 etc when loading up - cant see nothing there?


    Thanks

    10 Comments

    What laptop?

    Original Poster

    Its a HP...

    If you need to re-install the OS without a recovery CD then make a note of the drivers or go to the manufacturers website and see if you can download them from there.

    Original Poster

    mittu1;5401091

    If you need to re-install the OS without a recovery CD then make a note … If you need to re-install the OS without a recovery CD then make a note of the drivers or go to the manufacturers website and see if you can download them from there.



    How do i wipe it though?


    Thanks

    You'll need a copy of XP or Vista. Try a repair option first. What's the problem anyway - maybe spyware cleaners can fix it for you?

    vengod;5401084

    Its a HP...



    You need to be more specific than that as HP have made a lot of laptops over the years. If you've lost the recovery disk and there's no recovery partition on the hard drive then you're going to need to source a matching OS disk and build the machine yourself which is not difficult and usually better than a factory image.

    John

    Original Poster

    Its just knacked. Nothin loading etc.

    I have no disks but i can get a copy of vista/Xp.

    Can you tell me how to wipe it?

    Thanks

    Banned

    1.

    Disconnect all peripherals and internal non preinstalled devices from the PC, except the monitor, keyboard, and mouse.
    2.

    Turn on the computer.
    3.

    When the initial blue HP screen appears, press the F10 key repeatedly until a recovery menu appears. The progress indicator that first appears does not indicate that a recovery is taking place. The progress indicator represents the time before the recovery process is started.
    4.

    When the Recovery screen appears, click Next, and then click Yes to perform a normal, non-destructive recovery.
    5.

    To perform a destructive recovery, click Advanced, and then click Yes.
    6.

    After the System Recovery is complete, and the computer starts successfully, update the computer software as follows:

    Go into the BIOS and make sure the CD/DVD is set to boot before the Hard Drive in the boot priority.
    Insert the XP/Vista CD and you will be asked to hit a key to boot from the CD.
    Do that and the installation procedure will start.
    You will get an option to repair the current installation which is worth trying.
    Also if you have a new laptop it most likely has a SATA drive which XP won't detect but Vista will.
    The whole thing is a pain in the ass and if you can get someone to do it for you then grab em.

    If what casparwhite says is true then you dont need a recovery CD. That's definitely the best option.

    vengod;5401256

    Its just knacked. Nothin loading etc. I have no disks but i can get a … Its just knacked. Nothin loading etc. I have no disks but i can get a copy of vista/Xp. Can you tell me how to wipe it?Thanks



    While you can get software for wiping the HDD you don't need it for a reinstall, the windows installer will allow you to manipulate and format (wipe) partitions.
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