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Q: Did a complete Factory Reset. Now Windows 8.1 not ...

The subject pretty much says it all. I have a Lenovo Yoga, and had to do a Factory Reset. Now I'm getting an error that it's not activated. I've gotten the key off the computer itself, and done the Microsoft Activation Center's thing, and couldn't get anywhere. This product is legit, it didn't go anywhere, so why am.i having so much difficulty??

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Preferred Solution: Did a complete Factory Reset. Now Windows 8.1 not ...

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

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Backstory: For X-mas we purchased a gently handy-downed Dell Inspiron 3520. I factory reset it so that I could put in our information, I also put on ESET Anti-Virus. I then downloaded the Windows 10 Activator, it ran its process says everything was fine and it started to download. Everything was going great, there was no issues until it came to the final phases which was the reboot. For over 3 hours it just showed nothing more than black screen with Dell Logo.

I call Dell and after 30 minutes they say its a software issue and that I'd have to pay $200+ for them to fix it over the phone with me. I tell them I can't afford that and we disconnect. So I go into the start up system and attempt to Factory Restore it again, it starts the process goes all the way through and then it goes back to the black screen with Dell logo only this time a dialogue box pops up. Its named Install Windows and it says, "Windows could not complete the installation. To install Windows on this computer, restart the installation."

I've tried F8, but its not recognizing it, or even trying to open the command prompt and following other steps I found online such as typing in 'oobe' isn't working.

Any help would be much appreciated.
 

A:Trying to Factory Reset get this "Windows could not complete

What's the exact service tag/serial number and express service code number on that Dell Inspiron 3520 laptop?

What Windows 10 "activator" are you referring to, and where did you download it from?

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The Envy dv7 was not working properly and decided to do a factory reset. When through all the steps and once the process started, it keeps stopping with the following message: Windows could not complete the installation. To install Windows on this compute, restart the installation. Turning it on and off will give me the same error message. How would I go about installing windows when it does not give me an option anymore? I did the following already: Restore BIOS default settingsTest the hard drive using HP PC Hardware Diagnostics UEFI Any other suggestions? Thank you. 

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I'm trying to reset/restore my Inspiron all-in-one running Windows 10 while saving my personal files. It gets to 22% complete and stops. The only details I get says "Unable to reset you PC. No files have been changed"
What is going on and how can I do the reset

A:Factory restore/reset will not complete

I'm assuming you're trying to reset from Update & Security(Recovery/Reset This PC)? If yes, I'd suggest you try from Advanced Startup. Please go back to Update & Security,click on Recovery, and then Advanced Startup( Restart now). Stroll down to Troubleshoot, click on it, and then Reset this PC.

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Hi, I started to reinstall my laptop to factory default settings. I realised I had lost recovery disk 5 when asked to insert. I only have 4/5 disks. I can't complete the recovery and my computer wont boot. What must I do? Yuki

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I got this today "Your device is at risk because it’s out of date and missing important security and quality updates. Let’s get you back on track so Windows can run more securely. Select this button to get going"

I ran several command prompts including chkdsk,  got  a repair utility to repair registery... etc,  defragmented and everything  I tried every solution found online and  I still  get this error when useing updates.  I even updated my drivers. I tried everything,  s  I even uninstalled my antivirus and tried it again.   I gave up and tried to do a reset  and also tried to whipe everything and do a reset and can not. really odd. 

Any insight will be appreciated.

Also on the microsoft website I saw a security update dated 09/25/2017 ( today)  and when trying to manually update it said it did not apply to my pc.  I own a Dell Desktop all in 1 64-bit operating system Product ID 00325-95873-11633-AAOEM touchscreen 24 inch all in one

A:Windows 10 update issues. Also can not do a factory reset or any kind of reset

This sounds like your system took a hit with phishing-ware or other malware.
Factory reset instructions:
www.dell.com/.../reset-or-reinstall-windows-10-on-your-dell-computer

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Basicly my comp has too many problems i can't be stuffed fixing it, and i have nothing important to lose...I have my HP recovery CDs(all 17 =P) and want to completely delete all files and reinstall my system..
Can someone please give me step by step instructions on how to do this?

Also I ahve had someone install a version of AVG 8.0 free which doesn't expire as it has a liscense.. can someone please tell me how to get this back after my complete reinstall if i keep my liscense number.

Thanks already.
 

A:Complete reset of windows XP

This link will guide you through a complete reinstall of WinXP: *link*

As for the AVG thing: record you license number (on a piece of paper, or whatever) and when you are finished reinstalling XP, go to Grisoft's website and install the trial version AVG 8.0. When it prompts you to register or buy a license, enter you license number that you recorded earlier.
 

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Hey guys, i found this info form a website on how to completely reset your network.. take a look at this and can someone update it to comply with windows 8.1 64bit?

-what is missing for windows 8.1 64bit to totally reset your network.. this probably should be a sticky at some point too as everybody should know this info..

*these are commands you would type into a administrator command prompt..

UPDATE: On Windows 7, you'll need to do this to reset your network adapters:

ipconfig /flushdnsnbtstat -Rnbtstat -RRnetsh int reset allnetsh int ipv4 resetnetsh int ipv6 resetnetsh winsock reset
Now, reboot and pray. Possibly not in that orde

A:How to Complete reset windows 8 Networking..??

Originally Posted by bassfacer22


-what is missing for windows 8.1 64bit to totally reset your network..



Well, when you hit Diagnose this connection, that is what it basically does, but an interesting idea.

You might also add: "ipconfig /release" and "ipconfig /renew"

https://kb.wisc.edu/helpdesk/page.php?id=37620
ipconfig /flushdns
When DNSCache service is disabled, this problem is gone, it is also recommended for security reasons.
nbtstat -Rnbtstat -RR
Unless you have DSL connection or using file sharing, NetBIOS can be disabled, security reasons as well.

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I've been trying to get it to factory reset with no luckI turned laptop on and it said automatic repair then changed to diagnosin problem and didn't move for about an hour so tryed to resetI've held the power button and f11, then troubleshoot, there's no option to reset so done system restore , that said there were no restore points , and took me to a new menu with the reset option I clicked that and it just stayed on that screen for hours

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So, I want to factory reset Windows 10 through Settings. There are two options which are: to keep files and to remove files. I only want to delete everything from C, but not in D, because I made backups there. Is there a way to reset Windows 10 in that way? Thanks.
 

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I bought my Pavillion in 2014 and of course it came with Windows 8.1. I've upgraded it to windows 10 for about a year. I'm still a student and I want to use purley for school work. Problem is I have lots of junk on it like games that I no longer need. I thought of a lot of things to speed it up as it is painfully slow such as an SSD upgrade, but that is a bit pricey. The only thing I could think of is reset it so it doesn't have loads of rubbish running in the backround becuase the disk is always running at 100% usage (even at idle). So I was thinking, if i reset it to factory settings, will it keep windows 10 on it or will it degrade back to windows 8.1? Many thanks

A:If I factory reset, will it keep windows 10?

JC442 Hello;Allow me to welcome you to the HP forums!A "factory reset" returns the PC to the state it was in when it left the factory, so of course, it will reinstall the original OS, drivers, and apps.

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bought a used windows 7 pc. the owner built it themselves. i want to factory restore it... but it says i need the windows 7 disk to do that (something like that cant remember exact phrase).. which disk do i need exactly... would i need to buy the whole new windows 7 program? or are there just ones so i can just facorty reset it?

A:need windows 7 factory reset help

and also will i lose all my drivers?
-op

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Hi I began a factory reset on an old windows 7 laptop during the process the laptop lost power,I managed to start the reset again but it's been saying please wait for the last three days when I boot into safe mode everything seems to be set up.Is there anyway to stop or force stop the reset.
 

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Hello! I have an old Dell Latitude D630 with Windows 7, I do not have the disk, and apparently the product key I got from NirSoft's ProduKey isn't valid. Is there any way to reset it?

A:Factory reset Windows 7

What are you trying to reset? Are you looking to reinstall Windows.

A program such as this one should be able to grab your key:

https://www.magicaljellybean.com/keyfinder/

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Sorry this is in the wrong section, options were very limited. I have been given a touchsmart 310 running windows 10, I Can not  install or change anything because I am not logged in as the administrator but I cannot find the account to log in to  matter what I try so I think my best option is to do a factory reset, but I dont know if  will I need the windows key. Has anyone everdone this reset & did you need your windows key & am I going to be able to do the reset without being logged in as the administrator.

A:factory reset windows 10

Hi, There are many HP Touchsmart 310, it must be HP touchsmart 310-something such as         http://support.hp.com/au-en/document/c02622055 I don't think it has Windows 10 pre-installed and you may not be able to do factory restore because you need Admin password which you don't have. My suggestion: clear everything and install fresh Windows 10 1. Create Windows 10 installation media using the following instructions      https://www.microsoft.com/en-au/software-download/windows10 2. Use the media to install Windows 10 to your machine, skip the step to enter the product key and continue, 3. Go online and Windows 10 will automatically activate using the key in the BIOS. Please note: you must install Windows 10 version/edition which is on the machine now, you can't change to other version/edition (ie can't change from Home to Pro for example. Regards.

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So I installed Windows 8 whenever it came out and then updated to 8.1 last fall. Since then my computer has become bogged down and running really bad. It's time just start fresh but when I go in to the PC settings to restore it, it says I don't have the necessary files and that I need to insert a disc. Since I installed 8.1 from the store I have no disc to restore it from.

I saw some tutorials on activating 8.1 from 8 but I don't even know if I'm following the right ones or not. I'm not sure what I'm doing. This was much easier to do in Windows 7. But anyways, I would really appreciate any help on overcoming this so I can restore my computer.

A:How to do a factory reset of Windows 8.1?

Have you made the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?

   Information

We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
& made the Startup Repair CD. (Windows 8 only)
Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8 (Windows 8 only)




I would recommend you making the OEM manufacturer's Recovery DVD's or USB drive.
or
You can order the Microsoft official OEM Recovery disks from the OEM manufacturer's website.

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I have an HP ENVY 700 that has been having many issues over a long period of time. It most recently got so bad that it would not start. After calling HP support and purchasing a "Smart Friends" membership, they told me that there was most likely some corrupted files in my booting system that stopped it from rebooting. After almost a month of attempting to fix the issue, HP sent me 5 "System Recovery" discs to factory reset my entire hard drive. I was first unable to back-up any of my files that were on the computer (because, again, it won't start up to where I can remove them and also the recovery manager won't work either) and now, after many late nights and hours on call with HP, the recovery manager cannot even factory reset my computer. I make it through 4 full discs before reaching 70% progress on the 5th disc where I get an error message. It reads "Recovery Manager could not restore your computer using the factory image. Please contact HP support. Error code: 0xe0ef0003" (Those are all zeros by the way.) I have called the support, or "smart friends" back and they said that it was either an issue with the discs (which were completely new and barely out of the package) or a hardware problem unlike they had originally believed. I hope somebody here can point me in the right direction before I am forced to buy yet another membership for the separate tech support specifically for hardware. Thank you for your feedback!!!
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i've factory reset my laptop and its been an hour since it was 9% , it didn't go on any higher , any ideas whats the problem here?

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Hey everyone,

I'm returning my Asus G53sw-A1 w/ Windows 7 and getting a replacement shipped.

Long story short, my video card is demonic.

Anyways, I have done a lot of personal work during the last week and want to make sure everything is absolutely wiped clean before I ship this back.

How do I do this?

Thanks in advance,
Brady

A:How do I reset Windows 7 to factory?

Just hit it with the oem disks that came with the computer that should wipe everything and return it to a factory state.

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Hello, I have an older (2007 ish) ASUS laptop that has Windows 7 installed.  It is rarely used so I'm not in the market for a new laptop, but it is running extremely slow.  Will not download updates, etc.  There is some sort of conflict.
 
I'd like to wipe the whole thing clean but here's my dilemma.  Windows Office is installed but I don't have the installation CD's.  If I do a factory reset, is there any bare-bones types of word available for download?
 
Really Word (and IE/Firefox) are all the laptop is used for, so I didn't know if there was some bare bones "light" version of Word out there.  Alternatively, is there anything I can download from the laptop now and reinstall after the refresh?
 
I just don't want to spend hundreds of dollars on a new version of Office.
 
Thanks!

A:Windows 7 and Factory Reset

What version of Office are you running? There are no bare-bones versions of Word unless you are talking about free programs that can open Office Documents. There are number of those including Kingsoft, Open Office, and Softmaker's Free Office.

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I haven't done a wipe and reload of my OS in a long time and just a week or so ago i heard someone say something about a factory reset and heard all about it but didnt hear much about how to do it so how is it done . I googled/youtube searched it and it gave me nothing about it all it came up is restoring your computer and recovery options so is there an easy way of doing so any help would be appreciated.




Sorry for my bad spelling and grammar errors.

A:Need to know how to do a factory reset in windows 7?

It's doable through tutorials on this site IF your PC has the capability. Some do, some don't.

But a few questions:

Have you made one or more "recovery" discs, by burning to a CD or DVD?

If you have not made recovery disks, your PC may or may not have a recovery partition that will allow you to restore to the state in which the PC left the factory.

Are you familiar with Windows Disk Management?

Does your PC have a sticker on it with a 25 character "Product Key"? If it does, you should be able to do a fresh install of Windows that you may prefer to a "factory reset", depending on your preferences. Many people don't like the configuration from the factory and would prefer a custom setup. Maybe you would. Maybe not.

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hiI want to get back to the os that came with my laptop windows 8.1 upgraded to windows 10 I did not like 10 so put on win 7 BUT I not know that you could not get any drivers for this laptop under win 7 So press f11 on start up BUT only windows 7 showing, how can I get back to win 8.1 then to win10 Many thanks   

A:factory reset windows 8.1

Hi: If you previously had upgraded to W10 and it was successfully activated, you can go right back to W10 by using the Media creation tool at the link below and clean install W10. When you get to the window during the installation process where you are asked to input a product key, select the 'I don't have a product key' option, and W10 will install and autumatically reactivate once you are connected to the internet. https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10 If you want to go back to W8.1, you will have to use the W8.1 recovery media you should have made when you first got the PC.

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Hi was wondering if someone can help please. My Samsung laptop came with windows 7 installed and i done the free windows 10 upgrade. It was all good for a while and then I had an update and now i can get to my homepage but none of the icons are working. I think to myself the only way I can sort it out is to factory reset the laptop but because i have got windows 10 on it now and it was windows 7 am i still able to do this and what operating system will i be on
thanks
 

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Hey guys, didn't want to double post so here is my question but I really like this "general" forum so I posted it here too..

-quick question about Completely resetting your network in windows 8.1
please have a quick look below..

How to Complete reset windows 8 Networking..??

thanks


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A:Complete reset windows 8.1 networking question..

Not too crazy about the " Reboot and Pray" part.

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Hello I need to do a factory reset on my brothers laptop as he has passed away and his daughter wants to use it but i don't have a recovery disc and the OKR doesnt work. when i press the OKR button, the screen comes up where i can select recovery but it just loads into windows normally.  please help 

A:G50-45 - Factory Reset OKR loads windows

Hi westie13 , 
 
Welcome to the Community Forums.
 
Did the machine came with Win 7 /Windows 8 / Win 8.1 / Win10 originally?
You may check on the Windows sticker also.
 
You can attempt to do the OKR again by first turning off the system and remove the battery.
Press down the power button for 12 seconds twice to ensure the power is drained.
Press the novo button (item 9 page 69) to turn on and novo menu should offer system recovery.
One Key Recovery from initial back up would allow you to proceed.
 
Usually recovery disc are orderable from technical support if the OKR image is bad.
Alternatively a Windows installer image can be freely downloadable for windows 8.1 and Windows 10 for you to simply clean install the operating system and download and install the drivers from the support website.
 
Update us how it goes for you.
 
Regards

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Hi my recently purchased HP 15 Notebook started freezing a lot and the disk light was staying on continuously. I spoke to a technician and he instructed me to perform a PC reset.

After waiting several hours I realised my PC was stuck at 41% and then after waiting several more hours to see if it would continue it said "There was an error resetting your PC. No changes have been made". I am able to use my PC in Safe Mode but if I perform a Virus Scan or use chkdsk it freezes after some time.

Still unsure what to do. Any help is greatly appreciated!

A:Factory Reset Stuck Windows 8.1

Control Panel > Recovery > create a recovery drive..

Boot from recovery media and select refresh..

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Hi,just bought X1 Yoga 1st Gen and wanted to do a factory reset (also known as Windows 10 "Reset this PC")The system kind of not finished the reset process.. I saw the precentage bar going and then a black screen which continues to be black (the computer is on, the keyboard light is on.. )now the computer shows the Lenovo logo and keep booting itself.. i tryied to press Enter and go to F11 (Recovery) but nothing changed..- How can i get myself the Windows 10 Pro Signature Edition?  

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My Navy father is shipping back out to Kuwait in a few weeks and a friend gave him a laptop to take overseas. It seems to be plagued with viruses. Google redirects, fake antivirus popups, etc have made this computer nearly unusable. We have tried everything and thought the issues were fixed but they keep coming back. At this point we are at our wits end and just need to wipe the bleeping thing.
Please forgive my noobishness, but I am an amateur when it comes to this stuff and my dad has no one else to help him with this stuff. We need to reinstall windows 7 pro but we do not have any discs and there seems to be no option to completely wipe this thing like i can with my desktop, which apparently has windows 7 formatted to the HDD permanently.
The computer is an HP Elitebook 8560w. As I said we do not have the install discs for windows. Will it be necessary to obtain some discs or is there anything else I can do to completely wipe everything and start from scratch? There is nothing that needs to be backed up. Any help would be most appreciated as my dad would love to be able to use this machine to Skype with his family back home. Thank you in advance.

A:Help reinstalling Windows 7 Pro / factory reset

A factory reset does the job, see http://www.manualslib.com/manual/667014/Hp-Elitebook-8560w.html?page=131 .
 
Louis

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Hi.
I read the sticky on Factory Reset which is very interesting.
As I have had a lot of problems with my old Vista machine lately I was
wondering about Factory Reset or Windows Reinstall.
I have the Recovery Disc that came with the machine 8 years ago.
As a novice I would very much appreciate member views on this topic.
Thanks.

A:Factory Reset or Windows Reinstall.

What is the make and model # of your computer?
Be sure to backup all personal files you want to keep to a USB HDD first.
Your computer probably has a Recovery Partition which you would access pressing a certain key at bootup. For many manufacturers that is the F11 key depending on make.
Or boot up off of your Recovery CD. Either option will wipe all personal files and installed programs and set the computer back to Factory Defaults like it came in the box. If neither of those options work, and you have a retail copy of Vista or Windows 7 disc you can boot from that disc and do a Clean install.

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I had been having problems with my work PC for months. Very slow boot up, lagging during use, programs not responding etc...
Then worse issues started like the system restore not saving any restore points, not allowing me to manually create restore points...

I tried all the normal stuff.

Sfc Scan came up clean, Check disk came up clean, AVG and Malwarebytes scans were clean....

It seemed like the longer I left it on the better it ran, but anytime it restarted it got terrible again. Then about a week ago I tried to do another Check Disk, I scheduled it and restarted the PC as I was leaving for the day.
When I got in the next morning I checked the event log and no Check disk was on there. So I tried it again that day and the same thing happened.

Then yesterday it all blew up. I was on my PC it was mostly running ok, except for skype which would not properly connect. Since I need that program working to do my job I restarted the PC.

It would let me enter my password but then was stuck on the Welcome screen for about 30 minutes.
So I powered down and tried to boot into safe mode, and it did the same thing, stuck on the welcome screen.
So I powered down again and went into start up repair. Startup repair failed.

I used a command prompt to run check disk on C: and it only took about 30 seconds which I found odd but it said it came up clean. I also did it on DBackup) and it also took about 30 seconds and came up clean. Then I did it on EOS) and it was going extremely... Read more

A:Windows will not boot - even after factory reset

It may be a corrupt Windows Update, is your PC set to auto update?
Perhaps another reset but this time set updates to notify.

Also check the disk health with its manufacturer's tools.

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Hi.
I have a Toshiba Satellite a500-19x which is about 2 years old. I have had problems with factory reset on the laptop and would like some advice on what might be the problem.

I have done a factory reset on the laptop a few times and each time there was a problem, which I will do my best to explain. What happens is as follows -

Starts factory reset and all goes well. Asks for User Name, Keyboard Layout ect starts to install setup and then start up to a brand new homepage.Next it shuts down. Automatically boots up again, goes through this all again 'Installing setting for System Restore' and then shuts down, boots up and repeat and repeat.

It will do this for maybe 30 minutes before it stops. The computer will turn on and work fine after like factory new.

I brought it back to the shop and they said something about Windows was not installed properly on the laptop at the start and that is why it done it.

The hard drives crashed about a year ago and were replaced through the shop and all worked fine.

However now I would like to preform a factory reset just to spruce up the laptop but am afraid it will still have this problem.

Any help/suggestions or fixes would be appreciate and feel free to ask for more info in case I left anything out.

Thanks

A:Windows 7 Factory reset problem

How are you doing the system restore. Is it from a partition on the Hard Drive or through a set of recovery disks. If you are doing it from the hard drive and the drive was going bad this could have caused the problem. Also if a shop reinstalled the operating system they may not have put the recovery partition on the drive. In this case you would need recovery discs. If you do not have them, they can be ordered through the manufacturer.

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I'm beginning to reach the end of the road with my laptop, and I'd rather get it working than get a new one, but I'm a tad bit of a noob, so please explain things clearly, thanks.

Upon my intense dissatisfaction with windows 10, I decided to switch to linux, and I therefore created another partition on my hard drive and installed linux on it. Things were fine for a while, I was using linux fulltime, and despite windows 10 still being on my laptop, I never booted into it. This remained the case for around 2-3 weeks, before I decided to switch back to Windows 10.

However, upon attempting to boot into windows 10, the bootscreen came up, but it just stayed there forever, without booting, so I held the power button to get out of it.

I therefore used a system recovery disk that I made a few months ago when windows 10 was still working to get into the recovery options (I can't access them from the OS itself because I can't get into the OS in the first place.)

I went into Troubleshoot and attempted a full system reset, which I hoped would also remove Linux and in general fix all of the problems. However, the reset failed, and I had no clue why it had done so, and so I attempted a startup repair. It searched for faults and before long was displaying the message "Repairing disk errors. This might take over an hour to complete." with the Toshiba logo above it (brand of my laptop). This made me suspect that there may be some kind of hard drive fault. It was running for a fe... Read more

A:Windows won't boot or do a factory reset

Originally Posted by Adam Partridge


I'm beginning to reach the end of the road with my laptop, and I'd rather get it working than get a new one, but I'm a tad bit of a noob, so please explain things clearly, thanks.

Upon my intense dissatisfaction with windows 10, I decided to switch to linux, and I therefore created another partition on my hard drive and installed linux on it. Things were fine for a while, I was using linux fulltime, and despite windows 10 still being on my laptop, I never booted into it. This remained the case for around 2-3 weeks, before I decided to switch back to Windows 10.

However, upon attempting to boot into windows 10, the bootscreen came up, but it just stayed there forever, without booting, so I held the power button to get out of it.

I therefore used a system recovery disk that I made a few months ago when windows 10 was still working to get into the recovery options (I can't access them from the OS itself because I can't get into the OS in the first place.)

I went into Troubleshoot and attempted a full system reset, which I hoped would also remove Linux and in general fix all of the problems. However, the reset failed, and I had no clue why it had done so, and so I attempted a startup repair. It searched for faults and before long was displaying the message "Repairing disk errors. This might take over an hour to complete." with the Toshiba logo above it (brand of my laptop). This made me suspect that there may be ... Read more

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Hello,
I want to perform a factory reset on Dell Inspiron M511R that came with Win7 preinstalled. Do I need Windows Product Key?
The CoA label is sticked on the bottom of the laptop and after years of usage it just became unreadable. The computer is functioning normally so far.
Can I get the WPK somehow? (The same or a new one.)
Thank you.

A:factory reset and Windows Product Key

You can do a clean install of Windows 10, as long as the system has been activated with Win 10 and has it digital license.  Just skip past where they ask for a license key.
Doing a factory reset over a newer OS may be a problem.  Are you wanting to do that because you need some of the OEM utilities?  It is usually best to do clean installs, especially when changing OSes..
I will assume the system was not using a UEFI bios which means the license in not there.  Some third party software may be able to retrieve a key but I have no experience.  If you have OEM recovery media, it might work, maybe someone else will know for sure.

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My computer was running slow so I tried to factory reset my computor. It got to 33% and failed. I tried again and again but it keeps getting stuck at 33%. When I try to boot up normal it is unable to start windows so I can't get into safe mode. This is the error it gives me when I try to restore.
Restore failed - error code=0x17 (WIMAPPLYImage cannot apply image : data error (cylinder redundancy check).)
I have an emachines. It has a product key on the side but when I tried to put it in on Microsoft Windows download, from another computer, it said that this key goes to a software from computer. Is there any way I can get windows back?

A:windows failed to factory reset...

Well...eMachines was acquired by Gateway...which was acquired by Acer...which no longer supports the eMachines line.  See http://www.neowin.net/news/acer-ditching-cheap-emachines-pc-brand .
 
Both Gateway and eMachines seem to have a history of possibly faulty recovery mechanisms.
 
The only thing I can suggest is to contact someone at the eMachines website and try to get replacement disks,
 
eMachines Customer Service
 
Louis

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Hi,

I'm trying to reboot my Windows 8 (factory reset). I followed the tutorial of eightforums.com, though
it is still not working. I tried three differents things

1. I went to settings, change PC settings, general then remove everything and reinstall windows but I had the following error message "Insert media, some files are missing. Your windows installation or recovery media will provide these files".

2. After booting my usb key with the installation files, I restarted my computer then I went to "Troubleshoot"
then "Reset your PC" and I had the following error message "Insert your Windows installation or recovery media to continue". So failure

3. The last thing I found do not do a factory reset, but ask me where to build the OS between 8 different partition. (I have Debian, Ubuntu (which doesn't work) and windows 8 and one "shared file" between Debian and windows8

Thanks

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When i bought this laptop it was windows 8.0later i upgraded it to windows 8.1 if i factory reset it then will it be windows 8.0 itself ?

A:If I factory Reset it will start as Windows 8.0 ?

Hi: That is a very good question because according to the product specs from HP, it didn't come with Windows at all. http://h20564.www2.hp.com/hpsc/doc/public/display?docId=emr_na-c04168240 But if you are sure it came with W8 from the factory, when you do a factory reset, you will get W8 back on there again, and you will have to get the free upgrade to go back to W8.1.

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Hello

So I Factory reset my Asus laptop because it was running kind of slow.
When I turned on my laptop there was an error saying that My Computer shut down and I need to restart the Windows installation. I didn't know how to do that so I went to Google and youtube for help. After trying to fix the error I ended up having a 64% loop saying installing windows and then restarting many times without stopping. So I tried to make a bootable USB to try to reinstall windows but it asked for a key wich I'm not sure where to find.
Oh and this was a windows 8 laptop but it came with a free Windows 10 upgrade.
If you have any ideas on what I should do please help and thank you!
 

A:Windows won't install after a factory reset

How exactly did you "factory reset" your ASUS laptop?

What's the exact model number of your ASUS laptop?

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I am trying to use the Hp recovery feature to reset my laptop back to the factory default OS windows 8, however when i try to launch into the recovery enviorment using the HP Recovery manager application i am faced with an error "Can?t open file: X:\sources\Recovery\tools\HP\Rita-tool\". i did see the article here http://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c04758961 stating to download an update to fix this issue, but it did not prevent me from getting this error. my thought is that the HP recovery applications is not truly installed on my OS, im thinking this because it does not show up in the programs and features section in the control pannel, however the files are still intact for it from when i transitioned to windows 10. is it possible to re-install this application properly? i still have the recovery partition on my hard drive i just need a way to load it.

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Hi, I have a Lenovo laptop I was struggling to use several months now. It wouldn't update windows for one thing noway whatsoever and would not either upgrade for free to windows 10.Since the expiry day for free windows 10 upgrade is approaching I decided to factory reset it and complete the upgrade if it wants it or not.I guess I'll have questions during the process so I decided to register here and ask them as they will appear.So here is the first question, as I checked the reset button, it asked if I want to reset only the drive with windows or the other drives too. Such as my laptop had more than one drives, which I ignored.Where can I locate and check those drives?Tks

A:Factory reset of lenovo g40-30 windows 8

Hi assybertran , 
 
Welcome to the Community Forums.
 
Usual for the G40-30 model to either have a single HDD or a hybrid SSHD that holds with 8GB NAND flash memory . Physical harddrive may hold multiple drive declared as partitions. 
 
Onekey recovery feature is a full factory reset that would be able to clear and delete everything out and restore the image the way it was when receive from out of the box which is ideal to having a fresh start for users as it deletes possibilities of infecting one drive from the others.
Data back up is definitely recommended on a different storage
 
To check both for availability and integrity  running diagnostics would help.  Going to the BIOS on the same Novo menu would also show physical drives available on the unit.
About the mentioned partitions , disk management would show it. Note that OKR is a hidden partition on the harddrive (highlighted links for further reference and details) .
 
Take time to review the procedure and back up everything needed. Run appropriate diagnostics before deciding. 
 
Update us how things go for you. 
 
Regards

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Hi Everyone, Teb here with my first post on the forum. I am hoping one of you have run into this problem and have a good solution. I downloaded files that I didn't want, and they have proven to be nothing but trouble. An example of one of the files is an extension call "PriceChop". To remove it I went to the control panel and uninstalled. Then I went into all of the web browsers on my computer, went into the settings, and removed the extensions. They appear to be removed until I restart my computer. I go back into Chrome, and the extension is still there. I decided to download a program called SpyHunter which is a malware remover. I ran the program about 8 times and it is still unable to find and remove the files. I searched and searched but have been unable to find a way to remove the unwanted extensions. It has gotten to the point where the virus removed my Norton anti virus security and is trying to log into windows by itself. My wife woke me up to tell me that my computer was "freaking out". Sure enough it was trying to log into windows. I would see a password being entered and then a log in attempt. I am at the point where I just wanted to factory reset. Well, jokes on me. I go into search and typed "reset". I choose to completely reset to factory settings. When it goes to start the process it tells me I have files missing and to insert media. I come to find out that after I upgraded to windows 8.1 via the windows store, I am now unable to factory reset. Something about ... Read more

A:Can't factory reset my windows 8 machine

If you could get your hands on a Windows 8.1 disk/USB then you can use that to boot into the advanced options and reset the PC. As most helpers and advisors on here would probably agree, resetting the PC should always be a last-ditch effort when all other options were exhausted. You could try visiting the malware removal forum: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/f/22/virus-trojan-spyware-and-malware-removal-logs/ and posting the logs requested to get help by a trained BC member.

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I have a password on my computer but I change the password and forgot it. I tried resetting the password on outlook but it was no help. 

A:How do you factory reset a 2000 windows 10?

Hi,Have you upgraded to Windows 10 previously?If so, HP Recovery partition may not work most of the times. Please use HP Recovery USB that you should've created after first setup of this notebook, to factory reset.Else you may have to order HP Recovery USB from HP support directly or do a clean Install of Windows 10 Home using Microsoft windows media creation toolRegardsVisruth

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Hi all,

Recently my computer has been encountering problems involving speed and whatnot, and I have found no method of fixing them. I have been looking to reset my PC, and went to do so through the built-in tool that is supplied on my ASUS laptop, by pressing F9 at startup. I chose to reset my PC, but it returned an error saying the recovery partition couldn't be found. So I went to do so through the PC settings, and it rebooted my computer and told me the reset failed. I checked and found the recovery partition using MiniTool Partition Wizard, so it still exists.

Apparently this is an error other ASUS users have found after updating to Windows 8.1. I don't know how to solve this problem, and figured I may as well reinstall a fresh copy of Windows 8 without all the ASUS bloatware and garbage. So I hunted for a Windows 8 ISO file, and failed. I've tried multiple methods. One involving using a product key to download Windows 8 to an ISO file through Microsoft's Windows 8 Setup, and that failed because the product key was OEM BIOS-based, and not retail.

So I'm stuck between two problems here:
I can either try and do a factory reset by somehow fixing the recovery partition through some miracle, or;With extreme luck find a Windows 8 Core ISO setup, and install that and refind the drivers for my PC.

Any help would be gladly appreciated for either. :/
PS: sorry for the overly-long sloppy post, it's really late and I'm too tired to think properly. Apologies for my stupidness.

A:Can't Factory Reset on Windows 8.1 (ASUS)--Looking for ISO

Probable cause is that your recovery partition is corrupted. You may order Recovery Disks from Asus:
http://www.service.asus.com/#!faq/c24i6

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Please see my first post under "will not update" to see where this all started

A brief history...I had serious 'infections' (see page 2, message number 27)
after many days of scans and fixes it was decided I should do a factory reset. (see page 9, message number 124)

I did the wrong type of backup, 10 discs, but only the first one was put back on after the reset.

Many more days of scans and errors. It was decided I should try again. This time I only backed up my files. they have not been reinstalled yet. Did have problems with the factory reset. (see page 13, message number 181 and message 195)

Still getting lots of errors... see the last two pages of previous post for the VEW scans

Figuring the problem could be that the reset process was interrupted. Thought I would try another factory reset but now when I try that 'files cannot be found' and I am instructed to insert recovery disc...which I do not have.

So, three questions.
Can the errors be fixed without doing another factory reset?
If not, can I make a recovery disc from my other windows 7 computer?
If I do that, will I be prompted to enter the code that proves it is a legit copy of Windows, since it comes from a different computer. I was not prompted to enter anything when I did the factory resets.

Edited by Cookiegal to include link to previous thread as point of reference:

http://forums.techguy.org/8798129-post195.html
 

A:windows errors after factory reset

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I have a newer Samsung laptop with windows 8 along with a system recovery cd, but no
matter what I do I am unable to restore it to factory. I am able to perform the reset, but
all of my original settings are still there. I would appreciate any help. I'm pretty sure I
have some sort of virus.

Thanks,

Karen

A:Unable to reset windows 8 to factory

if that is the case your system is using a customrefresh.wim and not the needed istall.wim

right click > command prompt > run as admin then type

reagentc /info

post the results by using the snipping tool

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I have factory reset once before with windows 10 and it let me keep windows 10 when I did it. But now I want to do it again but it is showing me a notice that if i reset, I will go back to windows 7. Is there a way I can factory reset my pc while still keeping windows 10?

Also I have another question but I don't want to make another thread about it. In games such as cs go, why is my game freezing for no reason? About every 30 sec - 1 min, i freeze for about 5-10 seconds. Between the freezes, i get split second freezes. This is really annoying me. Anybody know how to fix? I am getting a constant 200 fps and 10 ping

A:How to factory reset without losing windows 10?

Hi, factory reset = have the PC restored to the state it was in when you bought it (as far as what's on the disk is concerned!).

If you bought it with Win 7, it will revert to Win 7, assuming you still have the relevant partition on your disk. Everything else on the disk will be lost. Repeat, everything.

You may wish to consider an in-place repair install which allows you to keep everything, and completely refreshes Windows.
Repair Install Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade - Windows 10 Forums

Alternatively, you can clean install Win 10, and it will automatically register since you have it installed already. That will only affect the partition on which you have Win 10 installed, but you will lose all programs installed and all settings you have configured, and you will lose all personal data on that partition.

Hope that helps.

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i just want to restore to factory settings. i don't have the discs. i cannot create the discs.

i have tried to use the only get a recovery manager, but it just restarts and nothing happens. i tried the same but pressing F11, but i system restore a previous date.

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.1
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium , 32 bit
Processor: AMD Athlon Dual-Core QL-65, x64 Family 17 Model 3 Stepping 1
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 2814 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 8200M G, 256 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 141757 MB, Free - 13046 MB; D: Total - 10865 MB, Free - 1847 MB;
Motherboard: Wistron, 303C, 08.60,
Antivirus: AntiVir Desktop, Not Updated
 

A:Vista/windows 7 Factory Reset.

Did this machine come with Vista installed and then you installed Windows 7?
If so then the Factory Recover to Vista was wiped out.

So, you will need to get a Vista recover CD from the OEM of the computer OR use the Windows 7 DVD that you upgraded with.
 

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