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Cannot restore computer to factory condition or create recovery disc

Q: Cannot restore computer to factory condition or create recovery disc

I currently want to wipe out my computer and start from scratch as there is a lot of junk on it and too much of it to delete it manually.
I tried using the 'repair computer' option when windows starts by pressing F8 but I get the error message '0xc000000f' and something about how the boot failed because the device is inaccessible. My computer can start up normally, I only get this when I try to use the repair option.
I thought I would fix this by making a repair CD but when
I try I get the error message saying 'system repair disc could not be created, the parameter is incorrect (0x80070057)'
I thought I could get around this by downloading and burning a repair disc manually and it appeared to work until I chose the option to restore my computer to its original state, then it says something along the lines of 'windows could not find system image'.

My laptop is a hp touchsmart tmt-2050ea and runs windows 7 home premium

p.s. Im not sure if it helps but i think the recovery partition of my laptop was deleted , maybe reinstalling it would fix it... but alas I don't know how

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A: Cannot restore computer to factory condition or create recovery disc

if the recovery partition was deleted and unless you created the proper recovery disks when you first got the computer, then you are basically out of luck. You will need to get with hp and purchase a set.

you can go into disk management and see if the recovery partition is still there. just right click computer, click on manage, then click on disk management.

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My daughter installed some upgrades on her windows 7 laptop, following this it will not reboot into windows. Have tried all the obvious things the only option now seems to be a system recovery but she will lose her applications. Only restore point is from date of service pack 1 and that was unsuccessful.
Dont have system image disc.
I do have a recovery disc from another PC and can boot from this.
The laptop passed start up tests.
Would it be possible to uninstall the recent upgrades to see if that helps?
Does minimised image recovery option allow you to keep applications, would this be better than system recovery?

A:Re: Cannot restore computer to factory condition or create recovery disc

First off backup any data that you can't live without off of the computer and save it to a USB Flash Drive and by using an Ubuntu Live CD.
You can try your recovery CD and see if you get the option to Repair My Computer or to get to the Command Prompt. Here type chkdsk C: /R the Check Disk utility will try and fix any file errors.

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Is it possible to create restore discs that return the PC back to factory state (just out of box, never turned on)? Thanks!

A:Create Factory Restore Disc?

   Warning
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.
Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8





You can a Microsoft Recovery USB Drive
Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
   Warning
Deleting the Recovery Partition is NOT RECOMMENDED

   Warning
I personally DO NOT RECOMMEND using this METHOD above, as of the ERRORS you may receive below with the Microsoft Recovery USB Drive.




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.
Essentio Recovery Software




The Recovery USB drive & Recovery Partition can be very problematic, I recommend you also make a Windows System Image.

System Image - Create in Windows 8

Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8

System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8

System Image Recovery - Restore Image on Computer in Windows 8

or
look for a 3rd party ,Backup software, which fully supports Windows 8, uEFI, GPT & Secure Boot.
Which is signed by Microsoft.

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I need to restore my computer to its factory settings. I have nothing on here I need to keep that I cannot set up after its reset. I have 3 young daughters that have loaded so much crap on here that it takes 15 minutes to load anything. I have taken it away from them never to touch it again so please help. This was givin to me with no recovery disc or any paperwork. It this possible?
Its a Toshiba Satellite A215
Processor is AMD Turion™ Mobile Technology TL-58 1.90 GHz
Memory (RAM) 1.00 GB
32 bit operating system

A:want to restore to factory setting without recovery disc

1 or 2 Gigabyte more of memory would help. 1Gb is low for Vista

However Once you get it started try Click the start Orb (Lower Left) look in all programs, Look in all the Tosiba programs groups for Recovery disk maker or anything related to system recovery.

According to the manual the Recovery Disc creator should be in All Programs.

Make the discs first. Then you can try the recovery process.
Press and hold 0 (Zero) Key while turning on the computer and the Toshiba Recovery Wizard should come up.

Keep in mind that there is a chance that using the created discs or the recovery wizard could leave you with a unbootable computer. Try more memory first and uninstall the junk presuming it isn't viruses of course.

Good luck
Roger

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I got a virus on my computer and was told that one of the best ways to get rid of it was to use the backup disc that restores the computer to factory settings and choose the option that deletes all.

Then it says "deletes data and resets all partitions".

During the process of using the disc, it says all data will be deleted, but then it says "only the c : partition will be affected and other partitions will not be affected."
If it only wipes out the c : partition, couldn't the virus be somewhere else which means that the hard drive really is not back to factory settings since the other partitions are not being completely wiped out?
 

A:RESTORE TO FACTORY SETTINGS recovery disc

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Hi Guys

I'm trying to restore my laptop to factory condition and i'm not geting anywhere fast.

I can do it no probs on my desktop, just hit F8 at start-up and select recovery partition but on my laptop it dose not give me that option.

The laptop is running xp home with media edition 2005.

Any help would be great

Cheers

Craig

A:restore to factory condition

Hi craig-s-147 !

What's the laptop's make and model ? It's not always F8 that you have to press and there's not always a recovery partition. Did you get any install or recovery disks with the laptop ?

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I have a Thinkcentre M700 10GT and deleted win 7 and the restore partition. How can I restorewin 7 to factory condition without the restore partion installed? jozien64

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I know how to do this, wiping everything on the HD... and losing files.... whats the best way to proceed for someone that don't want to lose their files? do I just backup the files to a external hard drive first? what about hidden files or transferring spyware, this is a issue right? I dont want to transfer spyware and other problems back to the PC after I restore it.

I also want to save network settings so their internet works when they take the pc back home.

any tips appreciated.

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Hey there! Right now I'm using Windows 8.1, but I want to go back to Windows 7. I was wondering if it's possible to somehow get the HP Recovery Manager back, so I can used it to go back to the factory condition Windows 7.  I still have a "RECOVERY" and "HP_TOOLS" partitions, so it should be possible somehow, right?

A:Is it possible to restore my laptop to factory condition if ...

Hi, Yes you can. You need to create a Recovery set (USB or DVD's) now and keep it a safe place. Page 122 of the  last manual an the following link shows you how:      http://support.hp.com/ie-en/product/HP-Pavilion-dv6-Entertainment-Notebook-PC-series/5048664/model/5... Regards.

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HP Compaq Presario CQ57, Windows 7 Home Premium SP-1 64 bit

A month ago I bought an HP Compaq Presario CQ57 notebook (laptop), which comes installed with 2 x 1GB RAM modules. It functioned fine. A couple of weeks ago, I upgraded the RAM by replacing one of the 1GB modules with a 4GB one.
When I restarted Windows, yes, it did blue screen momentarily, but recovered with another start and then things went well for a week.
Then, upon attempting to reboot, it failed. On the Windows Welcome screen, it flickers briefly before it fails and goes to a blue screen.
Using the HP Recovery Console, after trying a recovery that didn?t work, I tried the option of restoring to factory condition. Then, it still produced blue screens, giving error messages like IRQL less than equal and Page fault in non-page area.

I replaced the new RAM with the original 2 x 1GB RAM and tried a restore to factory condition option again. This time it worked. However, the hard drive partitions are odd.
Disc Management

As you can see, Disk 0 is divided into
System 199 MB, C 75GB, not labled 133.34 GB, Recovery D 19.38, HP TOOLS E 3.97 GB.
Ignore the CD ROM below.

Isn?t System supposed to be on C? And the 133.34 GB unallocated space isn?t supposed to be there either.

I ran the restore to factory again and it produced the same disk partitioning. I consulted HP customer service, and they sent me a Windows disk and wants me to try restoring from that rather than from the Recovery provided on t... Read more

A:Odd Partitions after Restore to Factory Condition, Why?

MS have the convention of referring to the partition that contain the boot files as "System" and the partition that contains the OS as "Boot". So you are fine.
The unallocated is a little strange. Yes you can extend it to the right but you may need to use a Tool like Partition Wizard (highly regarded) because you are are working with the 4th primary partition.

DO NOT attempt to create a 5th primary partition because you will end up with a dynamic disk (not good).

Alternatively you could make the C partition an (extended) logical partition and make the unallocated a logical 5th partition. This is a way to have a user data partition which HP normally don't have.
logical partitions or drives actually sit within a single extended partition and you don't have the dynamic disk problem.

Add:
If the "Windows" Disk HP sent you is a true Windows install and not just a Windows HP factory restore then that may be a better option again because you will get a clean install. In this case you will need the Product Key of the PC's COA sticker.

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Hello, I bought my Thinkpad T410, windows 7 professional about a few years ago.  I was trying to do a recovery to factory condition but was able to do only disc 1, other discs were missing.  I did not realize the missing discs until it asked for disc 2.  My laptop is not working now.  Please help me find where to download the recovery discs/usb for this thinkpad T410 (windows 7 professional).  I tried looking for it in the support, but couldn't find one for T410, windows 7.Thank you

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Dear All,

i have a HP Probook 4520s (now out of warranty) and i want to bring the same to factory condition bcoz of virus issues.

Now, on various forums i read there is an option of F11 for recovery manager, which is not working in my case.

1) In Disk management I can see my recovery partition (15 gb) but with no option of making it active.

2) My recovery partion is more like a folder in C: HP_RECOVERY_mountHPSF

What can be the best way to restore to the factory condition. This is a legitimate Windows 7 copy and therefore i do not want to install some other copy, also there could be issues with drivers and all.

I would really appreciate if the forum members can help me in resolving the issue.


Regards,

Nik

A:Not able to restore my HP Probook 4520s to factory condition

Hallo Nik
Visit the following site and see the solution of your problem.

http://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Noteboo...gs/td-p/887223
Remember to backup your files before attempting the solution.
Good luck

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My friends computer is broken and cannot boot in safe mode or command prompt or normally. How can I create a vista recovery cd for him using my laptop running windows vista basic?

A:[SOLVED] how do i create an xp recovery disc from a vista computer

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Originally Posted by chris_irwin89


My friends computer is broken and cannot boot in safe mode or command prompt or normally. How can I create a vista recovery cd for him using my laptop running windows vista basic?




Confused?
You thread states how can I create a Vista Recovery CD using your Laptop with Vista Basic.
You Can Not as your laptop maybe different than his computer.

Your Post states how can you create an XP recovery CD from Vista.
In the second case you can not. as far as I know.

You will need the original XP recovery CD or a retail XP CD to reinstall the OS on your friends computer
Does he have a recovery partition (could be Hidden) on his PC?
Bill

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The trouble began when I found I was unable to download anything due to 0% disk space. I attempt deleting files and unused programs, but immediately after deleting, I am back to 0%, it's like something is eating my disk space. I attempt disk cleanup but the calculating process freezes at about 40-50% not to mention all the malware,spyware and general glitchy behavior on the laptop. I attempt a system restore but there seem to be no system restore points for some reason, so I decide that since there is nothing of clear indication on the hard drive that I care nor need to save, the best course of action is a factory reset.. I shut down, restart, press f8 repeatedly to enter the advanced boot options menu, I select my keyboard layout as US, and click next, then I click the pull down menu to access the admin account, here I notice that there is another option or account possibly, I have never seen before; titled: homegroup $ when i try to select this account it prompts for password, that i cannot provide since i don't remember setting up this account or home network. Not sure if that is important or not. I only mention it for fear that "homegroup $" has somehow taken over as the account with admin privileges. Thus keeping me from achieving factory reset. Anyway I proceed to select my normal admin account and enter my password. Now this takes me to a menu where I have options like fix start up issues (Which I have tried and got nothing) On this same menu I ha... Read more

A:reformat hard drive and restore system software to factory condition Windows 7

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I want to have a Factory Reset of my computer. In order to launch a System Recovery, I need to create Restore Discs. When I launch the Recovery Disc Creation, it says:

"This computer does not have a burning drive, which is required to make DVDs. Please contact HP Support for asistance."

My computer did not come with a build in CD Drive. Even plugging in a USB CD Drive will not make creating the discs possible. So. I ask you. How can I reset my computer to Factory Condition?

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Computer Specs:

Windows 7 Home Premium (64-Bit)

Model: HP Pavillion dm3 Notebook PC

edit: This notebook came with a Recovery Partition built in. Maybe it can help?

A:Cannot Create A System Restore Disc(s) (Cannot do a System Recovery)

At HP logo press F11.
It should give you an access to recovery partition.

I'd also call HP to obtain recovery DVDs.

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I have successfully created a Start Recovery Disc, but there suppose to be 4 discs total, right??How do I create other 3 discs?? Disk 1Name: Start Recovery Disc.Description: This is a bootable disc that will start the recovery process.Marked as: 1.Quantity: One (1) disc.Disk 2Name: Operating System Recovery Disc.Description: This disc restores the Windows Vista operating system.Marked as: 2.Quantity: One (1) disc.Disk 3Name: Applications and Drivers Recovery Disc.Description: This disc restores the software that was preinstalled on your computer.Marked as: 3.Quantity: One or more discs with this title, depending on computer model.Disk 4Name: Supplemental Recovery Disc.Description: This disc contains additional content, such as updates to the software that was preinstalled on your computer.Marked as: 4.Quantity: Varies by model. Not all computer models require a Supplemental Recovery Disc, so you might not have this disc in your disc package. If your computer model does require a Supplemental Recovery Disc, you might have one or more discs with this title. 

A:How to create OS Recovery Disc and Applications and Drivers Recovery Disc??

I have a M72e computer which I'm busy reinstalling the OS. I had upgraded to Win 10 about a year ago. Is there software that you can download to usb stick that replaces the discs? I believe you will require 8gb ?

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I had problems with the notebook running slow, with Chromium malware and computer occasionally cutting out. I therefore decided to reformat the hard drive and restore the computer to factory settings, using the recovery disks supplied for the notebook.The Recovery disks booted okay and the computer proceeded to install files for about three hours on compltetion of this process the system reported that it had failed to effect a recovery.  The recovery disks are brand new and this is the first time i have used them.  A copy of the events log was sent to my "F" Drive, in the form of a WIM file I tried to read it in Notepad but it was all ascii type characters . Can you please help.

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Hi,

I can't get into pc recovery drive (D) to restore pc to original condition in two pcs. I think it is because I reinstalled Windows 7 into drive (C), which prevents pc recovery from drive (D) [because it's not the original software. I can see the recovery drive (D).

Also, I used SpotMau to get the windows 7 Ultimate product key, but the lable on the pc shows that Windows7 Pro is installed. The product keys are different. The pc was purchased from Dell and came this way.

Thanks,
Joe
 

A:Can't get recovery drive (D) to restore pc to original condition

Whats the exact model of the DELL?
 

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Hello, I have ran my computer through Recovery settings about 2 times and now everytime I try to do it. It says "reset computer to start" I do, a message pops up saying "Error: Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause."The thing is, the computer starts up perfectly any other time, but when I want to run the Factory reset. I am confused and would like some help

A:Computer wont let me reset it to factory condition

Welcome,
When you try to reset your computer to the original factory settings do you have a copy of them available to the computer as a reference? Like a backup or an image file or even the installation disks?
Thanks

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I have 2 500 GB hard drives. I have all the info I want to save copied onto my E drive. Will recovering my computer to its original factory condition only affect my C drive?

A:If I Recover my computer to its original factory condition

Hello TimeTrecker,

Yes, it should only affect the C: drive.

Shawn

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Hi,

Recently I purchased a new HP Pavilion g6. The HD has four partitions as you can see in the attachment.

Because I am used to work with a separate system partition and a separate data partition, I decided to split te C partition into two partitions. I used the Windows Disk Management tool to accomplish this. First I shrinked the C and after that I created a new partition in the unallocated space. Windows was working fine after that and it still is.

Soon after that I decided to return the computer to factory condition. Control Panel > Backup and Restore > Recover system settings of your computer > Advanced recovery methods > Return computer to factory condition. So far so good. But de pc didn't start restoring because when the computer booted up I got the following message.

Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix the problem:
1. Insert your Windows installation disc and restart you computer.
2. Choose your language settings, and then click "next"
3. Click "repair your computer"
If you don't have this disc, contact.........

File: \Boot\BCD
status: 0xc0000225
info: The boot selection failed because a required is inaccessible.

After that, I tried to undo the partition editing, by merging the separately created partitions together, so that i had one big C partition again. Unfortunatly without a postive result. When I tried to return the computer to factory condition I still got the same error... Read more

A:Cannot return computer to factory condition after partition editing

Your Problem:
In the attempt to make a 5th partition you have changed your disk from a "Basic" to a "Dynamic" disk. Windows 7 (MBR) supports a maximum of 4 primary partitions then the disk needs to go dynamic or use one of the primary partitions as an "extended" partition full of as many logical drive partitions as you like.

Solution:
Convert your disk back from dynamic to Basic. The simplest approach is to download this earlier version of Partition Wizard which has a dynamic to basic conversion capability.
PW422
This will unzip to an ISO file that you burn to a CD or DVD then boot from it. Highlight your HDD and do the conversion. Make sure your personal data has been backed up first.

You might want to read this tutorial as well
Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk

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Hi all

I had this in the wrong section earlier and got no help, so trying again here. I'm trying to create a Recovery disc on a USB pen drive for my laptop (Asus Zenbook), as it doesn't have a CDROM. I'm following the instructions here to create the recovery disc on a USB pen drive. The problem I have is that when I look in the C:\Recovery folder, it looks empty to me. And yes, I have run the command prompt as Administrator. I can't proceed without this step in the process.

Can anyone help?
thanks

A:Why is my C:\Recovery folder empty? (trying to create Recovery Disc)

That partitcion is hidden. Use backup from controll panel or try mini tool partitcian wizard home edition.

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Hi all I'm new here, so I hope this is the right sub-forum for this question. I'm trying to create a Recovery disc for my laptop (Asus Zenbook), and as it doesn't have a CDROM, I'm following the instructions here 95 - Make a bootable Windows Recovery USB Flash drive from a Windows 7 system - RMPrepUSB to create the recovery disc on a USB pen drive. The problem I have is that when I look in the C:\Recovery folder, it looks empty to me. And yes, I have run the command prompt as Administrator. I can't proceed without this step in the process. Can anyone help? thanks

A:Empty C:\Recovery folder when trying to create Recovery Disc

   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.
startup repair disc-create


Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?


Before you start make your Recovery disk.
Disable Boot Booster in BIOS setup before you perform system recovery from USB flash disk, external optical drive or hidden partition.

1. Press <F9> during bootup.
Ensure to press <F9> only once during bootup.
2. Select the language you use and click to continue.
3. Repeat the step 1—2 in the previous section.
4. Connect a USB storage device to your Eee PC and click Backup in the Recovery System dialog box to start the recovery files backup.
The size of the connected USB storage device should be larger than 16GB.
Memory cards are not supported for this function.
A dialog box appears as a reminder if you have not connected the USB storage device for system recovery backup to your Eee PC.
5. Select a desired USB storage device if more than one USB storage device is connected to your Eee PC and click Continue.
6. All the data on the selected USB storage device will be cleared. Click Continue to start the backup or click Back to backup your important data.
You will lose all your data on the selected USB storage device. Ensure to back up your important data beforehand
7. The system backup starts and click OK when done.

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Hello world!

I just got a new laptop with Win7 64 bit home premium and that's all good that this
OS came installed on there and I'm using it, but for my teaching activities I'll need
to get into some Linux OS in a multiboot configuration. So I will want to eventually
need to be able to fix this when the HD fails, well because we know that ALL HDs
will eventually fail, right? So this is a 'remanufactured' ASUS K55A, and the one piece
of paper that came with it says the HD has been reformatted and there is no recovery
partition so I should promptly make up a recovery DVD set, which I did (4 DVDs).

So I used the disk management to shrink the C: down to it's minimum, like 150Gb, due
to what it said was some files that could not be moved. That's probably OK. Then I
deleted the D: and made a new D: of about 350Gb which leaves the unassigned space
all looking to be contiguous (like 188Gb). In looking on there, I see the UEFI partition
of 200Mb, which is cool, and then there are these two mysterious partitions: a 25Gb
recovery partition with no listing of it's filesystem nor any drive letter, hanging out in
the never never land and not in the early (leftmost) part of the disc, and there is this
protected Q: drive that apparently has MS office on it 'in case' I want to buy it. There
is the 'reduced with ads' MS office already working and that is all I would ever want.

1) In reading up I see there is a lot of headache going around with Win 8 and UEFI but
I believe that UEFI is a goo... Read more

A:Questions: UEFI, restore partition, Q:, install disc, recovery disc

Hi PJ,

You covered several areas, so I'll start with some suggestions:

1. Since you already burnt (and checked?) the recovery DVD's, that recovery partition is no longer required, so you can remove it. Everything you need to restore the computer back to its factory state will be contained on those 4 x DVD's - store them safely.

2. For the Linux distro's, given that this is a UEFI boot, I would run them in a virtual machine using either free VirtualBox or free VMWarePlayer (my personal preference is for the latter).
Linux - Install on Windows 7 Virtual Machine using VirtualBox

3. If you never plan on using Office, uninstall it, then remove the Q: partition.

You should also consider a clean OEM install at some point - it gets rid of all the bloatware that the OEM's come with:
Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

Lastly, keep this handy if you choose to clean install under UEFI:
UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with

Regards,
Golden

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can you please give me my factory restore disc of  HP PRO BOOK 450G2 with serial no. (removed content)

A:Factory restore Disc

You are in luck. For the Probook Series you can download this: http://ftp.hp.com/pub/softpaq/sp77501-78000/sp77736.exe That is a Cloud Recovery app which will download a disk image of the restore disk: Description:This package provides the Cloud Recovery Client for supported models running a supported operating system. This Client Utility enables users to download the Recovery Kit from the cloud. If this is "the Answer" please click "Accept as Solution" to help others find it.  

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I bought my z5070 with HDD in it now it is so slow, so i bought SSD, i want to create a recovery partition as the one that came with the basic HDD(the one that we use to restore from using OneKey Recovery), so how can i create it?? or at leat coping it. i tries with the acronis that came with the SSD but i always fail "not supported file system" or something llike that the acronis gives me

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I have an XPS 8700 running Win 7 Pro & am unable to create a factory recovery media on a USB external drive.  It is difficult to get Dell Backup & Recovery to recognize the drive.  But, even when it does recognize the drive, it starts running initialize & then gives the error that a different media must be used.  The drive in question is a 2TB Western Digital My Passport.  I have read several threads with the same sort of issue but have not found a resolution. I am running the latest version of Backup & Recovery. 

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I have been thru previous versions of this questions but they all seem to start with 'have your disc ready'.
I want to restore to day one factory settings but have no disc. Does this mean it is not possible with the horrible vista?
It was easy with XP.
I have vista home basic.

A:Restore factory settings but no disc

Have you seen this yet?maybe

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Hi all,

I need to restore my computer back to it's original factory settings as it is running incredibly slow. I have backed up all my important files. I searched how to restore without the discs however all I can find are websites telling me to find HP tools in 'all programs' I cannot find anything like this. Is there any way I can restore it through my computer, or perhaps download the discs I need?

Any help greatly appreciated!

Thanks,
Shaz
 

A:How do I restore factory settings without disc?

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Hi guys, I`ve just received my new notebook and I had already bought the SSD drive I would like to use with it. In the first moment I thought it would as easy as described here https://forums.lenovo.com/t5/IdeaPad-Y-U-V-Z-and-P-series/Guide-replace-HDD-with-SSD-Lenovo-Y480/td-... but my notebook has the windows 8 and the OKR 8.0 and I can't find the option to create recovery discs.  I found out that I can make a recovery media, a pen drive with at least 16Gb, to recovery the system. I would like to make the same with DVDs. Can someone help me to either create the recovery discs or to reinstall the windows 8 from scratch with the same license key (not even sure if I have one) the one preinstalled in my notebook?













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A:Changing HDD for SSD and using factory recovery disc

Windows 7 I tried to use the factory recovery dvd`s from my Z580 that came with an 500gb hdd to transfer on an 256gb ssd , it gets almost to abot 70% of recovering to the ssd and then give a internal error or something, i tried it twice, I dont know if it was expecting an 500gb hdd and suddenly run out of space on a 256gb ssd, but it did not work for me. I just used Acronis 2012 to clone my hdd and then wrote the image to my 256gb hdd, everything works fine but one key recovery will not work as the c: partiton has to be resized to fit on the 256gb ssd and that breaks the OKR but everything else works. John.





Win7 Lenovo Ideapad Z580 i5-3210m HD4000 Win7 x64 8gb 1600MHz Samsung 830 256GB SSD

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i have two recovery disc, the second one won't go through, no error messages, it starts at 60% then completes to next screen which goes up to 18% then stop. no complete after hours of waiting. it will boot "only" with the first recovery disc into safe mode but the options(in safe mode) won't go through. (hp, m8100n , vista, sp2 ) i wanted to do a recovery because i was getting blue and the black screen says repair or start normal which takes me back to the same black screen or sometimes blue screen.

A:hp factory recovery disc failed

its possible you have a recovery partition on the harddrive
Recover Windows Vista Operating System Using HP Recovery - HP Customer Care (United States - English)

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I would like to warn everyone on creating a Factory Recovery Disc on Thinkpad. I recently purchased a Thinkpad P51S. I started to create a Factory Recovery disc. using my External Hard Drive. I follow the direction and when it was completed, all my Data on the drive was completely erased.  

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Hi

I have a new PC which was preinstalled with XP .

I am told I should really have the backup cd, but I dont and the shop has now gone out of business. I tried to backup using XP but it tells me to use floppies, I bought 10 but I only got about 10% of the way before I had used all 10. I have a dvd R but I dont get the option to create a backup/reload disc onto this format?

My HDD is only 40gb and the only things on it are internet connection and yahoo and a few small programs. I still have 35gb left?

What do I do?

A:How To Create A Restore Disc In Xp

The easiest way to do this is with a disk imaging utility.

I understand that Digital Dolly will do this for free - but I have no experience with it. Also, the maker of the hard drive will have utilities for this purpose on their website (also for free).

I use a program called Acronis True Image ($50 US) that creates an image of my hard drive that I can restore at time.

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 I have recently installed a Samsung SSD in the empty mSATA slot of my Lenovo T520 and used the Samsung utility to clone the C partition to the SSD. I have then simply formated the old Windows7_OS partition on the HDD and renamed it to HDD_Storage to use it as a storage partition. I still have the Q recovery partition on the HDD with 9.35 GB used, but it seems empty in file explorer. Oddly, the RECOVERY.ini file is still accessible through a file search. The screenshot summarizes my partitions. When I execute Start -> Lenovo ThinkVantage Tools -> Factory Recovery Discs, I get an error saying it can't find the recovery files. How can I make a clean Windows install? 

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Hi to all.
My i have your help please?
I have a laptop hp.
Windows 7 home premium.
I want to creat recovery disc
but when i start to create disc, i see mesage: Error,recovery failed!!! Missing recovery,something like this...
Is first recovery ON THIS LAPTOP

Thnx to all.

A:I can't create recovery disc

Hello Xhimi,

If you are trying to creating a HP Recovery Disc, then could you post a screenshot of your diskmgmt.msc showing your hard disks layout to see if you still have your OEM recovery partition intact. If it isn't, then you are out of luck and will need to contact HP to get a set of recovery disks instead.

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Purchased a ASUS laptop (K52 series) w/Windows 7 for my mother-in-law, for Xmas. Got it set up, but I can't figure out how to create a the "recovery discs". I've done this quite a few times on other computers - ususally takes about 2 DVD's. Usually the recovery feature is either in "system tools" or "programs". Checked control panel also.
 

A:Cannot create recovery disc

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sir,
so may time i tried to create recovery disc, but it is not completing, it completes up to 28% and then crash and message came restart your system and try again.

A:not able to create recovery disc

What is the make and model # of your computer? What program are you using to make recovery discs? What type of disc are your using? (ex) CD-R or CD-RW? or DVD-R, DVD-RW etc? What is the full error message? Do you use different blank media each time? Or reuse the same disc?

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I have a question and am in hopes someone has the answer. Ok my Dad has the Vista64 on his Gateway computer. Well he didn't make the disc when he first got his new computer. We are needing those disc due to we had to take it to bestbuy(under warranty), and they are telling us they have to have the disc to repair his system due to it is corrupt and they are going to have to wipe his system clean and take it back to the original factory settings. This OEM Recovery Disc that is showing in this post and link, can I download that onto my system which is XP to put it on the disc for that? OR will it actually download a vista 64 into my system? I don't want to mess up my system so this is why I'm asking. Was going to purchase the disc but have no idea where to buy them at.

Thanks for the help!

A:Create or get OEM Recovery Disc?

First there is no link shown.
Second, what is the name and make of your computer. There is usually an Fkey that can be used to go back to factory settings.
You cannot make an OEM DVD at this point.
You may be able to get one for cost from the manufacturer/seller of the computer.

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Hi everyone,
I want to create recovery disc (from recovery partition of my laptop), but I'm not able to do it in Win 8.1. They removed this option in Win 8.1.
I'm able to create recovery usb. I tried to copy all files from usb to BluRay and burn (in Linux). But I'm not able to boot from BluRay, boot from USB work's.
Please help, how to create bootable BluRay? Or how to copy files from usb to BluRay and make BluRay bootable?

Thank's so much!

A:Win 8.1 - create recovery DISC, not usb

hi, it not that they removed the option ,it some manufacturer don't allow you to use dvd anymore ,for some reason they want you to use a usb ,i think it might be your only option

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I encountered problems trying to create recovery discs for my hp pavillion dv 5000 on win xp. My pc recognises that I have already created recovery discs and would not allow me create another one. What do I do? If I restore my system to factory settings, would the system allow me start creating recovery discs again?
 

A:create pc recovery disc

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I upgraded to Win 10 Pro.  I created a boot disc, repair disc.
Now, I'd like to be able to recover from a system crash. How do do I create a recovery disc with the win system on it?

A:How to create a win 10 recovery disc

Your best option is to create HDD image. Acronis True Image: http://www.acronis.com/ - not free, but the bestFree alternatives:- Macrium Reflect: http://www.macrium.com/ReflectFree.asp- DriveImage XML: http://www.runtime.org/driveimage-xml.htm (tutorial: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/tutorial160.html)- Paragon Drive Backup: http://www.paragon-software.com/home/db-express/

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I cannot find "Gateway Recovery Center" and or "Factory Recovery External Media" in "All Programs".... so cannot make a recovery disc.


Thanks for any help...

A:can't create 'recovery disc'

?Empowering Technology?
Other Gateway entries in the Start Menu?

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Hi, recently Vista failed to start on boot-up and I had to do a restore to partition one to get it going. Needless to say this is a lot of work as I lost all of my settings.
Vista (32) came pre-installed on my laptop so I don't have the disc. On windows 7 it seems easy enough to create a recovery disk from "backup and restore" but I don't see the same option in Vista. I have read in forums ways to do it but these were pre SP1 and I have SP2 installed. I want to know if there is a way to do it through Vista. Cheers

A:Need to create a recovery disc

Hello Alamshar,

The recovery disc created through "Backup and Restore" is not the same as your OEM factory recovery disc. The recovery disc through "Backup and Restore" can only be used to repair Vista with, and cannot install/reinstall Vista. The OEM factory recovery disc, can only be used to do a clean install of Vista with.

If you wanted to create the OEM factory recovery disc instead, then please post back with what brand your computer is and if it's a laptop or desktop. I'll be happy to see if I may be able to find and post back the instructions for how.

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Hi,I have just bought my HP Pavilion and wanted to create recovery disk and I can not do it. I followed the instructions and  I could not do it. I know it can be done just once. I bought laptop with Windows 10. how can i find out it was done before as the laptop was bought new but second hand. so someone could use it before. I am very  angry that i can not do it. it happened to me before that i did not create recovery disk for my last laptop and it was very  costly to get it fixed when i needed to reinstall system. is there any other way to do it?I would be very grateful if you could help.Sylvi

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I have just bought an Ideapad 510 with Windows 10.  I'd like to make a Factory Default Recovery Disc on a removable media (preferably USB) as I may wish to replace the hard drive shortly.  I've read as many forum posts / knowledgebase articles and support pages as I can find and none of them address my problem. - Onekey Recovery 8 packaged on the machine does not provide the option for Factory Default Recovery Disc as indicated on the knowledge base and support pages for Onekey Recovery 7- I've found this link which indicates it is possible to move the recovery partition to USB but with no instructions as to how  

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Hi,
I purchased a Sony VAIO few months ago Win 8 Original & 2 partitions, but there was no recovery disk drive & I also not create that time. Now if I break the partitions & install OS again (download trail version) then how to -

Activate OS again, because I dint have any CD key
create a recovery partition which will appear like a drive
Also create & will burn the recovery into the disk

~r

A:Win 8 - Recovery drive/Disc & factory default

Please post the full model number of your Sony Vaio, it is very unlikely that there is no recovery option on your machine, as it has been standard practice for many years now.

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