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Setting up a "F#" key for a Ghost RE-Install?


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#1 Johnz414

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Posted 09 February 2009 - 12:07 AM

Hi,

I've helped a couple of people with Dell and ASUS PCs which both had a "F#" key configuration that would set in motion an automatic total re-install of their OS.

Does anyone know how to do this, set up a "F#" key to key an automatic total re-install of the OS?

It seems like it would be a great convenience.

Anyone?

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Posted 09 February 2009 - 05:13 PM

It's F2 and F11 if the Dell has a recovery partition:
http://support.dell.com/support/topics/glo...lang=en&cs=
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Posted 09 February 2009 - 06:57 PM

I'm sorry,

Again I'm writing to quick about a possibility and not thinking first. :huh:

Anyhow, what I mean to do is set up a "F#" key to do this on my own PC that I personally built using a Ghost image on the hidden partition that the "F#" wold access for re-install.

Do you or anyone know how to do this, how does Dell set it up so that I can do it for my own PC that I built?

I hope that helps. :huh:

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Edited by Johnz414, 09 February 2009 - 06:58 PM.

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Posted 10 February 2009 - 03:03 PM

OK, I understand. I'm really not sure. I'll look around whenever I get the chance
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Posted 10 February 2009 - 05:11 PM

It's gonna take some programming skills to do this.
If launched from the BIOS - then the BIOS will have to be modified to do it.

I prefer an image of the hard drive and a bootable imaging utility. I boot from my Acronis True Image CD and then am able to restore the system with very little user input. Also, I understand that Acronis True Image has this capability but have never tried it myself. Check here for further info: http://www.acronis.com/homecomputing/products/trueimage/ and read about the Acronis Startup Recovery Manager
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