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#1 eddie298

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Posted 15 December 2011 - 08:24 PM

Hello,

When i first got my laptop i made some system recovery discs, which took 3 dvds to make. I want to restore my laptop to when i first got it and can't figure out how to run these discs. I heard that there is another way to factory reset the laptop with like dell datasafe factory image restore or something like that but why did i make these discs if i can do it that way? When i first booted my pc up a windows popped up telling me i should make these discs.

Thanks!

ps: i also have a windows 7 64bit home premium disc that i burned to a dvd,i was linked to the image by a dell rep a while back because they don't ship the dvd. which way should i use to restore this laptop?

Edited by eddie298, 15 December 2011 - 08:37 PM.


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Posted 15 December 2011 - 08:54 PM

Dell Factory Settings

What you're talking about is called a hard system restore. The link above will show you exactly how to do it. You will lose ALL of your files and programs you've added since you bought your PC. You will have to go through the entire set up again that you did when you first bought your pc.

Just follow the directions and you'll be fine. :)

I've done this lots of times when my computer got some kind of junk on it, virus, what ever. It's really not hard. The only bad part is losing all your files and software. But now I keep everything on an external drive so it's not a problem for me :)
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Posted 15 December 2011 - 09:00 PM

BTW

Knowing how to do a hard system restore can save you lot's of money. I can't even begin to count the number of people I've talked to that took their computer to a 'specialist' to get a virus off of their computer. They pay these guys $100 or more to do nothing more than a hard system restore.
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Posted 15 December 2011 - 09:03 PM

Awesome thanks for the link! What about these dvds i made, are they useless? if they are its weird that the computer told me to make them if im not able to use them. Thanks for the response though! :)

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Posted 15 December 2011 - 09:07 PM

Most laptops with recovery partitions nowadays have a feature to create recovery discs in the event that your hard drive fails. Then will be the time to use those discs made after replacing with a brand new drive.

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Posted 15 December 2011 - 09:08 PM

Oh i understand now! ahha thanks for the responses! i am about to factory reset this thing! :)

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Posted 15 December 2011 - 09:11 PM

What about these dvds i made, are they useless?

Hi eddie -
It depends on exactly why you want / need to reinstall Windows 7.
>>""When i first booted my pc up a windows popped up telling me i should make these discs""<<
If you made them at your "First boot" then they will only have the setup that was there at your "First boot".

It seems that Booh-kitty is giving you a link to reinstall back to that time - -
You can try to save important items to CD / DVD / Flash drives if you wish to.

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Posted 16 December 2011 - 10:44 AM

Well it seems I have run into a problem, I'm on my phone atm. I backed up all of my personal files to do thw factory reset... I went ahead and started it and it restarted a couple times but now I think its frozen... I let it run overnight since I thought it might actually take this long. I started it at 12am and now its 9:33 am and it stuck on a screen that shows the ghz wiget and a big screen that has messages appearing that say "youe keyboard and mouse may have been disabled while your programs are being installed", your computer way restart several tines during this process", security updates and the programs you ordered are now being installed", "please do not power off your computer. This window will dissapear once the installation is complete", and " your hard drive has been recognized and the computer is now installing the prograns that were included in your original system, this proccess can take 60 minutes" when I first started the reset it took approximatly 1 hour to get into this section of the reset, so its been on this reset for around 8 hours. Any suggestions on what to do would be appreciated greatly! I used the factory reset image aswell. Thanks. I am going to let it run unless somone on here replies within 30 minutes because I have a dentist appointment and I won't be able to do anyrhing for a while.

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Posted 16 December 2011 - 01:37 PM

I'm back from my appointment and the laptop is still on the same part. Any ideas? It is now 12:36 pm started at 12 am...

Thanks.

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Posted 16 December 2011 - 01:41 PM

The question is why are you doing a system recovery?

A system recovery will not help you if you had a hardware problem. If you had a virus it is possible that the recovery partition was infected too.

Bottom line is that the next step depends on why you are recovering the windows.

Cheers

BTW while waiting for the next help assuming that the recovery never finished it most likely will not finish. Can you restart and press F12 when the Dell logo appears and run the diagnostic partition? If so try running the Memory, motherboard and hard drive diagnostics and see if any problems are detected.

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Edited by rotor123, 16 December 2011 - 01:43 PM.

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#11 eddie298

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Posted 16 December 2011 - 01:46 PM

As far as I know there were no viruses, I just accunulated a lot of junk on my laptop that it began to run a little slower. Since my break just started I decided to do a factory reset so I can just start fresh with a fast pc for the next semester.

And I will try that right now thanks, illreply as soon as its done.

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Posted 16 December 2011 - 01:53 PM

It said no problems have been found with the system so far... it asked if I want to run the remaining mem tests and I hit yes.

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Posted 16 December 2011 - 05:44 PM

I would have said no at that point since it was fairly well tested and moved on to be sure the hard drive was OK.

Before you use the recovery discs you made have you tested them.

If you have a computer with a DVD drive and Nero installed you most likely already had the Nero CD DVD speed utility.

If not you could download it from here http://www.softpedia.com/get/CD-DVD-Tools/CD-DVD-Rip-Other-Tools/Nero-CDDVD-Speed.shtml
or here http://majorgeeks.com/Nero_DiscSpeed_d118.html

You will see a TAB marked Scandisk that will check for read errors. In case you need to use the recovery DVDs it would be good to be sure they are OK.

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Posted 16 December 2011 - 07:34 PM

im going to go ahead and run the test again and hit no this time while im downloading and checking the recovery discs i made. thanks for the help :)

I ran the test on all 3 discs and no errors appeared. surface scan was 100% good.

Edited by eddie298, 16 December 2011 - 08:04 PM.


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Posted 16 December 2011 - 09:53 PM

I tried using the recovery discs by putting in disk 1 booting up my pc pressing f12 and setting it to the cd drive. Everything went exactly how it did when I used the factory image. While it was installing these security updates and programs it hung there for a few hours. Next step I tried was booting it up with the copy of the windows 7 home ed. 64bit and tried to do a custom instal rather then the upgrade one. While it was doing its thing it just stopped and said a file could not be found so it couldn't continue and said it is undoing everything it did... seems like I'm all out of options unless you think I did somthing wrong... one this was I did see there was somthing about formating the partition that my os is on during the install wizard on the win 7 dvd.. I'm too scared to tey that causse I don't know what that will do. Lol I feel sad :(




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