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How to do a full system recovery?


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#1 sinine

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Posted 28 May 2014 - 03:45 PM

I wanna start my computer all over. I've backed up my necessary files and all so I'm ready to delete everything from my computer and start clear.



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Posted 28 May 2014 - 03:58 PM

Do you have a Windows 7 disk?

 

Is the system a laptop?

 

Does system have an optical drive?

 

What is wrong with the system...and what makes you think that a clean install is going to improve that?

 

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Posted 28 May 2014 - 04:00 PM

I have a laptop. I don't have a disc. I've done the recovery once before without the disc (can't remember how I did it).

What's an optical drive?

 

It just doesn't work the way I want it to work and the way it used to work. I have no money to have a professional look at it.



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Posted 28 May 2014 - 04:02 PM

 Computers these days come with discs or a procedure for making discs to restore your computer to factory settings.  That is by far the best way to go since it eliminates the need to get all the drivers, helper apps, and utility programs that came with your computer.

 We could be more specific, but you didn't supply any details about your make and model computer.


Everyone with a computer should back his system up to an external hard drive regularly.  :thumbsup:

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Posted 28 May 2014 - 04:08 PM

my laptop didn't come with a disk. And my computer doesn't read disks anymore anyway.

I don't know the make or model of it...where on my computer can I check it?



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Posted 28 May 2014 - 04:14 PM

 The make and model should be on the bottom.  Since you say it doesn't read discs any more, you should invest $25 or so for an external CD/DVD drive.  Since you don't have the recovery discs, you'll need to create them according to the procedure in your user guide.  Since we don't know the make and model, we can't be more specific other than to say the user guide should be somewhere under "All Programs" in the Start menu.


Everyone with a computer should back his system up to an external hard drive regularly.  :thumbsup:

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Posted 28 May 2014 - 04:15 PM

If the recovery partition is still intact on the hard drive you can access it with a key sequence at boot. What is the make and model of your laptop?

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Posted 28 May 2014 - 04:18 PM

Okay I think it's asus k501j. That's what it says on the bottom.

 

But how could I do system recovery without a disc before then?



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Posted 28 May 2014 - 04:20 PM

Your computer will have a built in recovery partition. This is great because all of your drivers and Windows activation are all built into it....

 

Rather than type the whole thing out I'll just link you to a tutorial



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Posted 28 May 2014 - 04:25 PM

I googled it before I came on here and found the link myself. Tried it. Didn't work.



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Posted 28 May 2014 - 04:35 PM

For the factory reset try tapping F9 at boot.

 

http://support.asus.com/Troubleshooting/detail.aspx?SLanguage=en&p=3&m=K50IJ&s=188&hashedid=ZWrNVPXEbNNTjJZg&os=8&no=1775


Edited by JohnC_21, 28 May 2014 - 04:35 PM.


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Posted 28 May 2014 - 04:40 PM

I googled it before I came on here and found the link myself. Tried it. Didn't work.

you went through the "Advanced Boot Options", and there was no "Repair Your Computer".???



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Posted 28 May 2014 - 05:26 PM

Thank you, it worked!!! :)

 

 

I googled it before I came on here and found the link myself. Tried it. Didn't work.

you went through the "Advanced Boot Options", and there was no "Repair Your Computer".???

 

It's okay, I got it fixed now. Thanks. ;)



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Posted 28 May 2014 - 05:30 PM

Glad you got it sorted. Thanks for the update. You may want to look at creating a system image in the future using something like Macrium Free. It will let you create a system image and let you recover even if the computer does not boot due to malware or the hard drive becomes bad. It creates a bootable disk that would let you access the system image for recovery. The system image being backed up to an external drive.






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