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#1 ocean77

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Posted 05 August 2015 - 01:01 AM

I'm about to attempt to bring my brother's computer (Win 7) back to its Factory Settings, but when I made my first try I did not get the option for factory settings. Instead of my second choice being go back to factory settings it stated reinstall (Windows installation disk recommended). Does this mean that without the CD to install Windows the computer will be useless? Thank you!



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Posted 05 August 2015 - 02:35 AM

Yes if ypu want to use factory setting must be reinstall windows again. Instead of factorty setting you can restore your PC for earlier time. here is the way to restore windows 7 system

  1. Open System Restore by clicking the Start button . In the search box, type System Restore, and then, in the list of results, click System Restore. ...
  2. Follow the steps in the wizard to choose a restore point and restore your computer


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Posted 05 August 2015 - 06:26 AM

I have done system restore, but it only went back just so far and there were still issues. I would like to bring it back a year. I tried to set it up once before, but it did not seem to go back to the date I set. Is there  a way I can be sure that the date I set will work?



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Posted 05 August 2015 - 06:56 AM

Post make and model if it is a fairly recent unit it may very well have a recovery partition, it it does it will only take a couple of key strokes to make it like new.


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Posted 05 August 2015 - 09:57 AM

I don't know if this will help, but my brother said it is a Dell.



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Posted 05 August 2015 - 10:41 AM

Dell...makes many models.  Please...state/post the model of the system so that those trying to assist...can look up reliable information about the system.

 

If you don't have an option for factory reset and it is a Dell...it's possible that the purchaser was instructed to make restore disks or the owner has installed the current O/S after reformatting (thereby deleting any recovery files).

 

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Posted 05 August 2015 - 10:44 AM

I don't know if this will help, but my brother said it is a Dell.

 I believe this is the Model. It was purchased Furbished.  optiplexgx620            


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Posted 05 August 2015 - 12:28 PM

Just checked it does not have a recovery partition, you can contact Dell with the service tag number an buy an inexpensive recovery disk.  The service tag is usually on the back or bottom of the case.


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Posted 05 August 2015 - 12:31 PM

FWIW:  http://askville.amazon.com/Restore-Dell-Optiplex-GX620-Windows-XP-Pro-CD-F8-offer-repair-Computer/AnswerViewer.do?requestId=70666106 .

 

http://www.levnapc.cz/ProductsFiles/dell-optiplex-gx620-manual-en.pdf

 

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Posted 05 August 2015 - 12:36 PM

Is this your computer?


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Posted 05 August 2015 - 12:44 PM

Problem being it was an XP machine that someone put 7 on, going back to XP is a waste of time.  Find a deal on a 7 disk, though with the specs the machine has it has a hard time running 7.


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Posted 05 August 2015 - 07:41 PM

If my brother was to replace the hard drive will that solve any computer issues he may be having?



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Posted 06 August 2015 - 07:34 AM

The machine is very dated not worth putting money into, spending money on a HD is a waste. I would just get a copy of W7 and load it onto the machine, it will format the drive cleaning up any issues. 


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Posted 06 August 2015 - 10:21 AM

Before you go out and purchase a copy of Windows 7 you should make sure this computer meets the system requirements.

 

If you want to run Windows 7 on your PC, here's what it takes:
 
1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor.
1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver.
 
Let's go back to the start.  What prompted you to do a system recovery?
 
What problems are you experiencing with this computer?
 
Have you run any scans, like chkdsk /r or sfc /scannow?
 
Have you run a diagnostic tool on your hdd?

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Posted 06 August 2015 - 10:49 AM

I was able to most everything, but the Browser (Google Chrome) would not connect.I also tried to connect with IE, but the system did respond. I have no access to Google.






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