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Restarting To Factory Settings


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#1 ghedi

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Posted 28 August 2006 - 10:41 PM

hi i am new to this so hopefully you can help me. I have a compaq persario and i want to revert it to the factory settings. Last time i wanted to do this i was still under warrenty and they walked me right through the process, no start up disk required, now i need to pay for tech support and they want 100 bucks. I can;t afford that, I just wanan know if anyone knows how on a compaq with windows xp how i revert to my factory settings?

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Posted 28 August 2006 - 11:07 PM

Do you have the recovery disks that usually come with Presarios?
Reverting to factory settings will delete ALL applications and data files you have put on your computer since you got the PC, so be sure to make backup copies of all important data before doing anything. This seems to be a drastic measure---is there a reason you want to do this?
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Posted 29 August 2006 - 11:29 PM

In the Compaq's Start Menu is something like Compaq Tools and in there it'll have the options for restoring things.

You can also order the recovery disks from Compaq - about $16 including shipping.
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Posted 30 August 2006 - 02:00 AM

Have you tried the system resotre feature in the start menu? :thumbsup:

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Posted 12 November 2006 - 12:56 PM

I hope this is not inappropriate here but what would be the totality of going back to factory setting?

All files , folders, programs, anti ad aware and antivirus stuff I suppose disappear but what about ad aware, viruses, trojans, corupted registry and other computer problems?
Perhaps drastic for some but I wouldn' t mind starting over.
Would I be starting with a completely 'new machine'?

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Posted 14 November 2006 - 06:53 AM

Generally there's 2 types of factory restore - the destructive and non-destructive.

The non-destructive is similar to a Windows repair installation and will leave your data and program files alone.

The destructive version will generally re-image your hard drive to the way it was when it left the factory. This will usually eliminate the viruses/spyware and all your programs and data - and will, as an added benefit (:thumbsup:), restore all the crapware that came preinstalled on the system.
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Posted 14 November 2006 - 09:21 AM

Thanks for that info.

I may have to resort to seing my 'crap' again but that could be better than what I've got now!

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Posted 14 November 2006 - 11:50 AM

FWIW - someone else posted this in another thread. It's supposed to remove all the crapware that comes preinstalled on systems: http://www.yorkspace.com/pc-de-crapifier/
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