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Windows 7: Windows 7 Starter Wipe and Prepare for Resell

02 Aug 2010   #21

Windows 7

OK, when I start up my netbook, I get two fn options:

F2) Press for setup:

Just gives me a bunch of BIOS settings for configuring various options, but I can go to the "BOOT" section, which seems like it has 1 more option than when I press F12 for the boot device selection menu:


I don't know what "FDD" is but I am given the option to boot from it upon entering setup.

F12) Boot device selection menu:

This gives me 2 options to boot from:


I'm guessing I woudn't want FDD, because I'm assuming that stands for Floppy Disk Drive.

I am trying to understand your second part of your last post.

I'm just trying to find that recovery partition.

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02 Aug 2010   #22

Windows 7

OK, cool, I am looking under Start > All Programs > Toshiba > Utilities and I get the following programs, I have listed only the ones I deemed relevant:

HDD Protection Settings
HDD SSD Alert Help
PC Diagnostic Tool
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02 Aug 2010   #23

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Quite often, when you boot up a computer that has a recovery partition you will see something like
Press F11 to start system recovery.
You have to watch for this during the post.

So, you may not have a recovery partition.

Without that, you would need to have access to a Windows 7 install DVD and then use the COA from the box itself.

Edit: Here is a link to the manual for the 200 series netbooks:

From that link on page 47 it says
Turn on your Computer and Press 0 during the POST. You will then get the restore options.
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02 Aug 2010   #24

Windows 7

Thank you so much!
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07 Aug 2010   #25

Windows 7

When I was looking at that manual you posted pparks1, thank you very much btw, I was reading about restoring to the "original factory image" on that same page, page 47.

Now, everything worked great, all my data that I wanted to save had been successfully moved to my iMac (oh no! ), and now the netbook is just showing the screen where it has Windows 7 Starter, and where you choose your language and country.

I thought this was better than completely wiping the netbook, just because I can advertise that it has Windows 7 Starter! Was this the right thing to do? Can I just power it off, pack it in its original packaging and send it on its merry way?
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08 Aug 2010   #26
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Hello qcom.

You may have issues if you don't finish the install and you hard-power it off, the install may have to be re-started when the PC is powered back up.
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08 Aug 2010   #27

Windows 7

OK, thanks.

You know what? Maybe I should just power off, by holding down the power button for a few seconds, like a hard shut-down.

Then, try and power up just like I would instruct my buyer to do.

If there is a problem during my test run, I'll restart but this time, completely wipe my HDD, not to the factory image. Removing the OS entirely.

Sound good?
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