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Windows 7: Restoring to Factory Settings


18 Jul 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 
Restoring to Factory Settings

Hi, I would like to restore my laptop to the factory settings.

When i tried to do the factory reset by pressing F11 during the startup am getting the error message as "Failed to Start Windows. A recent hardware or software might affected....." like this.

I don't have repair disk as well as the OS CD. I don't have both of these. Apart from this i tried to restore it to previous points that too didn't work.

So i would like to know how can i fix this problem without having the repair disk, OS CD, Bootable CD & backups. I dont have any of these to perform factory reset.

Please help me to solve this issue ASAP.....

Thanks in advance!

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19 Jul 2011   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

It would be nice to now the Make & model of the Notebook.
As you are use F11, as Factory Recovery, sounds like a ACER.

Acer Empowering Technology > Acer eRecovery Management.
Acer Support - Answers, E-Mail, Chat - How can I restore my computer with the backup discs I created?

Manual how to use Acer eRecovery Management here:
ftp://ftp.support.acer-euro.com/notebook/empowering_technology/NB%20ET2%20user's%20guide/Acer%20eRecovery%20Management%20English.pdf

Have you tried pressing <Alt+F10> at boot up, to goto the Acer eRecovery Management.
Acer Support: Frequently Asked Questions list for How to use Acer eRecovery

You can Order Acer recovery disks from here:
https://secure.tx.acer.com/RCDB/Main.aspx?brand=acer

If you have not made your Startup Repair
System Repair Disc - Create
Do you have a mate with Windows 7 & CD/DVD RW Drive, how could burn one off.
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19 Jul 2011   #3
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello tokarna, welcome to Seven Forums!


Here's another option, have a thorough look through the information in this guide linked below and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.


Clean Install : Factory COA Activation Key


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19 Jul 2011   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tokarna View Post
Hi, I would like to restore my laptop to the factory settings.

When i tried to do the factory reset by pressing F11 during the startup am getting the error message as "Failed to Start Windows. A recent hardware or software might affected....." like this.

I don't have repair disk as well as the OS CD. I don't have both of these. Apart from this i tried to restore it to previous points that too didn't work.

So i would like to know how can i fix this problem without having the repair disk, OS CD, Bootable CD & backups. I dont have any of these to perform factory reset.

Please help me to solve this issue ASAP.....

Thanks in advance!
If you are NOT using Acer computer, please ignore this post.

If you do use Acer, please use this link :

Acer recovery without a CD ....
Acer Laptop Recovery Without CD
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19 Jul 2011   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Sorry i missed out to mention the laptop make and model while posting...

My laptop model is Hp Pavilion dv4-2161nr. I tried all the options. But no luck so far. So please help me out to solve this issue ASAP.

Looks like my recovery partition also corrupted since its not allowing me to launch the recovery manager by pressing F11 during the startup. I got this info from the HP Customer support.

Awaiting for the solution to my query..

Thanks in advance.
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19 Jul 2011   #6
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Did you have a look through the information in the tutorial at this link below?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tokarna View Post


Awaiting for the solution to my query..
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
Hello tokarna, welcome to Seven Forums!


Here's another option, have a thorough look through the information in this guide linked below and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.
Clean Install : Factory COA Activation Key


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19 Jul 2011   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

If all else fails, you have two choices:
  1. Buy a set of recovery discs from HP
  2. Beg, buy or borrow a Windows DVD and install that using the COA Product Key on your laptop
You can get recovery discs here: HP Notebook PCs - Order Recovery Discs for Windows 7, Vista, or XP - c00810334 - HP Business Support Center

Clean Install : Factory COA Activation Key
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19 Jul 2011   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

I checked the option Clean Install of COA. It will erase the recovery partition also right. I dont want to go into that situation. i just want to do a factory reset without affecting the things. Please help me in this regard.
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19 Jul 2011   #10
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

HP usually ships installation disks for a $20 S&H charge.

But you should have at least burnt the recovery DVD from the recovery partition - or better even, taken an image after the initial installation. Maybe next time.

Quote:
i just want to do a factory reset without affecting the things
As it looks, you do not have that option.
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