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Windows 7: Installed Ubuntu 11.10

15 Mar 2012   #1
dnovosard

 
 
Installed Ubuntu 11.10

I installed Ubuntu 11.10 recently. And I fully installed it. It is my OS now. Sadly I don't like it, and you cannot open .exe files easily. ( I know it was my fault for installing Ubuntu.)

So I was wondering, if you guys knew how to restore back to factory settings. From ubuntu 11.10 to Factory Settings.

I tried BIOS booting. But it won't work.

Please help me.


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16 Mar 2012   #2
gregrocker

 

We would have to know your make and model of computer to be able to advise you how to run Factory Recovery. But if you installed Ubuntu it may have overwritten your Recovery partition or its ability to run from boot. Did you make your Factory Recovery disks first?

If your Recovery partition will not run by tapping the key given for it on first boot screen, and you don't have your Recovery disks, then your choices are to order Recovery Disks from your computer maker's Tech Support or follow these steps to Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7.
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16 Mar 2012   #3
dnovosard

 
 

My computer is a 64-bit Gateway. Currently installed Linux -Ubuntu 11.10
If I order recovery disks. Is it 100% sure it will restore my computer back?
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16 Mar 2012   #4
gregrocker

 

Yes, that's what Recovery Disks do.

However is there is GRUB on the drive, I would wipe the HD first with Diskpart Clean Command
accessing DISKPART At PC Startup to clean the boot sector of GRUB code.

First you can try running Gateway Factory Recovery following these steps for Win7 computers: http://support.gateway.com/s/softwar...418su531.shtml. The exact key to tap at boot will be shown on first boot screen.
Gateways which originally came with Vista use the Alt + F10 keys.
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16 Mar 2012   #5
ursusr

windows 7 64
 
 

Do you still have Windows recovery partition on your HD or did it get wiped out during Linux install? If you still have the partition, see my thread about recovery after Ubuntu install. You can burn a partition tool CD from Linux and use it to view and modify partitions on your HD (since Ubuntu partition tool has a prob with some aspects of ntfs partitions apparently, better use 3rd party tool I think). Tools like Partition Wizard may let you roll back to old partitions and have an option for MBR repair. Also, if you you still have a recovery Win partition but can't start it, try burning System Recovery Tool CD, it might be able to fix your boot record.
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16 Mar 2012   #6
dnovosard

 
 

I went to this page Gateway Support - Full Factory Recovery like you told me. And when I was booting up. I pressed F8 repeatedly, but nothing happened.
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16 Mar 2012   #7
dnovosard

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ursusr View Post
Do you still have Windows recovery partition on your HD or did it get wiped out during Linux install? If you still have the partition, see my thread about recovery after Ubuntu install. You can burn a partition tool CD from Linux and use it to view and modify partitions on your HD (since Ubuntu partition tool has a prob with some aspects of ntfs partitions apparently, better use 3rd party tool I think). Tools like Partition Wizard may let you roll back to old partitions and have a tool for MBR repair. Also, if you you still have a recovery Win partition but can't start it, try burning System Recovery Tool CD, it might be able to fix your boot record.
@ursusr I don't have the Windows recovery portion. Got wiped.
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16 Mar 2012   #8
ursusr

windows 7 64
 
 

Did you try to do a roll back to old partitions then? Most likely it's not possible, but never hurts to try...
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16 Mar 2012   #9
dnovosard

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ursusr View Post
Did you try to do a roll back to old partitions then? Most likely it's not possible, but never hurts to try...
How do you roll back to old partitions?
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16 Mar 2012   #10
dnovosard

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Yes, that's what Recovery Disks do.

However is there is GRUB on the drive, I would wipe the HD first with Diskpart Clean Command
accessing DISKPART At PC Startup to clean the boot sector of GRUB code.

First you can try running Gateway Factory Recovery following these steps for Win7 computers: Gateway Support - Full Factory Recovery. The exact key to tap at boot will be shown on first boot screen.
Gateways which originally came with Vista use the Alt + F10 keys.
I went to this page Gateway Support - Full Factory Recovery like you told me. And when I was booting up. I pressed F8 repeatedly, but nothing happened.
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