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Windows 7: System Repair and Safe Mode won't work.

17 Dec 2010   #11
icecoldj91

32 bit
 
 

I dont mind losing my info so Im just going to go ahead with the recovery parition if I cant find the disk. Thanks.


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17 Dec 2010   #12
Hopalong X

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit
 
 

You don't need a disk with the recovery. Unless you deleted it it is on the hard drive.

Get the manual.
Win 7 Dell is F8 to access and start recovery I have been informed.
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17 Dec 2010   #13
Hopalong X

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit
 
 

Borrowed from Dell It is F8 before Bios. Read.

Step 3 below. You can't save your files because you can't boot.
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Windows 7 PC Restore

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Article ID : 125843Date Published : 2009-08-29Journal ID : f5222cbe-243d-4a17-81f8-18da5fd0fc02This article is for Microsoft Windows 7:
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Notice: Dell has designed two new backup and restore programs, see below for the details:
Dell Inspirons, Studios, and XPS Systems use DataSafe Local Backup 2.0 as the PC Restore/Factory Image Restore option as of April 22, 2009.
Click here if your computer is an Inspiron, Studio, or XPS Dell OptiPlex, Latitude, Vostro, and Precisions use Dell Backup and Recovery Manager as the PC Restore/Factory Image Restore option as of May 26, 2009.
Click here if your computer is an OptiPlex, Latitude, Vostro, or Precision

Step 1:Backup important files & data.
Click the link below for instructions on how to backup important files and data.
Click here for instructions on how to back up files.
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Step 2:Remove non-essential peripherals

Except for the monitor, keyboard, and mouse, remove all external peripherals including: Note:
An external peripheral is a device that connects to a port on the front, side or back of the computer, like a printer or memory key.


  • Scanner
  • Printer
  • Modem or Network cables
  • Personal Digital Assistant (PDA)
  • USB flash drive or other external Hard Drive
  • Any other external devices (e.g., USB-attached devices)
  • Remove the computer from the docking station, if you are using one.
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Step 3:Restore the computer's software to original condition.
Using Dell Factory Image Restore in Windows 7
Notice: Restoring the original factory image erases ALL existing data. This includes files, folders, programs, drivers, E-mails, photos. Before performing a PC Restore, back up all personal files. If you do not back up your personal files, the data will be lost.
1 Turn on the computer.
2 As the computer starts, press <F8> on the keyboard until the Advanced Boot Options menu appears on the screen.
Note: You must press <F8> before the Windows logo appears on the screen. If you press <F8> after the Windows logo appears on the screen, the Advanced Boot Options menu will not appear on the screen. If you do not see the Advanced Boot Options menu, restart the computer, and then repeat this step until you see the menu on the screen.

3 Press the <Down Arrow> on the keyboard to select Repair Your Computer on the Advanced Boot Options menu, and then press <Enter>.
4 Specify the language settings that you want, and then click Next.
5 Log in as a user who has administrative credentials, and then click OK.
6 Click Dell Factory Image Restore.
7 In the Dell Factory Image Restore window, click Next.
8 Click to select the Yes, reformat hard drive and restore system software to factory condition check box.
9 Click Next.
The computer is restored to the default factory configuration.
10 When the restore operation is completed, click Finish to restart the computer.
The software is now installed as it was when the computer was first received.
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17 Dec 2010   #14
Hopalong X

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit
 
 

You may need to tap the F8 key several times to get the Advanced Boot Options to come up.

My parents old Hp you had to tap tap tap tap....
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17 Dec 2010   #15
icecoldj91

32 bit
 
 

Yeah I can get that far, but do you have any idea how long it takes for system recovery to start working? I will start it up and it stays at the beginning screen (its like a blue sky and a little flower or something on the top right) and only shows my cursor. Ive left it like that for a good 15 minutes and nothing ever happened so I just re booted the laptop again. Is it supposed to take a long time to load before I get to the language settings etc etc?
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17 Dec 2010   #16
Hopalong X

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit
 
 

There may not be language settings etc. HP for instance just reinstalls everything as it was the first day you brought it home. All software etc.

No language or anything to choose. It is as if it has a "picture" of the day the factory installed it. You are just reinstalling that "picture".

Very over simplified but best example I can think of. It will take a while. Basic Win 7 is several GB's plus all the extra software that came on the PC.
Let me see if I can find one particular peros for some info. They probably have done this operation on a Dell.

Left a message for Pebbly she is up on Dells more than me so might know something I'm missing.
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17 Dec 2010   #17
pebbly

win 7 ultimate32bit, Win8.1pro wmc 32bit
 
 

Hi hoppy and ice cold , It can take up to 1 hour to recover the OS using the recovery mode , the laptop may restart a couple of times ,once you begin the recovery mode it is automatic with no onscreen prompts so what you are [not] seeing is correct
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17 Dec 2010   #18
Hopalong X

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit
 
 

Thanks Pebbly.

Mike
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17 Dec 2010   #19
pebbly

win 7 ultimate32bit, Win8.1pro wmc 32bit
 
 

You're very welcome Hopalong X
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17 Dec 2010   #20
icecoldj91

32 bit
 
 

Hey thanks guys. In my earlier post I said that the farthest I could get was systrem recovery. I meant to say system repair sorry. Hopefully Im still on the right path. Im going to upload a picture of what my computer screen looks like at the moment, hopefully it's looking as it should.



EDIT

Looks like it's running a system repair right now. I should have been more patient at the repair screen, it just seemed kind of strange that there were no on screen instructions or anything. Ill let you know how it goes.

Thanks.
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