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Windows 7: Can't access Boot Option screen or Safe Mode

12 Jun 2011   #11

Win7 64 Bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Here: Using the Dell Backup and Recovery Manager

When you get to F8 Advanced Boot Options is there a Repair console on it? There should be if Windows has not been damaged. On that menu should be the way to restore to factory settings from boot.

You should also have a way to restore from the desktop, in the All Programs list.

It sounds like you were one of the last to get the valuable Win7 Installation DVD which Dell no longer ships, due to their bloatware sponsors' pressure. Here are steps if/when you want to get the cleanest possible installation for the best Win7 performance: Reinstalling Windows 7

Meanwhile you can gain back some performance from the factory preinstalled bloatware by following these tips to Clean up factory bloatware
There is a Repair option and when choosen it shows an error screen basically asking for a disc.
Why is the Win7 install dvd valuable? I had a spare HDD so I tried the DVD and all it loaded was win7. Nothing resembeling my original soft ware was there. No Office,etc. It was very strange. I figured it was just Win 7 bare bones.

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12 Jun 2011   #12


Having a WIn7 installation DVD is valuable to many tech enthusiasts so they can get a clean reinstall of just the OS without the factory bloatware which can throttle WIn7 and corrupt the OS even by uninstalling.

Unless you ordered it originally and should have received an installer, Office on the Recovery DIsks is a trial version which lets users get started for 30-90 days then slaps them with a $250 bill, at which time its too late to convert to free comparable Works - although Open Office is just as good.

The preinstalled AV is often bloatware which works best when uninstalled. We recommend free MS Security Essentials or Avast 6, or if you really need to pay something use Nod32/ESET.

Any disk burning software, photo programs and the OEM utilities are crapware which have much better versions built into Win7.

Of course all of this is up to User preference. But we have helped thousands go completely clean to enjoy native featherlight, instantaneous Win7 not larded with crapware so we want you to be aware of the option.
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13 Jun 2011   #13

Win7 64 Bit

I have gotton rid of a few bloatware last night. Don't think I'll ever use them like Dell data protection which is for large companys looking to protect there data from being stolen or lost. I have saved external images which is good enough for my needs.
I have Office Starter which has taken a little time to get use to after comng from Office 03. Knowing that starter is limited but free had me wondering wether to get rid of it and install Office 3 which I have on disc but so far Office starter seems good enough for me.
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13 Jun 2011   #14
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Good to see you got it sorted and thanks for the update.
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13 Jun 2011   #15


Be aware that some laptops have hard drive protection which parks the HD for safe transport. It will show as a driver in Device Manager if so, and after clean reinstall it will likely be in need of a driver which can be imported from the computer maker's Support Downloads webpage under Drivers.
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14 Jun 2011   #16

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Well done.
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