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Using Recovery CD's to Start Over!

Using Recovery CD's to Start Over!

***WARNING: ALL FILES WILL BE LOST WHEN PERFORMING THIS!!! PLEASE MAKE SURE ALL FILES ARE BACKED UP!!!***


1. If you have all of the Recovery Disks (Operating System Disk, Software Disk, Driver Disk) shipped with the system, you need to first put the Operating System Recovery disk in the CD or DVD ROM (the one that says the Windows Operating System on it).

2. Start the computer and you should see "Press any key to boot from CD or DVD...

NOTE:
If the Install Windows page does not appear and you are not asked to press a key to start (or "boot") from CD or DVD, you might have to specify that your computer use its CD or DVD drive as the startup device. This means that you need to set the CD or DVD drive to be the first startup device in the basic input/output system (BIOS). Occasionally, as with HP Pavilion laptops, you can press F9 or some other Function key to designate a temporary boot device. This key may different between systems.
Newer computers usually display a startup (or boot) menu. On the startup menu, select "BIOS setup," or "BIOS settings," or something similar.

Warning

Updating the BIOS is an advanced procedure, and if an error occurs, your computer could stop working. Be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions exactly.

Note
Procedures for updating the BIOS vary depending on the manufacturer. Check the information that came with your computer or go to the computer manufacturer's website. Each computer has its own startup (or boot) options and access to the BIOS setup. If your computer does not have a startup menu, look for a message that says "BIOS setup," "BIOS settings," or something similar, and then press the appropriate key when prompted to display the BIOS setup screen.
The BIOS setup screen appears. On the BIOS setup screen, select the option called "Boot order," or something similar. Select your CD or DVD drive as the first startup device. Press F10 to save and exit BIOS
Restart your computer, and then start Windows from the installation CD or DVD as previously described.

3. Depending on the type of Operating System you have, the next steps will be different. For Windows XP, a blue screen will come up and drivers will be loading to begin the installation process. For Windows Vista and Windows 7, when the Install Windows screen comes up follow all the prompts as per your needs. The installation, especially for Windows 7, is very straight forward.

4. A screen should come up now preparing the Windows Installation. Simply follow the prompts, making sure to wipe the previous windows installation completely before continuing with the current install.

5. When the installation is complete you should verify that all the drivers were loaded completely. For Windows XP go to Start>>Control Panel>>System>>Device Manager and make sure no yellow circles with exclamation marks are showing. For Windows Vista and 7 go to the Start menu ( )>>Control Panel>>Device Manager.

6. If so, you will have to go to your manufacturer website to download the missing drivers. Go to the support section and put in your express service code or model number, or use the auto-detect feature if it is available and it will tell you what you have available to download.
When in doubt: download and install everything. The worst that can happen is it will say it isn't compatible or already exists and won't install. Also ensure you run ALL windows updates, even optional ones. The only exception to this is with Windows 7 updates. A whole bunch of language packs are available which do not have to be installed, unless you need them! There should be approximately 34 of these language packs.

Hope this helps. I will include more specific information as I come across it.

Good Luck and as always, if you do not feel comfortable doing this yourself please consult a professional.

NOLA Tech

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Can I dl or burn to disc the factory reset for my gateway nv5105u laptop? I have lost that CD


If you have lost the CD you can try to do a factory reset from the recovery partition. Make sure you haven't formatted or deleted any partition in the computer since your purchase.

Using the Recovery Partition to perform Recovery.



First turn off your computer
Turn on the system and keep tapping the F11 key
system will boot into recovery partition. Follow the instructions below:


  1. Boot into Gateway System Recovery - Press F11 to Start Recovery.
  2. On the System Recovery Menu screen, press the ALT+D keys.
  3. At the command prompt, type: D: and then press ENTER.
  4. At the D:\ prompt, type: CD Windows\i386 and then press ENTER.
  5. At the C:\Windows\I386 prompt, type: dir filename.* and then press ENTER.
  6. Verify if the file name has an underscore ( _ ) in the extension. Example: appwiz.cp_. If the file has an underscore, it has to be expanded. If it does not have an underscore, the file can be copied without expansion.
  7. If file has an underscore, expand the file to the destination. At the command prompt, type: Expand filename.**_ C:\Destination. Example: Expand appwiz.cp_ C:\Windows\System32
  8. If file does not have an underscore, copy the file to the destination. At the command prompt, type: Copy filename C:\Destination. Example: Copy atmadm C:\Windows\System32
  9. At the command prompt, type: Exit.
  10. Once back at the menu, click Quit. The computer restarts.
It should be reset to Factory settings.

IF YOU DO NOT HAVE ANY RECOVERY PARTITION OR HAVE DELETED THE PARTITION THEN PLEASE REVERT SO THAT I CAN HELP YOU TO GET A RECOVERY DISC.

Thank you for using Fixya..!!

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You did not mention what is the manufacturer and what is the operating system you have but you can try following:

hal.dll is the file which protects your hardware devices to access the memory directly. HAL ( Harware Abstraction Layer).

To repair hal.dll we would require the recovery discs else you can try recovery console in your computer

1. press the power button and keep tapping on F 11 for HP computer and ctrl+F11 for Dell computer
2. check if you get a Recovery Manager
3. you can perform a recovery from here

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This recovery process helps you restore the C: drive with the original software
content that is installed when you purchase your notebook. Follow the steps
below to rebuild your C: drive. (Your C: drive will be reformatted and all data
will be erased.) It is important to back up all data files before using this option.
Before performing a restore operation, please check the BIOS settings.
1 Check to see if Acer disk-to-disk recovery is enabled or not.
2 Make sure the D2D Recovery setting in Main is Enabled.
3 Exit the BIOS utility and save changes. The system will reboot.
Note: To activate the BIOS utility, press <F2> during POST.

To start the recovery process:
1 Restart the system.
2 While the Acer logo is showing, press <Alt> + <F10> at the same time to
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3 Refer to the onscreen instructions to perform system recovery.
Important! This feature occupies 10 GB in a hidden partition on
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Restoring the PC to its original state by doing a system recovery ! Just make sure you back up your important data if you can before doing the system recovery !


1. Plug in the AC adapter.
2. Turn the system on
3. Immediately, press ALT on the keyboard and start tapping F10.
Continue holding ALT and tapping F10 as the unit boots up.
4. A screen stating "Starting Acer Erecovery" should appear.
(Release ALT and stop tapping F10 at this point)
5. There will be 4 options:
1. Restore system to factory default
2. Restore system from user backup
3. Restore system from cd/dvd
4. Exit

Restore system to factory default

1. Enter the password created when eRecovery was first started.
2. Read the on-screen warning and choose Yes.
3. Click Next. The recovery process will start.

When recovery is complete the system will re-start and will need to complete the setup of Windows.
When setup is complete a process will clean up the recovery files.
Please be patient as this process can take 5-10 minutes or longer.


Restore system from cd/dvd

1. If recovery cd/dvd's were created, they can be used to restore the system.
2. Insert disc 1 and follow the prompts.

When recovery is complete the system will re-start and will need to complete the setup of Windows.
When setup is complete a process will clean up the recovery files.
Please be patient as this process can take 5-10 minutes or longer.

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