Our main computer needs a completly Wiping clean. It come with Recovery disks, but this was so long ago. We have misplaced them and really need to know where I can get my hands on some "free" recovery software
I have tried to look everywhere, but no joy. Do you have any suggestions??
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Re: Compaq Presario Recovery needed??
If the compaq has not had the hard-drive altered, there is a restore partition. Normally you require recovery disks to start this process, but you can turn the computer on, and press F11 repeatedly to access the partition. I'm not sure what will happen without the recovery disks, but it's worth a try.
I am assuming the Compaq/HP system restore utility in Windows is long gone?
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It cannot wipe windows clean or you would have no operating system ,if you are that worried about anyone looking at the naughty pics you have then install a copy of linux as this will format the whole hard drive then onece thats done re-install windows from the boot up disk that came with the computer
I'm not familiar with the restore CD you describe, so I can't tell if it's a simple case of something being missing or the symptom of an underlying hardware cause. If you try the official OEM restore set, does it load everything and start setting up properly?
While this isn't a solution to your particular complaint per se, here's an alternative to consider. I've used this myself on several Vista PC's with 100% success. There's a lengthy description here:
of a utility available for download that extracts and stores the activation information from the OEM Vista system, and then puts it back after a clean installation. The end result is a bloatware-free installation that is still activated using the OEM license key. (Note that this is NOT a crack. The system is still the same hardware, same manufacturer, etc., so all the original information still applies. Just no added applications.)
This might get you through whatever problem you're having, as an original Windows Vista DVD normally works without needing any changes on a SATA system. At least it's run on the 6 HP systems I've done this to.
If the computers WERE running Xp (CHECK by asking the kids who were using them)
Ask if they saw the xp theme screen.
If you haven't got a Xp system disk then i suggest you buy one Yes it is going to cost but you cant really expect to have a pc or two without a system disk. You'll only need one to get them going.
If you have one or when you get one PRESUMING the pc's are running xp DO the following BUT goto (number 2 at the bottom of the page)
(1) Switch a computer on & press delete to get into the bios settings.
Here You need to changed over the Bootable priority of the hardware.
Usually the order is
These need to be changed so the cd will have priority eg.
When this is done Save the settings & restart the computer when you can
When you do start the computer put your system disk in the cd drive
The computer will ask if you want to boot the computer from cd
Do this by (usually pressing a button)
Windows will start from disk & go through the motions as if you are doing a fresh install
But you dont need a fresh install you just want to REPAIR windows.
From here I will NOT continue to say what needs to be done Unless you respond Saying you would like to know more.
I DO feel your I.T. guys SHOULD Be a little more helpful
With that respect they should know how to install Windows XP & how to repair Windows XP using the system disk
IF THEY DONT want to help you from there GET BACK TO ME
& ill continue to tell you HOW to repair your pcs'
IT IS FIRSTLY advisable to FIND OUT what OS's your pcs a runnig & if So HAVE YOU/ARE YOU going to obtain a system disk
Hope this isnt Too confusing for you
Hope ive been some help
(2) Before Rushing out & buying a OS disk Lets check to see if your Little devils havent changed the system Bootible priority
(YOU never know)
Turn on the computer & when asked to press the delete key to enter the bios setup
Here in the Bios set up you want to check that the Bootible priority hasnt changed.
Usually the priorty is in this order
If it has been changed it could be in any order but usually the (hard disk) is either 1st or 2nd.
If is has changed Change it back to my recommended & save it
Re start you Pc.
If the pc doesnt start STILL goto 1
NOTE : ASK your I.T. guys for help IF your a little scared to follow these instructions Also the instrutions At (Number 1)