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Boot into Gateway System Recovery - Press F11 to Start Recovery.
On the System Recovery Menu screen, press the ALT+D keys.
At the command prompt, type: D: and then press ENTER.
At the D:\ prompt, type: CD Windows\i386 and then press ENTER.
At the C:\Windows\I386 prompt, type: dir filename.* and then press ENTER.
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.
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
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
At the command prompt, type: Exit.
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.
You will need the recovery discs to do this. If you don't have them check this auction: http://www.cqout.com/item.asp?id=10419346 The reason the recovery disc is the best option is that it will have all the drivers for the machine included. Before you start recovery, make sure you can read your COA licence on the bottom of the machine. You can still do a factory restore without recovery CD but you will need a copy of your operating system on disc, the licence key (COA) and prefferably, all of the system drivers copied to CD or stored on USB drive, these will be available on the HP support website.
You can go to help and type 'recovery' to link into the 'recovery' console and go from there. It will, with the proper administrator password, go back to the original settings and everything from the day you bought or acquired your computer.
They actually recommend 'restore' to an earlier date, before you do the more radical recovery.
Telephone ACER, and order the correct set of "System Restore" CD/DVD disks for your model of computer -- since the computer was factory-shipped with a valid copy of Windows, ACER will ship a "replacement" to you, for just the cost of shipping.
The system is originally designed to use IDE HDD, make sure the necessary chages for Sata HDD are made in the BIOS, next make sure the Recovery disc is fine without any scratches. You can order a new Windows OEM recovery disc by calling Dell tech support (1-800-624-9896-US) and try installing the OS. The disc will cost you not more than $12.
It is not clear what you mean by restore here... do you want to salvage you r personal data on laptop or just want to restore the OS... which you said you have installed XP. the copied recovery disc may not be booting for various reasons... 1.not set to boot fromcd drive in bios settings. 2. cd copy was not cd to cd copy or it was not made bootable. maybe you just copied the data of the friends recovery disc.
I assume it means just what it says. The Disc you are trying to copy is faulty?
Clarify what you are trying to copy. If it is copy protected, A duplicator wont copy it. Or the disc was made in a format incompatible with the master drive you are using. Ive had drives read some discs and another drive that cant read the same disc. Some brands of discs work better on certain drives. Try to use top quality reccomended discs such as Verbatim.
if you want it to be factory settings, you would need the exact same Operatin Sytem installation disk which they probably didnt give you. The reason i say the same is because your serial numbers wont match as your original OS. Anyways if you only doing it to sell the laptop or two have a fresh Operating system, i would recomend you !1) Get a copy os Windows XP 2) Backup all your important files 3) Format your laptop and reinstall XP 4) Restore your files 5) Download (If you dont have it already) your drivers for your laptop. This can be found on Toshibas website. 6) Install all drivers and thats it. You have a Factory Set Laptop
If you can boot go to safe mode using F8, see if you can do system restore from start/programs/accessories/system tools.
If you cannot boot, or system restore does not work you need to reinstall Windows, either using recovery CD from Acer, or generic Windows disk. In last case you will need to reinstall driver after installing windows. If you do not format hard disk or delete partition, you will be able to recover your data (documents, pictures, music, desktop contacts etc) after installing Windows.