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Need to set R3000 Compacq laptop to factory settings.

I need to set it back because everytime windows goes to load I get a blue screen saying it is shutting down for the computers protection. I have a application and driver recovery disc. How do I set it back?

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  • Cyndari Dec 10, 2008

    I used the OS disk and it set it all back and PC is working great again ty.

  • Mark Robinson May 11, 2010

    compaq have a recovery partition to allow you to reinstall the system as shipped from the factory...but unfortunately it is a hidden partition and you would need to use something like FDISK to make that partition active..are you using vista ? if so try pressing F8 after the bios screen (you'll see the safe mode options) try the vista startup repair option...

  • Kevin Nelson May 11, 2010

    You have the application and driver disk, but do you have the OS reinstallation disk? Using the disk will wipe the hard drive in order to set it back to when it was shipped from the factory. Do you know if there is a recovery partition if you do not have the disk?

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Compaq? Oh, then you are going to have a hard disk partition with the recovery files, so you don't need the disks. You have made it, that's great, because in case you cannot access the hard disk, you cannot initiate a recovery without ordering recovery CDs for your model from HP.

There are a number of ways to do it.

Try pressing F9 at startup (when the Compaq or HP logo shows up), and if it doesn't work, see the key for System Recovery at the bottom of the screen. It will recover, just follow the instructions on the screen.

Also, you can insert the first disk anytime, or boot from it when you start the PC up.

Or, you can use the Recovery Manager software in the PC that is pre-installed and it will help you to do a System Recovery from the files on your recovery partition.

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