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I cannot find my recovery /reinstallation disc for emachine 5260

After a lot of use from my teenagers I want to wipe my pc and start again from scratch to get rid of some of the junk that I'm sure is hidden away in the hard drive. However I cannot find the re-installation disc (I don't even remember if it came with one).
The hard drive has a protected recovery partition and the main section has a format option when I right click on it.
Can I use the format option to wipe everything except the operating system and return it to factory settings or do I need a reinstallation disc?
If so where can I get a replacement? Its an emachine 5260 bought in 2005

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DO NOT click on that Format option. It will wipe the entire recovery partition.

First look at all your programs to see if there is a recovery program. (Not System Restore.) It would probably be located in Start>All Programs>Accessories>System Tools.

If you do not see one, do a Restart on the computer and watch for a brief message as it begins to boot up. It may say something like "Press Delete for Setup. Press F10 for Recovery." It could be any "F" key, but you only have a few seconds to select it. If you miss the first time just wait and reboot again.

Normally you will have the option to do a full recovery (Everything wiped and restored as if you just purchased it.) or a selective recovery which will save your documents. If you don't have important files or if you can back them up on a flash drive, it would be better to do a full recovery.

Comment back if you are still having trouble.

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Hello,

if your computer has a microsoft logo sticker then you have a license of that OS. you have to inquire it to your vendor. if there is no MS Logo then probably it is pirated OS. then you have to provide installation disc to install it again.

But i think most of the branded machine has it own operating system and was enclosed it to the unit. "labeled sometimes recovery disk or system disk"

if you have one of this disk then insert it and reinstall the windows..note read carefully the onscreen instruction.

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Posted on Dec 10, 2008

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