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Getting the Restore DVD to install

I want to start clean and reinstall using the Insignia Restore DVD. When I boot up with it, nothing opens. So After opening the DVD icon, there are a bunch of folders of Drives, but no "System Recovery screen. Help!!

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Re: Getting the Restore DVD to install

Sounds like you want to start a fresh install from your CD/DVD? as soon as you turn on the computer, hit the del key to get into the BIOS (or pay attention during POST as it'll tell you what key to push) Once in there, you'll want to goto the "boot options" tab and set the CD/DVD-ROM to start up first and then the hard drive. Press Esc and save, as it starts up, it should say "hit any key to install windows" and then it's just a matter of following instructions to finish. If all you are trying to do is a system restore, you can goto: Start -> All Programs -> Accessories -> System Tools -> System Restore and then restore it to a earlier time.

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Re: Getting the Restore DVD to install

I would call them for a disk.

1-877-467-4289 for 24 x 7 x 365 support in the USA and Canada.

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