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Unplug the laptop , remove battery, hold down the on/off button for 10 seconds, leave battery out for now, plug in, try to start normally. If that fails, reboot and start repeatedly tapping the Ctrl+F11 key TOGETHER. Try to get to the system restore/recovery. If that fails you may need a windows repair disk or a windows installation disk. Respond to this post if you need further assistance.
No restore disks,<br />Windows restore point is missing,<br />Laptop will not boot fully to windows,<br />Safe mode does not work,<br />You do not have a windows disk,<br /><br />Solution:<br />Only use this tip if you are willing to loose all of your data.<br />Start laptop and tap f10 key (Sony)<br />or 'alt' and f11 for Dell<br />and some Dell 'ctrl' and f10 or f11<br />or 'fn' and f10<br />or 'fn' and f11 <br />or 'fn' and f12<br />You get the drift, and there may be others.<br />This may activate windows restore partition and bring your laptop back to the factory default system.<br />I did this again, on a laptop today where seversl parts of windows vista had dissappeared after a game was loaded.<br />f10 and 1 hour later, a new pc....well nearly.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
There is a cost free remedy you can use if your hard drive will not boot up, or when you have a BLACK SCREEN. This radical resetting of the computer is called a system recovery (not a system restore) This will put your computer back to factory settings but you will lose any files on your Hard Drive like pictures, music and word documents.
1. THIS IS HOW IT WORKS :Some older computers and ALL Toshiba laptops come with a system restore disk. Simply place the disk in the CD tray and hit ENTER, if that does not work, power the computer off and on with the disk in the tray, wait for the special system recovery screen to appear, (be patient)
2. If you were not issued with a disk, then the following is for you. Each computer manufacturer has a special key you have to hit WHEN YOU POWER ON the computer. HP and Compaq desktops/towers/laptops F11, E Machines and Gateway F11, Sony PC/laptop F11, IBM and Lenovo towers and laptops all use F11 function key for system recovery. Dell laptop use Ctr + F11 Acer and TRAVELMATE Laptop Alt + F10 Toshiba laptop F12
3. Here is the trick- power the computer off, and then power it back on and start tapping the appropriate key eg F11 until a screen pops up saying "DO YOU WANT TO DO A SYSTEM RESTORE" OR "WELCOME TO SYSTEM RECOVERY MANAGER" Once you see something appear on the screen, stop tapping and just follow the instructions. Some of the older computers may ask you for the restore disks so have those ready. Most newer computers do not need restore discs. The whole system restore could take 2 or 3 hours. When done, reboot your computer and it should be all new and speedy again.
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a Dell Latitude to the factory settings allows the user to restore the
Dell Latitude to the original operating condition as if it was just
taken out of the box. Dell system includes a restore utility called 'Dell Symantec System Restore' to reset or restore your Dell system to factory setting.
Before reset any Dell Inspiron laptop, backup your all important data
and programs, otherwise you may lose it. It is recommended to use an
external storage device for your entire data backup, so that you couldn't lose it in any sudden occurring issue...
Step 2: Remove any other unnecessary external drive and restart your Dell Inspiron laptop.
Step 3: Press 'F8' key continue until 'Advanced Boot Options' wouldn't be appear.
Step 4: Use your keyboard arrow key to select 'Repair Your Computer' from the list and hit 'Enter'.
Step 5: Now click 'Next' and login as the administrator account.
Step 6: Click 'Dell Factory Image Recovery and Data Safe options', select your language option and click 'Next'.
Step 7: Click the check box 'Yes, reformat hard drive and restore system software to factory condition' and click 'Next' to start Dell Latitude reset process...
process will erase all your previous changes that have been made to the
Dell Latitude laptop and reset the configuration settings to factory
Incase you don't have any thing important on the computer try a factory restore. This will wipe out everthing and make the cmputer like new. To start it power off the laptop. Power it on and hold down ctrl and tap f11 severl times at the Dell logo screen. Try this q couple of times as it may not work the first time. If this does nothing you'll need the os cd (xp cd) tO repair or reinstall windows.