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Return to factory settings

I'm want to wipe my p.c....i thought it was F2 but not sure where to go from there...please advise

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  • lydiapurcell Mar 09, 2009

    It's my sisters computer so i haven't got a there a way i can wipe it clean?

  • lydiapurcell Mar 09, 2009

    I'm looking for disc but can't seem to find them...the only ones i have are from my laptop i just got but they are vista

  • lydiapurcell Mar 09, 2009

    ok thanks for your help

  • Stephen Scheneman
    Stephen Scheneman May 11, 2010

    I agree win SubliMation...definitely DO NOT decide to upgrade the OS to Vista...however, if you don't want to spend $100 on replacing windows, Linux is always an option. Ubuntu (a currently popular distribution of Linux) is very user friendly and there is a lot of support for people just making the switch. Linux can run very well on older systems, and the newest flavor has very intuitive desktop features. It does take a little bit of getting used to though. Anyway, it's just food for thought...

  • Stephen Scheneman
    Stephen Scheneman May 11, 2010

    You can wipe it clean if you have a new operating system to install on it. (It's hard to find any information or sotware support because Packard Bell is no longer in business.) If you don't have your recovery media, and don't know about a recovery partition, I would just go ahead and use the XP install disc (If you have one...) to repartition, reformat, and reinstall windows.

  • Peter Steiert
    Peter Steiert May 11, 2010

    Yes there is, however you either need a Windows Installer disk, a system recovery disk, or a recovery partition. The recovery partition can be found from, "My Computer." If there is a second hard-drive (C:\ is the first, D:\ would be the second) check to see if it is listed as a recovery partition. If not, chances are it's just a second hard-drive for extra space or some other device.

    So if you don't have a recovery partition, check around the house for a Recovery Disk. This is either 1-4 CDs that came with the computer in-case you have to restore the computer to the state it was in when you bought it.

    If you don't have that and still want to wipe the system you will need a Windows Installer disk. You would use this to format the hard-drive(s) and re-install windows.

  • Peter Steiert
    Peter Steiert May 11, 2010

    When you bought your P.C. did it come with a recovery disk? If not, your computer might have a recovery partition. If you don't have either, then you can't restore the system to factory default settings as far as I'm aware.


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Your recovery disk from your Vista laptop will not work with your sister's computer. Not unless your sister's computer is the exact make, model, and uses the same Operating System as your computer (which it doesn't seem to be).

So the only option it seems is to locate or buy a Windows Installer disk and reformat your computer. You can either do this yourself, or have a local computer technician do it for you. Either way you will have to get a Windows Installer disk which will be used to erase everything on the computer's hard-drive then re-install Windows.

Just a hint: It would be wise to buy (or locate) a Windows Installer disk which will re-install the operating system which is currently on that computer. Because sometimes the hardware in computers can't support newer operating systems causing a real nightmare.

Posted on Mar 09, 2009

  • Peter Steiert
    Peter Steiert Mar 10, 2009

    You're welcome. Just sad that we couldn't get the issue resolved for free. :-\


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