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Recovery Can i restore the computer using this hidden partition with a new operative system such as Windows 7 instead of Windows vista, if i can, how? Thanks in advance. My name is Hans.

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If your pc currently had vista then a windows 7 recovery will not help. if you have a windows 7 key or vista you can format and start fresh providing the hard drive isn't what's corrupt or damaged.

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Normally yes. If the recovery disk is an original from Sony and/or an exact reproduction then it should reinstall Windows XP (which I believe is the original OS) complete with appropriate drivers and proprietary utilities/applications from Sony. Alternately, you can just pop in a Windows OEM installer CD and use the key printed on a sticker underneath the notebook. Thereafter an update or a visit to Sony website should enable you to download/install necessary drivers.

The notebook must of course be instructed to boot from the CD. This could be done by entering into your CMOS/BIOS and selecting the CD drive as the priority boot medium.

Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

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Posted on Mar 27, 2008

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Not necessarily. Formatting the hard drive will only wipe the data on the partition being formatted. The restore partition, if it exists, will still be there.

I have read that the restore partition can be accessed by pressing F10 at startup. As I don't own this sony machine, I can't verify that.

Posted on Mar 04, 2009

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SOURCE: Vaio VGN-S460 How can I create a recovery media kit for my laptop

Hi Francine , no need to go to dos.

It's under Start > Help and Support. Scroll down and you'll see the recovery program hyperlink.

Here are instructions from their website. Interesting that they dont tell you HOW to launch the recovery wizard. Very helpful

http://www.kb.sony.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?cmd=displayKC&docType=kc&externalId=C1000001&sliceId=2&docTypeID=DT_KNOWLEDGEARTICLES_1_1&dialogID=75941388&stateId=0%200%2075943763

Hope this helps.

Oh BTW , make sure you back up your data before using these recovery disks as they will overwrite your data.

Posted on Mar 05, 2009

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You might try tapping F10 after you see the Sony screen, and see if you computer will go into the recovery mode from the hidden partition. I just did that to my Sony, and it worked great.

Let me know, OK?

Posted on Mar 13, 2009

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Are you doing DESTRUCTIVE recoveries or are you doing NONDESTRUCTIVE recoveries? Try another hard drive in the machine and recover to that. Nondestructive recoveries replace the operating system without destroying the personal data. Its possible the original problem is propagating over to the recovered systems. Do a destructive recovery. Understand any data not backed up will be destroyed. Possible the original problem was a trojan virus.

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Factory restore


The following information comes from the Panasonic Website:

Recovery DVDs are available by mail for select Toughbook® products. Windows® XP back up service is only available to customers who purchased Panasonic computers with XP downgrade rights. Windows XP Backup Image and Windows 7 Recovery DVDs restore a PC to its original factory image. The standard Panasonic factory image includes the Windows operating system and all drivers/applications originally installed by Panasonic.

Most 2011 models of Panasonic Toughbook computers now have a Recovery partition on the hard drive instead of a Recovery DVD included in the laptop box. The only exceptions are the Toughbook F9, H2 and U1 Ultra which will continue to ship with a Windows 7 Recovery DVD. Besides restoring the computer to its original factory image, the Recovery Partition can also be used to load 64-bit Windows 7 Professional (32-bit ships by default from Panasonic).

You can order the Recovery Disks here:

http://business.panasonic.com/support-computerstablets-dvdrequests

Good Luck!
Regards,
Richard - Montreal Based
Panasonic Canada Toughbook Authorized Dealer since 1989

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Install Windows 7 or Windows Vista on a Pc Without DVD Media


For user who doesn’t want to waste a DVD disc to burn the ISO to physical media, and does not have WinPE (Windows PE) startup disc, here’s a workaround method to install Windows Vista and Windows 7 into physical computer’s hard disk drive or partition (volume) directly with ISO without writing or burning to disc. The without-disc installation method is useful especially during beta and RC period of new operating system in the making, where the new build and new versionis launching and publishing every now and then. This tutorial guide assumes that the new Windows 7 or Windows Vista will be installed and replaced the original existing operating system currently installed. The instructions can be modified slightly (mainly on hard disk partition used) to fit into need of readers who want to have a dual-boot, multi-boot, or simply just to upgrade install to new OS.

1. Install a virtual CD/DVD drive on existing Windows operating system.
2. Mount the Windows Vista or Windows 7 installation DVD ISO image using the virtual drive.
3. Copy all files inside the virtual CD/DVD drive mounted with the ISO into any folder on any partition or hard disk drive not going to be used to install the Windows OS. For example, copy into E:\Windows7.
4. Copy the bootmgr and boot folders nested inside the copied folder (i.e. \Windows7) to root directory of system boot drive, typically C:\.

Note: For Windows Vista, users may need to use this step: Copy the bootmgr folder from E:\Windows7 to C:\ root directory, copy E:\Windows7\boot\boot.sdi file to same folder in C:\boot folder, and then copy bootsect.exe from the E:\Windows7\boot\ folder to C:\ drive.

Note: boot folder in system boot drive is hidden system folder.
5. Create a new folder named sources under the C:\ root folder.
6. Copy the boot.win file inside \Windows7\sources folder to the source folder created in the system boot drive, normally C:\.
7. Open a command prompt as administrator.
8. Run the following command (change the C to your drive path letter if applicable):

C:\boot\bootsect.exe /nt60 C:

For Windows Vista users who copied bootsect.exe to C:\ root folder, use the following command instead:

C:\bootsect.exe /nt60 C:

A successful message is the command completes successfully.
9. Change the name or label of the boot system partition local disk to BDCP or any name you prefer that easier to remember and type (in DOS command promot, use label command).
10. Restart the computer.
11. After booting up, the system will start the corresponding Windows installation process. Select the applicable language to install, time and currency format (regional settings locale) and keyboard or input method in the installation wizard dialog.
12. On the next screen, user will be presented with option to Install Windows. DO NOT press on Install Windows button, instead, click on Repair My Computer link on the bottom left corner.
13. In the Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE) System Recovery Options dialog window, click on Command Prompt to open a DOS Prompt window.
14. Run the format command to format the primary hard disk or partition to clean state:

format c: /q

Note: /q switch, which perform quick format can be omitted to full format. And if existing hard disk partition is of FAT32 filesystem format, use format c: /q /fs:ntfs to convert the file system to NTFS while formatting. Before formatting begins, the command may prompt for hard disk drive or partition label name, if so, enter accordingly (i.e. BDCP).
15. After format completed, start the Windows Vista or Windows 7 installation process again by manually running the setup.exe located in the copied. Note that the setup.exe is not the one located on boot system drive which copied at later step, as the boot drive has been formatted. For example:

E:\Windows7\sources\setup.exe
16. Continue with installation procedures by following on-screen instructions as per normal practice.

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HOW DO I RESTORE WINDOWS VISTA ON MY COMPAQ SR500


Your Compaq computer includes a recovery partition that allows you to restore your operating system in the event you get a virus or your hard drive crashes. Use the Compaq Recovery Manager to restore the computer to the factory operating condition. Only use the recovery method as a final step in the troubleshooting process as all the software and personal files stored to the computer's hard drive will be erased.

Click the "Start" icon and type "recovery" into the "Start Search" field. Click the "Recovery Manager" option that appears in the list of results. Click "Advanced Options," and click the "System Recovery" option. Click "Next" and the computer will restart into the recovery mode. Click the "System Recovery" option and click "Next." Click "Next" in the "System Recovery" window to launch the recovery process. The partition will reformat your hard drive and restore your Windows Vista operating system to the original condition
HP Support document System Restores
http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/Document.jsp?objectID=c00809678

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Hello, i have a dell xps m1210 laptop. i was using my computer and when i want to restore to factory settings i was using ctrl f11 combination and restoring back. but i now installed windows 7 on c drive....


No the hidden partions rely on the main partion to have some files still intact to complete a repair of the operating sytem then restores the files back to thair factory settings, to put xp back on you will need the factory recovery cd or dvd. If you buy a copy of xp and install it then ust eht recovery it should restore it to factory with drivers as well.

Jul 01, 2011 | Dell XPS M1210 Notebook

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HP dv6000 turion processor. machine starts and all blue lights appear. dvd briefly lights and then machine turns off and then turns itself back on and repeats the process.


Preforming a system recovery to return the computer to its original condition may be necessary if the operating system is damaged, or the hard drive is corrupted, or the computer is infected by a virus.

___Also look this> HP expanded the battery pack recall on May 19, 2010. Click here to validate your battery. Performing a system recovery removes all software and files saved to the hard drive, reinstalls the original operating system, and then configures the settings for the default programs. Since the merger of Compaq and HP, several different recovery tools and processes Names for these tools include: Recovery Solution, Recovery Manager, F11, Recovery Disc, Driver and Application Recovery Disc, Roxio BackOntrack, Microsoft Backup & Restore. have been provided for recovering notebook PCs to their original operating condition. To help you select the correct recovery process, the table below identifies the different models, the time frame when they were produced and sold, plus the originally configured operating systems. Click on the name of the document in the right column for detailed information. Choose the Correct Recovery Process for Your Notebook Notebook description Recovery procedure information HP and Compaq Notebook PCs and Mini PCs shipped with a Windows 7 operating system. Recover Windows 7 Operating System Using HP Recovery HP and Compaq PCs using the Microsoft recovery feature for Windows 7 instead of an HP solution. Recover Windows 7 Operating System Using Microsoft Windows Backup and Restore Presario, Pavilion, and HP Compaq Business PCs shipped with a Windows Vista operating system. Recover Windows Vista Operating System Using HP Recovery HP and Compaq PCs using the Microsoft recovery feature for Vista instead of an HP solution. Recover Windows Vista Operating System Using Microsoft Windows Backup and Restore HP and Compaq Mini with Windows XP using the HP solution. Recover Windows XP Operating System On Mini Notebook Using HP Recovery HP and Compaq Mini with Windows XP using the Roxio recovery feature instead of the HP solution. Recover Windows XP Operating System Using Roxio BackOn Track HP and Compaq Mini with Mobile Internet Environment (MIE ). Recover Windows MIE Operating System On Mini Notebook Using HP Recovery Presario, Pavilion, and HP Compaq Business PCs manufactured and sold in 2006 or later . Recover Windows XP Operating System Using HP Recovery (2006 or Later)

Presario and Pavilion PCs manufactured from 2001 and 2005 . Recover Windows XP Operating System Using XP Operating System Discs (2001 to 2005)

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Recover Applications Using Drivers and Applications Recovery Disc (2001 to 2005) Pavilion PCs with Windows Media Center edition of XP manufactured from 2001 to 2005 . Recover Windows XP Media Center Edition Operating System on HP Pavilion PCs Using HP Recovery (2001 to 2005) Compaq Presario PCs supplied with a Compaq Recovery CD and manufactured from 2001 to 2005 . Recover Windows XP Operating System on Compaq Presario PCs Using HP Recovery (2001 to 2005) Omnibook and certain Pavilion PCs manufactured pre-2001 . Recover Windows XP Operating System and Applications on HP Omnibook and Pavilion models Using HP Recovery (Pre 2001)

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How do i reset my hp computer back to the way i bought it?


factory settings could mean performing a system restore to a previous state of the OS. I'll try to explain how you can perform each one of these methods in the article below.
Restore Factory Settings - System Restore System Restore is the in-built tool of Windows XP and Windows Vista that allows you to roll back the registry to a previous state. Note that it only "restores" previous settings for the registry and Windows system files.
You can use system restore to get rid of spyware, but if system restore does not fix your problem, you'll have to resort to either a clean install of the OS or using your recovery CD/DVDs.
You can read my previous post on how to restore your computer using the System Restore feature. If system restore is disabled, you can read my post on how to enable system restore again.
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Restore Factory Settings - Recovery CD/DVDs Most computers come with either a recovery CD/DVD or a recovery partition that is hidden on the computer. This is true for most HP and Dell machines now these days.
If you have one of these, you can access the recovery from within Windows or during startup.
For HP, you can go to Start, All Programs, HP Tools, and then choose HP PC System Recovery.
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You can also press the F10 key multiple times during bootup to get access to the recovery console in case Windows is not loading properly.
On Dells, you can access the recovery partition by pressing Ctrl + F11 immediately after the machine is turned on.
Note that all of your data will be lost on the hard drive. Using a recovery CD is not the same as repairing XP. When you repair Windows XP, all of the system files are replaced with the original ones, but your data and applications remain intact.
Restore Factory Settings - Clean Install XP Your last and final option for restoring XP to factory settings is to perform a clean install. This requires having the CD/DVD for the OS. If you only have a hidden recovery partition, you will not be able to perform a clean install.
A clean install basically consists of booting from the original XP CD, deleting all partitions, recreating new partitions, and then installing Windows XP from CD.
It's a fairly straight-forward process and you can read this excellent tutorial for step by step instructions. Again, it's important to note that you will lose all your data in this process.

Oct 05, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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Not recovery for Vista after installed Windows XP. Not repair file recovery.


The Computer is shipped with the Recovery Center, a hidden partition in the Hard Drive. Please restart the Computer and press the F10 key when the VAIO logo appears to access the Recovery Center.
If the Recovery Center is accessible, select Restore C Drive to reinstall the pre-installed Operating System, Applications and the Drivers (restore to factory settings).
If the Recovery Center is not accessible, then the Recovery partition may be deleted. In that case, you can contact Sony Accessories and Parts Center from US at: 1-800-488-SONY (7669)to order the Recovery Discs.

Good Luck!
Thank you for contacting.

Jul 03, 2010 | Sony VAIO VGN-CR515E/B Notebook

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Computer wont boot running vista dont have boot cd to repair tried the startup repair wont work i dont have a back up either


did you upgrade to vista and then computer won't boot?.
your computer may have not met the hardware requirements which lead to this result.

I would try to save the files by taking the hd out and slave/enclosure install it another machine in order to save the files you need to keep, an alternative solution is to do the same with a usb hd and a live knopixx cd.

once you have saved your files out of the current hd, I would try to fresh install of the operating system assuming that you do have hardware to support the installation.

some computer may not provide a boot or recovery cd but a hidden partition to restore your original installation from or some times even repair the installation. find out on your computer manufacturer's website the recovery methods or a way to purchase recovery cd's (if no hidden partition).
if you do have a hidden partition, your computer manufacturer should provide a manual online to access that partition at startup.

good luck!

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I want to take my acer 3690 back to when i bought it


There is no way to roll back from Vista to XP. If you still have an XP CD Key you can re-install using a windows disk of the same type using your code. All the drivers should be downloaded first to a CD from the manufacturers web site. Plus any data you would like to keep.

May 13, 2009 | Acer Aspire 3690-2196 Notebook

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Restore Hardrive to Factory Settings, Missing Hidden Partition


Yes Claudia you are right. When you wiped the hard drive you deleted the partition that contained the systen restore (factory restore). You will have to purchase a new copy of Vista. It will not contain all of the other programs that came with your computer originally.
Before you installed Windows 7 it clearly states that you have to back up your system before you install it on your hard drive.
Why didn,t you keeep windows 7, if I may ask? If you made a copy of it (which you had to do when you insatlled it) reinstall it and use it. Microsoft will let you purchase it for $50.00, which is a lot less that what it will cost you to purcase Vista Home Premium.

Apr 20, 2009 | Computers & Internet

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