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Factory restore using command prompt

I press the blue ACCESS IBM button but the options to restore the laptop to factory settings aren't listed there at all, so I really need to use the command prompt to see if that will help.

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    alina rozen Feb 16, 2014

    that link in NOT working but now I know my nephew must have erased the hidden partition. Great.

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If the partition is gone, a fresh install is your only option. Download and burn an ISO of your OS. Boot from that and choose your options.

Posted on Feb 16, 2014

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SOURCE: IBM ThinkPad R50 restore factory settings

You might have deleted the Hidden partition within the drive .So you will not get the restore factory setting option

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SOURCE: Instructions say to use the Acess IBM button when

Hello, Salvador.

For most IBM system, select F11 at bootup to start the Product Recovery program.

Hope this helps.

Posted on Jul 18, 2010

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SOURCE: How do i factory restore my IBM ThinkPad T43,

hit F11 on boot and select Restore and Recovery.
In some cases you might need to hit "Access IBM" first then F11.

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If it has the blue IBM Access button on it, press that immediately after turning on the computer. It should load a page with options to run a recovery.
More info here:
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Restore factory settings


Restart the Computer and keep tapping the F8 key till you see the advance boot options, You should be tapping the key as soon as you see the manufactures screen. Once you get the advance boot options -> Select the option which says Repair your Computer once its Selected click next on the Keyboard Layout Option, Now it would ask you for a User name and Password, Click on the User name Tab and select User/Owner extra and Type in your password if the computer has one if not you can leave that field blank, then click on next, Now on the recovery options screen you would be able to choose System Restore, Command Prompt extra. I think with the issue your facing System Restore would be the best Option to do.
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Would like to reset my ibm laptop it says my mircosoft online service is temporarily unavailable and my laptop is slower than ever


Hi and welcome to Fixya1

To reset the machine back to the factory settings, just follow these steps:
    • 1 Shutdown your machine and make sure that the charger is plugged in before doing the reset. Turn on the machine.
    • 2 Press the blue Access IBM button on your ThinkPad keyboard at the screen prompt. The screen prompt reads "To interrupt normal startup, press the blue Access IBM button." This interrupts the Windows reboot process.
    • 3 Double click "Recover to Factory Contents" at the Access IBM predesktop menu.
    • 4 Follow the recovery wizard prompts to initiate the factory restoration process. Your ThinkPad will automatically reboot upon completion.
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I was just on my ibm t43 and it froze so i manually turned it off now it wont turn back on. it acts like it is going to then it pops up a screen that say an problem has been detected


Hello, Meagan.

Sounds like an operating system problem.

Boot your system to Safe Mode (press F8 repeatedly). Go to System Restore and choose a date when your system worked OK. Note: with System Restore, everything, including your documents and other files you saved on the hard drive, will roll back to that date.

If you can't access System Restore by Safe Mode, try Offline System Restore:
1. Boot from the DVD
2. Select the Language
3. Click on "Repair your Computer" on the Install now screen
4. Click next on the System Recovery Options screen
5. Click on System Restore.
6. Choose the date to which you want to restore

If still a problem, the last choices are Factory Restore and reinstall. Accessing Factory Restore (restores to the factory settings and will wipe out anything that you have installed or saved on your PC), is dependent on your hardware manufacturer. Boot your system and press F10, F11, Alt+F10, or Ctrl+F11 to access Factory Restore. Follow the prompts.

If still not resolved, you'll probably need to reinstall your operating system.

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I am trying to restore my IBM Thinkpad 2647 model to factory settings but don't know how.


While switching ON your Laptop, press Thinkpad Access button(Blue colour) which is there in top most left side and select the option restore factory settings.

Hope the above answer solves your queries.
Revert back for further assistance or clarifications.

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How to set the ibm pc to factory setting, whick key to press for that.


Hi !!

Thank you for choosing Fixya.com

You can follow the steps given below.

    On an IBM Laptop system
  1. Step 1 Back up your data before starting this process.
  2. Step 2 Turn off your computer. After the computer has completely shut down, turn the laptop on.
  3. Step 3 Press the "F1" button, or the blue Access IBM button if your laptop has that option.
  4. Step 4 Choose "Restore Factory Settings" from the Menu screen that opens on your computer.
  5. Step 5 Follow all onscreen instructions. When the process is complete, the laptop is restored to factory settings.

Hope this would help.

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IBM ThinkPad R50 restore factory settings


You might have deleted the Hidden partition within the drive .So you will not get the restore factory setting option

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Ibm restore to factory setting


You have not explained what is wrong with your computer.
Is the laptop working, does it boot up into Windows?
What are you trying to restore?
Are you trying to get into a previous Restore Point?
The Access button takes you into the BIOS, you can change the BIOS settings back to the Default settings (ie the factory default settings).
It is difficult to offer a solution without knowing the exact nature of the problem.

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