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How can i get my windows vista back to factory mode?

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Restore factory settings programs step


On newer (Vista and up) to restore to factory press F11 at HP splash screen this will put you factory restore mode ( not earlier restore point) then follow the on screen instructions including backup option of files if you haven't done this if no backup is needed choose to continue without backup and this will bring your HP laptop back to factory, out of the box, condition. You will have to reinstall programs of choice and update adobe free products like Adobe Flash and Reader and all of the windows OS updates good luck

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How to Turn Off Safe Mode on Windows Vista


The Safe Mode is used to detect the technical and software problems in windows Vista. This is an effecting way to diagnosing the problem, that's why most of the technicians prefer this way to resolve the problem. But Safe Mode disables the most of the advance functionality of your computer. So use the Safe Mode only for diagnosing the problem and as you diagnose and repair the problem get back your windows to normal mode. <br /><br />For reverting back to normal mode at windows Vista, an option occurred which has to be select within limited time and if you select the Normal Mode option within this limited time, your windows will revert back successfully but if you waste the time, you have to restart your computer again for getting this option. You can select the Normal Mode option through arrow keys or by pressing the number at which the Normal Mode will appear.<br /><br />Sometime your computer does not display the Mode Selection Menu. This is not a problem you can get this menu and revert back your windows Vista into Normal Mode through the following instructions.<br /><br />Instructions<br />If you want to revert your Windows Vista into Normal Mode from the Safe mode but your system is not giving you option to select the mode, follow the given instructions: <br /><br />Restart Your Computer: To restart the computer you need to take the following step:<br />- Click on "Start" button at the left side of Task Bar. In Safe Mode of windows Vista the Start button appears at the same place where it appears in the Normal mode. Select "Turn Off Computer" from the Start Menu. Then, Select 'Restart" from the pop-up menu.<br />When your computer has been shut down place your finger at F8 key. As your computer starts to boot computer devices for restarting your computer, press F8 key again and again unless a menu appears on the screen. This menu is Mode Selection Menu.<br /><br />Note: If your computer won't give you Mode Selection Menu at the screen that's means you have lost the time of getting option. In this condition restart your computer again and again, and then press F8. <br /><br />When you get Mode Selection Menu on your computer screen, stop pressing F8 key. Now choose the Normal Mode from the list by the following method:<br />- You can select the Normal Mode by pressing the number on which Normal Mode appears in the list.<br />- You can select the Normal Mode manually through the Arrow Keys. Press the down key to reach at the Normal Mode option in the list and press Enter. <br /><br />Then wait for a while to reboot your Windows Vista in Normal Mode. <br />This is the method of changing Mode in windows Vista. You can follow these instructions at any time to revert your windows Mode.

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Hi I have a fujitsu amilo pi 1536 laptop and wish to return it back to factory settings. All i have is the laptop and no recovery disks etc. I've tried pressing F8 which brings up the windows advanced...


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You have Vista

EASY

In CONTROL PANEL select RECOVERY

Then "Advanced Recovery Settings"

Then "Return your computer to factory settings".

Be AWARE you will loose all of your files and after market downloads.

May want to BACK-UP!

Aug 02, 2011 | Fujitsu AMILO PC Laptops

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Hi i go to load windows n it comes up corrupt n error code OxOOOO14c n wont let me do anything wont even let me load my recovery disc or windows support disc


You mean error Oxcoooo14c? That means your system registry is corrupt, or even missing.

You can try this; and how to get Recovery Media info is also included:

Download the ISO file at the supplied link, and make a Bootable Startup Repair Disk from it.

Go into your Bios/Setup, or Boot Menu, at startup, and change the Boot Order to make the DVD/CD drive 1st in the Boot Order, then reboot with the disk in the Drive.

At startup/power on you should see at the bottom of the screen either F2 or DELETE, to go into Bios/Setup, or F12 for the Boot Menu.

When you have changed that, insert that Bootable Disk you have made in the Drive, and reboot.

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/tutorial148.html

Above link shows what the process looks like, and a how-to, as it loads to the Repair Options.

Neosmart contains the contents of the Windows Vista DVD's "recovery center," as we've come to refer to it. It cannot be used to install or reinstall Windows Vista, and just serves as a Windows PE interface to recovering your PC. Technically, one could re-create this installation media with freely-downloadable media from Microsoft (namely the Microsoft WAIK kit, a multi-gigabyte download); but it's damn-decent of Microsoft to make this available to Windows' users who might not be capable of creating such a thing on their own.

Read all info at the website about creating and using it.

http://neosmart.net/blog/2008/windows-vista-recovery-disc-download/


ISO Burner: http://www.snapfiles.com/get/active-isoburner.html

It makes a very good Vista Startup Repair Disk.

You can do a Startup Repair, System Restore, etc from it.


It is NOT a reinstall disk.


And the 32bit is what comes normally on a computer, unless 64bits requested.

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How to obtain Vista recovery Media and/or use the Vista Recovery Partition on your computer to put it back to Factory Settings.

There is no legal free Vista download available.

Contact your Computer Manufacturer and ask them to send you a set of Vista Recovery disk/s.


They normally do that for a small $ cost.


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Also, ask them if you have a Recovery Partition on your Computer/Laptop to restore it to Factory settings.
See if a Manual came with the computer, or go to the Manufacturer's website, email or phone them for info on how to do a Recovery.

Normally, you would press F10 or F11 at Startup to commence the Recovery Process..


Another way I have seen on some models is to tap F8, and go to a list of Startup options, and start a Factory Standards Recovery from in there, by selecting the Repair computer option.

Try the F8 Option to get into Safe Mode and try to do a System Restore:

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/using-windows-vista-system-restore/
Do System Restore in Safe Mode, if unable to do it in Normal Mode.
Try tapping F8 at startup, and from the list of startup selections, select Safe Mode by using UP Arrow Key to go there > then hit Enter.

Try a System Restore once there, to pick a Restore Point before your problem..

Click Start > Programs > Accessories > System Tools > System Restore > pick a different time > Next > etc

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If that does not work > Try the Recovery disk to do a Startup Repair/System Restore > if that fails, reinstall Vista.

Mar 13, 2011 | Computers & Internet

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I want to reset my computer to factory settings but i cannot do it following the manual instructions to system restore


Hi dear, Don't be panic. It's easy if you follow these steps below...
>> If you are having your windows vista operating system dvd, insert it and do the installation..
>> if system restore is not successful, follow these
>>The two main disks that should have come with your computer are the OS disk and the Drivers and Utility's disk. Some of the extra junk is on the Drivers Disk but , so are the drivers. You can install just what you need .
There is also the option to put your computer back to the day you first received it. If your computer was made after 7/15/04 you have a shot to do that.
MB= Motherboard

On some Dells there is an option to press a key to get into the factory restore mode. On some models one of the options on the next screen is to go into Vista's startup repair mode. If this option exists you can go into this mode and do a system restore to a time when it was working. I don't have a Dell to test on and can't remeber the exact wording of the different options. Be very careful because as other's have mentioned if you accidently get into the factory restore mode you will lose everything on the hard drive. An alternative would be to borrow a Vista DVD, boot from it, and do a system resore to a prior time.

If you have data that you don't want to lose my recommendation is to get it backed up before you do anything. You could use a live Linux CD to boot from then copy the data to an external hard drive. You could also remove the hard drive and install it in another computer or a USB enclosure. If this is beyond your capapbilities and the data is important you may want to consult a professional.

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I rolled back my laptop to a later date, when it was completed it restarted with a blank screen. how can i fix the problem?


I am assuming you are using Windows Vista:

Turn the laptop on and press F4 at sartup. Choose safe mode. Iff it does not allow you to boot in safe mode then choose, fix computer in advanced options. Do not do a factory install unless you absolutely have to as this will delete all files in computer. Windows Vista has implemented some really good startup tools and this should help you get your computer back.

Anytime you rollback and a security pack is rolled back, you get these problems with Vista. It has something to do with the Antivirus clashing with Vista.

Also, try starting the computer and then shutting down a couple of times in a row and then let it sit there for 30 minutes to see if it comes back on. Patience is the key here....Hope this helps!

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Unable to completely restart windows vista home b


If this is a name brand system, you would need to use either the restore CD/DVD that came with the computer or the restore partition on the hard drive that can usually be accessed by hitting something like F12 (depends on your computer). It sounds like you already reinstalled so the restore partition is out of the question. If you don't have the restore CD/DVD, you may be able to order it from your computer manufacturer. Other than that, you will need the installation disks/files to restore everything.

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Unable to Get Factory Restore


Hi Alex.
Try this.
Switch computer on and press ctr and the f11 key whilst it is booting up. From there you should be presented with a screen which will give you the option to restore back to factory settings.

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