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What operating system are you using? If it's Windows Vista, more than likely you have a portion of your hard drive partioned for a system restore. If this is the case, you should be able to reboot, pressing F11 when the computer comes back on. From this point, you can choose to restore the system or recover the factory settings. This will, of course, erase all the programs you have put on since you purchased the computer, and all the information you have saved will be gone. If you don't need to do this, you might consider restoring to an earlier time which will not effect your programs or saved info.

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Hmmm..interesting question..compaq always makes this an unusual issue. I'd say you'd need the restore disk, yes. You might find them through this link, but you'll need to do some digging, methinks.

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What's your problem?how do i set my old computer to factor settings

you will need to put the windows disc into the cdrom drive, and set the bios so it boots from cdrom first,
if you didnt get a windows disc you should have been asked to make a recovery disc when you first bought the pc, and same procedure with setting bios.

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How do you bring back your computer to its original state like when you first bought it

To put the original factory software back on your computer is called recovery or system restore, and it can be done a couple of ways.

Computers used to routinely come with a recovery set, one or more CDs containing the factory image. Those discs are largely a thing of the past now, but you may have a computer which included them. You put the disc (or the first one) in the CD drive, boot the computer from that drive, and the recovery process proceeds on its own.

Since nearly every computer sold today includes a disc burner, recovery CD sets aren't provided. Instead, there is a utility program installed that lets you make your own recovery set. Some people never get around to making these discs. If that happens and you want to restore the exact factory software, you need to check the manufacturer's website to see if you can purchase a restore set. Some manufacturers offer them for sale, but not many. And they are usually expensive.

Another option is a recovery partition on the hard drive. The factory image is stored there in a compressed form. In a computer with a recovery partition, pressing the appropriate key or key sequence boots the computer from there, and the recovery begins. If your computer shows a message like "Press F10 for system recovery" or something like it, there is a recovery partition.

If you don't have a restore set and there's no recovery partition, you can install a fresh copy of Windows using a regular Windows installation CD. You just need to make sure you're installing the same version that was on your computer when you bought it. When the installation asks for your product key, you would find it on a sticker somewhere on the computer. If you install Windows this way you'll need to activate it, and you'll need to install any driver software needed for the system hardware (video, sound, and network interface at least, plus whatever else is in your computer). You can download these drivers from the computer manufacturer's website. You also would need to install any application software, since none of those that were preloaded will be there. This isn't a bad thing, though. Most computers come with a lot of mainly useless software preloaded that you don't need. With a clean Windows installation you can put on just what you really need, and you can choose which program to use.

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How do i reboot ,my laptop offline. internet explorer won't let me online i have viruses

Before you worry about restoring your computer, see if you can clean up the trouble. From another computer, download MalwareBytes' Anti-Malware (the free version) and put it on a flash drive. Install it in your computer and run a full scan. This is a very effective program, updated continuously as new bad software comes along, and is the first thing I try when someone calls me for help.

If MBAM doesn't fix it, you can try another program called ComboFix. You can get it here. (A tutorial and download link is here at, a good site for getting information and help on computer troubles.)

If you need to restore your computer (you said "reboot", but I assume you mean "restore", which puts the original factory software image back on), you'll need the manufacturer's recovery disc or discs. Older computers usually came with a set, but most newer computers no longer have the discs included. Since CD or DVD writers are standard equipment, the manufacturer provides a utility program that lets you make your own recovery discs after you set up the computer. This is a step many people ignore, however. If you don't have a recovery set, you might be able to purchase one from the manufacturer, or you can install a fresh copy of Windows yourself.

Try MBAM first, then ComboFix if necessary. Chances are very good that this will get your computer going again. Good luck, and thanks for using Fixya!

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No to reset to factory setting

No problem - there are a couple options.
1. Install a new copy of Windows. You can buy this from any computer store, even Target will have this. Once you put the disc in it will walk you through reinstalling Windows which will erase everything and bring it back to a "new" state.
2. Contact Dell to see if they can send/sell you the recovery disc that will restore your computer back to factory settings. You can reach Dell by visiting

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I purchased a restart/restore disc for my emachine two weeks ago i recieved it some time last week and come to find out that it dosnt work, i took it to best buy geek squad and the put in a disc of their...

Was the Geek Squad's disc being detected? Or did you just take them your disc to see if they could get a computer to recognize it? If not, then you may just need to change some settings at Boot for your computer to start booting from your restore disc. I've never personally dealt with the Geek Squad, but I would not just take their word for something. I've had several people very unhappy with the outcome of letting them service their computers. I've talked to other people who were very happy with the Geek Squad service. Try taking your disc to a local computer shop and ask them if they can put the disc in their computer to see if it is a functioning Restore Disc. MADHATTER COMPUTERS

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Hi drifterk back again for another problem i need help with. okay after i reset the Bios to Optimized Defaults i cant seem to boot my windows 7 setup disc from restart it doesnt pick up any disc's in...

For that when you power up the computer press F1 or F2 or "del" then enter in bios.
Then go to boot menu and set first boot device as cd/dvd rom then save settings and exit.
then it boot with that disk.
Let me know if you need further assistance.
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Sounds like your computer is having difficulty reading the disc.
Try ejecting the disc and re-inserting when this message pops up.
If this fails,try cleaning the disc. Most game stores or video stores will buff it for you for a small fee.
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Cant scan with deskjet f370, everything is connected but there is no response when you press scan, the power light just blinks!

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