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I had to do system recovery on my computer. now

I had to do system recovery on my computer. now when it gets to the last page of setup where you push finish, it just freezes on that screen, but the computer is making noises like it trying to work. what do I do

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Quick and dirty here we go, before you click finish see if the hard drive light is on, if it is is it on steady or is it flashing. Doesn't matter so long as it is on, go have coffee for 30 minutes or so and then come back.

Check to see if the hard drive light is still flashing if it isn't then do this press ctrl+alt+del this will bring up an screen. On windows 7 you want to click on task manager then open the applications windows, look and see if there is anything there that says not responding. If not click the finish button and let it run for awhile.

Thing you have to realize about this system of installing is that everything is compressed and needs to be unpacked and this can take awhile to do this, also make sure that network cable and phone cable are disconnected from the computer.

Hope this helps

Posted on Apr 26, 2010


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I guess you would want to recover the computer to its original factory settings and i believe that u are aware of the data loss so back up anything that is important for u and then follow the steps given below.
Disconnect all the external devices eg(printer,usb devices along with the cable for the internet .Then when u turn the computer on keep on tapping the F10 key repeatedly until u get the system recovery page,then click on next to start the recoery .When u get the page that has advance option click on it and then select Destructive Recovery and click next.Recovery will start and when it complets 100% click restart then follow the basic setup by following the on screen instruction .Will take you to the desktop succesfully ....

Disconnect all the external devices eg(printer,usb devices along with the cable for the internet .Then when u turn the computer on keep on tapping the F11 key repeatedly until u get the RECOVERY MANAGER page .When u get the page that has advance option click on it and then select SYSTEM RECOVERY OR RECOVERY THE COMPUTER TO ITS FACTORY SETTINGS and click next.Recovery will start and when it complets 100% click finish then follow the basic setup by following the on screen instruction .Will take you to the desktop succesfully ....
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