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Try hitting and keep rehitting the F8 key as soon as your comp starts up and it should take you to the option of reboot from CD.

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When I press F8 key and it's not giving a option to restore my computer


No bootable device means the system cannot boot from where ever you are trying to boot. If you have something in the CD Drive other than a Repair Disc or Operating System Disc remove it.

Try booting from your hard drive. Turn off the computer then turn it back on and watch the screen for which key it says to hit to Change the Boot Sequence or Boot Order. Hit that key when you see the message or you will have to start over. Select the Hard Drive as your boot device. If you get a message about an unbootable device then you will need to run the Check Disk Utility. If it boots, then you will need to make a permanent change to the Boot Sequence or Boot Order.

To make a permanent change turn the computer off, then turn it back on and watch the screen for which key it says to hit to get into the Bios or System Setup. When you see the message, hit the key otherwise you will have to reboot and start over. When the Bios or System Setup window opens tab over and Change the Boot Order or Boot Sequence and save your changes.

To run the check disk utility you will need a repair disc or a operating system disc. Put the disc in the cd drive and boot from it. You want to get to the Dos Command Prompt (Black screen with white letters) and type the following command: chkdsk /r
Check disk will run well over an hour or two and you will notice the percentages going from high to low, this is normal. Let it run to completion. Then reboot machine.

If check disk fails to solve your problem you might have to reinstall windows. Try doing a Repair Install that way you don't loose your data, documents, music, pictures, videos or programs.

In windows xp you get to the dos command prompt by selecting R for repair when the options appear.

In Vista and Windows 7 you want to get to the recovery console and look down at the bottom of the window for the Dos Command.

May 27, 2012 | Dell PC Desktops

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Restore will not work comp goes thru the motions and comes back with unable to restore, it doesn't matter how far back you go


Hi, I believe you need to reinstall your operating system, follow these instruction:
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Hope this helps


Jul 15, 2010 | Medion MD-1768 PC Desktop

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My computer has a virus, I lost my restore disc. The software to restore the system is on the hard drive. When I boot the system, it sticks in a loop at the user log in. I have the win32.netsky virus.


Hia,

try to boot your computer in safe mode. when computer starts, press F11/F12 key to get this option otherwise you can find this from computer manual or from internet as per your model/brand of PC. also you can try to boot computer only on command promt option, might be this way it will allow you to go on to your hard drive C and then you can copy your restore disk files by dos commands to external hard drive or CD/DVD. also you can copy your data before you wiped out everything and restore system.

if nothing works then get ultimate boot cd from internet, burn on empty disk and boot computer from there. this will definatley lets you in and you can copy all data and restore disk. make sure, you setup boot order as boot from CD and computer will boot from CD directly.

let me know if you stuck soemwhere or any issues.

Thanks.

Apurva

Jan 20, 2010 | IBM NetVista PC Desktop

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When i turn my computer on a blue screen appears saying.... windows has not been succesfully stared up due to unmounable boot volume it then says ive to delete some hardrive/ software or something and to...


You need to backup ASAP. I use a knoppix boot cd with an external hard drive to do this. Boot CD and copy as much as you need, if not everything from your hdd to your external. remember to look closely at drives since the will not have drive letter like dos. Once you've backed everything up, restore the OS. Most dells have a restore cd. if you dont have that, you have to use a regulaar windows cd to reinstall windows. the dell one is easier since you get all the drivers and extra software.next install good anti-virus and update definitions. then copy everything you need back from external hdd. remove extra startup stuff and enjoy the fast new system while it lasts.

Oct 28, 2009 | Dell Dimension 4600 PC Desktop

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Unable to boot my Dell C521 and want to restore factory defaults


http://support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/dsn/en/document?journalid=6C9BD953D22BB334E040AE0AB8E14D96&docid=336966#restore1_task3

Please follow the link above and ensure that u select the correct operating system to have the right procedure.....

PCrestore might not work in cases when the system has been reinstaled earlier via CD or if the restore partition is correct ...the above link also directs u to the manual reinstallation process

Jun 18, 2009 | Dell Dimension C521 PC Desktop

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After reinstalling WinXP it could not boot


get a win98 setup cd, boot from cd/dvd-drive not executing setup but starting computer with cd-rom support, at dos prompt enter: fdisk and remove all drives, partitons until hd is blank,

then go through xp-setup again, reboot: that might do...

Jun 18, 2009 | Intel Dot Station (INTC300AIO) PC Desktop

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Unable to restore to factory default. Boot up with 98 boot disk will not allow me to change to another drive. I am told that the operating syst is newer then what they gave me on the cd. I have gone to the...


go into the BIOS (Setup)(Should be F2, but look for the instruction on the DELL splash screen). Try to move the cd-rom up the list. The instructions should be on the screen somewhere, sometimes it is + to move up - to move down. It should say on the screen. Tthen save the settings and reboot. Let us know if it still does not boot from CD. You will have to hit a key when it says "Hit any key to start from CD.." before the timer expires.

Mar 11, 2009 | Dell Dimension 4550 PC Desktop

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Trouble Updating BIOS: Medion M3 Director 5100


plz check the fsb of ur new memory.plz conform it the memory is supporting ur motherboard.

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Lost restore dvd supplied with computer.have no choice but to restore


On eMacines, the recovery partition contains your driver and software. But you needed to create the recovery cd set when you got your computer.
To restore it,if your computer came with XP, borrow an Win XP cd (cannot be a HP,Dell etc).
Try a repair first:
When you boot with the Win XP install CD-ROM, it loads a minimal operating system, similar to DOS, but compatible with Win XP. At the first screen you select install Win XP (not Recovery Console) and at the next screen it will find that you already have Win XP and offer to attempt a repair. This repair should not touch your applications, it just reinstall the Windows files. This is great because when it works you don't need to reinstall all your software.
If a repair does not work, do a complete install.
If I could be of further assistance, let me know. If this helps or solves the issue, please rate it.
Thanks, Joe

Oct 18, 2008 | E-Machines PC Desktops

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Restore factory settings


what i would do is go into dos. If you cant get into dos find a windows 98 setup disk 3.5" this will have the dos files that will allow the computer to reconize a generic cd rom. This should allow you to get your recovery disk working. Your software problem could of created a firmware problem also. Not reconizing the cd rom. This solution will provide the basics to get your cd rom loading the recovery disk for you. If you have questions or more problems feel free to contact me and i will take you through it step by step

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