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I need to restore my computer back to its factory settings, however it didn't come with a recovery disc nor a windows xp disc

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  • shane_sean04 Apr 15, 2009

    mine only goes back to the day that it is now further back what do i do now to resotre it???



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not sure what do you meant by factory setting but if you want to restore window XP system then below link might be useful

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There is no recorvery disc comes under with windows xp cd. you can restore the data while you are using the windows xp, go to start menu, programs,accessories and system tools and system restore and there you can the date which the system is take the backup by the date. there date is highligted and click the data and restore the data for the go to the previous install and you have no data which you are saved before the date which you are giving to backup

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To restore the computer you will need to reinstall Windows from scratch with the installation media. The computer may have come with a recovery disc, this can be used to restore the computer to the point at which it was purchased.

May 22, 2013 | Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition

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Factory restore

If your particular eMachines model didn't come with recovery media or you just misplaced the disc, you don't want to be caught without a means to restore the operating system.

It's all too easy to accidentally download a virus or experience any number of problems that make your computer unstable.

However, there is an option for restoring your computer without the original recovery disc by using the pre-installed recovery software.

Use an external memory device such as a DVD, flash drive or external hard drive to back up the data you need to save from your eMachines computer.

Any data that isn't saved to an external source will be erased when the computer is restored to factory settings.

Remove any discs that are in the optical drive and unplug the computer's peripheral devices, such as an Ethernet cable or scanner.

Do not disconnect the keyboard, mouse or monitor.

Click the Windows "Start" menu and choose "All Programs."

Navigate to "eMachines" and choose "eMachines Recovery Management." Click the "Restore" tab.

Click "Password Settings" if you have not already set a recovery password. Type a new password in the text box and click "OK." Click "Restore System to Factory Default."

Type the recovery password and click "OK." Click "Next" to wipe the eMachines computer's hard drive and begin the recovery process.

Select "Finish" and wait for the eMachines computer to restart.

Use the series of installation prompts that appear on the screen to create a new user account for your operating system, set the system date and time, and set up your internet settings.

hope this helps

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I was wanting to do a systems recovery on my computer. It came with XP home ed. installed. Vista has been bought and installed, and XP completely wiped as far as I can tell. I don't have the Vista or...

do you have a recovery key (f1,f2 etc) for the desktop, it flashed when you boot your desktop, press that key, it will recover your desktop to the os installed from the factory, it will be windows xp home edition

Aug 03, 2011 | Dell Computers & Internet

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Hello, i have a dell xps m1210 laptop. i was using my computer and when i want to restore to factory settings i was using ctrl f11 combination and restoring back. but i now installed windows 7 on c drive....

No the hidden partions rely on the main partion to have some files still intact to complete a repair of the operating sytem then restores the files back to thair factory settings, to put xp back on you will need the factory recovery cd or dvd. If you buy a copy of xp and install it then ust eht recovery it should restore it to factory with drivers as well.

Jul 01, 2011 | Dell XPS M1210 Notebook

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ClsIBM thinkpad R31 2656 AGU s/n AK-VC516 02108 with windows xp pro 1-2cpu will boot to xp screen thats it. it states f1 for bios and f12 for recovery but neither one works no matter when i push them or...

Step 1
  • Back up your data before starting this process.
Step 2
  • Turn off your computer. After the computer has completely shut down, turn the laptop on.
Step 3
  • Press the "F1? button, or the blue Access IBM button if your laptop has that option.
Step 4
  • Choose "Restore Factory Settings" from the Menu screen that opens on your computer.
Step 5
  • Follow all onscreen instructions. When the process is complete, the laptop is restored to factory settings.
For computers with Windows Vista that have severe corrupted files or drivers, restoring the computer to its original factory settings may be your only option. The process itself is easy and can be completed in around 40 minutes.
Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Step 1
Save all important files to a CD or a flash drive. Restoring your computer to its factory settings will erase any information that you have added to the computer since you bought it, such as word processing and music files.
Step 2
Unplug any devices from your computer such as printers or flash drives. Restart your computer.
Step 3
Press the "F11? key when the computer is first started, and a menu will appear on the screen. Choose the "Repair your Computer" option with your arrow keys and press "Enter."
Step 4
Select the "US keyboard" option and press "Enter."
Step 5
Enter your user account number or screen name and then your password. If you do not have a password, leave it blank. Press "Enter."
Step 6
A new menu will appear. Select the "Factory Image Restore" option and press "Enter." The restore process will begin.

Or you can install fresh xp .

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Jan 25, 2011 | IBM ThinkPad R31 2656 Notebook

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How do you reset a windows xp to factory settings

some pc's have a recovery option when you first turn it on, maybe by pressing F11. This will give you an option to restore to factory settings. Follow the instructions. If you don't have a recovery option you may be able to buy the recovery discs from the pc manufacturer.

If the pc doesn't have the recovery options, you need to reinstall windows from the windows disc. If you don't have a windows disc you will need to buy one from your local retailer or on-line store. Most pc's that don't have recovery discs will prompt you to make them when you first turn the machine on.

Dec 01, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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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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Oct 22, 2010 | HP Compaq nc4400 1.83GHz Core 2 DUO T5600...

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How do i reset my hp computer back to the way i bought it?

factory settings could mean performing a system restore to a previous state of the OS. I'll try to explain how you can perform each one of these methods in the article below.
Restore Factory Settings - System Restore System Restore is the in-built tool of Windows XP and Windows Vista that allows you to roll back the registry to a previous state. Note that it only "restores" previous settings for the registry and Windows system files.
You can use system restore to get rid of spyware, but if system restore does not fix your problem, you'll have to resort to either a clean install of the OS or using your recovery CD/DVDs.
You can read my previous post on how to restore your computer using the System Restore feature. If system restore is disabled, you can read my post on how to enable system restore again.
Restore Factory Settings - Recovery CD/DVDs Most computers come with either a recovery CD/DVD or a recovery partition that is hidden on the computer. This is true for most HP and Dell machines now these days.
If you have one of these, you can access the recovery from within Windows or during startup.
For HP, you can go to Start, All Programs, HP Tools, and then choose HP PC System Recovery.
You can also press the F10 key multiple times during bootup to get access to the recovery console in case Windows is not loading properly.
On Dells, you can access the recovery partition by pressing Ctrl + F11 immediately after the machine is turned on.
Note that all of your data will be lost on the hard drive. Using a recovery CD is not the same as repairing XP. When you repair Windows XP, all of the system files are replaced with the original ones, but your data and applications remain intact.
Restore Factory Settings - Clean Install XP Your last and final option for restoring XP to factory settings is to perform a clean install. This requires having the CD/DVD for the OS. If you only have a hidden recovery partition, you will not be able to perform a clean install.
A clean install basically consists of booting from the original XP CD, deleting all partitions, recreating new partitions, and then installing Windows XP from CD.
It's a fairly straight-forward process and you can read this excellent tutorial for step by step instructions. Again, it's important to note that you will lose all your data in this process.

Oct 05, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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How do I restore factory settings on my AMD 64 processor 3400 .I have windows XP but at the moment my optical drive will not read CDROM program discs only DVD's.

Unfortunately you will have to buy an external cd/dvd drive simply because windows xp has no built in recovery partitions you will need the recovery cds to perform a factory recovery.

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Windows explorer does not respond. I tried different things and still not working. When I click on the icon it does not open. so... I wanted to restore the computer to mani factory settings and I...

That option is the built in Windows restore, Not the system recovery that you need.
You should of been given either a windows disc or recovery/factory restore disc with your computer. OR it will have asked you to make a recovery disc when you first used your computer.

If you have none of these you will need to buy one. Recovery discs are about £15.
You may also wish to get a copy of windows to start from a fresh instalation

Jul 08, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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