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How do i make my gateway desktop go to factory settings with no cd?

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The way to restore Gateways is to hold down the ALT Key and repeatedly hitting f10 then it should bring you to a boot sequence screen then choose the HDD and then hold down ALT and repeatedly hit f10 again that should promt the restore feature for gateway. If that doesnt work the only way to do it is to boot into windows and run the eRecovery program

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How to restore a Gateway GM5088 to factory settings without the recovery disc's?

There are two options: get the recovery disks from Gateway (if possible), or use a generic copy of your OS and hope it takes the COA key you have. The steps for obtaining the disks are to call Gateway or go to eBay and put in what you need. It may cost you but it's a lot less than the time you are going to use up going the generic method.

The generic method means using a CD or DVD of the same operating system, booting from it, installing Windows and using the COA key on your system. Once you have completed the basic installation you will then need to go to Gateway and download any drivers that are not working or are missing. Do pay attention to the video driver in particular as Windows will sometimes put in a generic, underperforming driver for your video and not tell you it isn't working correctly. Look in device manager and examine the display driver to see if it matches the actual video your system came with.

Finally, once you have the OS and drivers in place, you will need to re-install your other hardware: cameras, printers, scanners, portable nuclear devices, etc....(just checking to see if you have read this far...LOL). In the end you will have most of what your Gateway came with, but maybe not all. Third-party programs are generally not downloadable from Gateway and only appear on the restore CD/DVD set. Without them you may lose the trial version of Office, or Norton Anti-virus, or whatever.

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I want to know how to restore my DX4200-09 to factory settings?

· Click "Start" on your Windows desktop. Navigate through "All Programs" and "Gateway." Click on "Gateway Recovery Management."

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Click "Restore" when the Gateway Recovery Management window pops up, which will take the system back to the default factory specifications. A box will pop up asking for confirmation, click "Yes" and then "Start." You may have to enter a password as well, but only if your particular Gateway had a password set.

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Wait for the computer to restart. A "Restore from factory default" box will appear, requiring you to click "Next" twice in a row. Click "OK" in the box that appears next, and wait for the hard drive partition to be created. The factory default installation will then be moved over to the hard drive.

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Click "OK" in the box that appears and wait for a second Gateway restart. Several minutes will pass as Windows "starts for the first time." When restarting finally finishes, a "Set Up Windows" dialog box will appear. Click "Next," followed by checking the license agreement box, and then "Next" again.

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Enter a user name and picture, if desired, and a computer name. Also, customize the background wallpaper for your desktop, optionally. Click "Next."

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Click "Use Recommended Settings" on the Protect Windows-based dialog box that pops up.

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Set your correct date and time settings in the next box. Select your location in the following screen. Click "Next," followed by "Start" to finish.

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Wait while Windows checks for your individual Gateway computer specifications and adjusts accordingly. This will likely take several minutes, so leaving your computer for a short time is fine. Windows will then prepare your hardware and finish your Gateway restoration process, including the installation of Gateway Recovery Management. Once completed, your Gateway is good to go and ready at factory settings.

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I have a Gateway GT4016 Desktop PC im trying to restore it back to factory settings without the cd. can you help

almost all gateway have all of your restore to factory default on a drive that is hidden on the hard drive. All company's use a different key to do this but I always start with f5 start the comp and hold f5 down and the system restore program should pop up. If it is not f5 it will just beep at ya. Then just do the same thing over and over starting with f1 all the way to f12 until you find the right one. but I always try f5 and f8 first hope that helps

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I have a gateway gt4010 with some virus, i reinstalled recovery CD, but it showed "window root" error message w.hal.dll missing... can you to give some tips on this?


Most Gateway systems can be restored to factory settings using the following steps:

Turn on the system and repeatedly tap F11 key (before windows starts to load)

In the System Restore Options dialog box, click Full System Restore (with Backup), and then click Next.

Wait for the recovery process to complete.


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3E400C79 error code at boot from cd-drive

the CD drive jumper setting might be the same as the hard drive. they both might be set as master. check that first. if that is correct go into your bios settings and set that back to factory defaults.

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Older gateways used to come with a recovery CD that would rebuild the machine back to factory settings. The alternative (which can be a little more difficult) is to use an XP setup CD and format and reinstall the operating system. The downside of that method is that you would need an XP key and you would also need to manually reinstall the hardware drivers like the sound card, network card, etc.

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How do i reboot my gateway desktop back to original factory condition

There might be a restore partion. While the computer is first booting up look for something like "Press F2 to restore". If you don't see that then your machine probably doesn't have one and you will need to contact Gateway for a set of restore CD's.
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Restore to original factory settings and no CD's

you might try om ebay and find what you need,,and some computer repair shop my help you out

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Complete restore to factory settings

why its not reading those disks is because the system is still there. To put it back to factory you will have to reformat the hard drive and reinstall the win operating system it came with. Any updates to the Win xp you have wont allow going back to begining as if it were a factory fresh/ or factory referb.

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How do i reboot my gateway desktop back to original factory condition, if I dont have any disk with it?

There might be a restore partion. While the computer is first booting up look for something like "Press F2 to restore". If you don't see that then your machine probably doesn't have one and you will need to contact Gateway for a set of restore CD's.

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