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System Restore Hello, I recently sold a Compaq PC - which had Windows XP - and before I did so, I restarted the computer and did a full system restore (which took hours). This function restored the computer back to its original purchase condition (i.e., it restored everything back to its "stock" condition where it was manufactured). I was wondering if this was enough to erase the hard drive and everything else on the CPU. It certainly erased all of the music/files/videos I had, but was wondering if it went further than that.

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  • bbc123 Jun 12, 2008

    Sorry, this process is a full SYSTEM RECOVERY, not SYSTEM RESTORE.


    That is what I meant. 


    Thanks.

  • bbc123 Jun 16, 2008

    Thank you for the reply.


    Do you know more about how information gets overwritten? For example:


    If I had a hard drive with 50 gigs of free space (i.e., 50 gigs of "undeleted" information), would all of this "undeleted" information be overwritten if I were to store another 50 gigs of information (files, movies, music, etc) on my computer? Is the undeleted information completely overwritten once new information is added/downloaded/stored to the hard drive over time?


    Just trying to get a grasp of hard drives and how they operate. Thanks again for your reply.

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All your files are now marked as not in use. What this means is they could be "undeleted" if some went about doing so. Over time they will get overwritten has the pc is used more and more. If you are worried about someone recovering your data then you need to do a wipe of your hard drive using a program like DBAN. Then you'd need a recovery cd handy to restore the pc, since after doing the wipe the hard drive will be completely erased... Hope that helps.

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    Neil Haddad Jun 17, 2008

    The space that gets taken up first will be the empty space on the drive. Then once all the empty space is taken up, it will move back to the beginning of the hard drive and write over the spaces marked as deleted. Once that info is over written it is very hard to recover. You can think of it like a cassette tape when you record over stuff. Sometimes you can hear the previous recording...

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Factory system restore


The System Restore tool built into Microsoft Windows allows you to dial the operating system back to an earlier time without deleting any of your files.
The Dell OptiPlex 755 has a few features that can affect a restoration to your system and get you running again if your system is not behaving as it should.
Use the Dell PC Restore tool is a last resort option, as the operation wipes all the data on your computer and returns it to its original condition.

Click "Start," "All Programs," "Accessories," "System Tools" and "System Restore."
Choose "Restore my computer to an earlier time," then click the most recent date on the calendar in bold print. Select a restore point from the list, then click "Next."

Accept the warning and click "Next." The restore process restarts your computer; check to see that the problem is solved after the computer restarts.
If not, you can restore back further.
Follow the steps again, going to the next most recent restore date, until the problem is resolved.

PC Restore

Power off the computer. Turn on the computer, and while it's booting, hold down "Ctrl" and press "F11" in Windows XP or "F8" in Windows Vista or later.


Click "Restore" then "Confirm" in Windows XP.
In Windows Vista and later, click "Repair your Computer," then "Next." Log in with a username and password.
Click "Dell Factory Image Restore," then "Next."
Confirm that you want to reformat the hard drive, then click "Next."


Click "Finish" when the button appears.
Your computer reboots, with the operating system nowrestored to the same state it was in when the computer was new.


http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/op755/en/UG/HTML/trouble.htm - wp1304264

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Dell dimension wont boot up to windows..


System restore:
To use System Restore to restore Windows XP to a previous state, follow these steps:
  • Log on to Windows as an administrator.
  • Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click System Restore.
  • On the Welcome to System Restore page, click to select the Restore my computer to an earlier time option, and then click Next.
  • On the Select a Restore Point page, click the most recent system restore point in the On this list, click a restore point list, and then click Next.
  • Note A System Restore message may appear that lists configuration changes that System Restore will make. Click OK.
  • On the Confirm Restore Point Selection page, click Next. System Restore restores the previous Windows XP configuration, and then restarts the computer.
  • Log on to the computer as an Administrator. Then click OK on the System Restore Restoration Complete page.

If you successfully restored your computer to a previous state, and the computer performs as expected, you are finished.
Use asystem utility tool like RegInOut to fix corrupt registry and windows files.

For Restoring in Windows 7:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/why-is-my-screen-black-when-i-start-windows-7

Hope it works for you.

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How do i restore my pc to the day i bouught it


To use System Restore to restore Windows XP to a previous state, follow these steps:
  1. Log on to Windows as an administrator.
  2. Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click System Restore.
  3. On the Welcome to System Restore page, click to select the Restore my computer to an earlier time option, and then click Next.
  4. On the Select a Restore Point page, click the most recent system restore point in the On this list, click a restore point list, and then click Next.
    Note A System Restore message may appear that lists configuration changes that System Restore will make. Click OK.
  5. On the Confirm Restore Point Selection page, click Next. System Restore restores the previous Windows XP configuration, and then restarts the computer.
  6. Log on to the computer as an Administrator. Then click OK on the System Restore Restoration Complete page
If you successfully restored your computer to a previous state, and the computer performs as expected, you are finished.

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I would recommend a system utility software to optimize your PC, it will refresh your computer. USe RegInOut -- a System Utilities program that includes several features which allows the PC users to speedup their computer performance. It improves system performance by removing junk files and fixing registry errors. Its additional feature of Internet Optimizer enhance users web browsing experience.

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Cannot sign on my computer getting message windows could not start following is missing or corrupt <windows root>\system 32\ ntoskrnt.exe. reinstall a copy i dont have any of the...


If computer does not boot into Windows, turn on the power and press f8 . On the Windows Advanced Boot Option screen, select one or more of the following options. Select them one at a time and press the enter key to attempt a system restart.
  • Disable automatic restart on system failure to view error messages.
  • Repair Your Computer allowsUninstall recently installed software programs Windows to run diagnostic tests.
  • Last Known Good Configuration (Advanced) to return settings to an earlier point in time.
  • Boot into Safe Mode and then Uninstall recently installed software programs . When in the computer is running in the Safe mode, click Start , Control Panel , and select the Uninstall a program option. When the computer is operating again, go to program manufacturer's web site for support information.
In Windows XP Click Start , All Programs , Accessories , System Tools , System Restore . Select a windows restore point from a time when the computer operated properly, and then restart the computer. hpweb_1-2_plus.gifhpweb_1-2_minus.gif In Windows Vista or Windows 7 Click Start, type restore in the search field, and select System Restore from the list. Select a windows restore point from a time when the computer operated properly, and then restart the computer. If the computer does not boot into Windows, you can restore the computer settings to an earlier point in time. Turn on the power and press f8 . On the Windows Advanced Boot Option screen, select Safe Mode and boot into Windows.

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How do i turn computer back to yesterday


If System Restore has been turned on you can restore it back to the last restore point. May not be yesterday but you can go back. Here is exactly how curtorsey of Microsoft: To use System Restore to restore Windows XP to a previous state, follow these steps:
  1. Log on to Windows as Administrator.
  2. Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then clickSystem Restore. System Restore starts.
  3. On the Welcome to System Restore page, click Restore my computer to an earlier time (if it is not already selected), and then click Next.
  4. On the Select a Restore Point page, click the most recent system restore point in the On this list, click a restore point list, and then click Next.

    Note A System Restore message may appear that lists configuration changes that System Restore will make. Click OK.
  5. On the Confirm Restore Point Selection page, click Next. System Restore restores the previous Windows XP configuration, and then restarts the computer.
  6. Log on to the computer as Administrator. The System Restore Restoration Complete page is displayed.
  7. Click OK.

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if you want restore your computer then just flow the step

1 start

2 all programs

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4 systems tools

5 restore systems

after that folow the screen your will able to restore your systems

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Lost file


Try This :

Do a sytem restore of your C Drive. this is not a garuntee but it might work:

XP:

To use System Restore to restore Windows XP to a previous state, follow these steps:
  1. Log on to Windows as Administrator.
  2. Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click System Restore. System Restore starts.
  3. On the Welcome to System Restore page, click Restore my computer to an earlier time (if it is not already selected), and then click Next.
  4. On the Select a Restore Point page, click the most recent system restore point in the On this list, click a restore point list, and then click Next.

    Note A System Restore message may appear that lists configuration changes that System Restore will make. Click OK.
  5. On the Confirm Restore Point Selection page, click Next. System Restore restores the previous Windows XP configuration, and then restarts the computer.
  6. Log on to the computer as Administrator. The System Restore Restoration Complete page is displayed.
  7. Click OK.
Vista:

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/using-windows-vista-system-restore/

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If the computer was working properly few hours/days back... then you can try it by restoring the windows to an earlier time by booting it in the safe mode.


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How to restore the system>

To use System Restore to restore Windows XP to a previous state, follow these steps:
  1. Log on to Windows as Administrator.
  2. Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click System Restore. System Restore starts.
  3. On the Welcome to System Restore page, click Restore my computer to an earlier time (if it is not already selected), and then click Next.
  4. On the Select a Restore Point page, click the most recent system restore point in the On this list, click a restore point list, and then click Next.

    Note A System Restore message may appear that lists configuration changes that System Restore will make. Click OK.
  5. On the Confirm Restore Point Selection page, click Next. System Restore restores the previous Windows XP configuration, and then restarts the computer.
  6. Log on to the computer as Administrator. The System Restore Restoration Complete page is displayed.
  7. Click OK.
If you successfully restored your computer to a previous state, and the computer is performing as it should be, you are finished.

If the restore process completed successfully but the computer is still not performing as you want then its recommended to repair the windows.


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If Windows XP starts loadTOCNode(3, 'moreinformation'); 1. Log on to Windows as Administrator. 2. Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click System Restore. System Restore starts. 3. On the Welcome to System Restore page, click Restore my computer to an earlier time (if it is not already selected), and then click Next. 4. On the Select a Restore Point page, click the most recent system checkpoint in the On this list, click a restore point list, and then click Next. A System Restore message may appear that lists configuration changes that System Restore will make. Click OK. 5. On the Confirm Restore Point Selection page, click Next. System Restore restores the previous Windows XP configuration, and then restarts the computer. 6. Log on to the computer as Administrator. The System Restore Restoration Complete page appears. 7. Click OK

If still not go get the sound driver reinstalled

Hope this will help
thanks
Kevin

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