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Restoring back files in vista

I backed up my files when I reinstalled the Vista Operating System. Now the computer refuses to restore those files when I use the Restore Wizard. Compaq tech support says I'm out of luck

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Explain how you backedup the files, did you use a separate disk????

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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

Jul 02, 2013 | Dell OptiPlex 740 PC Desktop

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How to you do a factory restore for windows vista


Computer users restore their operating systems for several reasons, such as the presence of corrupted files and to return the registry to its original state. This removes third-party software that consumes valuable memory space and also rids the PC of malware and spyware. Windows Vista, although not the most popular Windows operating system, offered users the Vista Business Edition and the Vista Enterprise Edition, both designed for use by businesses or individuals.

Click the Vista Start button to open the Start menu and click "Control Panel." Click "System and Maintenance" followed by "Back Up and Restore Center." Click "Back Up Files" followed by "Continue." If prompted for an administrative password, enter the password and click "Continue." This opens the Where Do You Want To Save Your Back Up? page. Check the radio button to indicate where to save your back up data. Options include "On a Hard Disk, CD or DVD" and "On a Network." Click "Next." This opens the Which Files Do You Want To Back Up? page. If you chose hard disk, you must save the backup to an external drive, such as USB hard drive or flash drive. Check the radio buttons corresponding with the types of file you want to save and click "Next." Click "Save settings and start backup." Continue when the Backup Complete message displays. b> Restore b> Remove all peripherals from your computer, such as scanners, faxes and printers. Do not remove the keyboard, monitor or mouse. Power down your PC. After shutdown, power it up. Hold the "F8" key during startup before the Windows logo appears on the screen until the Advanced Boot Options menu displays. Select "Repair your Computer" using the down arrow on your keyboard and press "Enter." Choose your language setting and click "Next." Log in as the user that holds administrative credentials and click "OK." Your computer manufacturer will offer you the option of restoring to factory settings. For instance, if restoring Vista on a Dell, you must select "Dell Factory Image Restore" and click "Next." On other computers, click "Next" after choosing to restore to factory settings. Select "Yes, reformat hard drive and restore system software to factory condition" if using a Dell.

If using another computer, select a comparable choice, such as "Reformat the hard drive and operating system to factory condition." Click "Next." Click "Finish" when the restoration is complete.

Jan 14, 2013 | PC Desktops

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System restore isnt restoring and rebooting into safe mode after


viruses often plant themselves firmly in the system restore files. They could also be preventing you from executing it. If you have "rogue programs" a system restore almost never works. You need to either clean the rogue programs in safe mode or backup your files and reinstall from scratch.

Jun 03, 2009 | Sony VIAO P4 PCV-RS712 3.0GHz 512MB 200GB...

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I need a clean installation of Vista


If I understand this correctly, If you are using the system restore, it will maintain the last operating system install. When you went from XP to Vista, XP is totally gone. So your only option the will arraise it to restore system and if successful should be just fine.(I know that you mentioned it didn't work) you may have to do a total reinstall with Vista. If you can locate the disc.
Now the part that is left in a particitlon is as you thought...XP unless you formatted the whole drive what you installed VIstA in which case you will have nothing.
As long as you have a COA sticker on your computer you can borrow a disk from someone who has dell, and call the microsoft number and explain that you reformatted and use another copy to put it in and they will get you through the activation. Use the numbers on your sticker.
Good luck please leave rating.; thank you

May 10, 2009 | HP Compaq Presario SR1820NX (ER919AA) PC...

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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/

Mar 10, 2009 | Dell Dimension 4600 PC Desktop

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Doing siytem restore,and have no operating system.Vista home premium model no s 3460 sofware build 82APv3PrA1.Im under warranty what can i do?.In the start of system restore computer stopped,message reeds...


Starting the recovery from power up If Windows Vista cannot open and if the Recovery partition on the hard disk drive is functioning properly, you can perform a System Recovery by performing the following procedure:
  1. Turn off the computer.
  2. Disconnect all connected devices (such as the Personal Media Drive, USB drives, printer, and fax), remove media from drives, and remove any recently added internal hardware. Do not disconnect the monitor, keyboard, mouse, and power cord.
  3. Turn on the computer.
  4. Do one of the following actions depending on how Windows Vista was installed:
    • If Windows Vista came pre-installed on your computer, press the F11 key repeatedly when the first screen opens (the logo screen), until Recovery Manager program opens on the screen.
    • If your computer was upgraded from Windows XP to Windows Vista, press the F10 key repeatedly when the first screen opens (the logo screen) until Recovery Manager program opens on the screen.
    If Recovery Manager does not open, a set of recovery discs is needed to perform a System Recovery. Follow the instructions listed in Starting the recovery from recovery discs .
  5. Click Next .
  6. On the screen that prompts for Microsoft System Restore select No , and then click Next .
  7. The Recovery Manager gives you the option of backing up your data files. Backing up your files is recommended. To back up your files select Yes , and then click Next . Follow the onscreen instructions. If you do not want to backup your files, select No , and then click Next .
  8. After the System Recovery is complete, the computer restarts and continues into Windows setup. Complete the setup screens and wait until the computer finishes the setup. Then, turn off the computer, reconnect all peripheral devices, and turn on the computer.
  9. Before using the computer, update and protect it by reinstalling any virus and security software that was installed before the System Recovery.
  10. Reinstall any software applications that were added after puchasing the computer, and replace any files that were backed up.

Nov 06, 2008 | HP PC Desktops

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Restore dvd


don't be afraid there are softwares that will restore files even if you format or partitioned your hard drive. start looking recovery programs.

I hope this will help

Jun 17, 2008 | Gateway GT5432 Refurbished AMD Desktop...

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Computer "rebooted" or somehting and accidently lost everything


You will need to take the hard drive out of your computer and connect it to someone else's computer as a second drive so that you can pull the files off before reinstalling Windows.

Jan 16, 2008 | Acer Aspire™ T180 PC Desktop

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Restore vista


if you formatted your hard disk you may no longer return to your previous operating system, you need to reinstall vista. if you just installed with out reformatting you may press F8 upon booting and after reading all your hardware then select the O.S. (vista)

Dec 19, 2007 | Acer Aspire™ T180 PC Desktop

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