I have a gateway note book i want to reset back to factory settings and do a clean install. when the recovery is running it tops at bout 3% saying it can not recover a file and gives me the choice to retry or abort i hit retry and it happens again how can i get beyond this point and complete clean install
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Power up the PC while holding the F11 key down hold the key down for 10 seconds, see if recovery manager starts, if it does not, you have 2 choices.
1. Use the product Key on the COA sticker and a XP OEM install disc to reinstall windows.
2. Order a set of recovery discs
As far as I know, the original zd8000 operating system is Windows XP. If you have Windows 7 installed, then you need to get Windows 7 disc and its product key. If you need the Windows XP reinstallation media, then you can use HP Windows XP reinstallation disc only (for example: HP Windows XP Professional with SP2 disc).
If you do not mind lost data, you can re-install windows.
If you do not want to lose data, you can follow the instructions below to recover it.
Step 1: Download and install Windows Password Reset from http://www.windowspasswordreset.net Step 2: Burn Windows Password Reset Std ISO file to CD/DVD Step 3: Put in your newly created CD and remove your Windows Password.
The method above is adopt a tool, very easy, right?
the a929 is a really unique brand designed by Elitegroup Computer Systems. There should have been recovery discs included in the original packaging. if there's not you may have to either A. get a copy of Windows XP and reinstall it, or go through and delete all user files and programs you installed.
The quickiest way to reset your password is to run System Recovery (aside paying someone from a local computer store and use a software to reset it). Gateway
laptops have a built-in recovery mode on the system wherein you can
restore the computer to factory default without using a restore discs. (please note that this will erase everything). The hotkey for the
recovery is the ALT+F10 key. After you press the power button, you
need to hold ALT key and then simultaneously press the F10 key.. Once the recovery menu has loaded, click Restore to Factory Default Settings.
It is strongly recommended that recovery discs be
created to help restore files if the operating system will not start.
Recovery discs are bootable and can be used to perform a recovery on a
properly functioning hard drive.
Backup and Restore option opens the Backup
and Restore Center provided with the Windows Vista® operating
system. This provides the ability to save information from the hard
drive, such as personal data files, and restore previously backed up
Computer problems related to hardware can be diagnosed
using the VAIO Hardware Diagnostics option.
One or more drivers or factory-installed applications may be
reinstalled with the Reinstall Programs or Drivers
The entire (C:) drive can be restored to its
original, factory-installed condition by selecting Restore
C: Drive .
Complete System will restore the entire (C:) drive, while
removing or restoring the Recovery Drive partition. Modifying the size
of the hard drive partitions is also an option with this type of
recovery. This option requires you to insert Recovery DVDs created using
the Create Recovery Discs option.
remove all data from the hard drive, including the operating system,
all programs and personal data, choose the Wipe
and Erase Data option. This option is provided for the
convenience of advanced users who want to install a different operating
system, and who want to ensure all data has been removed from the hard
drive first. All other users are strongly urged to avoid selecting this
That model Toshiba does not come with a recovery CD, does not have a restore partition, and does not allow you to creat a recovery disc when working normally, so unfortunatly you have 2 choices.
1. Call Toshiba and try to get them to mail you a recovery disk, if they have any they will likely charge you for the disk + shipping.
2. Reinstall windows manually using a clean install, you can use any OEM windows disk as long as it is the same version as your windows product key on the bottom of the laptop (i.e XP Home/XP PRO/ XP MCE/ or VISTA - all vista disks are basically the same and have all 3 versions on them)
Make sure you have backups of the drivers for your network adapter and other hardware before doing a clean install.