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This notebook can't find or read the C;drive. Windows willnot open unless recovery disk 1 is inserted.

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    Kasper Jensen Mar 13, 2011

    will windows start properly when using the recovery disk?

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Better than not chance of C: failure or nearing failure. Although it could be a corrupt boot sector on the drive. You can try using the Windows repair console to fix.

What I think is happening is you are booting from the CD and then running programs from the C:

Does your computer have a restore D: ... that may be an option. If your drive supports it, you could do the S.M.A.R.T. test to see if it passes.

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I deleted the administrator my mistake now i cannot login to windows can I reset to the factory settings


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1. Make sure the computer is turned off.

2. If any peripheral devices, except the optional external CD-ROM drive unit

(CE-CD05), are connected to your computer, disconnect them.

3. Turn on the computer.

4. When the message Press <F2> to enter SETUP appears, press F2. The

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5. Insert the Product Recovery CD-ROM disk 1 into the CD-ROM drive.

6. In the Exit menu, select Load Setup Defaults; then, press Enter twice.

7. In Boot Sequence of the Main menu, set CD-ROM Drive to the top of the list;

then, press ESC.

8. In the Exit menu, confirm Exit Saving Changes is highlighted and press

Enter twice.

9. Read the message on the screen, and select the operating system which you

had selected for the first time you use the computer; then, press Enter.

You cannot change the operating system from the first choice.

10. Read the message on the screen, and select the way to recover your system;

then, press Enter.

11. Read the message and select Continue; then, press Enter.

12. Read the message and select Continue again; then, press Enter.

13. If you see the message asking you to insert the Product Recovery CD-ROM

disk 2, remove the disk 1 and insert the disk 2; then, press Enter.

14. If you see the message asking you to insert the Product Recovery CD-ROM

disk 3, remove the disk 2 and insert the disk 3; then, press Enter.

15. If you see the message The Operating System has been recovered

successfully, remove the Product Recovery CD-ROM disk 3. The system will

restart automatically.

16. When the message Press <F2> to enter SETUP appears, press F2. The

Setup Utility opens.

17. In the Exit menu, select Load Setup Defaults; then, press Enter twice.

18. In the Exit menu, confirm Exit Saving Changes is highlighted and press

Enter twice. The system restarts.

19. Set up Windows, following the instructions on the screen. When you finish
the setup, the recovery is completed.

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Please see procedure below on how to create recovery disk. Let me know if smae thing will happen.

  • 1

    Click the "Start" icon on the Windows Vista home screen. Select "eMachines," then click "eMachines Recovery Management." The eMachines Recovery Management program opens.

  • 2

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  • 3

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  • 4

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  • 5

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  • 6

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  • 7

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    http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c00400062&lc=en&cc=us&rule=23097&dlc=en&product=1144546

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    ----------------------

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