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How can i restet my gateway laptop back to the factory settings? ml6714 with windows vista.

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Hi and welcome to FixYa!

To factory restore your gateway;

Shut down the computer,

Restart it,

As soon as you press the power button to start it,

Immediately start tapping the F10 key,

This will bring up an options menu,

choose repair your computer

choose system recovery,

It will do all the work from there.

Also, depending on your Gateway, you may have to use ALT F8

Another way to do this is

Click Start on your desktop.

All programs;


Gateway recovery management;

Click Restore;

A pop up will appear,

click yes and then start.

If you have your computer on password, it will prompt you to enter it.

When the computer restarts;

Click next two times when the Restore from factory default appears

Click OK

Click OK again in the box that appears and wait for the computer to restart.

This may take some time, but another box will appear it will say 'set up windows'

Click next (license and agreement will come up)

click next again

Enter user name (and pic if you want and wallpaper)

Click next

Click use recommended settings

Set your date and time

Select location in the next screen

click start to finish it.

Let the computer finish the rest for you and you are set!

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If it is a new laptop, you should be able to access system restore at a point where the computer was new.

Go to computer, either on the desktop or start menu. Then click system properties near the top of the window. Then, on the left you will see system protection.Then a window will pop-up, click on system restore. Some dates will show up giving an option to restore to that point. You may want to click on "show other restore points", or something to that effect. Search through them and you may find the earliest date which would be close to when you first got the computer. BACK UP YOUR FILES ON A REMOVABLE DEVICE FIRST!!

Alternatively, you could research an OEM hard drive restore. Most hard drives have a protected OEM section of the hard drive to restore the computer to defaults. I have never done this however.

Hope this helps!

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If you have the restore disks that came with it you can reinstall the operating system and start fresh.

If you do not have these disks then you can contact gateway and request a new set get sent to you.

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