Recover after a restore to factory settings?
How to factory reset your Windows 7 System
I'm trying to factory reset my computer because I'm just tired of having a full HD, and random software from years ago. Anyways, my current OS is Windows 7 and I have an Alienware m15x. Now I've read up on a few ways to restore this specific computer, however, I don't have the installation disc, AlienRespawn/DellDataSafe does not appear when press f8 at boot menu, and i don't have a factory system image to recover from apparently.
So with this being said, Is there anyway to factory reset? I have a bootable USB drive with windows 7 recovery on it, but I need a system image or something I believe.
I've also tried download AlienRespawn Windows 7 patch off of alienware.com but when I try to use it it says "Change.MBR failed"
Loss security after system restore
I noticed that my network connection was showing limited access. After numerous attempts I used system restore and this gave me back the signal strength icon and net access. However I cannot now get my virgin media anti virus and firewall and windows firewall keeps switching off every time I try. I have tried uninstalling it but it wont let me. Shall I restore to factory settings and start all over again.
Acer factory restore failed
I offered to do a factory reset on my mum's Acer Aspire 5315, I backed up pics etc and then used the Acer eManagement thing to restore.
It now seems to be completely broken. It has switched on occasionally but just cuts out. I have managed to get the startup repair screen up a few times but it just cuts out and never finishes.
The majority of the time, I switch it on and I get the Acer screen come up and then it goes to a black screen with a blinking cursor and nothing.
I should say that I know nothing about computers and I'm going to need an idiots guide. I don't have any discs between.
Factory restore not working (Acer-windows 7)
I woke up yesterday morning and I turned on my computer and it told me that I had to do a start up repair. The repair said it wasn't able to fix the problem,
I then tried a factory restore, but when I finished everything was really big and blurry (looked like what it looks like in safe mode). I also couldn't open some programs or connect to the Internet.
I don't have a recovery CD with me now, but there is a 50/50 chance I still will have mine when I get home in a week.
I don't care about saving documents anymore, I just want my computer to work like when it came out of the box.
Restore Windows Firewall settings
If you've changed some Windows Firewall settings and you want to undo your changes, you can restore the firewall settings to the original (default) settings.
Recover files from the Recycle Bin
When you delete a file from your computer, it's actually just moved to the Recycle Bin, where it's temporarily stored until the Recycle Bin is emptied. This gives you an opportunity to recover accidentally deleted files and restore them to their original locations. Watch this video to learn how to recover files from the Recycle Bin.
System Restore does not complete
I rarely have occasion to use System Restore on my Windows 7 Professional x64 system but today I tried to restore to a previous day and after going through of the stuff it does andrebooting, I got the following error message:
System Restore did not complete successfully, Your computer's files and settings were not changed.
Details; System Restore could not access a file. This is probably because an anti-virus program is running on the computer . Temporally disable your antivirus program and retry System Restore.
An unspecified error occurred during System Restore, (0x80070005)
The only antivirus program I ever had on the system is Microsoft Security Essentials and I thought that on a 64 bit system this would not interfere. But, I went into Safe Mode (no network), turned off MSE and tried to restore again. Same result. I have used Restore in the past and it did work.
Where O where have my restore points gone?
Today I felt the need to restore my system to an earlier state. So I opened the System Protection tab in System Properties, expecting to find a plethora of restore points to choose from.Even after checking "Show more restore points" I can see only two, the one from today (useless) and one from March of 2011 (useless).
I was sure that I had the system setup to be doing restore points, but I clicked the Configure button to confirm it. The "Restore system settings." option is clicked. I have 22.34 Gb (15%) of disk space allocated, only 157.41 Mb of which is used.
I keep my system up-to-date and have installed a LOT of software since March of 2011, so there should be plenty of other restore points available. Where are they?
It is apparently too late to use System Restore to save my system at the moment, but how do I ensure that restore points are created in the future?
System Restore points NOT made at startup
Windows 7 64-bit SP1, System Restore Points Disk Space Usage set at 10%.
Windows 7 built-in default settings for System Restore Points, Task Scheduler/Microsoft/Windows/System Restore will not create more than ONE system restore point.
I have to manually delete system restore points, then ONE system restore point will be made.
I've used cleanmgr.exe and ccleaner to delete ALL restore points, they both do this properly.
I've also tried right-clicking on Task Scheduler/Microsoft/Windows/System Restore and choosing "run", it shows the task as completed, but NO additional restore points are made once the first is made.
I've also changed the default settings for this task to UNcheck "start task if computer is idle from 30 minutes" And, I've checked "run with highest privileges" and configure for Windows 7
None of these change made a difference. Only ONE system restore point will be made automatically by this task. There is something wrong with this task as it came installed with windows 7 to get it to run properly.
Getting the best display on your monitor
Windows chooses the best display settings, including screen resolution, refresh rate, and color, based on your monitor. These settings differ depending on whether you have an LCD or a CRT monitor. If you want to adjust your display settings, or if these settings were changed and you want to restore default settings, use the following recommendations.
Windows 7 Recovery Partitions
Many new PCs and Laptops sold in recent years come with a very useful recovery partition (sometimes called a restore partition or factory reset tool). Should your main installation of Windows 7 stop working, you can use this partition to quickly restore your laptop to the same state that it was when you first bought the computer.
System Restore: frequently asked questions
Here are answers to some common questions about System Restore. How does System Restore work? Can I undo the changes System Restore makes? What files are changed during a system restore? How do I choose a restore point? How long are restore points saved? What if System Restore doesn't fix the problem?
File pointer (directory) restore on DVD
I made a mistake while using a new DVD write program and now have 2 large files on a DVD that I deleted accidentally.
I see programs that recover data but they recover it to a different place. What I want is a free program (or trial program with full features) that will just re-establish the pointers (directory) to those 2 files on that DVD.
Recover lost or deleted files
If you can't find a file on your computer or you accidently modified or deleted a file, you can restore it from a backup (if you're using Windows backup) or you can try to restore it from a previous version. Previous versions are copies of files and folders that Windows automatically saves as part of a restore point. Previous versions are sometimes referred to as shadow copies.
Double clicked the shortcut closest to the bottom right of the screen
On system start, if any desktop shortcut is double clicked the shortcut closest to the bottom right of the screen will actually open. If the webpage associated with the bottom right shortcut is closed, MOST of the time clicking the original shortcut will lead to the correct webpage, but sometimes it takes several tries.
After the problemcorrects itself, usually after closing the wrong web page and trying again, but sometimes only after multiple tries, shortcuts open the correct webpage until the computer is restarted again.
If I take the bulk of the shortcuts off the desktop, clicking on an interior shortcut will activate the lowest right icon on the desktop regardless of whether it's an internet shortcut or some other type.
So - steps I have taken. First, checking for malware - system is totally clean. Secondly - troubleshooted as many different things as I could, including removing most of the shortcuts from the desktop, resetting all file associations to defaults, a few registry edits I found online to fix odd issues, uninstalling recent updates (he said the problem began with SP1), switchingto Firefox, running a Windows Fixit for the desktop, creating a new desktop and moving his stuff there, etc. None of which fixed the issue.
So - I decided to back him up and reinstall Windows. I made a system image of his current configuration, created a normal Windows backup and also one using Windows Easy Transfer.Reinstalled Windows using the factory image on his system, restored his data using the Easy Transfer backup - and problem came back with his settings!
I can find nobody else with this same issue on the web no matter how I try to search, I don't want to have to do another factory restore and lose his settings (it's a big enough pain in the neck to reinstall his software and do the updates,
What I would most prefer would be someone who knows what theheck the problem is, how to fix it, and then I can restore the original system image and make the problem go away
Back up and restore: frequently asked questions
Here are answers to some common questions about backing up and restoring files. What backup tools does Windows provide? How much storage space do I need to back up files? How do I view the contents of my backup? How do I restore files? Can I recover files that I have accidentally deleted? How do I get my files back if my computer stops working?
Backup and Restore missing?
I have Win 7 Home Premium, and I haven't had it very long, but I know that I am better off with 7 than with Vista. I have been using a PC for quit some time now, and I have run into a lot of problems, and I have always been able to work them out sooner or later.
But now I have this problem with my backup and restore area on my PC, that I have called MS about and HP about, and the only advice I can get from them is to take my PC back to factory condition.
I have logged on with them and allowed them to take control of my PC and try and figure out the problem, but to date no one can tell me what happened to cause my PC to be missing this information of a sudden.
I came across this problem a couple of months ago when I wanted to make a new system image backup of my PC.
What is a system image?
A system image is an exact copy of a drive. By default, a system image includes the drives required for Windows to run. It also includes Windows and your system settings, programs, and files. You can use a system image to restore the contents of your computer if your hard disk or computer ever stops working. When you restore your computer from a system image, it's a complete restoration-you can't choose individual items to restore, and all of your current programs, system settings, and files are replaced with the contents of the system image.
How to Restore Default Services
This tutorial provides you with registry downloads that will completely restore any of the default services and their settings you want in Windows 7. This can be handy if a service was deleted by mistake, is missing, or had it's properties set improperly.
How to Backup and Restore Wireless Network Profiles in Windows
This will show you how to backup a wireless network with all of it's settings in Windows 7 to then be able to restore (import) and use on any one or more XP, Vista, and Windows 7 computer as well. This makes it easy to have a wireless network and it's settings automatically added and setup from one computer to another. You must be logged in as an administrator to be able to do this tutorial.