Recover after a restore to factory settings?
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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"
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.