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Recover after a restore to factory settings?
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I restored my computer to factory settings and am wondering if I can recover any of my lost programs such as my linksys wireless program. I did not ever backup...
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How to factory reset your Windows 7 System

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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

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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

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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)

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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.
 

Windows 7 Recovery Partitions

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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.