Cannot Access Recovery Partition on Dell n5030?

Hewlett-packard Pavilion dv4-2045dx note...
June 21, 2013 at 15:20:15
Specs: Windows 7, Intel Pentium
How do I access the recovery partition on a Dell N5030? When I attempt to boot from a Windows 7 Flash Drive, during setup, the Main Partition (298GB), the RECOVERY PARTITION (14.9GB), and a Dell Partition (7GB). However, I cannot access it in Safe Mode, I cannot see it in Diskpart. What gives? I just want to Recover the System back to the Factory state. F8 during boot does nothing, Ctl+F11 does nothing, and F12 just allows me to select what Physical drive to boot from, i.e. Flash, Hdd, Optical, Network, etc.
How can I get to this recovery partition to restore the system?

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#1
June 21, 2013 at 15:31:29
Press F8 multiple times, even after the Dell logo and see if any menus come up.

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#2
June 21, 2013 at 15:33:02
That is my usual process. It continues to just boot. No response. :(

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#3
June 21, 2013 at 16:03:19
There may be another method that would work. When you boot from the flash drive and arrive at the start screen, click Repair Your Computer. You should see an option to restore your computer from a system image. See if it can find the recovery partition image and restore your computer from it.

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#4
June 21, 2013 at 16:12:30
I tried that as well. When the recovery menu came up, it only listed Startup Repair, Restore to a Previous Backup,. Memory Diagnostic, Command Prompt

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#5
June 21, 2013 at 18:08:36
Try going to restore to a previous backup.

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#6
June 22, 2013 at 06:33:06
"When the recovery menu came up, it only listed Startup Repair, Restore to a Previous Backup,. Memory Diagnostic, Command Prompt"

It would be best to wipe out everything & install a retail copy of Win7. That way you won't get stuck with all the Dell garbage-ware. Anyhow, disconnect any external devices, cold boot the laptop, tap F8, select "Repair Your Computer", & press Enter:

http://www.dell.com/support/trouble...


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