Solved System restore

Dell / Studio xps 7100
December 24, 2011 at 12:07:41
Specs: Windows 7, 2.8/3.0
I happen to want to use the Ease of Access functions. But whenever I click the On-Screen Keyboard of the Magnifier, nothing happened except for the pop-up asking if I allow the software to run. I think some files may have been corrupted and try to repair. However I can not find my Recovery disc for this Dell computer. I found only the Recovery disc for my Acer computer. I don't know what to do. Please help. Thanks.

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January 3, 2012 at 05:13:18
Try the System Restore from Safe Mode, if the problem is with your system, it will fix it or at least return it to how it was before. Use 'Show more restore points' for more choices.

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#1
December 24, 2011 at 12:20:18
I believe Dell still has their Recovery Partition inside the operating system. If you pull up computer, and notice you have more than just a Local C drive and a CD drive. Such as Recovery Drive that is all red. Then your in luck.
Shut down the computer, push the power button and repeatedly hit the F11 key (go to support.dell.com to confirm the correct key press) it will pull up a special program called Recovery Console. You want to make sure your computer is plugged in for this. Make sure you click on the system restore that deletes everything and loads the computer like you just bought it. There will be a information tab about both format types. This process usually takes about 20 minutes. However, when you are done it will be like you just bought it from dell. No need to pay a tech to do just this (I am a tech guilty of doing this to customers and charging for it)

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#2
December 24, 2011 at 15:29:36
FIRST try something a little less drastic. Try a System Restore back to a date when everything worked correctly. This will roll back your system files and your registry to a prior date and you will only loose programs and updates installed since then (your files will be unaffected). IF you do decide you need to do a factory restore from your recovery console, make sure you back up your files first to an external drive.
Please note that the Ease of Access functions may really need you to approve it before it will run since it is making significant changes deep within Windows functions, so this may actually be normal. Search Microsoft's site for details on using these functions.

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#3
December 24, 2011 at 19:26:57
Thanks, Kohouri and Fingers.

You both provided me with very good information as for how to make recovery. Let me first try restoring to an earlier date. Could you tell me how-to, please? I got the impression that I never created any restore point. Thanks.

P.S. I may be out of internet access for a couple of days.


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#4
December 25, 2011 at 06:07:48
As long as the system restore is on (on by default) it creates a restore point with every program or update install plus once a week automatically. Click the start orb and type system restore into the search and it will appear at the top of the list and just select it. Id you do not see enough restore points, just select 'show more restore points, select and follow prompts. Once you start it, do not interfere with it.
<< A note to anyone doing a repair, restore, or reinstall on a laptop, make sure the battery has a charge AND make sure it is plugged in as well. An interruption during one these is a major problem, possibly worse than the original problem. >>

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#5
January 2, 2012 at 08:37:09
Hi, Kohouri and Fingers.
When I tried to restore to an earlier date, I didn't see many restore points. I tried using f8 at booting, to repair. It works.
Now it does not let me get on internet. I repaired in vain. I am not sure if I need restore to factory default. If it formats, does it affect my files on other partition which is the same physical drive? Thanks.

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#6
January 2, 2012 at 15:54:31
A factory restore will return the entire drive to the way it was shipped from the factory, thereby wiping everything out. If you choose this, you need to back up to an external drive you personal files and make sure you have all of your install disks to reinstall your programs.

You still probably do not need to be so drastic, just be more specific about what your problem is when you try to access the internet, and everything you already tried, and maybe we can help with that.

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#7
January 2, 2012 at 21:26:22
Hi, Fingers.

what happened was, at beginning I thought there was spyware, so I tried several anti-spywares and cleaned some unwanted items. Then for the first time I wanted to try some ease of Access functions like amplifier and on-screen keyboard. They didn't work. Then I used the repair function at booting by pressing F8, which fixed the Ease of Access problems and the functions work fine. However after sometime, I realized the internet doesn't work properly, like hotmail just shows the home page but wouldn't go to the the inbox. So I tried other websites. they are all gone leaving a " Connecting..." bar. Everything shows there is no connection to the internet. My internet wiring is no problem since my other machines connect to the internet and work fine. And from the device manager it shows the internet devices are working properly. I simply can not get on the internet. By the way, when I use Safe mode, the internet is back to normal. Now I believe the ant-spywares might be the culprit and I uninstalled them in vain. Thanks.


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January 3, 2012 at 05:13:18
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Try the System Restore from Safe Mode, if the problem is with your system, it will fix it or at least return it to how it was before. Use 'Show more restore points' for more choices.

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#9
January 3, 2012 at 07:02:48
It works to restore from Safe Mode. Thanks, Fingers.

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#10
January 3, 2012 at 17:18:12
Great, thanks for letting us know.

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