How to reformat a compaq presairo pc desktop

February 8, 2011 at 21:15:09
Specs: Windows Vista, Intel Pentium E2160 @ 1.80Ghz / 1.0GB Duel-Channel DDr2 @ 1.80GHz Conroe 65mm Technology
I have ended up with my wife's recently deceased father's computer. A compaq presairo desktop pc. The installer quit working, and i've tried everything to fix it. Nothing works. My conclusion is that a reformat must take place. Also there are other problems such as windows updates quit working. So I figure a reformat would help. The problem lies with my lack of computer know how,and the fact that I cannot find a operating system disc, which is vista. I think it came preinstalled with the computer. Her father has about 10 gigabytes of space partitioned for compaq recovery. And I've got 3 or 4 compaq recovery disk that he had made. But I have no idea if I can use these or not, or how to. Is it even possible with out the vista operating disk.Like I said I'm not sure it ever had one, and I've heard that sometimes they do not come with them anyway. Took a look through the computer, but cannot find a option to reformat, If I even should. Any feedback at all would be helpful.

Moe

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#1
February 8, 2011 at 21:23:31
Try pressing F10 key when you first boot up the computer.

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#2
February 8, 2011 at 21:38:11
What about the Operating Disk? Don't know if it ever had one or not. Or could it be on the compaq recovery disk? I'm assuming it would not be a good idea to attempt a reformat unless I know if I need a vista OS disk. I'm really unsure if maybe he had one or if it's on the computer somehow.
Gribbitz

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#3
February 9, 2011 at 05:26:16
You likely did not get any disks, the operating system and everything it had when it came out of the box are on the recovery partition. I think it is F10 that will bring up the recovery options, if not look it up your model on google. Sometimes is alt-f10 etc. Periodically, a virus screws up a file in the recovery partition and if that happens.....could be issues. But they tell you to make copies when you first get the unit....that is probably the disks he has. The destructive recovery will format the computer and reinstall windows etc, losing all the data on it in the process. So if the recovery partition fails you can always try booting off the disks he made.

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#4
February 9, 2011 at 16:08:27
Thanks for the info HopperRox.F10 does bring up a system menu, but I found that on this model F8 brings up the advanced boot menu, which I think is what you are talking about. I'm kinda scared to try since you mentioned the virus thing. Because this computer has definitely has had lots of viruses and trojans also. There were problems when I got this computer. To make matters worse, my lack of computer knowledge made things worse. I ran registry cleaners not knowing what I was doing which has likely caused some of my problems. Ive removed various infections also. I've learned a lot in the last year, but the damage is done. I can not get important windows updates any more, my net work display in the bottom right corner of the screen refuses to tell me my network status at all, it,s just got a red slash through it like it,s not connected, but still goes online.I keep coming up with some kind of audio enhancements that cause my media player and games not to have sound, which then I have to disable to get to work correctly. But it came back and I had to disable it again.Something appears to be turning on and off my windows firewall, I keep it shut off because of zonealarm, and even though it's shut off, it says it's on, and if you sit there and watch it, something is trying to turn it on, or off or both. Can't get java updated because the windows installer does not work. Some things install, but some do not. You can never tell what will or will not install.If you say that a virus may have messed up my partition, then I don't know if I should try to reformat this , out of fear that I might loose it all together. Have a xp that quit working to, says something about a zero drive seek failure, will not even recognize what ever drive that is. It just says NA.. So I cant use it if I loose this.I have run scans online and off for virus infection, and as far as I know it's clean.Dep is on for all programs, Using avast, got zonealarm, using 10-bit security 360 to work with avast for malware. and went to GRC's website and followed all their suggestions on security, which they have a slew of bright ideas about securing you,re system. But I think I found this to late.I will have another xp soon, but would really like to get this one straight. Perhaps when I get that computer I'll try to reformat this one.What are the chances that I can turn this into xp?, If the reformat does not go right? I think I should wait till I get this other computer before I try anything just to be safe, and take all that I have learned, to prevent this kinda mess on it. Any other suggestions? Thanks for the prior replys.
Gribbit

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#5
February 9, 2011 at 20:21:02
Is it possible to set a password in order to reformat? I went into one of the F key menus and was going to attempt a system repair, but it asked for a password.Is this even the menu I am looking for?I think it was windows boot menu F5. Getting confused and frustrated with it. So far I have found 4 different F key menus, though none really say anything about system reformat. Oh I think I forgot to mention system restore does not wok either. Wow, this is looking more and more like I am just stuck with this that way.I'll keep researching this and let you know if I figure anything out or not. I will keep checking back to the forum also. This is looking like I might end up with this as a offline gaming computer, seeing that that's whats on about 250 gigabytes of space out of 320.The xp I'm getting only has 70 gigs of space. But at least it would be secure I guess.I,ll keep working on this even though I am getting discouraged with it.

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#6
February 9, 2011 at 20:34:30
F8 takes you to windows boot up optiions. What model is this computer. Most of what you mentioned would damage the active partition if anything....the recovery partition may well be in tact. Give us the model and I'll try and find the key to hit.

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#7
February 9, 2011 at 20:37:00
or try to boot off the disks he made originally.

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#8
February 9, 2011 at 21:14:44
compaq SR5410F
Prod#K1384AAABA
S/N CNX81034RG

I hope this is what you all are looking for, I've tried searching this and have not found anything. I did stick recovery disc 1 of 3 in and restarted the computer.Said it was loading windows files, and said the following. This pc is not supported by the system recovery discs. You will not be able to continue to recover this system with these disc. After I restarted, took the recovery disc out, it came to a compaq screen that said it could restore to factory reset condition I believe it said. Also it said you could restore from a restore point, but as I stated before, restore does not work anyway.That aside, Is this what I am looking for?
Gribbitz

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#9
February 11, 2011 at 03:57:40
Hi Moe, your quickest option would be to restore the system with original recovery discs, I would recommend getting them through http://recovery-discs.com

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February 11, 2011 at 04:32:23

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