need to undo restore factory settings

May 11, 2012 at 21:02:48
Specs: Windows Vista, E2200@2.20 GHz
I had an issue with windows installer service. Decided to restore to original factory settings and thought it said that you would not lose documents personal data and pictures etc. Rebooted and found that I lost everything. Can you undo a factory setting restore? The initial error when trying to download windows updates gave message- windows installer service can not be accesed.. Then when I retry I get another message requested operation requires elevation. I tried different suggestions on a couple of support sites which did not work. Then I decided to restore factory settings, which solved the problem, but lost all the data. Thanks Darold

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May 12, 2012 at 01:43:17
Very unlikely, a factory restore usually involves formatting the harddrive and then reinstalling the system as it was when you first got it, so formatting will wipe it and then the reinstallation will overwrite an chance you have of easily getting back any data. There is a slight possibility with some manufacturers that your old files may have been backed up into a folder called 'Windows.old' or something similar which will be in the on the c: drive, but this isn't always the case.

"I've always been mad, I know I've been mad, like the most of us..." Pink Floyd

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May 12, 2012 at 10:22:33
Some companies do an odd sort of restore. The restore creates an image or a folder of the drive in some location on the drive.

Reading the owners manual may help understand how it restores. Some are useless documents.

Hang up and live.

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