Vista Recovery. Somebody shoot me.

April 12, 2011 at 12:19:08
Specs: Vista/Win7 upgrade, Dual Core: 2.00ghz/2.00ghz
Hi guys......I need a little help. Got a laptop from a friend, Compaq PresarioCQ-60. Fast little machine, or it would be. It is only 3 yrs old. Okay, came with VIsta. No problems. Chris bought a Win 7 upgrade. Installed it, auth the key/OS (which isn't the problem) then was having trouble doing stuff so he REINSTALLED it. BIG trouble. Plus he hd 1800 instances of malware, etc. I can't uninstall Win 7 using windows.old, it does NOT exist. I can't restore/recover Vista using ALT-F10 and I assume it is because of Win 7. Since the newer computers come without any disks because of the recovery programs, I can't wipe the hdd. OH, I also do not know which ver he used, 32 or 64 bit. Should have used 32. He drinks so remembering anything is a stretch.

I have booted, rebooted, used the safe mode command prompt to look for stuff. Got the "no profile/desktop" (shortened, you know what I mean) did a system repair using the Win 7 install disk. HELP!!!! I am at the short end of my rope with these guys (this one is a friend of the XP system who screwed his system up good, too)

I can't put an exact OS below. This is about screwy. Can I download the recover disks from Compaq? Or will that be a waste of time. Or should I just run both of these computers over with my truck?

THANKS GUYS!!
Jann


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#1
April 12, 2011 at 14:15:31
... @ bootup tap <F8> <key> before the Windows logo appears on the screen.

... If you press <F8> after the Windows logo appears on the screen, the Advanced Boot Options menu will not appear on the screen. If you do not see the Advanced Boot Options menu, restart the computer, and then repeat this step until you see the menu on the screen.

... [press] the <Down Arrow> on the keyboard to select Repair Your Computer on the Advanced Boot Options menu, and then press [Enter]

... Specify the language settings that you want, and then click Next.

... Log in as a user who has administrative credentials, and then click OK.

... Click Dell Factory Image Restore.

... might work if it exists putting back on to factory condition.

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#2
April 12, 2011 at 14:45:49
It's a Compaq, if that matters. I have done that repair your computer so many times my head swims. It works UNTIL I shutdown. When I reboot, I get errors. I will try that to see if it works. THANKS

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#3
April 12, 2011 at 14:56:26
No that doesn't work for Compaq, it did say, however, that there is no factory image. Am trying, again, to go to a restore point. I chose a date before I got the computer, but it wants to go to yesterday.

Jann


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#4
April 12, 2011 at 15:02:22
Usually one can buy a set of disks to return it to OEM state. HP may sell them for like $20.
The owners manual would tell how to recover it. The seller or you may have been required to make the disks from some program.

Usually one can use the W7 dvd to repair the install without having to put in a new key.

Tell Chris not to mess up your computer again.


I would also be worried on this amount of malware and virus. Any usb drive you may have or any shared lan computer may now be infected.

1/3 of highway deaths are caused by drunks. The rest are by people who can't drive any better than a drunk.


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#5
April 12, 2011 at 15:08:05
... is there not a "check box" to show more restore points?
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#6
April 12, 2011 at 15:39:14
... I beg your pudding "JannieE" I do'nt know how come I thought it was a Dell, looking @ too many posts have you tried the <F11> <key> ? click here

... going to bed ...ZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzz


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Angel Decoy
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#7
April 12, 2011 at 15:52:08
You are going to need the system disks that work with this machine or a set of new Windows Disks. New ones will run you around $150 so a better option would be to contact the tech-support for this laptop and have them send you new disks which will run you around $30. I think HP now has all Compaq Support contracts so if the support number for you laptop does not work try them...

http://compaq-support.techvedic.com/

P.S. for those whom think that a reinstall of system is a good idea be very careful to get every thing you need before you start and do a system state backup so you can role back.


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#8
April 12, 2011 at 16:48:04
The system recovery disks for Conpaq are only shipping, about $16. Everything on this machine is backed up. Since this isn't my machine, putting out more than that would be a no-no. THANKS!!!

Jann


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#9
April 12, 2011 at 16:49:08
Yes and I used it. BUT it reverted to the one they chose.

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#10
April 12, 2011 at 21:46:40
WOO FREAKIN HOO!! I removed close to 2000 files using SuperAntiSpyWare. That caused a problem, a bunch of problems, but I will spare you my thoughts on that.

I DID IT!!!! I kept going to restore points until it took one in March and son of a gun if all functionality was restored!!! Now I am not too sure I want to recover Vista or leave this alone. So, I am now copying all the files from that other mess computer that I transferred to the Vista machine and all will be well with that one soon as I format it.

So I don't have to start another topic: Is the command to format the XP machine format C:/ \s? that doesn't look right. format C: /s, that it?

Call me the happy camper and put this topic as solved!!

Thanks guys!!!

Jann (husband thanks you too)


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#11
April 13, 2011 at 12:49:27
You should post a new topic as they fall off the radar in a day or so.

If you want to destroy your C drive then format c:\ is correct. I am not sure you can still add in the /s for system anymore but it would tell you. If you format C: you won't have an OS anymore.

1/3 of highway deaths are caused by drunks. The rest are by people who can't drive any better than a drunk.


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#12
April 13, 2011 at 13:15:05
Angel that didn't work. I am now working on it with a restore back in March. Since I have to take files off of it and put them on an XP system, I will keep it there. The guy with the XP is anal. Heh!! 8000 freakin music files, and Belkin won't transfer from the 7 box to the XP box. Working it out, however. THANKS!!

PS I hear ya about sleeping. This has kept me awake for hours, but that's ok. The more I do, the more I learn. And I have nothing but time nowadays.

Jann


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#13
April 14, 2011 at 08:41:52
jefro "...as they fall off the radar in a day or so..." ??

(I see what you mean now! as they drop from scope, I was under the impression that we're about to have a spring clean!)

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#14
April 14, 2011 at 09:36:31
I did start a new topic. It says like Uh Oh OS on same partition as NTFS. But I worked that out. Soon as I get everything put on the XP box and out the door, I will be working on the Compaq to get it back on track, which should be easy. If I need a little help, I will be back!!! THANKS!

Jann


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#15
April 14, 2011 at 13:48:14
I tend to view posts in order of posting so as days go past the post falls down the page. If I go do a different computer I loose the highlighted posts and would never be able to find them again in a few days.

1/3 of highway deaths are caused by drunks. The rest are by people who can't drive any better than a drunk.


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