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System Restore please help

booyaka

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#1
Hello

I have recently accuired a PC and i would like to do a complete recovery system restore to factory settings but i dont know how to do it, it hasnt got a disc and i know theres a way without it but i cant remember

Its a Packard Bell using XP

Many thanks
 

booyaka

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#3
but with my lap top i was told to press F10 on boot up and it was fine but my desk top doesnt do that
 

booyaka

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#4
what i dont understand is that you dont get a disc with them anymore, i didnt on my last desktop or my laptop and with this laptop i havent either - ridiculous
 

booyaka

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how do i do that please, thats what i think i used on the lapdtop i bought
 

maynardvdm

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Recovery partion is normally f10 on startup. You can check if you got an recovery partion by doing the following:
Go to control panel then dubbel-click Administrative Tools then dubbel-click Computer Management then click on the plus by storage then click on Disk Management and it will show all the partions of the hard drives. There is normally one that is about 3GB. Some other laptop uses Alt + F10 at start-up. Did you get a manual with this pc?
 

booyaka

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its showing my main drive like this

HDD C - Partition - Basic - NTFS - Healthy System - 149 GB -
 

booyaka

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#9
i didnt gt a manual, again most that i have seen these days do not have a disc or manual
 
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Wolfeymole

#10
Oh dear looks like you need a new disk mate get on to the manufacturer to send you one, it may cost though.
Or did you get the pc from a mate?
 

maynardvdm

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To find out if the CD-ROM image is on your machine, search for a folder named I386. There may be several but the one we care about will contain close to 7,000 files, two of which will be winnt.exe and winnt32.exe.
 

booyaka

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many thanks guys, i will search for the folder and if no luck ill email packard bell and see how much the disc will cost

thanks again your help is much appreciated
 

RandyL

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#13
Hello;
Does this computer have a Recovery CD/DVD Creator?
If it does and a disk has never been made you can create one.