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#528918 - 6th Jun 2011 7:53pm Why isnt there.....
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...a big button to "Restore Factory Settings"

I dont mean "format", I mean something that gets rid of all the crap youve gathered over the years, and just leaves you with the OS and preinstalled software....
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#528920 - 6th Jun 2011 7:55pm Re: Why isnt there..... [Re: StuyMac]
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Maybe even some of you techys out there may have some suggestions.

Got a Packard Bell Desktop which Im cleaning ready to sell, and its the cleaning bit thats a nightmare raftl
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#528921 - 6th Jun 2011 7:57pm Re: Why isnt there..... [Re: StuyMac]
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There is within Vista/7, using F8 and selecting repair my computer, and then you can restore the system, in most cases, to factory settings.

Some vendors such as Acer and Dell etc, also have their own software to do the same thing using different buttons (alt+F10 for Acer iirc).

In some cases (tis a rarity nowadays) you can run it off a CD.

If ya struggling Chewy, drop it in to me next time ya at the garage or pop in, and we'll take you back in time, to the day you unwrapped your shiney new desktop!

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#528923 - 6th Jun 2011 7:58pm Re: Why isnt there..... [Re: StuyMac]
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Right, now were getting somewhere, what model is it?

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#528926 - 6th Jun 2011 8:00pm Re: Why isnt there..... [Re: StuyMac]
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Its a Packard Bell running XP

Ive tried the system restore, but it doesnt go back far enough think

It was the Shiz a few years ago when I got it, but then I ran out of space, and it got tucked away in favour of my work laptop....
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#528928 - 6th Jun 2011 8:02pm Re: Why isnt there..... [Re: StuyMac]
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Nope, system restore is only for recovering old system files in the event you have problems.

Do you have any CD's that came with it?

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#528931 - 6th Jun 2011 8:03pm Re: Why isnt there..... [Re: StuyMac]
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No, unfortunatly everything came preinstalled so it came with no disks.
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#528932 - 6th Jun 2011 8:04pm Re: Why isnt there..... [Re: StuyMac]
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I have an XP packard bell laptop on the bench next to me that im working on, ill see if that will give me any clues!

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#528933 - 6th Jun 2011 8:04pm Re: Why isnt there..... [Re: StuyMac]
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Thanks smile
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#528935 - 6th Jun 2011 8:06pm Re: Why isnt there..... [Re: StuyMac]
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Originally Posted By: StuyMac
No, unfortunatly everything came preinstalled so it came with no disks.

Must be a restore option on there somewhere then;

Unless you need to make a recovery disc via windows.

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#528937 - 6th Jun 2011 8:07pm Re: Why isnt there..... [Re: StuyMac]
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think

Not sure I can be bothered with that - might just try clean it up as best I can, or...... take a hammer to it hammer
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#528940 - 6th Jun 2011 8:08pm Re: Why isnt there..... [Re: StuyMac]
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After pressing F10, alt+F10 at bootup, I find its F11 on this. When you first turn the machine on, press F11 to enter the recovery mode - it may work!

If not, post the model number of the desktop.

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#528942 - 6th Jun 2011 8:11pm Re: Why isnt there..... [Re: StuyMac]
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Oh yeah, you want a destructive recovery btw.

Just proceeded and found the two options on this machine.

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#528943 - 6th Jun 2011 8:12pm Re: Why isnt there..... [Re: StuyMac]
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F11 just takes you to system restore, which restores everything, doesnt really clean it up.

MS Model number is R4M00 ID009E

Apparently Packard Bell have "Smart Recovery" - so just going to try that....
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#528944 - 6th Jun 2011 8:13pm Re: Why isnt there..... [Re: StuyMac]
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Smart recovery sounds like it will be the one smile

As I say though, make sure its a destructive restore you choose, otherwise you will end up leaving personal files on the machine.

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