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Restoring Vista without the CD


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dani81693

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So I'm pretty desperate here. My dad passed away and I inherited his computer but it's all junked up and slow. I have no clue where we put the restore disk after we bought it but I would like to get it back to the way it was when we first brought it home. Is there any way to do this without the CD? I have Windows Vista Home Premium. It's an eMachines/Gateway. I would be greatful for the help! Thanks.
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It's more likely there was no CD.
Usually on these machines you keep pressing F8 until the menu comes up, select "Repair My Computer" and from there you can restore the system to factory default.
Note that this will wipe the machine so if your late father had pictures on there, you may want to back them up before you wipe the machine.
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I may be wrong, but I believe, that it would be F11 key in case of eMachines.

Edited by Broni, 09 May 2010 - 02:50 PM.

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eMachines Recovery Media Purchase Program
https://secure.tx.ac...brand=emachines
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Depending on how old it is, it may have a recovery partition. Ive had a few old Gateways and eMachines that use a restore program called PC Angel. Only problem is that the only way to use it is to set the recovery partition as active.

Post a screenshot of Disk Management.
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Well it worked. My system is restored and running fine so far. Thank you so much for the feed back. My physical memory usage is at around 73% after I installed my avg and fulltilt. Is this normal?
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What actually did work, if we may?
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My computer went back to square one like when we brought it home. No previously installed prgrams, files or folders. My CPU usage was high for a while but windows was constantly downloading and installing updates for the entire first day. I think this is what caused this since everything is running fine now. Speedy as can be. Thanks for everyones help!
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You're welcome :)
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