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how to System Restore with ISO files?


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flyingdumbbells

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Hi when i got my laptop i created a restore point with ISO files. I saved them in the Windows folder but not in a single folder.

So i have 5 CD ISO files and some random other files there.

I am wondering what i need to do to use these files to carry out my restore?

Please if someone could get back to me quick as i would like to do this soon.

Regards,
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ISO files need to be burnt to a CD. Get Free Iso Burner and a package of blank CDs (the cheap write once type will do.). Insert a blank CD in your CD burner and Run Free Iso Burner and point it at one of the iso files. Should be pretty simple to make CDs of your files. Keep track of which is which. Normally I would expect you would boot off the first one and insert the others when it tells you.
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So i

1. get the burner, burn files to disc
2. Insert CD and click on files, whilst at normal desktop screen?

Edited by flyingdumbbells, 14 April 2012 - 11:00 AM.

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I don't understand what you mean when you say you created a restore point with ISO files? Please explain exactly what you did, step by step if possible.

An iso file is a binary image of a CD or DVD so I'm not sure how you got from a restore point to an iso file.

To use a restore point, you need to put it back where it was originally. That's the only place System Restore will look for it.
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Since it is a laptop there should be a recovery partition that can be utilized to restore the system back to factory settings.
Hopefully by ISO you mean a set of recovery disks as most manufacturers instruct you to do on a new system anymore.
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hmmmm i am not sure. When I got my laptop about a month ago it suggested i make a recovery file, so I clicked yes or accept. Then i saved it and it came out as an ISO file as you can see in my attached screen shot.

should i burn these to a DVD with a free ISO burner? I am currently but do not know what to do after that.
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here is the screenshot

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I see no screenshot. It does sound like what you did is correct.


should i burn these to a DVD with a free ISO burner?

Yes this will give you a media copy of your system image. What is the brand name of your laptop as we can provide the instructions on how to do a factory restore after you burn the ISO files to disks. Not before so that you are sure you have a safe copy of everything in case something happens to your hard drive because it will be the only way to get your system back up and running.
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Yeah you are going to need dvd's as those files are to big for a cd.
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my laptop is an ASUS N55SL
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Please do not do this till you have made the 4 dvd's as you won't be able to once you do the factory restore.

Asus:

You can use it from a special hidden partition on the hard drive by pressing F9 at system startup


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Thank you for your help. I will make the 5 DVD's first.

So to confirm, I will get a factory restore by restarting pressing f9 and then I guess following a few steps?
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Yes this will return your system to the same exact state it was when you first bought it. All drivers, programs and even the OS will be installed as if it was brand new. :thumbsup:
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I see I left out the link:

http://www.freeisoburner.com/

I suggested Free Iso Burner because it eliminates the possibility of just copying the files to a disk. You can use another burner software if you know how to burn an image.


and as rshaffer61 mentioned you will need DVDs as your ISO files are too big and you will need to boot from the disk CD1 (not run it from Windows).

Once you do reload it to factory you need to immediately do a manual Windows Update from the Control Panel (several times until it says you don't need any) before trying to use the PC for any other purpose as you will be months or years behind in security updates and very vulnerable until you get all of the updates.

Ron
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