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how can i completely restore my computer without disk


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cdubose2011

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i have a Toshiba laptop with windows 7. i really need to restore the computer, but i threw out the cd it came with when i moved. i know that i can do it without the cd because i have accidentally before, but i cant remember how. i tried pressing f10 and f11 when i restart it, but nothing happens. i have also tried to do the restore back to a certain date but it doesnt go back as far as i need it. what am i doing wrong and how can i get this done?
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noknojon

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This is one method with Toshiba and Vista, not sure of Windows7 but it is worth a try -

Method: Using the Recovery partition

Toshiba laptops from mid-2007 onwards don't have a recovery disc supplied with the laptop. Instead, Toshiba has added a hidden partition on the hard drive which contains the same files as a recovery CD/DVD.

To restore your laptop to its factory settings, follow these steps:

Warning: All data on the hard drive will be erased. Back up any important data before proceeding. Make sure the computer is connected to a power supply and do not switch it off or restart during the process.

  • 1) Hold down the power button for ten seconds to switch off your machine
    • Please note: Holding down the power button on the machine forces it to switch off. Any unsaved data will be lost.
  • 2) Press and hold the zero key and at the same time, tap the power button once to switch on your notebook
  • 3) When the machine starts beeping, release the zero key
  • 4) When prompted by the warning screen, select Yes to continue with the system recovery
  • 5) Select Recovery of Factory Default Software and click Next
  • 6) Select Recover to out-of-box state and Click Next again
  • 7) Click Next to Start the recovery
Hope this helps
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Ztruker

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If the computer boots, you can probably restore it to factory state via the Start menu as well. Look for links under Toshiba or Maintenance.
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