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Saturday, March 26, 2011

How Do I Reset My PC?

Oh my!  How do I reset my computer?

To recover your PC back to factory settings is a simple process.  However, you must understand that programs and settings installed after you opened the box will no longer be available.  Most people understand.  However, there are those that do not get it.  For example, a woman that had her PC recovered returned to the store wanting to know why she could not connect to her network at home.  She did not realize she needed to reinstall her network settings.

This is what your retail store will do, so to save $120 read on.

If the malware infestation is too much and your PC needs a recovery, you may be able to do it yourself.  First, determine if you have recovery discs that came with the computer or ones the manufacture encourages every customer to make.

Most people skip making recovery discs because they think they will never need them.

If you have the recovery discs, insert number one into the DVD slot, restart your computer and follow the prompts.  If you do not have recovery discs contact your computer manufacturer and buy the recover discs for your particular machine.  Currently the price is about $30 plus shipping.  Do not embarrass yourself by going back to the retail store to ask for these discs.  Contact your manufacturer.

If two or three weeks to receive your discs seems long then try this.

Your newer model PC may have a recovery partition that will take your computer back to factory settings.  Click on Computer (Click on Start and look to the right) and locate a D partition that is not a device.

I have an HP so my D partition reads HP_RECOVERY (D:)  under this heading it reads 1.77 free of 8.28 GB.

Not every PC brand is the same so you must find out how to access your own.  HP is one of the easiest.  On restarting just keep tapping on F11 and the prompts will show up.  Follow the prompts and in less than an hour your computer is as good as new.  With older model Toshiba’s, restart and hold down on the zero until the Toshiba logo appears, then follow the prompts.

There are too many PC brands to list the directions on how to access each recovery partition.

To find out how your brand and model accesses the recovery partition, either go to their website and click on support or Google your brand, model number followed by “how to make a recovery disc without CD’s.”  If that does not work check out the free tech support I told you about in an earlier post.  Here is that link.  http://www.whybeachump.com/2011/03/how-to-get-free-tech-support.html

Whatever you choose, at least you now know ‘all’ your options, which is something you will not get at your local retail “We Fix Computers” store!

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