Turn off the computer, using the normal Windows shut down process. Would you like to answer one of these instead? Enter in your laptop's information and download all of the recommended drivers and software. If I understand you correctly, the System Restore program installed by Gateway runs automatically at reboot after installing Win7? In the Set Up Windows screen, select the appropriate options and then click Next. If not, this could be a wild goose chase. Refer to onscreen instructions to set the first device to any bootable optical disc drive. Basically I pressed F8 repeatedly after start up, clicked repair computer, and so forth.
The installation of the Gateway Computers Management software will enable the computer to return to its original settings. I'm wondering if this factory default condition means that the hard drive has to be in a raw state with no main partition but to do that you would have to either be able to get into Windows or have the Windows install disc. I did a full factory recovery with the instructions off the following link of the manufacturer. When I tried rebooting Vista ended up in an infinite loop saying the install was corrupt and please restart and re install. The more drivers and applications that need to be installed, the longer the process will take.
You can browse the drive to copy over your new files and then use the drive for backing up your new files in the future. The System Restore will not affect any of your data or documents, but it will remove programs that were installed between now and the restore point you choose. If all else fails you can call GateWay tech support at 1-800-395-3817, give them your model number and they will tell you the key combo for entering the Recovery Partition. You may need to press the keys a couple times in order for them to register. Also try F11, if neither of those work, then try these combos below: Fn+F2 Fn+F8 Fn+F10u Fn+F11 Fn+F12 Shift+F2 Shift+F8 Shift+F10 Shift+F11 Shift+F12 Remember to hit these key combos before Vista loads, only when you sure the keys were pressed, cross it off the list on move on.
If you can't use the Recovery Manager because the recovery partition is gone, try to use the recovery disc. This let me change the active partition. Have you gone to the support site and gotten instructions as to how to use the restore partition? I can't access the Recovery Manager. Had samee problem for a customer, restore partiton. Depending on hardware, this process could take from 3 to 15 minutes to complete.
Ive checked drive D: which is the recovery partition and it's still there. Response: Yes, I have all the instructions, but the system will not restore when I select the menu option because of the error stating my hard drive is not in factory default configuration. If that doesn't work, you can use the Recovery Manager or a Windows installation disc to perform a factory reset of your Gateway. Not the answer you're looking for? Are you quite sure there's a Recovery Partition on your laptop in the first place? A list of available restore points will be displayed along with the time and date as well as a brief summary of why the point was created. The Advanced Boot Options menu opens.
You can reinstall Windows Vista using the backup media the original Windows Vista media. You will receive a message when Windows starts informing you that your system was successfully restored. Knowing how to boot into a Recovery Partition will help you to rebuild, restore, re-create, or just troubleshoot Windows problems. Restore Windows 7 Windows 7 users can restore the system by following these instructions. The program is not available to download from Gateway directly. You can try a System Restore first, which will attempt to roll your laptop back to a time when it was functioning properly.
I'm running a defragg right now to see if that may put the hard drive back into some type of default configuration. If you've completely wiped the laptop and reinstalled Windows using the factory reset process and the problem still isn't gone, the cause is likely a hardware component. I know there is a recovery partition because I was just going to reinstall the os and then I saw it listed under the partitions and it was even named recovery. How do I start or run the recovery process? The diagnostic tools will not run. The reson I asked if it was a laptop is because manufacturers will make a hidden partition on the hard drive with the restore and repair software. When recovery is finished, the Recovery is complete window opens.
Then it will become just like an external hard drive. If not, follow the next set of instructions. When file recovery has finished, the System Restore dialog box opens. The product key is 25 characters, and can usually be found on a sticker attached to the bottom of your laptop, or in your computer's documentation. Yes, I have everything saved, but my computer didn't come with an install disc resident as image on hard-drive. Should I just reinstall a fresh os and find the drivers myself? Please paste it on this thread.
Backup your data if possible. If the recovery program tries to run, it should get an error and continue booting into Windows 7. Hopefully this helps someone at some point. If anyone reads this and knows what had to be done to get into the recovery console I would still be curious to know what the solution was. Of course I had to re-install my applications on C:, but everything is running right again. You mentioned that it's just stopped working, you may need to check the Disk Management of your computer to see if you could still reformat it.
So that may not be it. I went on their site and found the owner's manual for my series and it told me how to do it. Caution Continuing with the full factory recovery will delete everything on your hard drive. A second, smaller drive — drive D — is created on the same physical hard drive. For one side, they do make life much easier, but they also have become more prone to issues such as viruses and corrupted files. I followed your instructions and got right into recovery partition. In the Thank You screen, click Start.