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Thinkpad X200, Windows 7 installed in the system, but came with XP recovery disks?

Question: Thinkpad X200, Windows 7 installed in the system, but came with XP recovery disks?

Hi everyone, I've bought an X200s in 2010. The default system is Windows 7. Every few months I would restore the system to factory settings so I can have a refreshed system. I tried to recover the system today, but when I pressed F11 during boot up, the system said it "cannot find files". So I checked out with the Q drive, but I accidentally chose "recover disk space" so Q driver was gone... Then I took the DVDs recovery disks, I thought it would be easy... but the discs Lenovo gave me was for Windows XP Professional SP3... Is it a mistake that they shipped me the Recoverey Disks for Windows XP? Or is there any other way that I can recover the Windows 7 to factory default? Thank you very much!

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Preferred Solution: Thinkpad X200, Windows 7 installed in the system, but came with XP recovery disks?

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Answer: Thinkpad X200, Windows 7 installed in the system, but came with XP recovery disks?

Did you bought this from Lenovo directly?So machine was ordered with Win XP recovery media when they were shipped from factory. Right now you probably need to speak to the Lenovo warranty department and request a win 7 recovery media to be sent to you (if you are in warranty).Otherwise, you can use aftermarket Win 7 iso to do the installation and then activate it using the win 7 serial number under your laptop.Or Purchase a Win 7 recovery media from Lenovo.

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Hi, I have a just purchased the ThinkPad E550. I want to create recovery disks for the system. I have already upgraded the laptop to Windows 10 (system came with Windows 7). There is no OneKey Recovery icon that I can find, and I understand that this may not be available for anythign above Windows 7. How do I create the recovery disks? Thanks

Answer:How to create recovery disks for ThinkPad E550 with Windows 10 and no OneKey Recovery option

Hi srm17,
Welcome to Lenovo Community.
Does this help?  http://www.techradar.com/us/how-to/software/operating-systems/how-to-create-a-windows-10-recovery-di...

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I've recently taken delivery of my a new Thinkpad X260.  Like a good little user, the first thing I did was run the utilty which created a recovery disk on a USB drive, which I've stored away carefully. Now.  When I ordered the X260 from Lenovo, I deliberately specified it to be supplied preinstalled with Windows 7 Professional 64, through the downgrade rights in Windows 10 Pro.   I had first established that if and when I wish to upgrade to Windows 10, that will not be a problem for me.  All good. What I am keen to know is, should I ever need to use the recovery USB drive which I created, will that let me reinstall either Windows 10 or 7, or is there anything else which I should be doing to be sure about this? Thanks 

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I have an aging IBM/Lenovo Thinkpad X61. This week a series of problems it was having started to seem insurmountable, and I decided to backup my files, restore to factory condition, and have done with it. I'm starting to regret that choice. The recovery disks that came with my computer installed Windows XP Professional edition, not Windows XP Tablet edition. In all respects now, my tablet is just a regular Thinkpad with a weird hinge. It doesn't recognize the digitizer pen, nor does it recognize the touchscreen, even though both are listed on the device manager, both have up-to-date drivers, and both claim to be functioning fine. Also, no Microsoft Journal, which I desperately need, and no sticky notes. Please tell me there's a free way to fix this!













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Answer:Recovery disks installed wrong version of Windows XP. HELP!! :'(

Hi Icarus, and welcome to the Lenovo User Community!
 
ThinkPads don't normally ship with recovery disks. You should have been prompted make your own when the system was new. Apparently your vendor included the wrong set .
 
Either contact your vendor, or call Lenovo support to get the XP Tablet Edition disks (you may have to pay ~$50).

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This is worthless. My good ole (quality) laptop gave up after eight hard years of everyday use and travelling. So i bought a Lenovo four months ago, without much knowledge about how OS:s have evolved after Windows XP. The computer itself worked decently for some months, although i'm not a fan of windows 8. downloaded classic shell to get it operative and it worked for a while, then came issues. computer freezed spontaneously, apparently due to "disk usage 100%". and after an update it completely went haywire, couldn't boot. 0xc0000001 or something.  The recovery partition didn't recover anything. I tried all the options, eventually even complete factory reset or whatever it was called. Didn't work. (i have diagnosed the hdd:s and they passed). 0xc0000001. Now is the first time i actually discovered what pre-installed Windows 8 meant in practice. I couldn't just go to the last resort, ie FORMAT C: and clean install OS. for apparent reasons, no DVD with windows. So i ordered this from lenovo. Got recovery disks, 5 of them came. After a lot of tinkering with BIOS i managed to get them to work, or atleast pretend to work. After the long recovery process said it was finished, i rebooted, altered boot order etc. And what do i see now? After a weird long boot up: Blue screen background, and the command prompt. It reads: X:\windows\system32>CALL X:\windows\system32\FIXLETR.CMD What do i have to do to get this working? The retailer is closed on weekend... Read more

Answer:I can not restore windows - got recovery disks shipped - doesn't work | thinkpad edge 540

I have this same prolem with a Tablet 2.  Any help?

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My Thinkpad-x200's vista system was not good, So I wanted recovered it using blue button, and then my system breakdown. The service told me that I used tools to rebuild partitioned space. So it was my problem. But I didn't have the system recover CD, So somebody know, how can i do it? 













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Answer:Where can I find the set of windows vista system recover CD for Thinkpad-X200? TYPE(7454HT1)

if you bitch at them on the phone long enough they will send you some.they are obligated to send you some in the mail.

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Hello, I've lost access to my Thinkpad because of lost password to Hard disk.Then purchased another HDD and installed OS and drivers. Getting few problems, one is that I cannot use ThinkVantage key to restore my system. But I have Rescue and Recovery Startup Disk & Product Recovery Disks, so can I recover my old HDD?If not possible to use the old, can I get back my system working[as factory default] with those disks? Thanks.

Answer:Thinkpad z60m: HDD password [But have Rescue and Recovery Startup Disk & Product Recovery Disks]

For second option, what will be the passwords of the recovered system: BIOS, HDD, Windows?

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Hey this one seems to be a tough one, the orginal thinkpad deskptop theme, any one know this canbe found it atll possible?

Answer:X200 Factory installed Thinkpad Desktop Theme

Do you mean Windows Theme, or desktop wallpaper? Many of the Lenovo desktop wallpaper images are posted in their Flickr library.

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Hi all, I need to create system recovery disks but unsure how to do it. Can someone please give me the instructions? Thank you  ETA: Found it but I want to create a disk. It's asking for a usb

Answer:Creating System Recovery Disks Windows 10

No disks on windows 10, just USB since they are more reliable and faster to read/write.

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I recently bought a set of Thinkpad R52 Recovery Disks from "ThinkpadRestore.com," and they sent me an incomplete set! I have all the disks except "Product Recovery CD #2." They won't answer my emails or their phone or the voice messages I've left them. So I'm dead in the water here. I'm going to have to dispute the purchase through Paypal. I have tons of work to do, and I can't find any way to get this one CD. Can anyone help me on this? I've looked on the web and don't see any other alternative suppliers. Could someone possibly help me? Does anyone have this one CD? Dropbox? Something? Thanks for any help you can suggest.













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Answer:Thinkpad R52 Recovery Disks -- HELP!

Hello and welcome,
 
There's a fairly recent conversation about that vendor over here: http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/T61-and-prior-T-series-ThinkPad/Is-this-a-legitimate-company/td-p/880009
 
Doesn't look too good
 
I don't know if Lenovo support still has R52 media available.  Give them a call: 1-800-426-7378, 24 hr / 7 days
 
That's where I'd go first for legit recovery media in the US.
 
Z.

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will the recovery disks for thinkpad t60 work with the thinkpad x200 series

Answer:Recovery disks for thinkpad t60 wor

I doubt it. Contact lenovo and maybe they can sell the correct disk.1/3 of highway deaths are caused by drunks. The rest are by people who can't drive any better than a drunk.

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Sigh.  Hopefully someone here can help me. Does anyone know the type model number for the Thinkpad x200 Ultrabase?? I'm trying to get a defective Thinkpad x200 ultrabase replaced because the USB ports stopped working.  Tested it with other USB devices, on other x200s, etc...no go. I tried going through Lenovo's <sarcasm> wonderful </sarcasm> tech support but for some strange reason they can not replace the part because they cannot find the model type in their system.   I sent them a 600DPI PDF of the back of the docking station to them and they said that they still couldn't find it in their system. This is a company laptop and it belongs to a vice president.  They want a proof of purchase (which I don't have because they are ordered through another department and to get that information it might take a week...at the earliest).  Why do they even have the serial number if they cannot connect it to anything in their system??? The worst part is that this is not the first time I've had issues replacing parts.  Every time it takes at least an hour and the parts NEVER come when they say that they do.  (sorry, once they did...bleeping miracle) I NEVER receive an email saying the part was sent or they are having issues, etc. WORST SYTEM EVER. I hope some high mucky-muck is reading this and gets pissed.  Their system is BROKEN and needs to be fixed. Thank you!

Answer:Thinkpad x200 untrabase model type number for a Thinkpad x200

Does this help?http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/product-and-parts/detail.page?&LegacyDocID=MIGR-70300 

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My laptop was bought in the US, and it comes with Windows 8 Pro operating system. My system crashed and couldn't be refreshed or reinstalled though its recovery drive. I think I need factory recovery disks to reinstall the system. I found a link here http://www.ebay.com/itm/Lenovo-Windows-8-Pro-Recovery-Driver-Disks-for-x240-Sealed-/221654876881?pt=... My question is are these disks made by Lenovo?

Answer:Recovery disks for ThinkPad X240

Hi Pengjiayou,
 
Welcome to Lenovo Community!
 
As per the query we understood that you are looking for recovery media for ThinkPad X240.
 
I am not sure about the link which you have provided (ebay), but I suggest you to purchase the recovery media from authorized Lenovo service center.
 
Please contact our customer care to get the complete details on service center.
http://support.lenovo.com/us/en/supportphonelist
http://support.lenovo.com/us/en/documents/ht035659
 
Hope this helps.
 
Best regards,
Hemanth Kumar





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Dear Forum,

Last year I returned a HP pavillion notebook as it had a faulty power supply. They determined I needed to replace the mother board and proceeded to do so. They then used their own product recovery disks. In my Help and Support file it shows the computer as a Compaq.

I have an outstanding issue that might be connected. My two computers can see each other by bluetooth but when I use file transfer I move the icon to the second computer and that after a while it says incorrect permissions. I have had bluetooth forum help on this with no success. the computer with the new mother board connects by bluetooth with my iPaq.

Does anyone know whether there is a problem with this apparent incompatability?

Hope you are keeping well,

All the Best

Bill Z

Answer:Installed With Wrong Recovery Disks

Compaq and HP are made by the same manufacturer but I don't know if the restore disk they used are actually compatable.

Does everything on the computer work properly except your networking problem?
Make sure your drives are set for filesharing and the folders are set for filesharing as well. That applies to everything you want to be able to share.

How did you set it up originally? Did you use the wireless connection wizard in each computer to set up the network?

Make sure the workgroup you set up in each computer is spelled exactly the same.

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my M1202 org. had the win.7 upgrade, recently I bought/used the 4 set recovery disks,it installed vista.  so now not only has M.S. stoped support but missed the free upgrade to 10, nowere was it stated the disks were going to be vista, I got the 7 upgrade because I didn't want vista, acer said the recovery disks are to bring back the computer to when new, they should keep there promise. 

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my M1202 org. had the win.7 upgrade, recently I bought/used the 4 set recovery disks,it installed vista.  so now not only has M.S. stoped support but missed the free upgrade to 10, nowere was it stated the disks were going to be vista, I got the 7 upgrade because I didn't want vista, acer said the recovery disks are to bring back the computer to when new, they should keep there promise. 

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my M1202 org. had the win.7 upgrade, recently I bought/used the 4 set recovery disks,it installed vista.  so now not only has M.S. stoped support but missed the free upgrade to 10, nowere was it stated the disks were going to be vista, I got the 7 upgrade because I didn't want vista, acer said the recovery disks are to bring back the computer to when new, they should keep there promise. 

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Another issue.  The computer came with XP Pro installed, but the recovery dvd's are for Vista SP1.  Will the recovery partition still contain XP Pro if I installed Vista from these CD's?













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Answer:XP installed but Recovery disks are Vista SP1

your xp recovery partition will be wiped. 

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I want to upgrade my system to Windows 8, but was wondering if I do it without System Recovery disks and just install a win8 pro retail, will the blue ThinkVantage button become invalid? Or who can tell me a way to upgrade my W520 to Win8, and keep the ThinkVantage button valid.

Answer:Can I implement Windows 8 System Recovery disks on my W520, although it's for W530/T430/etc?

ThinkPad W520 never had Lenovo Windows 8 Recovery Media. As such you could only do a clean install, which means you would lose the function of the ThinkVantage button.

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My IBM Thinkpad T43p (2668-CE6) is a refurbished PC which I purchased directly from IBM (IBM Certified Pre-Owned PCs webpage). It came with the IBM Recovery Partition, but the blue "Access IBM" button didn't access anything and there was no ?Access IBM? program on the computer.  I downloaded the "Access IBM" online user?s guide for T43p and the driver needed for the blue "Access IBM" button to connect to the "Access IBM" that I had downloaded.  I want to create a set of recovery CDs of the pre-installed software (Windows XP Prof.), so that I can restore the computer to its factory state when I need to replace the existing hard drive.  The ?Access IBM? online user?s guide gives the following instructions for creating these recovery disks:  Start / Programs / Access IBM / Create Recovery Disks.?  But, the problem is, the ?Create Recovery Disks? option does not appear on my T43p.  All I can get is the online user?s guide that I had downloaded.  Is there some way that I can still create a set of recovery CDs for the pre-installed software?  Thank you for your help.













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Answer:Create Recovery Disks for IBM Thinkpad T43p (2668-CE6)

The laptop has no IBM/Lenovo preinstallation.
You can clone the drive onto an external drive and restore it from there in the case of emergency. Otherwise if the directory C:\i386 exists you my be able to create a clean insallation-CD from it.
 
Annother way is to buy the recovery disks in ebay.

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Message says windows can not load hardware problem ?

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Hello all,
I'm having an issue with my Acer 6930 in regards to a new hard drive installed. Old hard drive went bad(Seagate Momentus 5400.5, 250 GB), replaced with a WD Scorpio Blue 320 GB. I have the recovery disks and proceeded to run them. The first time the computer was started up after HDD replacement it did not recognize the new HDD, but on second reboot, it did. I don't believe I partitioned any part of the HDD off, didn't know it was needed Answered a couple of other questions that prompted and then was asked to start the recovery disks. After the disks were loaded, the computer restarted(?) on its own Windows started to go, but then I got the message of, "Windows could not complete the installation. To install Windows on this computer, restart installation." Press ok, and the vicious cycle starts all over again. I tried to run my recovery disks again, but being a serious novice, I don't know to get the computer to read the disk drive in the state its in.
I looked at some forums and it seems that Acer has this problem because the recovery disks di not come from the new HDD? Kind of stuck and unsure how to proceed. Very limited in "computer speak"; I believe this was the first time I touched the "f" buttons. Any help would be appreciated, Thanks.
 

Answer:New hard drive installed; recovery disks not working

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Hi everyone,I am using this old but quite fast laptop running a 4Gb of RAM on a clean Windows 8.1 intsallation. I've installed the lenovo bridge service and the latest System Update to find the correct drivers. When running from Chrome, it hangs at 10%  of system scanning. When running the app it's self, it reaches 16% and says there are no applicable packages for the system ( Downloading lenovo help center package ).  There are a few devices in the Device Mnagaer that don't have drivers. And for God sake, I ust need to have a fully installed system with all the drivers. Those from manually list don't cover everything.

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Hi so i tried to create a recovery disk, but i failed because the usb drive that i was copying was apperenty too small (its 16gb) and after it failed it seem the program or something deleted the q partion. Not excacly sure how it happend, but is there anyway to get the partion back and/or get a recovery disk?

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My gf said her lenovo is getting slow so I decided to get her an SSD and do a fresh install of win7 on it. She has 3 DVDs created which I believe believe from the lenovo Rescue and recovery software.They are DVD1) lenovo recovery boot.DVD2) lenovo recovery data1.DVD3) lenovo recovery data2. I swapped in the SSD  and booted with the DVD labeled as "recovery boot" and i enter the lenovo recovery screen with 3 options1) quick restore (grayed out, cant be selected)2) full restore3) rescue files. I chose full restore and select DVD/CD to locate backup , but it didn't find anything. I subsequently put in DVD2 and DVD3 , it didn't find any backup and prompted for a "final C" DVD. At this point I'm thinking GF didn't create her recovery disk properly. I popped in her original HDD and try to create another recovery disk but it says it can only be done once.Do you think she's missing a final C disk? Is there a way to move forward with installing win 7 on her SSD besides recovery DVD from lenovo?Her laptop model is thinkpad edge 0578 , win 7 home edition. she bought it 2 years ago and it's probably out of warranty.

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Hi so i tried to create a recovery disk, but i failed because the usb drive that i was copying was apperenty too small (its 16gb) and after it failed it seem the program or something deleted the q partion. Not excacly sure how it happend, but is there anyway to get the partion back and/or get a recovery disk?

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Hi So I got mt Lenovo thinkpad r400 (Windows 7)  few months ago and I want to reset it to factory state but whenever I try it says I need  to insert a certain disk but the issue is when I bought my laptop refurbished it didnt come with the 3 disks I need I tried making my own system repair disk but when I try to reset with my disk Iit wont work It says I still need the 3 disks I really need help so any help would be aappreciated Thanks

Answer:Lenovo ThinkPad R400 Factory Reset Without Recovery Disks

Hi, I am going to assume that your R400 did not come with a Lenovo preload. If it had, you would have a Q drive containing the factory preload image, and then pressing the ThinkVantage button would invoke the factory reload process. using Rescue and Recovery. In addition, having a Q drive, allows you to make factory recovery disks yourself using the Create Rescue Media application. That said, your only other option is to call up Lenovo and pay for them, and that only works if you have a Windows 7 license on the laptop. I bought my R500 back in 2009 and it came with a  Windows 7 professional (32 bit) image. About two or three years later, I purchased the recovery disks from Lenovo, for Windows 7 professional 64 bit for $50 Canadian. What arrived were 2 DVD's and the label on them says that they can be used to recover T400, T500, R400 or R500. I have used them to re-image both my R500 machine, as well as a T500 machine I obtained recently.  





2 ThinkPad R500's 2714-CTO T9600 2.80 Ghz 4GB RAM Win 7/10. ThinkPad R500 2714-CTO P8600 2.40 Ghz 3GB RAM Win 7. ThinkPad R61 8932-CTO T8300 2.40 Ghz 3GB RAM Win Vista. ThinkPad T500 2241-DB9 T9600 2.80 Ghz 4GB RAM Win 7. ThinkCenter A63 5237-CTO 3GB Ram Win 7

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Hey, I have a X200 with a Intel GS45 graphic card, which should use 256mb of the systems RAM. So far I only had 2gb of RAM, but recently I upgraded to another 4gb. Now the system says that it uses 2,96gb of ram, and the graphic card is listed with 1024mb of RAM. The system I use is WinXP SP3 32bit. Why is so much asigned to graphic card? Is there an option to change the amount that is used by the graphic card? I don't think that the graphic card is using that extra RAM anyway. I read that it could help to add /pae to the boot.ini, but this didn't change anything. Any help or adivice is greatly appreciated! Best,Tao













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Answer:X200 4gb installed, only 2,96gb show up for the system

TaoLang- The operating system is 32bit and therefore cannot recognize RAM beyond 3GB. (your video card will then use 256mb of that 3GB) This is true for all versions of the 32bit OS, i.e. Windows XP/Vista/7 If you install the 64bit version of Windows XP/Vista/7, your entire 4GB of RAM will be recognized and used. On the bright side, 3GB is better than 2GB!

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I just bought a ThinkPad X2000 with no operating system.  I have a new Microsoft XP CD and the  Lenovo X200 XP SP2 Recovery Disk set (of 3 CDs).  It appears this set is for installing XP on a machine running Vista.  The instructions with this set instructed me to make my USB CD ROM the first bootable drive in the BIOS setup.  I did this and the machine will not boot up from the Recovery CD.  I thought buying the unit with no OP Sys would be an easy setup but so far it is frustrating and not working for me.  Any help will be greatly appreciated!!  

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The 500 GB Samsung Hard Drive on my HP Pavilion a6500f PC running on Windows Vista Home Premium (64-bit) crashed. I bought and installed a new 500 GB Western Digital Caviar Blue model WD5000AAKS hard drive on the PC. I ordered recovery disks from HP using the computer's serial number and confirmed that the Build ID on the recovery CDs and the sticker on my computer match. However when I attempt to recover the system Windows loads the recovery files and then I get the error:

"This PC is not supported by the system recovery discs. You will not be able to recover this system with these discs."

I have tried 2 sets of recovery discs from hp and get the same error. I have attempted to use the Cyberlink Recovery Disk Utility from hp http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/softwareDownloadIndex?softwareitem=pv-80183-1&cc=us&lc=en&dlc=en but it fails. This Utility only supports Windows 7 per the hp page.

I would appreciate any help on how to move forward. I am new to this site so if I broke any rules please feel free to correct me. Thanks.

NYATI

Answer:System Recovery Fails with hp Supplied Recovery Disks

How much did you pay for your recovery discs and is it refundable? If you the recovery disc costs more then $100, you would be better off purchasing a copy of Windows 7 which is far more stable and a less of a memory hog.

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My Laptop came preloaded with Windows 7 Home Premium and I would like to create system recovery disks. I have a drive labeled RECOVERY (D. How do I create recovery disks from this drive?

Answer:Need to create system recovery disks from RECOVERY (D:) drive

We know nothing about your laptop, so it's hard to say. Who made it?? What model?

You probably have to access some program, either from a choice in your list of programs or through a particular keystroke during the boot process. Look in your list of available programs for something related to recovery or consult your manual.

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Stop 0x000000001A *Memory_Management* Blue Screen during recovery.
Please help.

Answer:Satellite L500-12T System Recovery from Recovery Disks

First recovery or first notebook start?
HDD or DVD recovery?

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My x200 ThinkPad (3 years old, runs on Vista) is running so slowly, I can't even watch videos on it anymore.  I keep it pretty clean as far as malware, etc. goes and already did a hardware system update.  Lenovo sent me system recovery disks but I am very nervous about losing three years worth of medical school and personal data.  I do backup to an external drive but since I have never recovered from a backup, don't really want to have to resort to that. So, my questions are...will a system recovery actually improve the speed of my computer and how likely am I to lose all my stuff?  Thank you!

Answer:System recovery on X200

Full factory recovery wipes out everything. It will restore back to factory condition. So if ypur laptop isnt slow when you got it, then the recovery disc can help to restore the laptop to that condition.

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Am doing a Vista 64 clean install on a separate hard disk to upgrade my T500 from Vista 32 using the Lenovo clean install instructions here. Have successfully installed and updated all drivers and am now starting to install the applications from the C:\SWTOOLS\APPS directory. I discover that although both Roxio Creator and MyDVD are installed on my Vista 32 factory preload, the Roxio Creator CBED subdirectory is missing from C:\SWTOOLS\APPS (all the other applications are there including WinDVD.)  I have checked back to my earliest backups after I unpacked the T500 in December and am fairly certain that there never was a CBED subdirectory there. There are also a couple of earlier forum threads indicating I am not the only one with a missing CBED directory. So I used my Vista 32 recovery disks to create (again on a separate disk) the restore to factory settings Vista 32 system. On this system I find that Roxio Creator is not installed but for instance WinDVD is installed. Furthermore on the system generated by the recovery disks the whole C:\SWTOOLS\APPS directory is missing! I then checked my T42 where I have reset to factory settings with its recovery disks and there the whole  C:\IBMTOOLS\APPS directory as it was called then is present. So what's going on here, has Lenovo changed policy regarding the C:\SWTOOLS\APPS directory or is it a bug that it's missing from the restore to factory settings system? Can anyone confirm that if I badger L... Read more

Answer:T500 Vista: Roxio Creator 1) not installed, missing from 2) C:\SWTOOLS\APPS and 3) recovery disks?

Isn't there somebody running a T500 (machine type 2055) with a Vista 32 system restored to factory settings from recovery disks provided by Lenovo support that could tell me if the system contains a C:\SWTOOLS\APPS\CBED directory or not?





T500: Vista 32, 2.8GHz, 4GB RAM, 15.4" 1680x1050, 500GB 7200rpm, ATI Radeon HD3650 + Intel 4500MHD. T42: XP, 1.7GHz, 2GB RAM, 14.1" 1024x768, 250GB PATA, ATI Radeon 7500.

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Hello experts.

I couldn't do a system update with the lenovo update tool nor upgrade the adobe flash player,
so I went to do a system restore using windows system restore.
Everything went fine(no power outage, etc), but when the comp restarted, it showed this:



No OS listed


Backup not listed



I've tried the following options but it's futile.


returns back to this
http://i51.tinypic.com/9az2o3.jpg


It seems the HDD's driver is missing? Because it is encrypted with truecrypt? I'm sure there's a backup image with window's system restore and 2 images with lenovo's system restore.

I've tried knoppix live cd to access the harddisk but they're not accessible, probably because I didn't get to enter the truecrypt startup password?

Recovery partition in HDD is deleted.
I need to access all files in the computer before doing a fresh OS install. Advice please.

Answer:Thinkpad Windows 7(with truecypt) system recovery failed

  
Quote: Originally Posted by needdhelp


Hello experts.

I couldn't do a system update with the lenovo update tool nor upgrade the adobe flash player,
so I went to do a system restore using windows system restore.
Everything went fine(no power outage, etc), but when the comp restarted, it showed this:

No OS listed
Backup not listed

I've tried the following options but it's futile.
returns back to this
http://i51.tinypic.com/9az2o3.jpg
It seems the HDD's driver is missing? Because it is encrypted with truecrypt? I'm sure there's a backup image with window's system restore and 2 images with lenovo's system restore.

I've tried knoppix live cd to access the harddisk but they're not accessible, probably because I didn't get to enter the truecrypt startup password?

Recovery partition in HDD is deleted.
I need to access all files in the computer before doing a fresh OS install. Advice please.



Hello there!

I'm not an expert in this area but try this article Recover a TrueCrypt Volume - CGSecurity

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Hi, I re-installed Windows 7 using Dell recovery partition, but I think my laptop has become a bit slower now When I start windows, after Windows7 start logo, i get a black screen for about 20-40 seconds, then a black screen with cursor for around 10-15 seconds and then I get the login screen. Also when I click on softwares like CCleaner, it takes time to open, which is odd because before i re-installed windows, CCleaner was working perfectly fine. Also there was this (default) program running at start up, and the location of that program was unknown, I deleted it.

I am using Bitdefender Internet Security and Windows is also updated.
Windows Experience Index: 5.4

I'd be really grateful if someone helps me find out what exactly is wrong with my laptop. thanks!

Answer:Re-Installed Windows 7 using recovery partition, system is slow now

Why did you perform the system recovery? Were you having issues with the laptop? If you performed a system recovery onto a failing HD for instance then the new slowness could be because of the new system was written to bad sectors causing slowness in areas where it wasn't slow before.

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I bought a Ideacentre k430 back in 2013. It's a wonderful computer and I really like it. Unfortunately, the hard drive is failing and corrupt. I can't find my original recovery disks and I can't make an uncorrupted back up now.What I hope to be able to do is purchase a set of recovery disks so I can simply replace the hard drive and restore to factory. But I've had two messages from lenovo telling me I must first bring my warranty to date before they can answer my questions. I don't mind paying to do that IF someone can let me know that will definitely enable me to eventually purchase the recovery software I need.Can someone let me know if I will be allowed to purchase recovery software if I agree to pay for warranty extension for this old but beloved computer?Otherwise its a waste of money as the hard drive is shot.

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Hello. I have been working on my T30 2366-97U. New heatsink/fan and keyboard. Now need hard drive. I never lost a disk in my life! Now cant find my os disks. How to get new ones? From Lenovo? From Microsoft? It came preinstalled on the t30. Some people seem to be cooking them up and selling them for like US$1.00 each - total 8 disks? Something doesnt sound right... Any info helpful. Thanks!

Answer:How to get new XP Pro (system recovery?) disks?

If the HD that came with it is dead or gone, you will need to call Lenovo and I think OS discs are $50.00    

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Exactly what is on these 6 cd's? If I need to reinstall my OS can I use these instead of my Windows XP cd? I don't want to wipe out everything on my HP laptop.

Thanks
 

Answer:HP System Recovery Disks???

Running recovery disks will wipe out everything on a computer and restore it to the way it was when you bought it.
 

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I wanted to perform a system recovery and tried using my recovery disks.  The first disk froze at 36% so I was stuck.  I ordered a new set of recovery disks from hp online and they sent me a USB flash drive.I am following the instructions shown below but I do not have a "USB Storage device option"Do you have any suggestions on how to get this option on my menu. thanks Immediately press the Escape key repeatedly, about once every second, until a Startup or Select Boot Device Menu opens.The selections you need to make vary slightly depending on the type of menu that appears on your screen:If a "Startup Menu" opens, press F9 to open the "Boot Menu" or "Boot Device Options". Use the up or down arrow key to select the name of your USB Storage Device (the volume label of the drive). Then press Enter to continue. 

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Hi all

I went to go online with my wife's HP desktop this morning and heard a noticeable ticking noise. I shook the mouse to open the display monitor and it said "disk drive failure". It was working the night before without any error messages or anything that would let me know the HD was going south. Unfortunately I don't have hardly any info on it except as follows:

HP Pavilion p7-1287c PC
Model # p-7 1287c
I have the product number and Serial number but probably not appropriate to give here.
5 and 1/2 years old
Came with Windows 7
It was an Intel I-5 processor
I believe it had 10 gigs of ram.

I have a couple of HP desktop computers that are dead for one reason or another and so I'm going to take a hard drive from one of them and see if they will work, if not I will buy a new hard drive for it.
I do have the HP restore disc set that I ordered from HP shortly after I bought the machine.

Does anyone know if these HP System Restore disks have a routine to format the newly installed Hard Drive and then restore the original OS? Or, will I need to reformat the hard drive myself and then install from the System Restore disks? Been years since I reformatted a hard drive. What is the sysntax to partition and reformat it?
Then, once it is formatted I will need to go into the BIOS Setup Utility won't I and change from the C: the disk to the CDROM drive so I can put in the System Restore Disk set, right?

I have a new PC for my wife already so no hurry... Read more

Answer:HP system recovery disks...

Everything is done automatically when restoring your computer. You will be needing your Restore disk and not too sure about your computer drivers too, but I think you will also need them if not yet included in your restore disks.
 

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My
HP PX624AA XP Pro 2005 Media Centre Photosmart m7061.uk PC which has been a joy to use this last ten years recently started playing up.
Since XP has not been supported I have been trying out different browsers installing and uninstalling which has led to programs not responding so decided to use the system recovery using the two disks that I created when the PC was new and was talked through the process by HP on the telephone with some other queries I had under warranty.
So I started with disk 1 and had two choices and decided to reformat the
Hard Drive for a clean install, some twenty minutes in and 14% showing a error box informed me that it could not find file c:\1386\Drv\APP17311\src\CTShared\ShareDLL\AudPlug\CTNvfFlt.dll and so instead of aborting clicked on ignore to carry on but then this happened about ten times with same file heading but second half of file different name.
Eventually disk 1 stopped and was asked to load disk 2 and I thought after that had finished I would be looking for the missing files but instead when disk 2 finished it asked for disk 3. Disk 3 where the hell does disk 3 come from. The HP advisor definitely told me to get 2 DVDs ready and so did the pc and even online it still states 2 disks are needed. Now the PC is knacked for the use of a better word, all I have is a faulty disk 1 and no disk 3 so it looks like back to factory settings is out of the question for me because all these years I have kept my PC as original as was possible and us... Read more

Answer:HP System Recovery Two Disks or Three

If you only formatted C: partition, you may still have a hidden factory restore partition on your hard drive. Restart your pc and continually tap F11 (about every 1 second) and see if it brings up a menu screen.

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Hi

I have been having virus problems with my computer lately and feel that it would be easier if I just reload my system to the factory default. Unfortunately, the factory restore on my computer via a partitioned drive is not functioning. I do not know if this is virus related. I was wondering if I could use disks generated from another computer. I have an Acer Aspire 5610Z running on Windows Vista and my friends computer is also an Acer Aspire but a different model number. It also runs on Windows Vista. Can I use the recovery disks made from his computer on mine? Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.

Answer:Using system recovery disks

Did you get a restore disk with your laptop because I got a partition and disk.

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A few years ago i created system recovery disks and had to use them to restore my laptop. I didn't know what to do so my friend did it for me, but now he's not around and i need to reformat because i'm giving the laptop to my girlfriend.

I still have the disks but have no idea how to use them. I've gone in the HP recovery manager and clicked yes when it asks if i want to restore to the factory settings. It then restarts and seems to be looking for a windows 7 installation disk which i don't have and as far as i recall never have done.

On boot up i tried pressing f11 and it said it was going to the system recovery, and then it just loaded up windows anyway.

How do i restore my computer?

Answer:How Do I Use My System Recovery Disks?

In order to use your recovery disks, you have to make sure that your computer will boot from the CD/DVD drive as the first boot option and not from the hard drive. According to HP, the factory default boot order for the Pavilion dv3 series is floppy drive, optical drive (CD/DVD), hard drive, USB device. Since you probably don't have a floppy drive connected, the computer should boot from the CD/DVD drive.

Put Recovery Disk # 1 into the CD/DVD tray and close the tray. Now restart the computer. You will probably see a brief prompt on the screen to press any key to boot from the CD/DVD drive. You must press a key (the space bar is a good choice) and the computer should boot from Recovery Disk # 1. If you miss the prompt the computer will then move to the next device and boot from it. (That would be your hard drive.)

But if the default boot order was changed, you'll have to go into the BIOS to make the CD/DVD drive first boot option.

This HP article gives some more info including how to access the hidden recovery partition and how to use the Function keys to access the BIOS.

Configuring the Boot Order in the System BIOS HP Pavilion dv3 Series Notebook PC | HP Support

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I ve bought thinkpade edge 13 (0221RY6) and formated my hdd (was trying to install win XP). But now i am ready to switch on Windows seven and i am very sorry that i ve formated my HDD with pre installed windows 7.Somebody who has same machine PLS Can u give me your copy of recovery usb or link on it! Or any other help.THANKS!

Answer:I have lost my Recovery HDD with pre installed windows 7 on ThinkPad Edge 13 edge PLS Need HElp!

This is why one should burn recovery media before fiddling with the HD.
 
One option would be to download a legal Windows 7 ISO and install it.  Or borrow one.  You can use the product key on the bottom of your machine (or in the battery compartment) to activate the installation.  You may have to use the phone option to activate.
 
Working Legal Windows 7 Download Links 
 
To do this you must install the same version of Windows that came on your machine - but it can be either 32 or 64 bit.
 
Your machine came with Win7 Home Basic 32.  I can't say for certain that these "all version" ISOs include that version, but you can try and see.
 
Once you have Windows installed, go to the Lenovo support page and enter your machine type.  That will take you to a list of drivers and apps to download.  Expand the ThinkVantage option and install ThinkVantage System Update.  You can then run it and it will download and install the other software automatically.
 
I'm basing this on what I see on the US pages.  Yours may be different.
 
Good luck,
Z.

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I had a ASUS computer that after every Microsoft 10 update it took many reboots to get working again, last update it just could not be brought to life.
I used the recovery disks that wipe the HD and it returned the computer to the command line on screen and asks for system boot disk, this tells me i need a copy of win 10 to reinstall the OS on computer as Win had been downloaded on the ASUS that had Win8.
I guess this means i have to buy a copy of Win10 am i correct?
I had another smaller ASUS that i needed to use the recovery disks on and it reverted to Win7 i am guessing the old Win7 OS had been stored when Win10 installed, i am thinking i had removed the old OS on my ASUS computer that is now needing an OS to be installed.

Answer:After using recovery disks i have no operating system.

The good news is you can go and download the latest Windows 10 free from ms create a dvd or USB boot from that and do a clean install to the latest update you don't need to buy it once you have it it's free for life of the pc so you can do all PC's

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After downloading a program to clean startup menu Windows totally shut down. I cannot go into Safe Mode or any other options to start Windows so I ordered System Recovery Disks from HP to reinstall XP Professional but the only message I get is "Insert Disk labeled Recovery" and will not read disks. Hard drive works fine but I cannot get a command prompt as well. Suggestions...

Answer:System Recovery Disks Will Not Load

What was the name of the program you downloaded?

Orange Blossom

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I am trying to do a system restore back to factory defaults using the operating system recovery disks that were given to me when I purchased my computer. They only gave me 2 disks (which are numbered 1/2 and 2/2) and now the restore process is asking for a 3rd disk? It's sitting at 78% restored right now. Am I missing something? I don't think I have another disk laying around, and definitely not one that is labeled system restore. If anyone knows a solution or has any idea what is happening please help me!

Answer:System Recovery using Backup Disks

Looks like they did not give you a complete set. You were probably supposed to burn your recovery disc from the recovery partition.

But that's not a big problem. Use this approach - it will give you a much cleaner install without all that OEM bloatware.

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my system couldn't load windows 8.1.some missing .ini file as it says.didn't had recovery disk but purchased it from acer.When I load it the screen suppose to highlight all the options to select. like to default and so on.But here only highlighted exit option. what went wrong or how to reload windows.any one ?please help

Answer:recovering system with e recovery disks

Instead of using the recovery disks, have you tried to press ALT+F10 at boot and choose repair my computer - troubleshoot - advanced options - automatic repair

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i am trying to create a set of recovery disks for this computer.  I have been trying to use "PHILIPS" DVD-R, 4.7GB, 1-16x disk and the computer will not write to these disks,  It gives me a message stating i should use a better disk.  The software states it does not support rewritable +/-RW disks for this operation. What style and brand of disks are recommended for this operation?

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I am running Win XP sp3 on a Compaq Presario S4120WM and am having all sorts of trouble.I wan't to run a full system recovery and am having trouble doing this. I did create the system recovery disks (2) when the pc was new (2007)as per instructions. First problem, the Compaq Presario PC Tools is no longer on my pc (least I can't find it). I then tried to start the recovery in the start up menu. Next problem, my pc reads "Windows is loading" then in about three minutes it reads "status: 0x000025 Windows failed to load because the firmware (BIOS) is not ACPI compatable". Any suggestions???

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How big is (a) system recovery disk(s) for 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium likely to be ?

I've recently inherited a HP Pavilion dm4 1050ea and I want to ensure that I have a set of recovery disks before I corrupt (hopefully not) the system over time...

I don't know if this has already been done but I am guessing not.

I want to know to be prepared : I have only 760Mbyte CS ROMs at present, but I know that DVDs have significantly higher capacity and the laptop has a DVD drive (HP spec : SuperMulti DVD±R/RW with Double Layer Support).

Dumb_Question
11.May.2012
 

Answer:Size of System Recovery Disks

When you go through the program listing for creating the eRecovery disks, it will tell you how many DVDs you need. I don't think Windows 7 will create disks on CDs. My little netbook took three DVDs for restore/recovery and one DVD for the programs and apps. (Win 7 64 bit Home Premium)

Here's HP's "creating recovery disks page
http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c01867124&lc=en&cc=us&dlc=en#N102

Note you can't use CDs, rewriteables or double-layer.




Recovery Disc Creation software creates a set of system recovery discs using blank, writable DVDs (DVD-R or DVD+R). HP recommends using blank DVD+R discs.Click to expand...


 

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I had a question about system recovery disks, are they specific to indiviual computers
or can they be used for all computers ?

Dan
 

Answer:Solved: System Recovery disks

They are specific. They can't be used on other computers.
I learned this by trying it myself.
 

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I have a laptop Compaq CQ61-411wm 64 bit win 7.....i got some sort of virus so i wanted to restore it to factory settings i ordered the disks and i tried to go to the boot options and let the cd/dvd rom boot 1st disk still will not work any other suggestions?
 

Answer:Hp System Recovery Disks Not Working

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I just bought this machine a month ago and am finally getting around to making the system disks in case this computer crashes. I have already upgraded to Windows 10, which I don't know if that has any relevance to this question, but I'm throwing it out there just in case. I was going to use DVD+R's to make system disks, but it wants to go to the D drive, which is telling me that it only has 23.2 gigs of space,  and that it needs 192 gigs of space. Why so much space, and how do I back up my PC? Making a bootable external isn't an option. Oh and it might be important to note that I do have OneDrive space and most of my documents, photos, and music files are on OneDrive.

Answer:System disks and One Key Recovery on Lenovo G50-080

Hi rushfan3,
 
Welcome to Lenovo Community Forums!
 
I strongly suggest to use the Windows 10 way of creating a system image, This backs up your system as it is right now
 
Here is a step by step guide for you
http://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/5495-system-image-create-windows-10-a.html
 
Hope this on helps
Cheers!
 





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I've read some things here saying that if there are certain problems (bad sectors, etc.), a Clone may copy those problems.

So, if you have System Recovery disks you made when the box was new, can they be used to move to a new HDD?

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I have a Packard Bell desktop which is about 7-8 years old. It became corrupted so I wanted to restore the system but could not find the original system restore disks. Originally the OS was vista, however i had a System resore disk with XP on it from a laptop that I had. I tried this but it did not work and left my pc not being able to loads windows at all. I made system restore disks from my daughters laptop, W 7, and tried these. The first disk worked but my pc could not read the 2 and 3 disks at all which contained the system image. After having scoured blogs on the internet I tried using the F11 key as my impression was that you could manually carry out a system restore without a disk. However this only gave me the option to restore using a disk. I have phoned PB who say my computer is too old for them to provide me with system restore disks. Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks you.

Answer:Help I need to recover my system but do not have recovery disks

My recommendation would be that you bite the bullet and get yourself a proper copy of Vista or XP, and start again/reinstall from there. You can pick up a legitimate version of XP for £25 or less. Hopefully, your attempts at restoring by other means haven't totally messed your PC up.
But: before you do that... Make sure that you can still obtain the drivers for your PB machine. Given its age, that may be a problem. Check on the PB website.

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Hello!

I am here to see if anyone can help me because my dvd drive is not reading my recovery disks but it does read other dvds and i need to restore my system back to its factory state.

I have tried to open the recovery disks on another computer (which is quite old) and this computer can read the recovery disks.

I was wondering if anyone knows of any way to restore my computer to its factory state without using the recovery disks or is it there any other way to restore the system using the dvds without using the computer's dvd drive as it cannot read the disks so it wont restore because the computer cannot read the recovery disks?

I know that I should have created a System image but this time seems like I skipped that part and now I have to deal with this problem. Oh well, new lesson that i had to learn.

I would really appreciate if anyone could help as I am having a few problems and would get them sorted with a fresh installation.

I have a Packard Bell EasyNote TJ61 running windows 7 x64.
Thanks in advance!

Answer:Cant restore system using recovery disks

Have you tried pressing <Alt+F10> at boot up, to goto the Acer eRecovery Management.
Acer Support: Frequently Asked Questions list for How to use Acer eRecovery
or you can use eRecovery Management from Windows.



You can Order Acer recovery disks from here:
https://secure.tx.acer.com/RCDB/Main.aspx?brand=acer

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I want to create a system recovery disk set in case I need to restore my computer some day. When searching for cd's I came across so many I'm not sure which one I need, ie.  DVD-R, DVD Plus R, DVD+R DL? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:what type of cd do i need to create system recovery disks? D...

Hi: This is the latest support document I can find regarding the type of media needed to create recovery DVD's. It appears you can use the following types...(DVD-R, DVD-R DL, DVD+R, or DVD+R DL) HP recommends you use blank DVD+R discs. Use a name-brand label from a manufacturer you trust, as these recovery DVDs are very important. http://h20564.www2.hp.com/hpsc/doc/public/display?docId=emr_na-c03520709#N10037

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When I purchased my Ideapad 450p notebook, I prepared the bootable system recovery DVD. As I changed my HDD partitioning, the novo key does not work. Now I consider system recovery from the bootable DVDs, the windows 7 still works. The recovery disk boots, in step 1 shows the there is a infor on the current HDD and its partition. When I want to proceed get the message that there is no enough space on the HDD, hence the question, should the disk be wiped out, left unformated? Perhaps it is enough to remove the system partition only? Or should be a reformated?I also heard that one can recover the system from onekey bootable recovery disks using them from the windows environment.

Answer:System recovery from bootable onekey disks

Hi W121,
 
Welcome to Lenovo Community Forums!
 
I?m sorry to hear that the Recovery Process is not working as expected after making changes in the HDD (Hard Disk Drive) partition, I suggest you to perform OKR (One Key Recovery) within windows and check if the issue persists. Please let me know the findings.
 
Hope to hear back soon
 
Best Regards

Shiva Kumar






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I have a Dell XPS 8500 desktop running Windows 7. When new, I made the System Recovery Disks as suggested. Only used 2 DVD's. Kept them safe.
Within the past month I had to use them to recover a half working system. Tried everything I could think of prior to that.
My question: Could I use that same set to recover my system in the future if necessary? This is the only computer I have running Win. 7 so they are exclusive for this computer. Reason I am asking: I see no way I could make another set, no options anywhere I can find. Don't want to do a full image if I can avoid it.
Thanks,
Bessie

Answer:Original System Recovery Disks Question

Welcome to Seven Forums Bd
Of course you can use them again, that`s what they`re for.

But you should really be creating disk images, even a partition on the same drive will work if you don`t have anywhere else to store it.

And you can always store an image on dvd`s but I don`t trust that method.

Isn`t there a Recovery partition already on the drive ? Dell usually always puts one on there.

Post a shot of Disk Management if you want.

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I am having a huge problem regarding restoring my Compaq Presario PC using Windows XP.

I recently attempted to do a total clean reinstall and recovery using the recovery disks supplied with my PC.

However, whenever I insert the first disk, it froze nearly halfway through the partition setup and gave me the warning "I/O error or CD-ROM read error; Press any key to continue."

When I attempt to continue, it reboots to a black screen indicating "No disk drive set or partition corrupted; press "R" to begin system recovery." When I do, it starts the partition setup....and then freezes as before.

I was able to purchase what I thought were some recovery disks that fit my PC, but when I attempted to load the first disk, I got a "I/O disk error" message.

Is there anything I can do to at least set the partition so that the new disk set I purchased can work?? Is there a boot CD disk I can use to reset the partition? Or....will I have to simply buy a new hard drive or a new CPU??

Any assistance you can give me would be greatly appreciated. I am at my wit's end.
Anthony
 

Answer:Problem with Compaq system recovery disks

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Starting from the bottom up here. I purchased the computer used and have no system loaded (and no disks were included with the computer). Did it originally ship with system install disks? I'd assume I can't download them? Any help is great, thanks!  IBM ThinkCentre M50 8189 P4 3GHz  Andrew

Answer:Can I purchase system recovery disks for a "M50 8189"

if it has a model number and serial number then you can purchase the recovery media discs from Lenovo, provided that it originally shipped with an OS. Just give Lenovo service a call in USA and they will help you through the process. 

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HW: Thinkpad X60 (6363) Tablet with Ultrabase dock with DVD. OS: XP Tablet 2005R&R: Version: 3.1  I start Create Rescue and Recovery Media.  I have never created Product Recover Disks before.  I am allowed by the program to check the box indicating I wish to create Product Recovery Disks.  It says extracting files and please wait.It runs for 20-25 seconds with the red dot going back and forth across the screen.  A box comes up and says "An internal error has caused this process to fail".  No other info provided.  The only option is OK which closes the box and program.Same error occurs if I try to create the rescue media without the restore disks. Thanks for any help. FYI - totally up to date with MS updates and Lenovo updates 

Answer:Cannot create system recovery or restore disks...

hey arcangelny,is your R&R version 4.31? If not do, download it here : http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/downloads/detail.page?DocID=DS012810however if it is 4.31, i would like you to uninstall and reinstall the software





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Dumb Question 1 - Recovery DisksWill backing up just Lenovo partition (D) create full recovery disks? -- or would this only backup Lenovo software.**  Dumb Question 2 - Removing Office 2007 DemoI opted to save some bucks and just purchase Office Home/Student, but assume the demo version of Office is 'Standard or similar" HOW should I handle installing My (Lesser) version of Office:I've assume that  should I first uninstall the Office Demo.-- Is this true & If so should I also uninstall the Office Activation thingy Dumb Question 3 - startup itemsIs it safe to disable Lenovo Comm from startup (seems to disable my networks on startup and is SLOW)speaking of disabling startup items... will Windows allow you to disable necessary startup items? ---sorry for the really dumb posts but I'm used to Macs, and just trying to comprehend all the windows security hooplah has created mush of my remaining brain cell. -------------------**PS I'm Really bummed/astonished/appalled that Lenovo didn't include recovery disks..So astonished in fact It never even occurred to me to ask if these were included in package. How many pennies would it cost for Lenovo to create these with an automated system.

Answer:System Recovery Disks & Other dumb Question

xandra, no OEM provides recovery cd's these days,instead they opted for an industrial standard ESA partition to perform recovery operations you can ofcourse make the recovery cd's by going to the thinkvantage/lenovo care menu and select the option "create recovery media" when you use your recovery media,your system is partitioned into the original "factory state" in which it was given to you. go to run and use the command "msconfig" and deselect the startup items..that should improve your system's startup Regarding your office setup it would suffice if you un-installed your trial software and use the one which you have brought if any  hope this info helps you!     

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If I download Service Pack 3 will my System Recovery Disks still work. I downloaded service pack 3 when it first came out.

When I run SFC /SCANNOW in "RUN" it scans but then a window pops up asking me to insert my Windows Professional XP Service Pack 3cd. When I insert my System Recovery Disc #3 it say I've inserted the wrong disc.

Is it because originally my Windows came with service pack 2? Isn't it the System Recovery Disc that it's asking for or another disc?
thx
 

Answer:Solved: Will System Recovery Disks Still Work?

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Alright guys, so i'm trying to fix my Dad n' laws PC here.

This darn thing is so loaded down with crud that I finally got tired of fighting with it and waiting a half hour for the start screen to load, and decided to just wipe this thing clean and start over for him.
Not even regular system restore can save this thing.

Problem is, he's had this thing for a while, and he's lost the recovery CD's that went with it a long time ago.
F9'd at boot to see if it had some sort of built-in recovery partition.. but no luck.
Not even a 'factory restore' option or anything.

I've been looking everywhere for some sort of recovery disks I could download to get this thing back to its original condition, but no luck so far.

Its a Dell Dimension 2400
Windows XP home edition

So far, the only advice i've found is to go directly to the dell website, and buy the recovery disks again. ...i'm trying to avoid that expense and time-consuming process if possible.
 

Answer:Old XP system. No recovery disks or factory restore available.

What "crud" is on the system? If it is malware, you should post in the Malware forum after doing the READ & RUN ME FIRST. Malware Removal Guide

Then maybe after we see your logs, we can clean the system up enough for you to create a recovery disc.
 

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I recently purchased a new computer with Windows7 and no where in the setup process was i instructed to create system recovery disks. I have now loaded all of my programs, printer, scanner etc and thought perhaps I better take care of creating the system recovery disks before I forgot. When I started the process, the first thing I saw was a statement"

It is important to create the system recovery disks before using your computer

Just how important is that step? I have had the computer for one week so of course have used it to register software, create some documents etc.

What will happen if I go ahead and create the disks and then need to use them in the future sometime?
 

Answer:Solved: Creating System Recovery Disks W7

The typical recovery discs made using the computer manufacturer's software wiil restore the computer hard drive to fresh from the factory conditions. Any software you installed and files you saved after purchasing the computer will not be recovered. There is third party software available that can create a snapshot of the current hard drive contents and burn it to CDs or DVDs. You can then use those disc to restore all contents as they were they day you made the discs.

If you do not make the backup discs, you will have problems getting the computer running if you ever have the need to replace the hard drive or a virus trashes the hard drive contents. At that point, you would either need to purchase recovery discs from the manufacturer, if still available, or purchase and install a full version of Windows and then hunt down the hardware drivers.
 

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Hi

I have upgraded from the original HDD drive to SDD drive.
I firstly cloned the old drive and installed the image but then windows updates would not work.

Looking at all forums and tried everything I read but updates still didn't work.

Finally formatted the drive and then used the original system restore disks that work fine on the old hard drive but Windows end up retsarting continuously after all 3 disks installed .

It is trying to finish off the installation but then gets and error and restarts and just loops over and over.

Is it something to do with the 4 k sectors?
Do I need other drivers?
How do I factory re-install my Windows 7 on the new SSHD drive?

Thanks

Answer:System Recovery disks not installing on new SDD drive

Hi

> Finally formatted the drive and then used the original system restore disks that work fine on the old hard drive but Windows end up restarting continuously after all 3 disks installed

Usually the Toshiba Recovery disks should install the Toshiba image on the new HDD or SSD drive and the unit should boot properly.

To be honest, I?m not quite sure why the notebook keeps restarting after the installation.
But I assume it has something to do with the partitions and partitions sizes.

Fact is that Toshiba recovery disks would format the HDD (or SSD) and would create the same partitions and partitions sizes.

In case the system installation would not function using the Recovery disks, I would recommend you trying to install the system using the Microsoft clean Windows CD. The essential drivers could be downloaded from Toshiba EU driver page.

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Used DBAN on a computer I'm planning on giving away and had read that my system recovery disks would work to replace the OS. I run Vista on an HP Pavilion. The disks were directly from HP. I already have my settings to boot from cd drive on startup and the computer does not recognize the disk.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:DBANed now System Recovery Disks won't work

What  model Pavilion?
 
Where did you read the info stating that your recovery disks did not need a hidden partition installed on the hard drive by HP?
 
Louis

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I have a G20 114 with two 100gb sata hard drives and recently re-installed my operating system. The way I am set up is that I have XP MCE and all programs on one drive (drive C) and all my documents and data on the the other drive (drive D).

Reasonably enough this is so that if I need to re-install the operating system I can keep my data on my D drive and reformat and recover onto the C drive. However in practice I couldn't seem to make this work.

In order to use my data while reformatting, I had removed drive D and connected it to another PC. Now, try as I might, the recovery disks would not start their process with only one drive in the machine. The recovery would only work once I had replaced the second drive into the machine.

Furthermore, once commenced, it insisted on reformatting both drives before reloading the operating system, despite me setting the raid option to two independent hard drives. Thankfully, my natural distrust of recovery disks had caused me to back up my D drive to an external drive, so I didn't lose anything, but I would prefer not to have to do this again if I ever want to re-install Windows from scratch, as it seems to defeat the point of two drives and keeping applications and data separate.

I'm guessing that this is either something I did wrong or that the need to have both drives in place is something to do with the requirements of the raid process being part of the recovery.

Therefore could anyone tell me if it's possible to d... Read more

Answer:G20-114: Re-instal Operating System from recovery disks

Hi

Well, I think it?s because of the RAID drivers on the Toshiba recovery CD. This CD was designed for the usage with both HDDs.
If you want to use the Toshiba recovery CD so both HDD have to be placed in the unit.

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I searched around and couldn't find a good thread that deals with this specifically.

I want to do a clean install of Vista Home Premium x64, however all I have are the 3 system recovery DVD's I created on my HP. The PC didn't come with an OEM style disk like back in the good ol days. I'm familiar with doing an install with an OEM Windows CD, but I want to get this PC back to original configuration and can't for the life of me figure out how. Any tips would be great. Thanks.

Christian

Answer:Clean Vista x64 Install with System Recovery Disks

Just put the DVD disc 1 in the tray and reboot the computer. It should directly boot from the DVD, reformat the computer all by itself. I had to do it a couple months ago. You shouldnt have a problem. Just insert the next disc when it says to an your in the clear. It is restore it back to when you first turned it on.

Good Luck.

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Hi all,
I stumbled across your site while looking for help on recovering my system. I am NOT a computer whiz, and so some of the information to fix this computer is way over my head. I figured I would try here to see if it is something I can do. So I have an Acer Aspire running windows 7. One day, not sure why, the DOS screen came up and said operating system not found. I tried the Alt-F10 trick, which did nothing, and I figured I would order the recovery disks from Acer for my particular computer. I put them into the system hit f12 to bring up the boot sequence and selected CD/DVD drive. it start to run and them when it got to the Acer recovery page, on the partition screen, like where it is, those lines were blank. I attempted to take out the hard drive and put it back in to make sure it wasn't something loose in there.
To my question. I have two computers (one is the broken one) that are running Windows 7 Home, but neither one had a reinstall disk for Windows 7 in case it crashed because it was installed by the OEM? Sorry if I didn't say that right. I tried making a system disk from the computer that works and put it into the broken one, but the one that works is a HP and the broken one is an Acer. Now some screen for HP is coming up on the Acer. I am lost. Anyone with any advice or help with this would be appreciated. By the way, I am a nurse, not a tech person so instructions will have to be explained for the novice.
Thank you in advance for your help.
Alexa

Answer:Used system recovery disks purchased from ACER not working

Oh, I meant to add, that I am currently in school and really need the broken computer to work because it has Microsoft Office on it....

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I have a Gateway NV7802U with Windows 7 64-bit. I was on the computer...everything was fine then out of nowhere firefox crashed and an error screen came up but disappeared before I could even read it. Restarted and the same problem, windows would appear to load but crash and restart. Then, I would just get a black screen that had a loading bar saying windows loading...when it finished it would just go to the Gateway logo and restart, never went anywhere. Now the screen is just black on start-up. Twice I've had something pop up on the screen for a second, but it disappears, so its not the screen. I'm trying to use the system recovery disks but I can't, when I start the computer the screen stays black, it makes minimal noise and the cd drive doesnt usually run, even if it does, nothing shows up. I have no idea where to even go from here, any ideas ?

Answer:[SOLVED] Can't use system recovery disks, black screen ?

what are you running
video card
cpu
m/board
ram
power supply
brand
model
wattage

check the listings in the bios for voltages and temperatures and post them

d/load and run the h/drive makers diagnostic utility on the h/drive

Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.

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I'm 2nd owner of computer and seems like previous owner had installed a Dell OS on this HP. Would be OK but hdd has disk errors that Windows can't repair. That leads to intermittent lock ups and all kinds of gyrations to get a Win 7 upgrade disk to restart Windows. HP doesn't sell the SRDs any more. I would be willing to pay for disks if anyone has a set left.

Answer:Buy system recovery disks for dc5800 sff, model KA404UT#ABA

Hi: Most of the dc5800's came with Windows Vista Business, or Vista Business downgraded to XP Pro, such as yours, so HP never had W7 recovery disks for the dc5800. https://h10057.www1.hp.com/ecomcat/hpcatalog/specs/provisioner/05/KA404UT.htm Did you call this number (USA/Canada) to see if HP has any Vista Business recovery disks left?  Ask for 64 bit because otherwise you will get 32 bit. 1-800-334-5144  If they don't have any, you can still get a set from this non-HP vendor--looks like 32 bit only though. You may want to call and ask if they have the Vista Business 64 bit sets. http://www.computersurgeons.com/p-18420-windows-vista-business-recovery-kit-gx022av-for-hpcompaq-mod...

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I attempted to create system recovery media using dvd disks.  the 1st attempt failed to verify disk.  I requested help from support and the technician ran the same program using my dvd disks.  On the second attempt to create the media, disk#1 and disk#2 were burned and verified. Disk#3 failed just a short time in the process and the process aborted.  The technician suggested that HP programming didn't work well with dvd disks, and that I use a usb flash drive rather than dvd disks.  It seems that I wasted money as I bought the disks earlier today, and used 3 disks without accomplishing creating the system recovery media. Right now it seems to be a "roll of the dice" to continue further attempts with dvd disks. If dvd disks aren't a satisfactorily viable form of media, why is it given an an option?

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I was trying to make a set of of system recovery disks(Win7) but was unable to finish the last 2 out of 3 disks needed due to write errors on low quality DVD's. When I got a new set of DVD-R disks to finish the job, I found that the Recovery Disk Creation program starts off where it ended. I need to be able to start the disk creation from the beginning but the disk creation program won't let me do this. Is there a way?
 

Answer:Solved: Creating system recovery disks for Win7

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Ordered a  Lenovo ThinkPad X200 Tablet to replace my too slow Dell ST2.It has 4GB ram and has been upgraded to Windows 10 Pro. I would appreciate any recommended drivers or other information. I know it's old school, but just needed an inexpensive browser for the porch. 

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Ordered a  Lenovo ThinkPad X200 Tablet to replace my too slow Dell ST2.It has 4GB ram and has been upgraded to Windows 10 Pro. I would appreciate any recommended drivers or other information. I know it's old school, but just needed an inexpensive browser for the porch. 

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my laptops running slow and i want to return everything to factory settings. os, harddrive, everything. i already backed up everything i wanted to and downloaded macrium . i just tried making factory recovery disks and it said that the files required by this program cannot be found. i went to the windows7 forum and recieved no help.

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I have tried unsuccessfully to do a Factory Image Restore on my Dell Inspiron laptop with Windows 7 but that's not a choice on the Factory Image Restore welcome screen. So, I thought I would try using my System Recovery disks if possible. I'm not that computer literate but could you help with the proper steps to take? Thanks!

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Called Costco to get tech help with an HP Envy Desktop. The tech instructed me to do a hard drive system recovery even though I had recovery disks. . .The computer screen showed 100% software installation recovery in under two hours and the machine went into "turn on turn off" mode.Problem: The "Turn on turn off" mode is still going on, and now it's been a full 6 hours and then some.Question #1: Can the desktop be manually shut down to stop the endless "Turn on turn off" process without harming the computer?Question #2: Any guidance regarding such a stoppage and then redoing the system recovery once again, but this time with the recovery disks?

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Can someone please help me? I am not very computer savvy and need help with this message: **Windows failed to load because the system registry file is missing or corrupt.**\windows\system32\config\system It is saying that I need to enter my windows installation disc and restart my computer and click "Repair Your Computer" My problem is that I recently had my house remodeled and in all the packing/moving/reorganizing I have managed to loose my recovery disks, and my OKR key doesn't seem to do anything. I searched the Lenovo site and this one as well, but I am not sure what to really look for.Thanks in advance for your help.....

Answer:Y430 recovery disks/ missing system registry files

how about this CD? Try it in automatic mode.Your registry is damaged.how are you using your NOVO key? You need to turn laptop off and press this key - only this way it works properly.





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Hi, I need to perform recovery actions of my Lenovo T431s Laptop. With the Laptop there came already Operating System Recovery Disks for Windows 8 (OEM), but when try to execute recovery (Update & Recovery -> Refresh your PC without affecting your files), Windows 8.1 (updated from 8) does not approve the disks provided...  Ended up calling Lenovo Support and they instructed me to order the Recovery DVD from Lenovorecovery.com which I did. The DVD's arrived today and gues what... Windows does not approve those disks either!! So my Laptop is T431s and is an updated W8.1 from Windows 8. The DVD's are for Windows 8. I can not make the ISO DVD's through Microsoft web either, because the Windows 8 Product ID is not valid one (as it is a Lenovo OEM one (?)). So did I pay 20 EUR for the DVD's for nothing  HELP!  

Answer:Lenovo T431s / Win 8.1 does not accept Operating System Recovery Disks

So how to obtain a Windows 8.1 recovery Media for Lenovo Laptop as if the DVD's got from Lenovo are not identified by Windows...?!?

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I put in a new harddrive but I do not have the original recovery cd's. I want to reinstall Windows XP and enter my original Windows Key - will the Rescue and Recovery® 4.21 download give me everything I need - or is there something else that goes with it? I didn't see any mention of reinstallation of Windows XP - only other suppoprt and diagnostic software.Thanks for your help - the amount of information on these computers is overwelming! Scott 

Answer:Recovery and Reinstall Windows XP - A52-8168 - Need Recovery Disks.

do you have the original HDD you have to burn the recovery cds from a service partition that comes on the HDD you can also use microsoft win. xp disc but I don't think your OEM key will work with that http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/detail.page?LegacyDocID=MIGR-70804 you can also search online....ebay





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Hi everyone! So i was wondering about something . When i play games in flash or even videos in flash the performance is not very good , the playback is not smooth . For example if anyone has an x200 and could try to play a flash game , the movement is not smooth , for example 8 ball miniclip pool . I'm wondering if this is a problem with the OS and may need to downgrade to windows 7 x64 or a problem with not being powerful enough the laptop to handle a simple flash game?  Thanks everyone!

Answer:Thinkpad x200 windows 8.1 flash performance ?

I had no problems playing it. (It's fun btw, I need to create an account )
 
I used my X200T withn 8GM RAM Win8.1 (64bits) with all latest updates. I can't find out what FlashPlayer version (it's the 32bits one)

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Ordered an old Ebay refurbished Lenovo ThinkPad X200 Tablet to replace my too slow Dell ST2.
It has 4GB ram and has been upgraded to Windows 10 Pro. I intend to clone the HDD to SSD.

Can anyone here advise on any issues and recommended drivers?
I know it's old school, but just needed an inexpensive browser for the porch.

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I wanted to install a different Windows 7 on my Vaio but when I selected a partition to install Windows on, it said:
"Windows cannot be installed to this disk. The selected disk is of the GPT partition style."
I searched online and found a program called GParted to fix the problem. What I didn't know was that it would delete all the partitions. I fixed the problem and installed Windows but I want to go back to factory settings. The problem is that I deleted the recovery partition. Is there any way to go ack to factory settings?? Can I download recovery files online?
Model no: SVS13A190X

Thank you

Answer:Restore Vaio system to factory settings w/o recovery disks / partition

If you just want some of the sony utilities, or drivers -

Sony eSupport - SVS13A190X - Support

If you want the whole recovery disc - you might have to ask them to send it.

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happens very often: 1) go to sleep 2) resume 3) open player and play mp3, snatchy playback (still music, but very briefly pauses once every few secs) 4) reboot and everything works well again. no virus/trojan, no significant background program, all up-to-date (TVT System Update) drivers, windows up-to-date SP3 with all patches Remove/reinstall audio drivers -- no difference. Thanks for your input!

Answer:Thinkpad X200 WINDOWS XP SP3 snatchy music after sleep

Please. anybody with similar problem? any professional input? have been searching online for long without solutions... Thanks.

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