May 27th, 2007, 09:23 PM
This evening, my mother booted the computer to send an e-mail, but as it didn't boot fast enough for her, she started to hit some keys and she hit F10 (That's the system recovery in compaq). Lucky, the data on the hard drive wasn't erased, but most programs don't function any more, the (wireless) connection is, and programs such as norton need to be fully updated again. It's like everything went back a couple of years, but the recent word documents are still there. Now I searched the entire compaq help-site to find a way to revert the system recovery, but that was in vain.
Does any of you guys have any experience with this problem, and is there any way to revert the system recovery?
May 27th, 2007, 09:45 PM
No recovery points survived, I take it.
I have only used the Compaq recovery system once. It sets the system back to what it was when it left the factory.
Your personal data wasn't there then so it will survive, but anything else that shipped with the box will have reverted.
AFAIK there is no recovery because you have overwritten what was there
May 27th, 2007, 10:02 PM
Originally Posted by nihil
Anyway, thanks for helping.
May 28th, 2007, 08:51 AM
There are some things you can do.
1. With MS and other applications you just run the online updating mechanisms, and they will bring you up to date.
2. Where you have "programs that do not work" this is a bit of a pain, but you should find that the folders are still there with all the software intact. Try running the application executable from within the folder, and the application should start.
What you need to do is recreate an icon on your desktop pointing to the executable.
When your mother ran the Compaq restore it would have overwritten the Registry so with any luck all you have to do is recreate the access paths.
If you have apps that write stuff to the System32 folder, then you will have to reinstall. You may also have lost some drivers, and have to reinstall those.
May 28th, 2007, 09:41 AM
You were right about the applications, they function properly from within their folder, so that shoudn't be a problem.
As for the online updating mechanism, I have to restore the connection to the internet first. 0_o
And you were also right about a couple of drivers that need to be reinstalled.
Thanks again for the advice and information,
May 28th, 2007, 10:48 AM
You are welcome, manufacturers' recovery systems can be a bit tricky. At least with the Windows repair install or format and re-install you know exactly where you are
I saw this and wondered:
I wonder what exactly happened? I am sure that your Mother knows exactly how long the machine takes to boot, so it makes me suspect that somehow it "froze" in the process?
but as it didn't boot fast enough for her, she started to hit some keys and she hit F10
When that happens I usually hit the "warm reboot" button (it may have a slight delay on it to make it pet and child proof )
You may have to set this in the BIOS or Windows power options?
I would certainly explain to her that each keystroke is an "instruction", so if it is having problems dealing with what it already has, then giving it more will only make things worse?
I would also recommend looking at your startup folder and only booting stuff that is absolutely needed from the start. For example I would not let MS Office start at bootup.
This helps to avoid possible conflicts and makes for a more stable environment, in my experience.
May 28th, 2007, 11:56 AM
Yes, the computer was sometimes having trouble to boot, so it got stuck. When my mother tried to Off-switch it didn't work. (Apperently, not everyone knows that the switch is child en pet proof :P) As she wans't able to turn to pc off, and she didn't want to leave it on, she decided the strike some keys. And the rest as they say is history :P.
Originally Posted by nihil
Anway, The programs running in the background were already minimized, most of them are useless ayway, I learned that trick a long time ago here.
May 28th, 2007, 12:29 PM
Over here in the UK it is a bit easier? we have 240/250 50Hz AC current @ 13amps. The wall sockets have switches, and I always use surge protection blocks, so I just turn it off at the mains when the case buttons lock
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