Hello, this is how you put it back to Factory Settings....
1) Turn on the computer
2) Start tapping/pressing F11 for the Factory Recovery
3) Follow Instuctions On Screen
NOTE: Some models has this option while others do not. You may still be asked for the disk which should have came with your system or you would have created.
Desktop Factory Restore
1) Click Start2) Click All Programs3) Click Emachines4) Click Emachines Recovery Management5) Click Restore (on the bar across the top)6) Click Restore To System Factory Default
NOTE: It takes about 20 mins.
If this does not work, you will need to order the Recovery Disc Set and install it this way.
Order Recovery Disc
1) Turn on the computer2) Start tapping/pressing F12 for Boot Menu Options3) Insert Emachines Recovery Disc4) Select DVD/CD-ROM and press enter5) Press any key to start installation6) Follow Instruction on Screen
Emachines Support: 1-866-586-2237
BEST OF LUCK!GOD BLESS!
Its really hard to say why its blocking you. If the F11 isnt working, try from the Desktop and I think you should be able to create your own recovery disc using the method from the Desktop Recovery. If not, you will either have to order those recovery disc using the link I gave you, or even better, just get rid of Vista and go with Windows 7 and ebay has it for around $99.00.
YES! Windows Vista is pretty much a trail-n-error even Microsoft is calling it that now. Thats why Service Pack 1 has not even been released yet for Windows 7 because its that good and very stable. I have used it since day 1 and not 1 problem what so ever. Additionally, its much faster so you can even run this on a mini/netbook without the dragging of the speed/performace.
It would be better to just backup your files and do a CLEAN/CUSTOM install so all the faults in vista does not copy over with Windows 7. Also, there are known issues with Upgrades Only with the Sound and DVD/CD-ROM Drives stop working. This is how you perform a Clean Install.
Windows 7 (Guide) with step by step pictures/instructions...
2) Start tapping/pressing F12 to get Boot Menu Options
3) Insert Windows 7 DVD
4) Select DVD/CD-ROM and press enter
5) Press and key to start the installation
Now, when you get to the point where it tells you to choose the disk, (Step 8 & 9)...
1) Click Drive Options (Advanced) in the bottom right corner
2) Select each drive and click DELETE so only 1 remains
Then go through with your setup since the hard drive is now blank.
What if the computer will not turn on anymore, is there a way to extract files?
I see, sounds like the operating system is corrupted. Did you try Safemode?
Please shut down the computer and turn it off. Then power it back on and lets go into Safemode with Networking.
2) Start tapping/pressing F8 until you see Advanced Options Menu
3) Select Safemode with Networking and press enter
4) Boot to Desktop
i tried safemode. both of them. and I tried clean up. right now it won't turn back on. any ideas about what to do next.
Then if you go to Windows 7, so that no data is lost, I need you to follow my instructions exactly...
2) Start tapping/pressing F12 to get Boot Menu Options (if you have this option)
5) Press any key to start the installation
(DO NOT) delete or format the drivers. Simply click on NEXT and it will pop up a message talking about a folder called Windows.Old where the old OS and Files will be backed up to. When you get back on the destkop, this is how you get your PERSONAL FILES back and you can simply right-click and CUT/PASTE these files back to where they belong.
1) Click Start
2) Open Computer
3) Open C Drive
4) Open Windows.Old
5) Open Users
6) Open your user profile and here are all your files
NOTE: When your finished moving your data back over to the new desktop, you will need to DELETE the Windows.Old folder as its wasted disk space as 10GB or more!