F8 doesnt work i cant restore factory defaults

  coolkid267 19:52 20 Dec 2007

I just press F8 on start up and then it comes up with launch sartup repair and i launch it but it just goes on as normal and dont resore to factory defaults

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 22:24 20 Dec 2007

you need to look at Windows Vista's Repair Your Computer options.

How you access the repair options will depend upon whether you have a Windows Vista installation disk or whether your operating system came pre-installed by your PC manufacturer.
Windows Installation Disk

With the Complete PC Restore Option you must have made a backup of your system, either on your hard drive or on a set of DVDs, in order to use this option. If you don't have a backup then don't use this option

1/ make sure your PC can boot directly from the Vista DVD. Obviously, most modern PCs can. With older machines you may need to check the PC's BIOS

2/ Start the PC

3/ Immediately insert the Windows Vista DVD into the DVD drive

4/ A Black screen will appear with the words 'Press any key to boot from CD or DVD'

5/ Press Any key to start the booting process

6/ A new screen will now appear with a progress bar. The legend say's 'Windows is loading files'

7/ After a few minutes the Microsoft copyright window ill appear and another small progress bar will be visible

8/ You will next see a Blue curtained screen

9/ After a short while the Language option screen will appear

10/ Select your language and keyboard language and the Click the Next button

11/ At the bottom left of the next screen - the Install screen, Click on the Repair Your Computer option

12/ The System recovery options will now search for your Windows Vista installation

13/ Once the Vista installation has been located, Highlight it and then Click the Next button

14/ You are now presented with the following set of recovery options

* Startup repair - This automatically fixes problems that are preventing Windows from starting
* System Restore - This will Restore Windows to an earlier point in time
* Windows Complete PC Restore - This will completely restore your entire PC - programs, system settings and files - from a back up that you have previously created (Available in Windows Vista Business, Enterprise and Ultimate editions only)
* Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool - This checks your computer's memory hardware for errors
* Command Prompt - This opens a Command Window

15/ Click on the Option you require and follow the onscreen prompts

Pre-Installed Options

If no repair options are available your PC manufacturer may have replaced the tools or customised them. Check your Computer Manual before proceeding.

1/ Start your PC

2/ If your PC has one operating system Press and Hold the F8 key as your PC starts. If the Windows Logo appear you will need to start again

3/ If you have a dual boot system a Boot option menu will appear. Highlight the Vista operating system and Press the F8 key

4/ In both cases, if all has gone well, an Advanced options screen will now appear

5/ Highlight the repair Your Computer option and Press Enter

6/ Select a keyboard layout, and then Click the Next button

7/ Next select your user Name and Enter your Password, then Click OK

8/ The recovery options should now appear

  birdface 23:36 20 Dec 2007

No good just pressing F8 As the computer starts you have to keep tapping it all the time till you get the option of starting in safe mode.keeping your finger pressed on it will not work.

  skidzy 08:22 21 Dec 2007

Basically as said above;

Continually tap F8 on startup and if Vista is preinstalled you will be given the option REPAIR WINDOWS at the top of the safemode screen.Though you should see other alternatives.

Repair Windows:

1) Start Microsoft Windows Repair Enviroment
repairs startup problems

2) Reinstall Windows
fix/reinstall windows

3) Advanced Options
Lauch diagnostic utilities

4) Exit and restart windows

This is from my machine with preinstalled Vista.

Just to add,there is a good chance you have a program from someone like Techguys to also create recovery cd/dvd's,this would normally prompt you once the machine has been booted for the first time.

Something to try if the pc is working ok.
Start and type TECHGUYS...if this is found...create the recovery disc.
Though this is best created when you first got the machine.

if you have the Vista disc,follow the above instructions from Fruit Bat /\0/\

  coolkid267 15:54 21 Dec 2007

what it is is i want to resore the factory defaults but i press F8 and go on repair windows and the vista logo just appears its doin my headin fanks for help so far guys see if we can do this

  Zak 16:07 21 Dec 2007


PC Manufacturer please. If it is a MESH then there are special instructions for Factory reset.

Any documentation with PC re Factory reset?

  coolkid267 16:18 21 Dec 2007

zoostorm and no

  skidzy 17:00 21 Dec 2007

Did Zoostorm provide a Vista disc ?
Have you checked if it has a a recovery partition ?

Try tapping F11 or F10 on startup.

Also Under disc management,what does it say under disc 0 ?

  mfletch 17:10 21 Dec 2007

Sorry to confuse you even more but it could be F5


  coolkid267 20:09 21 Dec 2007

it works when i press F8 but it goes on and goives me a list but then i high light repair and then it just loads on as normal as though you never pressed F8 or repair

  skidzy 20:54 21 Dec 2007

When highlighting the Repair option...hit Enter.

Can you answer my questions Fri, [email protected]:00

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