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\015 I have a Gateway T-series laptop, model w350a. I am trying to restore it to factory settings. I have lost the system disk in a recent move to another state! I have tried the F10 option, Alt-F10. System restore won't work either. It tells me it can't restore to the points it shows available. I need to restore this laptop ASAP. There is too much spyware and programs on it, so it makes my laptop run slow. I just need a fresh start! Anyone know how I can get this done? I do have a recovery partition, that I don't know how to access. There is a file named Recovery. I find Info, file type application. This is locked. I click it open and it says PC Angel, contains files for your system recovery.I can't use anything over there that I know of. Any ideas! Thanks for the help.\015

Answers :

Gateway Direct systems went "media-less" back in September 2004. In the event of a system crash users could either 1) restore their systems from the Recovery Partition OR 2) from the backup media that they were prompted to create on first power-up -- which would provide them with up to 5 blank CD-R discs depending on their system's configuration.

On the factory load of the hard drive, the recovery partition will not contain operating system files. It only contains application and driver files.
The first time the recovery partition is used, it prompts the user to insert their System Recovery CD/DVD to copy files from the CD to the recovery partition.
The Drivers and Applications CD is not bootable and does not contain Operating System files.
The System Recovery CD/DVD is bootable but does not contain any application or driver files.
If the end-user erases the hard drive and restores the computer using the System Recovery CD/DVD and an Applications and Drivers CD, the recovery partition is not recreated.

This means that you will need the operating system restore disc FIRST then the recovery partition will work for you
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