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    PC Angel - restoring without restore CD?

    My wife's Emachine PC (produced just prior to Gateway's takeover of Emachines) originally came with Vista Home Premium on it.

    Because of some classes that she was taking, it was an absolute MUST that she had XP on it (she wouldn't even consider a virtual machine - go figure?).

    So, we removed Vista and installed XP.

    Now that the class is done, her XP load is going screwy because of all kinds of garbage that my step-son did on it via various less-than-savory websites, and she wants Vista back.

    Between then and now we moved and we haven't the first clue where any of the restore CDs or DVDs are - BUT - there is a partition on the hard drive that was created by PC Angel.

    Is there any way that we can get the data from that partition back into place on the C drive and have a usable, bootable OS without having to jump through hoops or shelling out money for a new restore CD/DVD ?

    It would appear by the folder structures there and everything that I've seen in them that it's a full blown setup of Vista Home Premium.

    Any help is appreciated!

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    Re: PC Angel - restoring without restore CD?

    Have you been to the web site of the makers to see if they have any manuals for the model of machine you have, perhaps it may give you a clue on how to recover the machine to factory settings.

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    Re: PC Angel - restoring without restore CD?

    Yes, and unfortunately all they mention is using the restore CD...

    There's got to be another way! (fingers crossed!)

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    Re: PC Angel - restoring without restore CD?

    Hello JWhipple!

    When you click "Computer" in the start menu do you see a drive listed as "D: Recovery"
    or "Factory Image D:" ?

    Keep us informed!












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    Re: PC Angel - restoring without restore CD?

    I'll check that first thing when I get home. I just RDPed into my machine at home but because of the issues we're having with her box, I am able to ping it but not connect via daisy-chained RDP...

    Can't map a drive either - says there aren't enough resources :-(

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    Re: PC Angel - restoring without restore CD?

    Partition is labeled as "Recovery" and is a 9.64GB partition.

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    Re: PC Angel - restoring without restore CD?

    What model Emachine?

    Do you have the option to press F11 as the manchine starts to start the recovery?

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    Re: PC Angel - restoring without restore CD?

    It's a T5086 ... I'll check the F11 options when it gets done doing a hard drive error scan.

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    Re: PC Angel - restoring without restore CD?

    Just looked it up and your system does seem to have the F11 option (if it works is a different matter)

    Info here:- http://support.gateway.com/s/Manuals...ps/8510406.pdf

    To restore system software from the hard drive backup copy:
    1
    Restart the computer, then press F11 when prompted to start the
    restore process. The System Recovery program starts. You have
    three seconds to press
    F11 before Windows starts.

    2
    Click a system restore option. For more information, see
    “Restoration options” on page 5.

    Non-Destructive System Restore (Recommended)

    Full System Restore (Destructive)

    Full System Restore (with Backup) (Advanced Option)

    3
    Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the system

    software restoration process.

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    Re: PC Angel - restoring without restore CD?

    Well damn, why couldn't it be that easy on all machines? LOL

    Thanks!

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