How to Restore a Computer

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Restoring a computer is necessary when the problem cannot be fixed through regular troubleshooting techniques, but back up all files before restoring a computer back to its factory settings. Use an included CD to restore a computer with information from an experienced software developer in this free video on computers.

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HI, my name is Dave Andrews. Today I'm going to show you how to restore a computer. Now sometimes when your computer is having troubles and it's, you're not able to fix it through any kind of regular, you know, trouble shooting means, it's a good idea to go ahead and just do a factory restore. Before you do a factory restore, you're going to want to backup all of your files and programs that you put on that computer because a factory restore is going to restore your computer back to how it was when you originally got it from the manufacturer. Now sometimes they'll send you a CD that you have to boot to and it'll be labeled as a factory restore CD and you just pop it in there and boot to it. On my particular laptop, you can boot to it and just press the F11 and it'll allows your system restore totally. So I'm going to boot up my computer here and F11 is actually the common F key for doing a system restore. I'm going to press F11 and as it's going to launch the system restore program that came from the factory. This probably going to take a little bit of time to boot depending on the manufacturer. Now that the reboot is complete, I'm in the recovery manager. This is an HP laptop and they provide you with a recovery manager and it's going to tell me that it's going to restore my computer to its originally, to its original factory condition. Let's just press next. It's going to ask you if you want system restore, just say yes and when you hit next in this case, it's going to immediately launch the system restore program that's going to restore your hard drive on your computer back to how it was when the factory sent it to you. If you're using a laptop, you're going to unplug your laptop in because this might take about an hour, an hour and a half to complete. My name is Dave Andrews and I've just told you how to restore your computer.

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