Originally Posted by HopefulFred
It's been more than a month since I bumped this slow-motion build thread. I'm bumping it now for a detour, unfortunately - not progress.
I had a problem come up with my PC the other day. I tried to fix it, and it seems I made it worse. I considered sending a PM to @Mfusick
but I don't want to distract him from the twins (congratulations on that, by the way!
They are sleeping like babies right now
I can try to help if you need it.
What model PC ? What version of Windows do you have a license for ? (hint, usually an OEM sticker on the bottom of the machine) Is it Windows 7 Home ?
Easiest way to fix is the nuclear approach. Nuke the entire thing after saving everything you can you want.Download this legit from Microsoft Windows 7 x64 Home Premium ISO
Then burn it to a DVD.
Better yet you can go at it like a pro with a USB install stick. You can make a USB stick to install windows from with this Microsoft Windows 7 USB installation tool from Microsoft
Install it- format your USB stick (You need a bigger one, I used 8GB just fine but I think even 4GB might work)
Then you can boot from USB and install windows from that, which is faster and I find it easier than using a DVD. Both ways work great.
PRO TIP: Go into BIOS and change the setting to boot priority first from USB (or DVD if you use that) and then after the first restart you need to set it back to the HDD you used for your OS or it will try to always install in an endless loop, but removing the USB key or the DVD also works fine usually after restart to prevent it from doing it all again. If this happens you'll see what I mean
After you install it- enter in the code from your OEM windows sticker on the machine. That is your windows activation key. On some occassions it might fail but it will populate a window pop up with a toll free number, just call it on speaker and follow the steps (it's automated) and your windows should register just fine as legit (per your OEM key code that came with the machine).
The next step would be visit the MFG site and download and install all the proper drivers and utilities. If this is your only PC machine you might want to do that first, especially the LAN one so you can get back on the internet after installing windows. Once all the MFG drivers are installed you should be good to go. Just add back on any personal stuff you backed up and you have a fresh start. Nothing runs as smooth as a fresh install so you should like it.
You other option would be :
Press the F11 (or F10 ?) key on your keyboard before the operating system loads. If you've made it to the logo for your operating system, you have gone past the point where you can boot into the recovery partition. You'll need to restart your computer and try again. As soon as you see something on your computer screen, press the F11 key.
Make any changes necessary to your computer. The F11 key will automatically boot into the recovery partition. This doesn't mean that you can use your computer as normal. What it will do is bring up the System Restore program built into Windows. From here, you can restore your computer to the way it was working at an earlier time
The way to restore Gateways is to hold down the ALT Key and repeatedly hitting F10 (or F11 I forget) then it should bring you to a boot sequence screen then choose the HDD and then hold down ALT and repeatedly hit F10 again that should prompt the restore feature for gateway. If that doesn't work the only way to do it is to boot into windows and run the eRecovery program.
That is basically how you can reload from the hidden partition. But that is probably very old and outdated at this point so a fresh install and reloading of fresh drivers is a better option for you IMO
3rd option is purchase the restore DVD from gateway for a high cost