How do I use my recovery partion?

My PC came with a recovery partion and have now experienced some bugs which I think I got rid of, but the download of zone alarm won't uninstall. Their support didn't help any since my Gateway GT5668E is past warranty expiration, so I want to just recover my PC to factory default. The OS is Vista Home Premium.
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  1. see what happens when you actually search for something instead of trying to get someone else to do the work for you?
  2. I had a problem starting the process of recovering the system. After I press F8 & enter the Advanced Boot Options, choosing Repair your computer doesn't give me the System Recovery Options dialog box, but restarts my PC. I've gone through this process many times already.
  3. captaincharisma said:
    see what happens when you actually search for something instead of trying to get someone else to do the work for you?


    There's really no call for attacking someone for asking for help. This forum is here for that exact purpose. People of all skill sets come here for advice and help, some problems more complicated than others. Some may come here just looking for a second opinion for a solution they think may work. Some may browse for answers while waiting for responses on the forum.


    Anonymous said:
    I had a problem starting the process of recovering the system. After I press F8 & enter the Advanced Boot Options, choosing Repair your computer doesn't give me the System Recovery Options dialog box, but restarts my PC. I've gone through this process many times already.


    Did you end up fixing the problem?
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    Did you end up fixing the problem?

    No, I didn't.
  5. Where are you stuck?

    If you are simply trying to remove zone alarm, try using revo uninstaller. It's a great program, and should remove all traces of it.
    http://www.revouninstaller.com/
  6. Thanks aford10, but I have that!

    Do you know how I can contact an admin to ask if they'll move this thread to Gateway?
  7. You have revo uninstaller? Was there a problem using it to remove zone alarm, or have you decided that you just want to do a restore?

    To contact a moderator, you can use the report link at the top of your post or PM one of them that moderate in this section.
  8. I could now uninstall ZA with the ZA tool, as I've used it before, but I want to make a System Recovery because of not being able to Repair my Computer at the Advanced boot options screen.
  9. Entering the recovery partition in my experience isn't achieved by hitting F8 on start-up. That is a Windows function for entering the advanced boot oprions utility.

    What you need to do is watch the screen closely during the boot time and keep a look out for e.g. Hit SHIFT + F2 to enter recovery console... or something similar. Usually the text will appear in white at the bottom of the screen early during the boot process and flashes by quite quickly. It might take a couple of goes to get it.

    This is my experience with HPs and Compaqs, I believe Dells are similar also.

    OK a quick search indicates the F11 key should be used to enter the recovery partition.
  10. At the window during boot, I get the Boot Menu & Advanced Bios Settings
    . F11 did nothing.
  11. Another common keystroke is ctrl+F11.

    It's possible that it didn't come with a recovery partition.
  12. aford10, did you mean press ctrl+F11 at the boot up screen that gives the options Boot Menu & Advanced Bios
    Settings?

    And yes, my recovery partion is the local D: drive.
  13. When the system starts up, just keep pressing it. If you have the full logo enabled in the BIOS, it usually looks for the keystroke when you see the logo.
  14. Doesn't work, but thanks
  15. Can you get into the advanced BIOS settings? You may need to enable your keyboard/mouse interface (PS2 or USB).
  16. Also, if indeed F8 is the option to enter the recovery console try hitting F8 again after the Windows advanced boot menu appears.
  17. That didn't work. Couldn't I just enter the recovery partion and open a file?
  18. Which didn't work? Were you able to access the BIOS?

    If you can boot into the recovery partition, you won't have to open a file. It will start a restore process, similar to when windows is installed.
  19. F8 at the boot up screen & again at the Advanced boot options screen is what didn't work. I can accesss BIOS.

    Opening the Recovery partion didn't start the restoration process.
  20. Did you verify that your mouse/keyboard interface is enabled?
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