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20-May-2011, 06:13 PM #1
how do i boot into recovery on my gateway MA7 Laptop
Hey, I'm working On a gateway MA7 Laptop with A Windows XP Home AND Windows XP Media Center On It. There is also a D: Recovery Drive, WHich I Would LOVE to boot into, however there does not seem to be an option to do so. I have worked on Gateways before and there was an option of F11 (I believe) to go into the recovery Partition.. I have tried BIOS and boot menu. but no luck. To I have to Disable or Delete one of the previous OS to get into it? I do not have recovery discs, but I am hoping I don't need them for there is a Recovery Partition already on here.. Any tips are greatl appreciated THANKS IN ADVANCE..
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20-May-2011, 08:47 PM #2
At the gateway screen,try hitting ALT+F10.
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20-May-2011, 08:55 PM #3
Ok, it says:

"Boot Menu":
CDROM/DVD
Main Hard Drive
USB Hard Drive
Boot To LAN

(Enter Setup)

But there's no Recovery Option..
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20-May-2011, 09:25 PM #4
Hmmmm.
It is supposed to start erecovery options.
Did you hit alt and f10 together?
Have you installed a different operating system than the version
of windows that it came with?
That could have overwritten the recovery boot option.
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20-May-2011, 09:31 PM #5
Yes, I believe I Hit them together, Just to be sure Should I Hold In ALT and then press F10, Or Both just simultaneously? And yes (I'm working on a friends Computer) But he definitely did install ANOTHER OS (XP Home) Along with the Original (Which is also still on here, XP Media) But I still See the D: Partition And It is Maked "Recovery" But I cannot Get to It
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20-May-2011, 09:42 PM #6
Holding them both together should be fine.
Is the computer still able to boot to the original windows install?
If so,you may be able to run erecovery and burn recovery disks.
Looks like the recovery software is about $15 on disk and $25 on a flash drive,
just in case.
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20-May-2011, 09:51 PM #7
No I cannot boot to the original OS, It shows the original but will not let me move cursor to highlight it to select original OS (XP Media), This is lit with viruses, I can see recovery in D: Partition, and I can right click it and open it, Should I Attempt to Burn The Contents Within It To A CD?
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20-May-2011, 10:00 PM #8
Disregard that, It says IE Has Restricted Webpage running scripts to this Recovery Partition So I cannot access it after all, Sorry about that..
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20-May-2011, 10:03 PM #9
If the original windows is visible in the running system,you
might try doing a seach for erecovery.
It may be possible to run it from that windows install.
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20-May-2011, 10:14 PM #10
I searched all files and folders, hidden files and folders and all drives for erecovery, and it said nothing found..
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21-May-2011, 12:33 AM #11
Only thing left I can come up with is you might download
the ultimate boot disk and try to activate the recovery partition
with a partition manager.
http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/
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22-May-2011, 01:15 PM #12
I ordered Recovery Discs On-line for this exact model, THANKS for your Input I will be sure to let you know if that works out.. THX AGAIN..
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