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Recovery Partition help needed

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by thenderson2011, Dec 11, 2011.

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  1. thenderson2011

    thenderson2011 Thread Starter

    Dec 11, 2011
    I'm needing help finding the recovery partition. I need to do a reboot of my harddrive because I've got a virus that had to be removed, and I'm going to school, so they require us to wipe the harddrive clean before they will allow me back on the network. Which had to happen the week before finals :mad:

    But anyway, I've got a Dell XPS with Windows 7 and don't have my recovery CD with me (it's back home, 3 hours away) and pulled up the boot options page, but couldn't figure how to boot from the recovery partition. I may be going at this the completely wrong way, but any help would be appreciated.

    Also, I did do the Dell Data Safe Local media back up on Disks, so would I need to boot from the first of the two disks?

    Thanks to everyone in advance for the help. Greatly appreciated :D
  2. TheShooter93

    TheShooter93 Malware Specialist

    Jul 9, 2008
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    Here are the recovery instructions from Dell:

    1. Reboot, and press Ctrl + F11 at the Dell logo.

    2. The Dell™ PC Restore by Symantec screen will come up.

    3. Select "Restore" or use the Tab key to highlight it and press Enter.

    4. if you wish to continue, click "Confirm", or use the Tab key to highlight it and press Enter.

    5. When the utility is finished, click "Finish", or use the Tab key to highlight it and press Enter.


    If your computer has a recovery partition, that should work. If not, you'll need that Recovery CD.
  3. aka Brett

    aka Brett Banned

    Nov 25, 2008
    I think the above applies to xp
    7 should use the same technique as vista
    Boot to f8
    its been a while..but I think the option says repair my computer.
    But anyway dig around until you find.."Dell factory Image"
    Select that...do not disturb the recovery once underway..it may appear to hung etc at a couple points just ignore it and ride it out.
    Should take about 20 minutes or so.
    Get all your windows updates before doing anything else..this plugs security holes as well as fix some bugs...This is just as important as an anti virus program..as some malicious file rely on windows not being fully updated.
    Install your AV product.
    Update your browser...you are set
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