I got a free laptop and just want to reset it. There is nothing important on it and don't have any recovery disks if that is important. I just recovered the password and now want to make this laptop new. It is a windows vista on a Gateway. How do I reset to factory defaults? Thank you. --- PSN: SoYouLikeHerp
#2Knight2520Posted 10/24/2013 6:57:02 PM
If there isn't a program that Gateway installed somewhere for that purpose, you'd need recovery discs. See if your hard drive has a recovery partition. --- If AMD goes down Intel might safely release i9 for $300 and i7 for $200 and i5 for $100 and i3 for free. - su27Chaos<
I believe I see recovery and a partition. Yep, the harddrive has them. --- PSN: SoYouLikeHerp
#4mess98Posted 10/24/2013 7:04:25 PM
Unless you have recovery discs/partition... Your best bet is to stick a Windows Vista install disc in, do a clean install, and use the Product Code on the back label of your case to register it. --- Windows 8.1.Core i7 4770.Geforce GTX 660 Ti.8GB Ram.
#5Last Grand MageX2Posted 10/24/2013 8:08:07 PM
You'd be better served installing Win7 or 8 on that laptop, Vista was an absolute mess. 8 isn't great, but something like classic shell can easily remedy most issues. --- I try, but not very hard, product of my generation-snoochtonooch