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My Presario R3000 laptop recently got a virus and i would like to restore the system back to factory settings. I have already backed up the files i want to keep and have been trying to work out how to do this all evening and night without success.

Can anybody tell me how to restore the laptop without a disk that most people seem to be suggesting. I have no disks that came with the laptop.

Any help appreciated, thanks.

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My Presario R3000 laptop recently got a virus and i would like to restore the system back to factory settings. I have already backed up the files i want to keep and have been trying to work out how to do this all evening and night without success.

Can anybody tell me how to restore the laptop without a disk that most people seem to be suggesting. I have no disks that came with the laptop.

Any help appreciated, thanks.

I assume you do not know if you have a (viable) Recovery Partiton?

-- Do you have any option in Control Panel for System Recovery or Recovery Manager?

Sometimes you can access this by tapping F11 or F9 on boot (tends to vary and I can't remember what compaq is - your owner's manual ought to say).

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I have no idea what a (viable) Recovery Partiton is so i doubt i have got one and i have no manuals or anything that came with the laptop, it's quite old.
Also there's no option for recovery in the control panel.

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it's quite old.
Also there's no option for recovery in the control panel.

OK - It doesn't look as though a System Recovery is an option for you. Most (read All) newer machines come with a "Recovery Partition" on the hard drive which can be used to reset a machine to its "right out of the box" state.
Manufacturers stopped supplying Windows CDs and DVDs - people had to burn their own recovery disks using the default partition.

Anyhoo, your options are pretty much limited to trying to obtain Recovery Disk from manufacturer or buying a new Windows OS disk or scrapping the machine altogether.

-- Lastly, you could post a thread for help in the Viruses/Spyware forum and see if your machine can be cleaned of whatever is ailing it....

Best Luck :)
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