have a gateway computer thats filled with spyware. no pop up killer gets rid of it. cant restore using the system restore cause it doesnt work. I cant remember how to factory restore our Gateway computer. Any one know how to???
Had samee problem for a customer, restore partiton.... For a desktop manufactures in the last 3 years, I went to repair options under the F8 advanced boot options screen... as soon as the computer powers on, keep hittig the F8 key, then select repair, then if you to want wipe everything and start over chose the very LAST option, restore manager.
i had to restore my Gateway desktop to factory settings and searched everywhere. Last option, contact Gateway. I went on their site and found the owner's manual for my series and it told me how to do it. I am not sure if this will work for everyone but it's worth a shot:
Gateway Restoration Management.
follow the steps and it should work for you. Hope this helps.
Hurray! Shouts out to Frys Guy!!!!! I got my Gateway back running after using his Alt-F10 tip. A lot of useless searching (much of it a Gateway) and finally came up with that useful tip. My compurter started to reset in the middle of the boot processs. I had tried a lot of different things; F8 and Repair your computer, Repair Startup problems, downloaded a Rocovery CD, etc., and nothing seemed to work until this method.
This tip was not in my Gateway starter guide. What they had written for getting the Recovery Manager was not correct.
After the initial boot screen (with "<F10> for boot menu" at the bottem) disappeared I pressed Alt-F10 and after a minute got a "Gateway Recovery Management" screen with a "Restore from factory default" option. This loaded the system partition (C:) from the recovery partition (hidden). It does wipe every thing out on the C: drive to be like it was when new. (Just to be safe I had made Ghost images of the all hard drive partitions before hand so I could restore them to their sickly state if needed.) Fortunately I had created an extra partition on the hard drive when I first got the machine and put all my work on the non-OS partition (D: drive), and none of that partition was affected during the restore operation. Of course I had to re-install my applications on C:, but everything is running right again.
Now I'm going to make those recovery DVDs in case the recovery partition gets damaged.
all this happened to me too. I called gateway tech [had to buy time as my warranty is out]...they could get me to boot up but all the other problems were still there. I took laptop to tech guy who said a eorm was wrecking havoc on my system and he recommended a fresh install of vista using ultimate vs business [my orig.]...needless to say I backed up all my docs and pics to my flash drive first. his install didn't take and so he said the hard drive or the motherboard was down and told me to take it to a laptop specialist.
after 3 days of researching, I decided what the heck, i'll try my own fresh install w/ the os disc gateway sent me...worked like a charm. 80 updates and reinstall of virus protection but hey, it works! fast, brilliant color, smooth scrolling from the touchpad...:-) btw-recovery d is nearly full...must be the intel hard drive.