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Recovery options for Windows 7

  1. Restart the computer.
  2. After the start-up message appears, press the F8 key.
    You must press F8 before Windows starts.
  3. Choose the option Repair Your Computer.
    At this point, your computer may start a custom recovery program, such as the Rescue and Recovery tool available on Lenovo PCs. If so, you should either attempt to access the Recovery Console by using this utility.
  4. Click the Next button.
    You may be prompted to choose a keyboard layout and language. You usually have no need to change these options.
  5. Choose your username.
    If you know the administrator’s password, you can choose Administrator. The password should be the same as on your own user account, though it may not be. Select only an account that has administrator access.
  6. Type your password and click OK.
    A window appears on the screen, listing several repair and recovery options and tools. Your PC may not have these same options. For example, Dell Factory Image Restore appears only on Dell computers. (On other computers, you may find the Recovery Manager option, which is pretty much the same thing.)
  7. Choose the option Command Prompt.
    The command prompt window opens. You’re now ready to use the Recovery Console commands.
  8. When you’re done using the command prompt, close its window.
  9. Choose the option Restart from the System Recovery Options window.

Written by IT Services. Latest revision 2 November 2017