Windows Vista Prompts to Restore to Factory Settings

Published: 30th July 2009
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Windows Vista is considered to be a reliable, high-performance, easy to deploy, manageable and secure operating system, provided by Microsoft. The operating system includes various advanced features that could detect impending hardware and software issues and protect it against different external threats. But similar to its other counterparts, system crash is not an exception in Windows Vista. You might encounter several issues that might prevent it from booting. As a result, you might need to reformat the hard disk and restore lost data from backup. But sometimes, you cannot restore from your backup as it exists in invalid state. Such situations necessitate the use of Data Recovery applications that can restore your lost data back.

As an example, when you try to boot your Windows Vista based system, it repeatedly runs chkdsk. After this, when you opt for fixing startup mode, you are prompted to restore to original factory settings

* Restoring Windows Vista to factory settings deletes all the data that is stored on hard disk. However, you can continue with the process with administrative rights.


The above behavior occurs if one or more Windows system files are corrupted or damaged. This might prevent the system from booting.


To solve the above behavior, you need Windows Vista installation disk. Windows Vista includes a utility called System File Checker (sfc.exe) that allows you to scan and repair Windows system files corruption. To solve the issue, follow these methods:

• Boot the affected system using Windows Vista installation disk and press a key to continue. You will get an option to install the operating system. In the next window, select the repair option to make system repairs.

• If this doesn't help, reboot the system and press F8 to access Advanced Boot Menu options. Next, you need to select safemode with Command Prompt. You should then run sfc/scannow through command prompt.

• If the problem continues, you can restore the system to factory settings or reformat the hard disk and restore the lost data using your recent backup. In case of backup unavailability or damage, you should use commercial Data Recovery Software. These are special purpose Data Recovery tools that can scan, locate and restore the missing information in all cases of logical data loss.

Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery is an advanced recovery application for Windows 7 RC1, Vista, XP, 2003 and 2000. It is a high-end Data Recovery Software built with safe technology to recover lost data. It supports FAT32, VFAT, NTFS and NTFS5 file systems.

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