How to Activate Recovery on a Gateway Laptop

by Tyson Cliffton

Activating the recovery process on your Gateway laptop is a great way to get rid of viruses that may have taken over your machine, or to simply delete old program files you no longer use that are buried deep inside of your computer and slowing it down. Activating the recovery process on your Gateway laptop will restore your laptop to its original factory settings, and return it to the functionality it had the day you took it out of the box.

Within Windows

Click the "Start" button in the lower left-hand corner of your Windows home screen, then click "All Programs."

Click "Gateway."

Click "Gateway Recovery Management." The Gateway Recovery Management program appears on your screen.

Select the "Restore" tab, then click "Restore System to Factory Default."

Click "Yes" to confirm that you want to enter the recovery process, then click "Start." Click "OK" to initiate the recovery process.

During Startup

Restart your Gateway laptop.

Hold down "Alt" and press "F10" repeatedly while the computer is booting up. The Gateway Recovery Management program will open on your screen.

Repeat Steps 1 and 2 if the Gateway Recovery Management program does not appear on your screen and the computer proceeds to boot up to the Windows home screen.

Click "Restore System from Factory Default" when the Gateway Recovery Management screen does appear.

Click "Next" to activate the recovery process and recover your Gateway laptop to its original factory settings.

Recovery Disc

Insert your Gateway laptop recovery disc into the CD/DVD-ROM drive, then restart your machine.

Press "F12" repeatedly while the computer is booting up to access the boot menu.

Highlight "CDROM/DVD" and press "Enter" to activate the recovery process.

Insert the remaining boot discs as the Gateway Recovery Management program requests that they be loaded into the machine.

Tip

  • check Back up any important files before activating the recovery process on your Gateway laptop, and also make sure you have the installation discs for any programs you want to install on your laptop after the recovery process is complete. Activating the recovery process on your laptop will restore your computer to its default factory settings, and all of your personal files and programs will be deleted.

Warning

  • close Once you begin the recovery process on your Gateway laptop, do not attempt to restart or turn off your laptop until the process is complete. Turning off or restarting your computer can cause your hard drive to become unstable or completely inoperative.

About the Author

Tyson Cliffton has been writing professionally since 2001. His work has been published at thealestle.com and KMOX.com. Cliffton earned a Bachelor of Science in mass communications from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and a Master of Arts in communication from the University of Illinois at Springfield. He is pursuing a Master of Business Administration in management and leadership from Webster University.

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