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AlienRespawn

Recovery Discs

In order to start the recovery process, you will need to make sure you have the Alienware Recovery and Support Discs. The Alienware Support disc contains drivers originally installed on your computer. You can also download the latest drivers and software from www.support.dell.com.

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Back up all data before initiating a system recovery.

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System Restore - Vista™ System Restore - XP™ Modifying installation partition size Factory shipped Software
Restoring computer using AlienRespawn 2.0

This prompt will be displayed upon booting the computer:

This prompt will appear when booting from the hard drive prior to the initialization of Windows, and it will remain on-screen for five (5) seconds. During this time, the user may press the [F10] key to invoke the AlienRespawn recovery environment. After pressing [F10], a progress indicator will appear.

This indicator will be identical to that which is displayed when booting into Windows. However, the system will instead proceed into the AlienRespawn environment.

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After launch, AlienRespawn will display a welcome screen describing the functionality of the software and will prompt the user to continue.

After the welcome screen, the user will be offered three options for recovery:

  1. Microsoft System Restore
  2. Advanced Recovery
  3. Complete System Recovery

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These options are explained in detail below.

Microsoft System Restore Advanced Recovery Complete System Recovery

Choosing Microsoft System Restore will allow users to access any restore point created by System Restore in Windows. This includes both manually and automatically created restore points (i.e. scheduled points, or those created by an application or driver installer).

This is the least destructive recovery option, but also the least likely to resolve issues; a virus or corrupt file may persist after reverting to a previous restore point, and in some cases may have been preserved in the restore point itself.

This option is recommended as the first troubleshooting step. If System Restore does not resolve the issue, Advanced Recovery or Complete System Recovery (both described below) may be more suited to fix the problem.

By clicking Next after selecting the radio button for Microsoft System Restore, the following screen will be displayed.

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This will provide a further description of Microsoft System Restore, and warn that continuing will launch a separate application, closing the Respawn interface.

If the user clicks Next on this screen, System Restore will launch, and it will not be possible to return to the Respawn interface without rebooting. If the user chooses to continue, the System Restore interface will be displayed. This is identical in appearance and function to System Restore as displayed in Windows.

If no restore points have been created, this option cannot be used for recovery. Clicking Cancel will reboot the computer, allowing the user to select another recovery option.

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Advanced Recovery, also described as Semi-Destructive System Recovery, restores the system to its default state, as stored in the Recovery Partition (i.e. the initial post-Integration configuration).

This option will also create a full backup of the entire hard drive. The backup will be located in a time-stamped sub-folder of C:\BACKUP.

Although all of the user's data files will be preserved, the Registry will be destroyed; therefore, most applications will need to be re-installed.

After selecting the radio button for Advanced Recovery and clicking Next, the next screen will be displayed.

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This will provide a further description of Advanced Recovery, and provide an opportunity to cancel the process. To continue, the user must select the Yes radio button, then click Next.

The recovery process will now begin.

Note that the first stage listed is Backing up files - this will only appear when Advanced Recovery is selected.

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A progress bar will be displayed, which indicates overall recovery completion.

The recovery process cannot be cancelled once it has begun. When recovery is complete, a dialog will be displayed indicating completion, and advising the user to reinstall applications, run Windows Update, and copy data files from the backup directory. Clicking Finish will close AlienRespawn v2.0 and reboot the system.

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Complete System Recovery, also described as Destructive System Recovery, restores the system to its default state, as stored in the Recovery Partition (i.e., the initial post-Integration configuration). This option offers no data backup, and is therefore not recommended except in severe cases, e.g. virus infections, where preservation of the user's data files may cause the issue to recur.

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This option will permanently delete all user-created data.

If the user clicks Next after selecting the radio button for Complete System Recovery, the next screen will be displayed

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This will provide a further description of the Complete System Recovery process, and will provide an opportunity to cancel the process. To continue, the user must select the Yes radio button, then click Next.

The recovery process will now begin.

Note that the first stage listed is Reformatting the Windows partition of your hard disk - this will only appear when Complete System Recovery is selected.

A progress bar will be displayed, which indicates overall recovery completion. Recovery cannot be cancelled once it has begun.

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When recovery is complete, a dialog will be displayed indicating completion.

Clicking Finish will close AlienRespawn v2.0 and reboot the system.

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Restoring computer back to the original factory configuration

The following procedure describes the steps required to create partitions using AlienRespawn.

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Before using Alienware Respawn, verify that the computer has the same hardware configuration it had when it was received. If any component has been replaced or added, you might run into problems during the recovery process.
  1. Put the Alienware Respawn BOOT disc in the optical drive and restart the computer.

  2. The computer will boot from the CD and display the message below. It might be necessary to change the boot sequence in the BIOS to CD-ROM first.

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    Depending on the hardware configuration of the system, it might take several minutes to load Alienware Respawn. If the computer shipped with a RAID configuration, make sure that RAID support is enabled in the BIOS and that a RAID volume has been created.

  4. Press any key to start Alienware Respawn.

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  6. Remove the Alienware Respawn BOOT disc from the optical drive and replace it with the Alienware Respawn IMAGE DVD, then click on OK to continue.

  7. From the menu, click on Local, then select Disk and choose From Image.

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  9. Select the optical drive from the drop down menu on the top of the screen.

  10. Choose the Ghost CD/DVD Image file from the box below. Click on Open to continue.

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  12. Respawn will prompt to select the destination drive where the image will be restored. It will show two drives: one 16 MB virtual drive where Respawn is running from, and your computer's actual hard drive. Select the computer's hard drive (usually identified as item number 2) and click on OK.

  13. Information about the hard drive is displayed on the next screen, if you wish to keep one large partition just click on OK to continue.

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  15. The system will ask whether or not to start the recovery process. Be aware that all information stored in your computer will be lost if you proceed. Click OK to continue or No to cancel.

  16. Alienware Respawn will start restoring the system back to the original factory settings. This process usually takes around 30 minutes.

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  18. After Respawn finishes, remove the DVD from your optical drive and click on Reset Computer.

  19. The system will restart and load Windows. You might be prompted to restart the computer one last time to apply the changes, please do so.

  20. Upon restart, your computer will be fully restored to its original factory configuration. However, any secondary hard drive or partition that may exist on your system could have preserved its original data. If you would like to remove the existing data from any of these units, open My Computer, right-click the drive letter of the unit you would like to clean and select Format.

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Modifying installation partition size

The following procedure describes the steps required to create partitions using AlienRespawn.

  1. In order to get to the hard drive information screen shown below, please follow Step 1 through 8 found in previous tab.

  2. On the hard drive information screen, click on the column New Size where the total size of the hard drive is displayed. You will then notice a cursor next to the last number.

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  4. By pressing the Backspace key, it will be possible to erase the size displayed in order to type in the new size.

  5. Enter the desired partition size, in megabytes, within the now blank area.

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    Alienware does not recommend using a partition size smaller than 15GB (15000MB) for Alien Respawn due to fact that the AlienRespawn image will install Windows XP with all of its updates, plus all the drivers and software needed by your system. If your hard drive partition is too small, there will be very little space left for the Windows XP Page File, therefore lowering the system's overall performance.

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  7. Once you have typed the partition size, move the mouse outside of the information area to apply the changes. Alien Respawn will display the main partition size as well as the remaining unallocated hard drive space. At this point just click OK to continue the installation.

  8. To continue further and install the operating system skip all previous steps and refer to instructions from Step 10 in previous tab.

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Factory shipped Software

Optional software such as Microsoft Office is an OEM version and it is sent out by itself on a separate packaging envelope. This envelope has its own tracking number and it may arrive before your system is delivered.

Microsoft® Office Small Business Edition 2003 media.

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Most programs, utilities and drivers included in the software discs can be obtained from the "Drivers and Downloads" section from Support Site, with the exception of the Microsoft Recovery CD and Microsoft Office CD contents. Other software discs such as drivers and the Nero burning software may still ship along with your system.

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