Here is what I tried
by Xana_Seraphi - 10/10/10 5:06 PM
In Reply to: It would be unusual by MDFlax
On my grandparent's desktop (the computer I'm currently using), I burned an Ubuntu Live CD. I put it in my laptop and then started it up. Upon start-up I was given two options, Windows Vista 64bit (which should be Windows 7 as that's what I had before this phenomena) and Ubuntu. I chose Ubuntu and it brought me to a desktop that I spent a little while navigating. When I managed to find the hard drive, there were two listed. VISTA C: and DATA, each being about 160GB. I checked them both for my files from before and couldn't find a single one.
I reset the computer and started again, this time choosing the Windows Vista option instead of Ubuntu and my laptop started up as it would have with vista and the Vista setup screen appeared. I shut down the laptop several times and not once did my Windows 7 startup and log in happen.
As for "and I suspect very difficult for a Windows computer to reset itself back to factory settings as there would need to be some sort of keyboard input to get that going." No such keyboard input happened before startup and after I prompted it to hibernate. I let the laptop power down, put it in my bag, the car, and then removed it when I got home. It was secure in the bag and the only button pressed at all was the power button to turn it on.
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