Last year I bought a Gateway laptop on the cheap at Best Buy, and it's been giving me a ton of grief lately. It's been running slower and slower, and has decided to randomly restart itself for no apparent reason.
I've ran a virus scan and tweaked every system setting I know of, but nothing seems to help. I think it's time for a fresh start, which means restoring it to the original factory settings.
To make matters worse, Gateway and other manufacturers no longer ship recovery discs with new computers or laptops, so you'll have to create one first and I'll show you how to do that.
How to create a Windows 7 System Restore Disc
First, open the built-in windows backup utility by clicking the Windows Start button, selecting Control Panel, and then choosing "Back up your computer".
You'll see options for creating a system image and also a system repair disc. Choose the first option for "Create a system image". This will create a system restore disc that you can use later to restore your computer to it's current settings.