Won't start normally into windows, reboots and offers recovery or start normally.
Choose recovery, the progress bar stops 1/3 of the way across the screen, then it reboots and offers the same menu.
I tried the One Touch Recovery and it boots into a wallpaper type windows screen and the pointer moves around, but no options or icons available.
Reboot, and I'm back to the recovery/start normal screen so I'll assume I will need recovery disks (which I don't currently have).
I also noticed that for a 2 year old product, there is only one post on the forum announcing it's product release...did I inherit the proverbial red-headed step-child?
After downloading a new recovery file for the one-touch and a slight BIOS modification I was able to boot the recovery off a USB drive and restore the system to factory original.
Any other Z565 owners out there?
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If you have a windows install on there I would try to get it working to burn disks, if there is a password on it there are some tools that (I won't mention their names) that you can use to bypass them. If it doesn't boot you can try a few other things (also google them).
Otherwise I'd run seatools to make sure the drive is still good, and then do a clean install of windows.
Edit: Actually I remember having a similar situation with a Thinkpad Edge E420.
Get a external drive carrier and put the drive in it.
Hook it up to a working computer with lotsa hard drive space, find the recovery partition and copy EVERYTHING off of it (preferable you use Aomei and a third hard drive that is completely empty and sacraficial).
Now you have 2 options, either could work or not work:
A. Put the empty sacrificial drive into the Z565 to see if it will boot the recovery partition.
B. Extract all of the contents of the recovery partition (30-40Gb), and copy the C drive contents over to the origional drive after wiping it. Then boot your new screwed up windows install, create recovery disks, and then do a factory restore with the disks.
The second option worked for me, maybe you will have luck with this
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