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Windows 7: Return to Factory Settings without using control panel links?

07 Aug 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Return to Factory Settings without using control panel links?

Hi, I wanted to return my computer to the factory settings, but when I clicked on "advanced recovery methods" in the Recovery folder of the control panel, it doesn't do anything. I also tried using the HP recovery manager on my computer, and when it asks me if I want to return it to factory settings it just reboots the computer. Can anyone help me figure out how to fix this?

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07 Aug 2011   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I didn't, and I don't really want to pay the money to order the recovery disks either. Is there any other way?
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07 Aug 2011   #4

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You will need a Recovery DVD or a working Recovery Partition for a Return to Factory Settings.
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07 Aug 2011   #5
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Hello twirlyfwirly, welcome to Seven Forums!


Have you considered something different, have a look at the information in this tutorial at the link below and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.


Clean Install : Factory COA Activation Key

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08 Aug 2011   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Hi, thanks for all your help, but I broke down and ordered a recovery CD, which should do the trick.
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08 Aug 2011   #7
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

At least you found a solution that works for you and thanks for the update.
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09 Aug 2011   #8

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Well done.
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