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Windows 7: Put together my own computer and I don't know how to system restore it

27 Mar 2012   #1

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 
Put together my own computer and I don't know how to system restore it

Hi. As you can guess, my computer doesn't have 'factory settings'.

I'm not all that versed in computers and this is the first one I've build on my own, however, it's beginning to run very slowly and I would like to completely restore it back to it's original form, from when I first built it.

I have my windows discs (but i don't have the drivers for my hardware, which I'm assuming I can find online).

Is there a way to restore a home build computer? Everything I've read talks about 'factory settings'.

Thanks!


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27 Mar 2012   #2

Mac OS X 10.9
 
 

Yes but you would have to lose all you data. You would have to back it up. All you have to to is reinstall Windows. But make sure you have your Network driver first. All the other drivers can wait until you install Window. I would also recommend is after you install Windows and get all the software you use on it. Is get a external hard drive and make a image using windows backup and back you pc up every month.
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27 Mar 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Hiya pal and welcome to the forums.

If you filled in your system specs in full then we could point you in the right direction, but seeing that you still have a working system with the correct drivers installed you could use Double Driver to back up your drivers.

Hope this helps
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27 Mar 2012   #4

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Depending on what is causing it to run slow, you may not need to reinstall Windows.

Have you tried "System Restore", a function built into Windows that has nothing to do with a reinstallation of Windows? It simply restores your registry to a previous time when Windows was NOT running slow.
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27 Mar 2012   #5
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Once you have a stable system I recommend you make regular IMAGES to an external HDD then you will rarely need to reinstall when things go bad. Images are a snapshot of your HDD and will return everything including OS to the state it was in when the image was made. You can reimage to a new HDD if your old one fails.
I use Windows inbuilt imaging (see the tutorial section for making & restoring)
and
free Macrium Reflect. This is highly regarded by Forum members.
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