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Windows 7: Want to factory reset PC without CDs.

12 Jun 2013   #1
Oneiroi

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Want to factory reset PC without CDs.

Hello, I have an older custom built PC from my father and it's starting to get a little buggy as of late, freezing and such, and honestly the hard drives are getting too full, I feel it'd be better to just wipe the thing clean and start over.
The downside is I have no CD with which to reset it, and I want to make sure I'm doing it completely right, IE I don't want to delete my OS with it or completely break my PC. Any info you need for this I can provide willingly, thank you!


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12 Jun 2013   #2
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Oneiroi View Post
Hello, I have an older custom built PC from my father and it's starting to get a little buggy as of late, freezing and such, and honestly the hard drives are getting too full, I feel it'd be better to just wipe the thing clean and start over.
The downside is I have no CD with which to reset it, and I want to make sure I'm doing it completely right, IE I don't want to delete my OS with it or completely break my PC. Any info you need for this I can provide willingly, thank you!

Ask your father for the Windows 7 DVD's.
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12 Jun 2013   #3
Oneiroi

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Oneiroi View Post
Hello, I have an older custom built PC from my father and it's starting to get a little buggy as of late, freezing and such, and honestly the hard drives are getting too full, I feel it'd be better to just wipe the thing clean and start over.
The downside is I have no CD with which to reset it, and I want to make sure I'm doing it completely right, IE I don't want to delete my OS with it or completely break my PC. Any info you need for this I can provide willingly, thank you!

Ask your father for the Windows 7 DVD's.
He doesn't have them either. They got lost in the move, as it were.
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12 Jun 2013   #4
Oneiroi

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

So, I'm boned then, or...?
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12 Jun 2013   #5
Mark Phelps

Win7 Pro 32-bit, Win8 Pro 32-bit
 
 

What you might be able to do is the following:
1) Download an ISO of the Win7 version you are using from Digital River -- Links are in the thread: Legal Download from DigitalRiver: Windows 7 SP1, 13 languages
2) Burn an installation DVD from the ISO file
3) If you want to retain the files and data currently there, do a Repair Install: Repair Install[3]=Installation and Setup and Setup
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12 Jun 2013   #6
DavidE

Win 7 Pro x64 SP1, Win 7 Ult x86 SP1
 
 

You need to make sure you have the valid activation key for Windows (and everything) before you wipe the current system...
This tutorial works for OEM and Retail and has instructions for getting the current key(s).
Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
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05 Oct 2014   #7
Pinky

Windows 7 premium 64bit
 
 

Hello

My friend gave me a acer desktop Aspire I want to wipe it clean but no windows 7 cd and asked him and he doesn't have it either do not know what to do here please help.
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05 Oct 2014   #8
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Does this PC have a "Certificate Of Authenticity" sticker on it anywhere?

Does this PC have a working DVD burner?
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05 Oct 2014   #9
Pinky

Windows 7 premium 64bit
 
 

Yes it has a certificate of authenticity sticker with the product key and yes it has a burner
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05 Oct 2014   #10
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Official Windows 7 SP1 ISO from Digital River My Digital Life

You can download a legit Windows 7 ISO from the above link and burn it to a DVD.

Install from the burned disk and activate with your Product Key.

You need to download an ISO that EXACTLY matches the version stated on the Certificate Of Authenticity.

That will wipe the drive, so back up anything you care about on the drive.
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