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Windows 7: How do I restore Windows 7 to factory settings using recovery disks


27 Jun 2013   #1

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How do I restore Windows 7 to factory settings using recovery disks

So when I bought my Asus laptop 1.5 years ago the guys from PC World made 6 recovery dvds and deleted the recovery partition from the laptop.

I have 2 partitions on my laptop: C (where the windows is installed) and D (where I have personal things on).

I also have Windows 7.

I want to use the recovery dvds to restore my windows to factory settings but keep the D partition (the one with no windows on it) so I won't have to save the files in another place.

Could anyone please help me with a step by step guide?

Thank you in advance!


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27 Jun 2013   #2

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First post a screenshot of disk management. Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

Extra questions:D disk has only data on it? Why do you want to reinstall?
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27 Jun 2013   #3

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I have put 100gb of the data that I need on D and on Dropbox as well (still syncing at the moment so it may take a couple of good hours until it's fully synced).

Yes, I have the sticker on the back of my laptop that states the product key of my windows 7 and it is readable.

I want to reinstall windows basically and format partition C (where the windows is installed at the moment) for performance issues, but keep data on D to not delete certain documents.

IF I have to format everything, and delete data from both partitions (but not delete the partitions themselves), then I will have to wait for my important documents to sync with Dropbox.


STILL, I don't know how to do this .


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27 Jun 2013   #4

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Do you have a folder called C:\OEM\Preload ? Maybe it's hidden. Hidden Files and Folders - Show or Hide
it it exists: does C:\OEM\Preload\Autorun exit?
Does C:\OEM\Preload\Autorun\AutorunX exist?
Does C:\OEM\Preload\Autorun\AutorunX\AutorunX.exe exits?
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27 Jun 2013   #5

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
Do you have a folder called C:\OEM\Preload ? Maybe it's hidden. Hidden Files and Folders - Show or Hide
it it exists: does C:\OEM\Preload\Autorun exit?
Does C:\OEM\Preload\Autorun\AutorunX exist?
Does C:\OEM\Preload\Autorun\AutorunX\AutorunX.exe exits?
Enabled to see hidden folders.

No folder called OEM in C:/
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27 Jun 2013   #6

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Greu View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
Do you have a folder called C:\OEM\Preload ? Maybe it's hidden. Hidden Files and Folders - Show or Hide
it it exists: does C:\OEM\Preload\Autorun exit?
Does C:\OEM\Preload\Autorun\AutorunX exist?
Does C:\OEM\Preload\Autorun\AutorunX\AutorunX.exe exits?
Enabled to see hidden folders.

No folder called OEM in C:/
Any idea where the specific ACER driver install files are on disk?
As far as I know all ACERS have tool/option to create a driver CD/DVD. Can you find that and make that?

Factory recovery won't work in your case... partition layout is not as it expects. What acer model is it exactly?
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27 Jun 2013   #7

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Greu View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
Do you have a folder called C:\OEM\Preload ? Maybe it's hidden. Hidden Files and Folders - Show or Hide
it it exists: does C:\OEM\Preload\Autorun exit?
Does C:\OEM\Preload\Autorun\AutorunX exist?
Does C:\OEM\Preload\Autorun\AutorunX\AutorunX.exe exits?
Enabled to see hidden folders.

No folder called OEM in C:/
Any idea where the specific ACER driver install files are on disk?
As far as I know all ACERS have tool/option to create a driver CD/DVD. Can you find that and make that?

Factory recovery won't work in your case... partition layout is not as it expects. What acer model is it exactly?


ASUS, not acer. I have an ASUS N55S.

The laptop came with a recovery partition, but the guys from where I bought the laptop made recovery disks (6 dvds to be more precise) and they deleted the recovery partition.
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27 Jun 2013   #8

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
search for OEM, preload, autorun, autorunx folder on C.
Do you have "Acer Backup Manager" preinstalled? if so search for Acer Backup Manager in file explorer
I don't have an Acer, I have an ASUS.
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27 Jun 2013   #9

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ASUS, not acer. I have an ASUS N55S... sorry I misread it ;-)

N55SF??
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27 Jun 2013   #10

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Yes, ASUS N55SF
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