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Windows 7: Need Factory Restore but Formatted Recovery drive


05 Jul 2013   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 
Need Factory Restore but Formatted Recovery drive

Well then, to a point I've done something silly.

I wanted to reset my Medion Akoya E4204 D to factory settings, but also wanted to remove the MS Office partition because it is useless to me.

I do have the Medion Recovery Discs (One for Windows and one for "additional programs" so I popped that in and rebooted the PC, it took me to the Recovery and Installation screen and because I'm a bit silly and have had several months of my PC bugging the hell out of me, I went into Install and formatted all the HDD partitions from there, unfortunately including the Recover partition.

On installation I now have a fresh copy of Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit, but none of the additional software that I had when it came new from the factory.
I put the "additional programs" disc in, rebooted, logically thinking that it would prompt me to install said additional software. Basically it didn't, instead it asked me if I wanted to Repair Windows, I tried that and after a scan it told me there were no problems and nothing missing to fix.

I am at a loss as to what to do now, as some of the additional software are drivers, some things I don't even know about but I assume they were there for a reason, and particularly Intel Rapid Store Technologies that always seemed to help run my PC a little bit faster and I don't want to have to pay for it again.
I don't want to recover any data, that is all backed up on External HDD (the one sensible thing I did), I just want a Factory Restore.

I have e-mailed Medion Tech Support with the situation, but I don't expect a rapid response and I'd really like to know what to do so that I can at least stop pulling my hair out over this.

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05 Jul 2013   #2

Windows 7, 64 bit Home SP1, Win 8.1.1 Pro 64 bit
 
 

There are drivers available from Medion You should be able to get what you need as far as drivers. Optional software, such as MS Office or whatever may be a problem.

MEDION Australia - Driver
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05 Jul 2013   #3

Win7 Pro 32-bit, Win8 Pro 32-bit
 
 

You're only going to be able to get the "additional programs" from Medion. OEMs generally provide their own version of apps, which sometimes have reduced features or reduced longevity (e.g., 60-day trial, only). While you might have to pay a little to get a DVD from Medion, that is likely going to be a LOT less than if you went out and bought retail copies yourself.
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05 Jul 2013   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

The thing is I HAVE the disc with all of this stuff on it, there's just no auto-run and no way of me knowing what bits need installing from it.

The only thing I can think of is that I can try and get Medion to send me the factory settings, or a list of what I need from this disc, otherwise I'm lost of how to get it back.

The drivers are easy enough to find, but the recovery software not so much. I will have another look at the disc when I'm more focussed maybe I can figure something out.

I'm just glad Windows installed ok again because I've been there before with another computer and its not nice.
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05 Jul 2013   #5

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ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Boot the additional programs DVD from the desktop.
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05 Jul 2013   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
Boot the additional programs DVD from the desktop.
Does nothing apart from open the DVD in Windows Explorer.
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