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Windows 7: Should I restore my laptop to factory settings


28 Jan 2013   #1

Windows 7
 
 
Should I restore my laptop to factory settings

HP Pavilion dv7 notebook - 8 gb (ram)
Just wondering if it is wise to restore to factory settings (computer is little over 3 years old). Reason is I installed a lot of programs over the years and just want to clear all unwanted files etc. Also my recovery drive is highlited in red.

thank you


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28 Jan 2013   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64 Linux Mint 16
 
 

Sure, but backup all your data 1st. Your recovery drive is red: That`s telling you it`s near full. It should never be in this condition, have you unknowingly added to this drive.
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28 Jan 2013   #3
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The HP preinstalled Windows 7 has the worst load of bloatware and useless duplicate utlities in the industry, throttling Windows 7's native performance. That's why most tech enthusiasts won't run it but instead Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7. Everything is provided in the blue link which will help you get and keep a perfect install.

If you want to stick with the HP bloatware then use HP System Recovery after making your Recovery disks as a backup. But afterward I'd at least Clean Up Factory Bloatware
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28 Jan 2013   #4

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