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Windows 7: Need Help | Windows 7 re-install

06 Jun 2011   #1

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Need Help | Windows 7 re-install

Hi!

I want to re-install Windows 7 on my computer and was wondering what are the risks for doing the same. Would I lose ALL data?

Also, I made a backup disc as is required by the Windows 7 software. Do I use that same disc for re-installation?

Please help..

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06 Jun 2011   #2
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You should have your data backed up externally at all times so losing your data will never be a concern. Use a USB External HD, another internal HD, DVD, USB flash stick, another computer on the network, or using 14gb free storage on Skydrive which comes with every Windows Live ID.

What disk did you make exactly? Was it the Windows 7 Repair CD offered when you backup a Windows 7 image? This is only used to repair or reimage Windows 7.

Is this a computer you bought in a store which came with Windows 7 preinstalled?
If you made the Factory Recovery Disks they can be used to reinstall Windows 7 with all of the factory bloatware which comes preinstalled, but there would be more than one disk. I would save these to use as a backup to running the Recovery Partition. If you tell us your computer maker we can tell you how to run Factory Recovery if that's what you want.

To clean reinstall Windows 7 you need to find a Windows 7 installation DVD and follow these tips to get a perfect clean reinstall: Clean Reinstall steps
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06 Jun 2011   #3

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06 Jun 2011   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium x86
 
 

Thank you for your responses.

My comp is Toshiba Satellite L505-S5990.

I would like to do a complete re-install of Windows 7. Is that the same as the link mentioned above? - re-install windows 7
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06 Jun 2011   #5

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Are you be using
1) Toshiba Restose disks
2) Windows 7 backup image
3) Windows 7 Install DVD
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06 Jun 2011   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium x86
 
 

I did not receive a separate Windows 7 installation CD or DVD when I bought my computer.

All I have is the DVD I made via instructions given on my computer i.e. --- Control Panel -> Backup and Restore -> Set up backup

Do I need to make any other disks or copies of anything else?
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06 Jun 2011   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium x86
 
 

@theog - As per the links you mentioned in the previous post, I used the first link i.e. How to use the Toshiba HDD Recovery Utility and have completed the process.

What must I do next?
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06 Jun 2011   #9

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First Backup your Data.

Read this part of manual, Using Toshiba HDD Recovery Utility from the recovery partition.
or
Hard Disk Drive Recovery using Recovery CDs or DVDs
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06 Jun 2011   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium x86
 
 

OK. I have read the info on that link. Must I go ahead and complete that process?

Also, I want everything like it was when I first bought the computer and switched it on for the first time. So as per the instructions given in that link, I must press 1 to restore original factory image. Am I right in doing that (just confirming)?
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