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Windows 7: How do I reset Windows 7 to factory?


16 Jun 2011   #11
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W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by caperjack View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
If you wipe the hard drive you will lose your Recovery Partition so I would avoid doing this unless you have a Recovery or Windows 7 Installation DVD.

Here is info for using the Recovery Partition for your computer: ASUSTeK Computer Inc. -Support- Troubleshooting G53SW
this is not true ,i had a Compaq laptop for testing,wiped its hdd and reinstall different versions of windows ,many ,many times ,and the recover partition stayed intact ,until i selected it one time to format it and make one big partition .

When the term wipe is used here a secure erase in meant, not a format which is not all the same thing, all a format does is remove the format configuration data and a secure erase over-writes the entire HDD with zeroes.

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16 Jun 2011   #12

Windows 8 Core X64
 
 

caperjack, if you truly wipe the hard drive, all partitioning information is gone and that includes your Recovery partition. If you have a wipe program that wipes individual partitions then I would agree with you but what has been recommended here is not that, it is a full drive wipe.

BFK, the op said "How do I reset Windows 7 to factory" then said "want to make sure everything is absolutely wiped clean before I ship this back". Can't have it both ways unless he has a Recovery DVD or has created the Recovery discs as Gregg mentioned.

If he wipes the drive he no longer has the capability of restoring to Factort state.
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16 Jun 2011   #13

win8pro 32 bit win 7Ulitmate 32 bit
 
 

i stand corrected ,thanks, and sorry for the missinfo
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16 Jun 2011   #14
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello again caperjack.


If ever you don't want to wipe the entire HDD, you can do a partition-specific wipe of any single partition using the Partition Wizard Bootable Disk (PWBD) have a look at Option Three in the tutorial at this link below.

Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD
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16 Jun 2011   #15

Windows 8 Core X64
 
 

Ah ha! That's the one betelgeuse4721 needs. Does a good wipe of his boot partition and leaves his recovery partition intact.
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17 Jun 2011   #16
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
Ah ha! That's the one betelgeuse4721 needs. Does a good wipe of his boot partition and leaves his recovery partition intact.


Yep, it'll do that too, have a look at Option Two for that.
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15 Nov 2012   #17

I believe its Win7 Home Premium
 
 
Not exactly sure if I should restore to factory settings

Purchased a HP DV6 (going by memory i am at work right now) its a floor model (demo). There are a bunch of programs I do not use and I am getting a reoccurring message from hp manager. (its actually not working). Never done a factory restore before and believe by reading some of your posts that maybe I should do this. Get a fresh start. But my concern is since I bought it with no windows 7 start-up disc (it was pre-installed ), how would I make sure that I don't screw this up.
I would like to be able to just be able to reinstall the programs/software I do own with a clean slate. What first steps do I need to do with what I want to keep before I hit factory restore. Hope I make sense.Thanks for any help received.
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15 Nov 2012   #18

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
& made the Startup Repair CD.
startup repair disc-create


Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?


Pressing the f11 key during startup on a computer with an HP factory image will start the system recovery process even if the prompt is not displayed.

How to use HP Recovery:
http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/d...s&dlc=en&lc=en
Performing an HP System Recovery (Windows 7) | HP® Support
How to make HP Recovery DVD disks:
Recover Windows Vista Operating System Using HP Recovery | HP® Support

How to make HP Recovery USB disk:
Using the Downloadable USB Recovery Flash Disk Creation Utility HP Pavilion dv6700z CTO Entertainment Notebook PC | HP® Support

or
You can Order HP Recovery Disks from here:
Country-Language Selector | HP® Support
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15 Nov 2012   #19

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Hi frenchieinusa73
Welcome to SevenForums.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
information   Information
We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.

& made the Startup Repair CD.
startup repair disc-create


Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?


Pressing the f11 key during startup on a computer with an HP factory image will start the system recovery process even if the prompt is not displayed.

How to use HP Recovery:
http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/d...s&dlc=en&lc=en
Performing an HP System Recovery (Windows 7) | HP® Support
How to make HP Recovery DVD disks:
Recover Windows Vista Operating System Using HP Recovery | HP® Support

How to make HP Recovery USB disk:
Using the Downloadable USB Recovery Flash Disk Creation Utility HP Pavilion dv6700z CTO Entertainment Notebook PC | HP® Support

or
You can Order HP Recovery Disks from here:
Country-Language Selector | HP® Support
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15 Nov 2012   #20

I believe its Win7 Home Premium
 
 

Theog,

No recovery disc nor startup repair cd was made. Purchased about a yr ago. And it was a demo. so people had been"using" it in store.
When you speak of recovery usb disk. Is this for the usb ports? Or just to have on a flash drive? Sorry for my ignorance...
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