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

15 Jun 2011   #1

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How do I reset Windows 7 to factory?

Hey everyone,

I'm returning my Asus G53sw-A1 w/ Windows 7 and getting a replacement shipped.

Long story short, my video card is demonic.

Anyways, I have done a lot of personal work during the last week and want to make sure everything is absolutely wiped clean before I ship this back.

How do I do this?

Thanks in advance,
Brady

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15 Jun 2011   #2

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Windows 7 x64
 
 

Just hit it with the oem disks that came with the computer that should wipe everything and return it to a factory state.
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15 Jun 2011   #3
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Hello betelgeuse4721, welcome to Seven Forums!


If you really want to over-write everything on the Hard Disk Drive so it can never be recovered.

Use this to create a bootable disk if you don't have an actual Windows 7 (or Vista) installation disk, have a look at this tutorial at the link below.

How to Create a Windows 7 System Repair Disc


Use the appropriate method in this one to boot the PC to diskpart.

DISKPART : At PC Startup


Then use Step One of this to do a wipe secure erase of the entire HDD and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
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15 Jun 2011   #4

Windows 8 Core X64
 
 

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
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15 Jun 2011   #5

 

I agree, wiping out the HD will remove the restore partition. Just use the Restore Partiton on the HD to restore your computer. I have done this on plenty of computers and it does wipe out any and all previous information that was stored,saved and downloaded.
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15 Jun 2011   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64/Windows 8 Consumer Preview x64/Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

Quote:
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16 Jun 2011   #7
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Make the Recovery Disks first if you haven't done so yet, then run the Recovery Partition as suggested which is a more stable method than the disks. Then if it fails you have the disks to fall back on.
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16 Jun 2011   #8

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ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Ensure to connect your PC to the AC power adapter before using F9 recovery to avoid recovery failure.
Using recovery partition (F9 Recovery)
1. Press <F9> during bootup.
Ensure to press <F9> only once during bootup.
2. Select the language you use and click to continue.
3. Click Recovery in the Recovery System dialog box to start the system recovery.
4. The system starts system recovery automatically and follow the onscreen instructions to complete the recovery process.
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16 Jun 2011   #9
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Geez, if y'all would bother to read the OP, the point is to over-write the HDD for security reasons.
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16 Jun 2011   #10

win8pro 32 bit win 7Ulitmate 32 bit
 
 

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 .
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