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Windows 7: Restoring to factory settings??


13 Jul 2012   #1

Windows & Ultimate 64 bit & Linux Mint * Dual Boot
 
 
Restoring to factory settings??

how do i restore to factory settings. I dont want to have to reinstall all the drivers


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13 Jul 2012   #2

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit
 
 

Hiyya ed123 mate what machine have you got? usually it is just holding down or tapping an F(numeral) numeral or function key (Esc Del etc)on power up.

Look up your machines site - for example I know that to default my Toshiba laptops I just have to hold down 0 (zero) on power up and follow the prompts.
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13 Jul 2012   #3

Windows & Ultimate 64 bit & Linux Mint * Dual Boot
 
 

I have a compaq isn't that Hp ?
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13 Jul 2012   #4

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit
 
 

Yep ed it is either F10 11 or 1 depending on what Google you hit on - just try each and you will son see if it is the right one as it will come up with a screen that asks if you want to do this? At least thats what happens with the Toshiba.

Just as matter of curiousity what model is your machine?
This is for the spare Compaq laptop that I have Using System Recovery, Factory Reset and Minimized Image Recovery Options Compaq Presario CQ43-113BR Notebook PC - HP Customer Care (United States - English)

Hope this helps you out cos I know it's pretty daunting when you haven't done it before
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13 Jul 2012   #5

Windows & Ultimate 64 bit & Linux Mint * Dual Boot
 
 

i have a compaq cq60-615dx and thanks a lot I will try this and will reply back with what I find thank you !
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13 Jul 2012   #6

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit
 
 

OK ed the HP page looks the same to me on a Google Using System Recovery, Factory Reset and Minimized Image Recovery Options Compaq Presario CQ60-615DX Notebook PC - HP Customer Care (United States - English)

Let us know how you go should be fine mate

Oh forgot to metion it will install all the bloat again thats the downside
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14 Jul 2012   #7
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You must be thinking of XP when you say you don't want to reinstall all of the drivers. Windows 7 is driver-complete in the installer and via optional Windows Updates.

Follow these steps to get the superior Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7.

If you do run Recovery to restore all of the crapware be sure to Clean Up Factory Bloatware
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14 Jul 2012   #8

Windows & Ultimate 64 bit & Linux Mint * Dual Boot
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
You must be thinking of XP when you say you don't want to reinstall all of the drivers. Windows 7 is driver-complete in the installer and via optional Windows Updates.

Follow these steps to get the superior Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7.

If you do run Recovery to restore all of the crapware be sure to Clean Up Factory Bloatware
so your saying windows 7 will automatically get the drivers once i do a clean installation ? i didnt knowthat
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14 Jul 2012   #9

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit
 
 

Yep ed has always done that with the too many to count I have had to do on them darn Toshys.

Oh and Greg I have just looked at that tut of yours and just disabling services is that instead of uninstalling the bloat? or or as well as?

I actually didn't know that the Toshy bloat wasn't needed until I put in the SSD and OEM'd the machine.
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14 Jul 2012   #10
Microsoft MVP

 

Ed, read the Clean Reinstall tutorial to see exactly how drivers are best handled in Windows 7.

John, disabling startups gets the freeloaders off our system's back, but the overall best way to shrug off the bloat is with a Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 so the crap isn't installed in the first place.
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