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Windows 7: How to factory reset windows 7 w/out windows disk

27 Jul 2012   #1
mcm52188

Windows 7 64
 
 
How to factory reset windows 7 w/out windows disk

Hello,

i am running windows 7 64bit on a Dell 1420. i would like to reinstall (factory reset) windows 7, erasing everything on the computer and starting from scratch. My computer came with windows XP and when windows 7 was installed, i believe the recovery partition was deleted. i do not have the windows disk. i have created a recovery disk and when i boot from it it brings me to this:



I dont believe i want any of these options. Is it possible to start from scratch with windows 7 given the above scenario?

thanks in advance.


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27 Jul 2012   #2
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Sorry mate read that the wrong way I thought at first you had the 7 as a factory job, and if it was installed after the XP - how and who by?
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27 Jul 2012   #3
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Do you have a Windows 7 Product Key of 25 characters?

A so-called "factory reset", even if you could do it, would take you back to XP, since that is what it had on it from the factory.

Tell us about this recovery disk. Was it created at a time when XP was the operating system on this PC?
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27 Jul 2012   #4
mcm52188

Windows 7 64
 
 

I understand that a factory reset will get me back to XP, and if thats my only option then oh well :/ I was hoping there would be a way to (for lack of a better term) "reinstall" windows 7 using a recovery method.

i do have the windows product key. the install was done by my school about a year ago.

the recovery disk (i may be using the wrong term here) is on my flash drive. i followed the instructions at the link below to create it today. most of what i have seen has instructed me to create a system restore point or an image created earier. both i assume would have saved data and my personal settings.

Create a USB Memory Stick with System Recovery Tools | 7 Tutorials
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27 Jul 2012   #5
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

I'll ask again: was the recovery disk created at a time when XP was the operating system on this PC?

Or was it created after you had switched to Windows 7?

If you have the Win 7 product key, you can download an official Microsoft ISO, burn it to a disk, boot from it, install Windows 7, and activate with your product key.
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27 Jul 2012   #6
mcm52188

Windows 7 64
 
 

the recovery disk on my flash drive was made today with windows 7. i am looking for an official iso of windows 7 from microsoft but initial queries are directing me to purchase it..
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27 Jul 2012   #7
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

You can get the ISO here:

Official Windows 7 SP1 ISO from Digital River My Digital Life

You need the exact same version as your Product Key.
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27 Jul 2012   #8
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Yes ignazatsonic that what I was alluding to the rescue disk when you first load up then run the system image also made as you go along but seems like you have the bead on this one.

Suppose once it's back on may be just as well mcm to set them up?
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28 Jul 2012   #9
gregrocker

 

Everything you need is here to Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 including special notes for Dell owners about preserving the Diagnostics partition if desired, or how to replace it.

The disk you have is a Win7 Repair CD used for repairs or reimaging the system after you save a backup image.
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28 Jul 2012   #10
metalrun

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

@mcm52188 - hey bro, this guy (@ignatzatsonic) is absolutely right! If you made the recovery disk backup during the WinXP on ur dell pc, then you will only get WinXP on ur dell pc with factory settings if you use recovery disk to format.

And now if u talk about the recovery disk (i.e System image recovery) you made with Win7, So if format ur dell PC with it then you wont be getting fresh/clean install of Win7 as its the system recovery you made after installing original win7.
So if you want a clean, fresh install i.e. from scratch install then you have deploy Original Win7 you bought earlier and have to use that key...

And if you dont have that original Win7 image then try searching google/torrents - im sure you will find something for ur use!!!
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