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Windows 7: Quick Questions About Factory Reset, Recovery Partitions, etc.


05 Aug 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 
Quick Questions About Factory Reset, Recovery Partitions, etc.

I'm currently trying to figure out which type of recovery method (re-install, system recovery, or factory reset) I want to do to my computer. It's an OEM from HP with Windows 7 Home Premium on it. I've been reading around about the different types of recoveries and honestly, the computer jargon has my brain in a knot.

So I have a couple of quick questions regarding how the whole recovery process works.

1) What exactly is a recovery partition? Do all operating systems have this function?
2) Which recovery methods "destroy" the recovery partition, and what happens when it is destroyed?
3) Which recovery methods require that I back up my drivers to an external source?
4) To remove a nasty virus, i.e. Google redirect virus, which method would you recommend?
5) What is the difference between factory reset and system recovery?
6) What is the best method to re-install Windows without a disc that is straight-forward (so someone without a good computer background can understand and perform without any problems)?

I hope someone can answer some/all of these questions. Thanks!!!


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05 Aug 2012   #2
Microsoft MVP

 

You can either run Factory Recovery: Dell Restoring Your Computerīs Software to the Factory Settings

Or you can do a superior Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7. Read the special note to Dell owners.

Either is enough to overwrite infection.
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05 Aug 2012   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
You can either run Factory Recovery: Dell Restoring Your Computerīs Software to the Factory Settings

Or you can do a superior Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7. Read the special note to Dell owners.

Either is enough to overwrite infection.
Neither have any consequences?

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If you clean reinstall only to C and leave all other partitions intact, F11 Recovery key should still work later if you need it.
This was a "Note" for HP users doing a clean re-install. What is the recovery key..?

I do have a copy of Win 7 Ultimate disc from a friend. I hear there's a way to get Home Premium install using that disc, does it actually work and is it worth the steps to do so?
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05 Aug 2012   #4
Microsoft MVP

 

As long as you backup your files first and have the program installers on hand then Recovery or Reinstall should not be a problem. Recovery reinstalls all of the factory bloatware, so Reinstall is a much better install.

The latest official installer and tool to write to flash stick or burn to DVD is in the tutorial.

F11 is the key used to begin HP Recovery, which has nothing to do with Dell OEM. As it says in the Dell note a Clean Reinstall will break the F8 hotlink to run Dell Recovery so you can delete the Recovery partition after making the Dell Recovery disks first.
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05 Aug 2012   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Program installers as in Microsoft Office, etc. right? Don't need to back up any drivers either way?

My mistake, my computer is HP don't know why I said Dell in first post.

So the Clean re-install breaks the HP Recovery availability but will become available if I create a recovery disc for it? That's where my understanding comes to an end...
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05 Aug 2012   #6
Microsoft MVP

 

HP Recovery should still run on newer models after Clean Reinstall so you can keep it and the HP Tools partitions while reinstalling to C, or you can make your Recovery disks and delete all partitions to rely only on the disks in case you need to restore to Factory Condition to resell the computer, etc.

Once you reinstall you'll likely want to backup an image of your customized Clean Install to use in place of Recovery.
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05 Aug 2012   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

So when I do my clean install I'll have the option to partition parts of the drive to Recovery, Tools, etc. right?

And by
Quote:
Once you reinstall you'll likely want to backup an image of your customized Clean Install to use in place of Recovery.
you Recovery to factory condition right? Is there a tutorial on how to do this?

Thanks for all your help!
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05 Aug 2012   #8
Microsoft MVP

 

There's no reason to partition for Recovery or Tools if you delete those partitions during install. That's the point of deleting them since they are no longer needed. If you want them then don't delete them.

Here is how to back up an image of Windows 7 externally, and restore it if needed:
Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
System Image Recovery
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05 Aug 2012   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

What were they partitioned for in the first place if they are no longer needed? And you're saying as long as I back up an image of Windows 7 externally I won't need a Recovery partition right?

Do system restore, system recovery, factory reset, etc. need the recovery partition in order to operate?
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05 Aug 2012   #10
Microsoft MVP

 

The Recovery partition contains the factory image which can be used to reimage the HD to the condition it was when it came from factory, and can generate Recovery Disks. It provides no other functions.

With backup imaging built into Windows 7 you can save your own customized OS image externally where it will be available in case of HD failure.

I would still make my Factory Recovery disks to have a path back to factory condition.
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