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Windows 7: Restored to factory setting without disk available

23 Sep 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Restored to factory setting without disk available

Hello all,
I've browsed the forums and haven't come across a thread where someone was silly enough (i.e. Me) to restore their computer to factory settings without saving a copy of windows or already having the disk at hand. Is there any way for me to fix this without having to buy Windows again?


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23 Sep 2012   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

No problem - use the recovery partition. Procedures are different by make. What is the make of your PC.
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23 Sep 2012   #3

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by KittyKit View Post
Hello all,
I've browsed the forums and haven't come across a thread where someone was silly enough (i.e. Me) to restore their computer to factory settings without saving a copy of windows or already having the disk at hand. Is there any way for me to fix this without having to buy Windows again?
You can download a Windows ISO and burn it to a disc and install from that disk---assuming you have a valid 25-character Product Key.

If you have the Product Key, you don't have to buy anything.

You should have such a disk anyway.

Get the ISO here. Be sure to get the correct version to match your Product Key.

Official Windows 7 SP1 ISO from Digital River My Digital Life
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23 Sep 2012   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I have an HP, Windows7 Home Premium.
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23 Sep 2012   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by KittyKit View Post
I have an HP, Windows7 Home Premium.
When you power on the PC and the BIOS splash screen appears, keep tapping F11 until the recovery options appear. Take it from there.

Here are more details: HP Backup and Recovery Manager
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23 Sep 2012   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Thanks to both of you!
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23 Sep 2012   #7
Microsoft MVP

 

If it fails to recover you also have the option to get a superior Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 without the corrupting HP Bloatware and duplicate utilities to better versions in Windows 7.

At the least I'd Clean Up Factory Bloatware.

If Recovery works for you I'd also make my Recovery disks so you have an alternative method in case you need to run it again since Recovery from F11 can fail.

At any time in the future you can also save your own Recovery image of your customized Windows 7 using Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup to an external HD.
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24 Sep 2012   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 
Recovery Without Recovery Disks Available

Hi All,

I bought Hp Pavilion DV6 6159TX around 10 months ago. I did not make backup of the recovery partition.

Now that I am running recovery from partition, it gives error of file missing.

Can anyone here please guide me what to do?

Thanks
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24 Sep 2012   #9
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Use this as posted above by Greg.
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24 Sep 2012   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 
Recovery Without Recovery Disks Available

Hi,

Will this procedure give me Backup of original windows also?

Thanks
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