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Windows 7: How to Restore to Factory New???

14 Dec 2012   #11

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Never mind... I found the ISO file download at
Legal Download from DigitalRiver: Windows 7 SP1, 13 languages

This is where I got the ISO for my Win 7 x64 for my Lenovo... installed it, and activated it with my existing COA and got rid of the Lenovo bloatware.

I just hope that this will help on her Dell Laptop cause there doesn't seem to be much bloatware at all, nothing like my Lenovo had.


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14 Dec 2012   #12
Microsoft MVP

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Rockrz View Post
but this one is Win 7 Home Premium 64bit... where can I get an ISO file for that?
Step 1 in tutorial. Follow the steps if you want to get and keep a perfect install.

I thought you said Dell provided you with Reinstallation DVD. That works fine and self-activates.

Why do you need to remove HD?
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14 Dec 2012   #13

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ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

How to use Dell Recovery Partition,make Recovery Disks & how to order Recovery Disks.
Dell - Support

Dell will send you

Dell reinstall DVD
Dell Drivers DVD
Dell App DVD
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14 Dec 2012   #14

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

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I thought you said Dell provided you with Reinstallation DVD. That works fine and self-activates.

Why do you need to remove HD?
Yes, the Dell re-install CD and their drivers CD will hook me back up with extra Dell bloatware that isn't needed.

Since I ran the Windows restore... now Windows will not update, so something is sckrewy in St Louie. I run a business and don't have alot of time for troubleshooting.

So, the original hard drive is only 320gigs and I'd like to put in a 500gig driver anyway, so I'll probably call Dell and see if they can walk me through getting this thing back to factory new condition with it's current hard drive.

Then, I'll remove that drive altogether and do a fresh install on a new 500gig drive using a Windows OE version that won't have anything but Windows.

I did this on my Lenovo and it works great. Nuttin but Windows, and what I add after that. That way, I know what I got and I'm keeping it simple.
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14 Dec 2012   #15

Windows 7 Professional x64 Linux Mint 16
 
 

Just put the new deive in and run the dell reinstall cd`s get your pc up and running.
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14 Dec 2012   #16
Microsoft MVP

 

Dell's Reinstallation DVD is a clean copy of Windows 7. You should not use the Driver's CD but instead after running all Important and Optional Windows Updates to completion, any drivers still missing in Device Manager should be imported from the Dell Downloads webpage for your tag number.

This is all explained in Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 which has helped tens of thousands of users get perfect reinstalls. Only if you follow outdated XP reinstall methods can there be problems.
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14 Dec 2012   #17

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

I'd rather skip having Dell's proprietary software re-installed since it's un-necessary.

Most people will agree that using a manufacturer's re-install disc also install's that manufacturer's proprietary software (bloatware) so they can continue installing stuff on your system and keep themselves before your eyes in hopes of selling you more stuff. Everyone knows this is the game of commercial product providers to continue marketing to existing customers.

I can install the same version of Windows from an OEM disc and activate using the COA on the back of the laptop. That way, I know I'm getting a straight Windows install.

Using the Dell CD is a gamble... I don't have time to gamble so I'm going to install from an OEM disc that did not come from Dell so I know I'm getting a straight install.
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14 Dec 2012   #18
Microsoft MVP

 

There is no gamble and we need no schooling on this. You are at the top tech forums and the top site on the web for this specialty - none others even come close.

Dell provides a clean Reinstallation DVD which only contains the Windows 7 OS, self-activation and a Dell logo for System page. Having it self-activate makes this more convenient than using the latest official installer which we also provide in Step 1 of Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

In order to obtain Recovery Media containing the factory image you have to burn it yourself off of the Recovery partition as described in Dell Windows 7 PC Restore

The steps in Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows are based on helping tens of thousands of users since before Windows 7 was even released. If you stick with the tools and methods therein you will get and keep a perfect install.
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14 Dec 2012   #19

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

OK, thanks for the input!


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The steps in Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows are based on helping tens of thousands of users since before Windows 7 was even released. If you stick with the tools and methods therein you will get and keep a perfect install.
Yes, and these instructions are what I said I wanted to do instead of using the Dell re-install disc.

Looks like I will be following these instructions after all...
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