Why would another Windows allow you to try out any other software? I don't follow you. All versions are the same with a few extra expensive features unlocked in the upper versions which most consumers don't need.
I asked you if you have reinstalled the Windows 7 which came with the PC, as if you did the Recovery Partition might not run. But if you're unsure you should keep it in place. I would however try to generate my Recovery Disks if you haven't already, since you'll then know for sure the partition works and have a second backup method.
But keep in mind that the factory preinstalled Windows 7 is an inferior install crippled by the sponsored bloatware and duplicate utilities which interfere with and throttle Windows 7 from its native state. So that's why I showed you how to Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
if you decide you'd like the best install of all.
In my opinion the fears you've expressed are otherwise superstitious. It's good to know you're concerned and vigilant, but instead of coming up with plans to hide partitions from viruses, and install another OS version to use non-existant "software" you imagine it contains, why don't you ask us first?
Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM
It`s totally up to you, personally I would wipe the drive and reinstall windows as soon as I got the pc home, but that`s just me. And you could also void a warranty by doing it.
This is what most tech enthusiasts do.
Doing a Clean Reinstall can only void your 1 year tech support warranty for as long as you have a Clean Reinstall, and only if you tell them that you did so which you do not need to do to get support. The support is also not that good and you'll get much better help here.
An OEM cannot void the hardware warranty as courts have repeatedly ruled. If you had to send it back for repairs you can always put the factory image back on it via the Recovery Disks or a backup image we recommend you make and save.