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Windows 7: How do I reset my computer?

20 Mar 2014   #1
wumbatron

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
How do I reset my computer?

I have a problem with my computer and it doesn't seem like its going away. I want to get rid of everything on my computer so that its as if I had just bought it. Anyone know how to do that? Also, are there any downsides of doing it?

Edit: I heard you may have to have a CD with Windows 7 on it or something to reinstall Windows 7?


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20 Mar 2014   #2
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Wumbatron,

Did your computer come with Windows preinstalled?

If so, what brand and model number is it, and we'll see if we can find the factory recovery instructions for it.
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20 Mar 2014   #3
wumbatron

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Wumbatron,

Did your computer come with Windows preinstalled?

If so, what brand and model number is it, and we'll see if we can find the factory recovery instructions for it.
I'm not really sure. Maybe because theres a sticker on the tower that says Windows 7...

Its a CyberpowerPC for gaming that I bought on Amazon. I cant find my model number because when I right click on "Computer" and hit properties, the folder opens for a split second and then closes and all my desktop icons and taskbar flash. Thats a part of the problem. I cant open certain files or the computer will do that. Also, it does that every few minutes and if I'm in a video game, it will go to the desktop. If I'm watching netflix or youtube in full screen, it will minimize the screen. Its so annoying I just want my computer back to how it was when I first got it and then just reinstall my games and what not later.
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20 Mar 2014   #4
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

In that case, you can use the method in the tutorial below to perform a clean install on your OEM computer. Be sure that you get the product key number from your COA sticker before starting the clean install. You must have it to be able to activate your Windows.

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
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20 Mar 2014   #5
wumbatron

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Okay thanks. Yep, I still have the COA on the side of my computer.
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20 Mar 2014   #6
wumbatron

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Wait a second, I have to download something and put it on a flashdrive?
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20 Mar 2014   #7
wumbatron

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I don't think those instructions actually said how to clean reinstall in a steb-by-step process, too.
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20 Mar 2014   #8
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Once you download the 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium ISO file, you would create a bootable DVD/USB from the ISO. This will be your installation media.

The tutorial basically walks you through getting prepared to do a clean install at step 8, and what to do afterwards. The link in step 8 shows you how to do the actual clean install.
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20 Mar 2014   #9
wumbatron

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Once you download the 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium ISO file, you would create a bootable DVD/USB from the ISO. This will be your installation media.

The tutorial basically walks you through getting prepared to do a clean install at step 8, and what to do afterwards. The link in step 8 shows you how to do the actual clean install.
is the download optional? i thought that i already have windows 7?

edit- do you know how to tell if my computer is x64 or x86?
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20 Mar 2014   #10
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Unless you already have a Windows 7 installation DVD or USB, then yeah you'll need to download the ISO to be able to create an installation DVD/USB for your edition.

Be sure to check out the links within the steps of the tutorial above as well. They include all the needed information.

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