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Windows 7: How to get back to a previous Windows 7 installation?

03 Jan 2015   #11
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Brian, I agree with you. But some people love the junk that comes with the factory iso.

Sometimes their may be a reason though - in case that there are special devices like fingerprint reader or backlit keyboard. In that case you need not scramble for the drivers.


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03 Jan 2015   #12
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

All that should be available at Gateway

No scrambling of eggs
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03 Jan 2015   #13
gregrocker

 

Follow these steps to get and keep a perfect Clean Reinstall Factory OEM which have been used by over a million consumers without a single complaint or return here with problems by those who stuck with the tools and methods given.

I notice you are using old XPired methods for installing a bunch of drivers into a driver-complete OS. Be sure to pay attention to how drivers are handled which are printed in red.

Feel free to ask back any questions after you read over the steps and as you go. You'll get and keep a perfect install to the exact extent you stick with those steps.
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03 Jan 2015   #14
stakesarehigh

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
You have to ask Gateway. They probably have an installation disk on their website or you have to call.
Thanks, I'll check.
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03 Jan 2015   #15
stakesarehigh

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
Why would you want it back to that factory condition ? That`s the worst

As Wolfgang has said, a clean install of the same version that`s on your COA, either 32 or 64 bit is the best possible scenario.

And I seriously doubt your Gateway came with Ultimate, and there`s no need for it. Just install Home Premium if that`s what it came with.

And the only driver you might need from Gateway is the network drivers, just get online, run all rounds of windows update, then check device manager for any drivers that still need installing, then you go to Gateway for drivers.
That's the problem. I've downloaded all the drivers from Gateway and there are STILL things not working right. Device manager is no help either. It says, for every single update check, that my device has the most up-to-date drivers, which I know is not true. With a factory reset, I could stop the drivers problem and just delete the junk.
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03 Jan 2015   #16
gregrocker

 

I explained how to deal with this, which is also laid out clearly in Clean Reinstall Windows 7 which has been used by over a million consumers without these problems imposed by using XPired methods.
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03 Jan 2015   #17
stakesarehigh

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
I explained how to deal with this, which is also laid out clearly in Clean Reinstall Windows 7 which has been used by over a million consumers without these problems imposed by using XPired methods.
Sorry about that. I looked through the steps, and it seems I'd be right back to square one, drivers-wise. I found the Gateway installation disc, so I'll use that, if anything. Thank you for your help though.
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03 Jan 2015   #18
stakesarehigh

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I've decided that if push comes to shove, I'll purchase a Gateway installation disc and get a factory reset that way. Thank you for all of your help!
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03 Jan 2015   #19
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

That is certainly a possible solution. With money you can do anything. But that's no fun, LOL
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03 Jan 2015   #20
gregrocker

 

You're apparently not getting that Win7 is a driver-complete OS in the installer and via Windows Updates. As it explains in Clean Reinstall Windows 7 you only need your network driver in the backup so if it isn't provided you can get online to run all Updates. Then after these are all done import the 1-2 drivers still missing still in Device Manager. We can help you with this.

It's amazing that no matter how many times this is explained, some still want to insist that a bunch of drivers need to be found.
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