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Windows 7: Skipping programs during system restore?

21 Feb 2015   #1
paul1149

Linux Lite 2.8 x64 (full-featured, fast, rock-solid)
 
 
Skipping programs during system restore?

Is there any way to skip the installation of certain programs during a full factory system restore? For one example, I have an antivirus I use rather than what OEMs choose. Currently I have to let the system install it, only to then uninstall it.

It seems there are different restore schemes. HP seems to do everything in one operation. Acer restores Windows and then adds its own programs afterward.

Is this what Image-X's Audit is used for?


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21 Feb 2015   #2
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Why not do a clean install and do it exactly how you want ?

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21 Feb 2015   #3
paul1149

Linux Lite 2.8 x64 (full-featured, fast, rock-solid)
 
 

I usually do, but sometimes the factory restore is a better option for drivers' or licensing' sake. And I want to increase my understanding of the subject.
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21 Feb 2015   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Unless you slipstream your installation disc, the answer to your question is NO.
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21 Feb 2015   #5
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

There will be no issues with drivers or licensing, just use the key on your COA.
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21 Feb 2015   #6
RolandJS

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

I have two Acers, yes, their factory restore is either all or nothing. I purchased Windows 7 Pro "blue-disks" [nonOEM] to have another option - clean install. Because I do not like either options, I keep plenty of restorable partition image backups around.
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21 Feb 2015   #7
paul1149

Linux Lite 2.8 x64 (full-featured, fast, rock-solid)
 
 

Ok, thanks guys. Just wondering. I'm no Image-X maven, obviously. I don't do factory resets often because images are so much better. But sometimes the coa is worn and the FR can have advantages.
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22 Feb 2015   #8
gregrocker

 

Hi Paul-

Read the Special Note for HP Owners at the end of Clean Reinstall Windows 7
which explains the HP Minimal Recovery that is nearly as good as a Clean Reinstall.

It also explains how certain HP bloatware can be extracted from Recovery disks, although some is available for download on the model's Support Downloads webpage along with drivers - which should always be used second in preference to the ones Windows 7 wants via the installer and Updates.
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22 Feb 2015   #9
paul1149

Linux Lite 2.8 x64 (full-featured, fast, rock-solid)
 
 

Hi Greg,

That's helpful. I didn't know the WU store was superior to the drivers from the oems. I had the extra thought this morning that one more reason to occasionally choose the factory reset is, as you allude, that some firmware is not available on the Web. Over time, one can accumulate his own store of what he needs, but for the one-off end user, the Reset might be the better option.

I had another thought, that maybe the factory reset could be manipulated by finding and editing the XML answer file. Until I might get an answer on that I'll not quite close this question in my mind.

BW,
Paul
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22 Feb 2015   #10
gregrocker

 

Interesting, Paul. Let us know what you find.
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