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Windows 7: How do I wipe clean and reinstall Windows from the recovery drive?

31 Oct 2015   #1
Qukis

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
How do I wipe clean and reinstall Windows from the recovery drive?

Hello people,

Need some help here since I'm a Windows-format-virgin.

I recently got a used Windows 7 Home Premium laptop (HP Presario).

Basically I want to wipe out any information and user accounts that are on there.
And change the system's language to English. A fresh, clean start.

I don't have a Windows 7 disc, all I have is a Recovery drive D.
And a product code and product key.


So my question - how do I do that? How do I clean and reinstall/format/recover Windows 7 so it's like new?
Thank you in advance for your input, I really never have done this, so I don't want to mess it up.


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31 Oct 2015   #2
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Not sure if English will be an option in the recovery drive image. Might be.

Do you know how to view the contents of the recovery drive?
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31 Oct 2015   #3
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

The Recovery process is started when you 1st boot the PC, it should show you which key to push to start it, watch the screen.

If you seriously want to wipe the drive and do a clean install of Windows 7, then you have to create an install dvd.

Download the iso file of the windows version you need from here and burn to dvd at x4 speed.

Download Windows 7 ISOs, Legally and for Free | PCsteps.com

Free ISO Burner (or just use windows)

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01 Nov 2015   #4
Qukis

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

OK, yes, I can do that.

But before I try to do a clean install from a DVD, could the same be done with just a Recovery drive?

No, I wasn't able to access it and have a peek on what's in there.
Is it possible to see if English will be available?
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01 Nov 2015   #5
Qukis

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I opened the Recovery manager while it was booting (ESC).

There's an option for System Recovery (restore your computer to the out-of-box state) and another for Minimized Image Recovery (restore your computer to a clean Windows environment, with minimal software and drivers installed).

So I guess I need a former one. Because I probably need the drivers, etc. Unless that's just bloatware... ?

Thanks for your help.
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01 Nov 2015   #6
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
Yea it sounds like Last known good configuration ?
Tough call
Might be best to use Out of the box while you can :/ your call.
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01 Nov 2015   #7
Qukis

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

OK.
Hope it's right.
Anyone else have any objections/suggestions, before I push the button?
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01 Nov 2015   #8
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

I would do out of box state. You can always uninstall software you don`t use.

But, it is a tough call, you are fortunate to have 2 choices.
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03 Nov 2015   #9
Qukis

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

It's all good!


I opted for the out-of-box recovery and it went smoothly - only 10 min or so, and it was all fresh and clean... Well, not exactly clean because I still have a lot of crapware to uninstall and fix an issue with ZA firewall eating up all the CPU which strangely didn't happen before the wipeout...

Anyway, thanks a bunch for your input, ya'll.
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03 Nov 2015   #10
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Good deal amazing it still worked most of time restore to factory state gets corrupted and a new can of worms get opened instead
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