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Windows 7: Windows 8 to have restore to factory setting option and other features


04 Mar 2011   #11

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

This is a somewhat confused source. The term "factory settings" is relevant only in the context of OEM machines that sell with windows preloaded and preactivated from the factory. Such computers already have a recovery manager software (called by different names in different brands) that lets you revert to factory state in a jiffy.

As for retail windows, "factory state" could mean a fresh OS install or after drivers are installed or after apps are installed etc. Even in Windows 7, one can create an image using the inbuilt restore-backup. Its possible win8 could have an autostarting wizard that would prompt you to create this image or it could even be an automatic process requiring no user intervention. Or perhaps there could be an OEM-like mechanism that would capture an image and create a hidden recovery partition.

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04 Mar 2011   #12

Windows 7 Home Prem x32
 
 

I had XP for almost a decade....I'm a little over a year into Windows 7 bliss.....I am not looking past 7 for another few years. I don't see the need for a new OS this quickly.....sorry Bill
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04 Mar 2011   #13

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by darkfriday View Post
I had XP for almost a decade....I'm a little over a year into Windows 7 bliss.....I am not looking past 7 for another few years. I don't see the need for a new OS this quickly.....sorry Bill
I appreciate your sentiments darkfriday.

But I'm an inveterate tester and looking out for an unstable-ish OS, I wish the 8 beta would come out quickly.
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04 Mar 2011   #14

Win 7 Pro x64 SP1 Windows XP SP3
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by darkfriday View Post
I had XP for almost a decade....I'm a little over a year into Windows 7 bliss.....I am not looking past 7 for another few years. I don't see the need for a new OS this quickly.....sorry Bill
Exactly what I think at the moment. I don't see the need for a new OS right now, as Windows 7 does everything I need.

Back in topic, I see this could be a huge step forward for the average user (which with a simple button could have a brand new OS like it was out of the box) but I don't think I'll ever use it (as I feel more comfortable when I install the OS myself the way I want to).

To me, a way more useful function would be a built-in "restore to X" feature letting the user choose what X stands for (personally, I'd install the OS, the drivers then the main software like a burning suite and Office, plus Firefox and a couple of other things, and this would be my X I'd eventually wantr to restore to).
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04 Mar 2011   #15

Windows 7 x86/x64, Server 2008r2, Web Server 2008
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by darkfriday View Post
I had XP for almost a decade....I'm a little over a year into Windows 7 bliss.....I am not looking past 7 for another few years. I don't see the need for a new OS this quickly.....sorry Bill
I appreciate your sentiments darkfriday.

But I'm an inveterate tester and looking out for an unstable-ish OS, I wish the 8 beta would come out quickly.
Im right there with you Bill.
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04 Mar 2011   #16

Windows 7 x86/x64, Server 2008r2, Web Server 2008
 
 

Julio you can click edit and then Delete to remove your double post.
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04 Mar 2011   #17

Win 7 Pro x64 SP1 Windows XP SP3
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mckillwashere View Post
Julio you can click edit and then Delete to remove your double post.
Thanks, I completely missed the "Delete" button out.

Even if it's a stupid mistake, I think I can give you some little rep for this as you suggeted something I didn't figure out myself, silly me

EDIT: why isn't the rep button available in here? -_-'
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04 Mar 2011   #18

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Julio Cortez View Post
To me, a way more useful function would be a built-in "restore to X" feature letting the user choose what X stands for (personally, I'd install the OS, the drivers then the main software like a burning suite and Office, plus Firefox and a couple of other things, and this would be my X I'd eventually wantr to restore to).
GREAT idea Julio! I would appreciate being able to restore to "X" also --- I spend a lot of time customizing practically everything on my system and hate the thought of having to do that all over again.
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05 Mar 2011   #19

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Imperfect1 View Post
I would appreciate being able to restore to "X" also --- I spend a lot of time customizing practically everything on my system and hate the thought of having to do that all over again.
So why not simply use VirtualBox or something similar and instal Windows 7 as a virtual machine? Ever since I started poking around the system files to customize the OS I'd test it in a VM first.
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05 Mar 2011   #20

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit, Mac OS X 10.6
 
 

Thanks to all
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