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Windows 7: Win7 Registry Reset?

15 Jul 2012   #1
Mister Fox

Win7 Registry Reset?

I am going to be giving my laptop to a family member soon, and I am trying to "clean it out" to make sure they get it as close to new as possible. I have ran a program to delete broken shortcuts and I have deleted all my old personal files and defragmented the hard drive.

However, I would also like to try and "reset" the windows 7 registry, as all of the keys from my time with it are still in it. I was thinking that I could download a backup file of a clean registry and use it to "reset" my registry.

Would this work?

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15 Jul 2012   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise

Hello Fox,

The easiest way to wipe everything out and return it all back to default would be to reinstall Windows 7.

Hope this helps,
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15 Jul 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

To piggyback on Shawn's idea, if you have a restore partition/restore discs provided by the laptop manufacturer, just use that to restore your laptop to the original state.
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15 Jul 2012   #4

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center

Not being known as a modest person I need to promote my own tutorial
Windows 7 Installation - Prepare PC to be Sold

It is made exactly for situations like yours, to give / sell your PC as "virgin" as possible.

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