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Windows 7: Clean install or factory restore?


23 Jul 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
Clean install or factory restore?

So my mom recently bought a HP laptop kinda used, so I'm in charge of setting it up now what would you guys recommend to do a clean install of windows 7 or a factory restore? The restore doesn't take very long unlike the clean install option.

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23 Jul 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

HP has the worst bloatware/crapware in the business. I always recommend a clean install with any HP computer. Unless the restore has an option to not install any of their crappy software, do a clean install.
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23 Jul 2012   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

I hope it worth it cause it takes Hold Day.
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23 Jul 2012   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

One more thing that concerns me is the drivers that comes with the original software. Usually there are customized drivers where you have to go to the website to update like HP then on the other hand there are the genertic drivers that are more up to date compares to the manufacture ones so which ones should I install for best performance..
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23 Jul 2012   #5

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Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

This should cover everything you need for a clean reinstall,

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

I would go with manufacturers drivers over generic ones myself.
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23 Jul 2012   #6

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit
 
 

Yeah mate clean install the HP bloat is just horrendous and you'll probably spend as much time getting rid of it as updating etc Believe me been there done.....
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23 Jul 2012   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by derekimo View Post
This should cover everything you need for a clean reinstall,

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

I would go with manufacturers drivers over generic ones myself.
I agree - always download the drivers directly from the manufacturer, especially when it comes to a laptop.
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23 Jul 2012   #8

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit
 
 

Yep Keg is right and the HP drivers are not that many in my experience and easy find and install.

HP Support & Drivers | United States
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25 Jul 2012   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

One more thing I like to add the manufacturer drivers are really old all the way back to 2010 while the generic ones are more updated with 2012 versions, so would you still recommended installing the manufacturer ones?
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25 Jul 2012   #10

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Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GTraymond2820 View Post
One more thing I like to add the manufacturer drivers are really old all the way back to 2010 while the generic ones are more updated with 2012 versions, so would you still recommended installing the manufacturer ones?
Unless you have a specific driver problem, I would always go with the manufacturers drivers.
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