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Windows 7: How do I reset my Laptop back to factory settings?

09 Jul 2013   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
How do I reset my Laptop back to factory settings?

I own an HP Pavilion g7 laptop with W7 Home Premium x64 and I need to factory reset it. How do I do so?

-Thanks Andrew

My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 Jul 2013   #2

Windows 8 Core X64

The Maintenance & Service Guide has this:
Restoring using the dedicated recovery partition (select models only)

When using the dedicated recovery partition, there is an option to back up pictures, music and other
audio, videos and movies, recorded TV shows, documents, spreadsheets and presentations, e-mails,
Internet favorites and settings during this process.

To restore the computer from the recovery partition, follow these steps:

1. Access Recovery Manager in either of the following ways:
● Select Start > All Programs > Recovery Manager > Recovery Manager.
● Turn on or restart the computer, and then press esc while the Press the ESC key for Startup
message is displayed at the bottom of the screen. Then, press f11 while the F11
(System Recovery)
message is displayed on the screen.

2. Click System Recovery in the Recovery Manager window.

3. Follow the on-screen instructions.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 Jul 2013   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

Does that make it go back to factory settings?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 Jul 2013   #4

Win-7 Home Prem 64-bit 7601 Free SP1

It's always best to backup all personal files before attempting system restore,
You should also refer to the h-p website for the correct process to use full system store.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 Jul 2013   #5
Microsoft MVP


You'll get much better performance if you Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7.
Everything you need is in the link.

An HP factory install is the worst possible Win7 one can have, with the biggest load of bloatware and duplicate utilities that have better versions built into Win7. No tech enthusiast would run such an install.

If you do decide to run HP System Recovery be sure to choose Minimal recovery if it is available on your model's choices once you boot the Recovery. It will be on the F11 menu and not the Recovery Disks, though you should make the disks first so you have a backup method if you want the inferior Factory install.
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