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Windows 7: Restore

16 Apr 2011   #1
ToiletNinja

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 
Restore

I need to restore my computer back to factory settings. I went into the BIOS and there's nothing like that. I went to the startup menu, no luck. Even my HP/Microsoft Restore only does restore points that I did like two days ago. I need to restore my computer to default factory settings, meaning clear the hard disk and make it how it was when I bought it. Help?


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16 Apr 2011   #2
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

How many partitions do you have on your hard drive? Look in disk management.

If it is an HP, I would think it came with a recovery partition, particularly if they did not give you Windows discs.
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16 Apr 2011   #3
Kari

 

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16 Apr 2011   #4
ToiletNinja

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
How many partitions do you have on your hard drive? Look in disk management.

If it is an HP, I would think it came with a recovery partition, particularly if they did not give you Windows discs.
Three partitions, the local disk, Recovery, and and HP Tools.
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16 Apr 2011   #5
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

You should be able to make "recovery disks" using that Recovery partition. I've never done it, but it's easily done.

Look in your PC manual and investigate the link above provided by Kari.
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16 Apr 2011   #6
ToiletNinja

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

I don't need to recover, I need to restore.
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16 Apr 2011   #7
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Same thing as far as I know. The recovery partition is used to make disks to restore to factory specs.
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16 Apr 2011   #8
ToiletNinja

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Well, in the Recovery partition, there is a folder called 'Recovery', and inside that, it's this;

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16 Apr 2011   #9
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

That's it. Look in your user's manual for how to proceed or look at Kari's link.
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16 Apr 2011   #10
Kari

 

So you did not even bother to check the link I gave you? There's detailed, precise information on those two possibilities you have, directly on HP/Compaq support site, exactly to that computer you have according to your system specs.

You can either restore (= recover) your computer by using HP Recovery Manager, or recovery disks if they exist. That's the only two possibilities you have. Both methods explained very detailed on that page.

Sometimes I really wonder why should I bother, when OP clearly does not even bother to follow simple instructions.

Kari
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