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Windows 7: Only have a few weeks of restore point available?

12 Aug 2012   #11

Windows 7 HP 64-bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
1. It sounds to me like you mucked up your system. You are probably ready for a reinstall. Just make sure you save your user files first.

2. System Restore is not a safe way to protect yourself. In the future you would be better off if you imaged your system frequently (at least once per week). Then you can control yourself how far back you want to keep the images. Just make sure you do not use the Windows 7 built in imaging. That is no good. Free Macrium or free Paragon are better choices.
Yeah, that's what I'm afraid of, but was hoping that one of you guys might come along and save the day. Anyway, can't do a reinstall as I don't have the OS disc.

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12 Aug 2012   #12

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by flycaster View Post
Anyway, can't do a reinstall as I don't have the OS disc.
You CAN do a clean install IF you have the 25 character Product Key that is normally found on a sticker on your PC.

You download an official Microsoft ISO file that matches your version of Windows from, burn it to a disc, and install from the disc. Activate with your product key.

The resulting installation will be Windows only and will not include whatever extra applications Gateway may have included from the factory.

If you have a recovery partition on your hard drive, you should also be able to use that to restore to factory specifications---that method WOULD include any factory-included applications.

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
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14 Aug 2012   #13

Windows 7 HP 64-bit

I think I'll leave things as they are, for the moment. I would assume that I would ahve to save all my pictures and and stuff on an external hard drive before doing a clean install and I just don't have the storage space. But if this problem really becomes a PITA, I guess that a clean install will be the only alternative. Thanks for you help.
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