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Windows 7: Restore with USB?

25 Apr 2010   #1

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Restore with USB?

So I decided to install Ubuntu on my netbook last night, the install went fine and I decided to install it on my D partition.

I then realized that I couldn't access wifi on Ubuntu, there were some driver issues. I searched around for a solution but I couldn't find a fix. I've now decided I want to uninstall linux, but that's proving to be problematic.

The progression goes like this.

Uninstall Linux -> Grub prevents start up

I've looked for ways to unistall grub but I would need to use a system recovery disc. Which I have but since I'm using a netbook I don't have a DVD drive, and I can't run the restore off of a usb.

So, my question comes to...

Is there a way to completely wipe my system clean without a startup disc? I've only had this netbook for a few days, I wouldn't mind formatting.

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25 Apr 2010   #2
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One way is to run Recovery partition to restore to factory condition, if you have such a partition. Check the manual to learn how to trigger it at bootup, or start it from Windows, or make a USB recovery stick.

The way most tech enthusiasts do it in the age where clean copies of OS are not provided (to enforce bloatware which provides most maker's profit margin) is to borrow or otherwise locate an installer for your version, then write the ISO to USB flash stick: USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create

Once you have the installer, you can boot it to run Startup Repair to see if it can overcome the GRUB corruption. You can even make a Repair stick with just the repair tools from the ISO here: Download Windows 7 System Recovery Discs — The NeoSmart Files

It's more likely you'll need to boot the installer to deep clean the HD of all GRUB traces, then clean reinstall. Press Shift F10 at bootup to open a command line, type:

SELECT DISK 0 (confirming this is Win7 HD)

Now reboot to Install Now, perform a Custom install using Drive tools to Create New partition(s) and format. Input Product Key from COA sticker after install at Computer>Properties link.

The installer is mostly driver complete, with newer arriving quickly via optional Windows Updates. Put your wireless driver on a stick just in case, so you can connect and get updates. If any drivers are then missing in Device Manager, find them on your maker's Support Downloads webpage for your model.

Save a Win7 backup image after it is set up so you never have to reinstall again, just reimage using USB installer Repair console.
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