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Windows 7: Clean install of Windows? Factory reset?

19 Nov 2014   #1
izzydoesit

Windows 7, 32 bit
 
 
Clean install of Windows? Factory reset?

My Dell Inspiron 1545 has been running very, very slow. Although it passed numerous diagnostic tests, I think messing around with the registry has taken its toll. I tried doing a factory reset but there's no option for Dell factory image restore. However, my recovery E drive does contain a factory.wim which would lead me to believe that if I could access it, I might be able to use it. Reading the instructions of how to do a clean install of Windows makes my head explode. I'm fairly tech saavy but hesitant about attempting this.

This started with my futile attempts to reinstall an HP printer. I could not, and can still not access the troubleshooter. I keep getting the message that a problem is preventing the troubleshooter from starting and error code 0x80070490. When I couldn't install the new Epson printer I bought, I thought I might as well start from scratch since all attempts to repair what was wrong have failed. I'm confused, overwhelmed, and tired of going around in circles. I'm not sure that I fully understand what the difference is between a clean install and a factory reset. I wonder if I shouldn't take my laptop to a pc guru to let him do it, but I'd also like to know if there's a easier and less expensive solution to this.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Appologize for the length.


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19 Nov 2014   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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19 Nov 2014   #3
izzydoesit

Windows 7, 32 bit
 
 

That's exactly what made my head explode. I don't feel I know enough to attempt it. I was hoping someone could tell me if there was a way to access the factory.wim.
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19 Nov 2014   #4
lffoar

Windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 

I remember doing this on a mate's laptop a while back. It was either F6 or F8 on start up which got me to the "factory reset" page.
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19 Nov 2014   #5
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
You can always contact Dell for instruction for recovery or ordering a win-7 disk for your machine,
Cheers.
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20 Nov 2014   #6
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Installing windows is unbelievably easy :)

Clean Install Windows 7
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20 Nov 2014   #7
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Really is it's so easy I did it twice last month
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20 Nov 2014   #8
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

If it was that hard then we would have heard about more problems after a million consumers have used Clean Reinstall Windows 7. There hasn't been a single complaint.

If you're saying you can't run Dell Windows 7 PC Restore
then you can manually Boot Recovery Partition using EasyBCD
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