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Windows 7: Better to Recover using CDs or Program

20 Jul 2010   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
Better to Recover using CDs or Program

My PC came with a Recovery Program, but I also made DVDs. I did a clean install of Windows 7 but it became too much hassle reinstalling my Drivers and whatnot, so I'm just going back to how it came with all the bloatware, which I will remove manually.

Is it better/safer to use the Program or DVDs.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
21 Jul 2010   #2
Microsoft MVP


You should not have to reinstall any drivers. The Win7 installer is nearly driver-complete, with newer arriving quickly via optional Windows Updates.

Any drivers then missing in Device Manager can be found on the Support Downloads webpage for your computer here:

If you miss some apps that came preinstalled, you can extract them individually from the HP Recovery Disks using this method:

There are many clean reinstall specialists in this forum so let us help you since there is no better Win7 install than a clean reinstall without bloatware, and even uninstalling bloatware can create more corruption.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
21 Jul 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Reinstalling drivers for an OEM system is never a hassle, especially when you can download them ahead of time. But, if you really think that's too much of a hassle, why not make your own restore disc from a clean image?
My System SpecsSystem Spec


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