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What is the easiest way to re-image computers with different hardware?

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#1 shutupchigo


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Posted 19 April 2015 - 05:32 AM

I work in a company where we restore around 15 laptops to their factory defaults a day. Most of them don't have recovery partition so we rely on using OEM disks to restore the systems. The only problem is, after the restoration we spend quite a lot of time finding drivers for unknown devices. Right now we are going to manufacturers websites to download drivers for the computers.


This is a time consuming task.


We also know how to download drivers manually using the Hardware ID but it is also time consuming.


My question is,  How would you go about restoring different brands of computers to their factory defaults with all the drivers?


Any help is highly appreciated. 




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#2 SleepyDude


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Posted 19 April 2015 - 09:18 AM

Hi :welcome: to BleepingComputer,



From your description you are not restoring to factory defaults but installing Windows from scratch using an OEM disk that doesn't include the needed drivers.

Normally wen Restoring to factory defaults using the recovery partition the restore will install all the drivers, but yes they can be outdated...


Something that could help you with the drivers is Snappy Driver Installer.


Besides the drivers don't forget all the Windows Updates and program updates for Antivirus, Browsers, Adobe Flash, Adobe Reader, Java, Skype, etc. that need to be installed. IMHO the best solution is to create new full Disk Images when the machine is ready but to do that you need storage space and a reliable software to create the backups. Not all the programs create Rescue Disks to boot Windows 8/8.1 machines with Secure Boot enabled!





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#3 Willy22


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Posted 19 April 2015 - 10:31 AM

- I only can offer for a partial solution. Hewlett Packard puts all their system drivers software (touchpad, sound, etc.) in a folder called "C:\Swsetup". If you need to restore HP systems then first copy that entire folder to e.g. USB stick BEFORE re-installing the Operating System.

- Did you try the program "Tweaking's Hardware Identify" ?


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