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#1 zappiy

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Posted 07 January 2016 - 04:38 AM

If I were to use a Windows 7 disk and restore it to factory defaults what would be the steps on doing it. I just want to make sure I don't do anything wrong. I remember there being the options to whether you want to delete or reformat. If I wanted to make it as if it was new and there's no other files from the previous what would I do?



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Posted 07 January 2016 - 08:25 AM

If it is the computer manufacturer's disk then it will contain all the drivers and software for restoring the computer to original. If you have

changed any hardware then either Windows 7 updates will find and offer to install the correct drivers or you will need to go to the hardware

manufacturer for the correct driver(s).

When asked to reformat...do that. That is all that is needed to remove access to existing files.

 

Be sure to go directly to Windows Updates to get all of the Security updates before installing any other software after restoring the computer to original.

 

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Posted 07 January 2016 - 09:14 AM

If the computer is off-the-shelf, it should have a recovery partition to use. This takes the place of the OS disk. The partition contains all the drivers for the system.

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Posted 07 January 2016 - 12:21 PM

Please post the make and model of this computer.  I will find instructions for using the recovery partition.

 

Most of these partitions revert the computer to the condition it had when it came out of the box.  This means that any programs, pictures, videos, data, etc. will be lost when you use the recovery partition.

 

Having said that, I will add that some manufacturers have a second option which will not effect your data.  I won't know if this is an option for you until you post the requested information.


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Posted 07 January 2016 - 01:16 PM

My Acers' recovery partition was kicked into gear by clicking on Acer Restore Center [?spelling?] -- I was allowed to either install a particular program or driver set, or, start the factory restore etal.  Maybe under Windows Accessories?  I think many manufacturers have done this entry-way.


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Posted 07 January 2016 - 01:22 PM

My Acers' recovery partition was kicked into gear by clicking on Acer Restore Center [?spelling?] -- I was allowed to either install a particular program or driver set, or, start the factory restore etal.  Maybe under Windows Accessories?  I think many manufacturers have done this entry-way.

You are speculating.  Let's wait until we know what this computer is before making suggestions.


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Posted 07 January 2016 - 01:44 PM

Please post the make and model of this computer.  I will find instructions for using the recovery partition.

 

Most of these partitions revert the computer to the condition it had when it came out of the box.  This means that any programs, pictures, videos, data, etc. will be lost when you use the recovery partition.

 

Having said that, I will add that some manufacturers have a second option which will not effect your data.  I won't know if this is an option for you until you post the requested information.

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Time of this report: 1/7/2016, 10:43:29
       Machine name: D-PC
   Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit (6.1, Build 7601) Service Pack 1 (7601.win7sp1_gdr.151019-1254)
           Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: ASUS
       System Model: All Series
               BIOS: BIOS Date: 11/04/14 17:54:05 Ver: 11.07
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Posted 07 January 2016 - 01:46 PM

This computer was built, its not off the shelf.



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Posted 07 January 2016 - 01:51 PM

Then you should have the Windows installation disc, right?


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Posted 07 January 2016 - 01:53 PM

Yes


Edited by hamluis, 07 January 2016 - 03:42 PM.


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Posted 07 January 2016 - 01:56 PM

You should also have the CD which came with the motherboard to install the drivers, right?


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Posted 07 January 2016 - 01:59 PM

http://www.wikihow.com/Install-Windows-7-(Beginners)


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Posted 07 January 2016 - 02:08 PM

You should also have the CD which came with the motherboard to install the drivers, right?

I updated the motherboard on the asus website.

 

If that's related lol.

 

Thank you for link.


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Posted 07 January 2016 - 02:11 PM

What exactly do you mean that you updated the motherboard?  Do you mean you updated the drivers?


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Posted 07 January 2016 - 02:38 PM

Well I was looking for the ASUS motherboard disk but i can't seem to find it anywhere...

 

Is there an alternate method?


Edited by hamluis, 07 January 2016 - 03:43 PM.





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