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Recovery to Factory Image on Hard Drive Partition


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#1 UppinRunnin

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Posted 10 March 2017 - 12:31 PM

I upgraded to Win 10. Want to restore system image from factory to wipe all clean and reinstall Win 10.

No F8. Everything is different.

Found a recovery tool. Says it can't find an image but it is still there on D: partition.

I am stuck in airplane mode on a desktop without wifi. No internet access.

Already reinstalled Windows with retained files option.

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Posted 10 March 2017 - 12:40 PM

You should be able to just download the Windows 10 ISO from microsoft and reinstall it after burning it onto a thumb drive or DVD as long as your current Windows 10 is activated.

 

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10



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Posted 10 March 2017 - 02:05 PM

You may also be able to download a Windows 10 image for your machine from the manufacturer of your machine.  I just did this for the new Dell I bought for my dad.



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Posted 10 March 2017 - 07:50 PM

I can't connect to the internet to download. The machine thinks I am on an airplane. Desktop. Can't just turn it off. No settings for it.

I did make a recovery media flash. But I think that is an image of my current system? I want all wiped clean not an image of boot record, registry etc. in case any malware etc is hiding somewhere.

Wanted a factory reset so all is wiped clean and necessary files, drivers, settings, etc are restored.

If I reformat C: then install Win 10, is that basically the same as a factory restore or will other things be needed?

Why would they lock me out of restoring to factory. What if someone has a rootkit. Reinstalling Windows is not enough.

Edited by UppinRunnin, 10 March 2017 - 08:01 PM.


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Posted 10 March 2017 - 08:03 PM

It is not unusual for machines upgraded from earlier versions of Windows to not be able to be restored to factory which would involve a "Windows downgrade".

 

It is a simple matter to do either a Reset installation or to download the Windows 10 ISO to bootable media and do a fresh install.  In either case the entire Windows 10 OS is replaced.

 

If you're worried about a rootkit then wipe the drive and reinstall Windows 10 from scratch.  It is my opinion that you're reading way too much "disaster" into something that's more likely a fluke.


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Posted 10 March 2017 - 08:04 PM

I also made a boot rescue cd. Would that work like Windows on a blank reformatted C: drive?

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Posted 10 March 2017 - 08:05 PM

If what you're talking about is a system recovery disc, then no.  That expects you have a system image from which to recover.


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Posted 11 March 2017 - 01:25 PM

Windows Security/firewall getting error on load. Can't start manually.

Cortana stopped working.

Audio icon reports a problem. Not there or something. Can't remember.

Sfc/scannow won't work

Chkdsk reported index errors. Repair mode.

Still same problems.

Automatic repair : "can't repair"

Kaspersky Rescue scan still comes clean.

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Posted 11 March 2017 - 01:32 PM

AP mode is not stuck on. Not blue. So started with a network problem then.

PC Reset info is vague. I found an MS article that said a full reset would restore to factory. System does not say that. Says will clean all for resale.

Does registry & boot record get replaced not just cleared/reset?

Not sure if Win7 will be restored using factory image or if Win 10 is default now.

How can it clean everything if Win 10 is still kept on C: to reinstall it?

Such vague info available.

Edited by UppinRunnin, 11 March 2017 - 01:32 PM.





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