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retoring laptop / 64 win 10 to original store configuration


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#1 jtwanabe

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Posted 07 September 2017 - 09:44 AM

I don't have disc for windows 10. I want to restore it's out of the box state without losing windows. How do you do this.

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#2 britechguy

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Posted 07 September 2017 - 09:47 AM

To restore to "out of the box" state one generally uses the built-in factory restore utility (which uses a partition on the hard drive that's typically hidden from view).

 

What make and model is your machine?  If you go to the manufacturer's website and visit the support pages for your particular model the factory restore utility should most likely be discussed there.

 

The above being said, unless you have some great love for the mass of "bloatware" that tends to come packaged with any new machine I would not use the factory restore utility anyway.  You can just do a clean install of Windows 10 using media from the Microsoft Windows 10 Download Page.  You could use the instructions for Updating Windows 10 using the Windows 10 ISO file if Windows 10 is already on your machine but, when asked what you want to keep, instead of choosing "Files and Apps," choose, "Nothing."   This will wipe the existing Windows 10 installation and all user data and reinstall Windows 10 from scratch.


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