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MirelaPopa
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Restore your PC to factory defaults

I'd like to restore my HP destop slimline to factory settings. It runs Windows 7 and has got a recovery partition. I also got two extra partitions (data partitions). My question is: if I restore the computer to factory settings will my data partitions be erased? 

 

Thanks :smileywink:

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Paul_Tikkanen
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Hi:

 

Yes, they will, so make sure you back up your files.

 

A system recovery deletes partitions, creates partitions and formats partitions as they existed when you bought the PC.

 

So any modifications you made to the drive will be wiped.

 

Paul

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Is there any way to re-install only the OS without touching the data partitions?
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Yes, but you can't use the recovery partition.

 

Here's how:

 

If you can read the 25 character Microsoft windows 7 product key, you can download plain Windows 7 ISO files to burn to a DVD for the version of windows that came installed on your PC, and that is listed on the Microsoft COA sticker on your PC's case.

 

Burn the ISO using the Burn as ISO option on your DVD burning program and burn at the slowest possible speed your program will allow. This will create a bootable DVD.

 

Use the 25 character product key on the PC to activate the installation.

 

The key will activate either a 32 or 64 bit installation.

 

Then go to the PC's support and driver page to install the drivers you need.

 

Link to the W7 ISO file downloads is below.

 

http://www.mydigitallife.info/official-windows-7-sp1-iso-from-digital-river/

 

Paul

 

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Is the above link trusted?
I think I should download the same version of Windows as the one installed on my PC...
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They are genuine Microsoft downloads which come from the Digital River site.

 

This is the same place you are sent when you purchase Windows online.

 

Yes, you need to download the version of Windows 7 that came with your PC, or the product key on your Microsoft COA label won't work.

 

In other words, if your PC came with Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit, then download the Windows Home Premium 64 bit file.

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Many thanks, this is what I'm going to do ;-)
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You're very welcome.

 

I have done it myself. I made both a DVD and USB bootable flash drive using the Microsoft ISO to USB installation tool.

 

All you need is a 4 GB USB flash drive and install from that (or you can use the tool to make a DVD).

 

http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msstore/html/pbPage.Help_Win7_usbdvd_dwnTool

 

Just make sure that you see that Windows installs on your C:\ drive.  :smileyhappy:

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Is this something that unpack the ISO file on a USB or a DVD to make it bootable?
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Hi:

 

That USB tool will take the ISO file and put it on a DVD or flash drive to make it bootable.  I didnt use it to make the DVD. I used it to make the USB install.

 

I used this program to burn the ISO file to a DVD. Works great.  It is simple to use. Has a menu option right on the home page to BURN ISO file..

 

http://cdburnerxp.se/en/download

 

Select the "more downloads" link and download the version without open candy.  Sometimes virus programs report that open candy as malware, so I use the non-open candy version.

 

You just point the program to where your ISO file is and if you can select a slower burn speed than the default, it is best to do so.

 

Just make sure you get the whole file to download.

 

It may say complete but it needs to be 3.xx GB and some folks only get 2.xx GB and then wonder why it doesn't work.

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