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Is it possible to restore your computer to factory conditions without a backup?
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Mysterious_Q
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Re: Re:Re:Is it possible to restore your computer to factory conditions without a backup?

Ok so what are the advantages to a backup versus a reset like that?

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DavidPK
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Re: Re:Re:Is it possible to restore your computer to factory conditions without a backup?

Hi,

 

In terms of what they actually do, there's not much in it - a 'Factory Reset' from the HDD is normally faster than using Recovery Discs.

 

The main advantage of having a set of Recovery Discs is that these will allow you to reinstall Windows 7 should the Recovery Partition corrupt or the HDD needed to be replaced.

 

OEM Recovery Discs validate the installation by reading a 'tattoo' on the bios chip, but as you know that your sisters discs work ok on your machine, you could always create a duplicate set for yourself as follows.

 

Download and install the free software ImgBurn.

 

1.  Create a Disc Image file of the 1st Recovery Disc on your notebook - a guide to doing this is Here.

 

2.  Write this Disc Image to a blank DVD - a guide to this is Here.

 

3.  Repeat for each subsequent disc until you have a complete set.

 

Regards,

 

DP-K

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Re: Re:Re:Is it possible to restore your computer to factory conditions without a backup?

Ok sweet thanks.

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DavidPK
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Re: Re:Re:Is it possible to restore your computer to factory conditions without a backup?

Hi,

 

You're welcome :smileyhappy:

 

All the best,

 

DP-K

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