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Factory reset

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Microsoft Windows 7 (64-bit)

How do I factory reset my pc. Erase everything and start new.

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First off, in order to do that, you need HP Recovery Media -- but HP has not carried this for Win7 PCs for years.  Nor have the third-party media suppliers.  So, I know of nowhere today where you can obtain this media.


Second, installing Win7 afresh will then cause you to download literally HUNDREDS of Windows Updates -- which will lock up your PC for DAYS downloading and installing those updates.  Last time I did this, there were over 200 updates involved.

Third, MS no longer supports Windows 7 and no longer provides security patches, so connecting a Win7 PC to the Internet today is asking for the PC to be infected with Malware.

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