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Old 01-21-2014, 12:50 PM   #1
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I have an old computer with windows 7 and I was wondering if I could restore it and its operating system to factory settings without the windows installation disc. The reason why is just that the computer is slowing down and I thought it might help to restore everything back to default.

I believe that there is a way to do this, but I just wanted to make sure.

It originally had windows xp on it and I would like to know will it go back to windows xp or will it keep windows 7?
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Old 01-21-2014, 05:33 PM   #2
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I think there is an option in the control panel for this but might take some digging to find it. As long as you are going through the OS and not a recovery partition then it should stay as Windows 7.

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Thanks, I will look into it.
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Old 01-21-2014, 06:31 PM   #4
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I looked around for a while but what I found all required the windows installation disc. What do I do next?
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Old 01-22-2014, 11:41 AM   #5
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I shall have a look for you when I am on the PC.

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Why not just download the required DVD?

http://www.computerforums.org/forums...ks-224252.html
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I didn't really know where to get it, so that might be a good idea now that you showed me.
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I'd go with iPwn's suggestion. Don't do factory restore which will put all the bloatware and crap back on. Download the ISO then use Microsoft's Windows 7 DVD/USB tool http://images2.store.microsoft.com/p...B-DVD-tool.exe then create a bootable USB or DVD and your good to go. Remember to have ensured that you have all your important files backed up.
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Will I need the product key? Because I no longer have it.

As well the pc has Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit, does it matter if it get the same version?
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Will I need the product key? Because I no longer have it.

As well the pc has Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit, does it matter if it get the same version?
Yes you will, If you run a program called Belarc Advisor you can find your product key Belarc Advisor - Free Personal PC Audit, for software, hardware and security configuration information on your computer. Software license management, IT asset management, cyber security audits, and more. and you can install 64bit version of Home Premium and it should still work.
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Thanks you guys really help, I can't thank you enough.
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BK I have a problem, I reinstalled Windows 7 and when I entered the product key it said it was invalid. What do I do now?
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Oh my God, I forgot to write down the whole product key, so I was missing 4 characters. So I decided to try and guess the 4 characters I was missing, and I did. That is crazy!
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Wow, that is lucky.
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That really is quite lucky.

Isn't it amazing we all have a photographic memory when needed

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That is crazy, imagine the odds of guessing 4 numbers at random. Glad to see it worked out for you. Now make sure you right down those numbers in a safe place incase you ever need them again.
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Wow, My memory is good like that but I couldn't be able to randomly guess the missing numbers from the key unless I memorised them..
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Yeah, I definitely need to write those down.
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Haha that's epic
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