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How to reset Windows 7 to factory settings

Here you will find out:

  • what to do if you need to return to the factory settings
  • how to return Windows 7 to factory settings without installation disk
  • how to reset Windows 7 with installation disk
  • how DiskInternals Partition Recovery can help you

Are you ready? Let's read!

If you need to return Windows 7 to factory settings

Windows 7, unlike newer versions, does not have built-in update and reset options. In this case, if there is a need to return to the factory settings, you will need an installation disk. In some cases, computer manufacturers initially install the OS and, so that there are no problems later, create a hidden recovery partition. It helps users restore factory settings.

This article will help you understand all the intricacies of resetting your computer and will warn against making errors.

Return Windows 7 to factory settings without installation disk

1. Press the Power button and then press and hold the F8 key. In the "Advanced boot options", select "Safe Mode" to work on your computer in safe mode.

Next, log in with administrator rights.

In Command Prompt, you will be required to enter “rstrui.exe” and then press the Enter key.

Next, follow the Wizard’s recommendations.

2. Another way to do a factory reset of Windows 7: In Advanced Boot Options, select the “Repair Your Computer” section and click Next. You will see the "System Restore Options" section; select "System Restore" here. Further, the Wizard will also help you restore your computer.

3. A third option for a Windows 7 factory reset: boot the computer and left-click “Click Start”. Select “Control Panel”, then select “System and Security” from the list. In a new window, click on “Backup and Restore” and select "Restore System Settings" here. In “Advanced recovery methods”, select "Restore your computer to factory state" and click OK. The system will then begin the process of returning to the factory settings.

If all else fails, you will need the installation disk.

Reset Windows 7 with installation disk

Start the computer and at the same time press and hold the F8 key.

Next, go to the “Advanced Download Options” section. From the list, click on "Restore Computer" and then press Enter and click "Next."

Next, you will be prompted to log in with an administrator account.

Once this is done, in the "System Recovery Options" section, select "Startup Recovery". Then follow the instructions of the Wizard and successfully complete the process.

Another way to reset Windows 7 is to turn on the computer and click on the Windows key and enter recovery mode. Next, in the new window, select “Recovery”, and then “Advanced recovery methods”. Click on the “Reinstall Windows” button, confirm your decision and click on “Backup now”. Next, follow the recommendations provided and complete the reset.

Don't forget to keep data safe

Returning Windows 7 to factory settings is accompanied by the loss of all information on the computer, the system department in particular. Therefore, creating a disk image will be a prerequisite if you want to save the accumulated data.

In order not to lose your data, you can create a disk image using DiskInternals Partition Recovery and use it to recover deleted files. This proposal lets you create a completely free image of the disk and subsequently use it to return to a certain state of the OS.

It is also possible to restore all types of files of any size by deep scanning of each section of the disk. Close to 98% of files can be recovered through this technology. Also, you can see all these results for free and make sure that the program handles this task perfectly. To export the necessary files to another medium, you will need a license, which will also provide you with technical support by the company's specialists for a whole year.

After you have secured your data, you can proceed to do a factory reset of Windows 7.

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