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Hello my PC is custom built by me it is running windows 7 home premium 64bit. My question is how to i do a clean re install/factory reset of my OS. I'm a little scared to try anything because I don't have the Windows 7 HP Disc anymore. So how can i do a clean reinstall of windows without the windows disc.

If someone can please help me i will greatly appreciate it.


asked Feb 20 '12 at 18:28

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There is no way to do a reset on Windows (or OS X, for that matter). The only way to accomplish this is to reinstall Windows from scratch.

I will not advise the use of torrents, since it is illegal, but there are often "extra" programs included with these images. Since torrents are on the seedy side of the Internet I would not trust them. Some even have tracking programs built right in for your lack-of-privacy convenience.

Just purchase a cheaper Windows 7 upgrade disc, or wait on Windows 8 which isn't that far away.

answered Feb 22 '12 at 00:45

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answered Feb 22 '12 at 15:38

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Tim Fontana

Do these include keys? You can download the media all day, but without a key it's useless. You are paying for the key when you purchase Windows, not the media.

(Feb 23 '12 at 01:04) djmoore711 djmoore711's gravatar image

My advice to you is to try to borrow a Windows 7 disk from a friend or download it via a torrenting site. If you don't like any of those options, buy a Windows 7 disk from your local retailer.

answered Feb 20 '12 at 19:43

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DJ Scooby Doo

Sure he won't have any driver issues since he doesn't have the proprietary HP disc?

(Feb 20 '12 at 19:50) sulljason sulljason's gravatar image

He shouldn't, and if he does, the drivers are on the HP website.

(Feb 20 '12 at 20:37) DJ Scooby Doo DJ%20Scooby%20Doo's gravatar image

Uhh, I'm pretty sure the "HP" stands for Home Premium... Didn't he state that he build the PC himself?

(Feb 21 '12 at 00:37) NickMiller NickMiller's gravatar image

Yeah, yeah you right, still if he custom built his PC, he should have no problem getting the drivers from the manufacturers site or from the Windows 7 disk itself.

(Feb 21 '12 at 10:15) DJ Scooby Doo DJ%20Scooby%20Doo's gravatar image

Thanks for replying and helping me out. I understand now and i will just be waiting for windows 8 :D THANKYOU both for replying.

answered Feb 22 '12 at 06:20

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