Resetting Settings in Windows® 7
What are the different ways to reset all Windows 7 settings to factory settings?
There are various methods to reset all settings of Windows 7 to factory settings. System Restore is one among them. This feature helps you to reset all the computer settings to the factory settings. Using this, you could roll back the registry to an earlier state. You could make use of system restore to chuck out spyware, but if system restore does not solve your issue. You could also use recovery CD to reset to the factory settings. Most computers are offered with either a CD or DVD for the recovery partition. HP and Dell machines come with recovery CDs in them now these days. You could access the recovery from within Windows or at the time of startup. If you are using HP, you need to go to Start and All Programs. Then choose HP Tools, and then select System Recovery. You need to press the F10 key multiple times through bootup to get in case Windows is not loading correctly. You could access the recovery partition by press Ctrl + F11 soon after the system is turned on. Finally, for restoring Windows 7 to factory settings, you need to carry out a clean install. This option requires the CD/DVD for the Operating System. A clean install mainly comprises booting from the original Windows 7 CD, removing all partitions, regenerating new partitions, and then Windows from CD.
Here are the steps, advantages and disadvantages of resetting all Windows 7 settings to factory restore option:
- Remove all corruptions
- Restore the needed default programs
- All programs might get lost
Remove all corruptions
Resetting the factory settings in your computer has many benefits. In case users had modified some important settings and these settings were vital for the functioning of certain components/applications, these modifications would result in errors casing malfunctioning of the concerned applications/components. As the factory restore process could bring your computer to the default settings, these errors would be completely removed.
Restore the needed default programs
There are many programs which require to be reset to the default settings. But you knowingly or unknowingly might delete them from the computer. But in actual terms, these programs in their default settings are useful to users. So, by resetting to the factory settings feature, you could recover these programs easily to your computer.
The factory restore feature has many disadvantages also. You install many new programs and applications in your computer. You might also make many customizations to your computer. By resetting the settings to the factory settings, all these programs and applications might get lost. Thus, you might lose many of your crucial data and applications. So, it is important to make a back up of all the data to a CD or other removable device.
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