Need to do factory reset

bob7031

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Hello,
I have a Dell Studio 1735 and need to do a reset to factory condition. Originally the computer was Windows Vista, but it has been upgraded to Win 7 home edition. Need advise on how to proceed.

Thanks,
Bob
 

ttjambe

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2 Things you will want to preserve: Important data and Software Licenses
Make sure you have your windows 7 activation key and any other keys for installed software. If you can't remember download software to extract the keys. A quick google will bring up things like Belarc advisor and such.
I find it easiest to just copy the entire user folder to an external hard drive. If you want to be 100% sure make a system image in case the reinstall fails.
If you don't have the windows 7 dvd, you can download an iso from the internet and burn it to a bootable CD/DVD or USB
 

ttjambe

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Sep 7, 2013
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2 Things you will want to preserve: Important data and Software Licenses
Make sure you have your windows 7 activation key and any other keys for installed software. If you can't remember download software to extract the keys. A quick google will bring up things like Belarc advisor and such.
I find it easiest to just copy the entire user folder to an external hard drive. If you want to be 100% sure make a system image in case the reinstall fails.
If you don't have the windows 7 dvd, you can download an iso from the internet and burn it to a bootable CD/DVD or USB
 
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