There are lots of good reasons to reset your operating system. Perhaps you want to delete all of the personal data on your Windows computer before selling it. Maybe your computer has become infected with a harmful virus while browsing and there’s no other way of getting rid of it. Or your PC’s performance has diminished after years of use. If you want to solve problems in the Microsoft operating system, improve performance, and delete files for good, it’s worth resetting Windows 7. We’ll show you how it’s done.
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SSL certificate24/7/365 supportWhat options do you have to reset Windows 7?
If you want to carry out a reset and return Windows 7 to its factory settings, you have a few options. The best one will depend on the outcome you’re looking for. The Windows system allows you to reset it without losing your personal data, to return to the factory settings, or to reset using a download manager.
When you reset, you have the option of simply resetting the system files or of taking Windows back to system recovery points defined in advance. These possibilities make sense if you’d like to restore the system to an earlier state. And finally, the system can also be returned to the exact state it was in when it was brand new (its factory condition). That will also mean losing all files and programs, though, unless you have already backed these up. Below we will go through the options above step by step.
Microsoft discontinued its official support for Windows 7 on January 14, 2020. Technical support and security updates are no longer available for the product. Professional support for companies, which includes a fee, is an exception to this and will remain valid until 2023. If you don’t use this support, it is definitely a good idea to switch to a newer edition of Windows. You can find out more about this in our extensive article on the end of support for Windows 7.
Reset Windows 7 and keep some of your files – how it works
It is only possible to truly reset the Windows 7 operating system by re-installing it. Sometimes a re-installation can’t be avoided. Harmful software, hardware problems or performance issues often make a complete reset necessary. At the same time, important files should be kept. In this case, the system and your personal files can be very easily backed up using a tool provided by Windows.
Ideally, you should make these back-upsat regular intervals so that the desired files can be secured and you can refresh your operating system at any time you need to. Resetting with this back-up tool works as follows:
Windows 7 will then automatically secure the selected files. Should you have to reset the system in an emergency, you will be able to recover this back-up at any time. To do this, follow these instructions:
Another way of maintaining files is with manual back-ups on external hard drives or USB sticks.
Reset Windows 7 with a download manager
The Windows Media Creation Tool does make it possible to reset the operating system, but at present, it is only available for Windows 10 and Windows 8.1. If Windows 7 needs to be reset, you will require a download manager that works like the Windows ISO Downloader. The program may not be developed by Microsoft itself, but nonetheless uses officially licensed downloads from Microsoft. With the help of this tool, it is possible to create a copy of Windows 7 that can be transferred to a data carrier or played using a VirtualBox installation.
To download Windows 10 or 8, you can use the Windows Media Creation Tool. As a Windows 7 user, you can also switch to Windows 10 for free. With newer versions of the operating system it is much easier to recover the factory settings, whether you are resetting Windows 10 or Windows 8.
Guide to resetting with the ISO Downloader.
To reset Windows 7, you’ll still need to download and install the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool. You now have everything you need to create an installation/recovery medium for Windows 7. To do this, proceed as follows:
You can find a detailed guide on creating a bootable start-up medium in our article on booting via a USB stick.
Factory resetting Windows 7 – with or without an installation disc
If you still have the original installation CD for Windows 7, simply boot from the disk as follows:
If an installation of Windows 7 saved by the manufacturer is stored on the computer, it can also be restored to its factory settings without a CD using the following instructions.
If you factory reset Windows 7, all of your personal files will be lost.
This method doesn’t work if the option “Return your computer to factory condition” doesn’t appear. In this case, you can reset it in recovery mode. The following steps are also necessary:
Related articlesHow to find a Windows 7 product key
Sometimes, reinstalling Windows is unavoidable, because of performance reasons or because your computer has been attacked by malware. If Windows needs to be reinstalled, you will need to enter your product key. This guide will show you how to find a Windows 7 product key within a minute.
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