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How to Restore Factory Settings in Windows® Vista®

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Get to know more about ways to restore factory settings in Windows Vista

Windows Vista is another user friendly Operating System developed by Microsoft. Later it was modified and released as Windows 7. Microsoft provides a lot of features through Windows vista and Windows 7. Factory settings means bringing the computer back to the previous fresh state when you first bought it. At this time your computer contains only the Operating System with all the necessary third-party software. For that first you have to perform a clean install the Operating System on the hard disk. So there would not be any junk third party software after the restore and the computer can bring absolutely back to fresh state. Factory settings also mean restoring the computer to the previous settings using all programs /Backup and restore option. This can also access from the control panel.

Here are some common problems that may arise while restoring the system to its factory settings and its consequences:

  • Restore utility
  • Recovery problems
  • Clean install problems

Restore Utility

You can use the recovery CD given by the manufacturer to restore the factory settings. Systems restore or Backup and restore are there in Windows Vista, which are used for restoring factory settings. This is an excellent application which can brings back the computer to the previous state without loss of information stored. You can create a system restore point soon after a clean install. In case of a system crash you may restore the computer back to that fresh sate. Major drawback of this program is this will not remove all the unwanted files from the hard disk. Junk software might remain the same.

Recovery problems

Some third party software, which comes with the computer, can also be used for recovery process. They can also bring back the computer or Operating System to the fresh state. Now a day almost the entire computer comes with recovery software. HP and DELL machine have its own user friendly recovery software. The major drawback of using recovery tools is, it is not similar to repairing Windows XP. You might loss all your data during the process. Repairing Windows XP means only the system files will renew and data remains unchanged.

Clean install problems

Final option for getting Windows factory settings is clean install Windows Vista. This requires a Windows Vista CD. Clean install is impossible if you have a hidden patrician on your hard disk. Back up all important data from the drive containing Operating System drive to avoid data loss during the process. After that you can start booting Operating System from the Windows Vista CD. Also this method will improve computer performance and it will repair all the corrupted files. Consequence of clean install is the loss of all your previous data.

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