Windows Re-Installation or System Restore is a built-in Windows tool designed to protect and repair the operating system. When something goes wrong with your computer, System Restore should be used prior to restoring to factory condition.
If your Windows 7 computer has been infected by a virus or has slowed down to the point of being unusable, reinstalling Windows 7 may be the best and quickest solution. The method below reinstalls Windows 7 from a recovery image on the other Operating System Installation Disc that came with your computer.
Things to consider :
- Restoring your computer to its original factory settings takes less time than reinstalling Windows 7. Check to see if this could be a better solution for you. Keep in mind that after reinstalling Windows 7, you will no longer have this option.
- If you are using a Direct USB key to reinstall Windows 7 refer for Direct USB Key-FAQs.
- If your laptop does not have an optical drive, you can contact Technical Support for information on how to mail in your computer for repair or purchase an external optical drive to continue with your reinstallation.
- If your computer has more than one hard drive and a RAID configuration installed, refer to your user guidefor additional information about the type of RAID configuration your computer supports. You will find instructions on how to configure it for reinstallation.