There are always good reasons to restore the operating system. For example, erase all personal data from the Windows computer before selling it or as the only possible solution to a harmful virus in your browser. Even improve the performance of the computer after it has been losing it with use for several years. The restoration of Windows 7 is presented as a good alternative to solve problems with the operating system Microsoft, improve performance and definitely erase data. We show you exactly how it is done..
There are many possibilities for restarting and restoring Windows 7 to factory settings. The best option will depend on the desired result. The Windows system allows you to restore without losing personal data , restore factory settings or reset with the help of a download manager .
When restoring, there is the possibility to reset only the system files or to restore Windows to a previously determined system recovery point . Both options are useful if what you want is to restore a previous state of the system. Finally, the system can also be returned to exactly the same point it was at from the factory . However, this last option also means the loss of all data and programs that have not been previously backed up. Next, we will explain these possibilities step by step..
Since January 14, 2020, Microsoft no longer offers official support for Windows 7 , the date on which technical support and security updates were no longer available for the product. An exception is the professional paid support for companies available until 2023. If you do not want to contract it, then it is advisable to switch to a more current version of Windows . You will find detailed information about this in the article on the end of support for Windows 7.
A proper restoration of the Windows 7 operating system is only achieved with a reinstallation , so sometimes there is no choice but to resort to it. Malicious software, hardware or performance problems often make a total restoration inevitable. However, this does not have to mean the loss of important data . In that case, with Windows' own backup tool you can easily secure your system and personal files..
Ideal would be to make regular backups to have the desired data safe and to be able to reactivate the operating system at any time. Restoring with this backup tool is carried out as follows:
Now Windows 7 performs an automatic backup of the selected files. If in an emergency you need to restore the system, you can use these copies at any time . To do this, you can follow the following instructions:
Another way to save data is by making manual backups to external hard drives or USB sticks .
Although the Windows Media Creation Tool allows you to restore the operating system, keep in mind that currently only versions for Windows 10 and Windows 8.1 are available. If you need to restore Windows 7, you need a download manager that works like the Windows ISO-Downloader application . Although the program has not been developed by Microsoft, it does use its official licensed downloads . With the help of this tool, you can create a copy of Windows 7 that you can transfer to a data medium or reproduce with the help of a VirtualBox installation.
If you want 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 the latest versions of the operating system, it is much easier to restore factory settings, regardless of whether Windows 10 or Windows 8 is restored.
Indications to restore with the ISO-Downloader application:
However, you can't do anything with the Windows 7 ISO file. To restore Windows 7 you need to download and install the Windows 7 USB / DVD Download Tool program . You now have everything you need to create an installation / restore media for Windows 7. Proceed as described below:
You will find detailed instructions for creating a bootable media in our article on creating a bootable USB.
If you don't have the original Windows 7 installation CD handy , you can easily reboot as described below from an available data medium:
If there is a manufacturer-saved installation of Windows 7 on the computer , it can be restored to factory settings by following these instructions and without a CD.
Restoring Windows 7 to factory defaults loses all your personal data .
This method does not work if the dot does not appear? Restore operating system to factory defaults ?. In this case and alternatively, the restoration can be carried out in recovery mode . To do this, follow these steps: