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Old 25th August 2012, 03:31 PM   #31
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You shouldn't need separate burning software to create recovery discs.

One possible problem (I'm a little hazy on this) is that you might only be allowed to create one set for legal reasons and the option to create them may have gone if you have already attempted this.

tbh DVD's are a pain... particularly if you have to carry over to another disc.

I've downloaded the user manual and see you have a recovery partition that allows a full factory reinstall anyway.

If you are still finding your way around with it then try the HDD recovery option. That will wipe the W7 installation and put it all back as new.
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Old 25th August 2012, 03:33 PM   #32
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search Nero gives me nothing
search burner gives me nothing
search recovery gives me AI recovery. But that appears to be to set up a reminder.
I can't see an option to create recovery disks.
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Old 25th August 2012, 03:34 PM   #33
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I recall info saying I could create the recovery disks later.
I was allowed to try again when the first recovery failed.
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Old 25th August 2012, 03:38 PM   #34
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I think I would opt for a factory restore using the "F9" at boot option. It's infinitely preferable to DVD's and it may give you the DVD recovery option again (if you really want that). Seems there are three option in the recovery menu depending how you want your HDD partioned.

You can run the HDD recovery process as often as you like.
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Old 25th August 2012, 03:39 PM   #35
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I recall info saying I could create the recovery disks later.
I was allowed to try again when the first recovery failed.
Yes you can do this at any time but I think there is a limit on the number of copies for obvious reasons.
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Old 25th August 2012, 03:43 PM   #36
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If I use the installed recovery from that hidden partition it will give me back all the pre-installed software and all the internet searching associated with those unwanted programmes.

I like the idea of a clean install.
But I also want the ability to go back to the existing arrangement, in case I run into some unforeseen problem (that could be as a result of my doing something I know too little about).

If I do get recovery disks and wipe that hidden partition, Can I recreate that partition from the recovery disks, to bring the laptop back to where I am now?
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Old 25th August 2012, 03:50 PM   #37
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OK... now you have (or might have) another problem. If you alter the existing W7 set up by a clean install then that could corrupt (read break) the recovery utility. That's very PC specific so wouldn't like to say either way.

Your best option imo if you don't mind the extra cost is to invest in Acronis True Image as that will allow you to make image backups of your HDD. I use it daily and its the single most important program I have installed.

A clean install is the best way to go but you need to be aware of the drivers you need (graphics in particular) which you will need to get all the functionality back. Webcam etc and perhaps USB3.0 ports if it has them. All will have dedicated drivers and applications.

If your unsure I would go with a normal recovery and try and set it all up as best as possible. The "bloatware" can be stopped from running at startup easily and shouldn't really be an issue.
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Old 25th August 2012, 03:53 PM   #38
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First install chipset drivers, then graphics, audio. See if there are any other devices that require additional drivers, like USB 3.0, which is used. My X54HR had a CD with drivers. From personal experience I can say Avira is really good AV. Get CCleaner as well, your favorite browser, player etc. In my case FF, foobar2k, VLC. Nowadays usb storage is not expensive, so you might buy one. For last years I am dualbooting Linux Mint which comes with useful apps preinstalled, like Mozilla and Office.So on Win I install only special software that is not available for linux.
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I am thinking I will go to a very PC literate acquaintance and pay him to do this for me. He can explain the options I have and safely get the minimum installation done.
He is very into Gaming and is a Member of a group that is right into the innards of what the PC must be able to do to get the job done properly.
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A clean, generic install is your best friend. I've done this many times on many computers from Win95 onward. If you don't know how to do it, then have your friend do it. As Mooly says, the install should have all the drivers you need. You can choose to update them or not, as you see fit.

As for getting bogged down, there are ways to help that. For Windows7 there is a MS utility that allows you to see all programs that launch at start up. You can choose to let them start or not. You'd be surprised at all the useless junk that gets installed as autorun. On WinXP I use program called WinPatrol. I blokes the installation (if I so choose) or autorun, browser redirects and many other things. A wonderful piece of software.

I'll dig up the Win7 util and post it here for you.
EDIT: Here it is. http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/s.../bb963902.aspx
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