Windows 7 forum: Can I create my own Windows 7 recovery disc without all the bloatware?

by: Lee Koo (ADMIN) June 11, 2010 12:33 PM PDT

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Can I create my own Windows 7 recovery disc without all the bloatware?

by Lee Koo (ADMIN) ModeratorCNET staff - 6/11/10 12:33 PM

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Can I create my own Windows 7 recovery disc without all the bloatware?


I recently purchased an HP desktop PC to replace an old Dell. It came with Windows 7 and, unfortunately, a lot of bloatware came preinstalled on it. I would like to do a clean Windows 7 install. The only disks I have for the operating system are the recovery disks that I created from the factory install partition. Unfortunately, it installs not only the Windows 7 operating system, but also reinstalls all of the bloatware.

I have seen utilities that will create a Windows XP install disk from an existing installation. I would like to do the same for Windows 7. Are any of your readers aware of a way to create a Windows 7 only reinstall disk from the existing system installed on a Windows 7 machine? If there are, can you please recommend them and tell me why you recommend them? Are these types of utilities simple to use and reliable? Please let me know if there any things I should made aware of about these utilities before I proceed. Thanks for you help.

--Submitted by Rick Z.

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It's possible to create Windows 7 recovery disc --Submitted by thljcl
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-19411_102-0.html?messageID=3320345#3320345

Making a clean recovery disk --Submitted by Fireboss
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-19411_102-0.html?messageID=3320411#3320411

Use the Official MS Windows 7 ISO image to make a Disk --Submitted by charleswsheets
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-19411_102-0.html?messageID=3320466#3320466

Use Windows System Image in Backup and Restore --Submitted by j_a_s_p_e_r
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-19411_102-0.html?messageID=3320462#3320462

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