by fjord_fox - 3/19/13 5:53 AM
In Reply to: OEM by Rohn12345
Actually, Rohn, if you do it right, there is no Win 7 disk required. It never ceases to amaze me that so many people rush out to buy or borrow a Windows CD when all the computers being manufactured now have a built-in factory settings recovery system that would restore the computer exactly the way it was when it came out of the box.
What is needed to be done depends on the computer manufacturer. They all have their "hot keys" to start the recovery system. On my Acer laptop, for example, I need to press <Alt> + <F10> at startup, and on my son's ASUS laptop, it's <F9>. The computer manual will tell you which hot keys to hit. It should be found in a chapter towards the end of the manual, and it should have some sort of name concerning "Recovery". For example, my Acer manual calls it "eRecovery".
Note, though, that if you change any of the computer's components, this eRecovery system may no longer work, such as what has happened to me, because I replaced a broken hard drive on my Acer laptop. I am lucky, though, because I still have an old Acronis TrueImage backup that I made when the laptop was fresh--out of the box, so that is now my factory settings recovery.
Once I run it, however, it is no longer enough because now, I'm getting the Windows Certification error message. Then I have to do what I've already written about in my last post here, entitled "It may actually have NOTHING to do with "Genuine Advantage". Once I do that too, then I'm up and running again.
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