Happy Friday! If you are like Rick, who just recently bought a PC system that came preloaded with Windows 7 and would like to make your own Windows 7 recovery disk without all the bloatware, this newsletter topic is for you. If you read through this week's Q&A advice from your fellow members, you'll soon realize that there are many ways accomplish this. A few folks mentioned using free or paid hard-disk-imaging utilities such as Acronis True Image, Norton Ghost, Macrium Reflect, Clonezilla, among many others. Or you can simply use Windows 7 backup and create a recovery disk program that's built right in to perform the task. Regardless of which path you take, the trick is to remove all the unwanted bloatware first and get your system customized the way you like and then create a recovery disc. This way, when it comes time to do a recovery, you'll be ready to go the way you want it.
I have listed a few paths that our members recommended, but please give everyone's contribution a read; I'm sure at least one of them will stand out to be your choice of taking on this task. Have fun with it. If you have any additional recommendations, methods, or best practices for creating or using recovery discs, please join us in this discussion thread and leave your mark. By the way, Rick Z.: thank you for your follow-up post; we appreciate you giving us feedback. I'm glad to see that the information provided by your fellow members has helped. Have a great weekend everyone, and thanks for caring enough to share!
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.
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Featured member solutions for last week's question:
Buying a new PC, will I regret the integrated graphics card later? It's been a long time since I've bought a new PC and I'm ready to take the plunge for a new one. However, my concern is that the HP Windows 7 system from Costco that I have in mind has an integrated video card with 256MB shared memory, but I'm not too sure what that exactly means. Are there ones that are not integrated? It seems like 256MB size for a graphic card is pretty hefty, but will it be enough to handle some of the newer games, especially the ones that are more graphic intensive. I'm not an avid gamer, but I would like to have the option to play those games when the opportunity arises. If I find that the graphic card isn't up to snuff, can I upgrade or add more memory to the 256MB graphic card? Or would I be stuck having this system that will never play those graphic intensive games. I would go for a more expensive system, but I'm currently on a very limited budget and that HP system seems like the way to go, but I don't want to regret buying it. Please help, any advice is appreciated.
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