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    Trying to restore my laptop to factory defaults, help please?

    Hi! So im sure this is a very easy fix, I am just trying to restore my asus ROG laptop to factory defaults after I bought it from a coworker who has a TON of crap on here and seamingly a lot of virus/etc I want to rid myself of. Any info would help, thanks a ton!

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    Hi

    Push F9 when you boot your notebook (when you see the Asus logo) then you should acess the reinstallation utility

    When you have done the installation, you should update your notebook to the latest drivers.

    Get rid off all bloatware that you don't need.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jesselindsay View Post
    Hi! So im sure this is a very easy fix, I am just trying to restore my asus ROG laptop to factory defaults after I bought it from a coworker who has a TON of crap on here and seamingly a lot of virus/etc I want to rid myself of. Any info would help, thanks a ton!

    Jesse Lindsay
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    If the F9 recovery doesn't work, look in Disk Management to make sure the recovery partition still exists. (It should be a 25Gb hidden partition right before the C: drive.) If your coworker deleted it, you would need to do a clean Windows install or buy an Asus recovery disk.

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    which partition?

    After pressing f9 and getting to the correct screen what partition are we suposed to select? Im pretty sure if i pick the wrong one everything gets deleted.. 1, 2, or 3? Partition 1?

    -""Select a partition option and click Next. Partition options:
    Recover Windows to first partition only.
    This option deletes only the first partition and allows you to keep other partitions, and to create a new system partition as drive "C".
    Recover Windows to entire HD.
    This option deletes all partitions from your hard disk drive and creates a new system partition as drive "C".
    Recover Windows to entire HD with two partitions.
    This option deletes all partitions from your hard drive and creates two new partitions "C" (25%) and "D" (75%).""

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    Quote Originally Posted by DGMJR View Post
    -""Select a partition option and click Next. Partition options:
    Recover Windows to first partition only.
    This option deletes only the first partition and allows you to keep other partitions, and to create a new system partition as drive "C".
    Recover Windows to entire HD.
    This option deletes all partitions from your hard disk drive and creates a new system partition as drive "C".
    Recover Windows to entire HD with two partitions.
    This option deletes all partitions from your hard drive and creates two new partitions "C" (25%) and "D" (75%).""
    Here is your answer, choose the option that you feel is the best
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    bad answer..

    Bad answer. keeping windows.. and just reseting it to factory settings which 1? 1? lol

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    Okey, it sounds like you don't want to loose any files, so backup the important files into an external hard drive.

    Then I would choose the first option: "Recover Windows to first partition only", becuase of the description: "This option deletes only the first partition and allows you to keep other partitions, and to create a new system partition as drive "C"".
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    Quote Originally Posted by DGMJR View Post
    After pressing f9 and getting to the correct screen what partition are we suposed to select? Im pretty sure if i pick the wrong one everything gets deleted.. 1, 2, or 3? Partition 1?

    -""Select a partition option and click Next. Partition options:
    Recover Windows to first partition only.
    This option deletes only the first partition and allows you to keep other partitions, and to create a new system partition as drive "C".
    Recover Windows to entire HD.
    This option deletes all partitions from your hard disk drive and creates a new system partition as drive "C".
    Recover Windows to entire HD with two partitions.
    This option deletes all partitions from your hard drive and creates two new partitions "C" (25%) and "D" (75%).""
    @DGMJR: Each owner's needs in doing a factory restore are unique to their situation, so there isn't any one "right" answer to your question. Since a factory restore is a data-destructive process, it's important to be clear on what you want to accomplish with it. Be careful when co-opting another person's question/thread about it....the rest of us may not necessarily notice that we're not talking to the OP anymore and you could end up with advice meant for a different situation than yours.

    To answer your question, the important difference is between Option #1 and all others.

    Option #1 ("Recover to the first partition only") is the least destructive. But it DOES completely overwrite the existing OS partition on your primary hard drive.....ALL added programs, customization, and personal data on that partition will be lost, and replaced by the generic OEM installation.

    Options #2 and #3 ("Recover to the entire hard drive") should be used very cautiously, as they overwrite the ENTIRE primary hard drive, including all existing data partitions. ANYTHING that you need on that hard drive should be backed up before you proceed with the factory using one of these options.
    • Option #2 overwrites the entire HDD and creates two partitions: the 25Gb recovery partition, and one big OS partition.
    • Option #2 overwrites the entire HDD and creates three partitions: the 25Gb recovery partition, an OS partition, and one data partition.

    In all cases, the factory restore will leave your computer's Windows installation in its out-of-the-box state.....after the final reboot of the restore, you'll be presented with the first-time user setup wizard.

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    Just want to note, when launching the restore via F9, it does say it is loading windows. This is being loaded from the recovery, hidden, partition, and not C:. This is as it should be.

    The three options are:

    Overwrite C: only , leaving any data you have on D: intact.

    Merge C: and D:, and in doing so overwrite C: with default windows install, and delete all data from the old D: partition. I would guess if you had created other partitions in the old partition space, these would also be merged into the single partition.

    Overwrite C: and D:, leaving the partitioning as is, but deleting all existing data, returning C: to factory default, and D: to empty state. This is as my ASUS laptops were purchased, with both C: and D: partitions already created on the HD.

    None of the 3 options will overwrite the hidden recovery partition.

    I have performed the first and third options on two of my ASUS laptops. Option 2 would probably work, but it is poor housekeeping to have one big partition with the OS on it.

    Good luck, and I hope this is helpful.

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