[BCAB] Setting a windows 7 Hard drive back to Factory settings

alexander.shannon at btinternet.com alexander.shannon at btinternet.com
Thu Oct 31 14:48:23 GMT 2019


Hi Andrew,

I'll download the creation tool  and save it to my external drive so that
when it's possible, we can get sighted help to wipe my wife's laptop.

Thank you again for your helpful  pointers.

Alexander Shannon 

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Andrew Hodgson <andrew at hodgson.io>
> Sent: 31 October 2019 14:17
> To: BCAB Discussion List <bcab at lists.bcab.org.uk>
> Subject: Re: [BCAB] Setting a windows 7 Hard drive back to Factory
settings
> 
> Hi,
> 
> Download the tool from this link:
> 
> https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/software-download/windows10
> 
> You want the second tool, the media creation tool.  Download it to your
> desktop and run it.  Follow the prompts to burn your USB stick.  The stick
> needs to be 8GB I think and will be totally formatted.
> 
> You should then be able to boot to that stick on the old laptop by going
into
> the boot menu or BIOS and choosing to boot from the USB stick.  i can't
give
> you full instructions on that sorry.
> 
> Then follow the instructions I sent earlier.
> 
> Andrew.
> ________________________________________
> From: Alexander Shannon via Bcab [bcab at lists.bcab.org.uk]
> Sent: 31 October 2019 14:01
> To: 'BCAB Discussion List'
> Cc: alexander.shannon at btinternet.com
> Subject: Re: [BCAB] Setting a windows 7 Hard drive back to Factory
settings
> 
> Hi Andrew,
> 
> Thank you for your clear and concise reply.  Taking all factors into
> consideration, I think wiping the hard drive is a better option  in the
situation
> of my wife's laptop.  Therefore we're likely to go down that route when
it's
> possible for a friend to assist with the process.
> 
> If we find that our friend requires a windows 10 stick to wipe my wife's
hard
> drive, would it be possible to create such a stick from  either my wife's
newer
> laptop or my  desktop, which are both running windows 10?
> 
> 
> 
> Alexander Shannon
> 
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Andrew Hodgson <andrew at hodgson.io>
> > Sent: 31 October 2019 13:42
> > To: BCAB Discussion List <bcab at lists.bcab.org.uk>
> > Subject: Re: [BCAB] Setting a windows 7 Hard drive back to Factory
> settings
> >
> > Hi,
> >
> > The Windows 10 stick would be used to boot an accessible setup
> installation
> > program which gives you an option to wipe the hard drive.  Note this
> > is wiping the disk and not setting to factory defaults, if you want
> > factory defaults then you will need to go the route of running the
> > recovery procedure depending on what type of laptop you have, and this
> > will most likely not be accessible due to the Windows 7 PE not having
> > speech
> support.
> >
> > The reason I mentioned the disk wiping was because it appeared that
> > you didn't want a usable system when you sent the laptop for
> > recycling.  If
> the
> > intent was to have the laptop used by someone else, then factory
> > defaults may be the way to go, otherwise may not be worth going down
> that path.
> >
> > Andrew.
> > -
> > ________________________________________
> > From: Alexander Shannon via Bcab [bcab at lists.bcab.org.uk]
> > Sent: 31 October 2019 13:33
> > To: 'BCAB Discussion List'
> > Cc: alexander.shannon at btinternet.com
> > Subject: Re: [BCAB] Setting a windows 7 Hard drive back to Factory
> settings
> >
> > Hi Andrew,
> >
> > Thank you for your reply.
> >
> > In view of what you've said, I think we'll wait for a friend to help
> > us,
> as I don't
> > think I'd be comfortable  generating a Windows 10 USB stick.
> > Although your reference to a Windows 10 USB stick doesn't quite make
> > sense to me if the laptop in question is  running Windows 7, as I
> > don't understand the need for Windows 10, if the laptop in question is
> > going to
> be
> > reset to Windows 7 Factory defaults.
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > Alexander Shannon
> >
> > > -----Original Message-----
> > > From: Andrew Hodgson <andrew at hodgson.io>
> > > Sent: 31 October 2019 13:20
> > > To: BCAB Discussion List <bcab at lists.bcab.org.uk>
> > > Subject: Re: [BCAB] Setting a windows 7 Hard drive back to Factory
> > settings
> > >
> > > Hi,
> > >
> > > My method will work on the Windows 7 laptop as well though if you
> > > are not comfortable in getting a Windows 10 USB stick generated then
> > > it may be
> > best
> > > to get someone else to do this.  There may also be a recovery
> > > partition on the Windows 7 laptop to reset to factory settings with
> > > a clean copy of Windows 7 but this may be slower than just wiping
> > > the disk especially if
> > you
> > > don't want to use the computer afterwards.
> > >
> > > Andrew.
> > > ________________________________________
> > > From: Alexander Shannon via Bcab [bcab at lists.bcab.org.uk]
> > > Sent: 31 October 2019 13:13
> > > To: 'BCAB Discussion List'
> > > Cc: alexander.shannon at btinternet.com
> > > Subject: [BCAB] Setting a windows 7 Hard drive back to Factory
> > > settings
> > >
> > > Hi all,
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > Tom Reid's  recent message regarding wiping a windows hard drive and
> > > Andrew Hodgson's recent reply to that message  prompt me to ask a
> > > similar question.
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > My wife has an old Laptop which runs windows 7 for which she now has
> > > no use as she now has a new laptop  which runs Windows 10.
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > Taking into account that all important documents and e-mails as
> > > well as
> > the
> > > latest updates to screen access technology are now accessible on the
> > > new windows 10 machine and the fact that support for Windows 7 is
> > > due to run out
> > > soon, My wife   is thinking of having her old laptop taken to the
local
> > > electrical recycling.  However, before this is done, we are thinking
> > > that
> > the
> > > hard disk needs to be reset to Factory settings.  Is this possible
> > > for me
> > to do
> > > using either the copy of Jaws on the old laptop, (in which case I'd
> > > be
> > looking
> > > to remove the Jaws key from that laptop once it was back to Factory
> > > settings),  or Narrator, or will we need to wait for a sighted
> > > friend to
> > assist in
> > > setting the laptop back to factory settings?
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > Thank you in advance for your replies.
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > Alexander Shannon
> > >
> > >
> > >
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