Factory Restore, But Keep Some Files..

Discussion in 'Windows 7 Help and Support' started by lodo13, Jul 30, 2012.

  1. lodo13

    lodo13 New Member

    Jul 13, 2011
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    Okay, my computer is very clogged at the moment and I would like to do a complete restore, but I have some files that I need to keep. Is there a way I can do a complete restore but keep some of the files (no external hard drive).
  2. Adamsappleone

    Adamsappleone U.S.Navy D.A.V.

    Aug 2, 2009
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    Hello lodo13,

    In a word, No.
    If there are any files you need to keep, transfer/copy them to a USB drive, CD/DVD/disc or another disk drive.
    Doing a complete restore and in a sense, you'd be doing a clean install, you will loose all programs, files, etc: that you installed.

    I know that's not what you wanted to hear, but, it is what it is.

  3. Pauli

    Pauli Extraordinary Member
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    Mar 1, 2012
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    Add to the former, it's quite smart to have your personal and important files on a separate disk, or at least a separate partition. It's inevitable that you need to re-install Windows one of these days, and having your own stuff in another place than your OS will secure them, as well as give full liberty to wipe out the system disk in order to make a clean install - this could also become actual if your computer gets infected by a virus, leading to a possible and total shutdown --- your personal files will be safe. Attacks usually head for the OS.

    Best wishes. :)

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