Restore factory settings

  Ian in Northampton 16:38 24 Feb 2012
Locked

I just acquired a secondhand Packard Bell all-in-one PC for my wife (shhh - don't tell her). The previous owner has, inevitably, left her mark on it in various ways - desktop, widgets, folder names, self-installed software. I'm thinking that I might use the 'restore factory settings' option that is available on boot-up so taht it looks like a new machine.

But, I've always operated on the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" principle.

Nothing can go wrong, Shirley?

  Ian in Northampton 16:51 24 Feb 2012

Thanks Chronus. 'Airplane' = great movie>> :-) In fact, I've already made restore discs for the PC in its current state - not ideal, but better than nothing in an emergency - so that makes me feel a bit better. But job one, if I do do a factory restore, will be to make a new set. I can't believe the previous owners didn't - but, from my experience, that is very frequently the case.

  lotvic 18:42 24 Feb 2012

I did a PB factory restore on my nephew's 5/6 year old laptop. I was able to make new restore discs. It became as first received and all options were there.

  Ian in Northampton 19:47 24 Feb 2012

LOtvic: good news - thanks. (It's also reassuring to hear that PB kit lasts that long - a few years ago, they had a pretty bad reputation. But the price for this, with a 20" touch screen, was just too good to walk away from...

Chronus: with just about every other PC in the house (and there are way too many...) I would do as you do, and install Windows and the drivers. However, as this one comes with the restore facility, and as I don't have a spare copy of W7 hanging about (and nor am I prepared to buy one) then I'm happy to do it this way. I'm a great one, btw, for believing that if a driver works, then it's fine by me. Only if I experienced driver-related problems would I look at finding the latest ones.

  Ian in Northampton 20:02 24 Feb 2012

rdave: thanks. Well, I've always been a very happy (to the tune of two laptops and two netbooks) acer user, so fingers crossed...

This thread is now locked and can not be replied to.

Elsewhere on IDG sites

Oppo A9 2020 Review

Gorillaz: Reject False Icons review – plenty of music, but where's the art?

New Apple products predictions 2020

Noël (2019) : idées cadeaux & guide d'achat !