What wierd thing happened while creating Windows 7 restore disks?
September 10, 2010 5:37 PM   Subscribe

A friend has a new Asus Essentio CM5671. He first transferred his data files to the new machine. Then, while trying to create the Windows 7 restore disks, he appears to have somehow reset the computer to its factory state, restoring all the crapware that had been removed and obliterating his documents and data. Any idea how he may have done this and how he can un-do it?
posted by skidoom to Computers & Internet (4 answers total)
Off the top of my head, I'd say he created the restore disks, then when it rebooted (with the disk still inside), it gave him the option of restoring and he selected it.

When he transferred his data files, did he delete them from the old computer? If so, I'm at a loss. Otherwise he should start over from scratch.
posted by davejay at 5:41 PM on September 10, 2010

Find the last known good configuration? Google that?
posted by Freedomboy at 5:54 PM on September 10, 2010

He may have to start again from scratch. Use a program like ccleaner to get rid of all of the crap easily and quickly.
posted by occidental at 6:47 PM on September 10, 2010

I almost did this yesterday setting up my new laptop. As soon as I created the restore disk, it gave me an option to run it. In a day full of clicking quickly through nag screens, I could easily have clicked "yes".
posted by Jahaza at 9:34 PM on September 10, 2010

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