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How Do I delete everything except for OS and Microsoft Office?

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January 26, 2013 11:10:35 PM

I'm looking for a way to clear my hard drive (Toshiba MK2555GSX if it helps) of everything, like a factory reset. All I need to keep is the OS (Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit) and my Microsoft Office apps. These apps did not come pre-installed on my laptop, and I do want to keep them.

Any help will be appreciated, thanks.
January 26, 2013 11:18:53 PM

If your computer came with a factory reset partition, you should be able to reset through a startup option. When the computer boots, you press 0 or something (depends on the computer), and it will give you a menu that allows you to factory reset.
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January 26, 2013 11:29:11 PM

Thanks for the info, chairman ray. Is there anyway I can put my Office apps in this partition, and how to I tell if there is a factory reset partition?
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January 27, 2013 1:15:31 PM

If you perform a factory reset, then you'll lose Microsoft Office. Your only solution is to uninstall everything that you no longer need and delete folders that you're sure are not needed anymore. Why can't you reinstall MS Office? That would be much simpler.
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January 27, 2013 2:11:10 PM

My MS Office pack can only be used three times, and I already used two. I don't want to use it again on the same computer, because I am planning on getting a new one.
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January 27, 2013 9:30:55 PM

If I understand correctly, you want to keep MS Office so that you'll be able to install it a third time on a new computer while keeping it on the laptop. If so, what I suggested is the solution that will work for you. It's time consuming and a bit risky, but you can always restore from the complete backup if something goes wrong (it could happen if you decide to clean up the registry and you make a mistake).
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January 29, 2013 11:36:51 PM

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If I understand correctly, you want to keep MS Office so that you'll be able to install it a third time on a new computer while keeping it on the laptop.


This is exactly what I want to do. The reason I don't want to go through and delete everything one at a time is because my laptop has been acting a bit... weird, I guess, lately, and instead of trying to find the problem, I thought it would be easier to just do a factory reset. Their is nothing on the hard drive that I paid for, or that is worth keeping, except MS Office.

Would I be able to save MS Office to a flash drive (probably multiple flash drives), do the factory reset, and re-install MS Office without it counting as the third install?
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January 30, 2013 12:19:10 AM

I doubt you could do that, but why not contact Microsoft and explain your issue? Does your license allow you to run MS Office on 3 different systems or install it 3 times on one system? Microsoft can definitely confirm which type of license you have.
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January 30, 2013 10:31:43 AM

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...contact Microsoft and explain your issue?


Okay. I think this is my best bet. I'll contact them sometime.
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