I have recently purchased a used computer. It has Windows 7 Ultimate (OEM) installed, but didn't come with any recovery discs.
Even though the (private) vendor went to some effort to provide a fresh installation (with a few bits of software added in, such as Malwarebytes), I don't fully trust them, and I understand it's best practice to start from scratch with a reinstall of Windows.
- Can I safely reinstall Windows 7 by building a recovery disc from within Windows and running it?
- Other than getting the OS up to date with patches and installing some anti-virus software, are there any other important steps that I need to perform?