Best way to reinstall win 7 on a laptop

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by jt1948, Jan 25, 2014.

  1. jt1948

    jt1948 MDL Novice

    Jan 5, 2009
    The puter is grandson's Acer 5336 laptop, heavyly infested with malwares and viruses.
    I managed to clean out the malwares and viruses. At this point it is usable. It can connect to the internet but unable to connect to any network I have (homegroup or workgroup). The best I can tell, windows firewall is blocking it. All attempts to change windows firewall settings failed. Ran "chkdsk" to check for file corruptions failed too. Chkdsk stalls at certain point in step 4, then reboots itself and start chkdsk all over. Perhaps there are some bad spots on the hard drive chkdsk cannot get past.

    Here is my mixed bag of questions:

    1. If I do a factory reset via e-recovery, will it map around the bad areas on the hard drive?

    2. If I do a clean install of win 7, can I format only the partition win 7 is installing to?

    3. When doing a clean install, which product key to use? The one Jellybean pull off windows or the one on the sticker?

  2. urie

    urie Moderator
    Staff Member

    May 21, 2007
    1 - No factory recovery won't map of bad parts of hard drive. But that would be the first thing I would try anyway.

    2 - no you can format all partitions if needed or are you asking can I format existing partition then yes.

    3 - no key from majic jellybean has puled of you OEM:SLP key you cannot activate with that key without using matching Acer certificate. Look here Vista-OEM-Activation-How-it-Works

    Probably your best thing to do I you can is go to Acer site and search for drivers that you need for that machine download them and back them up to another device say usb thumbdrive for example.

    Any way if you need latest version of windows 7 just grab one from Windows-7-w-o-SP1-and-SP1-Media-Refresh-Direct-Download-Links and use one of those and you would probably be better just using Windows-Loader to install your OEM:SLP key and certificate.
  3. Mutagen

    Mutagen MDL Addicted

    Feb 18, 2013
    I wouldn't spend any time with a drive that can't run Chkdsk. Replace the drive. You already have enough of an obstacle getting a grandchild to understand not to click "Yes"/"I Agree" every time an unrequested dialog pops up. And yes, I'm speaking from experience.
  4. jt1948

    jt1948 MDL Novice

    Jan 5, 2009
    I took door #1, did a "factory Reset" via Erecovery. All seem to be fine.
    All I have to do now is to spend few hours uninstall all the junks the OEM installed. LOL

    Chkdsk found 1 bad cluster and replaced it on the first run. Luckily, it was in the hiberfil.sys location. No file was corrupted.
    Chkdsk did not find anything on the second run.
    Yes, I have a new hard drive on the way, just in case.

    Thanks for the help again.