w7 clean install

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by UltraLow, Oct 29, 2009.

  1. UltraLow

    UltraLow MDL Novice

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    I want to install W7 on my laptop already running W7 home prm. I don't want to restore from factory image which comes with a lot of unnecessary apps I don't like. Do I need to extract anything before I wipe the drive? I want to use whatever license the notebook came with

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  2. Stannieman

    Stannieman MDL Guru

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    no you can just format and install homepremium, than use the key on you laptop
     
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  3. shakeyplace

    shakeyplace MDL Addicted

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    or if you want to use original serial and certificat (for pernament activation), use the slic dump toolkit first to back them up..
     
  4. Stannieman

    Stannieman MDL Guru

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    wit key on the sticker it's also permanently activated, it's a valid key
     
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  5. MrFerretKing

    MrFerretKing MDL Member

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    Sometimes those keys are retail backup key that OEMs stick on laptops for MS licensing purposes.

    It may take the key during install but you will probably have to to do phone activation.

    Just backup your OEM key and certificate with the tool floating around here. Then restore it after you clean install
     
  6. Stannieman

    Stannieman MDL Guru

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    what's a backup key?
     
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  7. UltraLow

    UltraLow MDL Novice

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    thanks everyone for great advise... please add this info to the official windows 7 repository, it may help people with similar situation. i read the advanced section but it wasn't obvious to me :eek: how or what tool to use to backup the certificate&key from factory installed w7
     
  8. urie

    urie Moderator
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    Doesn't need to be added plenty of info all over forum what some people didn't tell you to do was backup or download your drivers for your machine before you reinstall.
     
  9. UltraLow

    UltraLow MDL Novice

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    thanks for the tip.... i didn't realise there were so many drivers needed: 3g, bluetooh, camera, cardreader, chipset, lan, sata, touchpad, wireless, etc...... if i do clean install will my touchpad work before installing the driver? could i control the pointer or do i need external usb mouse for example
     
  10. genuine555

    genuine555 MDL Expert

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    it would have to work as i recollect. win7 installs a generic driver for that during install, just as it would for a mouse.
     
  11. Opa

    Opa MDL Addicted

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    #11 Opa, Nov 1, 2009
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    Hi,

    I would recommend you to not limit yourself to the same edition that was pre-installed.

    Regarding the drivers there wont be any issue, Windows already includes basic drivers for stuff like a touchpad. Also, you will find all the drivers available to download on the manufacturer's website.

    So just format your entire hard drive (including the hidden restore partition, which is a waste of place), and install Windows 7 Ultimate, then just activate it using an act¡vator.

    If you really want to, you can use the SLIC that you already have in BIOS, and for that you will have to use the SLIC Dump ToolKit to backup the matching certificate. But this is absolutely not necessary, a loader would be perfect, the result is exactly the same and as much reliable according to the past 3 years.

    Good luck ;)
     
  12. jamesyx

    jamesyx MDL Novice

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    You can always uninstall the rubbish