Quote: Originally Posted by Deathstroke
So when I have the product key, I get that download onto a disc?
Make sure you download the exact same version as originally came on the PC--Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit English, or whatever it was.
Burn the downloaded ISO to a good quality disk at low speed.
Disconnect all other hard drives. Then install from that disk. Choose "drive options, advanced" when you see that choice offered on screen. Then delete all existing partitions.
You should end up with 2 partitions: a very small System Reserved and a C partition covering the entire remainder of the drive.
You might want to download the LAN driver from the manufacturer's web site before you start. Put it on a USB or DVD drive so you will be able to establish an Internet connection when the install finishes.
The install should include SP1. I'd then go to Windows Update and get all critical and important new updates.
Then get antivirus going, activate, and carry on.