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Windows 7: Restoring from file backup

18 Mar 2011   #11

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I still don't think it would work but will you lose anything if you try it and it doesn't?

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18 Mar 2011   #12
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Hello again, here's some information you may find useful.

If you can find an exact Windows version that the PC shipped with you can do a clean install using the activation key on the COA sticker attached to the PC though it may require a robo-call to MS to sort the OEM batch-key.

How to Activate Windows 7 by Phone

If you can't find an exact same version, you could use the info in this tutorial to create an "all versions" installer of any version Windows installer, to install using the same method I posted above.

Windows 7 Universal Installation Disc - Create
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18 Mar 2011   #13

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By all means try it.
Personally - I wouldn't bother. Even if it appears to work there would be a doubt in my mind that something was waiting to bite. I would only use a reliable imaging program for OS/installed software.
As for data and non installed programs - use what you like.
So without an image I'd clean install OS AND software.
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