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Windows 7: Cannot return computer to factory condition after partition editing

22 May 2012   #21
niteshranjan

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

After doing everything i have decided to do a clean install. I have a couple of doubts though,,,

1) I have got a legitimate windows 7 prof disc. Can i install the same and use my home premium key ?
2) Someone told me that i can activate windows only once. Is it true ???


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22 May 2012   #22
niteshranjan

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

also is it possible to make a recovery partition just like HP had on my laptop ...so that i dont need to DVD and the activation key again and again ???
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22 May 2012   #23
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by niteshranjan View Post
After doing everything i have decided to do a clean install. I have a couple of doubts though,,,

1) I have got a legitimate windows 7 prof disc. Can i install the same and use my home premium key ?
2) Someone told me that i can activate windows only once. Is it true ???
1: I don't think so, at least not without some trouble.

I'd just download a Home Premium ISO from mydigitallife.info and burn it to a disk. Install and use your Home Premium Product Key.

2: That's false. You can install only to 1 motherboard if you have an OEM key. You can install to unlimited motherboards with Retail, but only one PC at a time.


I don't know of any way to make a recovery partition. A legitimate disc is the most reliable method you can have.
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22 May 2012   #24
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

For a clean install, check here: Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

You cannot use your Windows 7 Professional disc, the ISO has to be the same as your OEM version, which in your case is Windows 7 Home Premium.

However, once you have clean installed Home Premium you can use Windows Anytime Upgrade with your Windows Professional product key to upgrade to that version.

A retail version of Windows can be activated as many times as you want, but you may have to use the telephone activation service after the first five activations.
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22 May 2012   #25
niteshranjan

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

so from what i understand is:
1) I should download ISO of Windows 7 home premium and use my key
2) The key can be used to activate Windows 7 on my laptop (at least 5 times online)

Please correct me if i have understood wrong !!
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22 May 2012   #26
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

As you are using Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit then you need a Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit ISO.

Because you are using an OEM product key you won't need to activate it.

The activation scenario I mentioned applies to a retail version of Windows, not OEM.
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22 May 2012   #27
niteshranjan

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

I am using HP Probook 4520s which came with Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit.

I have downloaded

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1-U ISO - English x86: X17-58996.iso from Official Windows 7 SP1 ISO from Digital River My Digital Life

hope this works !!!
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22 May 2012   #28
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by niteshranjan View Post
I am using HP Probook 4520s which came with Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit.

I have downloaded

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1-U ISO - English x86: X17-58996.iso from Official Windows 7 SP1 ISO from Digital River My Digital Life

hope this works !!!
That should work fine.

Be sure that you have only 1 hard drive connected when you start.

Back up any data you want to keep.

Delete all partitions. Look for "drive options, advanced".

I'd make sure I had a LAN driver for the PC so I could definitely connect to the Internet after the install. You may already have it downloaded or have it on a disk from HP.
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22 May 2012   #29
niteshranjan

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

can anyone of you provide me tutorial for burning the files i have downloaded

it was a zip file which after unzip has couple of folders, a setup file etc...

how should i burn that using imgburn..so that i can install windows 7,,,,
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22 May 2012   #30
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

You should have an ISO file from the mydigitallife.info download.

In Imgburn:

Switch to 'Write' from mode menu or do that via the 'Write image file to disc' button.

Insert blank DVD.

Select a file to write by clicking on the 'Browse for file' button. Look for an ISO file. Locate the file and open it.

Click the big 'Write' button. Use a fairly slow speed like 4x or 8x.

That's it.
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