Yes, I'm pretty much a noob
I have Windows 7 Home Premium and a looking to buying a new hard disk drive. For some reason the Windows 7 CDs/DVDs were not provided with my laptop and so I am wondering how to create a clean install on a new HDD (I don't really want to copy the entire "image" (is that the right word?) but wish to start afresh).
Soon after buying my laptop I created - at the computer's insistence - some CDs. I assume this may have been an image of some kind? It copied on to 5 disks each of 4.7GB capacity. I checked the first disk and it has a boot.exe (or something like that) on it.
Can I then just use these once I've fitted in the new HDD?
Is there a way I can get hold of the Windows 7 OS as a file for future installs? I have a free 8GB USB stick. I'd like to do this in case the 5 disks fail.
I've made a note of my license key for the OS, and will of course back up any personal files. I can reinstall/update everything else I think...