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Windows 7: Will reinstalling Windows 7 remove my programs ?

22 Jun 2011   #1

Windows 7, Gentoo Linux
 
 
Will reinstalling Windows 7 remove my programs ?

My Windows 7 has removed over a year ago because a nephew installed another OS.. I took my laptop to a professional to reinstall Windows.. Everything worked like before and now (11 months later) I get a message that my Windows is not Genuine.. How do I get it licensed ? My laptop came with Windows 7. I've purchased so many programs for work, that I'm afraid if I have someone reinstall it; it's going to remove all my programs and files... PLEASE HELP


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22 Jun 2011   #2

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You can actvate on line or by phone.
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22 Jun 2011   #3

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jessejj89,
Welcome to SF. You need to back everything up to another drive and then yes re-installing Windows 7 will do a clean install and format your hard drive. Someone here may well have a way to image your current hard drive which could save some time. In my experience the long route is often better and shorter in the long haul. You say you have purchased all your software so you have all the original software disks. Back up all the data and files, including Outlook profiles and browser settings. Can't help you with your Windows 7 OS question it may well be you have an illegal copy on your lappy. I would contact MS explain the situation and see what they can offer you, otherwise you need to contact the "Professional" and get the product key code, secondly a remote option is contact the laptop manufacturer but they may not help much? I't sounds like you are going to be purchasing a new licensed copy of Windows 7. Good luck and really the major issue is the quality of the back up you do....then the rest is just time and money......just!
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22 Jun 2011   #4

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
You can actvate on line or by phone.
Activate Windows 7 by Phone
Activate Windows 7 Online
Thanks for replying, I tried to activate using the product key on my laptop, but it appears that technician installed a different version of Windows.. I just want everything legal & safe
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22 Jun 2011   #5

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

If you paid good money for the tech to install he should have activated it with a valid Key Code & given you a copy of it.
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22 Jun 2011   #6

Windows 7, Gentoo Linux
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by linnemeyerhere View Post
jessejj89,
Welcome to SF. You need to back everything up to another drive and then yes re-installing Windows 7 will do a clean install and format your hard drive. Someone here may well have a way to image your current hard drive which could save some time. In my experience the long route is often better and shorter in the long haul. You say you have purchased all your software so you have all the original software disks. Back up all the data and files, including Outlook profiles and browser settings. Can't help you with your Windows 7 OS question it may well be you have an illegal copy on your lappy. I would contact MS explain the situation and see what they can offer you, otherwise you need to contact the "Professional" and get the product key code, secondly a remote option is contact the laptop manufacturer but they may not help much? I't sounds like you are going to be purchasing a new licensed copy of Windows 7. Good luck and really the major issue is the quality of the back up you do....then the rest is just time and money......just!
Thanks, but I have all my files backed up on DropBox.. I'm not worried on paying on another Windows license, it's the programs installed that's going to be a pain.. I've spent more money on the software than on the laptop. The "Professional" is has moved/closed his business.
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23 Jun 2011   #7

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I was taking away from your first note that contacting the "Professional" wasn't a viable solution. I would call Microsoft and plead your case. It's been my experience that "they are there to help". I'm not sure what the solution will be,if it turns out your copy isn't valid but I would be ready to open your wallet as they should be able to validate and solve this problem without you having to remove and re-install.........I would hope!
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23 Jun 2011   #8

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by linnemeyerhere View Post
I was taking away from your first note that contacting the "Professional" wasn't a viable solution. I would call Microsoft and plead your case. It's been my experience that "they are there to help". I'm not sure what the solution will be,if it turns out your copy isn't valid but I would be ready to open your wallet as they should be able to validate and solve this problem without you having to remove and re-install.........I would hope!

ok, thanks I will do that
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23 Jun 2011   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)
 
 

And if you paid for all those programs as you say, then you have the media to reinstall them from, so it shouldn't be an issue.
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23 Jun 2011   #10

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jessejj89 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
You can actvate on line or by phone.
Activate Windows 7 by Phone
Activate Windows 7 Online
Thanks for replying, I tried to activate using the product key on my laptop, but it appears that technician installed a different version of Windows.. I just want everything legal & safe
Perhaps you could mention which version your license key is for, and which version is installed.
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