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Windows 7: Format my PC without a system cd??


06 Dec 2011   #1

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Format my PC without a system cd??

Hi, Im not the smartest PC opperator.
I wish to format my PC, its running WD7, but I dont have the systemcd.
I bought the PC used from a Netgaming cafe, so its not a normal produced pc, and therefore I dont have any manufactor to ask...

Do any of you know how I can get a cd, or format/reboot without a cd?

Thanks alot!


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06 Dec 2011   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Well assuming that you have a valid license for Windows 7, you could always "obtain" an .iso image of an install disc. Then make it a universal disc and use that to re-install Windows. You would just have to make sure you have a key, and find out what version you are running. Directions for a universal install disc can be found here:
Windows 7 Universal Installation Disc - Create
As for getting your hands on an iso image of the disc, you can always borrow a disc from a friend and make your own (Just remember to use your key), or you can obtain one from your favourite peer-to-peer service.
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06 Dec 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, & Mac OS X 10.9.2
 
 

before doing anything, make sure you have all the latest drivers for your computer downloaded and saved. as once its formatted you will not have access to the internet, until your ethernet drivers are installed.. without the drivers youd be snookered
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06 Dec 2011   #4
Microsoft MVP

 

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Do you have a Certificate of Authenticity affixed to the computer, which shows that it has a legal copy of MS installed upon it? The COA has a Product Key you will need to clean reinstall. Reinstalling Windows 7

What is the licensed version given on the COA sticker?

What problems are you having with Windows 7 as we might be able to help you fix them? troubleshooting steps


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07 Dec 2011   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by badger906 View Post
before doing anything, make sure you have all the latest drivers for your computer downloaded and saved. as once its formatted you will not have access to the internet, until your ethernet drivers are installed.. without the drivers youd be snookered
Excellent point. I use this tool for backing up drivers, gives you different options on what you want backed up (default being which ever don't come with Windows). Then gives you options as to how they will be backed up, either a series of folders, a zip folder, or a single exe file.
BooZet Freeware | Double Driver - backup and restore installed drivers
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07 Dec 2011   #6
Microsoft MVP

 

As suggested in the steps to get a perfect reinstall Reinstalling Windows 7:

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Back up installed drivers from windows/system32/drivers
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The installer is mostly driver-complete, with newer arriving quickly via optional Windows Updates. Just in case, have your Wireless driver on flash stick or CD so you can get online quickly. Then enable hardware driver auto-updating and check for optional Updates frequently.

Any drivers still missing in Device Manager can be found on the Support Downloads webpage for your model computer or device. Driver Install - Device Manager
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