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Windows 7: Windows 7 general question

08 Dec 2011   #1
vinyard

Widnows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Windows 7 general question

Good day everybody ...

First of all I have low knowledge of computers...

My enquiry question is :

Where can I find my product code for Windows 7 ?

The reason is that I bought this laptop 1 year ago, and I've did a scan and it seems I have a lot of problems with the registries... so I am considering to do a Windows Repair.

I did a back to all my files and everything but...
My problem with this is that I don't have a disk with Windows 7, as when I bought the laptop it didn't come up with a disk, it was just saved on my computer... it is the genuine Windows for sure as it says when I activated...

So, can anyone offer any advice on how I could tackle this ?

Another problem is that I'm not sure what sort of drivers I should install after repairing the windows and where could I find them ? i.e. sound drivers / graphic drivers etc .

Will I have to find these before I do the Windows install repair? Or will the Windows automatically find them for me?

Thank you so much for your time -- look forward for your replies.


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08 Dec 2011   #2
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

The product key is usually on a colorful stick on the computer case...
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08 Dec 2011   #3
johnnya

Windows Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Hi Vinyard and welcome to the forum. Question - is this a desktop or laptop computer. If it is a laptop, please supply the make and model number of your unit.
Cheers
JohnnyA
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08 Dec 2011   #4
Dave Atkin

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hello,
If you run a 'repair install' on Windows then you shouldnt need the product key. A repair install just replaces ket windows files but leaves the actual installation intact.

There are different types of Microsoft Licences. Your licence is probably OEM, meaning that it is meant to live and die on your machine. Normally these type of pre-installed Windows come with either a recovery disk or a recovery partition.

Can you give us the Make and model of you laptop?

An easy way of extracting the product key is to use a program like Belarc Adviser: Belarc Advisor - Free Personal PC Audit



Dave
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08 Dec 2011   #5
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

If you can't find the product key on the underside of your laptop case, it may be in the battery compartment.

Before you touch your computer, have you created a set of recovery discs yet?

If not, you should do so straightaway - you should find the instructions in your computer manual or your computer manufacturer's support site.

Also, as Dave points out, Belarc will carry out a full audit of your computer and display it in a web page, including product keys for any software you have installed.
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08 Dec 2011   #6
johnnya

Windows Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Follow the advice of Seavixon32. Most Laptops today offer an option to create a set of Recovery DVD's. They allow you to restore your system to the way it was when you bought it. Of course your data should be backed up before doing this and you will have to reload any programs you have added since you bought the machine. Creating these backup DVD's is the very first thing anyone who purchases a laptop should do.

Also, most laptops offer an option at boot up to restore the entire system from a hidden partion on your hard drive. Read your manual to find out how to exersize this option your particular system.

Cheers
JohnnyA
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08 Dec 2011   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Run this program. It will give you the product keys of all licensed programs installed on your system and a lot more useful information.
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08 Dec 2011   #8
Corazon

Windows 7 Professional SP1 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by vinyard View Post
I've did a scan and it seems I have a lot of problems with the registries...
I'm wondering if it's really necessary for you to reinstall Windows. Are you having any actual problems with it, or is your decision based simply on this scan you performed?

What did you use to scan, and what kind of problems were reported in the Registry? I find this a bit suspicious, as many 3rd-party registry cleaners and "optimizers" tend to find problems where there really aren't any, and can cause damage in their own right.
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09 Dec 2011   #9
vinyard

Widnows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Hello everybody -- hopefully I'm double posting ... ( as I can't find my previous post )

1) My laptop is a HP G62-a28sa .

2) My computer is running slower... I am wondering how can I fix this -- I did do a system restore but it didn't help much -- I am basically just trying to make my computer run as efficient as possible

I remember with the previous Windows it was recomanded to do a format almost every year-- and I'm wondering if that's the case with Win 7 ...
So I'm really not sure what I need to do -- as I do disk clean-ups and defrags on a weekly basis and the computer is still running slow ...

3) I don't have a recovery dvd -- what do I need to do a recovery of? I do have a Recovery ( D ) partition ... does that need to be burned on a DVD ? Is there any way I can save on an External HDD rather than a DVD ?

Thank you all for your help and replies ( I'm starting to feel less hopeless )
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09 Dec 2011   #10
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote:
3) I don't have a recovery dvd -- what do I need to do a recovery of? I do have a Recovery ( D ) partition ... does that need to be burned on a DVD ? Is there any way I can save on an External HDD rather than a DVD ?

Yes, yould burn the recovery DVDs (usually 2). Some say you can also use the external, but I have never tried that. But you can make an image on an external disk if you want extra protection.
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