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Windows 7: Wiping out and Reinstalling Windows 7


02 Mar 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 
Wiping out and Reinstalling Windows 7

I bought a HP G60 Laptop about a year and half ago. I have been wanting to wipe the computer out and re-install Windows 7. When I bought the laptop it didn't come with an install disc.

My question is, is there any possible way to wipe out my laptop and re-install windows 7, and use the same product key thats on the bottom of my computer?

Thank you


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02 Mar 2012   #2

windows 7 home prem 64 bit
 
 

Do you no if it has got any way to factory reset it as most laptops and pc that have no discs come with away to reset it
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02 Mar 2012   #3

windows 7 home prem 64 bit
 
 

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/in...3135329AAAFaB2

UNTESTED! Press F11 at boot up, and that takes you into the Recovery Manager. Answer the questions, and in about 20 min. your computer will be restored to factory default.

One more thing make a back up of the laptop in case something happens in the future
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02 Mar 2012   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

I will give that a try, thank you for the help, much appreciated.
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02 Mar 2012   #5

Windows 7 Professional x64 Linux Mint 16
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tigersbaseball1 View Post
I bought a HP G60 Laptop about a year and half ago. I have been wanting to wipe the computer out and re-install Windows 7. When I bought the laptop it didn't come with an install disc.

My question is, is there any possible way to wipe out my laptop and re-install windows 7, and use the same product key thats on the bottom of my computer?

Thank you
Yes. Use the above method or download the Iso (your version) and burn it to dvd using ImgBurn at 4x speed or less. This will way will not include anything the pc maker has installed.

Official Windows 7 SP1 ISO from Digital River My Digital Life

If you have not done an install I`d advise you to do alot of research before you even think about doing it. It is not difficult at all and there is plenty of great help here. Ask anything you like.

And Welcome
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02 Mar 2012   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP 1
 
 

Have you tried calling HP Customer Support? I have an HP laptop myself and when I called HP and they sent a set of installation DVD's out to me for free.
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02 Mar 2012   #7

Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit Service Pack 1
 
 

If there's a sticker on the bottom of the laptop with a product key, then you should be able to re-install windows from any installer package (CD or ISO burn). Heck, if you have a friend with a copy of the same windows version as what is on your product key, you can use their disc. It's the sticker that matters these days...not the CD.
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02 Mar 2012   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Gromit1710 are you sure about the product key being able to work? I only ask because I have read online that it doesn't work when you reinstall windows 7, so Im just curious because if I do that and it doesn't work I'm screwed lol.
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02 Mar 2012   #9

Windows 7 Professional x64 Linux Mint 16
 
 

Credit for this goes to Jumanji:

1. If you are trying to reinstall Windows from any media other than the OEM's Recovery CD or OEM's Reinstall Disk for your laptop, you will require the COA key on the sticker to activate.

2. The key extracted by any of the keyfinders will be the OEM-SLP key which is used by the OEMs to do the token-based activation and with that key alone you will not be able to activate your new Windows installation.

Contact your OEM for the recovery Disks or Reinstall Disk. These will have the OEM SLP-key and the digitally signed Microsoft Certificate which coupled with the BIOS check on your laptop will auto-activate the Windows install as empowered to the OEMs by Microsoft.
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02 Mar 2012   #10

Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tigersbaseball1 View Post
Gromit1710 are you sure about the product key being able to work? I only ask because I have read online that it doesn't work when you reinstall windows 7, so Im just curious because if I do that and it doesn't work I'm screwed lol.
Well, All I can say is that I haven't had any issues with it. Activating windows requires a product key to be entered when you install the software. That product key should be on your sticker on your laptop.

Unless things have really changed, the product key isn't tied to a specific disk. As long as you purchased it legally and have the product key's license number, any installation disk (provided it is the same version as the one you purchased) will get you to the point where you type in the product key.

But just to be sure, make a system recovery disk first. That way, you can always go back. If you need help with that, Google or other places on this forum can help you.

AddRAM's advice is basically the same.
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