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Windows 7: How to reinstall/backup Windows 7 Starter on Asus EEE PC?


01 Sep 2013   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 
How to reinstall/backup Windows 7 Starter on Asus EEE PC?

Hello,

I have an Asus EEE PC and I want to make a clean reinstall of it because it is very slow perhaps it has a virus on it. I didn't get any installation DVD, and this EEE pc does not even have DVD drive
Is there a way to get a Windows 7 Starter image like there are for the other versions?and will it be possible to install it with an external dvd drive? Or any other way?

Thanks

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01 Sep 2013   #2

Win7 Ultimate X64
 
 

A usb flash drive of at least 4GB would be the way forwards
Have a look at this detailed step by step guide Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

When complete you will be able to take a system image backup so you never have to do it again

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01 Sep 2013   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Pauly View Post
A usb flash drive of at least 4GB would be the way forwards
Have a look at this detailed step by step guide Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

When complete you will be able to take a system image backup so you never have to do it again

Thanks!

Actually I was thinking about this guide, but I don't see a Windows 7 Starter download.
Also, how can I check if my Asus EEE pc can boot from a usb flash drive (my pc can't for example)
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01 Sep 2013   #4

Win7 Ultimate X64
 
 

You wont see the option in bios until you have a bootable usb drive connected
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01 Sep 2013   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Oh really? so perhaps my pc actually CAN boot from a usb drive?

And what about the other issue? that I don't see the Windows 7 Starter download in this guide?
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01 Sep 2013   #6

Windows 7 Professional x64 Sp1
 
 

"Still another purpose of these downloads would be to get a different language or bit version of Windows 7. Any valid Windows 7 product key determines only the edition (Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate, Enterprise). It can, however, activate both 32 and 64 bit editions in any language. So, for instance, a key for the German Windows 7 Professional x86 edition can activate a Chinese Windows 7 Professional x64 edition. So if you already own a key, it can also activate some other Win 7 versions downloaded from Digital River."

In short, when you put your key in windows will know what (features) edition you have.
Windows 7 has all editions built in by default, the key is what activates the edition you have.
I would download home basic.

• If the licensed OS printed on the COA sticker on bottom is Home Basic then download Home Premium, run the eicfg removal tool to unlock all versions, later during install choose the licensed version from menu.

At least, this is what I understand. I never used 7 starter
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01 Sep 2013   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Oops can this post be deleted?
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01 Sep 2013   #8

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Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mibaup View Post
And what about the other issue? that I don't see the Windows 7 Starter download in this guide?
From the second bullet point under number 1 in the above mentioned tutorial,

Quote:
If the licensed OS printed on the COA sticker on bottom is Home Basic then download Home Premium, run the eicfg removal tool to unlock all versions, later during install choose the licensed version from menu.
It should also include Starter, but Starter is only included on the x86 ISO.

Just follow those instructions for unlocking a 32bit (x86) Home Premium ISO from the link in Step 1.

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
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01 Sep 2013   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

So the installation really includes all the editions and perhaps there is a file in the installation that decides which edition I will see?

I missed that eicfg removal tool because I did CTRL+F and searched for "Starter"
I should have read a little bit more
Thanks!
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01 Sep 2013   #10

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mibaup View Post
So the installation really includes all the editions and perhaps there is a file in the installation that decides which edition I will see?
You need to use the tool to UNLOCK all versions on the X86 ISO.

Once you have done that, when you are installing, it will then display a screen for you to choose

which version you want to install, naturally you will choose Starter.
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