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Windows 7: How to combine two primary partitions into one.

23 Mar 2014   #51
gregrocker

 

I think we are all a little skeptical given what's turned out to be the case in the past when
"a friend" has provided someone with Win7. Did you ever see the packaging with official COA sticker on it so that you know to your satisfaction it was genuine windows, or was it just the disk? Does the Product ID string that appears at Computer>Properties activation link have an "OEM" in it? If not then its probably genuine.

If you are confident it's Genuine retail Win7 then you can audit the Product Key with Belarc or Magic Jellybean. I'd use both to double check. Then that key should work to activate it. If not you'll need to buy a new one.

I would delete all partitions during the booted install, since on Acer the Recovery partition will not work after reinstall, and there are no Diagnostics or other partitions worth keeping. Be sure to back up your files first. Everything you need to get and keep a perfect install is here in Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7


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23 Mar 2014   #52
Urthboundmisfit

Win 10 Pro x64, Win 7 Pro x64
 
 

...please pardon my interruption as I have been following this topic "from the sidelines" and have some info that may or may not be of some use to the OP... Here's a simple .VBS script that can be used to display the M$ product key currently in use:

Code:
Set WshShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
MsgBox ConvertToKey(WshShell.RegRead("HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\DigitalProductId"))
 
Function ConvertToKey(Key)
    Const KeyOffset = 52
    i = 28
    Chars = "BCDFGHJKMPQRTVWXY2346789"
    Do
        Cur = 0
        x = 14
        Do
            Cur = Cur * 256
            Cur = Key(x + KeyOffset) + Cur
            Key(x + KeyOffset) = (Cur \ 24) And 255
            Cur = Cur Mod 24
            x = x -1
        Loop While x >= 0
        i = i -1
        KeyOutput = Mid(Chars, Cur + 1, 1) & KeyOutput
        If (((29 - i) Mod 6) = 0) And (i <> -1) Then
            i = i -1
            KeyOutput = "-" & KeyOutput
        End If
    Loop While i >= 0
    ConvertToKey = KeyOutput
End Function
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23 Mar 2014   #53
gregrocker

 

Looks good, Urth, and works.

Is there a way to run this from WinRE or disk Command Line?
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23 Mar 2014   #54
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Why use special programs when Belarc Advisor is easy and displays ALL product keys on a system plus a lot of other useful info.
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23 Mar 2014   #55
Urthboundmisfit

Win 10 Pro x64, Win 7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Looks good, Urth, and works.

Is there a way to run this from WinRE or disk Command Line?
Dunno... unfortunately that question is above my pay grade

...alternatively, open an elevated command prompt and type (or copy/paste) slmgr -xpr | slmgr -dlv
Attachment 311548

if OEM then under description it will say OEM_SLP channel as pictured above.
Credit to maxXPsoft @MSFN.org for the above...more @ link.
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23 Mar 2014   #56
Raul

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

@ gregrocker

Hehe I think we might have had some sort of misunderstanding along the way. It may be because of me, as English is not my first language.

When I said my friend would help me get the key, I meant that he would get the key of the registry not that he gave me the disk or would give me a disk.

I bought the disk from way back. It has the genuine windows logo and everything on it, I just don't have the key saved somewhere anymore.

I think I'll have to go with the link whs provided.
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23 Mar 2014   #57
Raul

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

@ whs I will have to do this another day, thanks.

A question though.

I have now 107GB of 140 free space on C. Minus the OEM partitions, whom are 13GB combined, If I do delete them, that would make C 120Gb free space of 140GB.

I dont have any big files on C, like music or any big documents.

That would make 20GB of stuff I dont know what is. Does that sounds about the amount windows/OS would need to run?

I have some programs. Bitdefender, Opera, Office 2013, CCleaner, SuperAntiSpyware, Winrar, Vlc, Powerios.

Should I still do clean install?
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23 Mar 2014   #58
Raul

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

@ Urthboundmisfit

I can honestly say that I have no idea what that is or what to do with it. But thanks for the input
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23 Mar 2014   #59
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

An installed Windows 7 is around 20GBs including some programs. So that sounds about right because you do not have any real big programs - Office is a bit bigger. It is 335MB on my system.
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23 Mar 2014   #60
Urthboundmisfit

Win 10 Pro x64, Win 7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Raul View Post
@ Urthboundmisfit

I can honestly say that I have no idea what that is or what to do with it. But thanks for the input
Lol It's actually a lot less complicated than it looks... however using Belarc as Wolfgang (whs) suggested is a very good choice... I have the program installed on all my boxes.
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