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Windows 7: Can I rely on the existing bios settings when doing a new install of 7


12 Apr 2014   #1

Windows 7 home premium 32 bit and Windows 7 64 bit
 
 
Can I rely on the existing bios settings when doing a new install of 7

Hi,

I have a new win 7 installation disc arriving soon. I hope to be able to put a fresh copy on a fujitsu laptop but I am concerned that the manufacturer's of the laptop may have set up the bios (pheonix) so that no one else can install over their existing in-built windows 7. You're help would be appreciated.

Thanks.

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12 Apr 2014   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by illiterate1 View Post
Hi,

I have a new win 7 installation disc arriving soon. I hope to be able to put a fresh copy on a fujitsu laptop but I am concerned that the manufacturer's of the laptop may have set up the bios (pheonix) so that no one else can install over their existing in-built windows 7. You're help would be appreciated.

Thanks.
You should have no problem doing a Clean Install on any PC. Just follow these directions.
Clean Install Windows 7
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13 Apr 2014   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

No, there should be no problem, at least with the BIOS. Computers that DO give problems are those that come pre-infected with Windows 8, but 7 is free from that, so you can reinstall whatever you like.
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13 Apr 2014   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

The Phoenix BIOS is relatively common. I see no reason why there would be a restriction on your system.
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13 Apr 2014   #5

Windows 7 home premium 32 bit and Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

A great big thankyou to everyone.. What a site !! it's incredible. The only query I have left is " where in Win 7 can I find the drivers to back-up (save) before starting the installation..?". The reason for the new install boils down to a more than limited knowledge..well..no knowledge. I was cleaning the laptop of old programs and files, and at some point I needed to run a 'util' from the dvd drive, CCleaner probably. It was at this point that I got the message "installer is not responding" or words to that effect. After several tries with different discs I gave up and opted to try a clean install (still haven't received the new Win 7 disc yet..should be here this week, hopefully). So that's it really, installer not responding and me not able to respond to that. You guys are brilliant, thanks once again.
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13 Apr 2014   #6

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by illiterate1 View Post
" where in Win 7 can I find the drivers to back-up (save) before starting the installation..?"
Not sure I am following this.

The necessary drivers are supplied by the Windows installation disc and/or Windows Update.

I would try to download the NIC (Ethernet) driver before I began, however. It should be supplied by the Windows disk, but I wouldn't want to take the chance of not having Internet connectivity. You should be able to get it from the laptop manufacturer's web site.
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13 Apr 2014   #7

Win 7 Pro x64 SP1, Win 7 Ult x86 SP1
 
 

Do you have a readable COA (Certificate of Authenticity) sticker on the laptop?
It's usually on the bottom, or in the battery compartment.

If you do, you can do a clean reinstall and use the key on the COA certificate to activate Windows.
The COA sticker will show what version the license is for, such as Home Premium.
If you ordered the same version, there is no need to buy/use a new key, if you have a readable COA key.

This tutorial has everything needed, including where to download the latest official Windows ISO installer:
Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
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13 Apr 2014   #8

Windows 7 home premium 32 bit and Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

quote "not sure I am following this..". That's my fault, sorry for misleading you. The clean install tutorial says that I must save the drivers from the original Windows 7 which is now on the laptop, before I start a clean install. My first thought was to look in the 'device manager' section (well, that's what it's called in XP !!) but since I don't know my way around Win 7 there is a possibility that all the drivers may be found somewhere else. Where it says to first save the original drivers, I think it means the ones which were shipped with the laptop when it was first purchased from new. Sorry, for confusing the issue. To further demonstrate my ignorance may I ask what is a 'Windows ISO installer' ?

Thanks for all your help and advice,

Illiterate
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13 Apr 2014   #9
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Don't worry about the drivers. They will install automatically. No idea why you were advised to save them.
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13 Apr 2014   #10

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by illiterate1 View Post
quote "not sure I am following this..". That's my fault, sorry for misleading you. The clean install tutorial says that I must save the drivers from the original Windows 7 which is now on the laptop, before I start a clean install. My first thought was to look in the 'device manager' section (well, that's what it's called in XP !!) but since I don't know my way around Win 7 there is a possibility that all the drivers may be found somewhere else. Where it says to first save the original drivers, I think it means the ones which were shipped with the laptop when it was first purchased from new. Sorry, for confusing the issue. To further demonstrate my ignorance may I ask what is a 'Windows ISO installer' ?
The Windows ISO installer refers to a legal and legitimate downloadable ISO file from Digitalriver.com that can be burned to a DVD and used to install Windows.

Can you post a link to that specific tutorial that mentions saving drivers?

I suppose you might want to do that if you had some type of exotic or hard-to-replace driver that was not going to be supplied by the Windows disc or Windows Update. That would be rare in my experience and I'd expect you could get any such driver at your laptop manufacturer's web site after you install. Do you have any exotic hardware?

There's a bunch of drivers in C:\Windows\system32\drivers folder. Maybe elsewhere for all I know, but I've never bothered backing them up any time I wanted to do a clean install.

You might wait for other comments.
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