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Windows 7: Reinstalling OS Using Windows 7 disk

20 May 2014   #1
cheezit

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 
Reinstalling OS Using Windows 7 disk

I have a Windows 7 computer. I have tried every repair I can find to get it to accept Windows updates, but NOTHING works. So, I've decided that the best way to fix this is to buy and reinstall the OS. Due to this problem, my computer does NOT have SP1 on it. But all the copies of the OS available HAVE it. Will that make a difference?


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20 May 2014   #2
Boozad

W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM
 
 

Not if you're doing a fresh install, it will save you downloading a lot of updates.
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20 May 2014   #3
Damian Adelle

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cheezit View Post
I have a Windows 7 computer. I have tried every repair I can find to get it to accept Windows updates, but NOTHING works. So, I've decided that the best way to fix this is to buy and reinstall the OS. Due to this problem, my computer does NOT have SP1 on it. But all the copies of the OS available HAVE it. Will that make a difference?
Your PC didn't came with an OEM partition?, like a rescue partition?
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20 May 2014   #4
cheezit

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Damian Adelle View Post
Your PC didn't came with an OEM partition?, like a rescue partition?
Yes it did, but frankly, I have no idea how that works.
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20 May 2014   #5
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cheezit View Post
So, I've decided that the best way to fix this is to buy and reinstall the OS. Due to this problem, my computer does NOT have SP1 on it. But all the copies of the OS available HAVE it. Will that make a difference?
If you have the sticker with a Product Key somewhere on the PC, you don't need to buy anything.

You're entitled to download a Windows 7 ISO that matches the Product Key, burn it to a disc, install with it, and activate with the Product Key from the sticker. All legally.
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20 May 2014   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

What is the make of your PC. The procedures using the recovery partition are slightly different depending on the manufacturer.

Another option you have is this: Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
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20 May 2014   #7
gregrocker

 

You don't need to buy anything as you already own a license that came with that PC which can be reinstalled as often and in any way you please.

Just run Dell Windows 7 PC Restore or do the superior Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 making sure you read the Special Note to Dell Owners at the end. The ISO provided in Step 1 will have SP1 which you need for the OS to operate correctly at all.

So be sure if you run Recovery to first off enable Automatically deliver drivers via Windows Update (Step 3) and then run all Important and Optional Windows Updates, with requested reboots, until there are no more. Eventually it will deliver SP1 and if not you should download and install it manually.
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20 May 2014   #8
Boozad

W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM
 
 

I didn't see the OP mention buying a copy, I thought he meant downloading an ISO. I need to read more carefully.
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