Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Fresh Install of Windows w/o disk

14 Nov 2010   #1
bjp106

Windows 7
 
 
Fresh Install of Windows w/o disk

More lately, you'll see that vendors dont include the windows installation disk anymore. They used to have more of a 'restore disk' but lately I haven't been seeing that anymore. What are users left to do when you need to do a fresh install of Windows? If its for someone else, could I use my windows install disc and use their product key (sticker on bottom)? I've heard that it doesn't always work that way?

Does Microsoft have any official documentation about this and if possible, could you share your experiences?


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

14 Nov 2010   #2
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello bjp106.



Have a look at this tutorial at the link below to see a way to create an 'all versions' installer that can be used to install Windows, then you would use the product key on the COA sticker attached to the PC though you may have to make a robo-call to MS to sort the activation batch key.


Windows 7 Universal Installation Disc - Create

Activate Windows 7 by Phone
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Nov 2010   #3
bjp106

Windows 7
 
 

I'm assuming if they had "Home Premium" installed before, then I'd need to match putting that on correct? Im guess since the product key is tied to that version.

What would you do for Windows XP?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.


14 Nov 2010   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

You should have a recovery partition (usually D) from which you can burn your own installation DVDs (you can do that only once). And if you keep the recovery partition around, you can install directly from there - which is the most convenient way.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Nov 2010   #5
bjp106

Windows 7
 
 

Thanks.

-What would, in fact, be legal in this similar situation while doing consulting?
-What have others done in consulting situations for both XP and Win7?
-What do small businesses do for people coming in that need fresh installs?

These "consulting situations" could be anything that would need a fresh install of the Windows OS. For ex - like, boot errors, corrupt system files, viruses/malware. Basically anything that would be better off with a fresh install.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Nov 2010   #6
Petey7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

I can't speak for legality but I can say what I have done before. I have made a Windows 7 Universal install disc for working on Win7 PCs, but I haven't used it on any computer besides my own yet. For XP I have a XP SP2 install disc that I use and the key on the side/back/bottom of the computer I was working on have always worked.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Nov 2010   #7
WeAreNotAlone

XP Pro 32, Win7 Pro 64, Windows 7 Ultimate 32/64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bjp106 View Post
Thanks.

-What would, in fact, be legal in this similar situation while doing consulting?
-What have others done in consulting situations for both XP and Win7?
-What do small businesses do for people coming in that need fresh installs?

These "consulting situations" could be anything that would need a fresh install of the Windows OS. For ex - like, boot errors, corrupt system files, viruses/malware. Basically anything that would be better off with a fresh install.
From a legal standpoint calling MS with COD in hand to beg from activate code is probably the official MS approved method. Unofficial method on a working system would be to extract the key code, certificate if a OEM computer and re-import.
Small businesses usually use Volume licensing.

I'd suggest you visit some local shops, or better yet contact MS directly if you are entering into a business doing such.

.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Fresh Install of Windows w/o disk




Thread Tools





Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Fresh install of Win7Pro using OEM disk but Anytime Upgrade Key
I'm not sure if this will work, and I read a bunch of threads, but can't determine what my result may be, so I thought I'd ask. My Dell XPS8300 2.5 year old Seagate 1TB HD is going south. I ordered a WD 1TB black to replace it. So I'll be doing a fresh install tomorrow. The PC originally came...
Installation & Setup
Fresh Windows 7 Install on new hard disk, frezze problems
Hi. I bought new hard drive SATA 250GB WD HD Caviar Blue SATA III 6GB 3.5'' and i install windows 7 on it. Problem is my computer start very slowly , (there is no programs yet) and very often randomly freezing. Things i have do and didnt help; I have checking my memory memtest86+ no problems...
Installation & Setup
Great System High Disk Usage fresh install
the laotop specs are as follows on windows 7 home premium Processor: Intel Core 3rd Generation i7 3630QM 2.4GHz (3.4GHz w/Turbo Boost) OS: Windows 8 Home Premium x64 & Reinstall Disc Display: 17.3 Inch Full High Definition (900p) LED Display with Anti-Glare Video: 2GB Nvidia GeForce GT 650M...
Performance & Maintenance
Fresh win7 pro install with no pro disk
Hi, great site here. Is there any way to do a fresh install without a disk that my key is for? I have a pc with no backup copies of Windows 7 Pro OA that came on it. I only have a Windows 7 Home Prem disk that I bought for my laptop. Is there anyway to make it work? Will my Pro OA key from the...
Installation & Setup
Losing disk space after each fresh windows install!
Hey guys, I like to wipe my HDD and run a clean OS install every once in a while after my computer has had a few months use. Its a 250 GB hard drive, with 233 GB reserved for the OS and related files. I ended up having to reinstall Windows 7 twice yesterday (wiping the hard drive twice) but...
General Discussion
Fresh Install with an Upgrade Disk
Is it possible to do a fresh installation from a Windows 7 Professional Upgrade disk? I pre-ordered it, not thinking that I would be upgrading from a Windows 7 Ultimate RC. I really want to be able to start fresh and stuff. Is this possible in anyway? I do have a recovery disc from HP, but I...
Installation & Setup

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:58.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App