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Windows 7: Clean install on new machine

21 Jan 2011   #11
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Hello again.

That all being said, here's some interesting information you may find useful and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.

After you have copied out or made back-ups of the data you need to save, if you can find an exact Windows version that the PC shipped with you can do a clean install using the activation key on the COA sticker attached to the PC though it may require a robo-call to MS to sort the OEM batch-key.

How to Activate Windows 7 by Phone

If you can't find an exact same version, you could use the info in this tutorial to create an "all Versions" installer of any version Windows installer, to install using the same method I posted above and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.

Windows 7 Universal Installation Disc - Create

Though if there's nothing on the PC you need to save, I'd do a complete wipe (secure erase) of the entire Hard Disk Drive first.

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

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21 Jan 2011   #12

Windows 7 Home Premimium

Thanks for all the replies. While I know some things about computers, I have no idea how to partition the HD. Maybe it's best if I leave well enough alone. This will be my third vostro and they come with virtually nothing loaded on them.
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22 Jan 2011   #13
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

That's probably best as bloatware is the primary reason to go that route; I'm curious, do those machines come with a 'hidden' factory recovery partitionor just a set of recovery disks?
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