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Windows 7: Win 7 retail version

23 Jun 2011   #11

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit

Reply to gregrocker: The reason is to complicated, and or long to explain. But I will explain somewhat. recovery dvds and or media, will return system back to what it was when you bought it. If, for example, your system is 3-5 years old, why bother turning back the clock, system wise. Recovery media takes forever and a day to install. Oem versions are "crapified" because other than the "os" I don't need anything else, why, because I have third party software that I use exclusively. The last year or so the oem systems come maxed out with 4 partitions, bs, again crap I don'tneed. After a long recovery process, I literally spend 3-4 days removing everything I don't want, redoing partitions and so on. Even your link has multiple stages involved. Simply put retail dvd in drive, reboot, answer questions, have a cup of joe, and walla your done. Of course I'll have to install my software, and maybe some drivers.


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23 Jun 2011   #12

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23 Jun 2011   #13

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit


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23 Jun 2011   #14
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Use the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool to make a bootable USB install thumb drive. Then delete the ei.cfg file from the sources folder to make it a universal install drive. Now you can select the version that matches the one on the COA sticker and you can use the product code on the COA sticker on the laptop. You may have to activate by phone but once you are done you can use the retail key on another PC.
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23 Jun 2011   #15

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit

Sounds good to me.

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