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Windows 7: How to reset windows without disc?

02 Jul 2011   #1
twist1080

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
How to reset windows without disc?

Hi,


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02 Jul 2011   #2
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello twist1080, welcome to Seven Forums!


If you have an ISO (Disk Image File) of the Windows 7 version that matches the activation key on the COA sticker attached to the PC by the manufacturer, you could use the method outlined in this first tutorial at the link below.

Clean Install Windows 7 from the Windows 7 Desktop


Here's additional information you may find useful.

After you have copied out or made back-ups of the data you need to save to external media; 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 installation ISO, to install using the same method I posted above.

Windows 7 Universal Installation Disc - Create

After you have made backups of everything you care to save, the best method is to do a complete wipe secure erase of the entire Hard Disk Drive first, it over-writes everything, all the old Windows code including all the old drivers/programs, giving you the best possible space to install Windows to.

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

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02 Jul 2011   #3
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

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04 Jul 2011   #4
twist1080

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Bare Foot Kid thanks for the answer!
The thing is that I dont have an image. I bought my computer a year ago and it had windows 7 installed on it. It also has a key sticker. Now that my computer is all in viruses or maybe working just not the way I want it to work with all the amount of software I have, I want to make a clean reinstall. So I have windows 7 installed, key sticker, but dont have image or reinstallation disk. What should I do?
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04 Jul 2011   #5
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello again.


Forum rules prohibit the posting of download links so I can't do that for you.


You need to find an ISO (Disk Image File) on the internet of the exact same Windows 7 version that is on the PC and use that to do the clean install using the activation key on the sticker on the PC.
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04 Jul 2011   #6
Shadowjk

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1 ; Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard
 
 

BFK Is correct Illegal Activity is not allowed/approved of on SF

What is the Make/Model of your Computer there may be a restore Partition

Josh
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05 Jul 2011   #7
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

You'll need to borrow or find a Win7 installation DVD to clean reinstall with the Product Key on COA sticker for Win7 which you own for the life of the machine and can reinstall any way you want, following these steps to get a perfect clean reinstall of factory OEM: Reinstalling Windows 7
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05 Jul 2011   #8
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

twist,
When you find such convenient, please complete your system specs.

Now if you would rather clean up that system rather than perform a fresh install, then you want to start by running MalwareBytes (link in my sig).

UPDATE YOUR SEVENFORUMS SYSTEM SPECS


User CP (3rd item in the top menu bar) |
in left-hand column, under Your Profile, Edit System Spec |


Use Speccy - System Information - Free Download
and/or SIW to gather info for filling in the blanks.

Do me a favor and add the word laptop or desktop to the “system manufacturer” block.

Use the “Other Info” block for Optical Reader, Mouse, touchpad, wifi adapter, speakers, monitor

Scroll down and click on the SAVE CHANGES button.
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thanks,
karl
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