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Windows 7: My dumb friend thought it would be funny to illegally upgrade me.

03 Jan 2012   #1
mrperu

Home Premium 64 originally
 
 
My dumb friend thought it would be funny to illegally upgrade me.

My friend illegally upgraded me to windows 7 ultimate as a prank, he said its "funny".
My laptop came with Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit preinstalled and I do not have an install disc for this reason, but I do have the product key which I found on a sticker under neath my laptop battery. Any help on how to revert to Home Premium 64 bit will be greatly appreciated, thanks!


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03 Jan 2012   #2
Petey7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

Most OEM computers have a recovery partition that should do the trick. Unfortunately this will return the computer to the exact state it was in when you purchased it. Meaning that ALL changes you have made will have to be done over again. Naturally, I recommend backing up any files you want to keep. You might want to make a list of all the programs you currently have installed so that you can easily remember what you have to reinstall.
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03 Jan 2012   #3
mrperu

Home Premium 64 originally
 
 

Could you offer any advice on how to reset it? I have all my cds for programs so that will be ok and I already have important things backed up like school essays and music backed up so thats everything I would need to back up correct? Also what does OEM stand for? Thanks for replying Petey!
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03 Jan 2012   #4
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Have a look at this tutorial: Clean Install : Factory COA Activation Key

OEM stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer. The OEM operating system is tied to the macjine it was installed on.

Your computer manual or support site should have instructions on how to carry out a factory restore.
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03 Jan 2012   #5
Petey7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

OEM is Original Equipment manufacturer. Basically, the people the built your computer. An OEM computer would be one built by Dell, HP, or another company. A "non-OEM" computer would be one you built yourself with parts you purchased seperately.

I do not believe that all company's use the same method for accessing the Factory Restore option. If you can tell me the brand of computer you have, I can find you specific instructions for your computer.
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03 Jan 2012   #6
mrperu

Home Premium 64 originally
 
 

I have a Dell Inspiron 1545.
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03 Jan 2012   #7
Petey7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

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03 Jan 2012   #8
mrperu

Home Premium 64 originally
 
 

Thank you so much ! I will let you know how it goes !
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04 Jan 2012   #9
theog

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ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

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We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
& made the Startup Repair CD.
startup repair disc-create


Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?


How to use Dell Recovery Partition,make Recovery Disks & how to order Recovery Disks.
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