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: Reinstalling Windows 7 with product key sticker


19 Jan 2012   #1

Windows 7
 
 
Reinstalling Windows 7 with product key sticker

So I got a laptop around a year ago or so, maybe a bit longer, and replaced Windows 7 with Ubuntu fairly quickly. Well now the lack of video game support for Ubuntu has made me regret it, so I plan on reinstalling Windows 7 and simply giving it a tiny partition of the HDD. My question is how to use the product key I found on a sticker on the bottom of the laptop. I don't have any sort of recovery CD or anything for Windows 7 that I could use, and obviously every trace of it has been wiped from the drive. I considered grabbing one of the cracked versions off of a torrent site and using my recovery key, as it would still be fully legal then seeing as I merely need the install, but I figured it would be better to ask around here and see if there were a way to get a clean install of it simply less the product key. I really haven't found any way to get an install disc unless I buy a new copy outright.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

19 Jan 2012   #2

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

hi Neoncamouflage, and welcome to sevenforums,

you can download a legitimate iso from here.

as a side point, you say you're interested in playing games, and are going to give win 7 a 'tiny portion of the HDD'.

be aware that many modern video games contain a lot of multimedia data, and install sizes of 10 gigs or more per game are not uncommon.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Jan 2012   #3

Windows 7
 
 

Thank you very much for your help, and yes, I know they can take up a good bit of space. I only have two games at the moment I really dislike not being able to play, so around the 50g partition I'm giving it should do well enough.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.


19 Jan 2012   #4

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

okey doke - have fun!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Jan 2012   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

This tutorial will help, should you need it: Clean Install : Factory COA Activation Key
My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Jan 2012   #6
Microsoft MVP

 

Additional tips to get a perfect clean reinstall of factory OEM: Reinstalling Windows 7
My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Jan 2012   #7

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

information   Information
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?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Jan 2012   #8

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
information   Information
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?

Um....no. I was never really concerned with getting Windows back were it ever to fail, as I always planned on changing over to Ubuntu anyway. Would this cause a problem when I'm trying to install Windows from the .iso link given earlier?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
21 Jan 2012   #9

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Try Cleaning the HD Drive, using the CLEAN ALL command in Step One in this tutorial:
SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
Than clean install with the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disk.
or
Clean Install : Factory COA Activation Key
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Reinstalling Windows 7 with product key sticker




Thread Tools



Similar help and support threads for2: Reinstalling Windows 7 with product key sticker
Thread Forum
Dell Product Key sticker Worn! Windows Updates & Activation
Windows 7 Sticker? Chillout Room
Reinstalling win 7 from backup made before Ms product keys activated Backup and Restore
reinstalling does't genuin with same product key Windows Updates & Activation
Solved Question Regarding Product Key (sticker) General Discussion
Reinstalling Windows 7 after hard drive wipe - product key incorrect? General Discussion
product key sticker on bottom of laptop... General Discussion

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 05:22 PM.
Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App
  

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33