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Windows 7: Reinstalling only OS OEM onto replacement laptop Hard Drive

05 Oct 2012   #11
andyt09

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Do you show ONLY 1 partition in Disk Management? Or 2: System Reserved and C? Or 3: System Reserved, C, and another. If the latter, the third partition may be a recovery partition from which you could restore to factory specs.

But I assume you have no interest in doing that anyway.

To boot from a DVD, you have to either change the boot order in the BIOS or choose the boot disk from a menu that is likely accessed by an F key during the boot process. If I were you, I'd find out what happens when you boot from that disk you made from the ISO.

I'm not sure at all why you are seeing a choice for "setup.exe", apparently without booting from that disc.

Bookmarks aren't important if you don't care about them. I have well over 3000 of them and they are as critical as any other data I have.

You downloaded drivers manually from where?
It is only showing 1 partition on the C drive, though I have noticed something that looks odd. In the SYSTEM box it shows primary partition. But in the WINDOWS C drivee box it also shows primary partition. Not sure if that's supposed to be like that. But to me it looks messy.

The drivers I have obtained in the past have been (as far as I recall) from an Intel site when I've been looking for up to date drivers, where a System requirements lab is used to determined which updates are relevant.

This may seem like a silly question, but will it be safe to check if the disk is in fact autoboot? It won't automatically start reinstalling anything before I'm ready to?


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05 Oct 2012   #12
ignatzatsonic

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by andyt09 View Post

It is only showing 1 partition on the C drive, though I have noticed something that looks odd. In the SYSTEM box it shows primary partition. But in the WINDOWS C drivee box it also shows primary partition. Not sure if that's supposed to be like that. But to me it looks messy.

The drivers I have obtained in the past have been (as far as I recall) from an Intel site when I've been looking for up to date drivers, where a System requirements lab is used to determined which updates are relevant.

This may seem like a silly question, but will it be safe to check if the disk is in fact autoboot? It won't automatically start reinstalling anything before I'm ready to?
The "system box" should be a partition. C is another partition. You appear to have 2 partitions. If the "system box" is less than say 1 GB in size, I doubt if it is a recovery partition.

An ordinary clean install will result in System Reserved and C partitions. You can force it to just C if you want.

Intel won't have most if any drivers you need. Not sure why you looked there. Not sure what you mean by "system requirements lab".

Do you or don't you have an Ethernet/wireless driver downloaded?

No, nothing will automatically install if you check if that disk is bootable. You just cancel out at the first screen and remove the DVD from the drive, after you know it boots OK. I'd find that out right now.

Don't use "setup.exe". Just see if it boots from that disc.
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05 Oct 2012   #13
andyt09

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by andyt09 View Post

It is only showing 1 partition on the C drive, though I have noticed something that looks odd. In the SYSTEM box it shows primary partition. But in the WINDOWS C drivee box it also shows primary partition. Not sure if that's supposed to be like that. But to me it looks messy.

The drivers I have obtained in the past have been (as far as I recall) from an Intel site when I've been looking for up to date drivers, where a System requirements lab is used to determined which updates are relevant.

This may seem like a silly question, but will it be safe to check if the disk is in fact autoboot? It won't automatically start reinstalling anything before I'm ready to?
The "system box" should be a partition. C is another partition. You appear to have 2 partitions. If the "system box" is less than say 1 GB in size, I doubt if it is a recovery partition.

An ordinary clean install will result in System Reserved and C partitions. You can force it to just C if you want.

Intel won't have most if any drivers you need. Not sure why you looked there. Not sure what you mean by "system requirements lab".

Do you or don't you have an Ethernet/wireless driver downloaded?

No, nothing will automatically install if you check if that disk is bootable. You just cancel out at the first screen and remove the DVD from the drive, after you know it boots OK. I'd find that out right now.

Don't use "setup.exe". Just see if it boots from that disc.
I have a 802.11b/g Minicard Wireless Adapter, Microsoft Virtual WiFi Miniport Adapter and Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller already onboard, and I've also used an ethernet before aswell before no problem so I guess all is on order though of course, I'll make sure I'll have the necessary files backed up.

I'll also try the disk out now and see what happens
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05 Oct 2012   #14
ignatzatsonic

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by andyt09 View Post

I have a 802.11b/g Minicard Wireless Adapter, Microsoft Virtual WiFi Miniport Adapter and Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller already onboard, and I've also used an ethernet before aswell before no problem so I guess all is on order though of course, I'll make sure I'll have the necessary files backed up.

I'll also try the disk out now and see what happens
Those adapters need drivers. Maybe they will be on the Windows disk and maybe not. If not, how do you propose to get them running?

Being "onboard" isn't enough.

Ditto for Ethernet. Maybe Windows will supply the driver and maybe not. If not, what are you going to do to get an Ethernet connection going if needed??

I asked if you had an Ethernet/wireless drivers downloaded. You didn't say yes. I take that to mean no.
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05 Oct 2012   #15
andyt09

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by andyt09 View Post

I have a 802.11b/g Minicard Wireless Adapter, Microsoft Virtual WiFi Miniport Adapter and Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller already onboard, and I've also used an ethernet before aswell before no problem so I guess all is on order though of course, I'll make sure I'll have the necessary files backed up.

I'll also try the disk out now and see what happens
Those adapters need drivers. Maybe they will be on the Windows disk and maybe not. If not, how do you propose to get them running?

Being "onboard" isn't enough.

Ditto for Ethernet. Maybe Windows will supply the driver and maybe not. If not, what are you going to do to get an Ethernet connection going if needed??

I asked if you had an Ethernet/wireless drivers downloaded. You didn't say yes. I take that to mean no.
Apologies I assumed drivers were preinstalled, or updated via windows updates. I shall look on the internet for the required drivers and have them downloaded, and immediately backed up just in case.

The disk also was definately auto boot too. The screen was momentarily black with a cursor, then asked me to press a key to boot from the CD drive.

I also want to express my gratitude with your help and I apologise if I seem a bit frustrating if you can't get the right information you require immediately.
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05 Oct 2012   #16
ignatzatsonic

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Windows Update may supply some neded drivers, but if you can't get on the Internet, you aren't going to Windows Update for anything. You can't get on the Internet without a connection, which requires an Ethernet or maybe wireless driver.

Did you press that key to boot from the CD/DVD drive? If not, you didn't learn anything.
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05 Oct 2012   #17
andyt09

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Windows Update may supply some neded drivers, but if you can't get on the Internet, you aren't going to Windows Update for anything. You can't get on the Internet without a connection, which requires an Ethernet or maybe wireless driver.

Did you press that key to boot from the CD/DVD drive? If not, you didn't learn anything.
I waited until the "Loading Windows Files" screen passed then went as far as the language selection. Was that as far as I should have gone?
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05 Oct 2012   #18
ignatzatsonic

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Yeah, that's far enough.

If you had gone a bit farther it would have been OK. The most important screen is where you are asked "where do you want to install Windows"?

If your new drive in fact is already partitioned, you will likely end up with C only, no System Reserved---which is fine.

Re drivers: the best place to look is Advent web site if they are a true "OEM" as opposed to just a dealer that sold you a PC made by someone else.
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05 Oct 2012   #19
andyt09

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Yeah, that's far enough.

If you had gone a bit farther it would have been OK. The most important screen is where you are asked "where do you want to install Windows"?

If your new drive in fact is already partitioned, you will likely end up with C only, no System Reserved---which is fine.

Re drivers: the best place to look is Advent web site if they are a true "OEM" as opposed to just a dealer that sold you a PC made by someone else.
I see. I can try as far that screen then, not a problem.

Thankfully I have found the driver downloads for LAN, WLAN and Ethernet (of which Ethernet drivers date as far back as 2009). Also updates for Chipsets etc. I assume I will have all I need to clean install?
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05 Oct 2012   #20
ignatzatsonic

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"LAN" drivers is typically another way of saying Ethernet drivers.

Where are you looking? Any old LAN driver isn't likely to work.
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