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Windows 7: How to reinstall windows 7 without the disc?


02 Jan 2013   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 
How to reinstall windows 7 without the disc?

I want to install Windows 8 on my computer without dual booting windows 7. However, how would I reinstall windows 7? no windows disc was given when I bought the computer.

Which one do i create in order to reinstall windows 7 in the future? system image or system repair disc?

I already created a factory default disc and a drivers and apps disc using Acer's program. However, I do not know if I can actually reinstall windows 7 once I fully wipe the HDD and install windows 8.

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02 Jan 2013   #2

Windows 7, 64 bit Home SP1, Win 8.1.1 Pro 64 bit
 
 

You can down an iso Windows 7 from THIS site. Download the exact same version that you have now - e.g. if you have Win 7 Home 64 bit then download that version. You will have to create an iso DVD from the downloaded file. If you don't have a CD/DVD burning program that will create an iso dis, download the free (and popular) Imgburn which will create the iso DVD. You can use the Acer provided Windows 7 Product Key to install Win 7.
The Official ImgBurn Website

Even if you aren't planning to reinstall Win 7, download and create the Win 7 disc anyway - you never know.
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02 Jan 2013   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fireberd View Post
You can down an iso Windows 7 from THIS site. Download the exact same version that you have now - e.g. if you have Win 7 Home 64 bit then download that version. You will have to create an iso DVD from the downloaded file. If you don't have a CD/DVD burning program that will create an iso dis, download the free (and popular) Imgburn which will create the iso DVD. You can use the Acer provided Windows 7 Product Key to install Win 7.
The Official ImgBurn Website

Even if you aren't planning to reinstall Win 7, download and create the Win 7 disc anyway - you never know.
I assume i use the same product key to reinstall windows 7 on THIS computer?

also what's the different between " Windows 7 ISO with SP1 " and " Windows 7 SP1 Integrated ISO "?
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02 Jan 2013   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

The easiest way to reinstall is when you use the recovery partition. But if you made an image of your system (best on a regular basis), that is even easier.
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02 Jan 2013   #5
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by imeem View Post
I assume i use the same product key to reinstall windows 7 on THIS computer?

also what's the different between " Windows 7 ISO with SP1 " and " Windows 7 SP1 Integrated ISO "?
Yes, the key on your COA label. Those are the same iso files, they have just referred to them differently and both come from Digital River.
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02 Jan 2013   #6
Microsoft MVP

 

You'd likely need to use the Acer Restore disks if you reinstall to C as Recovery may not run, but you can save it to try so you have dual methods to restore to Factory Condition.

But you'll get a much cleaner install without the bloatware corruption if you instead Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7.

In addition here's how to Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade

Another thing you can do is keep Windows 7, shrink it in Disk Mgmt to create a New partition then either mark the 8 target partition Active before install so it doesn't configure a Dual Boot, or let it configure a Dual Boot and then hide it by setting the Boot menu timeout to 0. Then you have Windows 7 waiting in the wings if you decide Win8 is not for you.
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02 Jan 2013   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

alright thx for the solutions. Will post back if i have anymore questions
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