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Windows 7: Installing Windows 7 on new HDD

17 Apr 2013   #1

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 
Installing Windows 7 on new HDD

So to make a long story short my internal hdd in my laptop died, when I first got it I made a Windows Recovery, Windows Repair, Windows Back Up & a image of disc, so now that my hdd is dead I of course am getting a new bare drive and need to know will I be able to install Windows 7 back onto this new drive & if I can what would be the instructions ?? Any advice would be appreciated


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17 Apr 2013   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64 Linux Mint 16
 
 

Of course you can. Install the same version so you can activate it with your COA.

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

Clean Install Windows 7

Product Key Number for Windows 7 - Find and See
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17 Apr 2013   #3
Microsoft MVP

 

Factory Recovery is an inferior install so I'd go with the Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 following the steps in the tutorial to get a perfect install.

If you do run Recovery Disks or the backup image of the factory preinstall I'd be sure to Clean up factory bloatware
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17 Apr 2013   #4

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

So a clean reinstall is like just installing Windows 7 with no "bloatware" and a clean install is like how the computer came when new
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17 Apr 2013   #5

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Windows 7 Ult. x64 Windows 8.1 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by NewUser999 View Post
So a clean reinstall is like just installing Windows 7 with no "bloatware" and a clean install is like how the computer came when new
Correct
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17 Apr 2013   #6

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

In the clean install, I don't have a Windows 7 installation cd, can I use any of the other disks ?

Windows Restore
Windows Repair
Windows Image
Windows Back up
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17 Apr 2013   #7
Microsoft MVP

 

No a Clean Install and Reinstall are the same thing.

Factory Recovery is using the Recovery Disks to recover to factory condition.

System Image Recovery is using the customized image you saved, but if it;'s of the Factory install then it is inferior to a Clean Install.

The steps show you how to save a backup image of your completed Clean Install so you never have to reinstall again.
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17 Apr 2013   #8

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

With the clean reinstall I have to go get all my drivers ?
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17 Apr 2013   #9

Windows 7 Professional x64 Linux Mint 16
 
 

You have to make a windows 7 installation disc. All the steps are explained in Greg`s tutorial.
Just download the windows 7 iso of your version ( most likely Home Premium 64 bit ) then burn it to a blank dvd at no more then 4x speed using Imgburn.

You will have to do this on another pc with a dvd burner.

Any more questions, just ask

Yes, the most important driver is your network driver so you can get out to the internet. Depending on your pc, windows may install the driver, it may not. If not you will have to get the driver and put it on a flash drive to install it. Once you are online just keep running windows update. After running windows update, fully, check device manager for any more needed drivers.

List your exact model and we will give you the link.
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17 Apr 2013   #10

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

So just download and burn ISO to dvd, then slide new hard drive into laptop boot to dvd and just install, then I have to go to computer manufacturers website and download the drivers for the laptop and it should all be good


I have found it all on the Acer website

Thank you
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