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Windows 7: Is A Windows 7 Reformatting Necessary?

07 Jun 2013   #11
HollyDay

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
It`s most likely Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit.

What is the exact make and model of the laptop.

It`s not in your specs.

Did you find the sticker ?
Yes, I have a photo of that sticker. It says Windows 7 Home Prem OA, Asus and then the product key. Is that what you mean?


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07 Jun 2013   #12
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Yes.

Your pc came wth Home Premium 64 bit

http://www.cnet.com/laptops/asus-g72...-33938009.html

What do you mean you have a photo of the sticker ?
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07 Jun 2013   #13
HollyDay

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
Yes.

Your pc came wth Home Premium 64 bit

ASUS G72GX RBBX05 Overview & User Reviews - Laptops - CNET Reviews

What do you mean you have a photo of the sticker ?
Yes, but is it media refresh or "old" SP1? According to gregrocker, it seems I'd want the "media refresh" version of the ISO.

Oh, I just took a photo of the sticker from under my laptop because it's easier to see the product key when I'm going to do the reinstall instead of digging under the computer. It's a bit heavy for a laptop.
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07 Jun 2013   #14
gregrocker

 

Read Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows since most of the questions you're worrying about are answered in there. It compiles what we've learned after helping thousands of users get perfect reinstalls here without any failures.

Ask back as many questions as you need.

There's no need to rush into it as preparing is the biggest part of it.
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07 Jun 2013   #15
HollyDay

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Read Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows since most of the questions you're worrying about are answered in there. It compiles what we've learned after helping thousands of users get perfect reinstalls here without any failures.

Ask back as many questions as you need.

There's no need to rush into it as preparing is the biggest part of it.
No joke! It's so many steps to prep, I just want to...not to do it. But I have to. Thanks, greg!

Thanks AddRam!

ETA: Belarc is the best thing, ever! It just gave me a complete rundown of my laptop's specs, but I do see some worrisome things on there:

1. It says the Administrator Account is disabled? HOW? I'm the only user of this computer and I never changed anything...

2. Under "Networks Drives" it states none discovered. Is that why I can't connect via wireless since this entire mess began last week? But where did the drive go??

3. There are a few "critical" Windows updates missing, NBD.

4. The Security Benchmark Score is SUPER low: 0.63 of 10 A lot of seems to be related to password age, etc. I don't even understand half of it, or how important it really is.

Hmmm. But what a great tool!
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14 Jun 2013   #16
HollyDay

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I haven't clean-installed my laptop yet. I've been very sick so...today was my first chance to go to Best Buy and get an 8 GB flash drive AND a set of 4.7GB, 16x, 120 minute DVD+R's. One of the guys from the Geek Squad kept trying to tell me I don't need both, but I wanted to be on the safe side.

So, any tips before I get this going?

ISO on DVD/R or on flash drive? Or...any recommendations?

Thanks!
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14 Jun 2013   #17
HollyDay

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I just inserted a single (1) DVD/R into my computer and followed these steps to creating a recovery disc. It took under 3 minutes. Is that normal?? I've read some people saying it took them 1.5 hours.

How do I know if it's really working? Here are the files/folders that are on my DVD/R Recovery disc:

1. boot: bcd (256 KB); boot.sdi (3,096 KB); bootfix.bin (1 KB)
2. sources: boot.wim (164,445 KB)
3. boot mgr (375 KB)

Do these look right?
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14 Jun 2013   #18
HollyDay

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

One more question, for now: Am I supposed to burn each separate component of the clean install on a separate DVD/R?

1. ISO
2. Windows 7 Backup Image
3. Recovery Disk
4. Drivers

Or can they all go on the same DVD/R? (if that's even possible)
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14 Jun 2013   #19
gregrocker

 

The Backup Image is only a secondary backup to the Recovery disks and is optional. It should go on another or External HD since it will take too many DVD's and won't fit on a flash stick. It will be approximately the size that's used on C now. So I would skip it if you don't have an external or another HD. These are, after all, backups of the corrupt factory preinstall that you really wouldn't want to go back to.

You can burn the ISO to DVD using the tool provided in tutorial. Use the flash stick for the other backups mentioned in the tutorial - the first half is making sure you have everything needed backed up.

Finally put your wireless or ethernet driver on the flash stick so if Win7 installer doesn't provide it during install you can install it first to get online and do all rounds of Important and Optional Updates. Remember to first enable Automatically deliver drivers via Windows Update (Step 3).
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14 Jun 2013   #20
HollyDay

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Hi gregrocker.

I just ran the Uniblue driver scanner and right off, it tells me 32 drivers are out of date. I've only ever updated the drivers specifically from the Asus support site, and only for my particular model. Anyhow, since my wireless has stopped working since my computer caught the virus, I decided to at least try to update that and see if it works, but Uniblue pops up with "purchase software". I don't want to purchase anything else for this update right now, so how else can I use Uniblue to help me with this clean install?

Another question: So I burn the ISO to a separate disk and it's there in case the reboot doesn't work?

I think I'm confused as to how many disks I will need, how to get my drivers going again and where to burn them before I reinstall everything, and I need to sort this out before I do the clean install.

Also, did you happen to look at my post about the Recovery disc and how quickly it burnt to the DVD/R? Is that normal and do the files look about right?

Also, when I go to the official Asus support site for my specific model, it gives me the following options under Network adapter:

Version: V8.0.0.238
Description: Azurewave Wireless Lan Driver and Application
Wireless Lan Driver and Application: Please first install the Wireless Console Utility before this driver installation << It won't let me do this because it says another version is installed?

1. Please refer to below FAQ to check your Wireless''s PID code:

http://support.asus.com/faq/asus-faq...Language=en-us (I did this and mine are as follows)



2. This WLAN driver is for below PID code:

HardwareID=PCI\VEN_168C&DEV_002B

HardwareID2=PCI\VEN_168C&DEV_002A

HardwareID3=PCI\VEN_168C&DEV_0024

HardwareID4=PCI\VEN_168C&DEV_001C
File Size 664,1 (KBytes) 2009.10.23
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Version: V8.0.0.197
Description: AW-NE785 Wireless Lan Driver and Application
AW-NE785 Wireless Lan Driver and Application for Win7 64 bit (Please first install the Wireless Console Utility before this driver installation)
File Size: 648,25 (KBytes) 2009.10.12 update
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Version: V12.4.1.11
Description: Intel(R) 5300 WiFi Wireless LAN Driver
Intel(R) 5300 WiFi Wireless LAN Driver for Win7 64 bit
File Size: 2,72 (MBytes) 2009.09.08 update
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Version: V8.0.0.144
Description: AW-NE771 Wireless Lan Driver and Application
AW-NE771 Wireless Lan Driver and Application for Win7 (Please first install the Wireless Console Utility before this driver installation)
File Size: 21,15 (MBytes) 2009.09.02 update
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Version: V12.4.1.11
Description: Intel(R) 5100 WiFi Wireless LAN Driver
Intel(R) 5100 WiFi Wireless LAN Driver for Win7 64 bit
File Size: 2,72 (MBytes) 2009.09.02 update

Thank you.
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