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Windows 7: I plan to do a clean install of W7 . How?

03 Sep 2013   #1
blockie

 
I plan to do a clean install of W7 . How?

I plan to do a clean install on my brothers computer. I would like to prepare a bootable USB stick to accomplish this. Which tutorial should I use and which ISO should I write to the USB memory stick. He presently has Home Premium w/SPI on his computer.
He can't find his install disk. Short term memory is almost gone. Computer illiterate. Not much help.
Are all the numbers he needs to install and activate already on his computer? Which ones and where to find?
I wish to have all the material for this installation, with me, when I go to his home.


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03 Sep 2013   #2
Stephanie

Win 7 Pro x64, Win 10 Pro x64, Linux Light x86
 
 

Hi blockie

I think you will need this tutorial by Brink

USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create
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03 Sep 2013   #3
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

To clean install:
1) Clean the HD Drive, using Step one in this tutorial:
SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
than
2a) clean install with the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disk.
2b) Clean Install Windows 7
2c) UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with

For USB:

x32
USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create

x64
UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows
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03 Sep 2013   #4
gregrocker

 

You don't say if this is factory preinstalled Win7 you're reinstalling.

If so follow the steps in Clean Reinstall OEM.

During the booted Custom install using the installer provided, delete all partitions and create new as you wish to format and begin install, or just click Next on the Unallocated Space to have the installer do it for you.
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05 Sep 2013   #5
blockie

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
You don't say if this is factory preinstalled Win7 you're reinstalling.

If so follow the steps in Clean Reinstall OEM.

During the booted Custom install using the installer provided, delete all partitions and create new as you wish to format and begin install, or just click Next on the Unallocated Space to have the installer do it for you.
It is factory installed, so I guess an OEM iso onto a USB bootable memory stick would be the way to go.
However, I did a restore TO several months ago and turned auto updates back on (had it off for a few days due to errors each time it tried to update). The auto update worked without errors. Will wait a few more days. Hopefully, an install won't be necessary.
The computer in question belongs to my brother 20 miles away and I have a hookup with Teamviewer. I am wheelchair bound and we both are in our eighties. To top it off, he is not very computer literate. It's complicated.
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05 Sep 2013   #6
gregrocker

 

You can go over the install using the troubleshooting steps tutorial link in profile pic below.

You can improve performance on most factory OEM using the Clean Up Bloatware link, which incorporates many of the steps in the reinstall tutorial which are essential for best performance.

As it says in the reinstall tutorial you'd use the licensed version on the COA sticker to reinstall, making sure the Product Key is readable as it must be used to activate direcctly in MS servers. It does not need to be OEM specific as all installers are the same with some versions hidden.
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