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Windows 7: Install question

15 Sep 2013   #1
ivory214

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
Install question

My friend has a computer with Dell windows 7 home premium as do I. She is having trouble with her computer and I offered to do a reinstall for her but she can't find her OS disk. Can I use my computer's OS disk or will that conflict with anything?


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15 Sep 2013   #2
eashwaran21

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Whats the license type? Is it same with yours?
etc: Home Premium, Ultimate
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15 Sep 2013   #3
ivory214

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

yes they are both home premium...... and both 64 bit
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15 Sep 2013   #4
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Welcome ivory214

Please check this tutorial for a clean re-install

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
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15 Sep 2013   #5
eashwaran21

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Since she has the license, i'd suggest a clean install activation
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15 Sep 2013   #6
ivory214

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

I attempted to do a clean install but Windows 7 didn't prompt me for the license number, it just skipped that step altogether and windows setup went well until it asked me to restart.... the default wallpaper loads but no taskbar or desktop icons.... could this be because of the different product key codes?
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15 Sep 2013   #7
eashwaran21

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Normally, only "recycle bin" would be on the desktop with standard wallpaper but no task bar? Now that's weird.
It wouldn't be in "auto-hide" mode by default as well. No harm trying but have you tried pressing the windows key on the keyboard?
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15 Sep 2013   #8
ivory214

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Yeah, no recycle bin or taskbar unless I start in safe mode.... I also installed advanced systemcare to check if it picked up any errors, the system restarts, and a registry defrag was scheduled, and runs until I get an error that says "C:\Boot\BCD is being defragged....... Failed".

What does that mean?
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15 Sep 2013   #9
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

I would start over using the tutorial DocBrown suggested which has a link to an installer in step one.

Stay away from Advanced System Care, you don't need that.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DocBrown View Post
Welcome ivory214

Please check this tutorial for a clean re-install

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ivory214 View Post
Yeah, no recycle bin or taskbar unless I start in safe mode.... I also installed advanced systemcare to check if it picked up any errors, the system restarts, and a registry defrag was scheduled, and runs until I get an error that says "C:\Boot\BCD is being defragged....... Failed".

What does that mean?
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15 Sep 2013   #10
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

You should be following the tutorial provided by Doc Brown and Golden which has helped countless thousands of users gets perfect reinstalls without a single complaint.

Be sure that this time when you boot the provided installer, burned to DVD or written to flash stick with the tool also provided, that you delete all partitions using the Drive Options shown in Steps 7 and 8 of Clean Install Windows 7.

Pay special attention in the tutorial to how drivers are handled in Win7. Put your Network adapter driver in your backup so you can install it if its needed to get online to run all rounds of Important and Optional Windows Updates. There should only be one or two drivers still missing in Device Manager after this, imported from the PC's Support Downloads webpage.
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