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Windows 7: Is there a way to do clean Win7 install if I don't have a disk?

10 Oct 2013   #1

Win 7 x64, Home Prem and Pro
 
 
Is there a way to do clean Win7 install if I don't have a disk?

I have a HP HDX 16 laptop that has a current valid licensed copy of Windows 7 Pro but I don't have an install disk. I do have the OEM Win Vista recovery disk that it came with but this laptop was long ago upgraded to Windows 7 HP online (upgrade was included in original purchase since I bought it during the transition) and subsequently upgraded again to Windows 7 Pro via the MS Windows anytime upgrade online, hence I have no Win 7 disk for this machine.

I want to put in a new SSD to replace the working hard drive but would like to do a clean OS install instead of ghosting the current install. Is there a way to do this, and if so, how, without having to buy a whole other copy?

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10 Oct 2013   #2

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

If it the same machine, you can use your license key with fresh installation media

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10 Oct 2013   #3

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ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Open the email from MS Store, you will find a link to download a ISO, & a link to order Backup DVD.
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10 Oct 2013   #4

Win 7 x64, Home Prem and Pro
 
 

Excellent, folks. I got the bootable ISO burned and found my file activation key. Now alls I need is the new SSD.
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11 Oct 2013   #5
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Follow these steps to get a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7. Everything needed is in the blue link.
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11 Oct 2013   #6

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ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by raylo View Post
Excellent, folks. I got the bootable ISO burned and found my file activation key. Now alls I need is the new SSD.
You are welcome.
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11 Oct 2013   #7

Win 7 x64, Home Prem and Pro
 
 

I kept digging and found the OEM Windows 7 Home Premium upgrade disk that came with the laptop. It would be a long update nightmare to start from that! Also good I printed and saved my Windows 7 Pro online upgrade activation receipt/key. Luck to find it, though with my bad filing habits.
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11 Oct 2013   #8
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I'd backup the Product Key several places including on the machine covered with protective tape, and in a file you keep in your Documents which should always be backed up.

Use the latest official installer from Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 to avoid hours of extra updating without SP1.

Are you ready to do the reinstall following those steps? Any questions?
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11 Oct 2013   #9

Win 7 x64, Home Prem and Pro
 
 

Well, this thing came with Vista (and the Windows 7 upgrade disk) so no way I'd even use that recovery option. Not ready to do it yet but thanks for all the tips. I know it is possible now and I have the resources when the time comes.
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