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Windows 7: Reformat gone bad - please help

11 Jan 2014   #131
Slartybart

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

So I think for the best results I'll advise:
install using OEM upgrade disc,
installl network driver and test since arayfo1 had connectivity issues before.
--> will address connectivity issues at this point if there are any

download SP1 and hotfix rollup,
run WU until exhausted


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11 Jan 2014   #132
Slartybart

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

arayfo1: don't worry about all the chatter - it's good information, but lots of thinking out loud.

New plan - forget about downloading the iso. Use your Win7 upgrade disc
Changing tutorials also: read up on, but take no action yet: Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

I want to make sure that you have completed the backup of your data.
You were moving everything on D:\ to an external drive.
Is the move done?

If your data is backed up, I thhnk we're ready to start the process. Whenever you post that you're ready.
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11 Jan 2014   #133
kathy025

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64 (OEM)
 
 

Discussion moved here.
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11 Jan 2014   #134
Slartybart

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

Kathy, I'm going to suggest that you open a new thread for your questions so that we don't distract the effort here.

Thanks,

Bill
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11 Jan 2014   #135
kathy025

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64 (OEM)
 
 

I shall be doing that. Thanks also to theog, Briton, and Slarty for your kind assistance to my licensing queries.
A new thread shall be posted in the Windows Updates and Activation forum.

Back to you, OP.
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11 Jan 2014   #136
arayfo1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Yes, the upgrade disc that I have has the product key listed on the sleeve (not the disc).

Disclaimer: I'm not ignoring any other posts here. I plan to answer them all. I just want to read though all of the comments and then take a moment to decide what my next course of action might be before I waste anyone's time with so much dialogue. I will post an update briefly.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Slartybart View Post
You are correct Kathy. I missed the fact that it was an upgrade CD, thought it might have been an upgrade any time.

Still I want to make sure that arayfo1 has the key. They aren't printed on the disc.

Thanks
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kathy025 View Post
I have quick question. Don't Upgrade CDs come with their own upgrade product key?
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11 Jan 2014   #137
arayfo1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Actually, this was my initial plan. This was exactly why I was 'stupid' enough to reformat my drive in the first place without a Windows install disc, because I assumed that the Acer Windows 7 Upgrade Disc would act as a clean install and that all I would need to do is 1) enter my disc 2) change boot device to dvd drive and 3) restart the pc. Not unless I'm missing something and that will actually somehow work - I'm all ears.

Posting an update next. .

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Slartybart View Post
arayfo1: don't worry about all the chatter - it's good information, but lots of thinking out loud.

New plan - forget about downloading the iso. Use your Win7 upgrade disc
Changing tutorials also: read up on, but take no action yet: Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

I want to make sure that you have completed the backup of your data.
You were moving everything on D:\ to an external drive.
Is the move done?

If your data is backed up, I thhnk we're ready to start the process. Whenever you post that you're ready.
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11 Jan 2014   #138
gregrocker

 

Does it say Upgrade on the disk? If it was from the PC manufacturer it is likely an OEM version which locks to the mobo.

On the chance it is an Upgrade key, with a wiped HD it will not detect an OS to allow Upgrade version key so may reject the key during install. Leave the key blank and continue with install.

If it doesn't ask for key or accepts key then it's OEM version and you're good to go.

If it rejects the key and you're sure you are using Home Premium, then you only need to do the quick workaround in Option 3 of Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7.
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11 Jan 2014   #139
Slartybart

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

When we get started, we'll go step-by-step all the way through.

OK?

One last question: Do you have the product key for the Win7 Upgrade disc?
The product Key is either on the pakage or inside the package.
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11 Jan 2014   #140
arayfo1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Update: I don't mean to sound as though I am trying to wriggle out of starting over again, but before we proceed I thought I should mention that I managed to establish an internet connection several times last night. I was having issues getting my files transferred (80gb) and anyways on a whim I decided to play around with the homegroup troubleshooter which then prompted me to try the network troubleshooter and somehow or another I was able to connect again that way. I'm not sure why it didn't do the same whenever I tried troubleshooting the connection from the system tray, not unless it has something to do with homegroup. So I'm really not sure if I have homegroup set up correctly or if that should even be a factor, but what happened is since I had an internet connection I went ahead and installed my updates. Naturally, I was prompted to restart so that windows can proceed to configure updates. Updates were configured but whenever I signed back in there was no longer an internet connection. I managed to reestablish the connection a couple times but each time I had to reinstall all 128 updates. So the last time I established internet connection prior to going to bed I set it to download all 128 updates again and went on to bed. I haven't been able to reconnect to the internet at all today. Also, I should probably note that this all took place using the iso I downloaded from the tutorial. I am somewhat curious if windows firewall isn't blocking my wifi signal.

Anyways, I keep getting sucked into 'troubleshooting my connection problem' when most likely you guys think I should start over again. So what do you guys think? Is it possible to use my upgrade disc to sort all this mess out?
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