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Windows 7: How do I restore a Windows 7 laptop that had Windows 8

31 Jan 2014   #11
ACMDogfight1997

Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Then follow Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
which provides everything you need to get and keep a perfect install.

Pay close attention to the sections in Red about how driver are best handled in Win7, and the Special Note to HP Owners at the end of the tutorial which explain how to keep the HP built-in diagnostics and Recovery partitions bootable even after a Clean Reinstall. In addition on some late model HP's you can choose a Minimal HP System Recovery from boot which is nearly the same as a Clean Reinstall but includes everything except the bloatware.
Are the files on Digital River retail copies of Windows 7? I don't want enter a product key that won't activate Windows after I cleaned my PC.

The current Windows version I have came from a disc similar to this (except mine was 64-bit and had SP1 and said 6/11 X15-60566-03 under 2011 Microsoft.):



Luckily, the product key that came with it was genuine.


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31 Jan 2014   #12
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Yes, you will be fine.

All the official iso contain all the images. The difference is a little ei.cfg file, which determines the edition (Ultimate. Pro, etc. ) offered for install. It is there to make it easier for users, so they do not install an edition for which they don't have a key. That can easily be removed, so you have the choice to install any edition from just one iso.

No difference between the retail boxed dvd and the boxed oem (systembuilder) dvd.
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31 Jan 2014   #13
ACMDogfight1997

Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
 
 

So you're saying if I delete ei.cfg, I won't need a product key to validate Windows?
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31 Jan 2014   #14
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

You will need a product key to activate, of course.

Deleting ei.cfg means all the editions will be presented to you when you boot the install media. Select the one you have a key for, obviously.
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31 Jan 2014   #15
ACMDogfight1997

Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
 
 

Well I have a Windows 7 Ultimate product key, and I've downloaded the Windows 7 Ultimate ISO file so I'm good.

So apparentally you'll need to delete the ei.cfg file if you have a product key for a certain edition of Windows that you can't get.
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31 Jan 2014   #16
derekimo

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ACMDogfight1997 View Post

So apparentally you'll need to delete the ei.cfg file if you have a product key for a certain edition of Windows that you can't get.
That is usually only needed for Home Basic or Starter versions.

A lot of tech enthusiasts who work on other peoples computers like to have the all in one installer for ease of use.
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