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Windows 7: Wiping Out Everything on Dell XPS 8100 Desktop

26 Oct 2014   #141
gregrocker

 

Laptop hard drives are what's in most external drives, so you can buy an external case to put the drive into and connect it by USB. Most laptops don't have a second drive bay unless you remove the DVD drive. Then it's always powering a secondary drive you may not need that often. So an external is a better storage option in most cases.

To apply the image elsewhere you can use a more flexible imaging program to save the image like Imaging with free Macrium which will let you recover the image to another partition or hard drive, then apply it to the wiped HD (Clean command you used) in the other PC from external drive using booted Win7 installer System Recovery Options, Then you must boot another disk to Make Windows 7 bootable after motherboard swap


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26 Oct 2014   #142
paulyjames

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

I have the 320gb ssd hard drive now. How can you even connect it to a computer?
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26 Oct 2014   #143
gregrocker

 

You'd need some way to mount it with an adapter in one of the drive bays, then a 2.5" SATA cable to plug it into the mobo.

I just told you how it would be best to use it, in a USB external drive case.
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26 Oct 2014   #144
paulyjames

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

I found the dell windows 7 reinstallation cd for my dell xps 8100. Does this mean this actual copy is useless if i use it for another computer without an operating system or if someone else wanted to reinstall their computer with it... because im currently using it as i typed the 25 digit code earlier?


Thus can i just throw the cd away? Or could i say sell it on ebay or would that be useless b/c no one would be able to use it? It says operation system already installed on your computer reinstallation dvd windows 7 home premium 64 bit and also mentions for distribution only with a new dell pc.
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26 Oct 2014   #145
gregrocker

 

You can't use the Dell Reinstallation DVD for another PC except as a Win7 installer as it will not activate. It may not even have SP1 so you're better off using the latest anyway.

Use the latest official installation media in Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 for the licensed version on each PC. If it has 3 or less GB of RAM then I would use 32 bit (X86) for best performance. otherwise I'd use 64 bit.
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26 Oct 2014   #146
paulyjames

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Hey. My asus laptop has 8gb. Also i dont have any computer with 3gb or less ram. And thus all computers i have are 64 bit.


But this cd is completely useless where i can just throw it away along with the driver cd right? Is there a reason why i see this cd being sold on ebay for like 5 dollars with buyers though?


Also that means the asus installation cd and driver cd that i use every single time to reinstall, thats going to be worthless just like the dell cd right? Thus if i list it on ebay, probably no one would want it?


Very interesting to learn all this stuff as i always thought you needed the reinstallation cd to reinstall windows. Even when my friend did it for me, he asked for the cd.
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26 Oct 2014   #147
gregrocker

 

If the Reinstallation DVD has SP1 and its only one disk then it is likely just the OS, Activation, and maybe a logo. So you can use it if you want because with SP1 it should have everything. But if in doubt I would use the one you made since you now for sure its the latest.
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26 Oct 2014   #148
paulyjames

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Hey well im going to use the windows 7 iso file to do it. But the asus cd and the dell cd i have, is there any value to it such as selling it on ebay or its completely worthless? Thing is i always made sure i had the asus cds with me b/c if i ever had to resintall, i had thought i needed it. So now i know i dont need it anymore.
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26 Oct 2014   #149
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Don`t waste your time trying to sell it, I seriously doubt anyone would want it.

Just hold on to it.
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27 Oct 2014   #150
paulyjames

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Okay so im downloading some other programs on this desktop such as itunes, openoffice, winamp, vlc media player and the defragger on the desktop.


After i did this, i open up chrome and have that annoying trovi startup page. Does anyone here know which is the program that causes this? Where does trovi come from? Also whats the proper way to remove it? I always just go to my settings page and delete that as the startup page but im sure thats not deleting it correctly right? Thus in my asus laptop, i know i would have ads where it would show me sites that i been on other sites. Example like i check out a website.. then go on another site... then i would see advertisments from teh last site i was at.

Is trovi the cause of this? I tried to do system restore on desktop but even though it restored successfullly, still show trovi.
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