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Windows 7: Wiping PC - Need step by step.

09 Feb 2015   #1
ZhadowZ

Windows 7 64bit
 
 
Wiping PC - Need step by step.

I am cleaning up all my programs, images, music, etc.

I just ordered my new CPU, i5 4690, ASRock Mobo and some new fans.

What all do I need to do too make sure I get all drivers, etc once I swap out my new parts?!
Just download drivers?


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09 Feb 2015   #2
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Not sure what you mean by wiping the PC if you mean tidying up the hard drive then put it in the new set up it will not work properly because the OS activation code will be tied to the old board. Now unless I am terribly wrong if you hook up the old hard drive into the new set up it will flash up as non genuine or something like that.

What I would personally do is buy a new hard drive install an OEM or the retail version if it was one and just transfer the needed data from the old drive to the new.

Another option is to use the ISO form this tutorial Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 and ask Microsoft if you can use the old activation code on the machine's new board - just explain the old board has gone south. Usually they are very obliging unless you do it more than say three times as I have doe it on machines I have had to fix for friends etc
PS Meant to add make sure you ONLY pick te version you had before don't be greedy like some try to do.
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09 Feb 2015   #3
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

As you are contemplating a major rebuild, I would strongly advise that you Backup all your data and completely wipe the system before (or more accurately during), a completely fresh install.

The changes to motherboard drivers alone is worth the effort, as the driver remnants from the existing install never seem to completely remove themselves.

I would also advise that you consider partitioning your hard drive(s), to keep your data and operating system separate which makes any future OS Upgrades a lot simpler. I wwould also suggest that before you start the re-install you create a CD or USB stick containing all your required drivers, (pay particular attention to any network drivers )
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09 Feb 2015   #4
badcrc

Windows 7 Pro x64 sp1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ICIT2LOL View Post
Another option is to use the ISO form this tutorial Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 and ask Microsoft if you can use the old activation code on the machine's new board - just explain the old board has gone south.
The iso's are no longer available for a simple download, unless you can supply your retail serial. AFAIK OEM users have been kinda abandoned by MS. Not sure if this is permanent.
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09 Feb 2015   #5
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Mmm Barman I thought Zhadow was just intending to swap out the board and CPU because the case was ok but it is a good point to back up data - I do on a regular basis by imaging. Also what I was saying about a new drive I was sort of hinting that the old drive could be cannibalized for the data etc and maybe used as a back up drive itself but maybe I should have been a bit clearer.
I sort of half agree with the drivers only because so many are being updated all the flipping time and I thought the latest Windows would find.??
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09 Feb 2015   #6
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by badcrc View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ICIT2LOL View Post
Another option is to use the ISO form this tutorial Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 and ask Microsoft if you can use the old activation code on the machine's new board - just explain the old board has gone south.
The iso's are no longer available for a simple download, unless you can supply your retail serial. AFAIK OEM users have been kinda abandoned by MS. Not sure if this is permanent.
Hmm first I have heard of this as Greg in that tutorial quotes the source in his great tutorial I linked
see this for it and scroll down to the versions so sorry still available Windows 7 Direct Download Links, Official Disk Images from Digital River
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09 Feb 2015   #7
badcrc

Windows 7 Pro x64 sp1
 
 

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09 Feb 2015   #8
gregrocker

 

Home Prem is still working from downloads as of this morning. Then unlock all versions with ei.cfg removal tool before burning to disk, or else delete that file in Sources folder after writing to stick.

Otherwise what Win7 media do you have? Have access to?
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10 Feb 2015   #9
ZhadowZ

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Okay to clear this up.
I have an OS that I paid for 2 years ago when I built this PC. And I have since then done a full restore before and it was no problem I just used the key again.

Tomorrow (possibly the next day) I will be receiving a new Motherboard, and CPU and fans.

I want to just wipe my HDD, because I will be using this PC now for Streaming and my other computer for my gaming.
Should I just wipe the HDD, and then swap out my parts, reinstall the OS, and drivers, etc?
Or will the OS still be tied to the Motherboard which means I will need to contact Microsoft which I then severely hope they let me switch my OS to the new Mobo because I do not want to spend $80+ dollars again.
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10 Feb 2015   #10
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ZhadowZ View Post
Okay to clear this up.
I have an OS that I paid for 2 years ago when I built this PC. And I have since then done a full restore before and it was no problem I just used the key again.

Tomorrow (possibly the next day) I will be receiving a new Motherboard, and CPU and fans.

I want to just wipe my HDD, because I will be using this PC now for Streaming and my other computer for my gaming.
Should I just wipe the HDD, and then swap out my parts, reinstall the OS, and drivers, etc?
Or will the OS still be tied to the Motherboard which means I will need to contact Microsoft which I then severely hope they let me switch my OS to the new Mobo because I do not want to spend $80+ dollars again.
I think I hinted before that if the OS was an OEM you bought the code for it will be tied to the old board BUT if you can download that ISO and then contact Microsoft and say that the old board is useless as I think you are intimating anyway - they usually will let you use the code again. Of course if you do this for more than once or twice then they will not let you use the code because it would be obvious you are trying to be a smart person

If the version was a retail pack then you will have no problems because you can use it several times as long as it is used on only one machine at a time. you cannot for example put it on a desktop and your laptop if that were the case.
So what we need to know is what version did you buy? an OEM or the full retail because as I have just explained there is quite a difference on how you can use the OS you bought.
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