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Windows 7: Reinstalling windows 7 starter on gigabyte notebook

27 May 2015   #1
cafwen

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Reinstalling windows 7 starter on gigabyte notebook

Hi guys, hope you can help!

I have a Gigabyte notebook which came with Windows 7 Starter installed. It's become slow and prone to viruses and adware and I want to completely reinstall Windows 7 Starter and start from scratch - I don't need any of the old files or software at all; I just want to wipe it clean and start anew basically. As a notebook it doesn't come with CD drive.

My oldest restore point is from one month ago which doesn't help much.

Advice please? <3

Cat


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27 May 2015   #2
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

Do you have a Windows 7 install disc? If not does the notebook have a recovery partition? If yes, you should be able to access it via the Start menu to do a restore to factory state.


What is the complete model number of the notebook? How to restore to factory should be explained in the online users guide.

Edit: Just found this:
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Step 1 Power on or reboot the ASUS laptop. When the ASUS logo screen appears, press "F9" to access the hidden partition.

Step 2 Press "Enter" when Windows Boot Manager appears. Choose your language from the options and
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27 May 2015   #3
alphanumeric

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

You can create a bootable Windows 7 install thumb drive with this tool, https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/down...-download-tool. You need a Starter ISO though. If you know anybody with a 32 bit Windows 7 DVD, doesn't matter what version as long as its 32 bit, you can then do this to make it a universal disk. Windows 7 Universal Installation Disc - Create. 64 bit does not contain Starter, that's why you need a 32 bit DVD.
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27 May 2015   #4
gregrocker

 

Everything is compiled here to get and keep a perfect Clean Reinstall Windows 7.

It discusses in Step 1 how to locate reinstallation media, unlock all versions if need be, create flash stick installer.
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28 May 2015   #5
alphanumeric

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

Hopefully the Microsoft Software Recovery site works for him. I could never get it to work for me.
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03 Jun 2015   #6
cafwen

windows 7 starter
 
 
Sheesh!

My goodness this does seem to be complicated - but thank you so much for all the help, truly appreciated!

Last question is that my product code on the back has become unreadable over time - is this going to pose a problem?

Thanks again guys!
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03 Jun 2015   #7
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cafwen View Post

Last question is that my product code on the back has become unreadable over time - is this going to pose a problem?
Yes, if you do a clean install and are referring to the 25 character "Product Key" found on a "Certificate of Authenticity" sticker. You'd need that code to activate Windows. Otherwise, it won't run beyond 30 days.

No, if you can do some type of repair or recovery that doesn't involve a clean install.

I'm assuming Starter works like any other version of Windows 7.
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