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Windows 7: Proper Method for Uninstalling Windows for Later Use?

17 Mar 2016   #1
RickV

Win7 Pro 64-Bit
 
 
Proper Method for Uninstalling Windows for Later Use?

I have removed all necessary files from each user account on the Win7 install so, I am ready to replace it with the new, smaller OS. However, I have realized I do not know how to properly remove Windows to ensure it authenticates correctly when I install it on another computer. Here is some background information on my situation:

Uninstall Win7 Student/Faculty Version...for Later or Reserve Okay?


I have searched in the installed OS for clues to this question but have not identified any obvious answers. Is the solution to my question as simply as connecting the USB DVD drive and installing the installation CD for Windows? I hope it's not that easy...

Perhaps F11 from the desktop?



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17 Mar 2016   #2
torchwood

W7 home premium 32bit/W7HP 64bit/w10 tp insider ring
 
 

Hi Rick
Run this tool
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=52012

IF you see the letters OEM as shown below in the top part of your report
You cannot transfer it to a NEW machine.

Diagnostic Report (1.9.0027.0):
-----------------------------------------
Windows Validation Data-->

Validation Code: 0
Cached Online Validation Code: N/A, hr = 0xc004f012
Windows Product Key: *****-*****-GJY49-VJBQ7-HYRR2
Windows Product Key Hash: W5/6nm6F2UPXrCkY5xUhXb/+21g=
Windows Product ID: 00426-OEM-8992662-00006
Windows Product ID Type: 2
Windows License Type: OEM SLP <<<<<--------

Roy
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17 Mar 2016   #3
RickV

Win7 Pro 64-Bit
 
 

Roy,

My CD states it is a student and faculty version so, I already know it it not an OEM version (i.e., motherboard constraint).

Rick
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17 Mar 2016   #4
RickV

Win7 Pro 64-Bit
 
 

Never give up! It appears all you need to do is to remove the data you desire to keep then install the new OS regardless of what the new OS is. I found this on the Microsoft website. Examples are discussed.

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/971762


I will wait to see if I get objections but, it appears I have solved my issue.

Rick
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17 Mar 2016   #5
torchwood

W7 home premium 32bit/W7HP 64bit/w10 tp insider ring
 
 

depends on what it says on that arrowed line

Roy
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