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Windows 7: Reinstalling Windows 7

03 Jan 2010   #1

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Reinstalling Windows 7

Hello, my laptop came with Vista, I upgraded to Windows 7 (using acer's upgrade disc), but I want to reinstall Windows 7 but I'm not sure if it will work, does anyone have any idea about this?

I only have the upgrade disc and the format drive (rather than keep a copy of /users directory).

Also, if I do this I'll need to reinstall office 2007, will my key work again? (This is my third install with it).


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03 Jan 2010   #2
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Fortunately the Upgrade Kits have a clean copy DVD of Windows 7, so you can back up your files, boot from the DVD, select Custom install, use Drive Options (advanced) to delete all partitions, create New as you wish, then format before Installing to first partition.

Any Vista recovery partition is disabled when Windows 7 installs so you can delete it. If you failed to make your Recov disks first, try tapping the key given for Recovery on first bootup screen. If it doesn't start recovery then that is just wasted space.

The installer is mostly driver-complete, with more arriving soon in Windows Update. Any drivers missing in Device Manager can be found on the Acer driver/apps CD included in the kit, along with favorite apps you want. Others can be found on the Acer Support Downloads webpage for your model.

As with Windows 7 on your laptop, you own the copy of Office for life and can reinstall it as often as you wish as long as you save the key. Make of copy of the CD or extract the .iso using ImgBurn to backup.

When complete, save a Windows 7 backup image to a primary partition and externally so you never have to reinstall again, just reimage the HD or a replacement using the Windows 7 DVD repair console.
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03 Jan 2010   #3

Windows 7
 
 

Ok thanks for the info. I'm using the home and student edition of office, and I had heard that it was limited to a certain number of installs? (5?)
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03 Jan 2010   #4
Microsoft MVP

 

If you have any questions, call MS at the support number on the package.

Normally you will only get an overuse message if it has been installed to too many machines. On the same machine it will allow reinstalls without counting as an additional machine.

We have a copy of Student and Teacher Ofc. 2003 that has been reinstalled dozens of times on several of our machines. It never rejected activation on reinstalls but once blocked install to a new machine. I think I corrected that by changing the filled-in User name from another name to what it had always been.
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03 Jan 2010   #5

Windows 7
 
 

I can't find a support number on there, but I'm sure the ms website will have one.

Thanks for your help.
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03 Jan 2010   #6

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

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Any Vista recovery partition is disabled when Windows 7 installs so you can delete it
Huh?
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03 Jan 2010   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Hi ray, click on activate by phone and the a pop up will appear with the phone number for MS. GL
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03 Jan 2010   #8

Windows 7
 
 

Thanks for the info
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03 Jan 2010   #9

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Ray:

I have Home and Student edition of Office 2007 and have never heard of any such limitation. I bought it through an ordinary retail outlet (Costco) and would be surprised if it were limited. It isn't like an "academic" version--anybody could buy it.

Post back here if you confirm any limitations.
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03 Jan 2010   #10
Microsoft MVP

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Quote:
Any Vista recovery partition is disabled when Windows 7 installs so you can delete it
Huh?
SI, I believe you are referring to the possibility that the Vista Recov partition may still be active if you tap the key for Recovery given on first bootup screen? Maybe I wasn't clear enough, tho I mentioned that in the next sentence in case he hadn't made his Recov disks:


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Any Vista recovery partition is disabled when Windows 7 installs so you can delete it. If you failed to make your Recov disks first, try tapping the key given for Recovery on first bootup screen. If it doesn't start recovery then that is just wasted space.

Do you know any maker's Vista Recov partitions that are still accessible from Windows 7 after it is clean installed over Vista?

What is your advice on Recov partitions 7 is installed? I learn the most from you.
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