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Forum: Backup and Restore 07 Jul 2010
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Posted By gms
OEM is not in the key string, I don't think......

OEM is not in the key string, I don't think... I'd have to look again to make absolutely certain, but I'm pretty sure.

I tried the product key on the rainbow sticker beneath the battery, and it...
Forum: Backup and Restore 07 Jul 2010
Replies: 82
Views: 10,878
Posted By gms
Sounds right... remember, I'm going from memory...

Sounds right... remember, I'm going from memory here now as it all occurred late last night.
Forum: Backup and Restore 07 Jul 2010
Replies: 82
Views: 10,878
Posted By gms
No, beneath the seven letters were a series of...

No, beneath the seven letters were a series of corresponding numbers -- each letter has about five numbers associated with it.

So in total... I had to read about 35 numbers to the automated...
Forum: Backup and Restore 07 Jul 2010
Replies: 82
Views: 10,878
Posted By gms
When I went to the System screen (I think that's...

When I went to the System screen (I think that's what it was) and looked in the lower left-hand corner to see if my Windows was activated, it said I needed to do so in 30 days...

I clicked that...
Forum: Backup and Restore 07 Jul 2010
Replies: 82
Views: 10,878
Posted By gms
Like I said, I had to call in and use some funky...

Like I said, I had to call in and use some funky all-numerical key... so I used neither my retail OR my OEM.

For some reason, neither of them would work.

Is there a way to check in the...
Forum: Backup and Restore 06 Jul 2010
Replies: 82
Views: 10,878
Posted By gms
That makes sense. The key that is on there...

That makes sense.

The key that is on there now is one that I had to call in to activate... some funky one that was all numerical.



Thanks to you guys... you all were truly awesome!!
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Forum: Backup and Restore 06 Jul 2010
Replies: 82
Views: 10,878
Posted By gms
OK... NOW I'm activated! :) The product key...

OK... NOW I'm activated! :) The product key beneath the battery didn't work, either. I had to call in.

Question about this:



While I agree it may be avoiding wasting the license tied to...
Forum: Backup and Restore 06 Jul 2010
Replies: 82
Views: 10,878
Posted By gms
Cool. Thanks. But I guess there's no need...

Cool. Thanks.

But I guess there's no need to now since all appears ok?
Forum: Backup and Restore 06 Jul 2010
Replies: 82
Views: 10,878
Posted By gms
I see no rainbow COA sticker on the bottom of the...

I see no rainbow COA sticker on the bottom of the laptop? Unless I don't know what I'm looking for... there is a thin white strip of a sticker that reads: Express Service Code, but it doesn't look in...
Forum: Backup and Restore 06 Jul 2010
Replies: 82
Views: 10,878
Posted By gms
Well... I thought I did, until I just ran into a...

Well... I thought I did, until I just ran into a problem: it's not accepting my Windows product key for my Windows 7 OS.

I've installed it several times before (obviously) in this saga, so I...
Forum: Backup and Restore 06 Jul 2010
Replies: 82
Views: 10,878
Posted By gms
How necessary is finding old drivers for the...

How necessary is finding old drivers for the machine now that I've wiped the slate completely clean?

I shouldn't have anything on it but the 32-bit version of Windows 7 I just intalled... and...
Forum: Backup and Restore 06 Jul 2010
Replies: 82
Views: 10,878
Posted By gms
I'm still watching the cursor sit beneath the...

I'm still watching the cursor sit beneath the DISKPART> clean all prompt and blink... according to the tutorial in the link, this may take some time I gather...

I'm not sure I'm technically saavy...
Forum: Backup and Restore 06 Jul 2010
Replies: 82
Views: 10,878
Posted By gms
I'm not sure what all I'm looking at anymore.....

I'm not sure what all I'm looking at anymore.. :confused:

Like I said, I don't mind taking this thing back to original -- if I'm able to do that -- as it's basically a brand-new computer and...
Forum: Backup and Restore 06 Jul 2010
Replies: 82
Views: 10,878
Posted By gms
Crap, SIW... somehow I missed your post #21 in...

Crap, SIW... somehow I missed your post #21 in this thread...

You're absolutely correct: I would have preferred to keep the correct install and merely delete the incorrectly installed version...
Forum: Backup and Restore 06 Jul 2010
Replies: 82
Views: 10,878
Posted By gms
OK, I just plunged on in and I see where it's...

OK, I just plunged on in and I see where it's giving me a chance to delete everything off the recovery drive, it appears...

I'm doing a "clean all" on the drive that was the biggest...

On...
Forum: Backup and Restore 06 Jul 2010
Replies: 82
Views: 10,878
Posted By gms
Or... if I choose the correct file location this...

Or... if I choose the correct file location this time, will it automatically be deleted from the other (the recovery drive)?
Forum: Backup and Restore 06 Jul 2010
Replies: 82
Views: 10,878
Posted By gms
Hmmm... OK, question: I'm following the...

Hmmm... OK, question:

I'm following the steps, and I'm just before step #2 where it asks me for System Recovery Options.

It gives me a chocie of using recovery tools that can help fix...
Forum: Backup and Restore 06 Jul 2010
Replies: 82
Views: 10,878
Posted By gms
I'm getting ready to do step # 1 of the "Boot to...

I'm getting ready to do step # 1 of the "Boot to repair options" now...
Forum: Backup and Restore 06 Jul 2010
Replies: 82
Views: 10,878
Posted By gms
Hold on... I think I found something with F12...

Hold on... I think I found something with F12...
Forum: Backup and Restore 06 Jul 2010
Replies: 82
Views: 10,878
Posted By gms
THAT'S the set of instructions I'm having...

THAT'S the set of instructions I'm having problems with... I don't have a chance to see the BIOS screen, because instead I'm being given a choice of which OS I want to utilize.

Then... once I...
Forum: Backup and Restore 06 Jul 2010
Replies: 82
Views: 10,878
Posted By gms
The laptop didn't come with any drivers at...

The laptop didn't come with any drivers at all...nothing but the computer itself.

I'm having trouble following the instructions in the above link, because my first step appears to be that I need...
Forum: Backup and Restore 06 Jul 2010
Replies: 82
Views: 10,878
Posted By gms
OK, looks like both of you are saying the same...

OK, looks like both of you are saying the same thing...

Here goes! :)

I'll report back when I finish.
Forum: Backup and Restore 06 Jul 2010
Replies: 82
Views: 10,878
Posted By gms
I want the 32-bit version of Windows 7 as my OS...

I want the 32-bit version of Windows 7 as my OS and I need it installed on the D drive as opposed the recovery drive that I inadvertently installed it to...

And I'm perfectly content to do a...
Forum: Backup and Restore 06 Jul 2010
Replies: 82
Views: 10,878
Posted By gms
Yes, I believe both are installed correctly: I...

Yes, I believe both are installed correctly: I receive the black & white text screen asking which instance of Windows 7 I want to use when rebooting (I believe I saw this referred to as the...
Forum: Backup and Restore 06 Jul 2010
Replies: 82
Views: 10,878
Posted By gms
A brief background: When we purchased this...

A brief background:

When we purchased this laptop (a Dell Inspiron), it came with Windows 7, the 64-bit version. My wife is taking a work-from-home job which only supports the 32-bit version of...
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