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Windows 7: Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

15 Mar 2012   #89
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

How to Clean Reinstall a Factory OEM Windows 7

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08 Aug 2012   #90
blockie

 

Started this tut and at line two of the tut I got the box on the right, clearly not what I want. What is wrong?



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08 Aug 2012   #91
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

Are you trying to create the bootable flash drive?
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08 Aug 2012   #92
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Appears you have the Windows 7 Download tool already installed, so it's asking if you want to Uninstall or Repair it.

Go to Start>All Programs and open the Program, write the bootable flash stick or burn the DVD from installer ISO.
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19 Aug 2012   #93
blockie

 

Did as suggested and now have a stick as well as a DVD. Used the DVD and the Clean Install went flawlessly. I am about 90% satisfied. The other 10% is in start-up. I suspect that there are background files that are loaded at start-up that, in most cases, are not needed. However, the names and acronyms I cannot recognize what they are for or do.

Is there anyplace that I can get a list of the ones to keep ENABLED or the ones to DISABLE.along with what they are for?
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19 Aug 2012   #94
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

As suggested you can disable all of them except your AV and Sidebar or Sticky Notes if you use them.

It really isn't worth going through them to pick and choose because nothing really needs to start up with Windows 7 that can't wait til you click on it. However if you're curious just google the listings to see what they do and read explanations.

If you decide you'd like a Messenger or other program to be running at Startup you can enable it when you decide this.
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05 Sep 2012   #95
IsaacFL

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Will this tutorial work if my Win 7 license is an Upgrade

My Dell XPS 410 desktop machine was bought a long time ago with Vista Home and over time I have upgraded it to Vista Ultimate, then to Windows 7 Pro 64 bit. (I still have all of the old disks).

I would like to do a new clean install (keeping my user files) of the Win 7 Pro 64 just to get rid of the accumulated clutter.

I was wondering if this process of using an ISO with SP 1 to USB would work with the license key I have that came with my Upgrade version of Windows 7.

It would save a lot of time not having to install from the DVD, then download SP 1, etc.

Thanks
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05 Sep 2012   #96
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Isaac, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Since it's an upgrade copy, you could use the tutorial below instead to do a clean install with it.

Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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05 Sep 2012   #97
IsaacFL

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Isaac, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Since it's an upgrade copy, you could use the tutorial below instead to do a clean install with it.

Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

Hope this helps,
Shawn
I knew I could do it that way, but if my Windows Product Key from the upgrade license would work with the downloaded ISO with SP 1 already installed on a USB stick it seems like it would be simpler and faster

Has anybody tried it and verified it doesn't work?
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05 Sep 2012   #98
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

It should, but if doesn't activate, then you could try using OPTION THREE in the same tutorial to activate.
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05 Sep 2012   #99
IsaacFL

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
It should, but if doesn't activate, then you could try using OPTION THREE in the same tutorial to activate.
Thanks. I will have to think for awhile which approach will be best. Sometimes the shortcut takes longer than expected.
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