I have a quick question to make sure I'm interpreting this tutorial correctly. I'm trying to do a reinstall on a HP laptop: Can I do a clean reinstall with the Installer ISO linked to in step 1 (using the Win 7 product key on the bottom of the laptop)? Or do I need to do the Minimized Image Recovery from the HP Recovery?
My goal is to get a clean install (formatted C:\) with little-to-no HP bloatware (games, trials, etc).
Also, I had read elsewhere that a fresh/retail install (rather than from HP Recovery) would reveal hardware incompatibilities over time - is this true?