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Windows 7: New Hard drive, same prod. key, no system image, no install disk?!

21 Aug 2010   #31
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
1) According to this link you are eligible for free software and it is activated permanently, even after graduation.

Student Resources

Quote:
Free Software for Students



Whether your school department has chosen an Online (downloads-only) subscription or an Online+Media subscription, you are able to obtain free Microsoft software with a license that never expires—even after you graduate! All you have to do is:
2) Borrow a win7 retail dvd from a friend or get it from wherever you can, install win7 pro and use the AA key you have. I think it would work. If the borrowed disk is for a different edition, just delete the ei.cfg file in the "Sources" folder at the root of the dvd, rebuild the iso and burn to dvd. That'll land you a universal disk that'll let you choose the edition to install, including pro.


Hello LEVAMDG, welcome to Seven Forums; I hope you can get this sorted.



Here's a link for the info Bill posted.

Windows 7 Universal Installation Disc - Create


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21 Aug 2010   #32
LEVAMDG

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Thanks for the link!

I've copy and pasted my documents, media, outlook pst's, firefox profile, program installer files, and I can't think of anything else...is there anything else?? I don't seem to have many drivers (printer and external hd only it looks like).

SIW couldn't find my windows product key either, so unless I have it written down with some stuff I've already moved in to my apartment, I only have the one the guy says was mine yesterday. But I do have the product ID.

I'm going offline until tonight to finish my move. Once I'm down there, I'll do the macrium, chk dsk, etc. I need to get moving to my apartment. It doesn't have internet, but I'll find a library or something nearby and post an update.

Now where can I find a windows 7 install disk...
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21 Aug 2010   #33
LEVAMDG

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Oh, and my drive to my apartment is 2 hours long. I'll be listening to this the entire way:


YouTube - Back To The Future Music Video - The Power Of Love
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21 Aug 2010   #34
gregrocker

 

Use Belarc Advisor to audit your installed Product Keys.
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21 Aug 2010   #35
LEVAMDG

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

I'll try that this afternoon - thanks!
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24 Aug 2010   #36
LEVAMDG

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

UPDATE TIME - PLEASE READ:

1.) Got to my apartment. None of the disks I had were Windows 7 disks, and I got tired of trying to get my pc to work well enough to try Belarc Advisoe, Macrium, chk dsk, etc. Thus, no system image of the old hard drive, but I have all my data.

2.) Dell guy came and installed new hard drive, without an OS. HE LET ME KEEP THE OLD HD. If you guys think I need anything from it, I have 10 days to extract it before I need to mail it.

3.) I found a local pc repair guy to burn me a Windows Professional install disk for 5 bucks.

4.) The disk is for Windows 7 Professional "N" - WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?!

5.) Despite not knowing what "N" means, I installed it on my pc, using the product key that I have.

6.) When asked about the 3 security options (use recommended settings, important updates only, or ask me later) I said "ask me later." I did this because I didn't know what settings are good to have, and also because I will be installing Symantec Endpoint on the PC, and I know some of the settings were anti-virus related. PLEASE LET ME KNOW WHAT I SHOULD DO ABOUT THIS.

7.) PROBLEMS...? I turned off the pc, and when I tried to turn it on again, the power button didn't do anything (it was fully charged) and then when I pressed and held the button it finally worked, but the profile log-in page looked like it was in safety mode (large icons and text, etc.) Was this just because the install CD was still in the drive? Perhaps a video driver issue? I took the disk out, and restarted it.

8.) It started fine this time, but then MY MOUSE DIDN'T WORK. Once connected to the internet, the PC said it was installing drivers - is that why?

9.) I restarted the pc, and the mouse works now. WHAT'S GOING ON?!?! Do I still need to use those dell driver disks I have when I got the computer or are those just for Vista?

10.) I activated the product key - IT WORKED! YAY!

CONCLUSION: So Windows is activated, and everything SEEMS to be functioning now, but the turning-on issue and touchpad not working issues were troubling, though they seemed to have worked themselves out.

I want to get you guys' imput on these weird things before I start putting my data on the new HD, in case you feel I need to re-install 7 on the HD.

If not, I will begin transferring my data from the external to the new hard drive this afternoon, and immediately after do a full Windows Backup WITH a System Image.

Let me know if you have any questions about what I've posted!
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24 Aug 2010   #37
Wishmaster

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

From what you've described;
Large icons, things not working etc are simply driver issues.

Once connected to the net, Seven should be able to get most, if not all of them for you.


Make sure nothing is missing in the Device manager:

Just Press the Start Orb
In the serch box type "Device Manager" and click on it in the search results.
Look for any Yellow Triangles.


The Security Options were refering to Updates:


Recommended settings -- Automatically Installs Important and Recommended updates.
Important Only -- automatically installs only the Important updates.

Or as many here will suggest, set it to Check for Updates But ask me what do.
This way, Windows will let you know updates are available, but will not download or install anything untill you tell it to.
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24 Aug 2010   #38
LEVAMDG

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

There are no yellow triangles, but I'm having a hard time finding the touchpad settings window that allowed me to turn off the damn blue stick in my keyboard. If I remember correctly, Windows 7 had something for that without me needing a separate driver/program. Under mouse, there are not touchpad settings...

How do I go back and change the update/security/whatever settings?
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24 Aug 2010   #39
Wishmaster

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LEVAMDG View Post
There are no yellow triangles, but I'm having a hard time finding the touchpad settings window that allowed me to turn off the damn blue stick in my keyboard. If I remember correctly, Windows 7 had something for that without me needing a separate driver/program. Under mouse, there are not touchpad settings...

How do I go back and change the update/security/whatever settings?
All Programs/ Windows Update (Or do a search for Windows Update)

And Change Settings in left Panel.
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24 Aug 2010   #40
LEVAMDG

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

I've changed it to "check but ask me to install."

The "recommended settings" weren't just updates though - it said stuff about firewalls, anti-spyware, safer web-browsing I think, and a bunch of other stuff - is it actually going to ask me about all that, or do I have to hunt down and figure out what else I need to do?
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