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Windows 7: Win 7 to new hard drive

27 Mar 2011   #21
gregrocker

 

Find a Win7 installation DVD and clean reinstall without the factory bloatware and useless utilities which have better versions built into Win7. If you must download the ISO, check the comments to make sure nothing's been added and rightclick scan with AV and Malwarebytes

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27 Mar 2011   #22
wbeans

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I plan on getting a legit copy of Win 7 off the net, don't want to but I'm forced to of course.

Also, this is the new HDD i plan on getting (exact replacement) Buy.com - Western Digital Scorpio WD3200BEVT 320 GB Internal Hard Drive - Bulk that's all I need to buy right, and it just plugs right in?
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27 Mar 2011   #23
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

So you're options are:
1) Contact Dell and see if they still provide recovery disks. Bought 2009 - was it Windows 7 when bought?
2) If you have a COA sticker on the side and can get hold of a set of installation disks you can try a clean install. I haven't heard of OEM clean install problems here but have on MS Answers forum. If you give MS the age of the PC and a hard luck story they may send you installation disks for a small fee?
3) If (2) fails buy OEM installation disks.

Add: Be careful buying off the net.
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27 Mar 2011   #24
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

You might check TigerDirect & NewEgg for their prices on laptop HDs

What model Dell laptop is it ?
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27 Mar 2011   #25
wbeans

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

What good are the recovery discs if they don't reinstall Win7?

I need a new HDD since this one has a bad sector from physical damage, most likely because I dropped it twice.

Already checked newegg, same HD is 49.99 then add in a couple bucks for shipping. Also, I dont' need to buy a case for it right, just bare HD and its plug & play?

It's a Inspiron 1745, purchased Nov. 2009 with Win 7 Home Premium 64bit installed
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27 Mar 2011   #26
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Recovery disks made when the PC is generally bought do restore to full factory settings.
System Repair disks just carry out repair, reimaging etc.
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27 Mar 2011   #27
wbeans

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Since I have a bad sector and I try resetting to factory settings can't it corrupt the install?

I'm just looking for the easiest way to get Win 7 onto the new hard drive, all my files I need are backed up externally already.
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27 Mar 2011   #28
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

After you get a new laptop HD, do you have any friends that have a Win 7 Home Premium 64bit install DVD ? With your Dell Key Code on the laptop, there is a 99% chance to get win7 on the laptop
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27 Mar 2011   #29
wbeans

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Actually, I just setup my mom's new Inspiron 570 desktop with 64 Home Premium a few days ago, bought from Dell so no DVD but maybe I can just get an image from her computer and use that?

Also, thanks for the Tigerdirect tip...buy.com added in tax/s&h afterwards and it came to about $60, ordered from Amazon for $54 then I checked TD and it was $39.99 no s&h/no tax!!
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28 Mar 2011   #30
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wbeans View Post
Actually, I just setup my mom's new Inspiron 570 desktop with 64 Home Premium a few days ago, bought from Dell so no DVD but maybe I can just get an image from her computer and use that?
Simple answer: No.

Each OEM OS is tied to the specific PC it runs on.
Bite the bullet and start fresh.
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