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Windows 7: Toshiba OEM 7 Home Premium

03 Sep 2010   #11
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You rightly complain about the factory bloatware. Maker's have stopped providing Win7 install DVD's (even though they are required to by MS upon demand) in order to enforce sponsor's bloatware which may provide their only profit margin. This bloatware is so insidious it can corrupt Win7 even with uninstall using the cleanest method Revo Uninstaller in Advanced Mode. So run SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker after uninstalls.

More important is to uncheck all msconfig>Startup freeloaders except AV and gadgets, and use a lightweight free AV like MS Security Essentials or Avast5. Replace inferior factory utilities with the better built-ins in Win7.

Many tech enthusiasts find a clean-copy DVD of their OS version and reinstall using the OEM Product Key on the COA sticker on machine. Any installer can also have all versions unlocked: Windows 7 Universal Installation Disc - Create

Make your Recovery DIsks or save a Win7 backup image of the entire HD first so you have a path back to factory condition if needed to service warranty or sell computer.

The installer is mostly driver-complete, with newer arriving quickly via optional Windows Updates. Any drivers then missing in Device Manager can be found on the Support Downloads webpage for your model computer or device.

Install programs slowly over time to gauge performance after each. Don't let any programs write themselves into msconfig>Startup as they become freeloaders on your RAM/CPU and can spy on you. I only allow AV and gadgets.

When it is finished, clean and order the HD perfectly using state-of-the-art free CCleaner then Auslogics Disk and Registry defraggers monthly.

Then save a Win7 Backup image externally so you never have to reinstall again, just reimage the HD or replacement using DVD or Repair CD.

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15 Sep 2010   #12

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 OEM --> RTM clean install

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
I may be wrong
Respectfully, you are.

I asked because I bought the laptop with Win 7 Home Premium OEM from Carrefour, and the instore literature said it had x64 installed with x86 recovery. Later when I phoned Toshiba customer Support they asked me about the DVD that came in the box - guess what: no DVD was in the box. So it would appear that the recovery partition with drivers and bloat is x64, but Toshiba said they will only send me a x86 version DVD. This is probably the source of the confusion.

I guess I won't know for sure untill I format and clean instal...
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15 Sep 2010   #13

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 OEM --> RTM clean install

@gregrocker - thanks for the information (and not insulting me). I tried Revo but unless I got it wrong, it wasn't supported for x64 - so I went with 7forums' recommendation of Glary Utilities uninstaller (from the free software thread).

You're also right about the upon demand bit - Tosh told me - and this is not advertised - I only had 15 days from the purchase date to claim my Win7 DVD - and this I only found out by accident because I tried to register my guarantee online and it wouldn't work so I had to phone customer support - at the same time I asked about the recovery partition being x64 or x86 and discovered the missing DVD from the box. (Online registration fails if the laptop is older than 6 months from factory departure, in case anyone wants to acuse me of illegal activities.)

Upon learning that Toshiba would only send me a x86 Home Premium DVD I thought about getting a legit x64 ISO download from Digital River, and using my PAID-for OEM licence to activate it, but as they say, if it isn't broken, don't fix it. I'll live with the recovery partition (and bloat).
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