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Windows 7: Caution on buying Win7 off web

15 Sep 2010   #31
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

[QUOTE=marsmimar;959126][QUOTE=gregrocker;958187]
MS requires makers to provide an installation DVD upon demand, so you can also call Dell to inquire. [QUOTE]

OEM vendors are required by their agreement with Microsoft to give you a means of reinstalling. But they can do this in one of three ways:

1. An OEM copy of Windows
2. A restore CD
3. A hidden partition on your drive, with restore information.

They are not not giving 1 or 2, but they are giving 3.


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15 Sep 2010   #32
marsmimar

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tews View Post
The solution for that is to image your system drive as soon as you do a clean install of your OS... Unless you like all the bloatware! ..
That's part of my problem. I can't figure out how to do a clean install because the recovery partition includes all of the bloatware originally installed by Dell. I know I can use other tools like PC Decrapifier, Revo, etc. to get rid of a lot of that stuff and manually purge other items. But it sure would be nice to have an installation disk that has 7 (and only 7) on it.
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15 Sep 2010   #33
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by marsmimar View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tews View Post
The solution for that is to image your system drive as soon as you do a clean install of your OS... Unless you like all the bloatware! ..
That's part of my problem. I can't figure out how to do a clean install because the recovery partition includes all of the bloatware originally installed by Dell. I know I can use other tools like PC Decrapifier, Revo, etc. to get rid of a lot of that stuff and manually purge other items. But it sure would be nice to have an installation disk that has 7 (and only 7) on it.
Be a little innovative. Dont you have any helpful friends/ neighbours? Borrow their disk, save it as an iso on your hdd, open in poweriso/ ultraiso/ magiciso (whatever), remove ei.cfg file in the "Sources" folder at the root of the iso, rebuild the iso and viola! you have a win7 universal disk ready.

Alternatively, look around on the web for a clean copy of a win7 disk. Remember they are all identical. As long as you can avoid malware and use your own, legally purchased key, you're fine.
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15 Sep 2010   #35
Joan Archer

Windows 10 64bit/Windows 10 64bit
 
 

I got my copy from Tesco when they did the launch last year, I pre ordered it in the June and received it on launch day 22nd October, the full Retail version, if I remember correctly it cost 44.97.

I didn't get any disc's with my machine when I got that, it came with Vista and had a recovery partition and a sheet of paper with instructions on how to set it back to factory condition, one good thing no bloatware just the OS.
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15 Sep 2010   #36
Maxxwire

Windows 7 x64 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Joan Archer View Post
I didn't get any disc's with my machine when I got that, it came with Vista and had a recovery partition and a sheet of paper with instructions on how to set it back to factory condition.
It was the same with my Vista computer.

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