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Windows 7: Buggy Windows 7

26 Oct 2010   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
Buggy Windows 7

I used my Windows 7 for almost a year and it's starting to bug. If I format it, can I still use back the same CD-Key? Mine's a genuine.

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26 Oct 2010   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

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26 Oct 2010   #3

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

I suppose you have a retail copy of win7 or an oem system builder? Retail is what you buy off a shop and has a product key on the box, System builder is the non-transferable single computer license you get in places like newegg. If yes, then you can reuse the key, yes.
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26 Oct 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Yes, that's always been the case with Windows. No key has ever been a one-time use only.
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26 Oct 2010   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit

Is "retail copy of Windows 7 or an oem system builder" an original Windows 7 disc bought from a computer shop? The product key is the one at a card like thing right? I don't get what is system builder. I'm new at this, my comp used to get fixed by my bro but he's overseas now.
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26 Oct 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

It doesn't matter what your license type is, since you are reinstalling it on the same computer. A system builder is the person/company who builds the many cases, is the owner of the computer. My computer was assembled by me, so I'm the system builder. OEM licenses means the system builder provides support, not Microsoft.

On a side note, if you are new to this....find a friend who's done Windows installs before, and have them look over your shoulder.
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27 Oct 2010   #7
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Back up your files, gather your program installers and Save a Win7 Backup image externally so you have a path back. Install Belarc Advisor to audit the Win7 Product Key to make sure it is the same as the one on the insert in package.

Now wipe the HD for the cleanest possible install: SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

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 updates and then 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.

Use a lightweight free AV like MS Security Essentials which works perfectly with Windows 7 Firewall.

When it is finished, clean and order the HD perfectly using state-of-the-art free CCleaner then Auslogics Disk and Registry defraggers monthly. CCleaner - Free software downloads and software reviews - CNET
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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. Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
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27 Oct 2010   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit

Ok. Thanks, done it.
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