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Windows 7: HP Setup Manager

02 Mar 2011   #11
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Seven8nine View Post
I recall years ago with xp that I could reinstall just the OS from disks using parameters. Can you do that with Windows 7? Should that be a separate thread, maybe?
You definitely don't need to pay for a new license just to do a reinstall. You already have a license, shown on a sticker on the computer. What you should get from a friend (easiest way) is a copy of the Windows 7 disc. Then you can do a fresh, clean install of Windows 7, and within the 30 days from the install, pop in your key from the computer and activate.


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02 Mar 2011   #12
unifex

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64)
 
 

It might be a good idea to make a clean install, but a word of caution is in order.

Large OEM manufacturers often use proprietary hardware, especially on laptops and special form-factor desktops. I am not sure about the HP slim-line, but as an example, I recently got a new Sony laptop and decided to do a clean install. Once I've installed Windows, I needed to download Sony drivers for almost all the hardware on my laptop. Sure, these drivers are indeed available either from Sony's website, or from the restore disks. The restore disks however use a certain Sony app to manage the restores, so I had to install that as well, which in turn required some other Sony stuff. It's a bit of work. As an alternative, I have a desktop from Dell which turned out to be a regular desktop, no driver issues at all when I installed Windows 7 instead of Vista which came with it.

So, before you re-install, make those recovery discs and gather all possible information about your hardware, making sure that you know where to get the drivers from in case they are needed.
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02 Mar 2011   #13
Seven8nine

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by unifex View Post
It might be a good idea to make a clean install, but a word of caution is in order.

Large OEM manufacturers often use proprietary hardware, especially on laptops and special form-factor desktops. I am not sure about the HP slim-line, but as an example, I recently got a new Sony laptop and decided to do a clean install. Once I've installed Windows, I needed to download Sony drivers for almost all the hardware on my laptop. Sure, these drivers are indeed available either from Sony's website, or from the restore disks. The restore disks however use a certain Sony app to manage the restores, so I had to install that as well, which in turn required some other Sony stuff. It's a bit of work. As an alternative, I have a desktop from Dell which turned out to be a regular desktop, no driver issues at all when I installed Windows 7 instead of Vista which came with it.

So, before you re-install, make those recovery discs and gather all possible information about your hardware, making sure that you know where to get the drivers from in case they are needed.
I thought about that and I did burn those drivers that the poster had mentioned to a disk in case I get hold of a Windows 7 disk.

I have since re-installed the operating syestem from the disks and then went through and removed the things that were left after a minimal install.

I think the Geek Squad guy just went through deleting whatever because now I don't have any (that I know of as of yet) remnants from the bloat. The fonts reverted back to italicized and bold upon reinstall of OS but now that I know how to fix that, it's fixed too.

So, thanks to all.
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04 Mar 2011   #14
Seven8nine

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
Unfortunately AFAIK, theres no easy and convenient way of skipping the bloatware when using the restore disks. See this thread.

https://www.sevenforums.com/installat...m-install.html

One option is the HP "minimized image recovery" that apparently avoids at least some bloat.

Re: The Cleanest Install (Windows 7 Recovery Discs) - HP Support Forum

Of course theres the clean install path with a regular win7 disk- windows can be activated using the COA sticker key.
Thanks again for that information. I managed to make a boot disk with only Windows 7 and then used my license key to register. Now i have a fresh, clean install of 7 with absolutely no bloat whatsoever.

The drivers were quite easy to deal with as well.

Live and learn, i guess.
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