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Windows 7: How IT people perfrom reformats?

27 Jun 2012   #11
Microsoft MVP


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Derekuuda View Post
I think maybe some people are misunderstanding my question. I know how to reformat a PC. My question is more about what sources do IT Professionals use to obtain ISO's, registration keys, software, ect... I'm not even sure if their is such a service that even exists that Microsoft offers to IT Professionals. But I would imagine there is. I highly doubt that People that own PC repair shops go out and purchase a new copy of Windows XP, Vista, 7, Word, ect... everytime they reformat a customers PC.

Everything you need including links to the installer ISO's is in Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7, even for a retail installation.

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27 Jun 2012   #12


You're conflating a simple reformat with reinstalling all the crap said user wants. Also, corporate IT has an asset database, we have the ID#s for registering all that software. This is why we keep track of what people install on their work machines.

When someone brings a machine to be reformatted back to us, we simply pull their employee ID and verify it with that machine's asset number. Then we use the appropriate image. Finally we set up a couple of work settings (Lotus Notes stuff, email crap, etc).

Outside of a corporate environment... I used to work at a "PC repair shop" (temp job during college). We simply formatted the machine when the customer said to, and we'd set it up so that it'll be just like when you purchased it: you'd get to do all the settings again during your first boot. We DON'T reinstall all your crap; how would we know whether you had MS Office, Adobe Acrobat, etc installed? You would have to supply us with your install discs as well as the registration ID#s. Most of the time we'd advise you to do it yourself, unless you really want to pay us to do it and have your software installer discs & registration serial #s on hand.
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27 Jun 2012   #13

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

Please see post #6.

Incidentally, many of us have more experience in all kinds of situations than others can dream of. We are either professionals or retired professionals.

I wish you a good day.
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27 Jun 2012   #14

Windows 8 Pro (32-bit)

Usually I just make a note of all of the software that needs to be reinstalled, and the ones with keys; I go through the application for the key (usually they will have a means of finding the key). Then I do a complete backup first so i can do a clean wipe and have a contingency plan in case something goes wrong.

Though normally I just go through Control panel and uninstall all of the toolbars and crapware, and set the wallpaper to default. Usually that's good enough.
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28 Jun 2012   #15
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by z3r010 View Post
If it was me, I'd tell them I was far too busy and to take it to a shop
That has got to be the post of the day. I'm still laughing.
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