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Windows 7: Putting retail version on OEM computer

12 Oct 2011   #21
gregrocker

 

I would boot the Reinstallation DVD to clean reinstall following these steps to get a much superior install to the Recovery Disks with their preinstalled Bloatware: Reinstalling Windows 7

Since they provided you with Apps disk you can reinstall select apps you want without having to dump the whole mess in as Recovery Disks would do.

But I would not use the Drivers disk, instead use your Tag number at the Support Downloads webpage to get the very latest drivers for any which are missing in Device manager after install and optional Windows Updates has a day or two to track down any newer or missing. Until then put any wireless driver on a stick so you can get online for this purpose.


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12 Oct 2011   #22
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

There was another thread concerning Dell and that they will ship an install (W7 Home Premium) if you ask. If you have this, your apps and drivers then for me the clean install way is THE way here (like gregrockers advice I think).
Not many OEMs do this !

I'm puzzled about the reference to the Adobe photoshop products though?
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12 Oct 2011   #23
theog

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
I would boot the Reinstallation DVD to clean reinstall following these steps to get a much superior install to the Recovery Disks with their preinstalled Bloatware: Reinstalling Windows 7

Since they provided you with Apps disk you can reinstall select apps you want without having to dump the whole mess in as Recovery Disks would do.

But I would not use the Drivers disk, instead use your Tag number at the Support Downloads webpage to get the very latest drivers for any which are missing in Device manager after install and optional Windows Updates has a day or two to track down any newer or missing. Until then put any wireless driver on a stick so you can get online for this purpose.

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I'll have to take a look and see exactly what is on the Disc and I will report back.
Why would timp4411 do reinstall to confirm want is on each disk.
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12 Oct 2011   #24
timp4411

Win7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
I would boot the Reinstallation DVD to clean reinstall following these steps to get a much superior install to the Recovery Disks with their preinstalled Bloatware: Reinstalling Windows 7

Since they provided you with Apps disk you can reinstall select apps you want without having to dump the whole mess in as Recovery Disks would do.

But I would not use the Drivers disk, instead use your Tag number at the Support Downloads webpage to get the very latest drivers for any which are missing in Device manager after install and optional Windows Updates has a day or two to track down any newer or missing. Until then put any wireless driver on a stick so you can get online for this purpose.
Thanks for the tip. I don't want to use their OS reinstall disc since it's Win & Home Premium and I did an "AnyTime" in place upgrade to Win7 Ultimate.

I do have the install disc for Ultimate and would use it to do any clean reinstalls.

I am currently up and running and wanted to try to re-load the dell "Stage" software. I dont' even know if I would use it or if it's just another case of Bloatware, btu I wanted to at least take a look at it. But even the "Stage" apps disc they sent me has older version and I get an error message that there is an new version already installed on my system, even though I can't see it.

Sounds like I'l' be going using regedit and getting rid of any remnants of the programs that apparently became corrupted.

Or... I guess I could do a total clean install of win7 Ultimate and start over. If I load the older version of the Stage program, they may update themselves.

Unfortunately, I've already invested a good bit of times installing some programs on the new system.

I'm going to have to ponder this dilemma.

Do you think I would be better off to do a clean install ? I could get also re-partition the drive and get rid of the oem portion too I guess.

I wonder exactly is on the "Recovery" partition on my drive ?

Thanks
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12 Oct 2011   #25
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

over to you gregrocker it's too convoluted for me.
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12 Oct 2011   #26
gregrocker

 

I always lean in favor of the clean reinstall if there is a question at hand. The learning experience alone expands your awareness of your OS and computer each time and gains User confidence. Plus with built-in Backup Imaging you don't really have to ever reinstall again if you keep a baseline and then currently updated images to choose from - a good reason to strive to get it perfect.

I would google Stage software (never heard of it) to read all about it, then test it on this install if you want with the option to reinstall at some point going forward. If this is a generic name for the preinstalled apps I would Just Say No except to favorite apps you find you need.

You should be able to clean reinstall with the Ultimate disk using the Anytime Upgrade key but we need more confirmation that this is possible in all cases. Of course if it's not the case you can simply reinstall using your HP reinstallation DVD which should auto-activate then unlock with Anytime key in minutes. Then capture it after initial Setup to use the Image in the future.

Look over these steps to get a Perfect Reinstall of factory OEM.
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12 Oct 2011   #27
theog

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post

I'm puzzled about the reference to the Adobe photoshop products though?
Dell send out set of DVD like the Fujitsu set below.

Putting retail version on OEM computer-dvd-set-2.png


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12 Oct 2011   #28
timp4411

Win7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

It's s full retail disc of Ultimate but the key works for anytime upgrades.

I think I'll bite the bullet and do a clean install so I know where I am with nothing else lurking in the depths that "I" did not put there.

BTW... OT But, I read that Office 64bit isn't compatible with a lot of add-ons, like the MS Office Compatibilty Pack.

I need backwards compatibility.... so is that old news or has Office 64bit been tweked to run the add-on apps ?

Thanks
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12 Oct 2011   #29
gregrocker

 

So you have a retail key and disk but used just the key to unlock features using Anytime Upgrade?

I thought you might have an Anytime key, which is not yet clear will work in all cases to clean reinstall the higher version since it would be a substantial loophole to save lots of money unless it is launched from a confirmed-lesser-version.

I'd ask about Office backward compatibility in our Office forum.

Don't they ship those Adobe disks when you Custom order Adobe's premium programs in advance? Or are those trialware?
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12 Oct 2011   #30
timp4411

Win7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
So you have a retail key and disk but used just the key to unlock features using Anytime Upgrade?

I thought you might have an Anytime key, which is not yet clear will work in all cases to clean reinstall the higher version since it would be a substantial loophole to save lots of money unless it is launched from a confirmed-lesser-version.
Yes... full retail and key does work to do anytime upgrade. I did it that way as it was a lot quicker to just plug in a key rather than loading it all from the start.
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