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Windows 7: steps to take after fixing a PC

26 Mar 2017   #1
HAVOC

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 
steps to take after fixing a PC

I've already posted the issue I was having with a friends computer on Ten forums.

What I'm asking here, seeing that it relates to all OS versions is that after fixing a PC, (won't boot, failed hardware, virus, etc.) is what to do before returning a computer to it's owner. Stress test, create system image/repair disc, updates (the particular computer has Windows 10). What would be a good course of action so it's not back in my "shop" days later with an issue I could have experienced before returning the computer?


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26 Mar 2017   #2
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
If you can get the media creation tool to actually work I'd try to use it to get an iso for it so you can use refresh install and keep personal files.
Otherwise it's win-10 it's already buggy
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26 Mar 2017   #3
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

What I've always done is to supply a report of the actions taken, a sealed envelope containing any passwords for future emergency use, (I always print out a list of software installed and relevant passwords used as a part of the report.

Depending on what has been done I would normally supply any unused optional parts that came with any hardware fitted, and any replaced items, plus of course all documentation associated with the the hardware.

I would also normally supply a recovery kit, which would range from all or some of ... a system Disk, A disk containing any specialised Drivers added, a USB image of the working system, (including a bootable recovery option), or just a business card
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26 Mar 2017   #4
HAVOC

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

I think power was lost during a Windows 10 update (bug). The system looks like it was upgraded from a previous version of Windows (8.1). The system has no personal info and I had to create a user after I got the system running. There is a windows.old folder which makes me think it was in the middle of doing an upgrade/update when the problem occurred.
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26 Mar 2017   #5
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

The windows.old folder would be there up to a month after the install when the auto cleanup was performed so It may not be directly related to the cause of the crash
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26 Mar 2017   #6
HAVOC

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Looked over the case a little more. There is a Windows 8 sticker, so now I know. How can I get the product key should I ever have to do a clean reinstall? Is it in the UEFI/BIOS and I wont have to do anything? The desktop is an Asus Essentio M11BB-B07
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26 Mar 2017   #7
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

Depends on the actual history, the system may well have a key embedded in the TPM Chip, It was a requirement for the big manufacturers but they would not always place a sticker on the case. Windows Ten could have been upgraded from 8.1 or fresh installed by use of another valid key, maybe an old win 7

Showkey + is the one that seems to get the most keys from Windows 10 and related software on Windows 10 Systems. great advantage is the developer is one of our own, so will likely be around to advise
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26 Mar 2017   #8
HAVOC

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Just got a text from my friend. He say it was automatically updated during the free Windows 10 offer.
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26 Mar 2017   #9
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

Makes sense, a lot were, I would probably run an update to check that the digital licence is activated, ( the update genuine checks will normally trigger the licence during initial contact with the servers ), It should say the status on the Settings - Activation section.

I would also suggest to the owner that they create a Microsoft account and link it to the system. They can choose to use a local account if they prefer for the normal Day to Day use, but the link to a Microsoft account can mean better support in future, (including keeping licence active after a motherboard change) - Or so the say
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26 Mar 2017   #10
HAVOC

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

I'm doing updates as I type this. They might already have a Microsoft account. I reset the PC.
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