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Windows 7: Help with Windows 7 Clean Install

12 Apr 2011   #1
neal4552

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Help with Windows 7 Clean Install

I have a HP Pavilion DV7-3067cl. I want to do a clean install with just Win7 and no HP bloatware. My question is do I reformat entire HDD and make a seperate partition for Windows 7 and how big? I read the tutorial but was unsure about partition size, and if this partition is for Windows 7 OS only. I have a OEM windows 7 copy from a new Dell computer can I use it? I ran the ABR program to backup my HP OEM cert and key. I have backed up the computer, made recovery disks, and got drivers and OEM cert and key on a flash drive. Here is a copy of my present HDD config...Thanks
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12 Apr 2011   #2
ignatzatsonic

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by neal4552 View Post
I have a HP Pavilion DV7-3067cl. I want to do a clean install with just Win7 and no HP bloatware. My question is do I reformat entire HDD and make a seperate partition for Windows 7 and how big? I read the tutorial but was unsure about partition size, and if this partition is for Windows 7 OS only. I have a OEM windows 7 copy from a new Dell computer can I use it? I ran the ABR program to backup my HP OEM cert and key. I have backed up the computer, made recovery disks, and got drivers and OEM cert and key on a flash drive. Here is a copy of my present HDD config...Thanks
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Yes, you would reformat. You can use a single big C partition or make a separate partition for Windows, whichever you want. Most people that use a separate partition for Windows make that partition between 60 and 100 GB, depending on how many apps they use.

You can't legally use the Dell OEM disc with the HP. I'm not even sure you could use it illegally. The OEM disc is tied to the Dell motherboard.
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12 Apr 2011   #3
gregrocker

 

You would use the Product Key on your COA to activate, which changes the activation from OEM-SLP used to mass activate at factory to OEM-COA used to clean reinstall factory OEM.

As a modern Dell Installation DVD only contains the OS files and SLP activation, then if it is for your version of Win7 you can try it since it will not auto-activate on your system anyway. If it installs and allows you to activate correctly then it should be good to go.

If not you'll need to find a clean copy Win7 installer for your version to clean reinstall.

Here are tips for getting a perfect reinstall of factory OEM based on hundreds done here: Reinstalling Windows 7
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13 Apr 2011   #4
theog

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If you use the Dell Installation DVD, the Dell logo will also be installed.
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13 Apr 2011   #5
gregrocker

 

You can remove the logo using Step 5 here: Support Information - Vista Forums
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13 Apr 2011   #6
neal4552

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Well, I guess I can just use recovery disks, and use Revo to uninstall all the bloatware
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13 Apr 2011   #7
gregrocker

 

Or find a Win7 installer and follow the steps here to unlock all versions if necessary to clean reinstall your licensed version with the Product Key on COA sticker: Reinstalling Windows 7

Until then if you run Recovery you can clean up factory bloatware using these tips: Clean up factory bloatware
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