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Windows 7: Re-Install of DELL OEM Windows 7 Home Premium

13 Apr 2011   #11
Mizmelzy

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

For curiosity I did look on the disk for a PID.txt and didn't see it. Would it be in the main directory or in a folder on the disk?


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13 Apr 2011   #12
Mizmelzy

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

The 64bit Says Operating System Already installedon your computer. Reinstallation DVD Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit (32bit for the other one). This software is already installed on your computer. Use this DVD only to reinstall the operating system on a Dell PC.

Melissa
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13 Apr 2011   #13
fafhrd

Win 7 Ult + Starter, XP Pro +Home, 2kAS, Linux Mint 8, SuperOS
 
 

The PID.txt (Product ID) would be for the factory Install, you should not use it now you have found your key under the battery, unless you reset to factory defaults in the future, when it will again be automatically inserted.
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13 Apr 2011   #14
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mizmelzy View Post
The 64bit Says Operating System Already installedon your computer. Reinstallation DVD Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit (32bit for the other one). This software is already installed on your computer. Use this DVD only to reinstall the operating system on a Dell PC.

Melissa
In that case, it should have activated automatically.

I dont think they use PID.TXT any longer, look for AUTOUNATTEND.XML.
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13 Apr 2011   #15
Mizmelzy

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

No I wasn't planning on using it now, just wondering if it was on the disk. I didn't see it.
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13 Apr 2011   #16
Mizmelzy

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

I didn't see AUTOUNATTEND.XML either.

Don't know why it didn't automatically activate either.

Melissa
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13 Apr 2011   #17
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Just a minor quirk I'd say. Please image the install using either the builtin backup/restore utility or something like macrium or acronis. That way if things go wrong, you can just restore from the image without bothering about reinstalling drivers/apps or reactivating.
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13 Apr 2011   #18
Mizmelzy

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

I did find a OEM.xrm-ms in the set up files which does have the product ID.

Melissa
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13 Apr 2011   #19
Mizmelzy

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

I have already planned on doing that. I bought Acronis already so I could back up mystuff

Thanks again for all the help.

Melissa
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13 Apr 2011   #20
Arc

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
Just a minor quirk I'd say. Please image the install using either the builtin backup/restore utility or something like macrium or acronis. That way if things go wrong, you can just restore from the image without bothering about reinstalling drivers/apps or reactivating.
That's what I do After installing all the necessary apps and customizations, it is to follow the tutorial Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup .
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