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Windows 7: Reinstalling W7 on Laptop From Friend - Not Sure Which Install Type

24 Jun 2011   #21
Rex32

W7 x64
 
 

I think you are definitely correct to try and use the Lenovo Restore thing first... Any idea on my question regarding the product key?


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24 Jun 2011   #22
Rex32

W7 x64
 
 

I made a complete image of my drive using Acronis True Image, should I backup any drivers or anything else before proceeding? I backed up my iTunes Library and that is all I need...
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24 Jun 2011   #23
gregrocker

 

Product ID/Key answered Above^

Follow the steps given here to get a perfect clean reinstall: Reinstalling Windows 7
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24 Jun 2011   #24
theog

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Where do get the Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Retail Disk image files from?
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24 Jun 2011   #25
Rex32

W7 x64
 
 

Sorry, yes the key is readable on the bottom of my current machine. Will I need it with the Recovery installation through lenovo? Provided that works...


-Mike
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24 Jun 2011   #26
theog

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Rex32 View Post
Sorry, yes the key is readable on the bottom of my current machine. Will I need it with the Recovery installation through lenovo? Provided that works...


-Mike
NO, you will not.
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24 Jun 2011   #27
Rex32

W7 x64
 
 

Okay F11 did nothing and there wasn't anything about a recovery option when I pressed the 'Think Vantage' button at boot, just allowed me to pick a new boot device.

Do you think the best way to proceed would be to download a W7 Pro OEM 64bit DVD Image and put that on my bootable USB and install that and use the key on the bottom of my laptop? I'm fine with having pro and a completely fresh installation. I have a backup image from True Image on an external drive if something goes wrong...


Thx,

Mike
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24 Jun 2011   #28
gregrocker

 

As stated earlier you can unlock all versions in the Ultimate flash stick you created (or any version) by deleting the ei.cfg file in Sources folder. You'll then get a menu to choose.

Have you confirmed the flash stick installer will boot? If not write the ISO to stick using this handy tool with Win7 in the dropdown menu: Universal USB Installer – Easy as 1 2 3 | USB Pen Drive Linux Use this tool on ISO first to Unlock any version eicfg removal tool

If you want to download Pro, I would get one with SP1. Make sure you scan with Malwarebytes and your AV.
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24 Jun 2011   #29
Rex32

W7 x64
 
 

Have I confirmed which USB not boot?

I'm not sure that all versions will be there, I downloaded a W7 x64 Retail image from PB. Then I only put the 64bit folder on the drive, let me try it though.


-Mike
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24 Jun 2011   #30
theog

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
Where do get the Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Retail Disk image files from?
Where do you, may be full of nastys.
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