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Windows 7: win 7 clean install on new laptops?? can be done?

01 Jul 2011   #11
gregrocker

 

It is an absolute waste to reinstall OEM WIn7 with a new Product Key when the laptop you purchase comes with a Win7 license worth at least $100 that you can reinstall for the life of the laptop using the Product Key on the COA sticker!

OEM's no longer issue the Install DVD so that they can enforce the factory-preinstalled bloatware which makes a fortune for their sponsors and makes up most of their profit margin. But when you use the Product Key on the COA sticker activation is easily done online directly with MS Activation servers so the OEM is cut out. And if you decide to go back to the Recovery Disks or partition, it will self-activate per usual as OEM-SLP.

You only need to find a clean copy retail Installation DVD for your version, or any other version which can be unlocked to burn an All-versions DVD or write a flash stick installer.

It is all explained in detail here: Reinstalling Windows 7


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01 Jul 2011   #12
msongs

 
 
sounds like this will work....

I have a full retail version win 7. So I just stick that in the dvd drive and run it, then enter the product key that comes with the laptop, and it will install and all will be well except for downloading windows updates and looking for drivers or any security softwares. Can it really be that simple? I know how to reformat my current win 7 PC.
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01 Jul 2011   #13
gregrocker

 

If it is the same version Win7 - Basic, Home Premium, Pro, Ultimate. Otherwise unlock all versions following the step given in these tips to get a perfect OEM reinstall: Reinstalling Windows 7

The installers are all the same with some versions hidden. Only the key determines what can be activated.
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01 Jul 2011   #14
alphanumeric

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

You should be able to re-install/clean install and use the product code on the sticker. Why pay twice for the OS unless you have to. I do all my installs from USB flash drives now. Its fast and simple, once the bootable drive is created.
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01 Jul 2011   #15
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

You would need to install drivers & security software.
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01 Jul 2011   #16
nitroman84

windows 7 Pro 64Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
It is an absolute waste to reinstall OEM WIn7 with a new Product Key when the laptop you purchase comes with a Win7 license worth at least $100 that you can reinstall for the life of the laptop using the Product Key on the COA sticker!

OEM's no longer issue the Install DVD so that they can enforce the factory-preinstalled bloatware which makes a fortune for their sponsors and makes up most of their profit margin. But when you use the Product Key on the COA sticker activation is easily done online directly with MS Activation servers so the OEM is cut out. And if you decide to go back to the Recovery Disks or partition, it will self-activate per usual as OEM-SLP.

You only need to find a clean copy retail Installation DVD for your version, or any other version which can be unlocked to burn an All-versions DVD or write a flash stick installer.

It is all explained in detail here: Reinstalling Windows 7
Correct, after all you paid for the OS when purchasing the computer. On a side note, my current laptop was the same as any other I have ever purchased. I didn't even boot the original drive I just popped it out and threw in my trusty old SSD and performed a clean install straight away. About a month went by before my configuration addiction got the best of me and I broke something (or learned something) however you want to look at it. So as an experiment I just cloned the factory drive to my SSD and gave it a whirl. Come to find out all the bloat junk was not already installed I just deleted the installers for MS Office Starter and the like and already had the drivers & useful stuff there. This is the first business oriented computer I ever purchased so that may be the difference, I don't know. But any other has historically been loaded to the gills with useless garbage.
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02 Jul 2011   #17
gregrocker

 

Yes, Business computers are not preloaded with sponsors' bloatware because they charge more for them.

But most still have the useless factory utilities which have much better versions built into Win7.
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