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Windows 7: Reinstall windows 7 from product key only

20 Jul 2011   #1

Windows 7 home premium 32 bit
Reinstall windows 7 from product key only

My copy of windows 7 has become messed up. Manually deleted a perental control software (son outgrew it) and messed up windows. I have run the system backup onto a CD and have backed up all files and data on an external HD. I've been told I need to reformat the C: partition and then do a restore. How do I reinstall windows 7 using the product key listed on the computer. No disks came with the computer. Win 7 was preinstalled by manufacturer.

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20 Jul 2011   #2

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What is the make & model?
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20 Jul 2011   #3
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21 Jul 2011   #4

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Hp g60-519wm.

Pressing the f11 key during startup on a computer with an HP factory image will start the system recovery process even if the prompt is not displayed.

How to make HP Recovery DVD disks:
Recover Windows Vista Operating System Using HP Recovery - HP Customer Care (United States - English)

How to make HP Recovery USB disk:
Creating a Recovery Disk on a USB Flash Disk HP Pavilion dv6700z CTO Entertainment Notebook PC - HP Customer Care (United States - English)

You can Order HP Recovery Disks from here:
Compaq Mini CQ10-500 PC series*-* HP Notebook PCs - Order Recovery Discs for Windows 7, Vista, or XP - c00810334 - HP Business Support Center
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21 Jul 2011   #5


This is a Custom-built rig which came with Win7 preinstalled so there's a COA sticker with Product Key?

If you have no Factory Recovery disks or don't want to order them, then you'll need to borrow or find a Win7 installer to clean reinstall with Product Key on COA sticker following these steps to get a perfect OEM reinstall: Reinstalling Windows 7
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