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Windows 7: OS v OEM

30 Jul 2011   #11
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

No it's not necessary, just the best way forward to a clean install.


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30 Jul 2011   #12
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

A Quick format will leave the Asus Recovery Partition in place, but unusable. You will need to delete all partitions.
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30 Jul 2011   #13
gregrocker

 

You can use Win7 Pro upgrade version. Boot the installer, it will see an existing OS and pass a flag allowing use of Upgrade version key upfront - even if you then go on to use Custom install>Drive Options to Delete all partitions, Create new and Format as shown in this tutorial: Clean Install Windows 7 .

Wiping the HD using Diskpart "Clean All" is unnecessary overkill unless there are install problems caused by boot sector corruption. This will also cause the installer to not see an OS, requiring waiting to insert the Product key until after the install to do one of the workarounds given here to use Upgrade version on a cleaned HD: Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

Here I have compiled steps based on hundreds of clean reinstalls of factory OEM to help get a perfect reinstall: Reinstalling Windows 7

Another indirect path is to unlock all versions in the Win7 installer to clean reinstall Home Premium (which you own for the life of the machine) with the Product Key on COA sticker, then use Anytime Upgrade (which is cheaper) to upgrade to Pro from a clean reinstall without the factory bloatware.

You can also clean up the factory bloatware if you want using these tips: Clean up factory bloatware
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30 Jul 2011   #14
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Ziani,
as I understand it we are talking 2 quite different options.

The Anytime upgrade would work on an existing ASUS OEM installation freeing up the pro options. It would still look and be partitioned like a ASUS PC.
Other members - is this correct?
If so, it doesn't look very appealing to me.

As I see it, the other way you get your hands on the install disks and can do a true clean install when needed. The OS will always be tied to your existing PC.
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31 Jul 2011   #15
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
Ziani,
as I understand it we are talking 2 quite different options.

The Anytime upgrade would work on an existing ASUS OEM installation freeing up the pro options. It would still look and be partitioned like a ASUS PC.
Other members - is this correct?
If so, it doesn't look very appealing to me.

As I see it, the other way you get your hands on the install disks and can do a true clean install when needed. The OS will always be tied to your existing PC.
YES, to Anytime Upgrade option.
Takes about 10 min.

Clean install option.
OEM manufacturer's setup
(base of)

1) Delete all partition.
2) Install Windows.
3) Install all OEM manufacturer's drivers.
4) Reinstall all Software.
Could Take 2 hours to 24 hours+
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31 Jul 2011   #16
Ziani

Windows 7 Home 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
A Quick format will leave the Asus Recovery Partition in place, but unusable. You will need to delete all partitions.
That's what I thought. I see I have at the moment a primary partition and 2 drives C: & D:....am i right in thinking that will be the Asus recovery partition? I understand by what I am reading here that I will have to delete this when I install with a retail OS?

I am using this OEM version as a practice version to find my way round Windows 7. I hate OEM's because of all the crap they put on and set them to autorun. I nearly did not bother with my new mean machine because of all this hassle but am glad I did now and will be happy when I have my new OS installed and set up just how I like it.

Thanks guys again for all your help
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31 Jul 2011   #17
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Have a look at the information in this tutorial linked below, though if you are going to purchase a retail installer ..., this is just another option.


Clean Install : Factory COA Activation Key

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31 Jul 2011   #18
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
Have a look at the information in this tutorial linked below, though if you are going to purchase a retail installer ..., this is just another option.

Clean Install : Factory COA Activation Key

+1

I see no point in sticking to the OEM's partition structure. You can always pull drivers from your existing configuration. Some OEMs allow you to backup their drivers (eg. ACER).
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31 Jul 2011   #19
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
Have a look at the information in this tutorial linked below, though if you are going to purchase a retail installer ..., this is just another option.
Clean Install : Factory COA Activation Key

+1

I see no point in sticking to the OEM's partition structure. You can always pull drivers from your existing configuration. Some OEMs allow you to backup their drivers (eg. ACER).
Thanks mate, I'm like you, why purchase when there's this option.
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01 Aug 2011   #20
Ziani

Windows 7 Home 64 bit
 
 

This is soo annoying...am getting ready for my clean install with retail OS ...creating my recovery disks just in case I need them and its not working. It mounts the recovery partition and creates 5 iso's but errors when burning to disk...have tried many disks.
Any ideas?
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