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Windows 7: Laptop OS reinstall

06 Aug 2011   #1
granspixe

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
Laptop OS reinstall

My question is: I have a HP laptop with Windows 7 Home Premium on it and I want to do a clean install. I don't want to restore from the recovery partition. Again I want to do a clean install. The laptop came with no CD or DVD it has only a "recovery partition" and the "F11" option. I want to know if I can use the license key from the sticker with a Windows 7 installation DVD. Also ,if possible, can someone tel where to find one for free.


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06 Aug 2011   #2
Bill2

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

Yes, you can use the sticker key with a win7 install dvd as long as you install the same edition the computer came with. As for finding the the dvd, google is your friend.
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06 Aug 2011   #3
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by granspixe View Post
My question is: I have a HP laptop with Windows 7 Home Premium on it and I want to do a clean install. I don't want to restore from the recovery partition. Again I want to do a clean install. The laptop came with no CD or DVD it has only a "recovery partition" and the "F11" option. I want to know if I can use the license key from the sticker with a Windows 7 installation DVD. Also ,if possible, can someone tel where to find one for free.
I can understand you wanting to carry out a clean install, but before you do, I'd advise you create a set of recovery disks first so that you can restore your laptop to its out-of-box state should the need arise.

For example, you may want to sell it in the future and without recovery disks you'd have to let Windows 7 go with it.

If the clean install goes haywire for any reason, it's always a good idea to have a way of recovering your system as a backup.
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06 Aug 2011   #5
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello granspixe, welcome to Seven Forums!


Have a look at the information in this tutorial at the link below and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.


Clean Install : Factory COA Activation Key

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06 Aug 2011   #6
gregrocker

 

Here are steps to get a perfect clean reinstall of HP Factory OE M using the Product Key on COA sticker: Reinstalling Windows 7

In addition with HP you can extract any desired preinstalled apps from your Recovery disks (e.g. Works, etc) using this method: Extract HP 3rd Party Software from RecovCD
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06 Aug 2011   #7
granspixe

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Thank you all for the replies. I already made a backup image of all my partitions. I'm now trying to figure out what type of Windows 7 installation version I need. The sticker on the back of my laptop reads: "Windows 7 Home Prem OA HP". So it appears to be OEM. Wondering what 'OA" stands for?
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06 Aug 2011   #8
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

You will need the Home Premium installation media and the COA key will be simular to this, 5 groups of 5 letters/numbers.
G0BUY-TH3S0-FTWAR-3ATMI-CS0FT
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06 Aug 2011   #9
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Why do you need to now?
You have a backup image of all my partitions.
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06 Aug 2011   #10
gregrocker

 

OA version on COA sticker means it was Offline Activated using manufacturer's COA-SLP mass-activation method. When you use the Product Key on sticker, it changes to COA-OEM activation method which is handled by MS activation servers.

First try online activation by inserting key at Computer>Properties then if necessary follow the prompts to activate by phone.

If it fails to prompt with phone number list, use this phone activation procedure:
Activate Windows 7 by Phone
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