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Windows 7: Need to reload 7 after HD replacement, no disk, have Prod ID

20 Feb 2012   #1

xp pro 32
Need to reload 7 after HD replacement, no disk, have Prod ID

Had to replace my HD on Acer Aspire. Tech guy reloaded 7 but it doesn't work correctly. I've replaced it with XP temporarily but I want to reload 7. I don't have a disk but I do have the product key.

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20 Feb 2012   #2
Microsoft MVP


Do you have a COA sticker on the machine as shown below with a readable Product Key on it?

Need to reload 7 after HD replacement, no disk, have Prod ID-1270558000_86224332_1-pictures-buying-windows-7-prof-coa-sticker-only-100pcs-up-needed.jpg

If so what is the licensed version printed on it?

If Win7 did not come with the machine, what version did you buy?

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20 Feb 2012   #3

xp pro 32
Thanks, and yes

I do have a sticker and readable product key. It's Windows 7 Home Premium OA, came with the machine, about 15 months ago. There were no disks with the machine and I blew off making the backup disk, which I probably would have lost anyway since I'm obviously an idiot. When we replaced the HD I was stuck.

I really appreciate your trying to help. What can I do?
Chaplain David
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20 Feb 2012   #4
Microsoft MVP


Win7 Home Premium x64 SP1 English Official ISO download
Win7 Home Premium x86 SP1 English Official ISO download Use x86 (32 bit) only if less than 4gb RAM.

Download, burn to DVD or write to flash stick using Windows 7 USB-DVD Download Tool

Follow these steps to get a perfect clean reinstall: Reinstalling Windows 7
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22 Feb 2012   #5

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You can Order Acer recovery disks from here:

information   Information
We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
& made the Startup Repair CD.
startup repair disc-create

Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?

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