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Windows 7: Replace cheapy 5400rpm 500GB drive with 256GB SSD

09 Nov 2012   #11

Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bit

Just used on my asus , it displayed the id.

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09 Nov 2012   #12

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Good stuff, John. I couldn't remember if Speccy produces the Product ID and not just the key like Belarc.

I added some other things that have worked over the years here.

I just remembered to also mention to seller that this is being aired in the top tech forum on the web, and about to be referred to MS for investigation.
Well I sorta half smelt a rat when I first saw this thread Greg when NZ said the seller couldn't provide the info or that there was no sticker.

That I put down to perhaps it being unstuck accidentally or whatever or had been deliberately removed by a person or persons unknown ? kids?? - which in turn begs the question to NZ - how much do you know about this seller??

Me I personally would be checking out the serial number and stuff like that with maybe the manufacturer
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09 Nov 2012   #13

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1

Bit of a latecomer to the party here, but...

Aren't most laptops activated using a scheme where the key on the COA (certificate of authenticity) isn't the same as what a keyfinder would show for the pre-installed OS? (The abbreviation SLI - not the NVidia sort - comes to mind.)

I hope that the seller can provide a location for the COA. Perhaps it's there, but hidden away to save it from being worn off.
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09 Nov 2012   #14

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10

Hum bob I think it actually says it must be displayed in full view - not on top but certainly where it can be seen. But I stand to be corrected.

As for the activation it should have shown up in Speccy or SIW the latter will also provide some of the passwords too. Now another thing is if it is activated then it means it is connecting up to Microsoft for updates wouldn't it??

If there is nothing there then someone needs to do some explaining and if it were me sooner rather than later.

Personally if it were me I would be checking the serial number as I said before against the manufacturers records. If they come up ok the next thing I would do would be to get an OEM (or retail) and then there would not be a problem!

See what I mean in pic (I would really interested in seeing this for NZ's machine) .

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10 Nov 2012   #15


Dell puts the sticker under the battery sometimes. Look there.

It's true that the key audited from factory preinstalled Win7 is the SLP mass activation key which cannot be used for Clean Reinstall. But that wouldn't apply for Builder's OEM or retail which is hopefully what the OP has here.

Still waiting to hear if the Product ID on Control Panel>System page has an OEM in it's string. If not, it's retail and you should be good to audit the key to reinstall.
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11 Nov 2012   #16

Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bit

Gday pople. I have a an ISO windows image of my hard drive from the Hitachi5400rpm drive. Can I use the ISO files and put them directly onto the SSD ?
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11 Nov 2012   #17


What imaging app did you use to create the ISO? Where is it stored?

If it's the same size or smaller than the SSD you should be able to boot the imaging boot disk, apply the image to the SSD. If the options are given choose to Mark Active and include the MBR and Track0.

Once the image is applied if it won't start on its own, unplug all other drives and peripherals, boot into the Win7 installer, confirm WIn7 partition (or it's 100mb SysReserved boot partition) is Mark Partition Active,
then run Startup Repair - Run up to 3 Separate Times.
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11 Nov 2012   #18

Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bit

[QUOTE=gregrocker;2173166]What imaging app did you use to create the ISO? Where is it stored?

I used the Asus software supplied to create image. Its 4 separate ISO and Im going to use Win7 to USB and make a flash stick a bootalble USB and go from there.
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11 Nov 2012   #19


That sounds like the Asus Recovery Disks, which would restore all of the corrupting bloatware.

I would not use those but instead do the superior Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 without the factory bloatware and useless duplicate utilities.

However if you want to now Clean Up Factory Bloatware first, then if you're satisfied with the performance and/or don't want to lose a specific preinstalled app you could save a Win7 backup image or Macrium to Image your system to reimage to the SSD.

Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
System Image Recovery

There's also a premium Acronis cloning/imaging app which comes with any WD or Seagate HD which works quite well.
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13 Nov 2012   #20

Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bit

Gday just an update on this thread. I purchased the SSD Samsung 830 seris 256GB Sata III today. Is should come this week.
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