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Windows 7: Folder C:\PostVistaPE in W7 premium

23 Mar 2013   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64, *W7 Prem. x64
Folder C:\PostVistaPE in W7 premium

...Hello to everybody. (Hopefully is the right place for my question)
...In a Dell xpsl702x W7 premiumx64 system, after a recovery to factory ....(I suppose, 90% sure..), there is a file "C:\PostVistaPE".
..I wanted to know, if someone understands, what it means to have such a folder in W7.
Inside there are boot files like BCD and bootmgr boot.wim, ntldr etc...
The reason I'm asking is what I'll face in the case and when I'll need to activate windows.
e.g. Is that means that I don't have clear, W7? and that they did in factory or in the shop a kind of upgrade from Vista?
..And if they did so, will I face any poblems to activate with my coa key?
Thank you for your time.

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23 Mar 2013   #2

Windows 10 64 bit

Dell's are pre-activated. You shouldn't have any problems with that. You may want to leave that folder as is and not delete it.

Dell has a very good users helping users forum, posting on there should get you exact information on that folder and if its needed.
Software & Operating Systems - Dell Community
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23 Mar 2013   #3
Microsoft MVP


As stated there is no reason to activate Factory Recovery, or Clean Reinstall using the Dell Reinstallation DVD.

If you used another installer to Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 then it might have had some undesireables added in, so I'd redo it using your Dell Reinstallation DVD or the latest official Win7 installer w/SP1 in Step 1 of tutorial.
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23 Mar 2013   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium x64, *W7 Prem. x64

....Thanks fireberd for reply.
..Of course I'm not going to delete it and I know W7 are pre-activated.
..I'm just afraid what will be after the clean install I'm going to do...(an old story...)
I didn't want to "bother" in Dell's forum, because they already help me for bios
..and drivers issues....I didn't want to brake their nervus with more questions...
...Anyway I thank you for your interest about my question.
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23 Mar 2013   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium x64, *W7 Prem. x64

...Hi gregrocker. I'm happy to see you again.
I just said that I believe this folder came after the factory recovering I did before one month.
Now (if you remember) I'm prepering for a clean install (as your tutorial show).
I have not understand what you suggest because I'm going to use W7 made from the iso from digital life.
So you say I'll get problems? Can you explain it better because I don't speak well english.
...Did you mean I'll get problems with activation?
All this time from our last contact I just clear up issues with bios upgrades, drivers etc.
Like I told you before 10 days I have time to prepere everything to be perfect.
Thank you so much for time.
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23 Mar 2013   #6
Microsoft MVP


Just follow the steps in Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 and ask back any questions if you have them first.
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23 Mar 2013   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium x64, *W7 Prem. x64

ok man.
My question was simply, when W7 are from Vista upgrade to W7, if then the coa key is valid.
You are right in your point but me also I'm right because after will be too late.
Anyway thank you I'll follow your suggestion
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23 Mar 2013   #8
Microsoft MVP


The question is not clear. If you have Win7 Upgrade version then you can Clean Install with an Upgrade version if you have a copy of Vista or XP which came with that PC or a retail copy of either OS.

You must have a Product Key for Win7 and cannot use the same product key that comes with Vista.

Where did you get Win7? Is it Full or Upgrade version?
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