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Windows 7: reinstalling Windows on a HP laptop using the laptops product key?

02 Mar 2015   #11

Windows 7 Professional 64bit

I downloaded all the drivers I needed from HP's site. I also downloaded MSE and Malwarebytes. I have an OEM version of Windows which I'll use to do a reinstall on the laptop. The OEM version I have and what's on the laptop are exactly the same.

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02 Mar 2015   #12

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64 +Linux_VMs +Chromium_VM

Sounds good.
After you have everything installed and working the way you want, consider creating ISO Image files from your optical discs.

Optical Discs can get scratched/corrupted over time, so it's good to have a Backup ISO file stored on HD.
Then you could create a new bootable Optical Disc or Flash Drive if you ever need to.

ImgBurn can create an ISO from a disc.
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02 Mar 2015   #13

Windows 10 Education 64 bit

Don't panic if it doesn't activate online. I've had to do a phone activation in the past when using the code on COA sticker on a pc that originally had a factory OEM install. It's all automated with voice recognition etc. For future reference, If you had got stuck with miss matched install media, there is a way out. Just remove the ei.cfg file from the install media. Doing that will unlock all editions on the DVD. Windows 7 Universal Installation Disc - Create
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