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Windows 7: Reinstall Win-7 PRO x64 OEM , no discs

22 Jun 2017   #1
bawldiggle

XP Pro (x86) | 7 HP (x86) & (x64) | 7 Pro (x64)
 
 
Reinstall Win-7 PRO x64 OEM , no discs

So often I have seen my request by others only to be told, it cannot be done.
I don't know where to turn to

... thought it would be worth an ask

Purchased Lenovo e540 in Aug-2015, 2 weeks later I had a stroke without ever taking the laptop out of the box.
Nov 2016, unpacked the Lenovo and activated/registered online with MS.
- back into its box
May 2017, I successfully made a clone of the HDD_1 onto HDD_2 using free AOMEI BackUpper
- cleaning junkware off HDD_2 after using Revounistaller PRO HDD_2 would not boot
Jun-2017 local PC Shop installed non Lenovo Win-7 PRO x64 along with a lot of commercial programs I did not want.
They charged $200 to reinstall Windows ... about 1\3rd cost of the Lenovo (my problem)
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somewhere in here I screwed HDD_2 (500GB) trying resize C:\ partition to clone to SSD (215GB)
Jun 2017, trying to clone HDD_2 (500GB) onto a 125GB SSD
- free AOMEI BackUpper is partially crippled and will not allow editing partition sizes on smaller SSD during cloning.
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- HDD_2 using free MiniTool I tried to resize C:\ partition to clone onto HDD_1
- HDD_1 would no boot
26-Jun-2017, Purchased AOMEI BackUpper PRO + AOMEI Partition Assistant PRO
HDD_2 as OS and broken HDD_1 USB connected ,
- Recover Partition (5 hour scan) with AOMEI Partition Assistant PRO found nothing
- proving the HDD_1 is dead

HDD_2 MS Safely Remove not listing all connected devices on Lenovo
- ran Brinks Notification Area Icons - Reset BAT file to clean Notification Area
After reboot no MS-SR atall
- I tinkered in Services and turned on anything that looked like MS-SR
- now I have MS-SR but no list of connected devices (all USB) and 50% of "services/programs" are not listed at all in Notifications list ...

In desperation I concluded a fresh reinstall of Windows is the only path I can see

I do have Win-7 PRO x64 ISO (Digital River Media update) phantom SP2, downloaded before MS shut down Digital River.
- and I have a range of info/numbers/strings given to me by the PC shop about 2 weeks ago

I would be very grateful for any help to dig my way out of the hole I have dug for myself into.

If this thread needs to be moved please do so ... I didn't know where to start thank you


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22 Jun 2017   #2
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Quote:
- and I have a range of info/numbers/strings given to me by the PC shop about 2 weeks ago
Check your product key

The Ultimate PID Checker Download
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22 Jun 2017   #3
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

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23 Jun 2017   #4
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

Witch win 7 brand came with the Laptop?
Does it has a COA stick with a key on it? Look under the battery.
Did the shop that installed the Win7 pro gave you the MS installation disk? If not, it was probably a pirate copy.
To install Win 7 you must have a activation key.
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23 Jun 2017   #5
bawldiggle

XP Pro (x86) | 7 HP (x86) & (x64) | 7 Pro (x64)
 
 

@ SIW2

The Ultimate PID Checker Download

Can I reuse the activation code when I clean reinstall Win-7 PRO x64 ?
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23 Jun 2017   #6
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Depends what type of activation code it is.

That is why you use pidcheck to tell you if it is oem, oem-slp, or retail.
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23 Jun 2017   #7
bawldiggle

XP Pro (x86) | 7 HP (x86) & (x64) | 7 Pro (x64)
 
 

@ Megahertz07
Which win 7 brand came with the Laptop?
Lenovo OEM Win-7 PRO x64

Does it have a COA stick with a key on it? Look under the battery.
Yes

Did the shop that installed the Win7 pro give you the MS installation disk?
No ... Lenovo do not provide Disks only a Recovery partition

I had already activated the Win-7 OS last November 2016
Laptop was with IT Shop because the PC would not boot.
In post #1 ... I corrupted system partition with bootable MinTools (BMT)
- Before apply changes in BMT I could not read some of the "changes list" so assumed everything was OK
- but BMT GUI cannot be dragged nor resized.
- lesson learned: I will use AOMEI Partition Assistant PRO to resize partitions in future

Lenovo only allow one attempt at making a Recovery disc and then the wizard wipes Recover Partition
Now I cannot find those disks

I did attempt a Partition Recovery ... after 5 hours no files at all in System Partition

If not, it was probably a pirate copy.
It is not a pirated copy because I activated the OS online with MS. No problems

To install Win 7 you must have a activation key.
The sticker with battery is for Win-8 PRO x64, but Lenovo pre-loaded Win-7 PRO x64
at first MS rejected the OS (with IT Tech) because there had already been 48 re-activations
- after phone calls to Lenovo and MS ... MS agreed those multiple re-activations were for a group of Lenovo PC all preloaded with Windows on the same manufacture date
(all beyond my expertise)
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24 Jun 2017   #8
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

There are 3 types of licenses. Retail, OEM and OEM SLP.
If you have the OEM SLP you wont be able to reinstall with the normal media. You will have to use the Lenovo disks.
Please run this http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=52012 and post the results here.

Normally the software that creates the recovery disks doesn't wipes the recovery partition. It puts a flag that says that the disks has already been created. If you remove the flag you'll be able to create them again.
If you have the Recovery partition (with or without the flag) you can launch the recovery from inside Windows or from BIOS.
Open Disk management, expand all columns and with the snipping tool take a snapshot and post here as an attachment.
Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image - Windows 7 Help Forums
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12 Jul 2017   #9
bawldiggle

XP Pro (x86) | 7 HP (x86) & (x64) | 7 Pro (x64)
 
 

@ SIW2
I downloaded Ultimate PID CHecker
I dont know what I should be looking for ... should I post image of PID results here. ?
U-PID matches the the list of keys the PC Tech gave me.

In the past Brink has advised to never post results of OS info in threads

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I dont have disks, other than the failed recovery disks I made using Lenovo feature.
Nor did the PC Tech give me any disks for the non-Lenovo OEM that they installed

This is a new Lenovo Laptop that has never been used, other than to activate on line in Nov-2016
- it was unstable from day #1, lots of lagging images (resembling failed ScreenUpdating)
- and slow WinExp responses
- I will never buy a laptop again, because of the bloatware that Laptop manufacturers install.

@ Megahertz07
I found What if the MGADiag.exe is ran and then What? to try and understand how to "translate" the results of MGADiag.exe into something I can understand.

I have used "Ultimate PID Checker" ... and I think the results of that indicate all is well. (?)
- but then I am not running Lenovo OEM any more
The non-Lenovo OEM was installed by a local PC shop, they have several branches on the east coast of Australia.
- when I was working full-time they built multiple machines (over several years) for me to run AutoCad

The laptop came with Win-8.1 PRO x64 upgrade disks, but the Lenovo was preloaded with Win-7 PRO x64
- I originally activated the Win-7 on line with MS without any problems.

I am holding 3 TXT files "Reports" I have created with suggestions by SIW2 and Megahertz07.
- but I do not like the idea of making those reports public in this thread.

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SPECS:
Win 7 PRO x64 ... non Lenovo OEM
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12 Jul 2017   #10
torchwood

W7 home premium 32bit/W7HP 64bit/w10 tp insider ring
 
 

Hi bawldiggle,

OEM activation is motherboard based you can change the HDD as many times as you like, MS might go squirrelly if you change it more than 3 times in a month.

run this tool copy/paste the output
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=52012

NOTE NOTHING in it will compromise your installation or be the cause of any privacy issues.

Roy

during your conversations with MS, did they give you a recovery key
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