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Windows 7: Going to install Win7 Pro question

15 Jan 2019   #1

Windows 7 Professional x64
Going to install Win7 Pro question

I've just purchased an unused OEM disk and plan to install it on a virgin HDD. On the Cover of the package that the disk came in, it says "the software is intended for pre-installation on the hard drive of the fully assembled computer, using teh OEM pre-installation tools. For information about using OEM pre-installation tools, see"

I went to that URL, and it's all about Microsoft partners. One had to register, etc., in order to access it.

What is Microsoft talking about? Are "pre-installation tools necessary to get the disk to work?

Next question: I have 3 HDDs in my BIOS system, circa 2009. The newest one is all unallocated space. One of the disks is Win 7 Home, a copy that I didn't know to activate when I got it. It could well be bogus. The second disk is devoted to Ubuntu, but it is not usable right now because Grub 2 was installed on the first disk and accidentally deleted. From the hell I have been living with for days, I cannot use a live DVD because something in the Disk 0 MBR is screwed up. Once I install the new Windows on the new disk, I plan to re-partition the Win7Home and use it for extra space. I will also re-partition the Ubuntu disk and reinstall Ubuntu.

What I need to know is how to do this?

Should I disconnect the Win7 Home HDD and the Ubuntu HDD before installing Win 7 Pro? I can't re-partition Disk 0 because it's my current boot disk. I'll have to make sure that the new HDD is the Windows boot disk. Once it's active, I can then re-partition the current Disk 0. I just want to make sure that after the clean Win Pro7 install, it will be the boot disk even after I reconnect the current Disk 0 and I can re-partition it.

Will my proposed plan work? If not, can y'all suggest how I go about doing what I need to do.

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15 Jan 2019   #2

win 8 32 bit

Welcome to the forum. Remove other drives when you install so it doesntput boot files on the wrong drive. Oem is the same as any other dvd simply boot from it let it create paritions and you good to go The tool kit is if your an OEM and want to customize the install with logos etc Introduction to the Windows 7 OEM Preinstallation Kit - YouTube
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15 Jan 2019   #3

Windows 7 Professional x64

Next questions:

Right now the new disk is installed as Disk 3 or 4 on the motherboard. Seems to me that I will need to connect it as disk 1 after the other two are removed. Will the BIOS automatically set it as the SATA disk in boot priority when the other disks are removed?

Then when I re-install the others, will the BIOS ignore their boot sectors and go straight to the new disk?

When you say to remove the other two HDDs, will it be sufficient to disconnect their power and SATA cables? I'd re-attach the SATA cables in a different order when reconnecting them.

I cannot believe that I'm having to start all over from scratch when I have backups. But I cannot figure out how to get to them when I cannot use a Live Disk to boot from.

At least I save all my data to an external HD.
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16 Jan 2019   #4

win 8 32 bit

Best practice is the boot drive should be drive 0 the others will sort themselves out when you reconnect and you can change drive letters if you want. You can just pull power or data cable while you install
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