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Windows 7: Install Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit on replacement HDD Dell laptop

1 Week Ago   #11
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

The problem with the DELL isos listed by the heidoc tool is that they are huuuuuge. They are multi language, some contain updates -many of which are now superseded. On the plus side, they activate automatically - but you don't need that because you can do exactly the same with the 7oeminstaller, or use your key.


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1 Week Ago   #12
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

As your HDD failed, did you replaced it with a SSD?
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1 Week Ago   #13
kuzink

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Megahertz07 No, replaced with a HDD, cost was a factor, as well as age of laptop (New 2012). Machine has 2nd gen processor, and Intel HD 3000 Graphics, neither are supposed to support Win 10. I don't know how long this machine will last, so trying not to spend much on it. I am 68 y/o, disabled, and on very tight budget, so $ matters.

BTW tech who installed drive refused to install Win 7 AFTER installing the HDD. Installed Win 10 Pro. It runs, but display is dim, like when o power save. Very hard on eyes. 2 different M$ techs remoted into and tried to find reason, best answer is the graphics card. External display (TV) through HDMI normal brightness, aspect not right, but could probably be adjusted. First M$ tech actually activated the 10 Pro install, using some code he had available. MY Key "might" have activated 10 if it had been Home edition, as an upgrade. Tech who installed 10 Pro should have known that.

Advised to try going back to Win 7, display should work correctly. Right now I still prefer 7 over 10 for multiple reasons, I hope this re-install works. Probably start Sunday AM, US Mountain time. Have USB Boot ready to go. Also made image file and recovery USB for the Windows 10, just in case.

Thanks for all advise, let ya know how it goes.
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1 Week Ago   #14
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

If your computer has a Win 7 HP license, you can only downgrade to Win 10 Home, not Pro. Your Win 10 pro is probably activated with a crack and is pirate.
I agree with you that Win 7 is a better OS to those who are used to it.

You have no idea what a SSD can do to improve your old computer.
- You can replace the HDD with a 256G SSD (US$ 26)
- Or you can replace the CD / DVD with a HDD caddy (US$9) and add a 128G SSD (US$20). You will have the speed of a SSD and the space of a HDD at low cost (US$30). That is what I have in my computer.

You have two ODD hight: 9.5mm and 12.7mm. Make sure to buy the right one

Crucial BX500 240GB

Crucial BX500 120GB
Aluminum HDD Caddy Case Tray for 12.7mm Universal CD/DVD-ROM Optical Bay Drive
Aluminum HDD Caddy Case Tray for 9.5mm Universal CD/DVD-ROM Optical Bay Drive
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1 Week Ago   #15
kuzink

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Thanks for the info, Megahertz07. Concerning the Win 10 Pro, the tech who refused to install the Win 7 Home Premium and instead installed Win 10 Pro, was not knowledgeable enough to know that, or did it purposely to make me by a 10 Pro license.

He returned to laptop to me with Win 10 Pro not activated. A Microsoft Tech, assisting me remotely on a Service Request activated the Win 10 Pro, using a code that he had access to. So my Win 10 Pro is not "cracked", and I doubt the Microsoft tech, working a Microsoft Service Request, from the Microsoft Support website "pirated" the code.

Since This whole thread is about re-installing the Win 7 Home Premium that was preinstalled when I purchased the laptop back in 2012, Win 10 Pro becomes irrelevant once the Win 7 becomes installed and activated either using the Key in my BIOS, or the Key from the COA tag on the bottom of this laptop.

Thanks for the suggestion on the SSD, I'll look into it, after I get back to Win 7 HP.
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1 Week Ago   #16
kuzink

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

SIW2

I created bootable USB using the Home Premium (not COEM) ISO. Changed boot priority, booted fine, started install, have Windows 7 Install Now screen. Setup starts, get message "A required CD/DVD drive device driver is missing. If you have a driver on CD/DVD or USB flash drive, insert it now".

I have all the Dell drivers for my Service Tag, download from Dell on a separate USB. I Insert that USB, by it is not recognizing the drive. There is a Dell USB driver among the drivers. All the Dell drivers are .exe files. Install will not proceed until the driver is provided.

Not sure how to proceed.Installation seems to want a required device driver, cannot find it on the boot USB, won't recognize a second USB. Don't know if I should copy Dell USB driver to boot USB, Leave as .exe file or run .exe file on Boot USB?

Strange that the ISO would not come with a driver required for installation included? Backed out of install, removed boot drive. On hold for now.
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1 Week Ago   #17
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Maybe you are using usb3 port. Windows 7 doesn't come with usb 3 drivers, they are supplied by the manufacturers.

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Don't know if I should copy Dell USB driver to boot USB.
Yes, if win 7 can see the usb stick. But you need to extract the drivers from the exe first. Then you can browse to them when asked.
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1 Week Ago   #18
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

These are from the exe provided by DELL.

Unzip it first of course.

USB3_dell4110.zip


I think there is a dvd drive in that model (EDIT: yes, there is ). There should also be a usb2 port ( the black port on the left side of the machine next to the card reader slot)

1. You can install win 7 via the dvd drive, or through the usb2 port.


2. After win7 has installed, plug the usb stick with the DELL drivers you already downloaded into the usb2 port. Then browse to it from your installed win7.


3. After that you will be able to connect to the internet, and use the usb3 port ( which is the blue one on the right of the machine).


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1 Week Ago   #19
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kuzink View Post
Thanks for the info, Megahertz07. Concerning the Win 10 Pro, the tech who refused to install the Win 7 Home Premium and instead installed Win 10 Pro, was not knowledgeable enough to know that, or did it purposely to make me by a 10 Pro license.
The tech pushed a Win 10 Pro (US$ 115) that you don't want or need?

Believe me, a SSD is the best upgrade you can do. And it's only US$26.
It will boot in 20 seconds and opens programs at a blink of an eye.
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1 Week Ago   #20
kuzink

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

SIW2

Install of driver on boot disk corrupted ISO, would not boot. Had to rebuild USB boot drive.

Suggestion of USB 2 port left side laptop worked, no driver error message.

Thank you!
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