Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

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       #20

    You use a program installer, often a disk, to install a Program. This is not the Program File which is where the program is installed. It will not help to use Program Files as they are already installed and cannot be used to install a Program.
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    windows7 64bit
       #21

    ok SO HOW TO DO ..... IS THERE ANY OTHER SOLUTION,

    THANKS
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       #22

    If you bought a program you should have it's Product Key and installer. If not then download it from the program's website. It shows in the tutorial how to audit Product Keys if you have lost them. If you have any other programs you need help reinstalling then post them back and we'll try to help.
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    windows7 64bit
       #23

    THANKS .... NO ALL ARE SOFTWARES DOWNLOADED FROM INTERNET.
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    Windows 7 Pro 64 bit SP1
       #24

    I wanted to add, after the install of OS is complete to get those pesky "small" programs and utilities (flash, 7zip) that are needed use this AWESOME website:

    Ninite - Install or Update Multiple Apps at Once
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       #25

    event3horizon said:
    I wanted to add, after the install of OS is complete to get those pesky "small" programs and utilities (flash, 7zip) that are needed use this AWESOME website:

    Ninite - Install or Update Multiple Apps at Once
    This is a great find. I want to test it on a few installs first and then will add it to the tutorial if it's all that it appears to be.

    What is your experience using it and for how long? Are the apps up to date? Does it run them sequentially? How are restarts handled?
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    Windows 7 Pro 64 bit SP1
       #26

    it installs them all at once perfectly but one by one of course, uses 64bit or 32bit version depending on what hardware you have, and best of all everything is up to date.

    Honestly it doesn't really prompt me to restart but I do it anyway.
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    Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
       #27

    I have a quick question to make sure I'm interpreting this tutorial correctly. I'm trying to do a reinstall on a HP laptop: Can I do a clean reinstall with the Installer ISO linked to in step 1 (using the Win 7 product key on the bottom of the laptop)? Or do I need to do the Minimized Image Recovery from the HP Recovery?

    My goal is to get a clean install (formatted C:\) with little-to-no HP bloatware (games, trials, etc).

    Also, I had read elsewhere that a fresh/retail install (rather than from HP Recovery) would reveal hardware incompatibilities over time - is this true?

    Thank you!!
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       #28

    Minimal Recovery is very close to a clean reinstall, but providing all of the drivers HP wants. I would uninstall the HP Wireless manager to default to Win7's superior one, however.

    Clean Reinstalling with retail installer sometimes requires hunting some drivers afterward which aren't delivered by installer or optional Updates. You can find these on the HP Support Downloads webpage for your model. In rare cases, (a) driver(s) provided by Windows (e.g. factory chipset) needs to be replaced if performance problems point to it. But I would first try running with the ones given by installer and Updates.

    I would keep the Recovery partition and make the disks so that you still have that option.
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    Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
       #29

    Thank you for clarifying. Does the Minimal Recovery format the C:\ drive as part of the process, or is that something I'll need to do separately?
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