Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

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    Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
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    Disks have a shelf life which an OS like Win7 may well outlive.
    So Greg so I have it right as I have been having problems with my main machine for some time now and am up to just about reinstall #4 could my OEM disk be "deteriorating" making the install no good??

    Am curious because I am thinking of using a brand new spare OEM disk and it seems to be rather wasteful if the original is crap now. Am just wondering too how do they deteriorate?? I just wish they still had that ISO up.
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       #511

    Can depend on the disk quality and how it is handled. But they all have a shelf life. I regularly see bad disks with those I help.

    I made my Boston roommates a new one when I left in September and sure enough the older 2010 one errored out during repairs a few days ago. Five years would be my limit to depend on any that are regularly handled.
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       #512

    Ok well my disk is a 2011 "model" but it has just sat in a drawer in it's box until recently when I have done the reinstalls.

    Now if I have two new disks that are brand new still in their sealed boxes so the ones I have were bought when the price was good (because if I bought one today it would come in some el cheapo cardboard packet) they were bought a fair while ago though before the el cheapo era (still have SP1 though).
    Now if I used the ei.cfg removal tool could I use one of them without losing the activation code for an install on a subsequent machine?
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       #513

    To use the eicfg removal tool if you don't have any version in your bit-rate downloaded, you'll need to extract the ISO from the disk using ImgBurn, run the tool to unlock all versions, then burn it to a fresh DVD using ImgBurn at 4x speed, or write to 4gb+ USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create - Windows 7 Forums.
    If you have UEFI then stick needs Option One of UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows
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       #514

    Ok Greg I have two OEM Home 64bit editions spare and will use one of them plus am happier with a disk for installing to be honest - the part about extracting the ISO from the original Microsoft disk is the only part I am not sure of what to do.

    I shall have a look at ImgBurn help to see which part of that program I have to use and do it on another machine than this one because it is really giving me hell and getting worse.
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       #515

    From tutorial Step 1: extract the ISO image file
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    Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
       #516

    Thank you so much for writing the tutorial, and the replies. :)

    One last question besides the 64-bit and 32-bit versions is there any difference in the ISO between "home premium", "Home Basic", "ultimate" etc or is it all to do with what product key you have?

    thanks again.


    Added later,
    nevermind I just saw you post to ICIT2LOL about using Ei.cfg.


    Last edited by retspag; 22 Feb 2015 at 20:58.
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       #517

    gregrocker said:
    From tutorial Step 1: extract the ISO image file
    Thanks Greg I didn't want to go off half cocked again and make any more mistakes.
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       #518

    Greg is this a genuine site - looks to be and entering a code I have already runs a verification scan? and then nothing. Microsoft Software Recovery or is it a fraud or now blocked site?
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    Windows 10 Pro x64 ; Xubuntu x64
       #519

    ICIT2LOL said:
    Greg is this a genuine site - looks to be and entering a code I have already runs a verification scan? and then nothing. Microsoft Software Recovery or is it a fraud or now blocked site?
    Microsoft Software Recovery Website
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