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Windows 7: Installing Windows 7 OEM DVD using HP OEM Key

17 May 2010   #11

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sprucemoose View Post
I'm pretty sure Bill is right - if I make the recovery disks and attempt a reinstall, it's going to put all the bloatware back on my machine. I've read somewhere that you can actually modify the recovery image to remove all the bloatware programs, but I'm not sure if I'm that tech savvy.

I also know that companies like HP use a "factory image activation key"... which is different than the key printed on the side of the computer. I have been able to find out what this key is by using an utliity.

To answer Bill's previous question: I'm sure it's a generic OEM DVD (i.e., it's not one customized for Dell or Acer...etc., and it's also not a RETAIL Windows 7 DVD). It's the generic OEM DVD that small manufacturers can buy to use to preload Windows 7 on their custom computers.
1) Modifying the recovery image to remove the bloatware is a pretty iify task. Most times, it is guranteed NOT to work. So I would not advise it.

2) Please remember, if you install with a generic disk, you'll need to activate with the COA key- thats the one on the side of your computer.

3) Generic dvd and Retail dvd are identical. In fact all win7 dvds are identical. Only OEM specific dvds have custom info such as OEM logos and activation data.

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06 Jun 2010   #12

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

OP. Yes you can do a clean install with that HP. I used the sticker on mine to do it. You will have to use the automated MS phone service to activate the key. Takes about 5 minutes. It does not matter if you use a OEM or Retail cd. As long as it is the same version. You can also back up the cert/key and restore them with a fresh install. Saving you the hassle of using the sticker. But it is against the rules to talk about that any further on here. The pc sure does run much smoother with all that bloat gone that HP puts on. I honestly believe that is why so many customers that buy OEM machines like these. Have so many problems from the start. If you insist on using the sticker. My advice. Once activated. Install all drivers and windows updates. Then make a backup image. That way you don't ever have to call again.
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