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Hey,

I have been gradually upgrading my Packard Bell iMedia, up to the point where the only original parts remaining are the graphics card, the Hard drive, and the Windows 7 OS.

I haven't re installed at all, but I feel as though I should have, I've read in some places that you should after any major hardware change.

I've never re installed before, so my questions are:

When should I re install, and is it even necessary?
What do I have to DO to re install?
I have no windows disk, so I presume I need to purchase one?
Can I use my original Product Key, or do I have to purchase one of those too?

Thanks a lot in advance
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post #2 of 10

You can get a system builder oem Windows 7 at newegg or tigerdirect for $100. I re install about 1 time a year to help clean all the junk off my computer. Keep's it fast.

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If you know somebody with Windows 7, you can use there disk to do the fresh install, and still use your own activation key.

To answer your other question, I wouldn't do a fresh install, until your system starts to act up, or BSOD's

If it's working good, leave it alone!
Edited by Inteller - 8/12/11 at 2:43pm
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Only one Product Key comes with every purchase of Windows whether it's OEM, Full, or the Upgrade. So if you were to buy a new copy, then you would be all set.

I personally recommend getting the Upgrade version of Windows 7 Home Premium, and I recommend performing a truly clean fresh installation with it. The box comes with both a 32-bit disc and a 64-bit disc and 1 Product Key. I recommend using the 64-bit disc.

To install it, all you have to do is this (warning: this will format your hard drive, so please back everything up that you want to keep):
  1. Boot from the Windows 7 Upgrade DVD
  2. When you see this, click Next
  3. When you see this, click Install now
  4. When you see this, click "I accept the license terms" and then click Next
  5. When you see this, click "Custom (advanced)"
  6. When you see this, click "Drive options (advanced)"
  7. After that, you'll see this. Select your hard drive, and click Delete, New, Format, and then Next (in that order). You will need to confirm your choices.
  8. Then you will see this. It will say "Expanding Windows files (0%) ..." for about 1-2 minutes, and then it'll begin expanding at a reasonable speed.
  9. When you finally get here, this part is optional.
  10. Then it will ask for your Product Key like this. At this point, do not enter it. Leave it blank!
  11. Disable "Automatically activate Windows when I'm online"
  12. Click Next
  13. Now you'll see this. Personally, I recommend "Ask me later" because I prefer to have complete control over which Windows Updates get installed and which ones don't. This way you can enable Windows Update later and choose "Check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install them". This will enable you to avoid drivers offered by Windows Update.
  14. After that, you'll get to set the Date and Time
  15. Next, you get online
  16. Finally, you get to the Desktop!


Once you get to the Desktop, create a new folder on the root of your C: drive called Windows.old. After that, attempt to activate Windows 7 over the internet. If you don't have access to the internet yet, then that means you still need to install the driver for your network adapter. However, still: the easiest way to get this freshly installed copy of your Upgrade version is to first create a folder named "Windows.old" and then activate over the internet after that.

That's basically all there is to it!
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^ I'd better do a Repair Install, but it depends on what edition you have.

Damn these preinstalled W7 are big crap... even if I bought an OEM PC I would ask for a W7 refund, then buy a real CD.
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Most of time if you upgrade (mb,hd) a machine from a company like Dell, hp or any other company you can't use the product key. Because they own the rights to that machine and OS. It better to just get your own OS.
Edited by Cape Cod - 8/12/11 at 3:50pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Cape Cod View Post
Most of time if you upgrade a machine from a company like Dell, hp or any other company you can't use the product key. Because they own the rights to that machine and OS. It better to just get your own OS.
Are you talking about how I'm recommending that he buy the Upgrade version?
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Are you talking about how I'm recommending that he buy the Upgrade version?
No talking about the other guy that said just get a disk and us the product key they have on the sticker. That happened to me on a dell computer about 6 years back. Sorry should have quoted.
I know the upgrade has a new product key.
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Originally Posted by Cape Cod View Post
No talking about the other guy that said just get a disk and us the product key they have on the sticker. That happened to me on a dell computer about 6 years back. Sorry should have quoted.
I know the upgrade has a new product key.
Aw, it's all good.

You're right, though: he would have to find an OEM DVD (and not one with a specific brand either).
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Thanks everyone

Think I'll do a clean install, but will leave it until later in the year.

Thanks again!
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