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I have the key from the bottom of the lappy, but no disc from the manufacturer. Is there a way to reinstall this thing using a burnt disc/usb?
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It will be fine to install using the proper Win 7 image that goes with your laptop. The key is tied to the hardware inside, so as long as you install the correct version of Win 7 you should have no problems activating it with the key under your laptop.

Worse that happens is you have to call Microsoft and activate by phone, but that shouldn't happen.

[EDIT] Seans Windows Install guide has legit Win 7 iso's (no need for torrent). Just choose the proper one (Home, Premium etc & x86 or x64) and use the Windows usb install tool to step by step put the iso onto your usb flash drive and make it bootable. Install as usual.

Seans Guide to get the ISOs: http://www.overclock.net/t/1156654/seans-windows-7-install-optimization-guide-for-ssds-hdds/0_30

Win 7 USB Tool Downlaod: http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msus/html/pbPage.Help_Win7_usbdvd_dwnTool/#ms_help_topics_at3
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Windows xp, Vista, 7, and 8 can all be installed through usb with the windows 7 usb/dvd download tool. all you need to do is get an .ISO file for the version you have the key for. I bought a copy of 8 thorugh my school (at an extremely discounted rate) and used a torrent site to get the .ISO. from there I used the utility as the instructions said to. it was as easy as that! hope this helps! thumb.gif


here is the link to the tool: http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msusa/html/pbPage.Help_Win7_usbdvd_dwnTool
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How old is the laptop? It probably never came with a disc. More than likely there is a Repair/Recovery partition that has an install image on it.

Accessible via F1, F10, DEL, etc. when you boot up. I'm not talking about a recovery or rollback either. If its setup correctly, you'll be able to do a clean install.

Almost all laptops are sold this way now.
    
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post #5 of 24
You can reinstall via dvd, usb or by making a bootable partition on your hardrive that contains the Windows 7 image of your choice. You've got a valid key so your all set.

NoviCorp WintoFlash is a nice, free app that allows you to create a bootable USB stick to install windows : http://wintoflash.com/home/en/

EasyBCD is another handy bit of freeware that allows you to create a bootable partition on an already in-use hard drive : http://neosmart.net/EasyBCD/

Of course, you can always snag an image of Windows 7 and burn it to a DVD and go that route. Make sure you're getting and installing the same version that matches what your computer came with.

Good luck!

Edit: Badly beaten, but as you can see, there are many ways to handle this problem. Just use whatever method is easiest for you.
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How old is the laptop? It probably never came with a disc. More than likely there is a Repair/Recovery partition that has an install image on it.

Accessible via F1, F10, DEL, etc. when you boot up. I'm not talking about a recovery or rollback either. If its setup correctly, you'll be able to do a clean install.

Almost all laptops are sold this way now.
It's pretty recent. It has W7 Home Basic, and an i3.
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I bet theres a hidden recovery partition with a full Win7 install image on it.

Watch carefully at boot time for button to press to access it. Sometimes you have to look it up online or check the "Quick start guide" that came with the laptop to find the key combo. It wont be the same key that you use to access the BIOS.

I had an Acer laptop once that you could not access the recovery partition from outside of windows. You had to launch a program from inside windows to get to the re-install utility. How stupid.

If all else fails, like has been said already, you can download an .iso from just about anywhere and use that. Assuming your trying to reinstall this on the laptop. Just FYI, that key will only work on that laptop.
    
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I bet theres a hidden recovery partition with a full Win7 install image on it.

Watch carefully at boot time for button to press to access it. Sometimes you have to look it up online or check the "Quick start guide" that came with the laptop to find the key combo. It wont be the same key that you use to access the BIOS.

I had an Acer laptop once that you could not access the recovery partition from outside of windows. You had to launch a program from inside windows to get to the re-install utility. How stupid.

If all else fails, like has been said already, you can download an .iso from just about anywhere and use that. Assuming your trying to reinstall this on the laptop. Just FYI, that key will only work on that laptop.

Heck... the thing is so virus ridden that it stops Norton 360 from doing anything logical and useful... -.-" I installed it when i got it, and it's just horrible. I'm going to get the files i can and put them in a external, and scan it on a computer that has Norton 360 previously installed and known clean.

Where do i find a Home Basic iso? Sean does not have one on his guide.
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I bet theres a hidden recovery partition with a full Win7 install image on it.

Watch carefully at boot time for button to press to access it. Sometimes you have to look it up online or check the "Quick start guide" that came with the laptop to find the key combo. It wont be the same key that you use to access the BIOS.

I had an Acer laptop once that you could not access the recovery partition from outside of windows. You had to launch a program from inside windows to get to the re-install utility. How stupid.

If all else fails, like has been said already, you can download an .iso from just about anywhere and use that. Assuming your trying to reinstall this on the laptop. Just FYI, that key will only work on that laptop.

Heck... the thing is so virus ridden that it stops Norton 360 from doing anything logical and useful... -.-" I installed it when i got it, and it's just horrible. I'm going to get the files i can and put them in a external, and scan it on a computer that has Norton 360 previously installed and known clean.

Where do i find a Home Basic iso? Sean does not have one on his guide.
Just download any iso from the guide and use this to unlock home basic: http://lifehacker.com/5438005/eicfg-removal-utility-lets-you-use-any-product-key-with-your-windows-7-disc
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I bet theres a hidden recovery partition with a full Win7 install image on it.

Watch carefully at boot time for button to press to access it. Sometimes you have to look it up online or check the "Quick start guide" that came with the laptop to find the key combo. It wont be the same key that you use to access the BIOS.

I had an Acer laptop once that you could not access the recovery partition from outside of windows. You had to launch a program from inside windows to get to the re-install utility. How stupid.

If all else fails, like has been said already, you can download an .iso from just about anywhere and use that. Assuming your trying to reinstall this on the laptop. Just FYI, that key will only work on that laptop.

Heck... the thing is so virus ridden that it stops Norton 360 from doing anything logical and useful... -.-" I installed it when i got it, and it's just horrible. I'm going to get the files i can and put them in a external, and scan it on a computer that has Norton 360 previously installed and known clean.

Where do i find a Home Basic iso? Sean does not have one on his guide.
Just download any iso from the guide and use this to unlock home basic: http://lifehacker.com/5438005/eicfg-removal-utility-lets-you-use-any-product-key-with-your-windows-7-disc
Great, but is there such a thing as iso that has both x86 and x64?
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Intel Stock Fan MAG InnoVision 770FS Logitech Internet Pro AcBel R8 PowerII 650W 80+ 
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