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It's been about a year and two months since I've built my rig, and Windows is starting to show its age. I've read about people doing fresh/clean installs of Windows, but I have some questions about it. I'm not very knowledgeable about Windows; I was raised using a Mac.

So my questions,

1. Will it erase all the data on my hard drive? Is there an option for it to not erase everything or will I need to transfer it to my external and then back?

2. Do I need to re-install all my applications? (Steam, AfterBurner, graphics card drivers, etc.)

3. Will there be a more noticeable quickness? I don't really know how to phrase this, but will it be more responsive?

4. I'm not really sure where my Windows Activation code is, will I need to enter it again?
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1. If you do a reinstall of Windows it erase everything on your HDD.
2. Yes, you will need to reinstall your applications, drivers etc.
3. Of course, but realize after doing a clean install, you will end up having to redownload all the Windows updates the new service pack etc.
4. You can use a program called, KeyFinder to obtain your key. & yes, will need to enter it again.
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1- yes
2- yes
3- yes
4 - ?
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1. If you do a reinstall of Windows it erase everything on your HDD.
2. Yes, you will need to reinstall your applications, drivers etc.
3. Of course, but realize after doing a clean install, you will end up having to redownload all the Windows updates the new service pack etc.
4. You can use a program called, KeyFinder to obtain your key. & yes, will need to enter it again.
Alright that's what I was thinking... thank you for your help. So there's no way to re-install only the OS and leave the apps intact? I've got the key somewhere, it's just in a big stack of papers. If I spent 30 min or so looking I could probably find it., but if not, thank you for the link. It'll come in helpful.
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Control panel - System and Security - System

Code is on the bottom line.
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Control panel - System and Security - System

Code is on the bottom line.
Wow... how could I forget about that? haha
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Alright that's what I was thinking... thank you for your help. So there's no way to re-install only the OS and leave the apps intact? I've got the key somewhere, it's just in a big stack of papers. If I spent 30 min or so looking I could probably find it., but if not, thank you for the link. It'll come in helpful.
Yeah, there's no way that I know of to be able to get it all back.
Here is a pretty nifty tool to install most of your common apps. here

Make sure you back up all the files you need before you clean install
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Yeah, there's no way that I know of to be able to get it all back.
Here is a pretty nifty tool to install most of your common apps. here

Make sure you back up all the files you need before you clean install
Dang, that'd be really convenient if there was.
Ohh wow! That site's definitely being bookmarked! haha.

I definitely will! I got my external for exactly that purpose.

Will the clean install erase the thinks on my second drive? It's only got games and movies on it.
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Control panel - System and Security - System

Code is on the bottom line.
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Wow... how could I forget about that? haha
Don't listen to him.
That's your Product ID.

Product ID != CD Key.

Quote:
Originally Posted by razr m3 View Post
Dang, that'd be really convenient if there was.
Ohh wow! That site's definitely being bookmarked! haha.

I definitely will! I got my external for exactly that purpose.

Will the clean install erase the thinks on my second drive? It's only got games and movies on it.
Just unplug your second drive then you won't have to worry
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Don't listen to him.
That's your Product ID.

Product ID != CD Key.



Just unplug your second drive then you won't have to worry
Yeah, that would have been very frustrating if I kept trying to enter that code...

Ohh cool, it's as simple as that
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