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If I purchased/acquired a Windows 7 Home Premium HP Desktop and wanted to do a clean install (Remove all bloatware) how would I do this? Could I do a clean install using a Retail Full Windows 7 Home Premium Disc and use the same key that came with the HP Desktop? I'm thinking this would work because the key is tied to the motherboard right?

The reason why I want to do this is because someone gave me an HP Desktop without the CD's and I don't want to purchase new ones, HP quoted me $30. The person registered it under their name and I would like to remove that info and basically start from scratch. Some files are corrupted and the computer hangs, that's why I was given it to try and fix it.

Note: Factory Restore does not work. Nor is there a partition on the drive to restore from.
Edited by hellfire72 - 3/8/11 at 3:02am
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I don't see why the key wouldn't work. I've jacked several OS's off broken machines in the past and they all worked fine. Hell the one I'm on now has been reused on 3 different sets of hardware.
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k Thanks!
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Actually, if you can get a hold of a Full Retail copy that has never been activated, then you would just use the Full Retail product key.

Otherwise, I have a sneaking suspicion that you'd need an aftermarket OEM copy since what you have is an OEM Product Key. However, it won't hurt to try as long as you back everything up first (use Windows 7 to make a recovery disc).
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Ok I'll try find someone with an OEM Copy and a Retail Copy.
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Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
750gb Caviar Black | 2x120gb Raid 0 Windows 7 64bit Home 2x Acer H233H | Acer P244W Microsoft x4 
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