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Q: Fresh install into restore while keeping programs on another disk.

A while back I accidentally uninstalled Windows Media Player from my Windows 7. Yeah, sure, no big deal. Download it again! There are none! Go Microsoft! Or even better, crawdad, you can go turn it on again in the features menu! Wrong. It says it can't run or be updated due to it being registered newer than the older program.

So, I gave up. Here lately I've decided I need to reinstall Windows 7 (for A LOT of reasons, namely lack of space). But, what I want to do is increase the drive size. I have another partition which is a good 10 times the size (yes, I wasn't thinking when I made the w7 partition), but the problem is I can't just back up the big partition and erase it because I install ALL programs to that other drive. This other drive also has an operating system on it. Vista.

So I'm curious; how on Earth can I reinstall Windows 7, while restoring the one I have now, but keeping these programs on it and not corrupting ALL OF THEM. I have games installed that take longer to download than the time it'll take hell to freeze over.

I need to reinstall windows 7 (restoring the one I have, after), but keeping programs on a seperate partition with an operating system on it from being destroyed, thus keeping programs intact.

I am just assuming there is no way to do it and I should quit while I'm ahead. Drive letters won't match for programs thus rendering them unusable. Sigh.

Preferred Solution: Fresh install into restore while keeping programs on another disk.

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

A: Fresh install into restore while keeping programs on another disk.

Apps must be reinstalled after OS reinstall.

Do you have Windows 7 OEM (came installed on system) or full retail version?

If OEM, OS reinstall would leave HDD as it was when the system was new, partitions and all.

If full retail, wipe the HDD with KillDisk, install Windows 7, then use "shrink" feature in Disk Management to create partitions, if you wish.

Format HDD - sysnative.com - MVP

Partition or Volume - Shrink - Windows 7

Regards. . .



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My current Hdd which contains my OS and program data totals nearly 249GB, obviously SSD's which are this big are very, very expensive, how can I transfer my current OS install to a new SSD in an easy as possible way but keep the OS and the programs that are installed.

I mean I would like to buy a 80-120GB SSD.

I no longer have all the product keys for all of my software so don't want to lose the installed software.

Some of the stuff on there, like games, I guess I could uninstall and then reinstall them later so that they are no longer on the boot drive.

What are my best options??

A:Keeping Current Win 7 and programs Install but migrating to SSD

Best is to uninstall all programs you don't need, clean up your files so that they're neatly filed in each User folder then drag them to another HD or external, delete each User folder's content on the OS , use CCleaner to clean up temp and other unneeded files.

Then capture an image using Win7 backup imaging: Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup, free Macrium, or the premium Acronis app which comes free with any WD or Seagate HD in the mix, reapply the image to the SSD with the source HD unplugged.

After SSD is up and running, plug back in the HD and link the User folders you backed up to the related Win7 Library - Include a Folder which is easiest; or create a data partition on the HD, copy in the User folders you backed up, and link them from Win7 this way: User Folders - Change Default Location .

Audit your Win7 now using Belarc Advisor to have a list of all installed hardware and software including Product Keys. The Win7 Product Key however will be the Factory SLP mass-activation key, you will use the key on COA if necessary to Clean Reinstall or reactivate your re-imaged OS. Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

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Hey guys, newcomer here :)

Anyways, I've had a Toshiba Laptop for a while now with Windows 7. Over time, I've installed lots of software I don't really need. So now, my computer is pretty slow to start up and the general speed has had a significant drop. So instead of taking time to uninstall all the programs I don't need (which will still probably leave me with lots of dead links and a very messy registry), I decided it would be better to just do a clean install. However, being the cheap dudess Laptop manufacturers usually are, Toshiba has not provided me with a Windows 7 install disk, and being the lazy guy I am, I did not create a system restore disk when I got the Laptop. I looked at the Microsoft backup programs, but my restore points only go a few months back. If I don't find a way to start with a clean state on Windows 7, I may just have to dig up that old XP CD :(

TL;DR: I need a way to restore Windows 7 to the point as if it was just after a fresh install without a Windows 7 CD or prior system images/recovery points.

Thanks all, cheers!

A:Fresh Restore Without Installation Disk?

hi and welcome to tfs, do you have a recovery partion on that laptop. To find the recovery partiton go to;

START>Control Panel>Administrative Tools>Computer Management.

On the left side (navigation pane) select disk manager. This will show you all the partitions on the HDDs

On the same drive as the os (C:) there should be a partition (between 6 and 10 Gb, maybe larger) labeled "Recovery", "System", "Restore" and even rarely "OEM". That would be your recovery partition. it will not have a drive letter.

if you have a recovery partition, power down hold 0 while holding zero power up, if that doesn't work try f10 could be alt + f10 should say in your manual

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Acer Aspire 5630 Laptop,
T5500 Intel Core2 Duo Processor 1.66GHz,
2G Ram,
Windows Vista Home Premium x32 (Service Pack 2)
Windows 7 Release Candidate Build 7100 [Primary]

Above is what my laptop is currently running, i have been having problems with my vista instalation regarding its speed. It has been super slow, especially when booting!

Today my parents bought a Dell laptop and because its a Dell it comes with all the CDs/DVDs. I have been wanting to re-install vista on my Acer but dont have a disk to do it. Finally though the Dell disk has arrived in my household and was wondering if I use this disk to reinstall vista would i be able to restore my old OS back somehow if anything goes wrong?

or would I have to backup all my stuff, re-format the partition and then install vista then put my stuff back onto it?

Thanks in advance


A:Fresh Install/restore

hi you would be better to save any data you wish to keep to a disc or usb device and use your recovery partition alt and F10 on boot, you will have to reinstall any other programs your using

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I am looking for the best of the best programs that you install after doing a fresh install. As most of the users on this forum have done this numerous times before it would also be nice to know what you do in addition to installing all your programs again (ie. disabling services).

A:Best programs on a Fresh install

Once the operating system is install and all the drivers are install I install a firewall and a anti virus, and then I update Windows and then the firewall and anti virus. It's important to update Windows first. After this it's pretty much a personal choice as to what you add. I like having a separate anti spyware and malware application installed.

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I currently have Win7 64 HE installed on a OCZ Vertex Gen 1 SSD. Lately it has been acting very sluggish and restarts take 3-4 minutes from the "shutting down" screen to the "welcome" screen. My question is should I do a quick format and reinstall from a system backup image or just do a complete fresh reinstall? Thanks

A:Restore backup or fresh install?

Quote: Originally Posted by scar69

I currently have Win7 64 HE installed on a OCZ Vertex Gen 1 SSD. Lately it has been acting very sluggish and restarts take 3-4 minutes from the "shutting down" screen to the "welcome" screen. My question is should I do a quick format and reinstall from a system backup image or just do a complete fresh reinstall? Thanks

Clean install. Restoring from backup imports whatever problems existed when the back up was done.

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Have a cpu that was infected with several pieces of malware and adware and such. Everytime I tried to open or run applications I got the Microsoft has encountered a problem message. So I finally decided not to waste time, went ahead and backed up all important files customer needed and reformatted this Dell Dimemsion 3000 with the origional XP Home disk it came with. BTW I did a full format not quick one. Everything went fine, XP booted up. Looked in control panel, system, device drives and the only ones missing were the ethernet controller, modem, video and audio drivers. From this cpu went on dells site found the proper ethernet driver, saved it to my flash, transfered to desktop of the Dell, double clicked...nothing happened ... right clicked the tried open and run .. nothing ... tried the same with the video and modem same thing nothing happened. Tried to install ccleaner and if i try to open ccleaner installer i get

CCleaner Installer has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

Error Signature
AppName: ccsetup302.exe AppVer: MdName: unknowm
ModVer Offset 003fb208

.. tried to install hijackthis and SP3 ... same type of message. figured something went wrong during install so i used a OEM copy of xp pro i have used on several machines without any problems including mine so I know it it good. Put it in the dell and restarted .. did another full format on the c: partition(only one) .. install went off without... Read more

A:cant open programs after fresh install

Hello and welcome to the forum!

When you did these Windows installs did you delete and recreate the partition or just format the drive?

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my pc would not boot, even into safe mode. I was only able to run the windows repair tool from disk but this did not fix the problem. I spent several days on the forum reading and trying suggestions in all related posts to no avail.

I purchased a new SSD and just installed a fresh copy of windows. my old SSD has all my old programs on it.

is there any way possible to re-register all my old programs or do i have to re-download / install all of them?

A:how to re-register programs after fresh OS install??

Since it's a fresh install, you need to install the programs that require it. Some may be stand-alone executables and can be copied over if the old SSD is readable or you have backup. Whether they have to be downloaded is dependent on your backup methods. I personally keep all my downloads plus the previous versions and they all get backed up. I would hate to think about downloading all that again.

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This is very strange--have a Toshiba Satelite Laptop and the Remote Desktop Tab was missing and also could not create any Restore points--after screwing with it, I finally wiped the hard drive clean (including the hidden partition) and reformatted the drive. Reinstalled Windows XP (fresh install) and still no Remote Desktop Tab and still System Restore doesn't work (says to a Restore Point could not be created and to reboot). Tried flashing the BIOS to the lastest (Phoenix) and still doesn't work. I just don't get it--THIS IS A FRESH INSTALL of Windows XP Professional (OEM). It Activates fine. I tried regsitering remotepg.dll as suggested here:


That doesn't work. I feel these are inter-related issues. But I can't comprehend how system restore wouldn't work on a fresh install with nothing else installed or why I would have no Remote Desktop Tab and why System Restore would not work.

Any ideas?

A:System Restore Not Working Even After Fresh Install

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System restore is not working even after fresh install of XP?

System restore was never work on my PC. Is there any fix for this or alternate program to download?


Thank you for your consideration.

A:System restore is not working even after fresh install of XP?

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Can it be done?

I have the original Vista 64 bit oem disk that came with my PC (no service packs on it) obviously I have the product key etc.

I put the disk in the machine and it said install! if i clicked on that would it give me the option to install on the drive of my choice?
would it delete over the current install of vista 64 or do I have to format the drive first?

is it that straight forward to do?

Just a bit worried that it will not see all my 4gig of ram without messing about.

I take it once it was installed it would auto update the service packs etc?

May have to do the above if I can! Never done a format/restore before so everything would be new to me.

Scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being hard, how hard is it to do?


Ps: The only thing changed on my PC since new is the graphics card.

A:Fresh install from OEM disk?

25 views and nobody knows!

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Hi Everyone,

Apologies if this has already been discussed but i've searched the site and searched Google for hours and have not been able to find anything relevant or that helps the problem.

I have recently completed a fresh install of Win7 64bit on my laptop (Dell Studio 15) using the supplied Dell CD. The install went fine.

The Problem:

My drive is partitioned into various logical drives - i've installed the Operating System onto one (c), all my programs onto one, and games onto another etc.

Now, after the fresh install I no longer have any installed programs in Programs and Features or the Start Menu (however the programs are still installed on the logical drives). If i go to the programs' folder and open the shortcut they are not loading correctly, and i get various error messages or problems depending on the program.

How can i:

1) Get my programs to work correctly without manually finding all the uninstall folders and then re-installing them. 2) Add the programs back to the start menu and Programs and Features.

Many thanks in advance for any advice. I can normally problem solve them myself through experimenting or Google but this one has me stumped.


A:Adding partitioned programs after fresh install.

Welcome to SevenForums REagal

Unfortunately, there really isn't any procedure to do what you want - it's not supposed to work this way. When you reinstall a fresh copy of Windows while you have programs installed on a different partition, you break all the ties between the programs and the OS.

Mostly this is because of registry entries, on which software tends to rely a lot, sometimes due to DLL or other system files that were installed into Windows' own system folders along with the program and are now missing.

You may be able to find that a few programs work fine if you just run them from their folders, but in most cases you'll have to completely reinstall them. There's no way around it.

For those apps that do still work, you can rightclick the executable and use Send To -> Desktop to create a shortcut on the desktop.

You can then move or copy such shortcuts from the desktop directly into your Start menu by rightclicking the icon and holding down the mouse button, then hovering over the Start orb until the menu opens on its own, then drop the icon into the start menu by releasing the mouse button. (At this point you'll be given a choice to copy or move the icon.)

Hope this helps - if you have further questions, please feel free to post back!

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Hello everyone, I am new to the forums and I hope this will help me and anyone else with the same issue.

I downloaded Windows 7 from MSDNAA from my school and burned it to a blank DVD (4.90GB I believe is the capacity). Everything seemed to work fine and the burn didn't seem corrupted even when I burned it at full speed, so please keep this in mind for the following issue.

After I successfully installed Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit on my system, I ran into an issue. Certain programs will not open or execute at all, whether it be a setup file or even Internet Explorer 8. Windows Media Player opens sometimes, but bugs out too every now and then. This is hindering me because since this is a fresh install, that means I cannot begin to install drivers such as the latest Catalyst drivers for my HD 3870. Even if I open it as Administrator, it does nothing but show the usual "Processing" mouse animation spinning symbol and after a while, nothing shows up. I checked the task manager and I see it is still running, but since I don't see anything, I have to kill the process. Again, this happens with more than 50% of the Application files/Programs that I have tried and this is a fresh install of Windows 7.

I have tried to re-install Windows 7 again to no avail.

One weird error message I got was when I tried to open the sample "Wildlife in HD" video just to test it out: "Server Execution Failed".

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A:Issue: Fresh Win7 install; cannot run ANY Programs!

See if this works.... Right click on "Command Prompt", choose run as Adminitrator, then type the following (or copy and paste):
net localgroup "Administrators" "NT Authority\Local Service" /add
Press 'enter'.

Reboot, restart your computer and see if it works okay now.

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What would you put on a fresh Install?First, I have a dell inspiron 6000 upgraded to two gig ram with windows XP home. I had to do my first ever reinstall. Drivers are updated and all XP and explorer updates are done.First thing I installed was AVG ver. 8. Then maxtor, irfanview, sandboxie, radarsync, and AI roboform. Also yahoo toolbar with popup blocker and antispy.

A:Fresh Xp Install, Now What Programs Are Worth Putting On It

How about a firewall?

I personally like using Firefox, being a stand alone browser adds a modicum of protection compared to IE.

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Dell M90; XP SP3

Got the "Disk Antivirus Professional" bug and tried to overcome it but kept ending up with a black (or sometimes blue) desktop w/ cursor.

Ended up doing a fresh install of XP and just now got all updates.

All my programs are still on the computer. Is there a way to get XP to recognize them without me having to re-install each one?

I was hoping I could regedit something to get XP to see them.

A:After fresh install, can XP find installed programs?


Ended up doing a fresh install of XP.....All my programs are still on the computer

I am not sure what you mean by Fresh Install, but that usually would mean you Formatted (erased) the C: drive and installed Windows.
If you just reinstalled Windows,without formatting, then you will have to reinstall all of the Programs because you have overwritten the Windows Registry in the C: drive, but not the Program Files directory.

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So, i recently put a new PC together, with a brand new 2TB hdd, and my old 1TB hdd.

System specs :

CPU : 3770k
GFX : radeon HD 6950 2Gig
RAM : 16 Gig ddr3 @ 1600 mhz
PSU : 1000W Cooler master silent pro
OS : Windows 7 Professional

Anyway, so i installed windows on my old 1TB drive, i realise it's a bit slower than the new drive but i doubt it "should" affect the system that much. What i'm experiencing is, i boot up my pc with no problems, after i booted it i click on something, lets say firefox. Now, here is where the fun part starts. It takes a few seconds for firefox to run, i can live with that. Then i click on a random bookmark and firefox stops responding for 5-15 seconds and then it starts running again, if i click up a new tab it's the same. This is the case with all programs i try to run, whenever there is "something new to load" the program stops responding for a while.

A:Fresh install, yet programs having difficulty responding?

64-bit Windows I assume, (since there's 16GB RAM installed) - right?

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Hello guys, i really want to restore to the defult icon and folders place in my start menu
If you dont get it, look at this: http://puu.sh/63TFU/79db26f176.png (It's my start menu) and i want to restore it to this state: File:Windows7StartMenu.png - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A:How to restore start menu to the defult (like on fresh install)

You can you this tutorial to reset it Start Menu - Reset Pin To Area

Then you will need to pin the programs manually Start Menu - Pin or Unpin a Program to


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This is a follow-up to my earlier post about refurbished Thinkpads with Windows 10 installed - even if the original operating system was Windows 7 through downgrade rights ( https://forums.lenovo.com/t5/ThinkPad-T400-T500-and-newer-T/Refurbished-T440s-With-Windows-10-only-W...). I have identified a few targets for purchase. However, the web page from which it appears possible to order "Restore and Recovery Media" for a given system asks for the serial number in addition to the product number. Of course, I don't have the serial number yet..... What I like about Restore and Recovery is that it is extremely easy to go back to the original (fresh out-of-the-box) state when making irreversible choices during the initial set-up and personal configuration - including installation of software. For example, one needs to un-install any existing trial version of Microsoft Office before installing the desired one. I tend to make one or two such irreversible choices whenever I set-up a system. The only downside is having to re-download the several updates released between the date of the Restore and Recovery media and today. However, there are apparently ways to capture the list of updates to be applied and download them separately for subsequent installation. Never tried any of these approaches though. Is there a way to achieve the same ease of restoration with a plain Windows 7 installation as Restore and Recovery?  

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Fresh Install Windows 10.

Just built this PC.

OS Version: Microsoft Windows 10 Home, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-5820K CPU @ 3.30GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 63 Stepping 2
Processor Count: 12
RAM: 16279 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970, -1 Mb <-- 4gb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 1894315 MB, Free - 1716090 MB; <-- HDD not SSD (awaiting SSD arrival).
Motherboard: MSI, X99A SLI PLUS(MS-7885)
Antivirus: Windows Defender, Disabled

AVG running as AntiVirus - Tried BitDefender AND Avast, so far AVG uses the least resources.

- Startup Programs: http://prntscr.com/adu3f6
(including Start10)

- Increased VRAM: http://prntscr.com/adu5ap

Already Turned off Suprtfetch, BITS, Windows Search.

Seems to me that it's Windows Services of some sort running the HDD to 100%

happens whenever im loading instances in games or open anything.
was occurring before the fresh install as well.

Ran Virus/Malware scan, 0 results.

Ran DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /ScanHealth
DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /RestoreHealth
ALSO ran SFC or whatever it is called.

Ran SeaTools (since im using a Seagate HDD)
Drive is 100% fine and functional.

Running out of ideas to try and im thinkin it is some services i can disable or something before i do another fresh install of windows 10.

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More lately, you'll see that vendors dont include the windows installation disk anymore. They used to have more of a 'restore disk' but lately I haven't been seeing that anymore. What are users left to do when you need to do a fresh install of Windows? If its for someone else, could I use my windows install disc and use their product key (sticker on bottom)? I've heard that it doesn't always work that way?

Does Microsoft have any official documentation about this and if possible, could you share your experiences?

A:Fresh Install of Windows w/o disk

Hello bjp106.

Have a look at this tutorial at the link below to see a way to create an 'all versions' installer that can be used to install Windows, then you would use the product key on the COA sticker attached to the PC though you may have to make a robo-call to MS to sort the activation batch key.

Windows 7 Universal Installation Disc - Create

Activate Windows 7 by Phone

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Hi, great site here.

Is there any way to do a fresh install without a disk that my key is for? I have a pc with no backup copies of Windows 7 Pro OA that came on it. I only have a Windows 7 Home Prem disk that I bought for my laptop. Is there anyway to make it work? Will my Pro OA key from the site of the box work with the Home Prem disk I have? Or is there somewhere at Microsoft that I can download a copy of Pro OA that I have paid for?


A:Fresh win7 pro install with no pro disk

You can download the correct versio iso file from here. Dell Community
The put it on a flash drive or burn the image to a DVD.

Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool

The key on your COA will only activate the version it is for.

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Is it possible to do a fresh installation from a Windows 7 Professional Upgrade disk? I pre-ordered it, not thinking that I would be upgrading from a Windows 7 Ultimate RC. I really want to be able to start fresh and stuff. Is this possible in anyway?
I do have a recovery disc from HP, but I *really* don't want all of their crapware on my computer. Using the recovery is the worst possible scenario in this situation
Thanks in advanced!


A:Fresh Install with an Upgrade Disk

Hello GreenKman, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Yes, you can.

Doing a Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

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I did a clean install of Win7 sp1 and now the pc runs at 100% cpu all the time. For 2days its been running like this. And its extremely slow now. Cant run any 2 programs at the same time. Can Barely run 1.

the pc in question is a

: Intel Pentium(R) 4 cpu 3.00 ghz 2.99ghz
4bg (3gb usable)

I had win xp and it ran great. im really regretting trying to upgrtade to win 7.

A:Fresh Install windows 7 pro sp1 pc at 100% cpu usage even w/ no programs running???

Might I add the 2 things eating up the cpu% is]

: system inturrupts 60% cpu
system 30% cpu

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hi all this issue has been givingh me sleepless nights for a few days now, after fresh install of os i cart get any programs to install comes up saying either stopped working or cart be installed, i do manage to get my wifi driver installed and few other little programs but nothink major as in drivers ect, i didt have to install drivers coz windows already did it for me just had to update to right ones ect, i have tryed 3-4 diffrent win7 disks and 2 hard drives still same problem, i did try xp and that seems to work fine but that iis no good for my game i an intending to play i hope somebody can help me with this is sending me mad! (im no newbie at pcs but i aint no pro) on windows 7 32 bit 7600 6.1

A:after fresh install no programs are installing or stopped working

Were you able to officially activate Windows?

Were you able to go to Windows Update and get your OS fully updated?

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I just did a fresh install of Windows 7 pro x64. To make this work, I had to unplug all other hard drives in the case while doing the reinstall. I have a SSD drive for Windows and 2 other hard drives for files and programs.

After the fresh install, I installed a few drivers and everything was fine. Then I replugged the two other harddrives and went on to install more software and drivers. But after that it will always do an automatic system restore whenever I reboot. No prompts, no messages, no indication at all that it is reverting the system to a previous state. But all the changes I've done since last reboot are gone. I've authorized windows and get the message it is successful, after reboot it again shows as unauthorized. I install bitdefender AntiVirus, it is up and running, but after reboot it is gone. The whole installation folder is gone from Program Files. I install drivers which are up and running, but after reboot they are gone. No matter what I do, it is lost upon reboot.

Not sure if it has anything to do with the 2 extra hard drives. But it appears this problem started when I plugged them in.

Any help appreciated!

A:Unwanted automatic restore at every reboot after fresh install of Win7

Okay, seems this has nothing to do with system restore, but the hard drive is suffering from something called "SSD groundhog day" or "SSD time warp" syndrome. Apparently no cure for that, so I decided it's time to retire the drive and buy a new one. Hopefully it works better with the next install.

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I need help....
I have an Asus UL30A with Windows 7, home premium installed. It still has some bloat ware but have tried to rid it of some. I am having several small issues... web cam won't work, some things won't open when I click on them, computer is sluggish etc. 
I've decided it best if I can do a "fresh install" of windows 7. 
This computer does not have a CD drive so using a disc is out. 
When I click on My computer, I see (2) Hard Disk Drives.... OS (C:) .... 73 GB free of 116 GB, Data (D:)...334 GB free of 334 GB,
Can I (somehow) place the needed windows 7 info on a thumb drive and use that?
Should I just install a copy of windows 7 on "D Drive" and use that? 
Should I wipe the C drive? How do I save drivers?
Thanks for yur help

A:Fresh install Windows 7, no disk drive.

This might help.
How To Setup a USB Flash Drive to Install Windows 7

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I had a computer with XP and was having issues so I reformatted and installed UBUNTU. I am attempting to make a media server and I couldn't read cd'd or DVD's in Ubuntu so I figured it must be a driver thing and I was not versed enough to fix it. *** Side note I was able to read Blank DVD's and also burn to DVD didnt try cd**** So in Ubuntu I actually burnt a boot disk on DVD that wiped everything cleaner than clean and I was going to return to XP easy right. Well all is clean and I boot up but when I put my XP DVD in I get nothing but a INVALID BOOT DISK ERROR. I went into bios I am only booting from CD/DVD drive but I am not hearing much activity before it bails and gives the error. I can however still put in the boot DVD I used to clean and it boots right into the program. So to me it seems I should be able to use the dvd to install XP. I did also go to my sisters get her copy of XP and try booting with that no luck. I am very lost but it seems like a driver issue or something I have no clue. Please help!!! I will be very gratefuly

A:Fresh install not going well Invalid Boot disk

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Hi, I used an upgrade disk for windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit version. I can not use the activation code since it gives me the error that the code is upgrade only. I have been running off the grace period and I'm wondering if there is a way for me to make it genuine without having to reinstall windows completely.

Diagnostic Report (1.9.0027.0):
Windows Validation Data-->

Validation Code: 0
Cached Online Validation Code: N/A, hr = 0xc004f012
Windows Product Key: *****-*****-73CQT-WMF7J-3Q6C9
Windows Product Key Hash: KaFG+RmurcM3ZxzWyfEP9WtPUJw=
Windows Product ID: 00359-OEM-8992687-00010
Windows Product ID Type: 2
Windows License Type: OEM SLP
Windows OS version: 6.1.7601.2.00010300.1.0.003
ID: {A1FED259-41BB-4237-9605-4902CC04C59B}(3)
Is Admin: Yes
TestCab: 0x0
LegitcheckControl ActiveX: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Product Name: Windows 7 Home Premium
Architecture: 0x00000009
Build lab: 7601.win7sp1_gdr.150715-0600
TTS Error:
Validation Diagnostic:
Resolution Status: N/A

Vista WgaER Data-->
ThreatID(s): N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002

Windows XP Notifications Data-->
Cached Result: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
File Exists: No
Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
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A:How do I activate an upgrade disk that was used for a fresh install?

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

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Hello all!

I am having problems with Windows 8 that SEEM to be stemming from the disk. This is a fresh install on an SSD that previously worked fine. My error log is always full of messages like this: http://i.imgur.com/pxlF2.png before it actually freezes. Any ideas as to what could be causing this? The computer is more or less unusable in this state...

I have attached the zip with all minidump info.

Thanks in advance


A:Fresh Install - Disk Errors and DPC_WATCHDOG_VIOLATION

This appears to be a problem requiring a HotFix. Windows 8 is new and bugs have to be worked out.
Here is the explanation with a Vista fix
I would contact your supplier and as for additional information and help.

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I have an HP Pavillion m8000 that the hard drive crashed. I bought a new Seagate Barracuda hard drive as well as factory recovery disks directly from HP. The problem I am having is when I run the recovery disk it stalls at the check box for software load. Does anyone have any ideas on how to get past this point. HP support told me to get DISKKill and run it and then run the recovery disk. Same problem it seems no mater what I do.

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Hi all, If I wanted to fresh install Windows 10 on my Yoga 530, could you tell me which additional programs I would need to get the different modes working again (such as tent mode and stand mode) and also get all the hotkeys working properly again?  I know where to get the appropriate drivers etc, just not quite clear on the extra few applications I would need to get it running again to perform as a Yoga should. Many Thanks

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Hey all,I've checked this site quite a bit in the past for useful malware removal guides and tools, but I am wondering now which ones I will need to download and run regularly. I just reformatted and reinstalled Windows Vista Home on my laptop, and I bought the full version of Kaspersky based on positive reviews (av-comparatives.org gave it an excellent rating). In addition to the full Kaspersky Internet Security program, I am curious as to what others would recommend I have on my computer just in case and what I should run regularly (scans, etc.). I understand that Kaspersky is fairly comprehensive, and that I shouldn't need to run so much anti-malware software at once, but I am looking for the best feasible security setup, due to the ever rising problem of rogues (they make me downright paranoid).What I have:Kaspersky Internet Security 2010Adblock and Noscript extensions for FirefoxWindows Security Center is in the green (Firewall up, UAC on, etc.)What I am considering:Malwarebyte's Anti-Malware (free or full version?)Spybot - Search & Destroy (incompatible with Kaspersky?)Ad-Aware (free or full version?)Additional firewall?Any other suggestions/ recommendations would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time.

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I'm not sure if this will work, and I read a bunch of threads, but can't determine what my result may be, so I thought I'd ask.

My Dell XPS8300 2.5 year old Seagate 1TB HD is going south. I ordered a WD 1TB black to replace it. So I'll be doing a fresh install tomorrow. The PC originally came with Windows 7 Home Premium as OEM and has the CA sticker on the cabinet. I do not have the Home Premium media (didn't come with a disk).

Right after I bought the PC, I did a Windows anytime upgrade to Windows 7 Professional. So I have that license key. I also have an Windows 7 Professional Install Disk, that ships with a new computer (from another source).

I would like to install the OS using that Win 7 Pro disk, and then use my Windows 7 Anytime Upgrade key to activate my OS. Will this work?

If not, any good ideas on doing this, or must I find an OEM home premium disk, install that first with the original OEM key, and they reactivate my Pro install with the Anytime Upgrade key?


A:Fresh install of Win7Pro using OEM disk but Anytime Upgrade Key

Unfortunately you can't use Anytime Upgrade key to activate a Clean Install of Professional. You'll have to install Home Premium and then insert the key in Anytime Upgrade to unlock Pro's few extra expensive features which most consumers don't need.

In the future save a Backup image of the finished Upgrade so you can use it to reimage in 20 minutes rather than waste hours reinstalling. Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

Everything needed to do a perfect reinstall including the installer for your licensed version is here: Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

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My dad decided to get a new computer because his win 98 one was on its last legs. He backed up all the stuff he needed, bought a new chassis with a motherboard from a local computer store and installed a new 250G disk along with his old CDROM, ZIP Drive, Floppy drive and CDRW drive.
I helped him install Win 2K, which first formated a 131G partition (for 2 hours) and then appeared to install without error.
I inspected the BIOS and the boot order is Floppy, Hard Disk, CD.
The problem is, when it boots, it dispalys the following error:
Boot from CD :

If I put the Win 2k installation CD in, it boots fine and behaves just fine. I can even remove the CD and it is fine.

The boot process take a long time, it first searches for disks (about 30 seconds), then sits at a "VERIFYING DMI POOL......." for about a minute, then the above error shows up.

A:Fresh install of Win2k, gets DISK BOOT FAILURE

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Fresh install of xp and am asked for sp1 disk to find 'asms' file from cd. I've seen similiar posts to the same problem in the forum, however I have been unable to locate an answer to the problem or a way to actually fix or get past this problem. I have had no problems before with this xp cd. I have installed os on many systems in the past with it and never have run into this problem. I download then burnt sp1 - sp3 and onto a disc with hopes I could get it to find the file on there but to no avail. Help please

A:Fresh install of xp and am asked for sp1 disk to find 'asms'

From TSG in 2004....see if this helps........http://forums.techguy.org/windows-xp/298925-solved-file-asms-windows-xp.html

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I'm trying to do a fresh install on my emachines desktop, I open the recovery center and put the recovery disk in and the computer restarts, but then it goes to a blue screen and says "hard disk not found!" Is there any relief from this problem?

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Hey guys,
I like to wipe my HDD and run a clean OS install every once in a while after my computer has had a few months use. Its a 250 GB hard drive, with 233 GB reserved for the OS and related files. I ended up having to reinstall Windows 7 twice yesterday (wiping the hard drive twice) but noticed that after the second reinstall, W7 had used up more of my HDD than it had on the first install. After the first install, I had 197 GB left (after deleting windows.old). On the second time, I only had 191 GB left (again after deleting windows.old). So out of morbid curiousity I redid the install twice more, getting 188 GB remaining, and then 186 GB remaining. Why is W7 taking up more and more HDD space after each new install? Shouldn't it take up the same amount of space each time? Or are there a bunch of old windows files piling up somewhere that I dont know about?

A:Losing disk space after each fresh windows install!

I doubt it, but possibly do a fresh install, as in full formatting the HDD, so your NOT left with the windows.old folder.

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I bought new hard drive SATA 250GB WD HD Caviar Blue SATA III 6GB 3.5'' and i install windows 7 on it.
Problem is my computer start very slowly , (there is no programs yet) and very often randomly freezing.
Things i have do and didnt help;
I have checking my memory memtest86+ no problems found.
I reset BIOS
I upgrade BIOS, all drivers.
I borrow RAM STICK from other computer
I Reinstall Windows 7 like 10 times, using other dvd brand , burning by 2x speed or faster

And intresting is computer works faster with one stick ram 2GB THAN two stick ram 2GB but its still freezing alot like every 30 second for 2min~

Please help me, mayby u got some ideas what is wrong.
Btw. sorry for english

A:Fresh Windows 7 Install on new hard disk, frezze problems

Take the hard drive back for another, it`s bad. The fact that it`s new does not mean it`s good.

Take it back, exchange it, reinstall windows on the new hard drive.

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Its 2:00 here so I'll be brief and see if anyone has any ideas. If not I'll post more detail tomorrow.

I do a fresh install of Win7 and I have purchased a new hard drive as well as tried it on 2 others. After I do the install odd things happen like long pauses when opening windows like control panel, IE and others. The real trouble begins win I reboot the Pc it then runs a check disk and finds and removes errors. Each time it reboots, check disk and loads windows it takes longer and longer until windows will not boot. I've tried loading all the drivers and none of them. I loading win7 via the disk.

A:Fresh Install Win7 Check Disk kills the reboot.

Hello Bizmal and welcome to Seven Forums.

See if this helps.

Check Disk - Reset

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the laotop specs are as follows on windows 7 home premium
Intel Core 3rd Generation i7 3630QM 2.4GHz (3.4GHz w/Turbo Boost)
Windows 8 Home Premium x64 & Reinstall Disc
17.3 Inch Full High Definition (900p) LED Display with Anti-Glare
2GB Nvidia GeForce GT 650M DDR5
8GB DDR3 SDRAM 1600MHz (2 DIMMs)
Hard Drive(s):
1 TB 5400 RPM SATA Hard Drive +500gb 5400 rpm second sata hdd
i constantly hit 100% disk usage from initiating small things opening chrome spikes the usage to 100% in an instant. Ran installer for borderlands 2 constant 100% disk usage. Normally i used to be able to run 2-3 installers like dead space 3 + 2 other games simultaneously and still only hit about 75% disk usage. The software is the same as i always install so nothing changed there all drivers are up to date. Now any small processes spike my Disk usage to 100% causing even web surfing to lag. I put in a second HDD without formatting it or doing anything to it besides just putting it in. COuld this be the cause of all my troubles?

A:Great System High Disk Usage fresh install

Does the problem cease if you unplug the other HD? If so wipe it with Diskpart Clean Command.

You might need to wipe the OS HD before doing another perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7.

Type Resource Manager in Start search box, click on HD to monitor usage patterns.

Other Troubleshooting Steps for Windows 7

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hey there,
i have a p4 2.6 ghz pc running xp that i want to reformat because its pretty slow and clunky these days.My question is how can i clone the hardrive onto an external drive, reformat and than just migrate the user folders over from the disk image?I own acronis true image and wonder if i can do this with it? also any free application suggestions would be nice.Thanks kindly

A:Solved: migrate user folders from disk image to fresh install

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Hey, I'm installing windows XP onto a 500 g SATA hard disk that I just installed into a Dell Dimension 9100.

I have an .iso file that I need to place onto a DVD to serve as the OS boot disc. My DVD-R is in my Mac. So i need to burn this .iso file on the mac but have it boot the PC..

What is the proper file extension for the dvd file? is there anything I need to do that I'm missing?

A:Fresh Windows XP Install on a Fresh Hard Drive using a Burned DVD OS install - PLZ HL


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I am helping a friend recover from a failed Windows 10. Before restoring to factory defaults and Windows 7.  I Pressed f11 to start the HP Recovery Manager. This backup process required 5 DVD's. After restoring to Windows 7, I started with file recovery process using the HP Recovery Software on the first DVD. The restore process starts and begins copying files from each DVD. However, after copying from the fifth DVD, the program instructs me to insert DVD 6. There is no sixth disk! The process will not continue and the only option is to cancel the recovery process. How can I restore the files on the 5 DVD's? thanks!

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alright so since my desktop build, i was uninstalling EVERYTHING from my laptop because it was all gamestuff. welp, some how in doing so, i can NOT install any other programs ( steam comes with error 2203) and i also can not restore anything.

how can i fix this? any ideas?

A:Cant install programs, cant restore

anyone? i really do NOT want to reinstall os

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Hopefully this question hasn't already been addressed, I tried searching for it quickly but I didn't find anything quite the same as my situation. Here it goes... I clicked a link in google (I swear it was to www.anythingbut**********, but I CANNOT seem to locate it on this computer even with the same search entries...) And something asked to download. Normally I am smart and say no but for whatever reason I allowed this to download and of course, it was some sort of evil program. It immediately closed my IE windows, and I soon discovered that I couldn't get them to open anymore. I've restarted in safe mode and normally and here are the problems. I cannot open up any sort of internet browser, I cannot do a system restore, and I cannot install any new programs (like new antimalware progs). When I open up IE, it opens for half a second and then closes. If I try to install any programs it comes up with an error message instantly, and when I try to do a system restore, the "next" button doesn't seem to do anything. I've tried reading up on that but none of the fixes are viable for me since I cannot get on the internet to download new programs, and I have a strong feeling that even if I could, they wouldn't be allowed to install. Anybody have any suggestions or do I just need to reformat?
edit: I have basic dell computer running windows XP
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Hi guys...

Got a new HDD with a new Win 7 installed...updated and ready to roll...do NOT have a system image...all backups were done using Windows Backup program.

Question now is what is the best way to restore from my backup (on an external drive) and install programs..in other words, should I try to install all the programs I can remember I had such as Picasa, Chrome, some work programs, MS Office, Adobe reader, etc FIRST or just get the files/data on the new HDD first?



A:New drive, new Win 7...best way to restore/install programs

There may be newer versions of them so it would be better to download the ones that you remember again.

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