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Q: Solved: used laptop clean install using iso download

........I have a asus x53s laptop that had windows 7 on it at one time but the system now has linux ubuntu with windows xp on it with no recovery image on it anymore and no system backup/recovery disk.Can I download and install windows 7 using the serial number that is on the laptop? here is my system specs.....

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.2
OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Version = 5.1.2600, Service Pack 3, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-2310M CPU @ 2.10GHz
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 3863 Mb
Graphics Card:
Hard Drives: C: Total - 296380 MB, Free - 262445 MB; E: Total - 7593 MB, Free - 779 MB; Z: Total - 296380 MB, Free - 262445 MB;
Motherboard: Intel Corporation
Antivirus: None

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Preferred Solution: Solved: used laptop clean install using iso download

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.)

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HELP!!!!! Here's the scenerio: Computer freezes at the same "Set Up Windows" Screen each time during Windows Vista Home Premium clean install from factory recovery disks

1. HP PAVILION dv6000
2. Just installed new HDD (Seagate Momentus Laptop, 500GB) because system was freezing with old HD (WD Scorpio 320GB) and Diagnostic tool in Bios said to replace HD, so I did.
3. Able to read old HD drive via USB connection to a different computer, so data is safe
4. Ordered and received recovery disks from HP for my particular laptop and have tried to clean install 4 times.
4. PROBLEM OCCURS AT "SET UP WINDOWS" SCREEN asking for Country/Region. Mouse is frozen, and system just hangs (dead).

As I said at the top: HELP!!!!!
 

A:Solved: Hp laptop hangs during windows vista clean install

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Hi there,

Just got a new laptop recently that came with Windows 8 installed. And as with all windows computers, it also came bundled with a whole host of crap third party softwares that I have no interest in (die Norton, die).

Anyway, I've installed most of them, but am finding that my laptop still runs pretty slow - not what I'd expect from a fresh new laptop with 8GB of memory and an AMD A8 quad core processor. When I check the task manager there is generally quite a lot of memory in use from a whole host of processes that are running... somewhere between 1 and 2GB. Although that's only up to 25% of my capacity, it's still rather a lot considering my last laptop only had 2GB of RAM in total, and very rarely seemed to require to use all of it.

So I'm basically blaming the way it has been setup in factory and all the bundled software and unnecessary drivers, etc., and I'd love to do a fresh install of JUST windows 8 and then go and get all the necessary drivers myself.

But obviously I don't have a Windows 8 disk, and obviously the recovery disks I've made will just take my back to a factory install with all the junk.

So seeing as I DO own a Windows 8 Licence, is there no way to download the Windows 8 software without bundled crap, do a completely clean install, and then just activate with my licence? If so where do I download the clean install?

A:Anyway to download clean install?

How to remove Bloatware from Windows-8

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I'd rather download an 8.1 ISO so I don't have to first install Windows 8 then install the 8.1 upgrade. Is this going to be possible? Will Microsoft allow us to download the ISO? Or is this through the normal update process? I don't know how the preview went because I didn't go through with the preview (didn't want to reinstall everything).

A:will we be able to download 8.1 iso that can clean install

Yes.

MSDN Subscriber Downloads

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After a fresh SP1 install, there are +100 windows critical updates. I'm guessing if you install those from 2013, then those from 2012 may disappear from the list. Am i right?

A:After clean SP1 install, which update i SHOULD NOT download?

In my experience, Windows Update takes care of that well. It will offer you only what is pertinent to your system.

Some of the offerings are optional and some are more critical than others. If you do the 2013 updates and it still offers you some from 2012, I'd accept them, particularly if they were marked critical or important, rather than optional.

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so read the tutorials. I want to use the USB stick option. so I download the win 10 using media tool and save it to my computer then move it to the USB stick or can the download be directed to the USB stick? then I would run the install from the stick. over writing windows 7 here. I have put 10 on my mostly not used laptop and played with it a bit it doesnt seem that different from 7 except for having to turn off all the useless stuff MS puts on it (useless to me anyway)

thanks!

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Hi This is the strangest problem I have ever seen on windows.

Basically I clean install windows.

No 3rd party software installed.

Windows updates set to check but not download and install (same as I have always configured windows).

I check for updates it finds them.

I choose the updates (all important updates) Now the problems.

Some of the updates download and install but certian updates will not download.
No error occurs it just sits there.
One such update is the IE11 cumulitive security update, it downloads to 27% and sits there forever, whether I give it 1 hour or leave it overnight, it stays at 27%. I thought maybe I have a bad image, but I redownloaded the iso, reinstalled, same problem. Any ideas? The things I can think off.
1 - Its a bug, but surely if was would be lots of complaints of same issue on the net.
2 - Its my isp, likewise my isp forums be full of complaints.
3 - Its my network equipment? possible but I dont have the issue on an my windows 7 machines, and all other internet stuff is ok.

Obviously this is a first step, I cannot deploy win8.1 to my rigs like this. All I can think off is trying to get either a 8.1 iso without update 1 integrated, to see if that works. Or a 8.0 iso.

A:Clean windows 8.1 install, updates will not download

Use the Windows Update Troubleshooter, according to your specs you are using Windows 7 so go to this site::
Open the Windows Update troubleshooter - Microsoft Windows Help

Temporarily disable your anti virus program and firewall.

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Alright so, I installed ubuntu on my dell latitude e6230, wiping the whole drive. Recently I've been wanting to go back to windows. Since the windows product key on the back of my laptop is for a pre-installed windows, I couldn't download it straight from microsoft website. After contacting their support, they gave me a download link for a win7 iso, so I thought the problem was solved. However, during installation I get 0x80070570 error at 1% of installation.  
Couldn't solve that problem on my own, so I contacted MS support again, this time they told me that the installer they gave me WON'T work because I need OEM iso from dell, and told me to get it from Dell support - apparently it worked for other people. 
So, my questions are: 
- What do you guys think about it?
- Where do I get the win7 oem iso?

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I've been having this problem ever since I did a clean install of Windows 7 last week. Every file I download, be it .exe, .rar, .zip, seems to download fine, but upon trying to install or unzip it, I get a message saying that the download is corrupt, in more ways than one.

Sometimes the msg will tell me to verify that the source of the file is trustworthy. I would hope so, considering everything from Nvidia drivers to directx redists from Windows are considered "unsafe".

Sometimes it will say simply that the download is corrupt, and to try and get it again.

I did a memory test to check my RAM, and it passed with no problems. I've tried chkdsk, and I have completely formatted every drive on my computer as a last ditch effort to no avail.

The interesting part is that a laptop on our network is having the same problem, does that spell out a virus issue? Or could it be my ISP somehow? I just find it interesting that this would happen after a clean install of Windows 7.

Let me know if you guys need any further information or have anything you want me to try. I could really use the help with this frustrating problem. Thanks!

A:Clean install of Windows 7, every download is corrupt

The messages you are receiving are not originating from Windows 7. Given that another system on your net has the same issue, I would suggest that you do a clean re-install of W7.

Is the other system Windows 7 also?
Did you use the same DVD to install Windows 7 as the other system in trouble?

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Microsoft has already announced a new solution that would allow users to clean-install Windows 10 should they want to start from scratch, and it appears that this tool is already available for download.

The company hasn?t said anything about it, but the download link (note that this is the direct download link!) was spotted by Twitter user @h0x0d and by the looks of it, Microsoft has no intention to remove it anytime soon. What?s very important to note, however, is that this program only works with Redstone builds, so if you want to use it on a computer running the stable version of Windows 10, it won?t launch.

The so-called ?Refresh Windows Tool? was designed like a wizard, so it guides you through the entire process of refreshing the operating system.

It works exactly like the built-in Windows Refresh feature and lets you keep personal files, so your settings and apps will be deleted, but files will be kept, or to remove everything, including files, settings, and apps.

Feedback needed
For the moment, it?s not yet clear what Microsoft?s plans with this new utility actually are given the fact that it?s very similar to the built-in Windows Refresh option, but the company said that it wants to provide users with an easy solution to clean-install the operating system.

Read more: Microsoft?s Tool to Clean-Install Windows 10 Now Available for Download
 

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Hello, I plan to buy a used genuine copy of Windows 7 with the product key.

I thing is, I read this article about how I won't be able to go online with my modem after a new install:

The myth of driver backups | PCWorld
Basically when I do a fresh install of Windows 7, I will not be able to connect online to update my drivers for my ethernet & display & Windows will not recognize the drivers from a USB stick without an installer either!?

I will have to manually download them from the manufacturers site, but my PC is used & had a lot of off shelf upgrades, it isn't a HP/Dell/Acer PC to just get the driver installer from their website.

How would I know what to download & where?

A:Windows 7 won't go online & won't download drivers after clean install

Yes, just download the drivers installer before reformatting and you'll be able to install those.

This tutorial helps in determining your exact hardware: Speccy - Advanced System Information Tool

Look at the model of the network card, motherboard, chipset, video card, wifi adapter, or any other thing you might have. Then with the manufacturers/models, just google those and download them from each individual website.

The HP/Dell/Ace/whatever brand is just a commercial name. They only take ready parts from the hardware manufacturers, assemble it, infect with crapware and relabel it before selling, but that's all. The drivers themselves will never come from them, directly.

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Just bought a new Dell Inspiron i5559-3349SLV with windows 10 pre-installed. I am planning on doing a clean install this weekend, but I'm not completely clear which drivers to download to complete the reinstall.

It has a 128GB SSD, so I know I need this driver. There is a newer and older version - does it matter which I use?

For the wifi drivers here (under network), there are two wifi options. How do I determine which driver is the right one? Also, for all the other drivers, do these need to be downloaded or will Windows 10 automatically download all of those again after the install?

Lastly, out of the drivers listed on Dell's driver reinstall guide, which are actually necessary?


Apologies for the noob questions. Thanks!

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Hi,

A while ago I've done a Win7 clean install following the instructions in:
Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

Under point 1) there is the link from which one can download the Win7 ISO file, put it on a DVD/USB medium, and perform a clean install. That way one can get rid of all the OEM's bloatware which sits on the HDD after having bought a new computer.

A few months ago the link in 1) took me to:
Official Windows 7 SP1 ISO from Digital River ? My Digital Life
where I could download the SP1-U version.

However, currently the link under 1) takes me to a completely different site:
Dell Community
and that site doesn't offer the SP1-U version anymore!

Why was the download site changed in the link?

Regards, Johan

A:Windows 7 Clean Install Download site has changed! Why is that?

Not sure why the link was changed (The admins will have had reason) but the ISO's on that site are the updated ones anyway. If you check the x__-____ codes they match the U versions on MDL

Danny

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Hello All

I did a fresh install of Win7 Pro 64Bit yesterday from an OEM disc to a new Samsung 850 Pro SSD.

2 sets of initial updates, which included SP1, went without a hitch with Windows Updater set to let me know when updates are available so I can choose to download etc.

Today I got an alert that there were 200+ updates available for download, I went through them and deselected KB3133977 which can mess with Asus MB's, then hit continue... an hour later my system was still "Preparing to Download."

I changed the Updater settings to Download but let me choose what to install, rebooted, and a short while later I was told there were 173 updates ready to install.

I checked again to make sure KB3133977 hadn't made it back onto the list and hit continue... 15 minutes later my system was still "Preparing to Install."

At this point I figured something must be broken, so considered rolling back through the Restore Points, trying a Repair install, or just nuking the drive and starting again.

But before trying any of the above I've included the CBS file, a screen grab of the SURT tool after 2hrs, the sfc Scannow results, and the results of running the Windows Updater Troubleshooter.

I hope you guys can help... thanks in advance!
Paul

A:Clean Win7 Pro install unable to download updates...

Hi Paul,
might be an easy fix, suspected cause >> you installed >> OEM << OS directly to NEW ssd.
your system specs look more like a custom build
please run this tool,
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=52012

Roy

lookin back over your earlier posts does this relate to the VM install?

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Hi

Quick quesiton about doing a clean install on a Dell laptop.

Do you think I'll need to load any drivers at install? Or do you think I can just wipe and install from the optical drive, per usual?

A:Laptop Clean Install

The WIn7 installer is driver-complete, and Windows Update will deliver newer or any missing. If any are then missing in Device Manager, find them on the Dell Support Downloads page for your model computer.

You can also back up the Vista windows/system32/drivers file to browse for any missing drivers, though there are likely newer Win7 drivers in the installer and via Windows Updates or your Downloads page.

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Well, a relatively new laptop. I got a Toshiba Satellite A505 in the beginning of May/end of April and it did not come with a recovery/OEM installation disc. Instead, I was told to make a backup myself. I have a retail Windows 7 Ultimate disc that I used on my desktop, so I cannot use the key that came with that.

However, you can install any version of 7 (aside from architecture-specific installation discs) by deleting "ei.cfg" in the ISO OR changing the version inside of that file. If you delete it, upon installation, you'll be asked what version of Windows you want to install. You still need a proper key for each version. In my case, the laptop has Home Premium.

I'm aware that I'm not able to use an OEM key (the one on the bottom of the laptop) with a retail disc, however, you can change the "channel" in the ei.cfg file from "Retail" to "OEM" and then burn the ISO to a disc to install.

Aside from backing up drivers and utilities (and of course the entire disc), should I be worried about anything before I do this? Because as far as I'm aware it should work. I removed what I could when I first got the laptop using Revo, but A) I'm starting college next month and I want a fresh start and B) Just like with cell phones, I prefer my computers completely stock and uncustomized by OEMs.

PS: Sorry for my inactivity on the forums, I just got a full-time job at a local Allstate office so that's kept me busy for a while.

A:Clean Install on New Laptop

I would make an image of your current system (and burn the recovery disk) - just in case.
Imaging with free Macrium

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I have a Dell Inspiron Laptop that originally had win 98 on it. I was trying to install win 2k pro on it. Now it dual boots between 98 and win 2k but all I want is win 2k pro on it. How do I wipe this clean and reinstall just 2k?
 

A:How to perform a Clean install on Laptop

When you install W2k, it will give you an option to do a delete your old partion and do a clean install. If not what you might want to do is fdisk your system. then install W2K. Either way would work for you.
 

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I have a Compaq Presario V2403NR Laptop, it is about 3 years old and for about the last year and a half it has been really slow and would freeze a lot. I did everything I could to clean it up and when i would run virus and spyware scans it wouldnt find anything, but it still had problems so i just decided i would completely start over with a Clean Install. I would get into the beginning stages of the clean install and the computer would shut off, so i cleaned it out and dusted off the fans in case it was an overheating problem. Now i was able to get farther into the install but after I deleted the partition, it got to about 8% formatting and it just shuts off. So now Windows is gone and i have no OS on my laptop and now its useless and everytime i try to reinstall it, it shuts off at 8%. What should i do? What can i do?

A:Laptop Shuts Off During XP Clean Install

Go into the Bios and run a Hard disk check and a Ram check. I cannot remember the exact wording but if you see a ,"#7", it means the Hard drive has a couple of clusters that are a bit flaky. The way around this is to partition the drive. What size to partition depends on where the drive stops during XP install. Mine had a 30 gig and I did a 10 and a 20 gig partition. Worked perfectly for several yrs, it's now used as a slave drive.

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Hello,

When I purchased my laptop it had Windows 8 on it. I did the free upgrade to Windows 10 with no issues. Lately my laptop has been giving me issues so I did a factory reset back to Windows 8. I downloaded the Windows 10 media creation tool to a USB drive.

I made the mistake of saving the media creation tool to the USB and running the program from the USB instead of booting from it. It appeared the install was going smooth then the PC locked up at the HP screen. It sat there for a few hours and I did a hard reset to restart the install, it only boots to the HP screen and doesn't go any further. I can reset the PC and hit the ESC key to access the BIOS and other prompts.

I tried booting from the USB stick but when I try to do a fresh install it says there was an interruption and I have to hit close to go back to the main menu to and start all over again. I can get to the part where it asks if I want to do an Upgrade of Windows or Custom: Install Windows only (advanced). When I click on Custom I have a ton of partitions in there.

My question is, can I remove all of those partitions and start fresh. I already backed up all of the data I need from the laptop. I just want to get Windows 10 installed again and get it back to a place where I can use it for browsing the net and creating Office documents. I also wrote down my product key before I did this process.

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I just purchased a retail version of win 8.1 and installed it on my build. My wife's laptop may, wind up needing a fresh install but hopefully not. My question is can I use my install disc to re-install her system which is the same version as mine if I use the key off her pc to activate the install with and, is it legal? Thanks!

A:clean install on laptop question

Why not your wife's product number will automatically activate. If your worried download the ISO from MS Create installation media for Windows 8.1 - Windows Help

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I'm running Windows 8.1 (64 bit) on my Lenovo G500 laptop. It has AMD Radeon*HD 8570 (2GB) graphics card, Intel integrated HD graphics, i5 processor, 500 GB SATA Hard disk *and 8GB DDR3 RAM.

I'm having slowdown issues, slow startup, slow shutdown issues in this laptop.

I have scanned it throughly once with Kaspersky and second time with Avira to find any malware but found nothing.*
I have also disabled some non Microsoft services during startup ( I didn?t fiddle with my graphics card Driver startup at all) *so that I don't face issues of slowdowns. But the trouble wasn't fixed at all.*
I ran sfc/scannow command using admin privileges in command prompt and found nothing, I also ran it in safe mode just to double check and found no errors.

I didn?t install any new software before I started facing this issue of slowdowns.*
I have 500 GB SATA hard drive with 2 partitions.
C drive is of 180 GB and D drive was allocated the remaining space that Windows allowed me in the beginning.*
C drive has 64 GB vcant space and D drive has 40 GB vacant space. All my drivers are upto date. My Windows is also updated.*
Therefore, out of sheer frustration *I've decided to perform a clean install of Windows 8.1.*

*

To get a second opinion, I've posted here.*
Shall I go ahead with my clean install or is there something I can do?
I won't update to Windows 10 as my laptop doesn't have support for it.

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So I just reformatted and installed my windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit again. I had performed this just a week ago, as i installed a new hd, and it was a success. Then on an automatic update windows, the screen got stuck on "failure configuring windows updates. reverting changes." and it just got stuck. I waited about two hours to no avail. I could not get back into windows, and I tried booting into all kinds of repair modes but nothing worked. I decided why not reformat and reinstall windows, wont take very long, and I dont have many programs to reinstall. So I do that, windows installs fine, then I go to install my video card driver, from the asus website, and when i reboot i get the blue screen of death. Reboot a few more times and same thing, cannot get back into windows. I try repair mode but it doesn't work. I reinstall windows again. When it starts up I try to reboot, and windows loads up fine. Install the video driver again and back to the BSOD. Note that this is the same video driver I used a week ago and it worked fine.

So Im pretty clueless as to whats going on here. Also exasperated, I need this for school, immediately, and will have to go and buy a new one tomorrow morning if I can't get this fixed.

I wonder if I just install the 32 bit version it will work better?

Specs:
ASUS ZENBOOK UX31E DH53
HD: Samsung 850 Evo 500gb M.2 w/ ztc NGFF M.2 to 18 Pin

Edit: I can't run the DM log collector as I can't get back into windows now.

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Hello everyone,

My first post. I admit to avoiding Win 7 for years, being an old guy, and rather stuck on Win XP SP3.

However .... I'm getting into computer audio. So I bought an HP Folio 13-1020us for dedicated audio use. I also purchased a full version (DVD) of Win 7 Pro 64.

This forum is so full of helpful info, that I've printed probably 50 pages of reference material (mostly from 'Brink', 'Bare Foot Kid', and 'gregrocker' -- thanks guys!!) on how to do a clean install of the Win 7 Pro 64 on the laptop.

The laptop is quite small, with a 120GB SSD. The desired goal is a Win 7 Pro 64 install, along with a media player -- all dedicated to audio. The audio files are stored on an external 2TB drive.

The laptop came with Win 7 (not Pro 64) and a bunch of 'bloatware' -- is that the correct term?

The laptop has no DVD tray. So, I used my new desktop Win 7 Pro 64 to create a copy of the Win 7 Pro 64 DVD to a flash drive, using 'diskpart', 'clean', and 'create primary partition' on the flash drive, and then copying the DVD to the flash drive.

Sure enough, the flash drive contents are identical to the Win 7 Pro 64 installation DVD. My plan was to install the Win 7 Pro 64 from the flash drive, and, in the process, completely erase everything originally on the HP SSD -- original OS, partitions, and all the 'bloatware'. Then make a back-up ISO(?) in case of a crash.

I modified the HP start-up to allow the option to boot from the flash drive. It worked -- for about 3 scr... Read more

A:Help with clean Win 7 Pro install on HP laptop requested

Hello Greg and welcome to Seven Forums. The problem you are having is common to installing from flash drives, at least for me. Have you tried it more than once? I did an install last week and had the same message. Restarted with the same flash drive and it installed perfectly. If that does not work for you, download windows professional ISO from My Digital life and install Windows 7 USB/DVD tool and run the tool, select your USB drive and the installer will copy the ISO to the USB drive. If you have any further problems, let us know.

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Normally this would be an easy thing to do but I have a laptop that came loaded with Vista and had the free upgrade to W7 Home Premium, that I took advantage of. Then after that I subsequently upgraded to W7 pro. Now I am thinking of replacing the HDD with a SSD and I'd probably like to do a clean install to get all the crap off of it and speed it up.

So I don't have a Win7 disk for the laptop... but I do have 2 other OEM Win7 disks from desktop builds. Can I just use them to do the clean install on the laptop, of course entering the proper product key for the laptop?

A:How to clean W7 install on old Vista laptop

ypu cannot legally use oem operating systems on any compter other than the one it came with

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Hello everyone,

tomorrow I will be getting my new HP laptop, I want to do a clean install of Windows 7, which i know how to do.

to get the full functionality from the laptop after do i simply got tp the HP website and download the drivers and install 1 by 1? do i need to do them in any particular order?

HP Pavilion dv6-6051ea this is the model i am getting,


From experience I remeber on my old Sony Vaio once I had done this, things like hot keys did not work and the battery life was just terrible after and it heated up even more!! dont want any of these things hapening to the new laptop now! or should I just remove software that I dont want.

It just feels better for me knowing that there is no junk whatsoever on the new machine!!!

please advise

Thanks

Kay

A:clean install of windows 7 on HP laptop

HP should have a complete list of all necessary drivers. They are probably more current than the ones that come with the laptop. As long as all drivers are installed everything should work unless some are tied to HP's apps, which are also downloadable from their website. When you get the laptop why not install the OS on their hard drive to see which apps you like so you will know which ones to download. I really don't think there is an order in which to install the drivers except for things like chipset drivers. It's probably just my preference, but when I do a clean install I disconnect from the internet as soon as the install is complete. I install all of my drivers, then reconnect. It allows me to install the drivers I want to before windows starts installing theirs. You should also receive a drivers disk from them which will have all drivers, though not as current as the website.

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Hello everyone,
Today I received a new Acer laptop which came with Windows 8 but it has a bunch of programs which I will never use and I just want to restart with a clean slate.

From here (Option 1) I downloaded and put an ISO of 64-bit Windows 8.1 on a USB drive but I'm not sure about how to go forward. The Windows 8 key of the Acer is in the BIOS right so with 8.1 being a free upgrade will that key automatically activate 8.1 for me?

I was also reading about editing the ei.cfg and unless I'm understanding it wrong this allows you to install 8.1 without a product key and I read somewhere else that you can use your Windows 8 key to activate 8.1 after it has been installed. Is any of this correct?

Apologies for the silly questions, I'm not good at setting up computers and my son usually does everything but he's not around at the moment.

Thank you for reading.
Advice will be appreciated.

A:Clean 8.1 install on a laptop with pre-installed 8?

How to download and clean install Windows 8.1 if you have an OEM computer with UEFI firmware (BIOS) embedded Windows 8/8.1 product key. -> link

How to create a bootable USB flash drive. -> link

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I want to install a fresh copy of Windows 10. Because I dont like having "leftovers" from Windows 8.1. But how do I do that? I also want to use the Lenovo apps that was installed on the computer when I got it. 
 
 
Mod's Edit: Added additional information to Subject line for clarity of problem.

A:Z50-70 Laptop - Windows 10 Clean Install

ernstlu wrote:I want to install a fresh copy of Windows 10. Because I dont like having "leftovers" from Windows 8.1. But how do I do that? I also want to use the Lenovo apps that was installed on the computer when I got it. Take a look at this link on how to clean install Win 10. After the clean install you may have to install some of the drivers from the Lenovo site or from the drivers folder in your drive. I'm not sure though about the Lenovo apps but you can try to look it up in the store or inquire from Lenovo.

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Hi everyone, i have a time laptop model number 8375. I have installed a new hard drive (40gb) into it and i am having problems trying to install windows xp home edition, It get to loading setup files , about 35% then the system crashes and power downs, this has been doing my head in for 5 hours now,
can anyone please help, i am struggling now,
many thanks in advance
 

A:Clean Install On Time Laptop

I donno what kind of laptop this is but when you try to install the windows os does the area around the harddisk drive heat up more than usual?
 

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Hi,
I have a sony pcg-f630 laptop which was originally installed with ME. I have upgraded this computer in the past using the clean install function to XP..but was wondering, would i be better off reinstalling ME and doing the upgrade (sony has a discussion page and this is what they recommend)..how much disk space/performance will i lose to the upgrade function as opposed to a clean install? Thanks
 

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As topic says, friends laptop had Win 8 and he updated to Win 10. Now I wonder if he can install a clean Win 10 through USB with his Win 8 serialkey.

A:Laptop had Win 8 and upgraded to Win 10. Can I install a clean Win 10?

Originally Posted by JerryW


As topic says, friends laptop had Win 8 and he updated to Win 10. Now I wonder if he can install a clean Win 10 through USB with his Win 8 serialkey.



Yes. He can do a Clean Install.
Make sure the USB has the same Win 10 version as the one that is on the computer now.
He does NOT need the Win 8 product key.
When he starts the clean install, he will be asked for a product key.
Just select the SKIP option and continue.
Activation after install will be automatic.

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If I have a tablet laptop that has numerous important drivers/programs, how can I ensure that I can get them all if I start from a clean install from a copy of Windows 7 DVD that I get my hands on?

The important stuff include:
1. touchscreen program or driver (not sure which it is)
2. touchscreen pen calibration program or driver (not sure which it is)
3. pen-flicking capabilities (not sure where it comes from)
4. hand-writing calibration program or driver (not sure which it is. found it under Accessories)

5. shock protection program or driver (not sure which it is)

6. the display manager (not sure whether this is a driver or program... my touchscreen can be rotated and when it is rotated, the view changes)

7. the program or driver that allows me to switch the view when I do a powerpoint presentation... (is that a program or a driver? i have a key on the keyboard that allows me to do so if I press it and press "fn")

8. webcam program or driver (not sure which it is)
9. Bluetooth (found under Accessories of the tablet. I don't see this on my clean installed desktop)

10. fingerprint recognition program (for the fingerprint onboard device)
11. battery information program or driver (not sure which it is)
12. battery saving program or driver (not sure which it is)
13. DVD and CD burning program

14. touchpad program or driver (it's a driver right?)
15. Recovery DVD software (it should be a software. it is by the PC manufacturer.

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A:Need help with clean install onto tablet laptop

Run the Win7 Upgrade advisor which will tip you to drivers that may be needed or apps which might be incompatible: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/win...e-advisor.aspx

Go to the maker's Support Downloads webpage for your tablet model. Either download the latest drivers to stick or CD, or bookmark the page.

The Win7 installer is driver-complete with newer arriving quickly via optional Windows Updates so check there first. Turn this on as well: Automatically get recommended drivers and updates for your hardware

Then if there are any missing drivers in Device Manager, import them from the Support Downloads webpage you backed up.

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I just purchased a new Toshiba laptop it comes with Windows 8 Home 64 bit. It has been my custom when purchasing a new computer to do a complete clean install to get rid of all the bloatware that comes on the new machine. There is no Windows 8 dvd it is pre installed and I only have the Win 8 User Key how do I go out wiping out the new computer and starting fresh? Never had to deal with not having a disk before so uncharted waters for me..............

A:New Laptop like to do clean install of Windows 8

   Information

We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
& made the Startup Repair CD.
Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8





You can use the Toshiba version of
Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
   Warning
Deleting the Recovery Partition is NOT RECOMMENDED


Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?

How to make Toshiba Recovery disks.
Toshiba How-To: Understanding Windows 8 system recovery options - YouTube

http://cdgenp01.csd.toshiba.com/cont...640-SP4015.pdf
Toshiba How-To: Create System Recovery Media on a USB Flash Drive - YouTube


You can order the Microsoft official OEM Recovery disks from the OEM manufacturer's website.
You can order Toshiba Recovery disks from here:

https://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/...rification.jsp

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Hi I'm in the process of troubleshooting my mother-in-law's laptop. It's a case of one day it was working fine and the next day it just started hanging.
I formatted the drive, re-installed Windows (XP Media Centre) and managed to get all the drivers and anti-virus installed.
Then it seems as soon as the Microsoft updates come through, it does the same thing again. I have formatted twice now and both times the same thing.
I have tried a different ram module (from a working laptop) to no avail.
It is a Celeron M 1.4 processor, 256mb RAM, Sahara LE1D laptop.
What's also started happening now is when it eventually boots into Windows, I get 'Windows Explorer has encountered a problem and needs to close' and then when I click 'Don't Send' a window pops up that says the same about Dr Watson
 

A:Laptop crashes on clean install

Well I hope you managed to fix that laptop. Seems you did not get much help here. I am having a proplem with a similar laptop and cannot get the right video drivers for it. Can you help me if you managed to get help maybe on a nother forum

Regards
Fredsel
 

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I am installing XP Home on a HP ZE4560US
80 gig hard drive

It is asking me how much space to allow for the partition.

It shows a maximum space of 76,309

A:XP home Clean install on laptop

I usually create a 20GB partition for XP, installed programs, and critical updates installed.

I don't put much of anything else on my C: partition and I generally have 8-11GB of free space available (after disabling hiberfil.sys and system restore, which I don't use).

If you use System Restore, I'd still go with a 20GB partition for XP.

After XP is installed, I would use Disk Management to format the rest as a storage partition.

Louis

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Hi Windows 8 forums, I'm from Windows 7 and don't know much about windows 8. I wanted to know if my laptop came pre-installed with windows 8 (not sure what edition), can I just boot amsdn/digitalriver/technet/RETAIL copy of Windows 8 , run a clean install deleting all the partitions on my computer and won't need to enter a key?

I know windows 8 have a program where you enter a key and download the .iso but apparently, it doesn't work for oem key at all I think.

I did a forum search before posting but found this link https://www.google.com/url?q=http://...Dy1erxAnh6LRuQ to how to clean install windows 8 but the tutorial is aimed towards individuals with a retail key not oem.

A:Clean install from a pre-installed Win 8 laptop?

Hi Windows OP, welcome to Windows EightForums!

Sounds like you just got the machine.
I think the easiest thing to do is to get the laptop tweaked and set just the way you want it without a ton of files and junk in the trash bin then take a system image backup to refresh your machine.

The whole OEM/embedded product key/clean install thing is a little twisted!
Some of our fellow members have more experience with that. Hang in there, they might stop by and add their insight!

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New to the forums. First time poster. Thanks in advance for the help.

So I searched through the old posts and found many topics related to my issue but I did not find one that directly spelled out my problem nor gave an answer that I could use. I also searched the net for as much info I could find but still no success in finding the answer to my problem.

FYI: I have experience with clean installs. I have completed 4 previous to this one.

So I have this Acer laptop that has Vista installed currently. I have 'full, authentic version' of Windows XP SP2 that I am using to perform a clean install (note: I have used this CD for 2 previous clean installs)-
After booting to CD and getting through the setting up files portion of the process I come to the 'Welcome to Setup' screen- I press ENTER to set up Windows XP- I press F8 to accept the terms- this begins the trouble!
I get a blue screen that says:

'Setup cannot find a previous version of Windows installed on your computer. To continue, Setup needs to verify that you qualify to use this upgrade product.' It also says 'Please insert one of the following Windows product CDs into the CD-ROM drive: etc, etc, etc. At this point I have the XP CD in the drive so I press ENTER- I then get a message that says 'Setup could not read the CD you inserted, or the CD is not a valid Windows CD'.

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A:Trying to clean install XP SP2 on Acer laptop w/ Vista. Help please.

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Hi - first I apologize for the lengthy explanation!

My problem started after a user complained her laptop was starting up on its own after she shut down. I tried myself and she was right - when selecting shutdown from the start menu the computer *looked* like it had shutdown, but the power button and lights on the front stayed lit. After about 10-15 minutes it started up with a BSOD for DRIVER_POWER_STATE_FAILURE STOP: 0x0000009F.

I have had this same BSOD on other employee laptops so i tried uninstalling the driver that i thought was the culprit on those machines. They are all DELL Vostro 3450's, running a clean install of Win 7 enterprise. Didn't help so I went to the Dell support page and tried to download and install the recommended updates for my support number. One of them was the BIOS - I ran the install for that and after restarting the system it would not recognize the network adapter (not even a node for it in device manager).

Was on the phone for 2 hours this morning with dell - managed to get the wireless network working after going into BIOS and setting all to factory default. However - the laptop still would not shutdown! She had me run hardware diagnostics and everything is fine so she said this is a windows issue, and I should try a clean install.

So I ran a clean install from my win7 enterprise software assurance disk (btw couldn't use this disk via recovery - something about bad product key so had to run from disk).
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A:Laptop will not shutdown or restart - clean install no help

Also forgot to mention - before I reinstalled windows I tried to do a system restore that failed.

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Hey guys,

Here's an odd one for all you helpful folks.

Whilst my sister and family were away this weekend I offered to install Windows 7 Home Premium (x86) on her Toshiba Equium L40-10U laptop.
It was previously running Windows Vista Home Premium, however as it was infested with all kinds of nasties I figured I would kill two birds with one stone.

Anyway, I downloaded the ISO from Technet and burnt it to DVD, updated the BIOS on the laptop (worked fine) and proceeded to install Windows 7 (fresh, not upgrade, completely wiped and started from scratch).

Everything went fine, went through setup and logged on, Windows Update kicked in, perfect.
Had a play around and the machine was running like a dream, so I started installing stuff. As I didn't require ANY extra drivers I installed the RTM version of Microsoft Security Essentials first. I then moved on to Spybot - Search & Destroy etc.

When I restarted the machine it started to boot and got to the Starting Windows screen, however the Windows animation didn't appear, I waited, and waited, and nothing. Restarted again and it went to the Startup Repair option, did that, found nothing, restarted, and again it was stuck at the Starting Windows screen.

I rebooted and tried for Safe Mode, which very weirdly failed, it said loading and again just sat there.

Failing that I figured either bad install and/or bad burn. Re-dwonloaded ISO, burnt new DVD, reinstalled. Did the same again.

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A:Laptop stuck at startup after clean install.

Hi dazeon

1) Can you remove the drive.

2) install as slave to a PC runnig windows.

3) delete all partitions & format.

4) Then you will be installing on to a nice clean drive.

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I just installed Windows 7 Home Premium (32 bit) on an older Compaq Presario V3020. Everything went awesomely! However, I am having issues with 2 of my devices and I'm assuming they are driver related.

1. Windows Action Center is reporting that I need to "download and install a missing driver for my memory card/memory card reader." Fine, it linked me directly to HP for a direct download of the driver. I downloaded it and the install appeared to be successful. However, the next time I reboot the machine, Action Center reports I need to install the driver again.

The device is a Ricoh SD-MS/Pro-MMC-XD card reader.

2. I am not getting any sound from the headphone jack. All sound is coming through the built in speakers only...even with the headphones plugged in, sound is still coming through the built in speakers. In other words, the sound doesn't even mute with the jack plugged in but, I still get sound from the built ins.

The device is a Microsoft High Definition Audio Device.

I went to HP's web site for drivers but it reports that Vista was the last supported OS for my machine. There weren't any drivers available that addressed my issues anyways.

Anyone here know how I can get this stuff working? I guess if I had to prioritize, the sound issues would be #1. Let me know if I can provide any other info. Thanks in advance.

A:2 issues with clean Win 7 install on older laptop

A quick search on Google that even Windows Vista doesn't appear to have any drivers for your card reader.

If a card reader is critical to you, you can always buy a USB portable multi-card reader that's compatible with Windows 7.

As for your sound problem, try downloading Vista drivers and install them in compatibility mode for Windows Vista.

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I have a feeling im screwed here, but hopefully someone can offer a solution.

I recently bought an Asus s200e with windows 8 pre-installed. This does not come with a windows cd/dvd/usb or product key. I planned to replace the HDD with an SSD.. so i formatted the drive to mess around with debian and ubuntu. I read that the KEY was tied in with the UEFI and i could just boot windows 8 from a usb flashdrive when i bought my SSD.

So i installed the SSD on the laptop and created a UEFI bootable usb windows 8 iso from my windows 7 computer. This worked fine installing on the laptop but it says it's in 'evaluation' mode and valid for 90 days. I used Belarc Advisor to pull the product key and used the cmd: slmgr.vbs -ipk "product key here" to "activate windows".

But i dont know if the product key is that of the evaluation version or not as it still appear to be in evaluation mode, i was under the impression the product key was tied in with the UEFI?

How exactly am i meant to do a clean reinstall of windows 8? If the key is tied in with the UEFI then wouldn't it just pull the product key from there when installing.. im not sure why i have the 'Evaluation Version' unless i've downloaded the wrong iso..?

Thankyou for any help.

A:Clean install windows 8 on preinstalled laptop

UPDATE:

I think i do have the incorrect .iso - i went to activate windows through cmd: slui and entered the product key that i pulled with Belarc Advisor. It said the key works but it's invalid for this version of windows 8.

On quick reflection i realized theres windows 8 basic, windows 8 pro and windows 8 enterprise. So im in the process of downloading the basic .iso and hopefully activating it with the key from the UEFI.

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OK - I'm not sure if this is a Vista issue or a hardware issue, but here goes:
1) My son picks up a virus on his Dell 1720 laptop - core 2, 2 gigabytes of ram, 8600 gt, Vista Premium 32bit.
2) He has lost his "recovery disks"
3) I contact Dell for new disks, they will be here in a couple of weeks (we live a looong way North in Canada)
4) In the meantime, I do a clean install of Vista Premium 32 bit from an OEM disk I had purchased when I did a different project.
5) The install works, we download all the drivers from Dell.ca, all his apps work, even wireless.

6) The Weirdness: If we shut it down with "shutdown", all is good, but if we do a "restart" it does a BSOD, followed by a restart, followed by a BSOD, in a continuous loop, every time.

What's up with that? All answers appreciated, and thanks for your time.
 

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Hey guys. I got my dell desktop to work after following all the instructions from you posters like greg and barefoot in my other thread.

Today i tried to do the same thing for my laptop. Its an Asus u45jc laptop. I have the Windows 7 Recovery CD for it and the CD with the Driver and Utility CD as well.

However, i encountered multiple problems.

I followed the steps on this site who tells you how to

Complete Walk-through For Doing A Clean Windows 7 Install
The problem that occurs here is
The next screen displays three install options. Depending on your personal needs, you will have to decide which option is best for you. To help you decide, here is what each option means:Recover Windows to first partition only
This option deletes only the first partition and allows you to keep other partitions, and to create a new system partition as drive "C".

Recover Windows to entire HD
This option deletes all partitions from your hard disk drive and creates a new system partition as drive "C".

Recover Windows to entire HD with two partitions
This option deletes all partitions from your hard drive and creates two new partitions "C" (60%) and "D" (40%).My laptop has one hard drive, so my choice is "Recover Windows to entire HD". When you have made your decision, click the "Next" button.Please note that this process doesn't delete or modify the hidden partition on the hard drive which contains the original fact... Read more

A:Asus Laptop Windows 7 Clean Install Help

Partitions and hard drives dont mean the same thing. Most people have at least 2 partitions, one for the OS the other for data. I hope you backed up your data before recovering, because it would be wiped out.

Anyways, even if you chose to install win7 on the entire HD, thats fine because you can always create data partitions later.

As for the wierd things, you said you have the driver CD, have you installed all the drivers?

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I bought my wife a new VAIO Sony laptop. It came with Win8 installed. She has been using a Toshiba laptop with Win7.
She wants no part of Win8. (She is 84 years old) & spends a lot of time on her laptop.

I want to put Win7 on the Sony VAIO. I don't want to save anything on it.
I want to make a Clean install by reformatting the HD.
However, I know you can not completely reformat the HD because of the "System Reserved" partition.

Does anyone have information on how to do a factory reformat?

Tully

A:Make a clean install of Win7 on a Win 8.1 laptop.

Originally Posted by Tully


I bought my wife a new VAIO Sony laptop. It came with Win8 installed. She has been using a Toshiba laptop with Win7.
She wants no part of Win8. (She is 84 years old) & spends a lot of time on her laptop.

I want to put Win7 on the Sony VAIO. I don't want to save anything on it.
I want to make a Clean install by reformatting the HD.
However, I know you can not completely reformat the HD because of the "System Reserved" partition.

Does anyone have information on how to do a factory reformat?

Tully



If you do Factory Reformat, you will be back to Windows 8.

Downgrade to Windows 7.
Downgrade Windows 8 to Windows 7
Warning you must have the UEFI/BIOS firmware setting in Step Three set.

Make sure you read the NOTE at Step three.

You will need to buy Windows 7.

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OK, it's a long one...

The laptop is a Sony Vaio VGN-SZ4MN/B. It was bought in March 2007 with Vista pre-installed. I don't like Vista, but I put up with it. Over a period of a few months this year, the laptop started seizing up gradually (sloooow) and eventually ceased to function, displaying a variety of blue-screen error messages and refusing to boot up. The blue screen error messages usually referred to PFN (page frame number) errors, but the details differed from one attempt to another.

As the warranty was long-expired, I took it to my usually-trusty local PC fix-it shop - down to earth guy, has always managed to sort out hardware problems in the past and makes up own-brand machines that do the job. He did his diagnostic routine and found defects on the hard drive. He installed a new 250MB HD. I said that I didn't particularly like Vista and I have a legit, licensed and unused copy of XP Professional, so I took it back with the HD unformatted, so I could install and configure XP myself, something I have done a number of times before on a variety of machines.

Using the XP CD-ROM, it wouldn't complete a format of the new HD. It would go through the whole NTFS formatting routine, right through to 100%, and then announce that it was unable to format the HD. Messing about with different-sized partitions to see if there was a HD error, e.g., some bad sectors, made no difference. So I took it back to the repair shop. They were unable to install either XP ... Read more

A:XP will not install on clean/new HD on Sony Vaio laptop

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hello, I just did a clean install of windows 10 on my yoga 900-13ISK2. can somone provide me instructions on how to reinstall drivers (i get you download the file from the site and just execute it) but i know drivers and utilities required to be installed in certain order. I also want to make sure i install all of the drivers and not put any bloat wear. My computer is a signature edition, so i would like to install all drivers and programs that came out the box.

A:Yoga 900 Laptop windows clean install

Drivers are of course needed for the hardware devices on your system to work properly, and many will be delivered by Windows Update, but I would probably update them with the versions found on the Lenovo Support site.   The order that they are installed, however, is not really important as long as you reboot when requested.   As far as software and utilities, you don't really need any of those for your laptop to work, and only you can determine what software or utilities you think are useful, and what you consider bloatware. Cheers,

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I have a Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit laptop and upgrade key for Windows 7 Professional 64-bit. I want Windows 7 Professional 64-bit clean install in this laptop. How do I do it?
NOTE: I also have EXE/ISO file from previous win7pro64 upgrade in a different laptop from win7hp64 (bought the key and downloaded the file from digitalriver).

I also have got a 120 GB blank SSD. Can I do this clean install of win7pro64 in this SSD? How?

TIA.

A:Clean install win7pro64 from win7hp64 laptop w/ key

We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's app the first day you had your new PC.
& made the Startup Repair CD.

If you have the burned the ISO to DVD disk, follow this tutorial:
Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

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