Dell :: Windows 7 Upgrade Disc Can Do Clean Install.

Nov 17, 2009

I just received Windows 7 Upgrade Disc from Dell, and it says "Windows Vista Business to Windows 7 Professional Upgrade" on the disc and COA also says "Win Vista Bus to Win 7 Pro UPG Fullfill."

I was curious if it is really impossible to do a clean install with upgrade disc as regular upgrade disc is. (At least I was told that it is impossible), but I did not want to upgrade my notebook to Windows 7 yet.

So, I gave it a try on VMWare. It installed just like regular Windows 7 disc in a empty HDD. It even took COA that came with the upgrade disc.
I did not try activating because it probably will fail if it uses SLIC to activate, or in worst case, it will get activated on my VM, and I will be unable to active it when I actually want to upgrade my notebook's OS

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Acer :: Vista Clean Install (Anytime Upgrade Disc)

Jan 28, 2009

Has anyone done this on an Acer laptop? I recently bought a 5515 for my parents and after seeing all the bloatware that came on it I figured I'd do a clean OS install. I backed up the CD Key using the ABR utility and backed up all the drivers. I then started the new OS install and get all the way to "completing installation" and it sits there spinning for a good 20-30 mins before it freezes. I tried the 32 bit version first followed by the 64 bit and had no luck either try. I eventually reinstalled the factory settings using the recovery disc.

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Sony :: Clean Install Of Windows Vista To Upgrade?

Oct 24, 2009

I'm thinking about purchasing windows 7, do i need a clean install of windows vista to upgrade? and also do i need to get all the drivers ect like in the clean install of vista if i wish to upgrade? i have a vaio vgn-fw21L

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Dell :: Free Upgrade (Clean Vs Upgrade Install)

Nov 3, 2009

I should be getting my upgrade (Pro 64) within the next week and was wondering which method is better. I obviously know that it will run a bit faster for the first month or so with clean install, however, my concern is with the activation of the dell free upgrade version. Will it simply be boot the free upgrade disk and install and it will be activated fine? Or, is there more to it? Also, say a year from now I wanted reformat/reinstall win 7... How would I go about doing that with the dell free upgrade DVD?

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Sony :: FZ190 Upgrade From Vista To Win 7an UPGRADE Not A Clean Install

Oct 26, 2009

With all the hand wringing folks have been doing about the lack of drivers for a clean install of Win7 I thought I'd jump in to the deep end of the pool with my FZ190 and investigate an alternative. My good friends Rajesh and Dr. Pratik have done clean installs of Win7 on FZ models, but I decided to take a different approach... the "dreaded" OS in place upgrade. Partly out of curiosity, I wanted to see if it would work, but mainly because I have a ton of software that would need to be reinstalled, if I did a clean install. That would mean days or weeks of inventorying every thing I have installed, digging up installation media and then installing all the stuff. I just don't have the spare time. So...

This past weekend I imaged my C: drive (all my data and I mean ALL my data is on D:, I am a fanatic about that). MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A BACKUP OF YOUR C: DRIVE BEFORE YOU TRY AN UPGRADE! I ran the Windows 7 Update adviser and it said I had some issues:


NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GT - NVIDIA Not compatible The driver installed for this device is not compatible with Windows 7....................

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Dell :: HDD Upgrade In E1705: Clean XP Install

Jan 6, 2009

I'm installing a Western Digital Scorpio Black WD3200BEKT 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Notebook Hard Drive into my E1705.

Yesterday, I pulled the old drive and put the WD into the bay, booted from Windows MCE CD, Windows installed files, rebooted and went to the GUI install screen. I tried to install 5 times and every time I would get the infamous 33/34 minute hang up.

I've read that this is usually due to the install media being corrupted, or Windows not being able to install a piece of hardware. So I also tried my second, never before used Windows MCE install disk (Dell had sent me two copies). That produced the same results.

My only conclusion is one of two possibilities. One, I just got a bum hard drive. I already have a replacement drive on the way from newegg to cover that base.
Two, I read that some copies of OEM operating system disks will not install with certain changes in hardware. Anyone heard of this? Is our copies of Dell Windows MCE stripped down in some way? Is it possible that our copy of Dell Windows would not recognize a WD hard drive?

Would seem really strange that a simple change in hard drive, especially considering Dell designed the bay to be plug-n-play upgradeable, would prevent a clean install of Windows.

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Dell :: How Can I Install Windows On A New HDD...Without A Disc

Nov 19, 2007

I got a new 120GB seagate Momentus 7200rpm HDD in the mail today. I wasn't expecting it yet (I actually wasn't expecting it to ship until today) so I wasn't ready for it.

I need to know how I can copy windows from my current 60GB HDD to my new 120GB...but I don't have a Windows Xp CD. I know there is some way to make an "image" of my current HDD? But when I research that it gets a little confusing because they are always how to's for backing up your files rater than making a CD that you can actually install on a blank HDD.

How many CD's will it take If I un-install all my programs first and basically just copy Windows itself?

I'm not interested in going out and buying an external caddy and copying directly to the new HDD externally UNLESS that is the only way to do it. I need a way that it can be done like...2day! cause i'm anxious!

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Nov 18, 2009

I was just wondering about a couple of things since people started getting the free upgrade disks for Windows 7.

1. Can you use the media to perform clean install?

2. If not can you use the Key with another Media? Retail or OEM?

3. How will the activation process fall into place?

I know some tweaking will have to be involved to get it to work.

I got my upgrade kit for one of the laptops I have already but I haven't had time at all to play with them.

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Nov 20, 2009

I have just received my upgrade discs for both my new Z620D laptops, followed the rather vague instuctions to the letter, clicked Upgrade. All went well until it asked for the licence key. Does the W7 upgrade licence key come with the discs or in an email? The original vista key does not work.

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Dell :: Clean Windows 7 Install On XPS 16?

Mar 8, 2010

Dell is sending me a replacement SXPS16 (the 4th one. The previous 3 have been SXPS13's that have all been defective).

I genuinely hated all the bloatware on the 13's, so would you guys advise doing a fresh install on the 16?

The computer comes with the proper disc to do that, right?

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Nov 1, 2009

I have a Studio 15 (1535) and did a clean install with Windows 7 (32 bit) and now I'm in the process of reinstalling my programs.

I used Windows 7 Easy Transfer so I can keep track on what needs to be installed and boy this program is slick.

I didn't install all the Dell software that came with the computer but selected what I wanted

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Mar 17, 2010

I'm not pleased with some of the bloatware the laptop shipped with, so I just wanted to make sure that I can clean install from the "Reinstallation DVD" my computer came with. The product key isn't on the disc but it does seem to be on a sticker on the bottom of the notebook. Am I safe in doing this? I've already backed up all my files...

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Dell Inspiron 15R SE :: Clean Windows 8 Install

Mar 10, 2013

The notebook comes with an restore disc, but I really would like to have a simple and clean Win8 install, without any unecessary pre-installed stuff and separate partitions for system and personal data.

Can I make a clean installation of Windows 8 on my new Inspiron 15R SE? Does it affect warranty?

Do I need a product key or is it attached to the BIOS and will not be asked when installing from a disc? The drivers on Dell website will keep the SSD mSata and AMD Commutable Graphics working properly or will I need some Dell software to make it happen?

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Dell Inspiron 14z :: Clean Install Windows 7

Aug 28, 2012

I recently purchased a Dell Inspiron 14z Ultrabook. I am looking to do a clean install of Windows 7 Home Premium. I am attempting to boot the installer from a USB drive and keep getting the error:

"A required CD/DVD drive device driver is missing. If you have a floppy disk, CD, DVD, or USB flash Drive, please insert it now.

Note: If the Windows installation media is in the CD/DVD Drive, you can safely remove it for this step."

This is also my first time working with a computer that has an SSD drive in addition to the main hard drive. Is there anything special that needs to be done when doing a clean install in regards to the SSD? I just want to make sure that I will be able to get the SSD operating the same way as it currently is. 

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Dec 20, 2013

When i bought my laptop it have windows 8 but i disliked it and have many bugs on my games so i installed windows 7
and complete delete everything in my harddisk. I couldn't find product keys anyway packet , laptop etc.
My laptop is pavilion g6 2255eo

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Mar 25, 2014

Have an HP DV8110us Pavilion notebook purchased in 2006.  Running XP SP3.  Upgrading to Windows 7 with a clean install.  Ran the MS Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor.   This notebook has the AMD Turion 64-bit chip running at 1.8 mhz.  I have 2 GB memory.  Looking through the Win7 options, I decided to order Win7 32-bit, since I'm only carrying 2 GB of memory.  Win 7 64-bit seems to be happier with 4 GB.  While the Advisor shows I have some drivers that need updating after Window 7 is installed, I just noticed that the Realtex RTL8139/810x NIC needs a new driver for 32-bit Win7, but under 64-bit Win7, the NIC is compatible.
Should I have ordered the 64-bit Win7 ?  Or should I look around for a new Realtek driver ?  Realtex has a link to an old Vista driver that should work.  Other searches suggest that a workable driver might be on the Win7 DVD.

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Dell :: Windows 7 Clean Install Drivers And Partitions

Nov 1, 2009

I am getting my win7 upgrade disc tomorrow for my studio 1555, and I was wondering a few things before I carry out my clean install.

First, with regards to drivers, there do not seem to be drivers for everything on the dell win7 driver page (nothing for bluetooth, system utilities, etc.). I have downloaded everything relevant to my computer, but where can I find the rest of the drivers I need? Also, what order should I be installing them?

Second question is in regards to the recovery partition. Is there any point keeping it? I have heard various things about whether it will or won't work after installing windows 7

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Dell :: Windows 7 Clean Install On Studio 1555

Oct 30, 2009

I got my Dell Windows disk yesterday and I would like to do a clean install. I would like to do 2 partitions....

one for the OS at 150 GB and the remaining space in another partition for things like music, pictures, movies....etc.

I was able to delete all the partitions that originally came with the 1555 so that there is one big Disk O Unallocated Space.

I then clicked new to make a partition for the OS. I set it to be 150 GB when I did this it also created another partition at 100 MB. So now I have:

Disk 0 Partition 1: System Reserved Total Size 100 MB Free Space 86 MB Type System
Disk 0 Partition 2 Total Size 146.4 GB Free Space 146.4 GB Type Primary
Disk 0 Unallocated Space Total Size 319.3 GB Free Space 319.3 Gb .....

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Nov 10, 2009

just had time to install windows 7 w/ my upgrade CD Dell sent for my studio 1555. The installation went great but for some reason 122 GB of my HDD is being used up. I though i did a clean install since i clicked advanced settings rather than upgrade.

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Apr 13, 2010

Has anyone clean installed Windows 7 on their new Inspiron laptops? I just bought a E1545 and it came with Windows 7. I'd like to clean install and I was wondering if it was as easy as popping in the Windows 7 DVD and waiting for it to install and then just dling the drivers online and installing.

And how about Windows XP? I know most people have gotten used to and accepted Windows 7... but has anyone installed WIndows XP on their laptop that came with Windows 7 originally? I mean a native install, not virtual...

If no one has done this yet, I am willing to create a guide if it is requested and if I succeed in doing so...

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Oct 9, 2009

The laptop I bought back in August came with Vista Home Premium 64-bit, so later this month I will be receiving the free Windows 7 "upgrade" disc from HP... My main question is, will I or won't I be able to do a clean install with just this disc?

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Jan 4, 2010

I have just bought Inspiron 1440. My configuration is - Intel T6600, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, 3GB DDR2 RAM, 320 GB Hard Disk and 512MB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4330.

Further I have also taken 1 Year Complete Cover Accidental Damage Protection plan.

I am thinking of doing a clean install of windows7 on the machine with two key objectives:

Although the Dell Inspiron doesnot come with a lot of bloatware still it has few programs which I dont require.

Partitioning of the C Drive .....

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Jan 8, 2015

I recently got this laptop and wanted to upgrade to Windows 8.1 immediatly since it came with Windows 7. This was of course and option with the disc set that came with the laptop. Unfortunately i have encountered problems in the installation/recovery of Windows 8.1. 
When the laptop is finished using the actual disc's (i say finished because it spits out disc 4 which is the last one) and is booting into the OS to do the last installing it "freezes" in the middle of "dowork.cmd". In the cmd window it tries to access a destination directory which it can't. Instead of writing it here, i'm just gonna link a picture of it: 
I just don't understand why simple recovery discs would cause a failure... Googling the problem has only lead to this: URL....

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Acer :: [GUIDE] Clean Install Of Windows 7

Nov 11, 2009

Guide: Clean installation of Windows 7 on Acer, heavily edited by moderators

This guide explains how to do a clean installation of Windows 7 on an Acer computer that's been licensed to used it.
If your system originally came with Windows Vista, you need an Acer Upgrade Kit.
If your system originally came with Windows 7, use the key on the bottom of your machine.

The described method will work for ANY edition (Starter/Home/Pro/Ultimate) and for ANY architecture (32/64-bit) and ANY language, but only the version you are licensed for; no free upgrades here.

Step 1: Verify eligibility for Windows 7.
Either you are licensed for Windows 7 by having a key on the bottom of your machine, or you have an Acer Upgrade kit. If you have neither, then you are not licensed for it, regardless of what's in your BIOS.

Step 2: Back-up factory images and personal files.
Since we will be reinstalling Windows you will lose all your files and ability to restore to factory condition, so it would be a wise thing to make back-ups.
A. Back-up factory images.
If you want to have restore DVDs then it should be a good time to create them now. You can do it via Acer eRecovery program. If you have a built-in or external DVD drive then simply burn them and if you do not then you can save DVD image to your hard drive. Follow these instructions.
B. Back-up personal files.
If you have files you would like to keep now it is time to save them to either a flash drive or an external hard drive.

Step 3: Preparing Windows 7 installation image.
Simply use the content in this topic to download and prepare your Windows 7 DVD or USB key. This will also remove the version restriction so the burned DVD or prepped USB key can be used to install any version of Windows 7 - you'll still need the right license key, of course.

Step 4: Setting up Windows 7 installation media.
See above..................................................

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Dec 4, 2009

I purchased a Sony VAIO VGN-Z46GD and was eligible for the Windows 7 Upgrade program. So my Windows 7 Disc & Supplement Disc arrived in no time. I did a CLEAN install with the Windows 7 Disc wiping everything (this was intentional).

The problem is the Supplement Disc will not run at all, gives me an error (is there a way to force it?). I used the mod2wim tool to extract all WIM's from it however I have had no success in getting my VAIO special buttons working, power management or my function keys operational. The extracted WIM's are also a bit odd, includes ATi drivers when clearly my machine is hybrid intel/nvidia.

From what I have read on the Forums I need to install things in a specific order. Also if I can't find my drivers where can I look to re-download them?

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Feb 2, 2010

I'm wondering what order do the drivers and applications have to be in to do a Windows 7 clean install for the i7 F series?

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Oct 26, 2009

I have a VGN-790P notebook, currently with Windows Vista Business installed; 2GB RAM; 2.16 GHz centrino duo. However, through my school I can download Windows 7 for free!

I really want to upgrade my OS to Windows 7, but Sony is not providing drivers for my model. Is there any way that I can still install it and get the drivers from somewhere? I really dont want to do it if it's going to cause a bunch of functionality issues.

Also, I think that a clean install would be best, just to clear out my computer and possibly make it a bit more responsive. Is it possible to do this if I will be downloading Windows 7 and not have a physical disk for the install?

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HP 15-e056sl OS/Software :: Windows 8.1 Clean Install

Apr 2, 2014

I have the notebook in subject, after the upgrade to windows 8.1 in my hard disk I found a new recovery partition (350MB) plus the old recovery (400MB) plus the EFI partition (260MB) I have 1GB of space unused.
I think also is not normal that I need at least two days for complete re-install my nb using the recovery dvd or partition and then upgrade it to windows 8.1 by internet.
I would like to perform a clean installation of Windows 8.1 but I don't know how do this. I tried to download the original ISO from Microsoft but my product key is not accepted (with generic pk I get connection error).

I found my pk using RWEverything and tried to download the ISO with errors:
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Dell XPS 15 :: Windows 8 Clean Install - Setup Not Accepting Driver On USB Stick

Mar 22, 2013

From the beginning:

I got my XPS15 (32gb ssd + 1tb hdd) right before christmas and had been happy with it. I even managed to get Intel Rapid Storage running, since it did not work from the beginning for whatever reason.My hdd made funny sounds soon after, so last week happened what needed to happen - the hdd crashed. 

No problem, dell in person of a service technician replaced the hdd and installed a clean win 8 (not the original dell package, just a plain one). This did not support Intel Rapid Storage, probably because bios was set to AHCI. I found out later, when the technician had left. Not any driver seemed to work.

So I decided to recover my old win 8 with my self made set of recovery dvds. But this did not work, win 8 just did not want to start after recovery.

I now try to install win 8 from the dvd the service guy brought, but at the beginning it asks me to provide the correct driver. I put the F6-driver for sata from intel onto a usb-stick, but setup does not accept that. I cannot proceed with installation...

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Sony :: Reinstall Applications After Windows 7 Clean Install

Nov 1, 2009

I am reading the various threads about how to go about performing a Windows 7 clean install.

I see and understand the requirements to load the Sony 'platform' drivers to get the various custom hardware working.

but what about reinstalling the original applications? Particularly some of the custom VAIO apps .....

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