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Reinstalling Windows 7 without a disc

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  • If I were to reinstall Windows 7, do I need the original disc? I ask this because, when I bought my PC, my seller didn't give me any recovery discs.

    What I can think of now are:
    Reset to factory settings.
    OR maybe..
    I can somehow deactivate my current product key/serial then download Windows Home Premium x64(that's my OS) setup, clean install then reactivate it again.

    If both doesn't work maybe I should just get "unofficial" version then do a clean install, but since my PC is still under Acer's warranty, I do not dare to modify anything.

    AND if I did reinstall, is there any way to update safely? Because last time I remembered(on my other PC) I downloaded the updates and next thing I get is BSOD. It's frustrating you know, to keep reinstalling Windows again and again, I hope it won't happen in my new PC which I only used for 7 months.

    Your replies are greatly appreciated.
    Saturday, May 21, 2011 2:13 PM

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  • Your two best sources are the Acer Technical Support and the User Manual.  Most commercial systems have an option to make a Recovery disc.

    There are no publicly available download images for Windows 7.

    See info @ http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/help/contact-support


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    Saturday, May 21, 2011 3:25 PM
  • I had the exact same question (and an Acer laptop, for that matter). I actually did reset to factory settings a couple of weeks ago. That solved the problem I was having, but it caused a couple more problems. First of all, I bought my laptop from the Microsoft Store, and they do something called Microsoft Signature, which basically removes all the crapware. Unfortunately, restoring to factory settings puts all the crapware back on. The other problem is that I didn't have a single BSOD before I restored my computer, but I've had three since I restored my comptuer. So that's disappointing. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem likely that there is a way to do a clean install without a disc. Pity. Microsoft should let you get a free (or cheap) reinstall disc if you have a valid product key. Seems kind of silly that they don't do that.
    Wednesday, May 25, 2011 11:46 PM
  • I had the exact same question (and an Acer laptop, for that matter). I actually did reset to factory settings a couple of weeks ago. That solved the problem I was having, but it caused a couple more problems. First of all, I bought my laptop from the Microsoft Store, and they do something called Microsoft Signature, which basically removes all the crapware. Unfortunately, restoring to factory settings puts all the crapware back on. The other problem is that I didn't have a single BSOD before I restored my computer, but I've had three since I restored my comptuer. So that's disappointing. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem likely that there is a way to do a clean install without a disc. Pity. Microsoft should let you get a free (or cheap) reinstall disc if you have a valid product key. Seems kind of silly that they don't do that.

    Looks like I'll just have to use the eRecovery and reset to factory settings.
    Thursday, May 26, 2011 6:42 AM
  • My coputer was damage and now do I need to re insatall windows 7 do I have the key code
    Monday, September 24, 2012 4:48 PM
  • My coputer was damage and now do I need to re insatall windows 7 do I have the key code

    So what exactly is your question?

    What is the exact make, model, and series of you system?

    No one can make an informed assesment of your situation without know the full exact details!

    It is not acceptable to post something on an existing thread that is not directly related to the original post.

    START YOUR OWN THREAD AN PROVIDE VERY SPECIFIC DETAILS OF YOUR SITUATION!!!!


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    Monday, September 24, 2012 10:46 PM