I have a HP G60 and i like it, but it came with vista so i installed 7 on it and then my brother got a hold of it and now im sure the thousands of registry errors and programs he got for "free" from friends are illegal. My computer operating system and maintainence teacher told me that i can reinstall windows 7 as long as its the same system and the same product key.
here are my questions
1) Can i re-install the same version of Windows 7 onto the same laptop?
2) I just moved from north carolina and i have a few versions of windows 7 and my mom sent my all of my product keys and one set of windows 7 discs, however the discs she sent me are not the same ones i used to install windows 7 the first time. Will this matter?
3) Is there a backup program that i do not have to pay for or do a free trial or boot from a cd(clonezilla) for windows that is like carbon copy cloner?...i always backup "my hard drives" (mom gave me her old laptop).
asked Feb 17 '11 at 18:25
Answer 1: Yes.
Answer 2: No. Each Windows 7 version is the same. After installing go to the notebook's website and find the drivers for it. And use if you can the serial key from you notebook or any other one.
Answer 3: Use the integrated Windows 7 disk tools. Open the start menu and search for Disk Management and use that.
1 thank you sir
2 okay well i have the product key i just needed to know if the product key could be used with any windows 7 disc or not and ill get the drivers in a minute
3 i mean an actual program
answered Feb 17 '11 at 18:42
1) You may install the same version of windows. The end-license agreement is pretty standard in that it will allow you to install one disc/set on a machine and use the official product key another time. Microsoft will want you to contact them in some instances, if there are a number of installs on the same product key.
2) Installing a version of Windows from the disc(s) that your mother sent you should be no big deal, on the face. However, many manufacturers have specific hardware that is geared toward a single operating system. For instance, Sony Vaio at the release of Windows 7 was largely made specifically for the home environment.
3)You may want to consider an FTP environment into a virtual box to transfer and backup your system. Currently, I am not aware of any decent backups that you don't pay for. The problem with trying an external hard drive is that many will reformat the files and they will not transfer back for the purposes of installing/re-installing an operating system and getting your stuff back. Also and of course, make a rescue disc. That can be a life-saver in itself.
Hope this helps. Good luck.
answered Feb 17 '11 at 18:46
That TRULY depends....
1) If it's an upgrade, you will have to install VISTA FIRST and then RE-UPGRADE again! 2) Only a Retail (non-upgrade) and OEM System Builder Versions are allowed to be completely reinstalled. 3) You have the Proof of purchase, should anything go wrong...
ONLY a licensed professional is allowed to install certain versions of Windows...
If you have more questions, go to microsoft.com
answered Feb 19 '11 at 02:11