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Have windows 7 and code, but no disk. How to start from scratch and reinstall Windows 7

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October 3, 2013 9:31:04 AM

Windows 7 Start from Scratch

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October 3, 2013 9:37:06 AM

Get media from your PC' manufacturer.
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October 3, 2013 9:38:54 AM

Contact your PC vendor or Microsoft and pay for media. You can also borrow Windows 7 media from someone but your Key might not work with their media.
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October 3, 2013 9:39:16 AM

on dell and hp and new prebuilt pc they put the windows disk on a hidden partion and you hit a f key at power on to run the factory restore. the restore wipe all your personal data off the drive and brings the unit back to factory fresh. if you bought this pc the owner should given you the disk.there is microsoft iso to usb tool and digital rivers that has windows iso. if your pc is a dell or hp your oem number might not work on retail windows install.
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October 3, 2013 9:41:46 AM

Alabalcho said:
Get media from your PC' manufacturer.


smorizio said:
on dell and hp and new prebuilt pc they put the windows disk on a hidden partion and you hit a f key at power on to run the factory restore. the restore wipe all your personal data off the drive and brings the unit back to factory fresh. if you bought this pc the owner should given you the disk.there is microsoft iso to usb tool and digital rivers that has windows iso. if your pc is a dell or hp your oem number might not work on retail windows install.



I have the ISO and USB tools on a USB drive, but can't get the PC to go to the USB and load the files. How do I convince the system to look at the USB port?? Thanks -
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October 3, 2013 9:59:20 AM

you need to get into your bios and set the boot device to "other" or usb if listed. usually if you enable it to boot from other device you should be good to go. also where did you get your iso from? you can download it directly from microsoft downloads page.
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October 3, 2013 9:59:38 AM

Have you booted into the BIOS screen and set your boot up choice to USB? There is usually an option for this on newer computers.
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October 3, 2013 10:17:36 AM

Thanks all for your input - but none of these options seem to be available. If you were here, you could probably make it work in a heartbeat. I am too uneducated in the basics of PC ops to make any of these options work. I will pack it up and pay somebody downtown to fix it. Thanks again for trying - your input is probably adequate if I knew what I was doing . . .
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October 3, 2013 10:31:29 AM

1) What program did you use to put the ISO on the USB drive? 2) Is this a branded machine? Hp, Dell ect? 3) if it was custom built can you give a motherboard model number so we can help a bit more?
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October 3, 2013 10:32:23 AM

we have all been there.
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October 3, 2013 10:53:39 AM

Evey body hear was a nooby at one point in time. I have had my share of fail's over the years it is all part of learning and using that info the next time.

When your Computer boots there should be a notice to press a key like F1 F2 or Del to enter the BIOS be it UEFI or a older BIOS that part is still the same. From there you should see a option for BOOT. Use your mouse or arrow keys if the mouse is not enabled and select the BOOT option. From there choose the USB stick as the boot device.

If the USB key was made correctly you should see the system boot from the USB stick. However if you have Windows already installed on the system even if it is somewhat corrupt you may see "Press any key to BOOT" since the installer is detecting an already installed system. If you do not press a key it will try to boot from the hard drive any way.

As for making a bootable USB stick the best is to use Microsofts own USB Key maker http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msusa/html/pbPage.H... it is easy to use and will give you the best performance.
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