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Reformating and Reinstalling Windows 7 w/ OEM disc

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January 20, 2011 4:59:28 AM

Hello! I've recently built a new system and installed Windows 7 on it.

I bought the OS off of newegg. It is the Windows 7 home premium 64 bit OEM System Builder Pack.

Just for good measure, I was wondering if it is possible to reformat my hard drive and then be able to reinstall Windows 7 using the same disc.

If anyone could help me out confirming this, i would be very grateful.

Thanks in advance!

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January 20, 2011 5:10:51 AM

area51 thanks for a fast reply! hahah*

but the article goes over reinstalling without reformatting the hard drive.

i would like to reformat the hard drive before reinstalling windows 7. i like that whole fresh feeling lol :) 

does it make any difference if i choose to reformat first?
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January 20, 2011 5:16:03 AM

Hello alacuata;
You'll have that option available to you when you choose the Custom (advanced) method of Installation.

Were you thinking about doing any other work before re-installing? Saving data files, etc?
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a b $ Windows 7
January 20, 2011 5:18:49 AM

Using the Custom installation option and formatting the hard disk
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January 20, 2011 5:20:40 AM

I won't be doing any major work except for saving some music on a USB.

I'm just really concerned that I might not be able to do a fresh installation because it is an OEM disc.
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a b $ Windows 7
January 20, 2011 5:24:24 AM

I've used OEM disks to do exactly what you plan quite a few times. You're good to go.
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a b $ Windows 7
January 20, 2011 5:25:35 AM

Is a normal format and install not 'clean' enough for you?
There are some other options.
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January 20, 2011 5:30:03 AM

hahah whelps* you just answered my question as best i needed to know!

im such a tech noob so the help is really appreciated :3

[and yeh i tend to reformat my hard drive and reinstall XP constantly because some members of the family tend to get viruses all the time >_>. This is my first time with windows 7 so i just needed to know just in case LOL]

anyways thanks for all your help mate. cheers!
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January 20, 2011 5:30:50 AM

Best answer selected by alacuata.
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a c 420 $ Windows 7
January 20, 2011 11:35:00 AM

The article stated every way to reinstall windows!
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