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May 29, 2012 5:24:37 AM

Hey all,

I just purchased a Lenovo Y470p, and am loving it minus the torrent of bloatware preloaded onto the system. I am generally well versed with how to do fresh installs to avoid that issue, however the laptop didn't come with recovery discs or a windows OEM disc and I have a couple of questions:

1. If the laptop is loaded with Win 7 home premium OA, and the product key for the installation is typed on the bottom of the computer, can I use that SAME key with a seperate disc copy of Win 7 home premium so as to avoid all that bloatware?

2. If that works, will the partition on which the squeaky clean OS is installed conflict with the Lenovo OneTouchRecovery partition? --> this is essentailly the partition that includes recovery files in order to restore the entire cmputer to factory defaults. Probably won't use it, but it's nice to have and I don't want to mess with it.

Thanks guys,
JR
May 29, 2012 5:43:46 AM

@Corei7xworldwide I'm not sure condoning that program is cool. (pretty sure it isn't)
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May 29, 2012 6:01:25 AM

just out of curiosity, cant you simply go to the control panel add/remove programs and uninstall any preinstalled software you do not want?
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May 29, 2012 6:13:31 AM

try installing it in a virtual box and see if u r having any problems
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May 29, 2012 2:42:32 PM

Hey guys, thanks for all the quick replies! I would typically just uninstall all of the bloatware manually, however I still would like to do a fresh OS install - most of the drivers for the laptop have been modified by Lenovo, and I'd prefer to have everything come straight from Intel, AMD, etc, without having to overwrite old drivers as I've read complaints of system instability when people do that with this system. It's not a huge hassle as I've done it many times before, however I still don't know if I can use the Win 7 OA key on the bottom of the laptop to activate a disc copy of Win7 acquired elsewhere.
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May 29, 2012 2:49:29 PM

valuum said:
Hey guys, thanks for all the quick replies! I would typically just uninstall all of the bloatware manually, however I still would like to do a fresh OS install - most of the drivers for the laptop have been modified by Lenovo, and I'd prefer to have everything come straight from Intel, AMD, etc. It's not a huge hassle as I've done it many times before, however I still don't know if I can use the Win 7 OA key on the bottom of the laptop to activate a disc copy of Win7 acquired elsewhere.

Yes it will work.

It will unlock only the version that the laptop came with.
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May 29, 2012 2:50:49 PM

Has to be done on the same laptop too, or it will not activate..
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May 29, 2012 2:52:17 PM

If I remember correctly the key can be used for a reinstall of the OS as long as the versions are the same. It might require using a Lenova specific install disk. Also when entering it you might also be required to call Microsofts automated key authentication line to have the license freed up for the reinstall. For the recovery partition you will need to make sure the partition you select for install is not the recovery partition.

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May 29, 2012 2:56:00 PM

That's why it has to be on the same machine, so the licence will have no problem, since it is tied to the HW serial # and the windows version.

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May 29, 2012 3:37:12 PM

Sorry Nikorr guess I was replying the same time your post went up.

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May 29, 2012 4:30:03 PM

The keys on the bottom of laptops generally have never been used. The OEM's do image installs which use SLIC/Cert for Activation of Windows.

He will have no issues using his key from the Sticker on the laptop. The key is fresh and not used by the OEM.
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May 29, 2012 5:31:06 PM

As cliffro said you should have no problems as long as you us an OEM version that is the same as came with the laptop. I have done this many times and it works just fine.
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May 29, 2012 6:25:38 PM

Hi :) 

Having done this sort of install a LOT in my lappy repair company, there are pros and cons...

Your key will almost certainly work (same version ONLY)

BUT...Although you "should find" the drivers on the manufacturers site...CHECK FIRST...also some companies do NOT put certain software on the sites for downloading...

A classic example of this is Webcam software and BLUERAY/DVD/CD writing software...again...CHECK FIRST ....

All the best Brett :) 
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July 10, 2012 3:11:54 PM

Hey all, sorry this has taken so long to respond to (completely forgot). Before a mod closes the thread for being necro'ed, I'd like to give a bit of a summary for anybody who might find this useful:

1. The OEM on the bottom of the laptop certainly DID work

2. I did get a "wrong key, please activate windows by phone, etc" message after a few days, but this is simply because I mistyped my key :p . After typing it in correctly, the laptop has been working fine for over a month now with no problems, so try this first if you get the same error.

3. As Brett above has said, if you want to do this make sure you have factory discs made so that you can revert if you need, and also make sure that the necessary drivers are available to you over the net.

Thanks to everybody who replied and helped!

JR
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July 10, 2012 3:12:11 PM

Best answer selected by valuum.
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