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Reinstalling Windows on new laptops

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March 24, 2011 10:05:23 PM

I was thinking about buying a new laptop. Now the ones I'm used to are the old Dells that allow you to fully re-install Windows XP Pro from scratch, with custom partitioning. I know that new laptops don't really come with reinstall CD's, and I know you can make one usually from the program the laptop comes with, but will it allow you to do a full format and re-install of Windows 7? Just like if I bought Windows 7 retail?

I was looking into a Asus, HP, or Toshiba.
March 24, 2011 11:24:38 PM

moonjelly said:
I was thinking about buying a new laptop. Now the ones I'm used to are the old Dells that allow you to fully re-install Windows XP Pro from scratch, with custom partitioning. I know that new laptops don't really come with reinstall CD's, and I know you can make one usually from the program the laptop comes with, but will it allow you to do a full format and re-install of Windows 7? Just like if I bought Windows 7 retail?

I was looking into a Asus, HP, or Toshiba.
I'm sure someone will come up the precise answer for that question, but I just wanted to let you know about the alternative: You can use a different Windows CD to perform the installation, using your license. The laptop has the license, not the CD.
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March 25, 2011 1:32:06 AM

You can also download a copy from a torrent and use your key to activate it.
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March 25, 2011 2:07:44 AM

I think all windows 7 dvd's are the same, either a 32 bit version or a 64 bit version. It is the product key that tells if you have a oem, retail, upgrade license, or basic, home, ultimate.


I have used the product key on the bottom of a laptop with 64 bit w7 to convert it to 32 bit.

You will lose any special recovery features or bloatware that was initially installed.
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