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How do I re install windows 7

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    Windows 8

    How do I re install windows 7


    Hi

    i have decided I don't like windows 8 and would like to do a clean re install of windows 7.

    how do I do it, if I start Win7 through win8 I don't get the clean install option, for that it tells me to boot the DVD and install that way, but the trouble is for some reason if I boot to the DVD the setup process just hangs at the win7 splash screen.

    how do I do a fresh clean re install of win7.

    thanks

    paul

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  2. #2


    Posts : 22,573
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Paul,

    The tutorial below can show you how to do a clean install of Windows 7.

    Clean Install Windows 7 - Windows 7 Forums

    If needed, you could download a Windows 7 ISO for your 32-bit or 64-bit edition of Windows 7 to create a new bootable DVD/USB with to use to install Windows 7 with instead. Just use your Windows 7 product key to activate as usual.

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    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Do you have a New Dell PC with Windows 8 pre-install?
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    Brink I thought when you update to windows 8 your previous key then becomes the soul ownership of Microsoft and therefore you cannot use it?
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    Never been to Heaven......
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    Dual Boot: Back to W7 and Ubuntu 12.04


    It was my understanding that if you are using W8 then tou cannot be using W7 product key at the same time. So if you went back to 7 and were not running 8 you were fine. It comes down to you can't use both at the same time.

    I could be wrong, but that is how I took it. I have reinstalled 7 once before and had no issues with the key at all going back and forth. I have not tried to run both on different systems though.....

    Geeve
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    64-bit Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by Tarka Dal View Post
    Brink I thought when you update to windows 8 your previous key then becomes the soul ownership of Microsoft and therefore you cannot use it?
    Hello Tarka Dal,

    Nope. You are just not suppose to have the previous key from say Windows 7 activated/installed while you have the Windows 8 upgrade activated. If you uninstall Windows 8, then you are free to use the key from Windows 7 again.

    They just don't want you using both at the same time as per the EULA for the upgrade.
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    Never been to Heaven......
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    Dual Boot: Back to W7 and Ubuntu 12.04


    Thanks for verifying my understanding as well Brink

    Geeve
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Tarka Dal View Post
    Brink I thought when you update to windows 8 your previous key then becomes the soul ownership of Microsoft and therefore you cannot use it?
    Hello Tarka Dal,

    Nope. You are just not suppose to have the previous key from say Windows 7 activated/installed while you have the Windows 8 upgrade activated. If you uninstall Windows 8, then you are free to use the key from Windows 7 again.

    They just don't want you using both at the same time as per the EULA for the upgrade.
    Well that cleared that up.
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    64-bit Windows 10


    Anytime.
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