Extracting Windows 7 OS, no discs

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  1. Twrenn

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    I have an Asus Essentio desktop and it didnt come with any Win7 discs. Is there anyway to extract Win7 and burn to a disc? I only ask because I want to rebuild my PC and wanted a fresh install without all the other software that came on my PC.
     
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    If you bought it with win 7 pre-installed it should have a utility program to burn a set of recovery windows disks.
     
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    And the recovery discs will be all I need to load Win7 on the new drive?
     
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    If you had a CD that wipes out your whole Hard Drive You can do that then install Windows 7 on your Asus Essentio Desktop.
     
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    Yes - it should create a bootable set of disks which will install your system, complete with drivers as it was when new.
     
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    Is there a way to get the recovery info to a thumbdrive, then fresh install from the thumbdrive after I do the wipe?
     
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    or you can do it by USB Disk.
     
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    So when I go to burn the recovery disc, I point it to the USB instead of the disc drive?
     
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    You can choose any one.
     
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    Thanks for the help! Any idea how big Windows 7 will be so I can make sure my thumbdrive is the right size?
     
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    »» x32 Starter, Home, Profesional and Ultimate (on the DVD 2,3 GB, after installation on the hard disk 6GB +)
    »» x64 Home, Profesional and Ultimate (on the DVD 3 GB, after installation on the hard disk 8GB +)
     
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    Depends on te way your utility works - it may or may not write to a pen drive. You'd be best off burning recovery disks but if that is a problem then see if it will create recovery on a pen drive and then (if it does) test it by trying to boot from it. I think you will need to burn it to disk tho.
     
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    You'll probably be ok with 4gb but might find you need 8 - try a 4, certainly no less.
     

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