Fresh install Question...

Discussion in 'Windows 7 Help and Support' started by KM Richards, May 5, 2014.

  1. KM Richards

    KM Richards Well-Known Member

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    Been looking at a Lenovo laptop that is one of those ones that has Win 7 Pro 64bit installed when you get it, but has Win 8 license embedded I guess on the mobo so it's ready to upgrade to 8 which I'm not interested in doing.

    My question is this... how do I obtain the license keys for the copy of Win 7 that is running on the laptop?

    I want to do a fresh install to eliminate the bloatware without having to go out and buy an OEM copy of Win 7.

    Is it possible to find out what the Win 7 license keys are? Surely they can be found somewhere on the system.

    Any ideas / directions on how to do this would be greatly appreciated...
     
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    bassfisher6522 Essential Member

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  3. MikeHawthorne

    MikeHawthorne Essential Member
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    Hi

    Everyone should have a copy of Belarc Adviser.
    Everything you ever wanted to know about your computer, and all the serial numbers for all of your installed software.

    I've used it for many years, and it's free!

    Mike
     
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    badrobot Senior Member

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    In addition to above, if you find an ISO and planning to burn it on disc, use the slowest burn speed possible to avoid errors. I downloaded an ISO long time and this was one of the problems I encountered when I can't clean install Win 7 successfully. I just re-burned the ISO at low speed.
     
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    Joe S Excellent Member

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    Pauli Extraordinary Member
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    Ref. to badrobot, OS discs shouldn't be burned with higher than 3x speed - a problem is, newer burners don't work with less than 8x.. May depend on burner / software, but it's like we say, Suo siellä, vetelä täällä = Swamp here, supine there.
     

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