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    How to speed up Windows 7 reinstalls

    This PC World article may help those looking to reinstall their Win 7 OS. Take a look.

    The SP1 slipstreamed iso is available for downloading. Has been mentioned in several threads, but this link just keeps it within easy grasp.
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    Win7 USB Reinstalls

    Thanks for the heads up on PC World article. I now have a new project to keep my idle hands busy!

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    Glad to help keep you busy. Wouln't want you to relax at all. cheers, Ted

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    Win7 USB Reinstalls Continued

    I tried the steps detailed in the PC World article but was not successful - twice. So, a little research brought me to this site: http://www.intowindows.com/how-to-in...working-guide/

    Steps detailed in both articles are similar but the PC World article formatted the flash drive as Fat32 while the other suggested NTFS. Also, not included in the PC World article was a command to update the USB drive with BOOTMGR compatible code (see above article for particulars). Using the Into Windows instructions proved successful!

    If anyone else is not successful following the PC World article, then try the above.

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    Love the link (got it burned) and the help.

    Question, since I haven't had to use it yet, what happens (or does it ) ask for the product key ? How or is there anything we should know prior to having to use it?

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    This PC World article may help those looking to reinstall their Win 7 OS. Take a look.

    The SP1 slipstreamed iso is available for downloading. Has been mentioned in several threads, but this link just keeps it within easy grasp.

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    If your original key is a retail version of Win 7 it should work using the downloaded iso file. OEM key's may not work. You will most likely have to use a 3rd party app such as SIW to find the usable key.

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    My win 7 install was with a OEM dvd bought from newegg w/hardware, I have the disk.

    Do you think this will work...??


    Quote Originally Posted by Ted Myers View Post
    If your original key is a retail version of Win 7 it should work using the downloaded iso file. OEM key's may not work. You will most likely have to use a 3rd party app such as SIW to find the usable key.

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    I would use SIW to see what keys are listed. You might see the OEM key and another key. I would suspect one should work with the downloaded iso file. If not and you have the original disk, you can reinstall that then install all updates.

    or

    Create Up To Date Images using a good Imaging app that included all updates to your OS and all installed apps. Using Images the restoration takes about 10 minutes. I create a new Image each time I make a change to my system so my Image is as Up To Date as possible.
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    Thanks Ted;
    Yes, I have the org oem disk but it doesn't have sp1 so the download iso would save me some time if needed.

    Yes, I also use TI 2010 every month.

    I had a image backup that didn't work long time ago and Now have changed to a backup junkie I guess. I'm always looking for the holy grail recovery method :-)

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