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    Arrow Reinstall Windows 7

    For some time little quirks have crept into my system. Most are just little annoyances like not being able to add a new user (administrator), some visual things, etc.

    But now I am at the point certain (not all) commercial software refuses to install with errors like not having permission. I have done all the tricks like run as administrator, disable UAC, and a few others I have found on the web but cannot remember right now.

    I figure my best bet is to do a "clean" install of Windows 7. I have an installation disk complete up to SP1, I have obtained my Window's key (using Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder), I have assembled all my installation programs for what is on my PC now, and I have backed up all my data.

    I am looking for good advise on how to proceed.

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    Before you do a "clean" (i.e., destructive) reinstall, try a repair reinstall first:
    http://www.pcworld.com/article/21257...html?&tk=hp_fv

    http://pcsupport.about.com/od/toolso...tup-repair.htm

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    Another warning--you cannot use jellybean key if you have an OEM install of windows. You must use the unique 25 character key on a sticker on your computer. Jellybean finds only the manufacturer's generic key that will not work. However--I agree that you should only reinstall from disk as a last resort. Win 7 has much better ways to use Recovery Options--factory settings, system images, system repair, etc. Open Backup & Restore and use the built in tools for backup and restore. Make all the recovery disks there and store backups and images on an external hard drive.

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    This was a VISTA machine that I upgraded to WIN 7. Would Jellybean find the key then? If not, how do I find the "Key"? Is it the same as the VISTA key on the MS tag on the computer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by balayage View Post
    This was a VISTA machine that I upgraded to WIN 7. Would Jellybean find the key then? If not, how do I find the "Key"? Is it the same as the VISTA key on the MS tag on the computer?
    balayage,

    Hello...
    1. First thing is to do a full Image Backup ...either use Windows or a 3rd party software Macrium Reflect is a good one Macrium Free . Save it somewhere off the PC ( C: ) (Flash drive, External HD or 2nd internal , or DVD disks and make sure that you "burn the "recovery disk" .This is just in case something goes wrong.. so you can get back to where you were.

    2.You can find the "Key" on the "Windows 7" upgrade box tag ... If you don't have it ..you can download a free program "SIW" System information for Windows SIW

    Post back if you have more questions Regards Fred
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    Fred,

    Thanks, I had forgotten about the capabilities of SIW. When I ran it and checked "Licenses" it gave a similar result to Jellybean though SIW added a "Windows Default Product Key".

    About 4 months ago I did "full Image Backup" using Paragon. At the time I ran the boot disk to ensure I could recover, everything looked OK. But when I went to recover my image a few weeks ago, I got a nasty surprise, Paragon would not recognize my "full Image Backup" in their format. I wrote a few times to Paragon, but got no answer.

    I will take your advise and do "full Image Backup" using Windows and ensure I can recover first.

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