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Clean reinstall of w7 oem


sputnick

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I have always build my own PC`s and used retail O/S. If a pc is bought from new and has a oem O/S is it possible to do a reinstall if it goes bad. I`m still thinking of getting a retail O/S though .

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bremner

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Yes

The Product key will be on the MS sticker on the machine.

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Strawballs

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The only difference between them is an OEM dies with the machine and retail you can transfer from machine to machine as long as only on one at a time (unless multi licence)

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robinofloxley

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Most OEM pre-installed machines have recovery partitions containing OS/drivers and free apps (bloatware). Though the apps are useful for many.

And they offer to make a set of DVDs with the same.

Often referred to as Factory (or System) Restore (or Recovery)

While the DVDs (and boot CD/DVD) should be considered essential emergency supplies, it is more convenient to set up Windows, install AV and security, browser etc, then make a System Image to an external HDD.

My cleanish rebuild is taking just 20 mins to USB 2,0 drive for a complete image. It's a darn sight easier than setting up from completely new.

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sputnick

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Thanks all.

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