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Installing Windows from Disc


Electronic_Eric

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Hi,

A few days ago i got a bugger of a virus and it absolutely killed the operating system. I've managed to bring it back slightly but i want to have a clean installation but for some reason my laptop just will not boot from the DVD.

I've downloaded a legitimate version of Windows 7 64Bit from Microsoft and i've burnt it to a DVD using the software they provided. So i know the DVD should be bootable. I can read the disc and start the setup program on the laptop. Since i've got the 32Bit version installed, it won't allow me to install it from the operating system i already have loaded on (Windows 7 32Bit) because of compatibility issues between the two versions.

I've gone in to the bios and altered it so that the CD/DVD drive is the first device the laptop looks at when looking from a bootable drive.

Nothing appears on screen to suggest that it wants to boot from the DVD or that i have to do anything to get it to boot from the DVD.

I'm currently stuck, as i can't think what else it could be and i just can't figure out why it won't boot from the DVD and i'm hoping that one you wise people might be able to help me out.

Cheers Rob

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Electronic_Eric

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I'll attempt to do a software reset of the BIOS and then i'll attempt to take the BIOS/CMOS battery out and see if that does the trick.

I've already gone in to the BIOS and re-saved the boot order.

I'll try the USB tool tomorrow if i am still having issues.

The laptop originally came with Vista 32-bit. I then did a clean install of Windows 7 32-bit. Now i have the opportunity to start from fresh, i want to see what 64-bit is like. As i have 4GB of RAM installed and it seems a waste to only run with 3GB. As i am interested to see if there is a performance difference at all. I have checked with the Microsoft upgrade tool that i can have the 64-bit version of Windows 7.

I am fortunate enough to download and have genuine serial keys of the profession version of Windows 8, Windows 7 and XP all in 32 or 64 bit for absolutely free off the Microsoft website. I would attempt to install Windows 8 but at the moment i only have access to the preview, which i don't want as i want the fully-tested with less bugs version.

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buteman

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[I am fortunate enough to download and have genuine serial keys of the profession version of Windows 8, Windows 7 and XP all in 32 or 64 bit for absolutely free off the Microsoft website.]

It is not like Microsoft to give anything like that away free you usually have to buy them.So make sure that they are genuine.If not you will have to revert back to Vista and use the keycode at the bottom of the laptop.

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lotvic

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I find it hard to believe, would you share with us how come you get free keys from Microsoft?

Unless you have trial, preview, type product keys. Microsoft do not give Retail keys away, unless you know something we don't. In which case please give us all a link so that we may enjoy the same privileges.

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rdave13

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Glad you're sorted.

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lotvic

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I apologise if you mistakenly thought my post insulted your intelligence. Certainly was not meant to be. I was genuinely interested to learn more of how to obtain free product keys from Microsoft, however as you do not wish to share and help others you only had to say so, no need to swear at us.

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buteman

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I found WAT Remover that does the same.So not sure if that is what you mean.

Mind you it is not from Microsoft so probably not.

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Terry Brown

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I'M SORRY THAT YOU THINK WE ARE ALL THICKO'S.

AS FOR ME -- YOU DO NOT NEED OUR HELP, SO I WIL NOT OFFER IT TO YOU AGAIN.

Yes I did mean to SHOUT

Terry

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Ian in Northampton

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What a twat. Can I say 'twat'?

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rdave13

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Ian in Northampton, no and not really. At least Electronic_Eric hid the swearing somewhat. Google the word :)

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rdave13

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When thing go wrong with PCs and you know you're capable of fixing it but it is just elusive at the time I certainly know how frustrating it is, especially if you have new info not currently backed-up.

Possibly, when Electronic_Eric cools down, the long standing member might apologise for the temper shown, and will share the knowledge how the problem was fixed.

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