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Posted 06 June 2012 - 08:33 PM
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Posted 08 June 2012 - 12:58 AM
Edited by richierein, 08 June 2012 - 12:59 AM.
Posted 08 June 2012 - 01:17 AM
By a backup, if you meant that you had a complete partition image made by a disk imaging backup software like Acronis, then you can indeed restore all your apps and settings and everything else - but from what I understand, that is not the case.
Thanks for your reply. I had a feeling that a complete re-installation of the applications would be necessary. This makes my job much larger since I have many applications. Interestingly enough, I have had no problems running the system without the D: partition but a system restore would probably be impossible without loading everything again.
Edited by Alvas Rawuther, 08 June 2012 - 01:17 AM.
Posted 09 June 2012 - 08:58 PM
Edited by richierein, 09 June 2012 - 09:10 PM.
Posted 10 June 2012 - 02:50 AM
What do you mean by that? Is your partition not working properly? Can't you copy/move/read files on it? In your device manager, it shows healthy, so it most probably is.
..without an operating D: partition...
Yes, you can do a clean install of Windows 7 using the upgrade disc. But I've read that there can be problems later on during activation. But there's a workaround. After installation, do this:
I have the Windows 7 Upgrade DVD I used to upgrade from Windows Vista to Windows 7 last year. It was that special upgrade deal for 3 CPUs for $150. If I decide to start the system all over, can I use this DVD to go from Windows 7 to factory settings for a new Windows 7 system?
Installing to a Fresh Drive
Step 1 - Access & Edit the Registry
A true geek has never been intimidated by the registry, but lets face it, it's a mess in there. To access the registry you will first need to open up the start menu and type "regedit" into the search field, followed by enter. To find the proverbial needle in this haystack, you will need to navigate through the tabs listed on the left in the following order:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Setup/OOBE/ . If you don't like doing it the hard way just click Edit then Find and type MediaBootInstall into the search field, and press enter.
Once found, double click MediaBootInstall and change the "1" to a "0". Once you have finished this, simply click Ok and close out the Registry Editor.
Step 2 - Re-Arm The Activation
Before we try to activate our copy of Windows, we need to reset or "Re-Arm" the activation sequence. To do this, simply open up the start menu and type cmd but instead of just pressing enter, you need to press "Ctrl" + "Shift" + "Enter" to run it as an administrator. You can also accomplish this by clicking the start menu, typing cmd into the search box, then right clicking the command prompt application and selecting Run as administrator.
Once the command prompt appears type slmgr -rearm and press enter. Next simply type Exit and hit enter again, after which it will ask you to restart your machine.
It’s worth mentioning that this tip will allow you to reset the 30-day activation period for new installs. On Vista it worked 3 times before refusing to add any more time, but the RTM of Windows 7 hasn’t been out long enough for us to re-test the feature. I expect it would be much the same and it allows you to make sure your system is 100% stable before using up an activation.
Step 3 - Activate Windows
The final step is to simply bring up the start menu, type "Activate Windows", then follow the prompts to success. This is a known working solution to perform a fresh install using upgrade media, but let me warn you now, it may eventually get patched out. With this in mind, it’s probably best to make sure activating is the first thing you do before you hit up Windows Update if you're trying this on SP1 or SP2.
Source: Maximum PC
Edited by Alvas Rawuther, 10 June 2012 - 10:14 AM.
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