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Need to remove Zorin and re-install Windows 7.


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#1 softskills

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Posted 25 November 2014 - 05:12 PM

Long story short, last night I deleted Windows 7 from my friend's laptop while installing Zorin 9. He doesn't like Zorin and wants Windows 7 back. Problem is, he doesn't have a recovery disk, he does have the ID installation number. So, how do I remove Zorin and install Windows 7 without the recovery disk, any help would be greatly appreciated. 



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Posted 25 November 2014 - 05:22 PM


 

last night I deleted Windows 7 from my friend's laptop

You did the standard default Linux install? Letting Linux handle the partitioning? The entire HDD has been formatted, There is no Windows recovery partition any more. You will need a install disk.

 

 

 


 

So, how do I remove Zorin and install Windows 7

Kind of like you got rid of Windows with Zorin.

Just insert a Windows 7 installation disk into the CD drive  reboot the PC and windows will handle the rest. You will need drivers for Windows.


Edited by NickAu1, 25 November 2014 - 09:41 PM.


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Posted 25 November 2014 - 09:02 PM

Why did you  pick Zorin? Put Mint 17 on for your friend.


A/V Software? I don't need A/V software. I've run Linux since '98 w/o A/V software and have never had a virus. I never even had a firewall until '01 when I began to get routers with firewalls pre installed. With Linux if a vulnerability is detected a fix is quickly found and then upon your next update the vulnerability is patched.  If you must worry about viruses  on a Linux system only worry about them in the sense that you can infect a windows user. I recommend Linux Mint or, if you need a lighter weight operating system that fits on a cd, MX14 or AntiX.


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Posted 25 November 2014 - 09:52 PM

 


 

last night I deleted Windows 7 from my friend's laptop

You did the standard default Linux install? Letting Linux handle the partitioning? The entire HDD has been formatted, There is no Windows recovery partition any more. You will need a install disk.

 

 

 


 

So, how do I remove Zorin and install Windows 7

Kind of like you got rid of Windows with Zorin.

Just insert a Windows 7 installation disk into the CD drive  reboot the PC and windows will handle the rest. You will need drivers for Windows.

 

 

Yeah, it seems that way, question is, if I go to Microsoft site with the product key, will they let me make a copy cd...I looked up some info and it seems that they let you download without the product key. I'm waiting on my friend to have some free time to come over so we can work on it.



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Posted 25 November 2014 - 09:53 PM

Why did you  pick Zorin? Put Mint 17 on for your friend.

 

I like Zorin, I have had no problems with it.  You think Mint 17 is better, then? Why?



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Posted 25 November 2014 - 10:01 PM

 

Yeah, it seems that way, question is, if I go to Microsoft site with the product key, will they let me make a copy cd...I looked up some info and it seems that they let you download without the product key. I'm waiting on my friend to have some free time to come over so we can work on it.

I do not know,  Also be careful where you get the ISO from, Maybe a Windows user can step in here, OR we could get this moved to Windows 7

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I like Zorin, I have had no problems with it.  You think Mint 17 is better, then? Why?

If you wish to discuss this please start a new topic and call it " Why this is better than that" sort of thing. It will avoid spamming this post.


Edited by NickAu1, 25 November 2014 - 10:06 PM.


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Posted 25 November 2014 - 10:07 PM

Before I move this. Lets have the OP decide which way we are going to go. Seems it is not definitive it needs to be moved to a Windows forum just yet.

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Posted 25 November 2014 - 10:17 PM

What type of machine is it? A custom built or a branded machine? (HP, Dell etc) Is there a sticker on the machine with a Windows key? Or did you copy the key from the machine before removing the Win installation?



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Posted 25 November 2014 - 10:28 PM

Before I move this. Lets have the OP decide which way we are going to go. Seems it is not definitive it needs to be moved to a Windows forum just yet.

 

Oh, I'm sticking with Zorin. I was just curious as to why he would recommend Mint 17. But really, the priority for me is, to un-install Zorin and re-install Windows 7. 



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Posted 25 November 2014 - 10:29 PM

What type of machine is it? A custom built or a branded machine? (HP, Dell etc) Is there a sticker on the machine with a Windows key? Or did you copy the key from the machine before removing the Win installation?

 

Is a brand computer...the brand escapes me. It had a Q on the cover. As for the product key, it is on a sticker on the bottom of the comp. 



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Posted 25 November 2014 - 10:30 PM

Oh, I also wanted to add, thanks for everyone's responses. I appreciate it. 



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Posted 25 November 2014 - 10:33 PM

 

It had a Q on the cover

Compaq laptop?



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Posted 25 November 2014 - 10:37 PM

Okay. on the MS product sticker it will say what type of Windows version it is ie: Win 7 Pro 32 bit, you can navigate to this page

 

http://www.w7forums.com/threads/official-windows-7-sp1-iso-image-downloads.12325/

 

and download the correct version, then create a DVD with it.

 

Then you need to look at the manufacturers site and download the specific drivers for that computer. The model number can be found underneath the battery (pretty sure this is a laptop right?)

 

You will NEED:

 

  • chipset drivers
  • lan drivers
  • wireless drivers
  • graphics drivers

Other drivers and downloads will be listed, but are often not necessary.

 

Install Windows (delete all existing partitions and let Windows create its own, during the installation process), register using the product key on the sticker, install the drivers starting with the chipset drivers, download and install the 130+ updates since service pack 1 (win update service)...

 

Job done



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Posted 25 November 2014 - 10:38 PM

Okay. on the MS product sticker it will say what type of Windows version it is ie: Win 7 Pro 32 bit, you can navigate to this page

 

http://www.w7forums.com/threads/official-windows-7-sp1-iso-image-downloads.12325/

 

and download the correct version, then create a DVD with it.

 

Then you need to look at the manufacturers site and download the specific drivers for that computer. The model number can be found underneath the battery (pretty sure this is a laptop right?)

 

You will NEED:

 

  • chipset drivers
  • lan drivers
  • wireless drivers
  • graphics drivers

Other drivers and downloads will be listed, but are often not necessary.

 

Install Windows (delete all existing partitions and let Windows create its own, during the installation process), register using the product key on the sticker, install the drivers starting with the chipset drivers, download and install the 130+ updates since service pack 1 (win update service)...

 

Job done

 

 

Alright, thanks a lot, I appreciate it.



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Posted 25 November 2014 - 10:40 PM

 

 

It had a Q on the cover

Compaq laptop?

 

 

Yes, you are correct, is a compact laptop. 






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