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Reformatting operating system that has been upgraded


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#1 monkio

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Posted 10 June 2016 - 08:58 PM

Hi everyone!  A little background on my question. I have a Compaq 8510p that I purchased from an online company that refurbishes laptops. It was upgraded from XP to Win 7 by the company. My question is how do i reformat my laptop without reverting back to XP. I honestly don't know what would happen if i tried to reformat as my laptop didn't come with Win 7 cd or a recovery partition. I have the key underneath my laptop so thats not a problem. I tried to download an iso from Microsoft but it wouldn't allow me to. Any help would be much appreciated.



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#2 TheTripleDeuce

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Posted 10 June 2016 - 09:03 PM

try this site:

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows7

 

if the key is a OEM key which I suspect it is it wont work if I remember correctly so you may need to grab a copy off of a torrent site (which is legal so long as you have a key) or contact your pc manufacturer


Edited by TheTripleDeuce, 10 June 2016 - 09:04 PM.


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Posted 10 June 2016 - 09:42 PM

Thanks for the reply. I shall give this a shot. 



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Posted 10 June 2016 - 09:42 PM

- Is that a XP license key ?



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Posted 10 June 2016 - 09:53 PM

If I manage to get to reformat, will i lose all of my drivers?



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Posted 10 June 2016 - 09:57 PM

Their is an XP and Win 7  for refurb PCs sticker key underneath.



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Posted 11 June 2016 - 02:01 AM

- Go to the Compaq website and download all the system drivers first.



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Posted 11 June 2016 - 10:31 AM

Thanks Willy22.



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Posted 11 June 2016 - 10:45 AM

On Compaq's website, it asks if I have a HP Compaq 8510p Base Model Notebook PC or HP Compaq 8510p Notebook PC. How do I know the difference?



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Posted 11 June 2016 - 11:08 AM

- Do you have a serial number of your system. Can you enter that info in the website ? Does Compaq have a "Self Detect" feature ?



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Posted 11 June 2016 - 03:50 PM

Well, it seems I had enough snap to create a system backup on an external hard drive when I got the laptop. Gleefully happy that I don't have to download everything again, how would I use this backup to reset my computer and do I need to jump on another thread? I sure am thankful for the advice and hopefully someone knows if this will serve my purpose of starting over clean from the Win 7 upgrade, computer is getting a little too sluggish and I've cleaned everything, scanned everything etc. I do it about once a year but was afraid of getting stuck as this is my school laptop.



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Posted 11 June 2016 - 06:24 PM

Does anyone have any thoughts regarding  the above posting? Please, anyone?



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Posted 11 June 2016 - 07:46 PM

What program did you use to create the System Image?



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Posted 11 June 2016 - 10:32 PM

JohnC_21, the one that came with Windows 7 installed.



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Posted 12 June 2016 - 07:15 AM

If you used the Windows 7 imager then you need to create a System Repair Disk as a backup. You can restore the System Image by tapping F8 and then Repair Computer > System Image Recovery or by using the System Repair Disk. n browse the image and see your System files. Do you have a separate data partition on the drive? 

 

As a precaution I would also backup your Activation files and key using Advanced Token Manager. Unzip the program to a folder on your desktop. Right click the exe file and select Run as Administrator. Click the button marked Activation Backup. This will store your activation files in the unzipped folder. Copy the folder on the desktop to a flash drive. 

 

Back up any personal data you put on the computer after the date of your System Image such as Bookmarks, photos, etc.


Edited by JohnC_21, 12 June 2016 - 07:22 AM.





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