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#1 gib65

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Posted 25 January 2018 - 10:58 PM

Hello,
 
I have two computers that I'd like to completely wipe. One runs Windows Vista, the other Windows 7. Both these OS's require an original CD to do a full wipe. Are there any Vista or Windows 7 image files I can download for free? And if so, how would I use them to wipe the OS's? Can I put them on USB and have the computers reinstall from that?
 
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Posted 26 January 2018 - 07:24 AM

If you have a valid key go to the MS site you can find ISO's there.


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Posted 26 January 2018 - 09:30 AM

It might be good if somebody provided you with the WWW address of the MS site to download Windows 7 ISOs:

 

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

 

Then it would also be good to know that the WWW site will only accept 25 character product IDs for Retail and System Builder keys.

 

THen it would be good to know that if your system came with Windows preinstalled that would make it an OEM system and your Product ID will not help you there.

 

Let's see what happens next...


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Posted 26 January 2018 - 09:35 AM

Up until December, the Windows and Office ISO Download Tool would let you get an ISO image for numerous versions of both Windows and Office; but, the latest version can't do 7 because MS pulled them and, for Vista, I never have seen a link to a true ISO.

I think your best bet would be to buy Dell reinstall DVD's off of EBay which will work with the licenses on the laptops even if they are not Dell PCs.

On both, once setup starts, choose the advanced options and delete ALL of the partitions on the drives then click Next.  Windows will create what it needs automatically.


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#5 JohnC_21

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Posted 26 January 2018 - 11:02 AM

If you don't plan on selling the Windows 7 or Vista computer you may be able to do a factory reset if the computer is OEM and it has a factory reset partition.

 

What is the make and model of the computers if they are OEM?


Edited by JohnC_21, 26 January 2018 - 11:09 AM.


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Posted 26 January 2018 - 01:16 PM

Well if you want to wipe there is another option just in case factory reset isnt working and or you dont want to spend money.

 

 

Linux

 

A linux live image will do the trick, you can reformat your systems with ease give them a clean slate.

 

You dont need to install linux to do it, just pop it on a USB and run it live.

 

In the linux world we have live images kind of like a tryout to see what the system is like.

 

Think of a linux live image as a tryout disk... that actually does something :D

 

Pop linux mint on it or something, that will do nicely.

 

https://linuxmint.com/download.php

 

Its cinnamon edition is friendly to windows users and it does come with Gparted the tool you will need to nuke those drives.


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Posted 27 January 2018 - 04:55 AM

For Windows 7 ISOs:

 

The download tool referenced by DavisMcCarn is here and as noted the Windows 7 download are not working lately:

 

https://www.heidoc.net/joomla/technology-science/microsoft/67-microsoft-windows-and-office-iso-download-tool

 

Another source which I have not used personally is here:

 

http://windowsiso.net/

 

I sent you a message offering for you to download from my Microsoft OneDrive any Windows 7 ISO Edition (Home, Pro, etc.) and architecture (32 or 64-bit) you need so you can pursue that if it is your desire.

 

OneDrive space is limited (unless you pay for more) so I only put one ISO at a time out there when folks need them - example:

 

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Why do folks refer to WWW sites and not include links to the WWW sites?


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Posted 27 January 2018 - 10:47 AM

I agree with MadmanRB. Putting linux, at least on the Vista computer, is a very good option now that Vista is no longer supported with security updates. 






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