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Help with system recovery please!

By mattpickett ·
I have an hp g6 series notebook and am going to preform a system recovery. I have Windows 7 Home Premium that came with my computer along with a bunch of crapware I dont want. I have no troubles creating recovery disks or preforming a system recover with HP Recovery Manager, but I don't want that. I want to install nothing but Windows and the basics that comes with.

So here's my question, if I where to download and burn an .iso of windows 7 home premium (legal download folks) and use the key found on the bottom of my laptop, (first time used and I'm the original owner), would that work out? Is that an option, has anyone done somthing like this before? I've researched a bit and it seems like a workable solution, as long as I have the same version that my computer shipped with. Which I believe is 6.1.7601 though I plan on doing hp's system restore to double check. I just wanna be aware of any snags I may come across. Also as a side note I'd like to run DBAN before the install from the windows 7 disk I created. Any thoughts on that? Also another question, if I ran DBAN and failed at installing my OS from the windows 7 .iso could I still use my HP recovery disks I created? Then I'd just begin the gruling task on removing programs and what not.

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Couple of thoughts

by robo_dev In reply to Help with system recovery ...

Not sure about W7, but with XP, the product key MUST MATCH the media, or the install will fail. Most likely the COA on the PC is an OEM version of Windows, not the same.

Been there, done that. ..it will go along happily then won't take the license key.

DBAN is no different than formatting the partition....the only issue would be if it wiped the whole drive, taking out the diags partition and so forth. No different than installing a new blank hdd.

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