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Fresh install of bundled Win7

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by DiGiTY, Jan 19, 2010.

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  1. DiGiTY

    DiGiTY Thread Starter

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    I just bought a Lenovo ThinkPad SL410 with Win 7 Pro 64-bit installed. Of course it's crippled with bloatware and of course I wiped the hard drive clean for preparation of a fresh and clean clean install of Win 7 Pro 64-bit. I was gonna use my installation disc and product key from my MS action pack subscription account but figured I shouldn't waste it on this laptop since it came with its own product key.

    Before wiping the hard drive I did create recovery discs from the pre-configured/installed hidden recovery partition. How can I install the bundled Windows 7 Pro 64-bit minus the bloatware (as if I'm doing a fresh install from a retail disc) so that it uses the product key included with the laptop?
     
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    Not really a waste, the key can be used again if you uninstall W7 from the laptop and want to use it on another PC, you may have to call MS to get it to activate, but its no big deal for Action Pack subscribers.

    Actually Thinkpads come with some really nice softwares, you can either remove them using Control Panel (icon view) Programs and Features, or take them out of startup using msconfig>startup Tab.

    Doing a clean install of W7 from another disk, you will find many things will not work on the laptop. You can however download a program called ThinkVantage from Lenovo, after installation it will go to the Lenovo site and download a list of drivers and software for that particular model, then you can pick and choose what you want to install

    http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/TVSU-UPDATE.html

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    Action Pack gives you 10 activations per program right up front. Even with exploding power supplies, dead MOBOS, and croaked hard drives, I've never exceeded that. I also can't really imagine MS giving me too much grief if I went for Number 11.
     
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    10 for Pro

    1 for Ultimate

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  6. DiGiTY

    DiGiTY Thread Starter

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    ya, you're all right. I got lazy and just used the MAPS key, which I'm regretting because this makes it #5 of the 10 we get and it's only been 5 or 6 months since we got Win7 :/. Our WinXP MAPS key is still lasting use and its been over 3 or years

    I simply can't believe a consumer can't use their own purchased Win product key for a clean install. Bollocks!!
     
  7. Mumbodog

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    You can use it more than 10 times, you just can't have it on more than 10 pcs at once, when you exceed 10 installs, you would need to call Microsoft and tell them what has happened, they will generate you a new key.

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