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    Clean OEM Windows 7 installation on Laptop

    I'm thinking about getting a new laptop for home, probably a Toshiba, with Windows 7 Pro 64bit. I dislike all the extras that come bundled with laptops so would like to remove the hard drive (even before turning it on) and replace it with a comparable SATA II then do a clean installation of the same version of the OS from an OEM installation disk, using the key that will be stuck to the underside of the laptop.

    I have three questions:

    1. Will this contravene any licencing or other regulations?

    2. Will the installation accept the 25-character key during the installation?

    3. Will the online activation process work as normal?

    I have heard of this all working without any problems with Windows XP but don't know if any of the procedures have changed with Windows 7. I know that I could go through the laborious process of uninstalling all the trial versions of the various software packages but I feel that my approach would be more straightforward. Finally, I would keep the original hard drive safe, just in case the laptop had to go back to the manufacturer under warranty.

    Thanks in advance.

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    burn the restore disc off the hard drive before swapping it. Shouldn't affect your windows licence as it checks with the BIOS.

    My Acer did.

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    1. No, this is perfectly OK to do.

    2. Yes, if you're using a like for like version.

    3. Yes, activation will take place as normal.

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    Thank you for the comments. I just need to decide which laptop to buy now! I have it narrowed down to four.

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    All ok to do

    But to be honest you don't need to buy and put in another hard drive, just burn a recovery disc if it doesn't come with one. Or it might come with a recovery partition with has long as you don't delete that partition when you reload it, you will still be able to use the recovery partition to restore if ever needed.

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    If you are going to buy another HDD, you might as well get an SSD instead.

    Btw, this guide may help...

    Blowing away bloatware: a guide to reinstalling Windows on a new PC Ars Technica

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    If you are going to buy another HDD, you might as well get an SSD instead.
    Much agreed, along has the storage is big enough for him through.

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    I thought about an SSD but will look at the prices. I suppose another possibility is a 7200rpm rather than 5400rpm SATA II though I don't know how much difference that will really make. I understand that the 7200rpm takes more juice and runs hotter than a 5400rpm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    If you are going to buy another HDD, you might as well get an SSD instead.

    Btw, this guide may help...

    Blowing away bloatware: a guide to reinstalling Windows on a new PC Ars Technica
    I couldn't agree more, and in continuation of what Arthur said there is a good freeware program to do this. The PC Decrapifier Wipes Unwanted Junk | The PC Decrapifier


    The SSD would be night an day difference it's worth the money! 8second boot times ftw.

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