Clean Vista install WITH NO ACTIVATION

Discussion in 'HP' started by orev, Apr 29, 2007.

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  1. joelfonzie

    joelfonzie Notebook Enthusiast

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    Thanks dude for this post. I am sure this guideline helped many users. This is actually helpful not only in unloading "crappy" preloaded SW but also in case you want to reformat you're PC/laptop.
     
  2. Abula

    Abula Puro Chapin

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    Orev,

    Thanks a lot for this thread, and for the ABR utility, everything worked flawlessly on my ASUS G51Rx05, i followed your instructions and had not issues at all.

    Take care,
     
  3. sickZ

    sickZ Notebook Enthusiast

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    I tried doing this on my ASUS G51 as well. Installed Vista Home Premium 64. Ran the restore from ABR. Says its all set. I rebooted machine and I am being prompted after login to enter my key. My key is not working :(
     
  4. orev

    orev Notebook Virtuoso

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    The original install of the OS must be the OEM version, not upgraded or changed to another version. It sounds like your install was not the OEM version.
     
  5. ShaunL

    ShaunL Newbie

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    I purchased a new HP dv6-1264ca (Artist Edition). It came with SOOO much bloatware. I'm glad I found this thread. Very useful!

    Worked flawlessly. Would recommend to anyone else!
     
  6. purplepack

    purplepack Notebook Enthusiast

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    Is there a reason I can't format my hd and the use the vista recovery CD to reinstall windows ?
     
  7. orev

    orev Notebook Virtuoso

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    Yes. Read the section in the main guide titled "Recovery Disc"
     
  8. bruin8uclap

    bruin8uclap Notebook Enthusiast

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    Has anyone tried this on a DV9500: Clean install Vista using this guide then upgrade to 7 over this clean installation? Probably not the correct place to post this question but I was concerned that the Vista drivers would not work in 7.
     
  9. orev

    orev Notebook Virtuoso

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    I don't see why that wouldn't work. Vista and W7 are the same underneath, so drivers should work (though I haven't tested to be certain).
     
  10. crash

    crash NBR Assassin

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    Vista drivers should work just fine in Windows 7. Most of the drivers I'm using are technically Vista drivers, but they work fine in Windows 7.
     
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