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[GUIDE] Clean install of Windows 7 on Acer

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  1. prikolchik

    prikolchik Notebook Evangelist

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    Guide: Clean installation of Windows 7 on Acer, heavily edited by moderators

    This guide explains how to do a clean installation of Windows 7 on an Acer computer that's been licensed to used it.
    If your system originally came with Windows Vista, you need an Acer Upgrade Kit.
    If your system originally came with Windows 7, use the key on the bottom of your machine.


    The described method will work for ANY edition (Starter/Home/Pro/Ultimate) and for ANY architecture (32/64-bit) and ANY language, but only the version you are licensed for; no free upgrades here.

    Step 1: Verify eligibility for Windows 7.
    CONTENT REMOVED DUE TO PIRACY CONCERNS
    Either you are licensed for Windows 7 by having a key on the bottom of your machine, or you have an Acer Upgrade kit. If you have neither, then you are not licensed for it, regardless of what's in your BIOS.

    Step 2: Back-up factory images and personal files.
    Since we will be reinstalling Windows you will lose all your files and ability to restore to factory condition, so it would be a wise thing to make back-ups.
    A. Back-up factory images.
    If you want to have restore DVDs then it should be a good time to create them now. You can do it via Acer eRecovery program. If you have a built-in or external DVD drive then simply burn them and if you do not then you can save DVD image to your hard drive. Follow these instructions.
    B. Back-up personal files.
    If you have files you would like to keep now it is time to save them to either a flash drive or an external hard drive.


    Step 3: Preparing Windows 7 installation image.
    Simply use the content in this topic to download and prepare your Windows 7 DVD or USB key. This will also remove the version restriction so the burned DVD or prepped USB key can be used to install any version of Windows 7 - you'll still need the right license key, of course.

    Step 4: Setting up Windows 7 installation media.
    See above.

    Step 5. Installing Windows 7.
    Now that you have your installation media created in Step 4 we can start the installation.
    A. Booting from installation media
    (skip this step if you know how to use boot menu)
    A.A. Making sure you have F12 boot menu enabled in BIOS.
    To do so turn on the computer and immediately start pressing F2 key until you get into BIOS setup. Navigating with arrow keys you should look around for "F12 Boot Menu" setting and make sure it is set to "Enabled". Once that is done press F10 to save settings and restart the computer.
    A.B. Booting from media via F12 boot menu
    After plugging in USB flash drive or inserting installation DVD in the drive turn on the computer and start pressing F12 immediately and wait for a menu to appear. Now select what you are booting from and press Enter. It should start booting into Windows installation.
    If for some reason it fails to boot or your device is not listed in the boot menu, then press Ctl+Alt+Del to restart the computer and try again.
    B. Actually installing Windows
    B.A. Selecting edition.
    When you are asked what Windows edition to install, select the one which you are entitled to (the edition your computer ships with). For example, my laptop came with Vista Home Premium so I'm installing Windows 7 Home Premium.
    B.B. Entering product key.

    Once you are asked for product key there are two ways you can go here. You can either use the OEM key on the bottom/side of your computer (if your computer came with Windows 7) or install using the key included with your Windows 7 Upgrade Kit.

    The rest of the installation should be pretty intuitive. If you still need some help you can find many guides on the Internet (use google).

    Step 6. Installing OEM certificate.
    CONTENT REMOVED DUE TO PIRACY CONCERNS.

    Step 7. Installing system drivers
    Now that installation is finished and Windows is activated you can install the correct system drivers. You can get those at Acer Support website or by downloading them directly from component manufacturers.


    Have fun!

    Mod Note: ABR Method
    It may be possible to do a clean install with the ABR(Activation Backup and Restore) method. Details are listed in this thread and you must use the Beta version of ABR(again, it may not work).
     
  2. der_mali

    der_mali Weihnachtsmann

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    This should be stickied IMO
     
  3. k9hydr4

    k9hydr4 Notebook Deity

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    Nice. +1 rep
     
  4. weinter

    weinter /dev/null

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    I already knew about this but the legal implications are grey to be published like this...
    I hope you can remove the alternative link for the reasons above...
     
  5. mrpugster

    mrpugster Newbie

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    nice work indeed, being a bit lazy here but does anyone know if the upgrade that you order online can be used on non-Acer machines, i.e the CD key that you recieve along with the upgrade disk working on a non-Acer machine on a clean install? I'm guessing no...Only got my new Acer yesterday.

    Cheers
     
  6. chriscatt

    chriscatt Notebook Evangelist

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    Hi, OEM means that it is licenced to the PC/Laptop, as you are purchasing a upgrade to the OEM licence for a Acer it cannot be transfered, thus you cannot install it on a non-Acer machine. The OEM licence is fixed to the hardware.
    Chris
     
  7. marky9074

    marky9074 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Thanks very much! Got a brand new 1810TZ today and first thing I did was reformat and wondered why the S/N on the bottom didn't work... definately saved the day. Thanks again! Amazing, top of the google search and thread only started today...
     
  8. TehSuigi

    TehSuigi Part-time Acer Moderator

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    Sharing the SLP license keys is a bit of a grey area (and I'm calling in another moderator for his opinion), but there is no way I'm allowing you to post torrent links for Windows 7 here on NBR.
    If people really care to get them, they can make the effort and Google for them themselves.
     
  9. catiremedina

    catiremedina Newbie

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    Thank you for the guide :)

    ::Noob question alert::

    I have one question, if i do this to make a clean install of windows 7 on my 1410(To remove all the bloatware and stuff I don't want or need) will it, in the end, be a valid windows install or will MS at some point(like on an update or service pack download) tell me I have a pirated/unactivated copy of windows 7?
     
  10. weinter

    weinter /dev/null

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    No it won't because this is OEM Activation.
    Anyway I hope TS will remove the site to link to SLIC Dump Toolkit.
     
  11. catiremedina

    catiremedina Newbie

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    Thank you for the answer, but i'd like to clarify something, did you mean:

    "It won't be a valid installation and you'll get caught at some point"

    or

    "Microsoft wont be able to tell the difference between that and the original acer install because its an OEM Activation"

    Btw. I'm implying that i'll substitute the windows home that comes with the acer for the same version on a clean install.


    Sorry English is not my native language and I might have misunderstood your answer.
     
  12. weinter

    weinter /dev/null

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    I mean the above.
    Applies even if you install ultimate...
     
  13. prikolchik

    prikolchik Notebook Evangelist

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    Can you please explain me what is so wrong with that alternative link? I just don't get it. It is the original thread where author of the program posts updates, etc, it also contains alternative links. I included it to give credit to the original author. SLIC Dump Toolkit is a read only program, so it can not do any modifications to the system.
    Anyway, this link is not so important so I will just remove it. If there is anything else you think should be changed in my guide please let me know immediately.

    OK, I don't want to be breaking forum rules here :). Once you decide, please let if you are for or against sharing SLP keys on NBR so that I can edit it in my guide. Thanks.
     
  14. LM2008

    LM2008 Newbie

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    To unlock other editions of windows 7 a retail untouched iso is needed? i mean, an upgrade disc home premium as an example, it only have home premium, no other edition locked?
     
  15. weinter

    weinter /dev/null

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    Correct but there are other program hosted on that site that is the problem.
    Just quote the author will be good enough.
     
  16. ohiomoto

    ohiomoto Notebook Evangelist

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    Thanks for the very thorough guide!
     
  17. dualview

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    The newest BIOS for 3810T on ACER support page is 1.10, but it says SLIC2.0:(
    Is there a newer 3810T BIOS with SLIC2.1?
     
  18. chriscatt

    chriscatt Notebook Evangelist

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    Hi, I have the same problem with a bios dated 09/07/09, uk date...
    Chris
     
  19. gpgp00

    gpgp00 Notebook Enthusiast

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    The BIOS on my M1202 is also SLIC 2.0 compliant and not 2.1. There is no other BIOS listed on the support page other than what I have (except one that is noted as being for Linux & FreeDOS).

    I called Acer support this morning to try and get some sort of update on when my official Windows 7 upgrade kit might arrive. I mentioned to him that I read somewhere that the BIOS might not be compatible with the Windows 7 OEM license. The person I spoke with didn’t seem to want to take the time to even discuss it but did say that if the BIOS needed updated that it would occur when using the upgrade kit. I can only assume at this point that they may send a newer BIOS out with the upgrade kit. Maybe that is contributing to the delay in some of us getting our kits?

    Whatever happened to the Windows 7 upgrade thread? It appears that it was deleted completely after being SPAMMED overnight.
     
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    Co5ma Notebook Enthusiast

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    I can`t install grub4DOS. This is what i get when trying.
     

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