Laptop is only a couple years old. i5-3210m with IHD 4000. Was a bargain at $400. I know I won't be gaming on this thing (except for Diablo II, baby!) but I had a question about formatting the hard drive and a clean Windows install.
I let my wife use the laptop for a while before I get her her own laptop. This thing definitely has some issues and some slowdown that never used to be here. I don't have much to lose (nothing I can't save on a thumb drive, transfer to the other laptop, and transfer back on after the Windows install afterwards) by wiping this thing clean.
My question is basically this: Since I don't have the original Windows discs or anything, can I just go to that magical Reddit thread (you know the one) where you can get Windows 7 for like $20 and I can do a clean install via thumb drive, or do I have to use the OEM key on the back of the laptop to use Windows 7 on this laptop?
I know the thumb drive has to have nothing but the Windows OS files on it and be formatted as a bootable USB drive and all that.
Perhaps a dumb question but I thought I'd ask before I go do it. Thanks. --- http://www.twitter.com/Foxigon -- http://www.youtube.com/FoxigonGaming Unbiased and honest opinions about video games and the gaming industry.
#2Hypertext_EyePosted 8/13/2014 10:13:54 AM
As long as you have a valid key you can pretty much install it any way you like. In fact if you can access the install somehow without buying Windows again (since you already have a valid key) I would recommend doing that.
If you want to waste your money on a new key, though, that's your business.
#3Unsugarized_FooPosted 8/13/2014 10:14:40 AM
Just download the Win 7 ISO, use the CD to Thumb Drive tool, and use the code on the back of the laptop.
You can buy the windows for $20, but its not needed and $20 lol --- "All I have is my balls and my word, and I don't break them for anyone!"-Tony Montana
#4IzicialPosted 8/13/2014 10:27:13 AM
Magical Jelly Bean Key Finder can get your Windows CD key out of your registry if you don't have it. --- Check out my SL 1 playthrough of Dark Souls II on my channel Izzy Games. http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL19gU5IpjVkl-9LtY2ASx8ouTspMrGfN_