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Old 08-27-2012, 08:18 AM   #1  
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Default Reinstalling Windows 7 with USB on laptop

Hello,
I have a problem with my dvd, it won't load any cds.

Anyway, I've got some problems, and I want to 'reinstall' windows 7. However, as I don't have cd, I'm gonna download Windows 7 Ultimate and transfer its ISO to USB flash drive.

Now as I have already Win7 installed, is it safe to use this method to just reinstall it? : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0M0L...eature=related

Or do I need to reinstall it via control panel using recovery method?

Also I want to keep all my current files and data on laptop, I just want to reinstall windows 7 because usb drives are a bit messed up(new mouses I buy, won't work) So I think reinstalling windows might help..

Any suggestions would be appreciated..
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Have you tried reinstalling your motherboard drivers? That would be my first step to try to fix the usb problem. Have you checked your bios to make sure the usb ports are activated? Also, are these usb 3.0 or 2.0 ports?

If you want to keep your current files, you need to back them up to an external drive if your dvd drive doesn't work. How is the drive on your laptop set up - just a c: drive or do you have another partition?
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Old 08-27-2012, 11:46 AM   #3  
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Yeah I've tried everything, still the same.
My ports are 2.0

Also they all work for USB flash or smth. They just won't work for new mouses, but I have some old genius mouse that works but only in one particular usb slot.

The mice light is on, but theres no movement at all. I think I tried everything except reinstalling windows...
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Does look like a reinstall is the only option now. I've never done one with a usb drive, but if your bios is recent enough it shouldn't be a problem (older ones would not recognize the usb drives).

If that doesn't work, you may be looking at a motherboard problem. Have you updated your bios if one is available?
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yea bios is recent enough. and updated

I will be doing this for the 1st time by myself, so I'm kinda worried about all programs and drivers. I want everything to remain as it was after the reinstall..
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I think we need to start from the beginning.

If you can transfer your setup from a dvd to your usb drive, why can you not run the setup from the dvd to begin with? Or, are you doing this on another pc?

Also, a reinstall will wipe out your c drive which means it will wipe out all of your programs, so make sure you have the disks or files to reinstall all of your programs. To keep your settings you need to run the Windows Easy Transfer. To keep all of your documents, videos, etc. you need to back them up to a usb, dvd or external drive.

Also, instead of doing a reinstall, you might try just doing a repair when you run Windows Setup which won't make you lose your files and settings and could possibly solve the problems.
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well I have 2 partitions, C- where my windows files are, drivers and programs.

D-where my data is, movies, music etc

Also I downloaded Win7 Ultimate from internet as I can't find my dvd.
So I transfered the downloaded file on USB Flash via WintoFlASH program.

Hmm repair sounds like it could work, do u know how to do it?
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When you get into Windows Setup it will have an option to repair rather than install. Just try that first and then do an install if it doesn't work. It's good you have your data on a separate partition, so that saves some headaches as you won't have to change anything on that d drive.

Do you have your product key for Windows Ultimate? Where did you download it from?
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Problem is there's no 'repair' option. Onli Upgrade and instal new.

I downloaded it from here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQvEAcBGiwQ

direct link: http://is.gd/w7u64b

Win7 Ultimate x64
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You do realize this is not a legal copy and it expires in 90 days?

I have a better idea for you. Get the Windows 8 offer for $40 to upgrade and you will have a legal OS that you don't have to replace every 90 days. I would make an image of your c drive though, so you can put it on a flash drive or dvd to have in case you ever have to reinstall Windows 8. You can make a backup of the c drive using acronis true image which you can get for either seagate or western digital free.
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Hi again, sorry for the delay...

Well I guess I have to wait with that reinstall, or just wait for a friend with experience to do it..

Anyway this is the topic that started my opinion to maybe reinstall windows:
http://www.highdefforum.com/high-def...s-working.html

btw thx for all your help, appreciated..
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