Solved Reinstalling OS on NEW HD?

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March 29, 2015 at 19:01:21
Specs: Windoze 7 64bit, Intel i5 3.00 Ghz 8 Gigs RAM
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Wife has an ASUS Windoze 7 Laptop: HD died, therefore ALL is gone. I'm having BB install a new HD after which MS says I can reinstall Win 7 from a DL'd ISO which they will supply free of charge.

Any suggestions? I was hoping to obtain a "Recovery DVD" from the manufacturer, but have thus far failed to locate a supplier.

The only modification to the original will be a 500GB HD rather than the original 300GB.

Any problems you can anticipate? Alternate sources? Tips?

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March 29, 2015 at 20:05:01
The retail version of Win7 is generally preferred over the manufacturer's recovery/restore disc because there's no included crapware. You'll have to track down the device drivers but that should be no big deal. They're available at the Asus site or the individual hardware vendor's sites (AMD, Intel, nvidia, realtek, etc).

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March 29, 2015 at 20:25:20
Retail DVD for $70 or MS ISO for free? Why not the ISO from MicroShaft? There wouldn't be any ASUS Bloatware from MS?

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March 29, 2015 at 20:57:38
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You should be fine installing from MS ISO image that you can burn to a DVD. I would advise that you assemble all drivers and downloaded programs on a flash drive or CD so as soon as you have installed W7 you can then go straight to installing the drivers, Windows Updates (probably more than 100 so you might want to break it down to 20 or so at a time) your personal settings, your AV prog., and then your other utilities and programs.
When installing on a new drive you will need to use the Custom option to get to the Partition/Format option that you will need to begin the install. A single partition for the entire drive is fine for the laptop though some still prefer a separate partition for Windows and programs (100GB is about right) and later partition the rest (within Windows) for data. Format to NTFS and note that a quick format will be fine for a new hard drive and save you hours over a full format.
Look for questions during the install so you can indicate that this is a laptop or you will later need to change the power options to optimize it for laptop use and battery life.

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