Reinstalling Windows 7 Pro refurbished

Ibm Thinkpad t60 refurbished laptop
January 23, 2014 at 12:21:48
Specs: Win 7 Pro Refurbished, Not sure.
Hello all,

my nephew is the owner of a refurbished laptop and is experiencing difficulties which I think would be solved by a clean reinstall of the operating system.

I'm still a bit of a noob with regard to this kind of thing and have a few questions before I undertake this task on his behalf.

My questions are as follows:

1. The COA Sticker says "Windows 7 Pro Refurb PC Citizenship". I need to download a Windows .iso to reinstall the operating system, how do I determine which version to use (32 bit vs 64 bit)? The computer hangs on windows startup so I can't review any info in control panel or my computer.

2. Can I download the iso I need from the following website? (I successfully reinstalled my own Win 7 Home 64 bit from here)

3. The authentication key printed on the COA label looks different to the one on "normal" windows COAs, the numbers are not split into groups of 5 as on my home version e.g."XXXXX-XXXXX...etc." being 5-5-5-5-5 but in the following format: 5-3-3-3 Do I need to worry about this?

I hope someone can help me out, my nephew is quite adventurous on his laptop (he's 11) which is to be encouraged, but it also means he can occasionally screw things up nicely and I'll like to be able to set him right again when that happens.

Thanks in advance for any advice.

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January 23, 2014 at 13:28:30
The COA Sticker says "Windows 7 Pro Refurb PC Citizenship".

Sounds like a hacked Version of Windows with a fake COA sticker made to look like a real one.

Before you start you might like to runa copy of Magic Jellybean. If this comes up with a key in five groups of five number then are probably good to go. If it comes up with anything else then you almost certainly have a pirated version of Windows 7

The legaility of the downloads from Ditial River may be debatable but the are safe to use. I have one myself. But without a genuine licence key they are useless.

As to whether you need the 32 bit version or the 64 bit version is dependant on the hardware of the laptop. You can find out what you have now from Computer>properties. Assuming to manage to extract a valid key using Magic Jellybean you need to install the same version.


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January 23, 2014 at 13:38:50
I'm doubtful that it's a pirate copy, it came from what I believe is a reputable source.

Unfortunately I can't test the rest of your suggestions as the computer doesn't boot correctly and I can't access it enough to see the registry or check properties.

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January 23, 2014 at 14:25:35
Apparently is is legal. Microsoft even says how to use it on their website.

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January 23, 2014 at 14:32:34
Yes I saw both of those pages too when googling, but I'm a bit worried about getting started and wanted to be sure I can finish the job.

Any advice on which .iso to use?

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January 23, 2014 at 14:50:20
You really haven't explained what the problem is. Have you tried booting into Safe Mode?

Is the laptop a T60? It's an older model & only supports up to 4GB RAM so most likely it has a 32-bit OS. We used to use them where I work but we upgraded to the T500 series about 4-5 years ago.

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January 23, 2014 at 18:06:36
This pdf explains the citizenship stuff:

It is for schools, charitable organisations etc.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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January 23, 2014 at 18:51:47
Be aware when using Magic a CUSTOM install and uncheck all other addons. If you do a typical install your homepage will change as well as other things on your PC which you will have to remove manually.

HELP in posting on plus free progs and instructions

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January 24, 2014 at 01:59:28
Also... Is there anything (files, photos, music etc.) on the lapto that you wouldn't like to lose; "stuff" you'd like to save?

If so post back for relatively simple way to do this.

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January 24, 2014 at 09:11:04
Re #7

Wise words which should be applied to many free programs circulating on the internet.
I've seen quite a few that still foist stuff onto you despite taking care. I now run safe copies of MalwareBytes and ADWCleaner after installing any freebie (apart from checking the downloads). They find and fix most of them.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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