Reinstallation

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Initial Steps

  1. Write down CrashPlan date, for future recovery purposes.
  2. Make sure everything, and I mean everything, is backup up through CrashPlan. Carefully read the instructions on adopting another computer.
  3. Use O&O DiskImage to clone the entire drive (on a side note, this software is fantastic and inexpensive).

Software Issues

Upgrade Product Key on a Clean Install

  1. Run the registry editor (regedit)
  2. Find the following key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Setup\OOBE
  3. Change the value for 'MediaBootInstall' from 1 to 0
  4. Open an elevated command prompt (run as admin)
  5. Run the following command: slmgr -rearm
  6. Reboot