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Asus laptop no recovery

by scarinu10 / February 16, 2013 8:09 AM PST

I'm usually pretty tech savvy, rooting my phone, constantly buying new laptops from craigslist, doing fresh installs of windows 7 and all that good stuff. However what is different with this fresh install i'm going to attempt after getting some info, is i cannot read the sticker on the bottom of my laptop, and i think this laptop initially came with windows vista.

my question is, i'm doing a fresh install on this asus g51jx, can i copy the key down from the computer/properties menu. it is a key that has OEM in the key. If i copy that down and use it when i'm re-installing, will it work?

second question: can i use double driver to back up all of my current drivers? and just install that after i install windows?

third question, it's been a long while since i've made a bootable windows 7 disc, anyone care to jog my memory?

thanks for all the help

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Clarification Request
by scarinu10 / February 16, 2013 8:13 AM PST

also meant to add, there is currently no recovery partition, and the ASUS AI program isn't installed and only works with the recovery partition

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The OEM key is rarely useful.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 16, 2013 8:54 AM PST

My kid has an Asus and if we use the recovery media, we don't have to enter the key. That key is only good for the Asus OEM Windows DVDs. You can try it but I doubt it will work.

As to drivers, I rarely do anything but use the maker's web site or recovery media.

Windows 7 does not make a Windows 7 OS bootable DVD. So no memory to jog.

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If you use an OEM ...
by Edward ODaniel / February 16, 2013 12:11 PM PST

installation CD (preferably ASUS) you should be able to pull the actual Key and Product ID off your present installation using Produkey by Nirsoft which can be located here:

Because of the algorithm used some AV apps might ID it as malware but it is not just as Malwarebytes and ComboFix and even Super Anti-Malware are sometimes false positives

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if i use an oem
by scarinu10 / February 16, 2013 12:30 PM PST
In reply to: If you use an OEM ...

if i download the oem cd of a general asus windows 7 install, and use the product key that produkey pulled, i should be able to do the fresh install? and then just install my drivers on top of it?

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Only a few ways to know.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 16, 2013 11:43 PM PST
In reply to: if i use an oem

1. Try it.
2. Ask ASUS.

I've seen that work and fail. You didn't reveal why you don't just order the restore media and save yourself all the grief and time.

Besides, there is more to install than drivers today. There are HELPER APPS that do things like turn on the WiFi. I can only guess you know all that. And again, I can't know which apps to add since each make/model can differ.

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by scarinu10 / February 20, 2013 5:00 AM PST

thanks for the help. I just didn't feel like shelling out the 50 bucks for asus restore dvds

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50 bucks is a little on the high side.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 20, 2013 5:05 AM PST
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But since the license in Windows 7 has teeth (fails in 30 or so days) and the OEM key is "special", 50 may be the bargain here.

My kid has the Asus ROG and it offered to make Restore DVDs so we did that. I took the precaution of making a backup set as well as pulling up IMGBURN to save such as .ISO files on a memory key.

The cost of 4 DVDs and the memory key was under 20 bucks.

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