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How to make partitions to reinstall Windows when windows does not boot

Q: How to make partitions to reinstall Windows when windows does not boot

So here's the story:
I was just getting some work done last night on my PC, when suddenly the power went out. After a while when the power came back on, my computer would not boot. It was stuck on the Windows loading screen. So I restarted and did diagnostic (pressed F9 before booting), turns out that everything is okay including CPU, memory and Hard Drive connection test.

So I restarted again and let the Windows load, it took 20 minutes. After which it started some disk checking (It looked like the Windows XP disk checking except it had a black background and it took 1.5 hours).

It showed that 8 files or indexes or something were unreadable. Then it restarted, and opened startup repair. Startup repair is apparently checking or disk errors which might take over an hour, but it has been over 5 hours now.

So I know that my Hard Drive is okay since it has been doing all that, but maybe the Windows files are corrupted.

I decided to re-install Windows but I want to keep my files. So I had to move all the files from the system drive to another one so I don't lose my files in the C drive. But I don't have another partition, I just have a 1.35 TB C Drive and I don't have any means of backing the files up on an external HDD.

So I was thinking if I could install Linux from a Disc, creating a partition with Linux, move all the files to that partition and then reinstall Windows from a CD.

Is it possible to do such a thing? If so what are the steps I should take to do it?

My Computer:

HPE-500f: HP Pavilion Elite HPE-500f Specs (Phenom II X6 1045T 2.7 GHz) - Desktops - CNET Reviews

Windows Home Premium SP1 x64
1.35 TB Hard Drive - ~320 GB left

Any answers are appreciated. I will try to provide more info if needed.

Thank you for your time.

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A: How to make partitions to reinstall Windows when windows does not boot

Work through these steps to Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7.

Best to back up your User folders externally to a HD, DVD, flash, or 7gb free in the cloud with each Windows LiVE ID on Skydrive.

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hii ,
i Had installed windows 7 enternity .i had created 3 partions.but some have it had recoverd some files and was not able to open the two drives other than the main drive were i had installed win 7.so can i make partitions with out re-installation.

A:how to make partitions in windows 7

Resize a Partition for Free in Windows 7 or Vista - How-To Geek

You can create and delete partitions using the same tool. You have to have unallocated space on the drive to create a partition, which you can get by shrinking or deleting one. Deleting a partition will eliminate the data in it.

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My OS is windows XP and I make partitions with this OS
But now I want to instsl windows 7
Which of the following is better?
1) I instal windows 7 without any changes in my drivers
2) I delete current partitions and make new partitions , then instal windows 7

A:make partitions with windows 7 or xp

Use choice 2.

Back up your data and boot from the installation disc.
When you come to the partitioning screen, choose "drive options, advanced" and delete all partitions.

You do NOT have to delete partitions and make new partitions BEFORE you install. Do that DURING the install by using "drive options, advanced".

There is a pretty good chance the Windows disk will have all the drivers you need, but you might go to your motherboard manufacturer's web site (Asus) and download at least the LAN driver so you will be able to establish an Internet connection after you install Windows 7.

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Well I have a problem, I have 2 hard disks, one is for my music and movies, is dedicated for that, and the other disc has 2 partitions, one for the operative system and the other for documents of me.

When I install windows 7 for first time I have 1 disk with no partitions (the other is for mi movies and music, so don't touch this) I created the partition for system and this create the partition called reserved for system (100mb) and next create the second partition for mi documents.

Now I want to reinstall the system, so I deleted the partition containing the system and delete too the partition reserved for the system (thinking it would be created again when I created the partition for system) but for mi surprise only created the new partition and the system not create the system partition reserved for the system! so it don't permitting me to install, says that can't install.

I know that maybe the solution is delete all partitions in the hard disk one, but I have a partition with mi documents, and they are a lot and I cant move or copy to dvd or nothing, so I can delete the partition, so what can i do??? help!!!


A:How reinstall windows 7 in hard disk with partitions

Welcome to SF!

What does it say when you try to install to the new partition you created? Make sure the partition is Primary and formatted with NTFS.

Alternatively, delete the new partition, and tell it to install in the empty, unallocated space. It should automatically create the partitions it needs.

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I got the BSOD a bit ago, and I don't really remember why, but I decided this might be a good time to clear everything (being inbetween semesters) and upgrade to Windows 7 Ultimate from Windows 7 Home. I unfortuanetly have only had problems since then. I know having some system specs would help, but I'm not exactly sure what you'll need, so if you need more info let me know. But here is where I am at now. I click install, custom, and I have one partition that is unused at ~ 480 GB. (My HDD is a Toshiba MK5056GSY 500GB) (There were the original OSs files there originally, but I did something and they are no longer there). But on the page it says "Windows cannot be installed to this disk. (Show details)" When I click on that it says " Windows cannot be installed to this disk. This computer's hardware may not support booting to this disk. Ensure that the disk's controller is enabled in the computer's BIOS menu". So basically any help/advice to get me in the right direction would be appreciated. I'm aware it might be some of my hardware as my computer recently bsod but I'm not even sure where to start.

A:Windows 7 Ultimate Install, Can't make partitions

Welcome to Windows Seven Forums.

To create partitions during the installation procedure you need to carry out a clean install rather than an upgrade, as this tutorial explains.

Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

Be aware that when you carry out a clean install, you will lose any data you haven't backed up first and you will have to reinstall all your applications.

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I have a Dell Inspiron 1545 laptop, less than a year old. I upgraded to Win 7 Enterprise in April and it has been fine ever since until yesterday. Clearly needs a wipe and clean reinstall, that is not up for debate, I have been through every option in the world and the system repair function is at a loss as well, it appears to be a corrupt system file. I can only boot in safe mode and you can't use the upgrade option to reinstall Win7 in safe mode.

The question is how to do it...

There is a recovery partition (which is no help at all since it came installed with Vista) and a C partition. What I would LIKE to do, is reformat both, and build an OS partition so next time I am not scrambling to rebuild my life here. Luckily, I am all backed up, but still a pain in the rear anyways.

Does anyone have any opinion on this? Since I am not using the OS that came preloaded, and I already deleted half of the bloat-ware that came preloaded as well, is the info on that recovery partition doing me any good? Obviously drivers will have to be obtained if I ditch the partition, but that's the least of my worries, I want back the perfectly good 15GB it is hogging and then not even doing it's job when needed.

A:Solved: Windows 7 reinstall/ Dell laptop partitions

I don't like being "that guy", but if you can boot into safe mode without issues, then the problem has to do with a file or service that is loaded after windows starts. In theory repairing that OS manually should not be an issue.

But if my memory serves me correctly you can boot from the windows 7 upgrade disc and format the HDD. Then install the OS on the HDD. Once complete create a ghost image of your OS and store it somewhere safe (other then your current HDD)

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Hi guys,
i have a 1 terabyte drive set up with dual boot windows 7 operating systems.
It is partitioned into 4 with original drive letters
1. contained an older version of Wind 7 (C:\)
2&3 contained data storage (D:\ and E:\)
4. contained a new version of Win 7 (F:\)
I attempted to change motherboards and stuffed up the sysprep.exe process somewhat. I did get the older OS (C:\) up and running again but since it has a registry problem unrelated to this (from a virus i got about 6 months ago and removed) i decided to reformat c:\ drive and start again.
The second Win 7 OS (f:\) basically is stuffed...not that im worried about it as i had only just installed it recently and hadnt put anything important on that partition anyway.
Since i have reformated c:\ and put a new win7 OS on it, i am now unable to view the d:\ and E:\ drives in windows explorer!
I went into control panel>computer managment>disk management and am able to see the missing partitions (labelled D:\ and E:\).
What do i do in order to recover the data off D:\ and E:\ partitions???
i tried using Piriform's software program called "Recuva" but it cannot see those drives either...instead finding all the files on c:\ and F:\ (which it lables as C:\ and D:\ because it cannot see the other 2 partitions)

A:Cant view logical partitions in windows explorer after reinstall

Hello Adam,

It appears that you should be able to just add drive letters to your 195.31 GB and 195.32 GB primary partitions in Disk Management to be able to have them available in the Computer window. Logical partitions would be the blue one instead.


Hope this helps,

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Hello, I'm have an issue with partitions and multiple windows installations.

I've gotten really fed up with my old Windows installation - it was getting slow.. after maybe 3 years of usage.

Before, I had 1 partition for windows and documents and everything. However, I did something weird, I shrunk the partition to a small 30 gb (hdd is 80), and installed another Windows on a new partition, so I could move my stuff from the old installation, then delete the old one.

It worked fine - I just have one small problem - Computer Managment tells me that C:/ (original partition) is my "system", yet D:/ (new partition) is my 'boot'.

I'm wondering if this'll cause any problems in the future, and what it actually means.

Thanks in advance.

A:Strange situation i've gotten myself into. (Windows reinstall, drives and partitions)

It won't affect you, you just have to watch when installing programs as many will default to "C" drive position and you would wantt o change those.

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Hello, I have a very complicated problem.

A few months ago, I tried to dual boot but figured out that it had too many partitions and before I knew it, I converted my disk to dynamic on accident. So, I tried a lot of software to restore my HDD to basic and only paid options are available. The software provided here, Partition Wizard, only turns disks back to basic if it has 3 or less partitions, and I was sure that my recovery partitions made me had 5 partitions. I downloaded GParted and deleted 3 partitions labeled OEM Partition, Recovery Partition, and WINRETOOLS. On restart, I could not go into Windows 7. I had a BSOD in the seconds after the Windows 7 logo starts to form. So, I booted into my install disk, copied my important files, and reinstalled Windows. After the main install GUI, the first restart occurs and I get that BSOD! I can't help but think I ruined my computer's hard drive or boot scheme. I'm pretty sure I did not delete my UEFI/EFI Partition as it still appears. As of now, I'm desperate and I'm attempting to install Windows 8 and to see what happens from there. If you can help, it would be awesome. It's my best computer and I do not want it to go to waste.

Matthew (LCT01a)

A:BSOD on Reinstall Windows 7; Deleted OEM/Restore Partitions; Dynamic

Please do use the Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) Posting Instructions, it'll help us to diagnose this problem.



EDIT: I now see that you are unable to boot into windows, making the BSOD posting instructions useless. I will do some research on this BSOD, but without the proper information, I might not find a solution.

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Hey, I'm trying to re-install windows 7. Right now I have 32bit, but I'm trying to install 64, however I cannot delete nor format partitions. By the way, I'm installing windows from USB, so how can I solve this problem ???
During installation it says:
""To make changes to partitions, restart Windows from installation disc.".

A:"To make changes to partitions, restart Windows from installation disc

Did you boot up with the USB, or did you start the install when you had Windows running ?

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Hi everyone,

I have a quick question. I have 3 partitions on my hard drive. First partition is for Windows XP and the second is Windows 7 and the third is for data.

My question is how does having 2 partitions impact booting into safe mode? I assume that both XP and W7 have their own safe mode?

I am asking because I need to get into windows 7 safe mode in order to install a piece of software.

A:Boot into Safe Mode When You Have 2 Partitions (Windows XP & Windows 7

You're right they have their own safe mode and it does not affect each other when you have done something on a safe mode

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Hi, I have Lenovo T480 made for german market, german windows preinstalled.I would like to reinstall Windows, but I dont want to make same mistake like when I have reinstalled original windows on x260 and lost LENOVO boot logo. I dont speak about LENOVO logo during the BIOS startup, I speak about LENOVO windows boot logo.How to make this.Thanks

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I'm sure this thread has been seen before so I'll cut to the chase: two entries during boot and I don't remember installing 7 twice, not even accidentally.

Is it alright if I delete the default boot?

I have neither the F3 or Seagate currently connected (as I thought the F3 may had something to do with it) but neither of them are actually pertinent to the issue as I don't use them as boot drives, just backup/additional storage.

A:Windows 7 - Dual partitions during boot

Is there a similar problem to mine just underneath my own thread? I didn't even notice it until now.

If it is... *headdesk*

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I would like to install W10 to the unallocated space, but got an error saying I had too many partions, what do I do? My other computer doesn't have a "Hibernation Partition", can I delete it somehow, because I can't delete it from the disc manager? If I do delete it, do I lose my ability to hibernate my laptop?

A:Have too many partitions to dual boot windows 10

According to Dell Returning 8GB hibernation partition to main OS partition - Laptop General Hardware Forum - Laptop - Dell Community will render the Recovery partition useless so best to get rid of them both (saving only the OEM partition if you can still boot Dell Hardware Diagnostics from F12 Menu) when ready to Clean Reinstall Windows 7.

Another solution is to use free Partition Wizard to convert C to Logical: How to set partition as Primary or Logical with Partition Wizard

Then create the new OS partition as another Logical. Partition Wizard Create Partition - Video Help

You can have a total or four Primary partitions or 3 Logical and unlimited contiguous (adjacent) Logical partitions. The System partition (in this case Recovery) must remain Primary to continue booting Win7 for now unless you are ready to get rid of it too which requires additional steps.

The OEM partition contains Dell Hardware Diagnostics from F12 Menu which I would keep as long as these remain bootable since they are valuable.

Once you've got your partition ready here's how to Clean Install Windows 10 Technical Preview
which should configure a Dual Boot with Win7 still booted from the Dell Recovery (System) partition but if not then install to Windows 10 EasyBCD (click Download - no Name or Email required) to add Win7 to a Dual Boot.

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Hi everyone,

I wasn't sure if I should put this in the Windows 7 or "other OS" forum so if it's in the wrong place I'm sorry...

I'm attempting to do a dual boot of Windows 7 and Sun's OpenSolaris where Windows 7 is installed first. This is for the purposes of an eventual demonstration on dual booting, so Windows 7 has to be the first OS installed. I have done it successfully before with Vista and OpenSolaris but for some reason Windows 7 is giving me nothing but headaches.

When I open the Windows 7 built in partitioner, I find two partitions: the main one, which contains all my files, and a very small partition that I can only assume contains the boot loader. As I did before with Vista, I used the partitioner to create a third partition that will contain OpenSolaris.

Once installed, OpenSolaris boots just fine, but windows does not. When the GRUB menu loads, it gives the choice of OpenSolaris, Windows, and Windows. The first Windows option simply gives a blank screen. The second Windows option gives the error: "BOOTMGR is missing."

What I *think* is happening is that the two Windows options represent the boot loader and the actual OS respectively, and that the GRUB menu is preventing them from working together to get Windows to boot successfully. But for all I know, it could be something completely different.

Anybody know what might cause this problem, or how I can work around it? It's not imperative that I rescue my current install of ... Read more

A:Windows 7 Dual Boot Partitions Help?

I've never used OpenSolaris, but I had a similar problem with Vista/Ubuntu.

Insert the Vista installation CD and click Repair your computer from the Install screen. Once there, select your Vista partition and click Next. Run Startup Repair and see if it helps you.

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Windows XP Pro on HP Pavilion a1130n, 160-Gig SATA hard disk

I ran Windows XP Pro setup and in the process deleted all partitions. I then created a primary partition of 100 Gigs and formatted it. I then created another partition of about 50 Gigs and formatted it. I installed XP onto the 100-Gig partition.

BOOT.INI, BOOTMGR, NTDETECT.COM AND NTLDR are all on drive I and the Windows folder and all other folders are all on drive C. I've never had this happen before -- that I know of. I is the letter Windows assigned to the 50-Gig partition during installation.

Is there a way to move these root files to the same partition as the Windows folder? Temporarily deleting the 50-Gig partition is not out of the question. Also, imaging the entire drive is not out of the question in the event experiment results in a catastrophic Windows failure. There is no user data on this system.

In case it matters, here's the content of the BOOT.INI file:

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\windows="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /NOEXECUTE=OPTIN /FASTDETECT

Additional Info:
The drive that Windows identifies as I is identified as drive C in Bart's PE
The drive that Windows identifies as C is identified as drive D in Bart's PE
The same is also true in the Windows Recovery/Repair Console.

A:Why boot files and Windows on different partitions?

I can only guess that when you created the 50 GB partition it was made the Active (System) partition for some reason. I did a very similar "repair" (moved the Active flag and the Master Boot Record) in Windows 7 once using EasyBCD. You may want to try that, but I can't give any guarantee. If that changes the Active flag but leaves the system unbootable, you should then be able to fix that with the XP installation CD.

By the way, in case you weren't aware, Windows assigns those "drive" letters somewhat randomly. Better to talk about the partition names or sizes or position on the disk--things that don't change from one boot or install to the next.

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Hello everyone,

First of all sorry if i write in the wrong topic i'm new on this forum. I have a problem with my Western DIgital Caviar green HDD. My problem is:

I had 2 partitions on my HDD, one for windows 7 and one for backup. I wanted to reinstall windows but keep the backup partition so i put in my install dvd and booted up from it. At the manage partitions point i think i saw 5 partitions:

The 100mb for windows files
The windows Partition
The Backup Partition
A 1megabyte partition
And a zero megabyte partition.

I deleted all the partitions except the backup. I made a new one for windows. I procceed with the installation and everything went good,until when the installer rebooted the system. And thats where's my problem. The bios detects the HDD and stops there.

Here's a pic of it:

It happend with me before with my 500gb hdd and thats why i bought this 1tb one but now i dont want to spend money again for that if i dont have to. Maybe i deleted a partition that was for the hdd to work propely? And if so is there anyway to reset that? If someone can help me please do it. I realy don't know what to do:S

A:My HDD stops at windows boot screen after trying to reinstall Windows

1) Try resetting your BIOS back to default.
Clear CMOS - 3 Ways To Clear the CMOS - Reset BIOS

2) Remove HD, boot up, boot down, refit HD boot up.

3) Check the hard drive with the manufacturer's diagnostic tools.
Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.
HD Diagnostic

4) As you have had problems before, it may be a bad HD Controller or PSU.

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I want to reinstall windows 10 pro using a usb flash drive. My laptop is dual boot windows 10 pro and kali linux 2017.3 . Recently I reinstalled kali linux and faced some problem regarding partions and grub error and i don't know how it automatically solved after multiple formatting and creation of partion with restarting my laptop. I am afraid if i reinstall windows 10 pro after deleting its partition and then create new one then install windows again would face some grub issues for kali linux or for windows. Someone give the full guide on how to reinstall windows 10 pro in dual boot kali linux and windows 10 pro.

A:Reinstall of windows 10 in dual boot Windows 10 pro and kali

When you install Windows the boot will be set to boot to that Windows only (in your case; non-newer Windows installations could be included in general). So the outline of how to proceed is

a. decide how you will get back to the dual boot you want, and make preparations if needed.
b. install Windows.
c. restore the dual boot.

As I assume that you have a GPT disk and UEFI motherboard I cannot give any more details.

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Establishing points:
1. I have a Windows 10 upgrade registration ready for post-deadline.
2. I have a 256 GB SSD (my OEM Windows 7 Pro x64 is here), and a 3 TB storage drive (very much in use!) where I ultimately want to have the second OS.
3. I have USB, Microsoft USB tool, and various OS images ready.
4. I have EasyBCD ready; I have only created a second boot entry in preparation for the install and testing so far.

I have a Windows 7 install as mentioned above, and what I would like to do, broadly speaking, is to install it fresh on a partition in my storage drive, after which I would activate and upgrade that Windows 7 to Windows 10. I would have my original Windows 7 install on the primary SSD, and a Windows 10 bootable from my hard disk. In other words, I would be 'doubling up' on the same registration of W7 on a single machine, and upgrading one of those to W10.

So far the issue has been with installing Windows 7 on the hard disk from the boot media. It seems at least partly to be a GPT-MBR issue.

Windows Vista (SP1 and above, not RTM) and Windows 7 x86_64 versions support booting in x86_64 UEFI mode from GPT disk only, OR in BIOS mode from MBR/msdos disk only. They do not support IA32 (x86 32-bit) UEFI boot from GPT/MBR disk, x86_64 UEFI boot from MBR/msdos disk, or BIOS boot from GPT disk.

Now, when I boot I can enter something called "ASUS UEFI BIOS", and it seems this does not count as UEFI. As such, ... Read more

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Not sure exactly where this should be posted, so starting with Windows 7 forum first. If you think it should go elsewhere please advise.
I have a Centos 5.5 system that had 2 primary partitions (2nd is setup as LVM with multiple LVM partitions) and then installed Windows 7 as Dual Boot.
However, Windows 7 has installed a 200MB system partition which is GPT/EFI as partition 3 and the Win7 OS as a Primary Partition.
I have a heap of space undefined after this fourth primary partition.
However, as 4 primary partitions have been used, I can no longer create an extended partition to utilise this.
As such I would like to know what is the best and safest way to proceed, and if possible step by steps instructions for the best option eg:
1. Delete the Windows 7 System Partition and create the extended partition (I expect this will prevent Windows from booting)
2. Use something like partition magic to change the Win 7 OS Partition 4 to an extended partition (Not sure if this will work)
3. Make changes to the overall system including both Linux and Windows so that it will use GPT only (I have had no experience with GPT so this is a bit scary)
4. Other?



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Maybe this post is little bit off top, but anyway, help much needed!

My disks configuration is:
disk0, partitions: p1, p2
disk1, partitions: p3, p4.

I had dual-boot,
win xp from partition p1
win xp from partition p4

Yesterday something happened to partition p1. When I tried to boot from it I got blue screen and restart immediately, when I booted from p4, boot was slower than before, and I couldn't access disk on partition p1 (got disk not formatted error).

So using TestDisk I recovered files I needed (yes, using TestDisk partition seemed to be ok), then tried to recover partition, boot, mbr. TestDisk told me that everything was in perfect shape... but actually boot from p1 wasn't working, and I couldn't reach that drive when booted form p4.

So, I decided to recreate partition and reinstall win xp on p1. Reinstall went ok, but now I cannot dual boot. Is there any way to recover my dual-boot without reinstalling win on p4?

Waiting for any information,
Best regards,

A:Solved: how to make dual boot after recreate partition and reinstall

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In trying to set up a dual boot system with Windows 7 and Window XP I have come across a very frustrating problem.

New system
HP Pavilion p7-1270t with Windows 7 installed

I have followed the instructions in SevenForums - Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP.

I shrunk my disk (in Win7) so now I have a Windows 7 partition and a XP Partition.
I did the slipstream so my SATA driver (Intel Express Chipset SATA AHCI Controller) was incorporated into the XP install (and I included SP3 after many different tries).

When I go to through the XP install and get to the select partition, I only see one partition, it is the entire size of the disk. I do not see any of the partitions that were created under Windows 7.

Any thoughts on what the problem is here?



A:Dual Boot - XP Install Not Showing All Windows 7 Partitions

It shows them ok from windows 7 in disk management ? Can you post a screeshot ?

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Hi everyone. Thanks in advance for any help you can give us!

My husband has a three-year-old hp pavillion zv5000, running Windows XP, but unfortunately I don't have much additional information about the system.

My husband was defragging his computer when it suddenly hibernated--perhaps due to a power surge?, He hit the power button, and it immediately went back into Windows and said that the defragging was complete. He kept working away, shut off the computer and went to bed.

The next morning he booted the computer and it went into a screen stating that Windows did not start successfully, and gave him the options of Safe Mode, Last Known Good Config or Start Normally.

When we hit Safe Mode, the computer lists files on partition(1)/windows, and then reboots. Last Known Config and Start Normally just without listing files reboots.

When we put the Recovery Disk in and chose to Repair the computer we get a message saying "The Recovery Console provides system repair and recovery functionality. Type EXIT to quite the Recovery Console and restart the computer" and then it goes immediately into the C prompt. I performed a CHKDSK, and it found one ore more errors on the volume.

When we opt to reinstall Windows it asks which partition we would like to install Windows onto (there is a partition, and a small unpartitioned space), and then only gives us the option to reformat the partition as it is too full, damaged, not formatted or formatted with an in... Read more

A:Windows XP won't boot, only gives option of reformatting/deleting partitions

Hello and welcome to the forum

You can take the hard drive out and temporarily attach it to a working PC to salvage files . . Once the files are salvaged, put the drive back in, boot from the XP install disc into the Repair Console and run chkdsk /r

If that does not get it going, try a Repair install:

These are good guides to performing a repair install


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Hello. My windows 7 just stopped booting last week, I tried booting it up from an OS USB. It started but then it restarted. The setup didn't get past 1% before it rebooted. I went in the BIOS to see if anything changed but everything was set up by default. I even tried to reformat the hard drive and I'm unable to format any drive when i click on a partition. I can't even delete then to do a CLEAN install. My last hope is what I'm doing now and that's creating a system image from my windows 8.1 system, put it on the computer that's having the problems, when it's finally back up, I reformat the hard drive to windows 7 Pro, and update the entire system with new hardware. Is that a good route to go?

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So I've been sitting up all morning now (06:00 AM) going nuts about this Windows installation and decided to ask for help.

I just got my new hard drive up and running and moved all my pictures/videos/music and steam games to my new one, then formatted the old one without thinking.

My Windows OS is installed to my SSD, I then changed the location of the user folders to the hard drive to save space and did various other changes. When I then formatted the hard drive I used to have everything on I messed up the registry and Windows is giving me error messages and behaving weird saying the location is incorrect etc. I tried manually changing the locations and it worked to a certain degree, but I'm still lacking most folders in the user library and I can't perform actions such as changing my user picture because the registry is broken now.

I decided the easiest way to deal with this would be to put my Windows CD in the tray, reboot my computer and change bios settings in order for it to boot from the CD and do a clean install of Windows (as I have done so many times before in my life.) However, it just keeps booting from the SSD over and over again, no matter what I try. I even disabled all other boot modes except CD-ROM, it won't work.

I am really frustrated now and would like some assistance. I have no idea why it wouldn't work now when it has worked so many times before. I would not like to hot-swap the SSD while the computer is running or anything like that in order... Read more

A:Windows refuse to boot from CD - can't reinstall Windows

This is why it's best to link your User folders by copying them to the data drive, then rightclicking each to add to the related Library - Include a Folder - Windows 7 Forums.

You can then delete the C User folder content once you confirm each one appears from the data drive in it's library.

For now I would try restoring the User folders to default location: User Folders - Restore Default Location - Windows 7 Forums. These are System files that don't much like being moved.

Try setting SSD to boot first, then trigger DVD to boot using one-time BIOS Boot Menu key given on first screen. Does it prompt to Press Any Key to boot DVD? If not then clean the DVD or burn another using ImgBurn at 4x speed. If that fails write the latest official ISO for your licensed version to flash stick using Universal USB Installer

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Hi, My Hard Disk Has 4 Partition:

C:\(For Windows 1) (40GB)
D:\(For Windows 2) (50gb)
E:\(My Backup Files) (50gb)
F:\(My Files) (80GB)

I want to install Windows 7 & Windows XP.

I have read Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP - Windows 7 Forums on how to install but it did not say which windows is better to install 1st & about two Partition installation instead it said i needed to create three partition C for boot D for win7 & E for Win XP.

Now i'm confused which windows to install 1st on which drive, I only want to install windows on Drive C & D.

Can anybody help me?

Thanks & Sorry for my bad English

A:How make Windows 7 & Windows XP Dual Boot

Had I been in place of you, I would have installed XP in C (as it requires comparatively less space) first. Then I would install windows 7 in D (running the installation DVD from xp loged on). It will make the dual boot menu automatically.

But if the Win 7 is a 64 bit one, the process would not work (because a 64 bit os does not open from a 32 bit system). Then Win 7 also is to be installed by booting from dvd, and a tool like easybcd will be needed to add bootloaders properly.

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I have a laptop that I have created 2 partitions on with a dual-boot configuration, both are Windows 7 Home Edition. Everything worked as desired until the primary partition's registry became corrupted (OK, I screwed it up). After spending a few days trying to fix it, I decided that there wasn't enough on it I wanted to save, so I just re-installed Windows 7 (as a new installation) on the (primary) partition. Everything seemed to work fine until I booted to the secondary partition and attempted to install an application on the C: drive (the application forces the location, so it wasn't by choice). It was then that I realized I have no access to create anything on that partition's C: drive. I have full rights to the primary partition's C: drive, just not the secondary, no matter which partition I boot to. Additionally, when I boot to the primary partition, I can see both, when I boot to the secondary, I don't see the primary. I have scoured the net for a solution and nothing has worked. I can't get access to take ownership, I can't change Security attributes, it is not set to Read-Only, it just comes back with the irritating "Access Denied" message whenever I try to create anything on that partition's C: drive.

Thanks in advance!

- Jim

A:Windows 7 Dual Boot Can't Access Inactive Partitions C: Drive

Post a snapshot of Disk Management:
To open Disk Management, press Windows key+r, type diskmgmt.msc and press Enter or click GO. Make it full screen.

Vista and Windows 7: How to Use the Snipping Tool in Vista - Vista Forums (says it's for Vista but also works with Win 7).

Once you have the image saved, click on the Paperclip Icon next to the Smiley Icon. In the Manage Attachments window, click Browse and navigate to where you saved the image and select it.
Click the Upload button.
Close the Manage Attachments window.
Click on the Paperclip Icon again and select the image you uploaded. It will be placed in your post.

Note: Do this from both booted partitions please.

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Hi there, I am not really new to all this but rather stuck on a knowledge level 10 years past ;-))I bought an ideapad 700 17ISK (used) that came with Windows 10 preinstalled.Since for the last decade and more I've been using Ubuntu, I wanted to stick with that and deceided to check wether it runs ok on the new notebook.I ran a Live-system and was quite pleased and decided to install it alongside the Windows installtion since I was curious and wanted to test that as well.I saw that the main partition sda5 was empty and used that one for installation and split it for data and swap.After installation I could not boot into my fresh ubuntu installation, neither acces the Windows 10 installation.Beforehand it always started with a message that some things had to be configured, now I get an error page saying my PC needs repair and that \Windows\system32\winload.efi was not foundAnd error code 0xc0000225 I tried several things like downloading Windows 10 images, running them from USB drive and running automated repair, trying different things from command prompt etc... Nothing helped, I think I'll need to reinstall Windows to get this going again But before buying the hilariously overpriced System Recovery media (Why doesn't Lenovo offer a .iso download for a reasonable price, that would save some money and get instant recovery!!) I'd like to know if I can not just install the .iso version of Windows 10 I downloaded from Microsoft?Will that give me a functioning Window... Read more

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Dual Boot W10 + W8.1 installs using 2 SSDs. Any thoughts on why there are less partitions on SSD install #2?

SSD 1 W10 (installed first) C Drive:

- Recovery
- System
- Reserved
- Primary

SSD 2 W8.1 (installed last)

- Reserved
- Primary

Am I right in saying that install/SSD 2 shared the (Recovery, System) UEFI boot partition and that this is not good if I remove SSD1?

How do you prevent this on SSD #2, by physically removing SSD #1 when installing OS #2?

Appreciate any help.

A:Windows 10 Dual Boot UEFI Missing or Shared Partitions on SSD2?

Yes, the only way to ensure that a clean install of Windows will not affect any other hard drives/SSDs with system partitions on them is to disconnect them when installing Windows to the drive you want it exclusively on. Unplugging either the data cable or the power cable is good enough.

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I own a Samsung Serie 5 laptop which currently runs Windows 8.1. I would like to do a clean install using the recovery media that was provided with the laptop. It's a UEFI PNY 16GB USB stick with recovery media on.

I have disabled password on boot and also disabled fast boot in order to make the boot from USB the top priority in regards to booting. These were all suggestions I found elsewhere on the internet (bar the priority one, pretty common sense!).

I then save the settings and restart only for it to seemingly boot normally.

I would greatly appreciate any help.



A:Cannot Boot from USB to Reinstall Windows

Normally there is a Fn key you can press top bring up the boot menu where you can choose what device to boot from. Try that. If no luck, what is the full model number of the Samsung Serie 5 laptop?

The online manual should help figure out what to do.

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Hi guys,

I'm trying to but up my laptop and I'm getting a blue screen of death:::

"A problem has been detected and Windows has been shut down to prevent
damage to your computer.

If this is the first time you've seen this Stop error screen restard your computer. If this screen appears again, follow these steps:

Disable or uninstall any anti-virus, disk defragmentation or backup utilities. Check your hard drive configuration and check for any updated drivers. Run CHKDSK /F to check for hard drive corruption, and then restart your computer.

Technical Information:

*** STOP: 0X0000024 (0X001901FD, 0X84DE57E0, 0XC0000032, 0X00000000)"

I'm running windows XP on a laptop and it won't even boot up in safemode!

Now the big problem I have is that the DVD drive on the laptop is damaged so I can not run the recovery CD. I have a USB DVD drive but ofcourse cause windows won't boot up I can't use that...

Any advice?

A:Windows XP won't boot up - Can not reinstall OS

You can enable boot from USB in you BIOS, then boot into the USB DVD drive. I would suggest repairing your OS, details can be found here.

:wave:Welcome to TechSpot:wave:

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I have a situation I've never encountered before. In the past, if the OS wouldn't boot I could use F8 and go into safe mode and do a System Restore, use last known good configuration or use start windows normally, eventually getting a reboot into Windows. If that failed, I could insert the installation disc or a repair disc, repairing the OS or getting into System Restore or doing a complete reinstall. None of these options have been successful.

The computer is a Dimension E-581 desktop running Vista Ultimate 32-bit and it's used by my stepson. The OS was installed in the English language. The language being used is Chinese Simplified, although as you know it can be switched back to English once Windows is up and running. I asked him if he downloaded any new software from China or if he clicked on a link in an email or instant message and he said that he had not so I'm ruling out malware as the cause of the problem. He told me that he mistakenly clicked on sleep instead of shut down and then, realizing his mistake, he held the power button in for appx. ten seconds, thinking he could reverse his choice of shutdown. He is illiterate when it comes to computers. I have not been able to boot into Windows since he did this yesterday.

Here's the situation; if I use F8 and click on Safe Mode, Last Known Good Configuration or Start Windows Normally a blue screen flashes for a fraction of a second, it goes to the Dell screen, Windows starts to boot and then I get the "Windows Er... Read more

A:Cannot Boot Into or Reinstall Windows

OK, here's where I'm at now: I took the side off the computer case and thoroughly cleaned the inside of all dust. I removed and reseated all the electrical connectors from the hard drive to the power source and motherboard, making sure the connections were solid. I also removed all the remaining electrical connectors and reseated them.

I found the Utility disc for the computer and since there is no utility partition on the computer I tried the utility disc, which I understand contains the same utilities as on a utility partition. The Utility disc, a short while after insertion, gave me the message "I/O error reading device EXTCD001". I then rebooted, hit F12 and did another hard drive diagnostic.The test showed "PASS" and it identified the model number of the WD hard drive.

I then tried booting from the Windows installation disc again and received a blue screen showing "Page_Fault_In_Nonpaged_Area, whatever that means, with the error code STOP: 0x00000050, 0x866C0000, 0x00000000, 0x88883843, 0x00000000". I also disabled driver signature enforcement to no avail. I acessed the Acronis Secure Zone by pressing F11 during a reboot and it showed a backup from January of 2011, which is apparently after I had done a fresh reinstall and then captured an image but it couldn't access it. I'm now running the Kaspersky Rescue disc associated with the computer. The only other option I have is to try using the actual Acronis TIH 2010 installation disc that I ... Read more

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Please can someone help. I'm trying to reformat my PC & reinstall Windows XP. I have the Windows disc & the PC is set to boot from CD but it won't, it just starts Windows normally if I boot up with the CD in the CD drive.
What can I do to make it boot from the CD so that I can format the hard drive & reinstall Windows on a clean system?
Thanks in anticipation for any suggestions.

A:PC Won't Boot From CD To Reinstall Windows XP

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About a month ago I had to reinstall Windows 7 Home Premium because it had the win64/sirefef virus. Security essentials would not work and neither would the windows firewall, etc.

I have the virus again somehow, but this time when I try to boot it into safe mode and do a system restore or back up my files I can't - it says windows restore won't work and there is a critical error and will restart in 1 minute (this happened last time as well except not in safe mode and I was able to do the restore - but the critical error was occurring in regular mode).

How do I backup my files (I have new files since the last time) and reinstall without the discs?

Thank you so much - info. is needed ASAP!

A:Need to Reinstall Windows 7 - cannot boot

Forgot to mention it's a Sony Vaio.

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A couple weekends ago when I was using my laptop, I fell asleep and awoke to find that it had turned itself off. I rebooted it to find that after the BIOS screen, nothing happened: I just got a blank screen with a cursor. I have seen this thread but unlike the fellow there, I had no problems at all just doing a clean install from a USB drive, as I'd done the same only a week or two before and didn't exactly have much data to lose. The install went completely fine, including the two restarts required, right up to the "Welcome" screen after connecting to a network, upon which it went to "Shutting down", did so, and I was once again back where I'd started, with the blank screen and flashing, immobile cursor and nothing else. I've tried re-creating my bootable USB drive, and the sfc /scannow command in Windows Repair options wouldn't run, saying that I have a process already running that requires Windows to restart (which I can't do, and which doesn't go away even after yet another reinstall). I've tried reformatting and recreating the partition (I have just the one) before installing as well.

The laptop is fairly old: a four-year old Acer Aspire:
Pentium Core 2 Duo 2.0 GHz
Nvidia 7000 (256 MB)

All I know off the top of my head; will give more info if it's needed. Because I was able to install Windows 7 completely right up to the Welcome screen after which my desktop should have been prepared, I don't think this is a hard drive issue. W... Read more

A:Windows won't boot, even after reinstall

This time follow the steps to get a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
starting with downloading and burning to DVD or writing to flash stick the latest official installer.

But add the step of wiping the HD with Diskpart Clean Command from installer command line before beginning the install.

If the failure persists try entering Device Manager during install to disable any erroring devices so install will complete and you can update them from the desktop: Device Manager - Access During Windows 7 Installation

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Hi peeps I recently upgraded my computer to windows 10 and everything was working fine. Except once in a while the computer would freeze and shut down while i was playing a game, mostly.  And recently it did it again while i was playing. But this time when i started up it went into "system recovery" i think its called. Anyway i think i made a lot of bad decisions in system recovery and now i have a formatted harddrive a reset bios and im wanting to reinstall windows 10. Last time i did the installation, i did it from an external harddrive so thats what im trying. But when i start the pc it loads (with some trash on the loaing screen) and then it goes black after the windows splash screen.  I'm not good with computers so this might be a simple problem, but i was thinking maybe my graphics card is fried and needs to be changed?  Also, the computer will start the windows 10 installer if i disconnect the harddrive. So i tried disconnecting it and connecting it when i was in the windows 10 installer but then it wouldn't install windows on that harddrive. Any help would be greatly appreciated. 

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A few days ago windows decided not to boot, the night before all I did was put it to sleep which I have not had any problems with previously. I tried the recovery tool which failed, there apparently was no system image I could revert back to, along with no automatic or manual backups. I then tried to reinstall windows both with deleting my files and saving my files neither of which worked. I have also tried reinstalling with a custom setup but it says that windows cannot be installed on the drive it was on before and to ensure that the disks controller is enabled.
After some research I went into the bios and changes the drive controller from AHCI to IDE and tried the custom install again, still getting the same message. I changed it back to be safe and tried once again but still no luck to be had.

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I did a dual boot install of Win7 and XP on separate HDDs. Plugged in one drive installed XP with F6 AHCI drivers. Then plugged in 2nd drive and installed Win7, loaded AHCI drivers from USB flash. Everything went great, no need for any EasyMBR tool. I would turn on computer and get boot option for Win7 or Earlier Version.....and still had access to all restore points in Win7.

Reason for reinstall - I was having problems getting rid of everything related to Nero, wiped some things out of registry that I guess XP needed and it would not start all the way. I tried to run a repair on XP and it worked, but lost my boot option for Win7.
Fine, I thought I'll just reinstall both OS's again since it was so easy the 1st time. XP installed with no problem.
I booted up with the Win7 cd, chose the Custom/Advanced Option
High lighted the old partition and deleted it
Chose New from unallocated space and went with the recommended size of about 114442 MB (120GB SSD)
Clicked format and the blue wheel spun for 5 seconds and stopped (Problem 1)
Clicked load drivers and browsed to the USB flash card that has the AHCI drivers on it
Chose the same folder as the first time I did the dual boot without a hitch, got error message (problem 2)

Problem 1 - Why is it not formatting for more than 5 seconds, should take at least 45 minutes from what I remember?
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A:Can't reinstall windows 7 on dual boot with XP

Why would you reinstall both OS"s after XP was repaired but you only lost the WIn7 boot? All you needed to do was install EasyBCD to XP to add WIn7 back to the Boot Menu? Or Mark Win7 Partition Active
then run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times until Win7 starts and then add XP using EasyBCD. Takes 5 minutes.

You're attempting to apply XP methods to the Win7 install which no longer apply: Quick Format is all that's used during install, and there is no need to add storage drivers as they are all in the installer. In fact a prompt for drivers during 7 install almost always means a bad installer.
Troubleshoot Windows 7 Installation Failures - Windows 7 Help Forums

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I'm hoping someone can help me with this since it been driving me crazy. I recently installed Windows 7 professional and had some problems with my first install, so I decided to reinstall. In the course of getting everything working on the the second install the Windows Boot Manager comes up everytime I turn on the computer.

It is very strange because:
I have only Windows 7 installed on my computer and no other OS.
The only selection is one instance of Windows 7 (I know sometimes when you reinstall the same OS will be listed twice, this is not the case for me)
there is no countdown timer to automatically start windows. I have to press the enter key or it just stays there.

Other than that, windows 7 is working fine for me. It is very annoying since I sometimes leave the computer after I turn it on and when I'm back it still is on the Boot Manager.

These are the things I have tried to get it working:
I've went to msconfig-->Boot Tab and looked to see if there was a more than one OS listed. There is only one instance of Windows 7 listed.
I went to my computer properties-->advanced system settings-->advanced and set the boot manager to not run, but it still comes up even after I change this setting
I also tried reinstalling windows 7 twice. Once with just formatting the partition. Once with deleting the partition and recreating it before the install.

This is very frustrating. Can someone help!!!

A:Windows 7 Boot Manager comes up even after reinstall

You needed to wipe the HD before reinstall: SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

Try installing EasyBCD 2.0 to remove the extra Win7 listing on the Edit Boot Menu tab. Welcome to EasyBCD 2.0! — The NeoSmart Files

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hi! Yesterday I reinstalled Windows 10 on my Lenovo u430P. Through the installation I installed Kubuntu 18.04. because of problems with Windows installation. After Linux I could installed Windows 10 1803 and it works fine. The problem is, that it starts very very slow (I see text "Lenovo" for around 1 minute). Before that my computer boot in around 12 sec. Whats goin on? What I should do? Regards!

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Hi, I woke up this morning to find my internet wasn't working on my computer. As my computer is the main computer in my connections, and the router was showing the internet was still connected, I restarted my computer. After the restart, my computer would load as normal, past the screen where I can choose to go into BIOS, ect. Then it asks which OS I would like to boot from, (Windows Recovery Console or Windows XP). Upon choosing Windows XP the screen goes black and nothing happens. I've waited for over an hour just incase. I have went into BIOS and chose boot from cd, put the windows xp cd in, but the computer will only boot right back to the screen asking me to choose an OS. I don't get the option to press a(ny) key to load from cd or anything like that. I've never had a problem reinstalling windows on this computer before, so now I'm not sure what to do. Is there anyway to possibly boot from cd from the Recovery Console ? I've been going at this trying to figure out a way to just get the comp to load so that I can wipe the disk, but I'm at a loss now so I'm hoping someone can help.


I've also tried booting from safe mode, but upon choosing that it goes back to the choose what OS to load, (while informing me at the bottom of the screen in blue writing that it will be in safe mode), but instead of just a black screen upon loading, this time it goes to a black screen with 3 lines written:

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A:Cannot boot from cd-drive to reinstall windows xp

1. check to make sure that your CD is set to the the first boot drive in BIOS.

2. check this article out and see if it helps any

You may have a corrupted boot loader

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Okay so a few hours ago my ASUS laptop suddenly crashed and I had to reset it. Then it went to a "preparing automatic repair" loop where it goes to "preparing automatic repair" for a few minutes, screen goes black, goes to windows 8 loading screen, then BSOD so fast for me to see the actual error and to the ASUS logo then back to "preparing automatic repair". It won't even go to advanced startup options and there isn't way to get it to Windows 8 apparently. I decided to just reinstall the OS so I inserted the Windows 8 bootable disk in my DVD drive. It goes up to "press any key to boot from CD or DVD..." Screen then goes black for a few seconds and goes to the windows 8 loading screen, then after a few minutes goes black for another few minutes then BSOD and restarts again going back to the ASUS logo. I tried to change the boot option properties in BIOS even. I have no idea what to do at this point and it's very exhausting.
EDIT: I found the BSOD error to be 0x000021a

A:Fails to boot Windows 8 on DVD, can't reinstall OS

unplug all usb devices from your laptop

restart computer in safemode if possible

If youre able to get in, copy important files to an external media

scan foir viruses, scan for harddisk errors

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Title says it all. I have the product key to my Laptop, on the bottom, but the laptop was pre-owned by my Brother and he no longer has the boot disk to it. Recently someone trying to update my computer completely removed the Windows 7 it was running on and installed a pirated version which, of course, messed up. I ended up having to install Linux (Ubuntu 14.04) just to get it operational.
Linux is alright but a bit too confusing and complicated for me. And it also doesn't run the programs I need it to run. So after about a month or two of trial and testing just to see if maybe I could get to like it I've decided it's just too frustrating for me to get my work done on. So I tried reinstalling Windows 7 using the product key on the bottom.
Thats where I hit the error:
The product key you entered appears to be for software pre-installed by the device manufacturer. Please contact the device manufacturer for software recovery options.
I've tried googling ways to get around this with no help. And I can't afford a disk. Or a new key. Both are way beyond my budget. Which is pretty much... nothing. Is there a way around this?
The original OS was Windows 7 Home Premium.
Please help!

A:Need to reinstall Windows 7 but I have no boot disk! Please help!

Does it , or did it have a Recovery Partition , if so go to the manufacturers website for that PC Model and follow the instructions to do a Recovery.
If not , you will have to contact the manufacturer { Being an OEM Version } and request the required disc`s , at a possible cost.
Or unfortunately buy Windows 7 again.

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Hello all. I have a dell xps 8100 computer. I recently yesterday got a message that i found out is a virus. Its the one with the FBI page where it ask you to pay 200 dollars to unlock your computer. Well that page kept being there so then i system restore it and well that page isn't there anymore.

However... right now i cannot access my computer in regular mode. Only thing is safe mode. The other thing is i wanted to clean and reinstall my computer for a while but never did it.

However... I want to wipe out everything on hard drive. I see that page where it shows it here on the forum.... however... i cannot even access that page. I keep getting the message

clean is not allowed on the disk containing the current boot while on safe mode. Then right now... after closing and opening my computer multiple times... i get an error message and my comptuer can't even boot at all. Even when i put in my windows 7 cd in to reinstall and just forget about wiping it out... I cannot do this.

Can someone please help me?

A:Windows 7 Reinstall Help Can't Even Boot Computer

Do you have your computer set to boot to DVD/CD drive in your BIOS?

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 Hello, I recently reinstalled by laptop due to a faulty install of windows 8 which made me unable to start my pc and it got stuck in a bootloop. The reinstall was succesfull. However, when starting up I have to pick an operating system which means that I have two installed versions of windows on my harddrive. The first one works, the second one doesnt and shows a winload.efi missing error. I've tried removing the second install but so far I have been unsuccesfull, does anyone have any tips on how to remove that install without removing the working one?  I have added a picture of the OS-picking screen and of my harddrive partitioning. Thanks  

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Hello, My T-480 came with Windows installed on the 128 GB Toshiba drive. I would like to reconfigure the system with Windows on the 512 GB Samsung drive and a Linux distro on the 128 GB Toshiba drive. What is the best way to achieve this goal without driver issues or Lenovo tools issues when reinstalling Windows please? I created a Windows Recovery disk and hoped I could trick it in doing a system reset on the Toshiba drive by manipulating the boot order in the BIOS but that made no difference. Any help would be greatly appreciated. George

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