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How do I reinstall windows 7 if I've lost the reinstall disk?

Q: How do I reinstall windows 7 if I've lost the reinstall disk?

Title says it all. My computer is very sick and I've received an error message today saying windows must be reinstalled, insert the reinstallation dvd. I don't have that disk anymore though I do still have the product key.

What should I do?

Preferred Solution: How do I reinstall windows 7 if I've lost the reinstall disk?

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

A: How do I reinstall windows 7 if I've lost the reinstall disk?

You may need to buy a new one. Do you have a recovery partition on your hard drive?

That is a very strange message, though. Are you sure you're not infected? Where and when did you see such a message?

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My daughter is in college and her computer's hard drive has given out, including the partition containing the system backup. I had a HDD that I wasn't using, so I gave it to her. Unfortunately, she has misplaced the reinstall cds (Windows XP Home) that came with her computer (eMachines T3990). My son has a Dell Dimension 2400 that also has XP Home installed on it. He still lives at home, so I know exactly where his installation disk is. My question is: Will his XP install CD work for her eMachines even though the disk says to only use it to reinstall Windows on a Dell computer? If so, I could then just download the drivers from the web. I just don't know whether an OS disk that came with a Dell computer contains Dell specific files on it that would cause it not to work properly on another brand of computer, or if it's just a regular XP OS disk with Dell's name on it. I purchased both of these computers for my kids to use mainly for school, and we are all in the same household, so I hope you don't consider this a violation of your illegal activity clause, because I simply can't afford to buy another computer.

A:Solved: Lost reinstall disk

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My aunt is having some problems with her PC, and I'm hoping that I can fix it without a reformat. Mostly because she does not have a recovery disc. Her computer was given to her by a friend, but he kept all the OS discs and has subsequently moved away.

We do have her serial number. She's running XP Home. I have an XP Pro CD, but I have a feeling that it's not going to help.

Does anyone know of a way to get a replacement installation CD? Or if it's possible to repair Home from a Pro CD?


A:Lost Windows CD, how to reinstall?

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I know that there are lots of posts on this, but none have helped.

The computer says that everything is working fine, but there is no sound from either the headphone jack or the speakers.

Recently reinstalled windows xp.

Dell Dimension 4600

From the dell site I have reinstalled the drivers for chipset, bios, and audio. Nothing has worked. There are no conflicts that can be seen. Nothing is on mute.

there are 2 audio drivers that I installed:

SoundMax Integrated Audio
Creative Labs

I think that Soundmax is the main one, but neither of them is producing sound.

I have followed all directions from

the website computerhope issues ch000208.htm

with no luck.

A:Lost sound after reinstall of windows xp

See if Windows reports any problem devices

Make sure all your devices are connected and powered on
Click Start->Run, enter: msinfo32. Click the + sign next to Components to expand it
Click Problem Devices. Anything appear?
If yes, click on it, Ctrl-A to select all, Ctrl-C to copy it, Ctrl-V to paste into next post

Generate a DirectX report

click Start->Run, enter dxdiag
Notice progress in lower left window corner
When done, click Save Information button and save to your Desktop
In TechSpot, use the paper clip icon to attach the reports. (If you don't see icon you may need to first cick Go Advanced)


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I have a Dell Studio 15 and have replaced the hard drive as the old one went kaput!
I cannot find the installation disc, how do I go about reinstalling windows without it?



A:Reinstall Windows with lost disc

If you are within your warranty period you can click the link below to request backup media disc for the US/Canada/UK. For other countries please contact Dell Support in your area. If your warranty has ended you can click the other link to purchase recovery media.
Request Backup Media Disk-US/Canada Only
Purchase Recovery Disk

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Hello, I recently reinstalled windows from Home Premium 32-bit to Ultimate 64-bit.
All was okay, except the fact that I could not connect to my home wifi. It asked me for a password, I typed it in, then it asked me for it again, but this time it inmediatly said that it was invalid. Other responses i?ve had are Network security mismatch, windows cannot connect to the network...
I?ve tried many different things, such as installiing the 32-bit version of Ultimate, updating drivers, and i cant connect to the wirelles.
My wifi card is a Conceptronic C300i, http://www.conceptronic.net/files/C300RI.pdf.
I would really appreciate it if someone could help me!

A:Windows 7 reinstall-lost wireless effectiveness.

Welcome to the Seven Forums.

I'm going to suggest a rather generic set of troubleshooting steps:

open Network and Sharing Center
click on Manage Wireless Networks
right click on each network name listed and select Remove network from the context menu
restart the computer and try to connect to your Wireless Access Point again

If that does not fix things - there are a few other things that we can try - like uninstalling the network adapter and re-instaling it.......

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ok so i pretty much wiped my hard drive clean and like a fool i do not have a disk to restart up the programs. i cannot get on the internet and all the icons that i have on my screen are large looks like the computer is in safe mode and it is not.... also the picture is all like dots really really bad graphics what did i do and how do i fix it? i need my computer restored back help!nachelle14 at yahxx.cxmMod Edit: email address altered to foil spambots. X's instead of O's ~Animal

A:Reinstall Windows No Disk

Sounds like one thing you need is you monitor driver reinstalled. Either find the disk that came with your monitor or go the manufacturer's website and get the software (obviously on a different computer). Don't know about your internet, you will probably need to reinstall the software from your Internet Provider, and you will probably need your username and password.

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Windows 7 needs to be reinstalled but no disk, Could an xp or vista disk be used and then the person upgrade to 7

A:Reinstall win 7 with other Windows OS disk?

Use this tutorial Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 there is a link to the ISO you can download and make a DVD.


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Hi I have seen a few windows 7 home reinstall,recover,repair disk from two companies
1 mycdshack & the other solutions4issues. does anybody know anything about them or are they just scams
Thank you Alan

A:windows reinstall disk

You can download your version here,

Windows 7 Direct Download Links

Free, and direct from the source.

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I have a gaming PC and I'm going to wipe it clean using DBAN, put in an SSD and reinstall Windows on it with all of my files and games/programs going onto my 1TB HDD. However I do not have a disk for Windows 8 to reinstall from.

When I built the PC I bought a Windows 7 Home Premium disk, and then when Windows 8 was released I paid Microsoft ?15 for a digital download upgrade to Windows 8. So how would I go about reinstalling this on my SSD without a disk? Surely there must be a way?


A:Can I reinstall Windows 8.1 without a disk?

With the Samsung SSD from the other thread, it should come with the migrating software and cable. If not the software can be download from Samsungs website you might be able to get the cable as well. I know some Samsung SSD's come with all of it, you'll pay a bit more but you'll just have to look for it.

If the migration route is not an option you can use the 7 disk to clean install with and then use your digital upgrade to move it to windows 8. If it doesn't activate for you, a quick call to MS and explain the move to the SSD and MS should activate over the phone for you.

Other wise I'd would just bite the bullet and buy a retail copy of windows 8.1.1. This way you can move it to what ever system you want...no questions asked.

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how do i get it back? my total disk space in c is 37.28 gb. i had 80% free space in c before i did a clean reinstall as my hubby messed up something. im now down to 69% free space. what happened to it? the computer is working fine and i know windows xp home sp2 uses a lot of space but this is a puzzle to me. any suggestions welcomed. ive cleaned the disk and defragged but it didnt give me back much free space. i thought a clean reinstall is supposed to wipe everything out and put you back to brand new.

A:lost free space in drive c after windows xp reinstall

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Hello. I want to reinstall Windows 98SE on my Gateway Select 700 and I've somehow LOST my Gateway restore CD. Gateway told me that I'd need to download all the drivers from their website. Trouble is, I'm a newbie to all of this, and the driver list for the MB and BIOS look so similar that I have NO CLUE what to download. The last thing I want to do is assume I have the correct drivers, reinstall windows, then find that the drivers don't work!! I have the drivers for my sound card, vid card, ethernet card, mouse, and modem. What else is left? I could care less about the software that Gateway shipped either. I don't want it. I have all the disc's to all the software I need. PLUS, I'm gonna back my system up w/ my RW drive. I'm VERY VERY nervous about doing all this, and I need advice and help BAD. My CPU is an Athlon 700. I'm not sure what kind of motherboard I have. Can someone please give me the "bottom line" on how this has to work?? Thanks a million!!!!


A:Windows Reinstall Question. Lost Restore disc!!!

Sounds to me like you have everything you need. The motherboard and bios doesn't need drivers anymore and if so you could obtain them off of the internet just by going to the motherboard manufacturers website. Just format the HD and reinstall a new operating system to it.

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Can someone help with installation when I cannot logon to my PC. I have the necessary disks due to a spyware virus that crashed my pc. Thanks.

A:Reinstall Windows XP Home From Disk

Are you trying to reinstall your OS?
Load you WinXP Home CD in your drive and configured your boot to CD/DVD.
Then start the installation..

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Just out of curiosity, I have the disks for loading my computer (seven of them). Ordered them from HP when you got them for free. Anyway, I also have them partitioned on the hard drive, came installed. If my computer would ever crash (in other words, not start at all by clicking f8 etc. would it be O.K. to use the disks?

A:partition or disk for reinstall of Windows

Anyone have any ideas on this subject. If it ever happens, don't want to screw up system.

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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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Hi, I need to do in-place reinstall on my Latitude E6520. But my dell didn't come with Windows dvd.
How do I obtain one from DELL?

Also, my service tag results in telling me that I have DP4 warranty till 2014. Still I am unable to chat with technical support. I get the following error upon entering my service tag:
"Our records indicate that your system is registered to a different region. If you believe you've received this messaging in error, please confirm you've entered your service tag correctly. For example, try using the number 0 vs. the letter O or the letter B vs. the number 8.
Traveling outside your home country with a Dell laptop that is included in the Dell International Services Program? Click here<ADMIN NOTE: Broken link has been removed from this post by Dell>to find support and service resources for your destination country."

What does this mean??

A:[In-place reinstall] Windows 7 64-bit SP1 OWM disk

Hi speedbooster,
The Operating system re-installation media is not shipped with the system. The system is shipped with a recovery partition (loaded with system's original factory image). This image is used to do a factory reset, in the event of Windows corruption. Also, you need to create a recovery media when you receive the system for future use. You may refer to the link http://dell.to/1aAfi6p for steps on restoring the system back to 'Factory Settings'.
Note: Please backup the data, as this process leads to data loss.
Hope this helps. Please reply if you have any questions.

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I got the blue BIOS screen on my samsung computer and tried to reinstall windows 8.1 with a disc. Now computer says that the disk is locked and that I need to unlock it to continue, but I have no idea how to do it.
Please help!! I dont know anything about computers and don't have the money to go buy another one.

Than you very much for your help and time

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: AMD E-350 Processor, AMD64 Family 20 Model 1 Stepping 0
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 1770 Mb
Graphics Card: AMD Radeon HD 6310 Graphics, 256 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 223012 MB, Free - 97571 MB;
Motherboard: Acer, Aspire 5253
Antivirus: Total Defense Anti-Virus Plus, Updated and Enabled

I started with my had drive not working. I could not get into windowd 7. So I bought a new hard drive but I cannot finiish restoring Windows 7. It hangs at "installing drivers (54%)".

I own a gateway DX-4840-07. Here is the link : http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6336134

This is the hard drive I bought : http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=744346

I could use some help. I have some computer knoledge but not a lot.

Thank you.


A:Cannot reinstall windows 7 on new hard disk.

May be your restore files/media is corrupted. Try installing clean copy of w7 using your key and then attempt to restore file from your backup.

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Hello everyone!
I recently built my own pc from scratch and installed Windows 7 Professional on my 250GB SSD. After having quite some trouble configuring what to have on my SSD and what to install on my 1TB HDD, then getting the update loop (every time it shuts down it keeps installing the same set of 15 updates) and a bunch of random folders appearing on my HDD, I decided I most likely did something wrong and opted for a clean install.
However, once having wiped the HDD (my E drive) and inserting the windows cd and entering the setup, it won't let me.
Upon selecting my SSD (Disk 0 Partition 2), I get an error message saying I can't install windows to this disk because it has an MBR partition table and on EFI systems Windows can only be installed to GPT disks.
The partitions present in the list are
Disk 0 Partition 1: System Reserved 100.0MB with 68.0MB free space (System)
Disk 0 Partition 2 232.8 GB with 122.5 GB free space (Primary)
Disk 1 Partition 1 128.0 MB with 128.0 MB of free space (MSR Reserved)
Disk 1 Partition 2: New Volume 931.4 GB with 931.4 GB of free space (Primary)
Now I'm most likely missing something obvious, this is my first build and first clean install of Windows, but if anyone could tell me how to proceed that would be much appreciated.
Thank you

A:Reinstall on SSD: Windows cannot be installed to this disk

When you are at the screen to choose which drive to install os to there is a advanced option in the bottom right.  Select that and then choose the two partitions on the ssd and delete them.  It will automatically combine the two now free space, and from there select the sdd and choose to install to that!  Sorry if that explanation is kind of vague but I am not sure how to explain that better!  
Hope that helps!

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My laptop won't boot correctly. It says windows is loading files then always ends up with just a black screen and a cursor. Not being incredibly good with computers myself, I took my laptop to someone who is and they told me that windows was corrupted. This was after trying in just about every way possible to get it to boot and failing. I tried to reinstall windows with the partition and I couldn't get it to do that. I was told that the hard drive was also corrupted. So I tried to reinstall it from the disk. It says to insert boot media and press any key, which I did, but it doesn't take me to the window where I select a language. It just goes right to windows is loading files then a black screen with a cursor. I can't get anywhere else. I would like to try to fix this myself but I can't find anything else to try. I decided to post a new thread after reading most of the other ones related to this topic and failing to find a solution.

A:Can't reinstall Windows 7 from disk on laptop

Have you tried another Installation CD or media? What about formatting the HDD first which requires you to get into DOS or a third party program. Hiren CD has the programs to do this.

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My computer came "pre-installed" with Windows XP Home eons ago and I wish to reformat HD and reinstall XP because things have really slowed down.

I went back to manufacturer requested and paid $20 for what I hoped was a complete XP disk, but got another Recovery pr backup CD with SP 2 added. Oh a bonus, why thank you.

Sorry but I've done a search and haven't found anything yet convincing me I can fulfill this task by using the Recovery disk just as well. Is it really better to do installation with full XP disk or using recovery should do the trick as well?

I havn't found a site that I feel comfortable with that could do this?

Any experts have good site recommendation for reinstall with recovery disk, or should I still pursue getting the real XP CD?

A:Reinstall Windows XP using Recovery disk

Often that is what you get from a manufacturer. The Recovery CD puts the computer back the way it came from the factory. All the drivers and programs get put back as well. It saves the time of having to install the OS then install any required additional drivers, then install any added programs.

But rather than taking any future guesses, why not ask the manufacturer exactly what the recovery cd's will do.

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i think I got a nasty virus on my computer which was slowing it down really bad. I talked with someone who told me to try and wipe my hard drive with kill disk and when I try to install windows xp home, or pro I get these messages when I hit install or the up arrow key to try and partian an area. I got this message before I did the wipe too when I was trying to just format my hard drive or just boot from the xp disk and reinstall xp. I got some different variations of these messages but I always get them.

stop: 0x0000050 (0xbf2941a8, 0x00000000,0xf84c6f3e, 0x00000002)

setupdd.sys - address f84c6f3e base at f84a200000, datestamp 3d6dd67f.

if someone can help great, I am hoping I have not completely destroyed my computer.

thank you

A:used kill disk and can't reinstall windows xp

I would say you somehow messed the HD up.

Have a look at this.

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Hi there, had to reinstall windows 10 on P1 thinkpad. Seems like I lost bunch of lenovo specific functionality.  Particularly, the middle click of the touchpad buttons don't work anymore.  I noticed the thinkpad tab under additional settings > mouse properties is missing all together.  How do I get these back?  

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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 need to reinstall my computer's Windows 10 OS. Should I save the OS on the Rescue Disk? If the OS is bad and I save it to the Rescue Disk, won't the bad OS be re-installed? Also, will the Rescue Disk work without the OS being on the disk? Thanks in advance to any and all replies?

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I have got virus on my i want to format PC and reinstall operating system

A:how to format hard disk and reinstall windows XP

If you have the Windows XP Disc, just insert it in your CD-ROM and restart your computer. When your computers restarts it should have a key to press for boot menu, select it to boot from the CD. The Windows installation should start, just delete the partition and install a fresh copy of windows.

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Hello to all,I just want to ask a help for those who are skilled in Installing and Formatting Windows 7 Pro,My Computer is running in Windows 7 Professional 32BIT,after many months that I used my computer, I feel that my computer is in risk because some error/appcrash etc appear.Some .dll files can't be found when i open my PC.Even the antivirus is affected,my antivirus wont start in the startup when i open my PC,even if I try to scan my Hard Disc ,the antivirus wont run and it is not responding,even if I reinstall my antivirus or install new antivirus same problems are occuring. Because of this I decide to Format my PC and reinstall it again,My Hard Disk is a 500GB and it separated in two(Partition) The Local Disk C:and the Local Disk D:, The Windows 7 Pro installed in Local Disk C:,I decided just to format the Local Disc C: where the Windows 7 installed,I choose not to format Local Disk D:because my Important files are there.Well guyz, My big problem is on how to format the local disk C:and reinstall Windows 7 Again..That's All,Please Help me for those who can Help Advanced Thank You and God Bless,More Tutorials to come

A:How can I Format the Local Disk(c:) And Reinstall Windows Again?

Well i am gonna take a stab here. I am not shore what your asking, do you know how to format in bios? Cause you said you chose to format local disk c, but then you ask how to format local disk c after that, so i am litlle confused on what you want to know.If you want to know how to format in bios and never done it before look at step 1, otherwise skip it.

1. First make shore you have ALL the original disks you need for your pc drivers ex: Motherboard,gfx card,windows cd and so on. Secondly make shore you backed up any files or folders you want to keep or re-add later after format,and store them on an external hdd or a cd or so on. Allso keep in mind if you format for the first time, note that you will loose ALL your data on the formatted drive and will have to reinstall everything that used that drive. So if you have say a drawing programe installed on "d",but the pics and work and so on are saved to "c" you will loose them and in some cases the programs or files wont work on "d" after formatting c, beacuse the "path" was in "c" and is now missing. Hope this makes sence, i am no expert.

Now to format. When you start the pc and the black screen or your motherboard logo comes on press "delete" key on the keyboard, this will take you into the bios, depending on the bios this will look different on each motherboard,but look for a tab calle boot or boot settings at the top of the pannel, go to it and search for boot pri... Read more

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I don't have a dell computer but I want to know if I can reinstall windows xp with a windows xp reinstall cd that says "for dell pcs only"?

A:Reinstalling Windows Cp With A Dell Reinstall Disk

I highly doubt it will work at all

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I'm posting this cause maybe it could be helpful to anybody in the same situation that I was.

After events in my Z930, I decided to reinstall my Laptop to Out-Of-Box state. In my first time I was given an error, which I couldn't understand, so I did this in the second attempt:

1. Get in Bios and set the SATA CONTROL MODE to COMPATIBILITY
2. Erase all SSD, data, partitions, sectors...etc ALL

The second attempt was sucessful!

A:Got error using recovery disk to reinstall Windows 7

Usually if the problem is SATA option solution should not be BIOS option change but SATA driver load before Win7 installation starts. With enabled SATA option (not compatibility mode) the HDD will work properly and with full performance.

Your solution is just workaround and some kind of temporary solution.

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I have just bought HP pavilion G6 notebook.
It came with pre-installed Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit, recovery disk of 14 gb and C: Hard drive of 451 gb.

I have made 3 recovery disks(DVDS) using "Recovery Media creation".
I Want to Reinstall Windows 7 because

1)want to get rid of recovery disk of 14gb.
2)want to do partition because without partition my system is really slow.

I want to reinstall Windows 7 using these 3 DVDs.
Can anybody please help me

That would be so nice of you.
Thanks in advance !

A:how can i reinstall windows 7 using recovery disk DVDS?

Welcome to Windows Seven Forums.

1. If you recover your system using the recovery discs you have created, all you do is recover it to exactly as it was when you first bought it, which means you will still have a recovery partition.

2. Whenever you want to carry out a factory recovery, using the recovery partition is a lot quicker than using your recovery discs.

3. If you want a clean Windows 7 free of HP's bloatware you need a Windows DVD to install from. If it is the same version as the one currently installed you can use the product key that is attached to the outside of your laptop.

Clean Install : Factory COA Activation Key

Partition size or the number of partitions has no bearing on your computer's performance so you need to investigate other reasons why your computer is slow.

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I was hit by "Ransomewear". I refused to pay and they wiped 2 of my computers (one I have gotten up and running, the other I am locked out of as my password no longer works and I was not smart enough to make a password disk when I first bought the 2nd computer). My son looked at them, says the virus is still on the one he can get in to, and the only way to get it off is by formatting the disk and reloading my Windows 7.  He hopes that having the original disk will allow us access to the other computer. I have all of the required serial numbers and Windows 7 product keys., but since I bought both of these from HP, Microsoft says I need to go to HP to get the disk(s).  I have tried everything I can to get through to HP, but just can't get anywhere.  Can anyone out there help me get a new set of Windoes 7 disks so I can get things "back to normal" (not that I ever will as I lost all of my data and programs and what I have backed up on a portable hard-drive I would be reluctant to load on the "clean" computer as it could contain the virus). Any help anyone can offer is GREATLY appreciated! Thank you, Jeff

A:I need a complete windows 7 disk to reinstall on my HP Pavil...

Hi, Jeff: That site only works for retail product keys.  The key on your PC is for an OEM system (installed by HP). I don't see that HP sells recovery disks for your PC. This site claims to have genuine, unadulterated W7 ISO files for download. https://www.heidoc.net/joomla/technology-science/microsoft/67-microsoft-windows-iso-download-tool Click on the link labeled Windows ISO Downloader.exe You can use either the: Win 7 Home Premium SP1 or the (Retail version, but the OEM key on your PC's case will work with it) Win 7 Home Premium SP1 COEM (This version would be for what HP would have used--System Builder) N is for European countries. K is for South Korean markets. You can use this tool to transfer the ISO file to a 4 GB USB flash drive or DVD. https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/windows-usb-dvd-download-tool Otherwise, you can purchase a recovery disk set for your PC from this non-HP vendor at the link below... http://www.computersurgeons.com/p-16881-recovery-kit-533088-zh6-for-hp-model-number-p6210t.aspx

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I had a virus on my Dell Precision 5810, removed it using Malwarebytes, however continued to have misc problems. Decided to just wipe the hard drive using the Windows 7 SP1 64 Bit disk. I am doing the basic-hit F12 on start up, choose run from CD, files load properly, however when it gets to the step on picking which partition to use it says there are no available drives. Usually at this step I would choose the already used partition delete it, create new and be on my way. Is there something that would be causing the C drive to be hidden? I can run the Windows 7 install when I am already logged in and it will give me the option to delete the files but says it will keep the old files as windows.old.  I am not sure if this will give me the same result as running it from the CD at startup. I want to make sure there are no remnants of the prior installation.
Thank you for your help!

A:Windows 7 Reinstall after virus will not see available disk drive

The problem occurs because Windows does not have the storage controllers on the install disk. See this Dell thread. You need to download the correct storage drivers and put them on the root of a USB flash drive. At the windows showing Load Driver, click the link and it will load the drivers off the flash drive. Don't put the exe file on the flash drive. You need to extract the files from the exe file.

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I made 3 recovery CDs back when i first bought this computer. I want to install a new drive on the computer so i installed the new drive and now i am running CD1. I get Windows is Loading..... Windows splash screen....and a blue screen that has an hourglass pointer..REPEAT. Been like this for 30+minutes, dont think this is going to work. My question is this, maybe i had a bad CD, who knows. If not, do i need to format the drive first? I know Windows does this when you first install. Or do i need to partition the drive? I know HP recovery wants to put the image on a hidden partition so maybe that is it? Possible the CDs work if the original drive crash, but doesnt work if i install a new drive.

A:Reinstall Windows 7 from Recovery Disk Pavilion Slimline s53...

@auxiliary1 Is the new drive the same capacity as the old drive? If it is larger, that is OK, but if it is smaller, than can cause problems in the restore. Also, the restore reformats the drive automatically, so there is no prep you have to do. Have you tried doing a memory test? If not, press Esc repeatedly while rebooting, and once the HP utilities menu comes up, press F2 to run diagnostics.Good Luck

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Hi, Is it safe to use Local Disk (D as my backup storage? i don't have an extra HDD so i want to transfer my files from (C to (D instead but i'm worried Windows might delete them if i do the reinstallation.

A:Will my files on Local Disk (D:) get deleted if i reinstall Windows 10

as long as you re-install to partition C - you should be fine with the files on partition D
As long as you do not delete the current partition scheme

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Hello,My warranty is over few months ago and I need to replace my HDD which is useless as all the space is taken by OS, I can't even upgrade to Windows 10. Would you please help me how to recover my Windows key and HP drivers before changing my HDD + any tips on replacing HDD would also be helpfull. There are no HP service around here so I have to do it myself.   

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A:Replace SSD ( hard disk) and reinstall Windows and drivers

Thank you , I finally solved the problem by creating a Windows recovery drive and chosing the reset and partition under advanced options. Finding Windows key and using Windows image didn't work with the OEM version of Windows. 

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i m thinking to wipe hard drive but i m not selling or donating it.
i m doing it bcz my pc is infected with viruses.
and i wanna delete viruses and everything so taht it cant be recovered from my hard drive.
i will keep using the hard drive.
i know i can wipe my pc easily with dban

But someone said it decreases the life of hard drive,If i do it many times.i had wiped many times my hard drive before
But i think formatting doesnt clear my hard drive,and i m not sure if formatting would be enough or not to clean hard drive.
i heard formatting doesnt clean hard drive viruses ,if virus is left then they keep sending information from the system,ya something like that
i have just one question
should i format or wipe hard drive?
i just wanna reinstall my os man
i just wanna start from clean state

A:Solved: wipe hard disk to reinstall windows 7

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the xp MC is corrupt and i cannot even get in it. i dont have the MC disk but i have a home edition disk. it is possible to install home edition with the media center product key?

A:reinstall windows media center with windows home edition disk

if those were vista version then it would be. in xp, that is not that easy.
if you just do a repair and restore the system files you might just be able to pull that off but i would not count on it.
if you are planning to do a reinstall and just use the MCE prod key, that won't work

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Hi I recently purchased a new Alienware m14x r2 which came with windows 8 single language, English pre installed. However I want to replace the hdd with a newer hybrid drive, can I create a recovery disk and reinstall the os on the new hdd? I have created 5 recovery DVDs. Please help

A:Windows 8 recovery disk, can I reinstall windows on new hybrid drive?

Need to rebuild os on the new hybrid

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Hi, and many thanks to anyone who can help me with this

Once you've had a look at the problem, do you recommend I buy a new SATA Hard Drive and retry the Windows XP installation?

I have been using Windows XP Home Edition on my Aries PC for several years without any problems, then it started freezing and BLUE screening intermitantly until it became unusable. I decided to reinstall Windows XP from scratch using the supplied recovery CD.

I am currently trying to reinstall Windows XP Home Edition (sp unknown) onto my (old) Aries PC but it does not seem to be recognising the hard disk drive (250Gb Maxtor SATA Raid drive).

I have tried the reinstall several times. The time before last it got to where I could repartition and reformat the drive (NTFS). I waited (for hours, NOT using Quick Format) until this was 100% complete then got to the same situation I am in now.

I have configured the PC to boot up from the DVD RW Drive and I have a floppy disk with the Raid Driver on it.

Below is the sequence of events leading up to the problem in 'Windows Setup'...

> Turn on PC
> Windows Setup screen (blue DOS-like screen)
> <F6>
> <S> to specify additional device
> (place Raid Driver floppy into floppydisk drive)
> <select 'ULi SATA Controller (M5287, Windows XP/Server 2003)'>
> Message...
Setup will load support for the following mass storage device(s):

ULi SATA Controller (M5... Read more

A:Problem: Unable to reinstall Windows XP Home Edition (Setup cannot access this disk)

is it set to be seen as ide in the bios

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My son's laptop 'died' earlier this week. Screen just went blank. In the end, I decided to rebuild the drive.
After much difficulty, I managed to reinstall the OS (Windows 10) and all seemed well.
Oh, except the reinstall does not provide even WiFi drivers at a minumum - so after figuring that out I had to dig that up too on another computer and transfer/install. Problems over... I thought.
As the XPS went on its way to update drivers - the screen suddenly went blank (hello! haven't we met before?)... made some melodious beeps and chirps as though trying to communicate (it wasn't morse code) and now the computer continues to hum away (the fans?) with that.... black screen.
Before I wipe everything and re-install, again, and perhaps let the machine run with old drivers at the risk of malicious attacks etc (small price to pay for a 'working' computer I suppose), might anyone know of solutions to this problem?
With thanks in advance.
Frustrated but Hopeful

A:Dell XPS 13 Black Screen - cause for OS reinstall - happened again after reinstall during driver updates

What is the exact system model?
Is there any damage / liquid spillage on the system?
For the beeps, first we need to check if the HW is functional:
Restart the system and press f12 key on startup - choose diagnostics. Let it run the diags and if you encounter any errors - make a note of the complete error and report the same to us. These are onboard diagnostics and they might possible pick some error if the hardware is not functional. Also, run an extended / thorough tests on the HDD and memory to check for any possible errors. 
Drivers: If you are using a retail image of Win 10 OS, it will contain only the OS installation files, since the OS is generic. The hardware on each system would differ and hence, the drivers need to be reinstalled. If you are using a recovery image for your system, then it would contain the required drivers with the OS image.
Also, please click my DELL-username and write me a private message with the service tag and your Name for case records.
Let us know if you have any other queries.

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Hi All,

Please i really need your help, i decided to do a complete reformat of my hard drive as i have done serveral times before. I was using windows vista and done it in the dos screen and it formatted fine and then i tried to reinstall and it said that there as no correct volume to install to. now i have no boot manager also, on a poss my drive is clean but i cant install nothing. I need some really guidance......... Many Thanks Alex

A:Help !!!! I Have Lost It All & Cant Reinstall

try this use dban to 0 fill the hard driver then reinstall vista


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I want to reinstall my Laptop as it is starting to run slow after years of bad practice on it!
Anyways, i don't really know how to get them, i have a genuine version of Vista installed (it came with it when i bought it from PC World)

Anyone know where i can get another reinstall CD from that will still mean i have a genuine copy of Vista?

Its a HP Compaq, on the bottom it calls it a Presario F500. And a litle lower from that it says: F504eu. Need any more info let me know.

Is it anything to do with this page?
Thanks in advanced

A:Lost my reinstall CD

Recovering from the partition on the hard drive​You can perform a recovery from the partition on the hard drive from either the Start button or ​​​​f11.
To restore the system from the partition, follow these steps:​
1. ​​​​​​​​​​Access Recovery Manager in either of the following ways:​
&#9679; ​​​​Select Start > All Programs > Recovery Manager > Recovery Manager.​
&#9679; ​​​​Restart the computer and press f11 while the &#8220;Press <F11> for recovery&#8221; message is displayed
on the screen. Then select Recovery Manager.
Recovery Manager opens.​
2. ​​​​​​​​​​Click Advanced Options.​
3. ​​​​​​​​​​Click System recovery, and then click Next.​
4. ​​​​​​​​​​Follow the on-screen instructions.​


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A desktop recently failed on me, and I'm not sure why it happened. At first glance, it appeared to be a basic HDD failure. The problem is, I can still see the drive in BIOS, but I can't boot from the OS disk to either repair or reinstall the OS. I tried using a brand new HDD and got the same result. It goes directly to the attached screen no matter what I try. Any help would be much appreciated.

A:Solved: Lost HDD, Can't Reinstall OS Even w/ New HDD

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Good Afternoon

Just to start off, I'm new to the forum and just a self taught PC User, even though I use them all day at work!

I have recently reinstalled Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit onto a Samsung NP400B5B (old work laptop) from a recovery disc bought online (used successfully before) this was to remove all data and network info to use the machine at home and now the laptop has rebooted all the Network/Wifi connections have been lost.

I have tried the obvious fixes like downloading the driver package from Samsung and loaded via USB, from desktop, had a chat with Samsung who were not particularly helpful, checked Wifi/Network Connections in BIOS & Control Panel.

It looks like the machine knows the Hardware is there but does not know what it is and cannot match up the drivers I have installed. If I can just get the Wifi connection working the rest should update automatically.

If anybody has any ideas how I can resolve this, please contact me I would be really grateful



A:All Connections lost after OS Reinstall

Make sure all the network adapters are enabled in the BIOS. A BIOS reset may even help.

What is the Error code for the adapters in the Device Manager?

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Hello all. I recently had to reinstall XP on my LG LS50a laptop after a major crash in the system. I have XP pro and after the install I stupidly remembered that I probably should have copied and saved my drivers on something... ooops.I am now missing the following drivers:*Mass Storage Controller*Multimedia Audio Controller*Network Controller*PCI Modem, and*Video Controller (VGA Compatible)I am on a rather strict budget so I can't go out and buy a third party driver finder or anything like that... are there any free ones that can get them for me or is there any other way for me to find them again???

A:??Lost drivers after reinstall of XP os??

scar_crow said:

Hello all. I recently had to reinstall XP on my LG LS50a laptop after a major crash in the system. I have XP pro and after the install I stupidly remembered that I probably should have copied and saved my drivers on something... ooops.I am now missing the following drivers:*Mass Storage Controller*Multimedia Audio Controller*Network Controller*PCI Modem, and*Video Controller (VGA Compatible)I am on a rather strict budget so I can't go out and buy a third party driver finder or anything like that... are there any free ones that can get them for me or is there any other way for me to find them again???Click to expand...
Go into Control Panel>System>Hardware>Device |Manager and look through the Yellow question marked entries for the Network Controller and hen you find it, click on it and then on teh Details tab. Note down the numbers after PCI and DEV.

Then,. go this website (using your other computer) http://www.pcidatabase.com/ and enter those two pieces of information in the appropriate boxes. The database will then provide the name of the manufacturer and the exact product. Go to their website and seek out the driver.

Once the system is back online, the other drivers will probably find themselves.


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