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Install Windows 7 retail over OEM keeping System Recovery partition.

Q: Install Windows 7 retail over OEM keeping System Recovery partition.

If I had a OEM computer which I wanted to reinstall Windows 7 from a retail disc, can I keep the system recovery partition if I do a custom installation and only choose the partition with the operating system on it?

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A: Install Windows 7 retail over OEM keeping System Recovery partition.

When installing win7 you select on which partition to install (or in unused space). Win7 comes there. The win7 bootmanager and bootmenu come in the partition where it always was.... or (if no partition was marked active) in the win7 partition itself. So ... it doesn't touch the recovery partition

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I have to install Windows 10 Pro in a bootable hard drive of about 1Tb (model WD10EARS), formatted like this: first an 850Gb NTFS partition with data, and then 150Gb of unallocated space. Currently no operating system is installed on the disk. My aim is to install the copy of Windows 10 in the unallocated space, keeping untouched the partition with the data; is it possible?

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Hello I have a Toshiba L645 which is on win7 but i'd like to downgrade to XP. The laptop has a hidden recovery partition which I would like to keep intact to restore at a future date.How can I downgrade to XP and not delete the recovery partition as it is on same HDD but hidden partition. Thanks.

A:Downgrade to Win xp keeping recovery partition intact

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Product Name: Star Wars Special Edition Notebook - 15-an001nx (ENERGY STAR)Operating System: clean installation windows 10 home single language (64-bit) I lost my recovery partition and system when make factory reset so i install a clean installation windows 10 home single language (64-bit) by Media Creation tool and automatically activated when its done installingmy problem is star wars themes and HP software after download Star Wars Control Panel from HP Customer Support - Software and Driver Downloads not work "this system not support". my questions1- why HP didn't offer request System Recovery Kit for this model? like lots of star wars model i found it or can i request one of them for my model if they are same hardware?2- if this windows compatibility how can i fix "this system not support" for Star Wars Control Panel and another programs?3- if this windows not compatibility how can i get the compatibility windows?

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I'm currently using Windows 7 and I am trying to do the aforementioned. I have four partitions, one for storage, one for linux, and one for xp which I plan on installing. I have the Gateway System recovery disc that is mine and I want install xp on a specific partition so I don't overwrite my storage, linux and win7 partitions.

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Hi everyone,

I recently purchased a Dell Windows RT tablet from someone. It had the problem of not starting anymore. I managed to get my hands on a Windows RT 8.0 Recovery USB Image for this type of tablet. I used a Imaging tool to install this image on a USB drive.
I booted with this and I could access the Advanced recovery options. I started the Command Prompt and launched Diskpart. I saw all of the partitions where gone. So I used Diskpart to re-install all of the partitions using the Microsoft standard.
It looks like this:

convert gpt
create partition primary size=450
set id=DE94BBA4-06D1-4D40-A16A-BFD50179D6AC
gpt attributes=0x8000000000000001
format quick fs=ntfs label="Windows RE tools"
assign letter=T
create partition efi size=200
format quick fs=fat32 label="System"
assign letter=S
create partition msr size=128
create partition primary
shrink minimum=4200
gpt attributes=0x0000000000000000
format quick fs=ntfs label="Windows"
assign letter=W
create partition primary
set id=de94bba4-06d1-4d40-a16a-bfd50179d6ac
gpt attributes=0x8000000000000001
format quick fs=ntfs label="Recovery image"
assign letter=R

All went well. After recreating the partitions, I used DISM to deploy the *.wim image on the USB drive to the Windows partition and installed the bootloader afterwards. The tablet was fixed after this :) I installed Windows RT 8.0 and updated to Windows
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I accidentally installed grub onto my windows partition and erased the whole thing while trying to perform a Linux install. My laptop shipped with win 8, but I upgraded it to win 10 a few months ago. Now, there are no operating systems detected. I am using a dell laptop, which is why I am worried about burning installation media on this device as it may not be compatible.
Anyway, does anybody have a good reference for gateway recovery media? I'm not sure how to access the partition, as F8 and other windows related keys do not work anymore.

This is what my PC shows me-
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I can't seem to get any other replies on other forums, so I thought I'd try here. I just want to re-install windows and reformat the partitions back to their normal state.


A:How do I re-install Windows with or without recovery partition?

From an operating computer, make a Kyhi recovery bootable USB flash drive:
Windows 10 Recovery Tools - Bootable Rescue Disk - Windows 10 Forums

There is also a little utility on that recovery drive that will let you connect to WiFi. Please post a screenshot of disk management and we can help you more:
Disk Management - How to Post a Screenshot of - Windows 10 Forums

Please make sure to widen then columns so we can see all the info in them.

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I built up a new PC featuring a brand new SSD (i.e fully unallocated). Then, I made a clean install of Windows 8.1 pro (64bits) using an ISO DVD. Using Windows disk management tool after the install, I can see that only two partitions have been created: one System partition in NTFS (350MB) and the remaining of the SSD is the C: partition while I was expecting a third one : a recovery partition. Of course, I do not remember a prompt during the install to ask whether I want a recovery parttion or not.

Is it normal ?
Is a recovery partition useful knowing I have the install DVD ?
If the recovery partition has some advantages, is there a way to create it after the install is completed ?
Thanks in advance for your help.

A:No recovery partition after a clean install of windows 8.1

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GIGABYTE - Motherboard - Socket 1150 - GA-B85M-HD3 (rev. 1.x)
As the new MOBO's now have a uEFI/BIOS firmware.
How to install Windows 64 bit on a uEFI/BIOS firmware:
UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with - Windows 7 Help Forums

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I have an ASUS which came with 8.1 OEM. I upgraded to Win 10 and now am about to do a fresh install of Win 10 (using this tool: Windows 10) on it.

It has 2 recovery partitions 20 GB and 500 MB.

Q1. During fresh install, do I need to delete both recovery partitions?

Q2. Just to confirm, recovery partitions only keep the newly installed OS backup right? I.e. wondering if I can keep older OS recovery on that?


A:Fresh Install Windows 10 - Recovery Partition

Originally Posted by crazyfool

I have an ASUS which came with 8.1 OEM. I upgraded to Win 10 and now am about to do a fresh install of Win 10 (using this tool: Windows 10) on it.

How to clean install Windows 7/8/8.1/10 64-bit in UEFI Boot Mode.

If you want to do a complete clean install and if you have backed up your important files.

Normally, you do not need to turn Secure Boot off to install Windows 8/8.1/10 in UEFI Boot Mode. You only need to turn Secure Boot off to install Windows 7.

You do not need to change the boot order of drives in your UEFI firmware (BIOS) settings.
- Connect your Windows 7/8/8.1/10 USB flash drive (Note: FAT32 file system) or insert your Windows 7/8/8.1/10 DVD.
- Restart the computer.
- Press the correct key to enter the boot menu (see this link for help). Or, if you have a Lenovo computer, you can also press the NOVO button when the computer is turned off and then select "Boot Menu"
- Select to boot from the "UEFI: USB/DVD device name".

On the Which type of installation do you want? screen, select the "Custom: Install Windows only (advanced)" option.

On the Where do you want to install Windows? screen, you'll need to delete all of the partitions (see screenshot below). Select a partition and click on the "Delete" option for each partition.

Once you have deleted all of the partitions, you only see Drive 0 Unallocated Space (see screenshot below).

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Windows 8 creates its own hidden recovery partition during the install. In my case, it's 450MB.

From what I've read, I know not to touch this partition, and I intend to follow that advice. Even so, I'd like to know what's in that partition and how it's used. Can someone provide a concise explanation and/or links where I can learn more?

A:Recovery Partition Created By Windows 8 Install

The System Reserved partition holds the boot files & Repair tools.

System Recovery Options - Boot to in Windows 8

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I want to install windows 7 ultimate x64 bit version on my Laptop. currently i have windows home basic version on my laptop with one C drive and one HP Recovery partition as a D drive. If i install ultimate, will i get recovery partition drive??

A:How to install windows 7 without losing HP Recovery partition

Your recovery partition will remain with Home basic...

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Hello everyone!

I am using a DELL INSPIRON N5010 series notebook. Have been using it for about 3 years now and for some reason I want to completely wipe my HDD and clean install windows along with the recovery partition.

What I plan to do is take out my HDD, plugin it in to a SATA to USB converter and using another computer, completely format the HDD. I want to do this to increase the performance of the HDD and remove bad sectors. This will also erase the Recovery Partition present on the HDD. The only way to recover then would be by the recovery disks.

I have got the recovery disks as well as the recovery partition right now on the HDD. I do not have the Windows 7 product key that comes on a sticker on the back side of the laptop. It has been erased with time and use.

Now I need suggestions on how to carry out the process.

If I completely wipe my HDD, will the recovery disks install windows and create the recovery partition automatically? Will I need the Windows Key?

What are your suggestions on this and if there is an alternate or easier solution?

Thanks a lot!

A:Wipe HDD and re-install Windows OEM along with recovery partition.

The Product Key will be needed.

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windows 7 64bit home premium sp1.  on HP G72 Notebook pc. The HDD Had damage in the area of system MBR. the windows recovery  automatic used the system boot file from the RECOVERY PARTITION. And the system continued to start up. I have replaced
the harddrive and cloned the data from old drive to new drive. the system now works faster and is stable. the diagnostic scan of HARD DISK SHOWS EVERY THING IS GOOD NO ISSUES. But it still boots from the recovery partition I Think the data
on the SYSTEM PARTITION. NEEDS Rewriten or repaired or fixed. I need utility tools or diagnostic trouble shooters. something  please help I have come to a fork in the road. the system is working and all seams well. I am using it right now. I just
want it to be right .

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Hello, I would like to know how to make a partition to install Windows 7 from there forever. So far I've used a USB formatted with 'Rufus', but as I usually format very often, I want boot the computer from the partition, to do everything faster.

It is important that the installation has support for UEFI mode install, so I'm not interested in MBR / Legacy.


A:I need make a partition recovery for Install Windows 7 UEFI/GPT.

Here is the forum tutorial on how to install UEFI Windows 7, I assume this is what you are looking for.
UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with

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Hello Guys,
First I have to say I'm using win10, I was trying to install win7 in my computer but When I tried to create a partition disk for Win 7 a message appeared and said that my partition will be dinamic So I decide to delete the recovery partition and also another which actually don't remember the name because I read before that It will not affect the performance and created my partition . So Now I can't boot my computer in win 10 but I install 7 in partition D . My files are in my partition C ,but I don't know how recover my files in win 10 and all my work and programs as well. Please for me this was a desaster I don't know What can I do please If someone can Help me I really appreaciate that, Thanks for your help.
By the way Here is Somethings :

Sorry I just could install in spanish (But I have three partitions one is for Win 7 recently installed, TI106... is the one which have win10 and there is other that I didn;t delete before and after I delete the other ones One appeared which is unallocated partition(These images are from win 7 )

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Hi, I re-installed Windows 7 using Dell recovery partition, but I think my laptop has become a bit slower now When I start windows, after Windows7 start logo, i get a black screen for about 20-40 seconds, then a black screen with cursor for around 10-15 seconds and then I get the login screen. Also when I click on softwares like CCleaner, it takes time to open, which is odd because before i re-installed windows, CCleaner was working perfectly fine. Also there was this (default) program running at start up, and the location of that program was unknown, I deleted it.

I am using Bitdefender Internet Security and Windows is also updated.
Windows Experience Index: 5.4

I'd be really grateful if someone helps me find out what exactly is wrong with my laptop. thanks!

A:Re-Installed Windows 7 using recovery partition, system is slow now

Why did you perform the system recovery? Were you having issues with the laptop? If you performed a system recovery onto a failing HD for instance then the new slowness could be because of the new system was written to bad sectors causing slowness in areas where it wasn't slow before.

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hey guys I am trying to fix a friends computer for him by resetting it back to "out-of-the-box" settings and as I try to access the recovery partition by hitting F11 repeatedly on startup it comes up with just a blank page and no menus it just gets stuck and this is an HP laptop by the way and after that didn't work I was going to try and re-install Windows using my Flash Disk that I created and his product key, it would get stuck on setup is starting, I am really out of ideas on what to do what could possibly be the problem, I had this same issue with my old computer and it lasted only a day and then everything started working again

A:Unable to clean install Windows 7 or access recovery partition

If you cannot run HP System Recovery then your options are to try to make Recovery Disks, order Recovery Disks from HP Support, or do the superior Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7which provides everything needed to get and keep a perfect install.

The HP Factory install is the worst possible install one can have of Win7 with the worst load of bloatware in the industry, and Useless utilities that interfere with better versions built into Win7. You will never even experience native Win7 performance on that PC until it has a Clean Reinstall which is why no tech enthusiast will run the factory install.

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Hi eveyone!

I.know some of you may say that there are other posts that have solved this
But my case is particularly different..

My windows froze and crashed this morning.I have a sony vaio eb series laptop core i34gb ram
320hdd... Ive done a number of things:

Tried system restore.didnt work

Tried startup repair...didnt work either.

Tried system recovery but halfway through the formatting it got an error and stopped working.

But it did format my hdd and now i have no windows. And now when i press the f10 key
Which is supposed to take me to vaio recovery, The vaio recovery doesnt load but instead the windows recovery loads files, goes to the windows 7 bootscreen stays there for a while, and finally when i lt moves on it stops at a BLACK SCREEN WITH A CURSOR. Thats it. I have no windows anymore.. F8 wont work anymore. I tried installing through a bootable usb but the same thing happens with that too.. Tried installing xp but it crashes while setup loads.

So now i have no windows
A formatted hdd
F8 key doesnt work
F10 loads windows files boots windows and gets stuck at a black screen with a cursor...


A:URGENT.Windows 7 install freeze recovery partition and bootable usb

If you have an activation key you can reinstall windows.

Clean Install : Factory COA Activation Key

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

Clean Install Windows 7

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I Have a Toshiba OEM Laptop and I want to wipe my drive using DBAN(DARIK'S BOOT AND NUKE) and start from scratch.
But this laptop came with NO CD and I was wondering a fews things, can I re-install Vista(or preferably Windows 7 if posible) on my OEM laptop and do I need a specific CD in particular?
Here's a bit of info about my computer.
OS SYSTEM:                  Vista Home Basic     
VERSION:                       6.0.6002 Service Pack 2 Build 6002
SMBIOS VERSION:         2.4
BIOS VERSION DATE    INSYDE 1.80. 3/20/2009
SYSTEM TYPE:             X86-based PC (32-bit)
MODEL:                        Satellite L355
PROCESSOR:              Genuine INTEL® CPU - 585 @2.16 GHz
MEMORY(RAM):            3.0 GB
HARDDRIVE                  140 GB
I didn't list my CD-KEY for confidential reasons, but can I  use a retail CD/DVD to re-install Vista or Windows 7 on an OEM system?
Hope you reply back soon THANKS!!!
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A:Can I Re-install Wins With Retail CD on EOM System?

I didn't list my CD-KEY for confidential reasons, but can I  use a retail CD/DVD to re-install Vista or Windows 7 on an OEM system?

Yes, a full retail version CD which means a new product key is provided along with the disc. Just a note on wiping hard drive with DBAN, by following the clean install instruction using the new installer disc, you can skip the zero or low level format in your case unless otherwise it is needed for a specific reason.

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My computer seems to be stuck in a loop. I cannot figure out how to get windows to boot. Every time I turn my computer on, whether I try to boot normally, to safe mode, etc. all I get is the System Recovery partition. It will attempt to do an automatic startup repair, and then display a window that says "Startup Repair could not detect a problem."

"If you have recently attached a device to this computer, such as a camera or portable music player, remove it and restart your computer. If you continue to see this message, contact your system administrator or computer manufacturer for assistance."

The only USB device that is plugged into my computer is the bluetooth adapter for my Logitech keyboard/mouse combo. I even tried taking that out and starting my computer, but I get the same thing happening.

I can't get windows to boot at all and I am very frustrated. Any help is greatly appreciated.

A:Windows will not load, Continuous boot to System Recovery partition.

Try removing all external devices, and then running a startup repair from the Windows DVD or repair disc.

See this tutorial: Startup Repair

You can also try a system restore from the disc as well, if the repair doesn't work. You may have to run the repair a few times.

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As the topic says; after installation of a fresh copy from the original disc win7, my second partition "D" has been renamed itself to the Recovery Partition. You can see it only in the application "Disk Management". I do not have access into it at all. When I click the right mouse button ?help? option appears only . There are very important files to me.
I tried to use EASEUS Partition Master but I'm afraid of losing data.
Please help.

A:[SOLVED] After win7 install, 2nd partition has renamed itself to Recovery Partition

Have you taken the install disc out ? Sounds dumb but the d: partition is generally a reserved partition and indicates your CD-ROM drive, to me it looks like your install disc, the file system is UDF which is universal disc format, you have two recovery partitions on top. Remove the disk, reboot. Then choose a different letter other than D for your recovery partition.. Best to start with z

The fact that the file encryption is UDF, you will not have the ability to modify it, its not NTFS, FAT or FAT32.

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I have problem installing my hard drive physically ... meaning I don't know how to mount the drive on the "racket" .the screw holes / positions on the drive and the racket don't match . I have the following hard drives ; Kingston HyperX FURY 120 GB SSD 2.5"TOSHIBA HDD 2H03 MK1652GSX 2.5" I am installing only one these drives, not both of them . - Toni -

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Hi everyone,

I'm stuck in a pretty bad situation right now and I have no idea about how to help myself..So recently I've been wanting to 'reset' my Windows 8.1 laptop, & I just cannot because my recovery environment is missing..
First when I got this problem I thought there would be an easy-intermediate level fix like every other problem. (and I love fixing stuff.)

But this one doesn't look like an easy fix or I'm not even sure If there is a fix. So the big mistake I did was, I deleted my "System Recovery Partition".

I have searched everywhere possible and I'm not getting a fix.. I would really appreciate IF YOU GUYS HELP ME!
and another problem is that I don't live in the USA or Canada.I've got a Dell Inspiron 15R 5521, 8GB RAM, intel i5 3317u.

and Dell provides Backup Media to only the people who live in the US and Canada. Please guys, I need a solution.

I have a separate Windows 8.1 Installation Disk, but what I'm scared about is If I install my Windows from the disk, my Dell features would be gone and I don't think I'd be able to have a proper Recovery Environment in the future because this Disk's installation files are nothing related to Dell. Its just a clean Windows installation disk I got from my friend a while ago. I've tried the repair my computer option from the disk and it does not help...

Thank you

A:Recovery Environment Missing -System Recovery Partition Deleted.

Hi ahmedrahamathulla,
Please private message us the system service tag and region you are located so that I can check the available options and assist you further. To send a private message, click on my name and send private message.

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In one of the custom solution via MDT I am required to deploy Windows 7 image to that partition which already contains Windows installation.

It used to be simple when I defined under "Install Operating System" step to "Specify logical drive letter" - "C"

Things became complex when I had to deploy this custom image solution to a machine which had System Reserved partition in which case Windows partition was assigned "D:" in Winpe and the image used to fail.

I would like to detect which drive letter has Windows installed and the use that drive letter to deploy the operating system. Any suggestion will be helpful.

I recently came across the MS article in which it is mentioned that a similar variable has been defined in the latest version of Conf Mgr. Need to confirm if the same can be successfully used in MDT:

_OSDDetectedWinDrive - Beginning in Configuration Manager version 1602, the task sequence scans the computer's hard drives for a previous operating system installation when Windows PE starts. The hard drive location for where the operating system is installed
is stored in this variable. You can configure your task sequence to retrieve this value from the environment and use it to specify the same hard drive location to use for the new operating system.
Is there any other Variable which can be used in Install Operating System step of Task Sequence - Logical Drive Letter Stored in a Variable ?

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Is it better to install Windows 7 with or without System Reserved Partition? I prefer to install without the System Reserved Partition but there must be cogent reasons that Microsoft often does the default install with it.

I am posing the question to the Experts on this Forum because I couldn't get any definitive information on the Net on this subject.

A:Better to install Windows 7 with or without System Reserved Partition

Everyone will have their own opinion, but I use the System Reserved Partition, resized to 50MB. I keep it so the boot code is kept on the faster inner ring of the platter, and doesn't get fragmented with other junk.

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I am trying to set up my Zbook 15 G2It is a refurbished model with set up warranty til 8/23/16.I just got it & it was upgraded to win 10 (1511).There was no recovery partition on the hardrive. I upgraded to the win 10 aniversary edition (1607) & have been updating software/drivers as per HP support suggestions. It was recommended to create a system recovery thru a HP support message which I attempted to do but there was an error & it failed which led to a empty recovery partition being made on the harddrive. Here is the summary & details..I am trying to delete this empty recovery partition but right clicking in disk management is not giving me anything. Can someone please advise a solution... Tried to create System Recovery as suggested by HP support (Launch recovery media creation tool) & it attempted to make a recovery disc & partitioned the hard drive.The recovery failed (error 1AstorA.sys System Thread Exception not handled) & a empty recovery partition was made. I am trying to delete this partition & gain back the 784 MB space. This entry was made in $PBR_Diskpart Notepad same day rem == ResetPartitions-BIOS.txt ==convert mbrrem == 1. System partition =========================create partition primary size=100format quick fs=ntfs label="System"assign letter="S"activerem == 2. Windows partition ========================rem == a. Create the Windows partition ==========create partition primaryrem == b. Create space... Read more

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Hi guys I am trying to fix this HP Compaq dx 2300 Microtower. It is running Windos XP Pro.When it is turned on there is a message on the screen that says:Boot from CDWarning: A partion overlaps your system recovery partition. Press F10 to start system recovery anyway or another key to delete the recovery partition.I did not press F10, instead i pressed any other key. The reason is because I think it will ask for a Restore CD when I press F10. and the restore CD will surely clean out everyting on the hard drive. How on earth can I get this message on screen out of the way....and is there another way around this ??Please help me......

A:A Partition Overlaps System Recovery partition

Since this is an HP specific recovery partition, I really would suggest contacting HP Technical Support as they may have better information for you.I would suggest using their online chat since it is usually faster and they are more willing to help even out of warranty (in my experience)However if they refuse to help you out of warranty. (assuming it is out of warranty)My following suggestions are assuming that you have proper HP restore media (cd/dvd) in their entirety in proper format and are not scratched or damaged.Sometimes if the recovery partition of your hard drive is damaged, even doing a recovery using the cd/dvd is not going to re-write the recovery partition, it will only reformat and recover the main user parition.For that reason what I really would suggest is to backup your files, and reformat your hard drive from another computer. Then use the restore cd's to re-write the partitions on the drive.

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i have an asus 1025CE netbook.
For whatever reason, i don't have the recovery partition on it.

I do however have the recovery backup that i made when i first got it. It is stored on a USB external desktop hard drive 2.0. (toshiba 1TB).

When i boot up from it, i get to the asus recovery screen, but when i select either 'install to partition' or 'install to entire HD', it pops up with a message 'please insert external hard drive for backup'....

this makes no sense to me. anyway, i have tried different usb ports, tried attaching another external hard drive, and its made no difference, it still comes up with the same thing.

because i don't have that recovery partition, i can't go the normal route and boot straight off that on the hard drive.
Is there any way i can recreate that recovery partition, put the backup files that are currently on the USB external drive onto the partition and then try it? will that work?

A:No recovery partition, have recovery disc, how to install

You're best bet by far is to follow this tutorial by Gregrocker. Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

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So decided to take the plunge and try upgrading to windows 10.

Got the error that a lot of other people have been "could not install due to issues with the system reserve partition" etc.

So after reading online, I open disk management expecting to find it full and needing to resize it / make room on it somehow. Surprisingly, I do not have a system reserve partition. In front of my boot drive (C) there is a 100mb "data" partition that is active and I can only assume holds my boot files and other necessary things to boot windows etc.

So my question is, is my "data" partition my system reserve partition and windows named it funky? Did windows 7 $%^& up installing and never allocated space for a system reserve and I need to make one now (how the heck do I do that)?

I disconnected all my other drives to make sure there were no issues with them. Here is a pic of disk management:

A:Windows 10 install issues / where did my system reserve partition go?

so I found this walk through on this site for adding a "system reserve"partition.
System Reserved : Create Using Disk Management

My only question would be if I do this, what do I do with my "data" partition? Will the new reserve partition take over? I just don't want to do this and not have my computer boot up.... Just looking for a little confirmation I'm on the right path.

Thanks and Happy Holidays

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I'm installing Windows 7 on a new SSD, and using the old Windows 7 HDD as an extra drive. Installing Windows failed the first time (corrupt file). When I went to install it the second time, I accidentally deleted both the system reserved partition and the main OS partition on the OLD HDD, instead of the new SSD like I wanted to do. I immediately cancelled the installation, but it was too late. Now when I plug the old HDD into another machine, the whole disk is unallocated. Is there any way for me to repair the partitions, or at least get the data off of it (like I should have in the first place)?

After some searching, it seems as though most people delete just the system reserved partition, not both like me. I've tried some of those solutions but they don't help.


Edit: obviously, I didn't search hard enough: I accidently deleted a needed partition and now it is 'Unallocated'.

Minitool Partition Wizard was able to recover the partitions

A:Deleted system reserved and main partition on windows 7 install

If you deleted them you should be able to recover them with partition wizard free boot cd Partition Wizard Bootable CD allows user to manage partition directly with partition manager bootable CD.

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Trying to do a clean install and my Windows 7 Home Premium x64 seems to have an aversion to putting the system reserved partion on disk 0. My HP notebook has two identical disk drives. If I boot up the windows install with both drives unallocated and do a custom install, the window where i select the partition for the install if I click new to create a partition on disk 0, it creates one partition on the whole disk. If I do the same for disk 1 it automatically creates two partitions, one for the system reserved. If I try to do that in reverse order by partioning disk 1 first it will still create two partitions on disk 1 (one for the system reserved). It wont partion disk 0 with the system reserved partition.

I tried to install windows with only disk 0 plugged to into the motherboard and that worked when i partitioned the drive during the windows install it created the system partion on disk 0. However once i had windows up in running, I plugged disk 1 (unallocated) back into the mother board and windows woudnt boot up.

I could jsut install windows on disk 1 but ive read that it is better to install it on disk 0.

A:Clean install wont partition Disk 0 with system reserved partition

Welcome to the forum.

When you tried to boot with both disks installed, did you go to the BIOS and check that disk 0 was the first in the boot priority?

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it just keeps saying that over n over ! or locate an existing system partition . and its says disk 0 partition 1 232.6 b right on the list , man . please help me get windows on my computer , it wont do anythingobviously without a os and I dont know anything about this stuff

A:setup is unable to create new system partition - windows 7 clean install

There should be an option on the bottom that allows you to delete that partition. Once it is deleted it will be seen as unallocated space and you should be able to install Win 7 on it.

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Gateway 830GM desktop running Windows XP. There is a FAT32 partition bearing the label "Recovery".

Windows will not run.

I have tried pressing the following keys on boot:

Nothing works and there are no recovery CDs.

A:How do I access System Recovery partition on Gateway WinXP system?

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Trying to upgrade a Win 7 to Win 10 using HP supplied System Recovery DVD. After booting from the dvd I get an error message :- "This computer is not supported by the System Recovery Media Error 0130-ABU-ABB" On a popup window the following information was provided:- "Version 1.1610.5.0Recovery Media Product Number Y63SKU3#ABA1System Product Number N1A78EAABU" After clicking on OK the system shuts down. The discs have the number 856414-021

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I had previously had a issue with a virus/Trojan, I downloaded multiple aintvirus/malware removel
Tools, to no avail. So I decided to do a full recovery, apon the recovery completion my system starts to reinstall windows. At that point after registry install the system gives error message that windows is unable to install to "thuis systems hardware" I have tried everything I know and was suggested via tech support.. Any ideas(besides buying a recovery CD or new OS) please help ASAP. Have college work due end of week.

And now its saying hardisk failure and bios is not recognizing my HDD..

A:Windows Failed Install after (Windows7) system recovery.

if bios is not recognising hdd it could either be a problem with drivers or your hdd is "fried"

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Hello, I have a custom-built HP ENVY Notebook - 15t-k100 CTO (ENERGY STAR) (product number: G0T59AV) with the following hardwares:- Intel Core i7-4510U 2-Core 2.0GHZ- Nvidia GeForce GTX 850M 4GB- 8GB RAM DDR3- My motherboard can support SATA3 6GB/s (checked with Sisoftware Sandra)- No touchscreen, pre-installed Windows 8.1 (64 bit) and have an optical drive installed.- 1TB of about to die (IMO) HDD I want to replace my HDD with SSD (Samsung 850 PRO 256GB) and don't know if my HP System Recovery DVD Set can be used to clean install. I used it to recover my laptop a couple and I don't think I see anything that relate to installing Windows. Can someone who have use this DVD set confirm for me that I can use it to clean install Windows on my new drive? Here's the picture of that HP System Recovery DVD Set: Thank you for your help. I appreciate it.

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Hi everyone, I'm new to this forum as well as to troubleshooting operating systems.

I have a Gateway with Windows Vista x64 and want to upgrade to Windows 7. I've been trying to figure out how to do it by following along to another thread in here but as BarefootKid mentioned, it is probably best that I start my own thread.

After I install Windows 7 and it completes and reboots it takes me to system recovery but it is the system recovery for Windows vista. I've been trying different things like formatting the partition right before the install and making the partition that Windows 7 is going to go on "active" in the .cmd prompt. I keep going in circles: installing Windows 7, getting system recovery and eventually choosing to reformat from Gateway's manufacturer settings...although once I do this I can't actually get back into Windows Vista as that now seems to be messed up. (I don't have the original Vista installation cd). Then I try rebooting and installing from the Windows 7 cd again to try more techniques to get it to work...

I'm at the point of possibly deleting the recovery partition because the Vista remnants seem to be on this partition and taking over once I install Windows 7.

Any thoughts would be very much appreciated!

A:Vista to Windows 7 install ending in system recovery

It looks like there is a mess-up with the MBR. The MBR is still pointing to the Vista partition which you have deleted. Try to fix the MBR (there are several tutorials and threads explaining that on this forum).
Or, if you can get at all into the system, go to msconfig > Boot tab and delete the Vista entry.

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Hi, everybody,
The nonprofit organization I work for received a donation of some used PC's with Windows XP. I've been tasked with upgrading them to Windows 7 (we don't want Windows 8+ on them at this point; these are decent pre-used computers but we don't expect them to last more than 5 years). I'm a little unclear as to whether I can buy and use the OEM or not, and what the pros and cons of that would be. Since the difference in price between the OEM and the Retail is $200+, I'd definitely like to go with the OEM if I can. Any recommendations?

A:Need to Install Windows 7 - Buy OEM or Retail?

Are these computers still running?

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I presently have Windows Vista 64-bit installed on my computer and wish to upgrade to Windows 7. I notice that there are two versions available, OEM or Retail. What is the difference between them. Further,I see that the Retail version comes with both 32-bit and 64-bit discs. Can these be used on seperate computers?
Thank you in anticipation


A:Which Windows 7 to install? OEM or Retail?

Quote: Originally Posted by pushticat

I presently have Windows Vista 64-bit installed on my computer and wish to upgrade to Windows 7. I notice that there are two versions available, OEM or Retail. What is the difference between them. Further,I see that the Retail version comes with both 32-bit and 64-bit discs. Can these be used on seperate computers?
Thank you in anticipation


The retail and OEM versions are identical in operation. The OEM version has NO Microsoft support however, the OEM (you) are responsible for problems.
You will have one key in the retail version and only one architecture, 32 or 64 bit can be installed at one time. this give the user a choice.

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Right i have a bit of a puzzler,

basically i can get some workstations at a good price, however they come preinstalled with windows 7 pro 64-bit.

i am loath to release 64-bit as yet into my workplace, its caused issues already on a couple of workstations so i dont want anymore in there.

i know that my oem licence on the machine (sticker) will cover me for 32 and 64 bit correct?

however as its an oem key, can i use a retail boxed copy of windows 7 pro 32-bit installer to reinstall then bang my oem licence key in and all will be well and good both from a it will work physically point of view and a i can activate windows and be all legal point of view as well?



A:Windows Install - 64 to 32 bit and OEM v's Retail

however as its an oem key, can i use a retail boxed copy of windows 7 pro 32-bit installer to reinstall then bang my oem licence key in and all will be well and good both from a it will work physically point of view and a i can activate windows and be all legal point of view as well?

Check with the OEM manufacturer, who may/may not send you a set of 32 bit Windows 7 Pro & Driver DVD's

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I want to install Windows 10 onto a new drive in a PC that originally came with Windows 8.

To do this, and make sure it activates, I believe I first need to install Windows 8.1 onto the new drive, and to do this, I first need to reinstall Windows 8.

The computer came with Windows 8 and has a key in the UEFI BIOS.

Unfortunately I do not have a Windows 8 DVD, but I do have a retail Windows 8 Pro DVD. I do not have a Windows 8 standard key, so I can't use the Microsoft utility to download an ISO of the DVD.

My plan was to rip the 8 Pro DVD to an ISO and use Rufus to make a bootable USB. But I am worried that the computer will not activate because I am using an installation based on 8 Pro instead 8 (standard).

Does anyone know if the computer will just 'know' to install Windows 8 standard based on the key that's in the bios?
Is there any way I can alter the 8 Pro image so it will install the standard ('Home') version which is what the computer came with?

Note: I have already upgraded this computer to Windows 10, but the upgrade is on the computer's hard disc, whereas I want to do a new installation on a new Solid State Drive that I will install into the computer.

A:Install Windows 8 using 8 Pro (Retail) DVD onto new drive?

How to download and clean install Windows 8.1 if you have an OEM computer with UEFI firmware (BIOS) embedded Windows 8/8.1 product key. -> link

- The download succeeds without product key.
- Both the 64-bit installation media (USB flash drive and DVD) can be booted in both UEFI and Legacy BIOS boot mode. Both the 64-bit installation media are also compatible with Secure Boot.

Note: You need to download the correct version of Windows 8.1 that matches your UEFI firmware (BIOS) embedded Windows 8/8.1 product key.

Note: If you have an OEM computer with UEFI firmware (BIOS) embedded Windows 8/8.1 product key, the Windows 8.1 installer should automatically detect product key from UEFI firmware (BIOS).

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how many times can u install windows 8.1 retail on the same hardware before u have to buy a new windows 8.1 my friend told me 3 times and u would have to buy another copy.

A:how many times can u install windows 8.1 retail

Hello Cyborg, and welcome to Eight Forums.

You will be able to reinstall and activate a "retail" Windows 8.1 on any PC as many times as you like as long as it's only activated on one PC at the same time, and removed on any others.
Windows License
If you install to often, then you may need to activate by phone instead of online though.

Hope this helps,

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I have NO idea where to get the drivers for this install. They should be on the cd.
Then how do I install them and in what order????
Thanks for this site and your help.

A:New windows 7 pro 64-bit full retail install

Hello Phenix,

Do you mean for after you have installed Windows 7?

By default, Windows will include generic drivers for most devices.

However, it's best to get the latest driver versions directly from the device manufacturer's driver download webpage. The link below has the drivers available for your HP Pavilion p7-1380t.

Software & driver downloads HP Pavilion p7-1380t CTO Desktop PC | HP? Support

Hope this helps,

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OK here is what I am wondering. My daughter has a Toshiba laptop that I bought for her with Windows 7 installed. It, like virtually all PC's with windows pre-installed came with tons of bloatware on it. I would like to reinstall windows minus all the bloatware

So I was wondering if I could use my retail up-grade disk to format and reinstall Windows on her laptop but use her OEM serial number when prompted. In case your wondering yes I do have recovery disks that I made when the computer was first bought. I could use them but then I would end up with all the bloatware coming back.

If it's not possible then I guess I will just have to uninstall all the unnecessary stuff again. Just really trying to save a little bit of work.


A:Can You Install Retail Windows 7 and use OEM serial #

You say "OEM serial number".

Do you mean her 25 character Product Key found on a sticker on her PC, with a format like this:


You can use that Product Key, but it shouldn't contain the characters "OEM" and is not a "serial number".

I think you could use your own disk IF AND ONLY IF it matches the Windows 7 edition mentioned on her product key.

You can definitely download a legit Windows 7 ISO from the following link, burn it to a disc, and use her Product Key. Make sure you download the version matching her Product Key:

Official Windows 7 SP1 ISO from Digital River ? My Digital Life

I'd make sure I had all Toshiba drivers for her PC downloaded separately. You never know which you might need. The drivers provided by the Windows 7 installation disc should work for most if not all functions.

I'd particularly want to have the necessary Ethernet/wireless driver on hand as it may be needed to establish an Internet connection after you clean install.

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I have a retail windows 8.1 DVD.
Trying to do a clean install.
When i try to install, it gives me an error `can?t install, verify that your install source is available`

Can someone please help me ?


A:Canīt install Windows 8.1 from retail DVD, error.

Install via USB key. Make sure bios is set all well to boot from the key. When the machine reboots for the first time while installing, remove the key.


Microsoft Store

Utility to make bootable key from Windows 8.1 DVD:


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Hi Forum !

I ordered a Retail copy of Microsoft Windows 7 Professional x64. I downloaded from the internet and installed on my computer an OEM copy of windows (System Builder) and was wondering if I enter the Retail product key into my OEM copy, will it activate successfully ? Or will it fail ? Or do I have to do some extra steps in order for it to activate successfully ?

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