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Is the Windows Recovery Environment all that is required to reinstall Windows 10?

Q: Is the Windows Recovery Environment all that is required to reinstall Windows 10?

I am just getting to know my T580 and I have a question about the recovery environment. This is the tool that is accessed by pressing the F11 key in the Startup Interrupt Menu. I would like to know, in the event that everything else is destroyed (e.g. by filling all other pattitions with zeroes and then deleting the partitions), would the recovery environment reinstall Windows as it was when I took the ThinkPad out of the box ? If yes, how does it do this? Does the recovery partition contain everything necessary to do this, or are downloads and/or USB media required? Also, how does the firmware know where to find the recovery environment? I presume it boots the partition on the first disk that has the expected GUID (i.e. it has DE94BBA4-06D1-4D40-A16A-BFD50179D6AC). Is that right ? If so, then I would assume that I only need to back up that one partition (it's 1000M, with 451M used and 586M free), and would be able to repartition a new disk with one partition of the appropriate size and GUID, and restore the backup into it. Then reboot through the startup interrupt menu and press F11 to reinstall Windows. Do I have that correct ?

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Preferred Solution: Is the Windows Recovery Environment all that is required to reinstall Windows 10?

I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloaddap.org. (This link will open the download page of DAP so you can save a copy to your computer.)


So a week or so ago I was trying to clean up my Windows 7 Ultimate sp1 x64 and I noticed that the boot disk was not listed as disk 0. I believe it was showing up as disk 4. I was having to manually set bios to boot to the correct disk every single time.
On my computer I do that by pressing either f2 or delete or f8 to get to the boot selection menu (asus a78m-a mobo, AMD fm2+ A10-7850k Kaveri 4 core CPU). So I shut down the computer and moved the disk to the correct sata port and tried to reboot. Now
getting a stop 7b BSOD. Booted into recovery and despite changing the sata port it's still showing up as disk Was able to get it to boot after running EasyRE automated recovery x3 and then rebooting to the Windows 7 install disk and running startup repair
So I thought was a problem with the AMD sata driver (ahci) so the one time I was able to reboot I went to AMD and downloaded and installed the latest driver (15.7 at that time I think) and the AMD chipset drivers that were available on AMD.com. Now every
time I try to boot the Windows 7 splash screen comes up and as soon as the colored gem things start to come up the computer flashes to black then reboots. Same thing in every available f8 advanced boot option. Safemode not working in any setting. Code is a
stop 7 B code but the specific codes don't seem to make sense. I'd have to check it again to post the codes but I cant seem to find out which driver is actually the problem. SFC comes back with no problems,... Read more

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Hello dear friends,

I believe that I have some serious problems in my laptop. I will list some of them, and I hope that maybe someone can help me out because I'm getting crazy with these issues!

1. I cannot use recover options in Windows 8.1 because it says "Could not find recovery environment".

2. When I go to Advanced Start up, under Recovery menu, it does not show Troubleshoot option.

3. When I try to Create a Recovery drive, it says "We can't create a recovery drive on this PC".

4. When I try to enable/disable "reagentc" in CMD, it says "Operation Failed:3".

5. I cannot access in Bios, since I bought the laptop, and therefore I cannot re install a fresh copy of windows with my flash drive.

Basically, I'm stuck.

Hope someone can help me!

A:Windows 8.1 Recovery - Could not find recovery environment

Welcome to EightForums

Have you made the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?


We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
& made the Startup Repair CD. (Windows 8 only)
Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8 (Windows 8 only)

I would recommend you making the OEM manufacturer's Recovery DVD's or USB drive.
You can order the Microsoft official OEM Recovery disks from the OEM manufacturer's website.

Did you upgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1?

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Hello dear friends,

I am using Acer v3-571G, been 3 years now and I had decided to restore my laptop to factory settings as my laptop is getting kinda slow and stuff, but I'm facing problems. I did upgrade from Windows 8 to 8.1.

1. I cannot use recover options in Windows 8.1 because it says "Could not find recovery environment".

2. I cannot use acer recovery management because it says "Could not find recovery environment".

Please help! >.<
here are some photos:

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Last week I installed an optional windows update. I restarted, and after getting through the BIOS screens, it wouldn't do anything. I checked my monitors, but nothing was showing up. After a few minutes I rebooted, but this time it took to the Windows Recovery Environment. When I'm in the first screen of the recovery environment, my keyboard stops working, so I can't select "start windows normally". I have to wait for the count down to select "Launch startup repair". In startup repair, no operating system shows up in the window. If I choose the "restore with a system image" option, I get an error that says "the system cannot find the specified file". When I click ok, it takes me to a list of recovery tools, none of which work. I ran "list disk" in command prompt, and it lists three drives, their statuses are listed as "no media" and sizes are "0 B". I have a two raid 0s in my computer, one is two 240 GB SSDs and the other is two 3 TB HDs. I have backups of both. I also booted from the installation disk and had same results. From what I've read on various forums, it seems like I have to load drivers to get windows to recognize my OS. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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How do you launch this ???

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my toshiba t230d laptop has given me a "black screen of death" with moveable cursor. Even with safe mode, I cannot get to my desktop.
So I want to reformat the computer (hopefully my hardrive isnt dead or something), I got into "Windows Recovery Environment" by F8ing, but have forgotten my password. The username, unchangeable, is my real name and is different from my user account login which uses my nickname. I don't remember putting in a password for "Windows Recovery Environment." In any case I have tried inputting as many variations of passwords I have used in this past, all to no avail.

My question is can I reset this Windows Recovery Environment password? If not how to I reformat my laptop without Windows Recovery Environment?

Note: my laptop has no cd drive and I cannot install anything as I cannot get to my desktop, so I'm not sure how useful those recovery programs outhere are. Maybe with a USB stick? i dunno.


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when laptop turns on and directed to boot manager.
that having one option - windows 7 and another windows recovery environment 
this isnt automatically redirect to windows 7 
but always ask me os selection. when i select window 7 option it open normally and every ting is normal 
but when i try to fix manaul selection of windows by trying to repair windows recovery environment option 
it shows an error- 0xc0000007. 
This happens after my windows was corrupted while installing windows 10 due to power lose (my battery damaged previosly,so using direct power supply)during installation of windows 10.
after that i had installed my original windows 7 professional disc provided by my dell laptop.
Please provide an solution for my problem.

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Hello, I have been trying to do a factory reinstall from the system restore menu. Every time I try it I get this incredibly annoying "could not find the recovery environment" message. I have reinstalled the OS dozens of time with no problem. For whatever reason now it refuses to cooperate. I'm getting desperate. Thank you.  P.S. This is on an HP stream so I have no disk drive.

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I looked through this post Windows 8.1 Recovery - Could not find recovery environment and while I tried some things there to get my recovery environment to work, I am still having issues. I have included an image of what my partitions look like. I don't have physical recovery media but believe if I can get the Recovery Environment to work I can move on with reset.

A:Windows 8.1 still can't find Recovery Environment

When I tried to use reagentc.exe as in the one example reagentc.exe /setreimage /path R:\Recovery\WindowsRE /target C:\windows, it said WindowsRE not there. I went into C:\Recovery\ and the only things in there are a log folder and reagentold.xml

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I am recovering right now a Toshiba Laptop C655-55503 Windows 7 using 4 Recovery CDs that comes with. I am just running the 4th recovery CD to finish but, with the CD?s is coming also a 5th CD named ?Toshiba C655-55503 Windows Recovery Entironment?. My question is, how do I have use this 5th recovery environment CD after finishing the recovering process? Thanks

A:How do I use a Toshiba Windows Recovery Environment CD?. Help please

Does it ask you to put in disc 5 ? It could be just drivers and other software.

Not sure ? Call Toshiba.

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Hi everyone,

Today when I switched on my computer, mysteriously, a Windows 8-esque recovery menu popped up, those with huge buttons and Metro-fied, although my computer is running Windows 7. I decided to try it again, pressing F8 during startup and choosing 'Repair your computer' to trigger the recovery options. The Windows 8 recovery menu appeared again.

I installed the preview versions of Windows 8 previously but has since removed them. Is there any way to remove these last bits of Windows 8 and restore the old Windows 7 Recovery Environment (with all the System Restore and stuff)?

A:How to restore Windows 7 Recovery Environment

Post screenshot of disk management with all fileds visible. Also make a system repair disc System Repair Disc - Create

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Hi, i've tried to Factory Reset my Computer, but it gives me a error saying "Can't find recovery environment" this has been going on since November 2016, how can I get my recovery files back? I need to fix my PC or may just die off from Slow Performance, and possible hidden viruses that MalwareByte can't scan, and I don't have $15.00 for your support, so please, I want the Tech support to respond to me, i'm only 14. (I'm not doing phone calls)

A:Windows 8.1 | Can't find recovery environment Error

@Homely Hello;Allow me to welcome you to the HP forums! The only "free" way to recover your PC is using the HP Recovery Manager, which is generall invoked by rebooting the PC and pressing F11 repeatedly until the Manager comes on screen. Unfortunately, if the Recovery partition become corrupted or is tampered with in any way, the HP Recovery Manager will often refuse to work. The ONLY way to do a Recovery in this situation is using HP Recovery Media, and you have to order that from HP, and it is not free -- generally it costs around $50 USD. Regarding an infection, I have used MalwareBytes (MBAM) for a long time and have found it to be one of the best AV products around.  So if the current MBAM version (v3.0.6.1469) does not find any malware, I doubt you really have any. Also, if you're running an old version of MBAM, you should download the current version from their website and run it:  https://www.malwarebytes.com/ As to performance problems, maybe something in this might help:  http://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Desktop-Software-and-How-To-Questions/My-Computer-is-running-slow/td-p/...Good Luck

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When I use the backup utility in the control panel, and try to restore an image, at the point where I hit restart, I get the message - windows cannot restart into recovery environment.

Has anyone ever seen this message (it's the first time I've seen it). Anyone have any ideas what may be causing it?

A:Error - Windows cannot restart into recovery environment

hi and welcome to the seven forums
please read this tutorial by brink and see if it helps How to Do a System Image Recovery in Windows 7 >>> System Image Recovery

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Good Morning,

This is my first ever post on this Forum after trying to follow a solved solution which I couldn't complete.

As the title mentions I am unable to restore my HP Elitepad - I seem to get " Could not find recovery environment". I have followed a previous thread but I just cant to seem to resolve this issue.

The steps I followed were (this was kindly provided by Topguncp);
diskpartselect disk 0select partition 1assign letter=Rexitreagentc.exe /setreimage /path R:\Recovery\WindowsRE /target C:\windowsTry create a recovery disk to see if it works

I have followed this and item 6 is where I think things go wrong? Where should I write/insert item 6? is this carried out in diskpart? I tried this and a screen shows some detailed information. I then reboot, and try a recovery and it comes up with the same error.

Any ideas or advice for a computer novice would be greatly appreciated. I haven't provided any screen shots as I am unsure what information is relevant although happy to provide.

Thank you for looking



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Hi, I hope you guys can help... the other day I was reinstalling windows 7 when a power blackout happened
... the process was just starting, I mean really.. I literally clicked install windows and after like 5-10 seconds the power went out ... ok so after that I turn on the computer and I find out that my session was still there but I couldn't log In it says "the user profile service failed the logon user profile cannot be loaded"... I tried reinstalling windows 7 with the disk thru the bios but it seems that I can't access the bios either... the only thing I have left is system recovery options which are only accesible through pressing the power button when I turn the computer on... Startup repair doesn't work, tried several times... I don't have an image recovery, neither does the system restore option works... it seems that the only hope I have is the command prompt option but I have no idea what to do there... the only thing I tried was creating a new admin user but it didn't work... I don't care about my files... I just want to be able to install windows 7 again from scratch... could I do that from the command prompt? or like anything at the recovery options environment ?
Hoping you guys can help me

A:Stuck at windows logon / recovery environment

Here you go:

Clean Install Windows 7

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HELLO...AND HELP!!!!!!!!!

I had a trojan horse virus. After not being able to get rid of it all, I had to clear out my hard drive and operating system. I totally started from scratch. I have back up discs from Best Buy. All of them installed but the WINDOWS ENVIRONMENT RECOVERY DISC.
EVERYTHING else is installed but the Windows 7 environment recovery disc.
When the computer boots up, it says WINDOWS 7 HOME PREMIUM. Is it installed already?
I have no idea what I'm doing. I'm just trying to get my computer back and going.
Best Buy wants to charge me to tell me, and I don't have the money.
I have been working at this for HOURS! PLEASE HELP!
Thank you


That is the Repair Disk you use to try to repair WIn7 when it won't boot.

You dont' need to install it - just keep it on hand in case it's needed.

You want the Win7 Installation DVD - do you see that? You might also have Recovery Disks. If in question type out what is printed on each disk.

Boot the DVD or Repair disks following these steps: How to Boot your Computer from a Bootable CD or DVD

Then follow these illustrated steps to install: Clean Install Windows 7

You have one year's free manufacturer;s tech support which comes with every computer purchased. They will help you do this if needed, or just ask back here.

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Tried installing Windows 8 to a VHD in a dual boot with Windows 7, following the steps exactly as described in this tutorial:

http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/2393-windows-8-vhd-create-boot-dual-boot.html?filter[2]=Installation and Setup

During the installation at some point the screen went black and froze. Computer was unresponsive. I figured it had something to do with my monitor that I had connected to my laptop. Opened the laptop lid and the screen reverted to the laptop but was still black. I powered off the laptop (my only option). When I turned it on again I got to the Windows 8 boot loader. Every time I chose Windows 8 I got a black screen with an error saying the installation didn't complete properly and I am forced to restart. If I chose Windows 7 computer would boot fine.

I decided to try the installation again without the monitor attached. I selected the VHD that I had created and began installing. It said there was an existing windows installation here and it would move the files to a windows.old file.

Installation proceeded and exactly the same black screen error. No response.

Turned laptop off and back on. HOWEVER, this time I get no Windows 8 boot loader All I get is a blue screen that says Windows Recovery Environemnt. I cannot boot back into windows 7!

I have used the Windows 7 recovery disc to attempt a startup repair, and bootrec.exe /fixmbr, bootrec.exe /fixboot, and bootsec /nt60 SYS mbr

I don't care if Windows 8 doesn't install properly now ... Read more

A:Windows 8 install gone bad - Recovery Environment Screen

Solved this by:

As above - pressed F10 at the Windows 8 Recovery Environment screen
Pressed Esc
I was then brought to Windows 7 boot loader and could choose Windows 7.
Downloaded EasyBCD.
Removed the two instances of Windows 8.
Saved Windows 7 as default boot loader.
Deleted my Windows8.vhd

Now just have to work out how to get the damn thing to detect my monitor again! But thats another question for another thread and another forum.

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I was deleting some partitions including the OEM Partition and WinRE_DRV to re-install Windows 8.1,then i decided not to re-install Windows. Now when i go back to recovery options, when i click on Troubleshooting, all i find are Change UEFI settings or Change Start-up Behavior(or something like that).How do i restore Windows RE?

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Here's a rundown of this system's history:
Bought it prebuilt as a business computer from Dell.
Used it.
Lightning: HDD-1=Poop (usable, but blue screens and freezes a lot)
HDD-2 works fine (purchased new)
Months pass.
Now my dad logs into his e-mail, looks at a message, deletes it, walks away for a few minutes
The computer crashes and only boots to Windows Recovery Environment.
And that's my problem. I can't do anything but boot to this mode and I've restored to the factory image and my own image (created from HDD-1's factory image) and nothing worked.
I've even attempted to bcdedit recovery mode off, but no such luck.
My friend tells me that I need to use a UPS or a Surge Protector and that the power in the business could've spiked and caused HDD failure.
Any halpz and inputz?

A:System only booting to Windows Recovery Environment

To find out if this is your hdd you can download a diagnostic tool from the hdd's manufacturer.
If you look at the hdd the name of the manufacturer will be printed on it, if you provide me with this information I will find a download which you will burn as a ISO file to boot from and run the test.
You may need to access the BIOS to make your DVD/CD-ROM the first device in the boot order if it is not already.

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i suddelny lost my windows 7 after the plug was removed , i tried to recover but i falied i used to do the recover with no problem . how can i solve this issue ? 

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I tried enabling BitLocker on my C: drive, and before I got to any BitLocker setup, a window appeared that said Windows Recovery Environment was being moved, and "You will no longer be able to use Windows Recovery Environment unless it is manually enabled and moved to the system drive." It was the warning from Scenario 1 Step 5 of this article: Scenario 1: Turning On BitLocker Drive Encryption on an Operating System Drive (Windows 7) I ended up not encrypting my drive with BitLocker, and found that my system partition is 199 MB. So, how do I "manually enable" Windows Recovery Environment and "move it to the system drive"?

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I am about to upgrade the following components of my system:

- Motherboard from Asus AV7266-E to MSI K8N NEO2 Platinum
- CPU from Athlon 1900+ to Athlon 64 3500+
- Graphics card from Geforce Ti 4600 (Gainward 750 XP) to Gigabyte NVIDIA Fanless 6800 128MB AGP

Will I need to reinstall Windows XP?
Am I likely to have problems with activation?
Would you recommend a reformat of the C: partition?

There seem to be widely differing views about whether to reformat or not, so I should very much appreciate reasons.

A:Substantial upgrade - Windows reinstall required?

The computer probably wont even boot into Windows if you dont do a re-install because the old chipset drivers will try to load. Ive tried several times and its never worked. Its best to backup your data or move it to another partition and format your primary partition, C, and do a clean install. I keep all my important data and downloads on a seperate partition so I dont have to worry about loosing anything when Windows craps out or I have to re-install. You shouldnt have a problem activating Windows as long as you have a valid product key.

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Hi! I need to restore from a backup image. Firstly the restore from the original installation disc cannot find the image, even though there are at least 4 sat on various connected HDD's.

Also, if I create a recovery drive on a USB stick, is that just another way to locate the image to recover from?

The instructions suggest that the restore will take place from the USB stick only.

A:Windows 10 Recovery Help required

Hi gwladok5,

I'm pretty sure that you should be able to create a bootable flash drive (recovery drive) which will allow you to boot from it, as well as navigate to your back up image to load it. However, I use third party imaging programs that work that way, and I would assume Win-10 imaging works in the same manner.
How to Create a USB Recovery Drive in Windows 10

There are some other free third party back up programs that many people prefer over what comes with Windows. I've included two of the more popular ones below.
Macrium Reflect Free
AOMEI Backupper Standard

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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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I have tried everything in order to fix this problem but my windows 7 file recovery option on windows 8 opens up to a blank page so I can't backup my computer. Please help. There are no error messages

Just a blank page refering to the screenshot. Help would be much appreciated

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The recovery media I made for the windows 7 machines are on DVD.  I need to make a copy of Windows 10 in the event I have a hard drive failure on new laptop.  I can find the procedure, it just does not state what size USB drive to use to make the backup.  Windows 10 home.  Whatever I make he has to be able to reload windows 10 in the event of a hard drive replacement.  Thanks

A:size required for flash drive windows 10 recovery media

oj1 I would certainly not trust the Microsoft recovery drive function -- as I have seen far too many posts on community Win10 forums where folks found those unreliable. I personally prefer to use third-party Recovery solutions as they tend to be both more flexible and more reliable than any built-in solutions.What I recommend is the following:1) Download and install Macrium Reflect (MR)2) Run MR and choose the option: "Create an image of the partition(s) required to backup and restore Windows" to write a full backup to an external drive, USB stick, or DVDs3) Use the option to create a boot USB stick or CDMy experience is that MR, when using the High Compression option, typically can compress the saved image file to about 50% of the USED space in the OS partition. This means if you have an 80GB OS partition, and 40GB is used, MR only needs about 20GB to store the image file.I use this all the time and it typically takes less than 10 minutes to do the image backup and about the same time or less to do a restore. Plus, MR has the option to Add a Recovery Boot Menu entry. This allows you then to boot into WinPE, and you can then use that to do a restore -- when you can't boot into Windows!Good Luck

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Toshiba Portege R830-10Q-P321E
Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit came pre-installed

Attempted to upgrade to Windows 10 and it's completely bricked my laptop - cannot access files, cannot rollback, cannot use an alternative system, cannot repair, nothing!

Looks like I need to format (I have a backup of my personal files anyway), and then do a fresh install, but I have no windows installation disk.

Looking online, it looks like I need the official one from Toshiba (I have my windows key on the bottom of the laptop), but don't know how to get it from Toshiba.


Thanks in advance for your time and help/support.

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This is the screen i get when i start my virtual machine of Windows 8. This is what comes written there.
"Windows Recovery Environment
Your PC needs to be repaired
This 64-Bit application couldn't load because your PC doesn't have a 64-Bit Processor. If you're using Windows To Go, make sure your USB device has a version of Windows that's compatible with the PC you're trying to use.
Error Code: 00xc000035a"
All this when I already have a 64-Bit Genuine Windows 7 home premium installed on my Sony Vaio Lapotop with Core i5 processor, 4GB RAM.
What should i do please help??

A:"Windows Recovery Environment" after installing Win 8 virtual machine

Windows 8 throws an error involving winload.exe when it can not boot for any reason.

Sounds to me like you might have to setup VirtualBox better or whatever software you're using. I don't use virtualization, so I can't be more specific.

In your motherboard bios settings, make sure Virtualization is on, or similar. (VT or HAV)

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K so I'm working on a sony sve14 laptop, I had dualboot windows 8 / ubuntu, I tried to refresh the pc and somehow it deleted both my windows and ubuntu partition.. Both the recovery partitions are still there but how can i access them to reinstall? I have another PC with windoze 8, can i make a recovery disk off that HP laptop and use it to restore windows then access the recovery partition that way? or what do i do?

A:Reinstall windows 8 from recovery

It's doable, but I would need to see it to work out exactly how.

It is probably easiest for you to get a win 8 iso and install it.

Your oem machine should install the correct edition and have the key embedded in the bios.

You can search for a download - pretty easy, or you can try and get one from the oem . I expect they will send it to you for a fee.

Pretty sure your HP discs won't work for what you are trying to do if you use the standard HP setup.

Again, it is possible , but you would need to apply the image which is a bit fiddly if you haven't done it before.

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I'm hoping you can help me! I have a Dell Dimension 8400 with XP. It was SP1 as purchased in 2004 and I subsequently upgraded with SP2 (but not SP3 -- long story). In any case, I got a nasty virus and after consulting with BleepingComputer I decided to replace my hard drive with a new (bigger) drive. I successfully installed the new drive -- I saw that it was recognized by BIOS/set-up and all that. My problem is that I can't seem to get the computer to launch the Dell XP recovery CD.

I put the recovery CD into the DVD-ROM drive, hit F12 and I get the all-to-familiar "Selected Boot Device Not Available" message. I go into set-up (F2) and change the boot order (between SATA drives and CD-ROM). I've tried every configuration and I can't get the recovery disk to launch. Online chat with Dell customer service doesn't help.

So I put back the old (original) hard drive, hoping I can either re-install the XP onto either my original or my new drive. I changed the set-up and all my drives are recognized and the system launches OK. I double-click the DVD-ROM drive and manually launched the recovery disk.

It starts to run and then I get a message that says something like, "You cannot reinstall Windows XP SP1 onto this hard drive because the version running now is newer than the one on the disk. If you decide to continue, all files would be erased". Those are my words... Well, I wouldn't mind erasing everything but here's the kicker: ... Read more

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Hi guys
I`ve got that oriole problem.

I had a problem with Windows 7 unable to boot with another Ubuntu partition. I took ours to be able to back up all the files in windows using a XP live disk. After the back up i had all my files safe but the grab has been damaged and no OS wanted to load (error 17).

After few attempts, my MBR sectors has been erased including the partition table.
So now i`ve got a lonely 250 gb unallocated partition.

Now i just want to have a genuine copy of Windows 7, but the laptop came to me with zero recovery DVDs or else and the partition containing the recover get "scr..ewed".

The only things i`ve got are few Ubuntu live cds, a downloaded pirate copy of windows7 (hope to make it genuine), a windows XP cd and
THE WINDOWS 7 PRODUCT KEY printed on my laptop bottom.

I hope somebody can help me!
(i was thinking about installing a Windows7 pirate copy and make in genuine with my product key, but i`m not sure)

A:WINDOWS 7 reinstall - MBR erased - No Recovery DVD

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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 will need to do a complete system recovery. My computer originally came with windows 7 and then downloaded and installed windows 8. I have my product key. When I downloaded windows 8 it gave me the option of burning a copy of windows 8 to a dvd, however I did not do that. Whenever I do a system recovery will I be able to get windows 8 back without having to pay for another download?

A:Reinstall Windows 8 after system recovery

See if this will work for you. Apparently, you can download windows 8 again and use the key you already paid for. Good luck.

Upgrade to Windows 8 with only a product key - Microsoft Windows

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I have a Dell XPS laptop. I reinstalled windows a weeks ago using an oem disc. Since then i have notice my sound sometimes stops working. I would like to reinstall to factory. I booted and pressed f8 then clicked repair windows. At the repair menu the dell factory reinstall option is missing. My recovery partition is still on the drive.

A:How do I Reinstall Windows from a recovery partition?

Is there no Dell Recovery Tool listed using the method you just described? It appears you are attempting to do everything correctly.

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I created the Windows 8 Recovery Flash Drive:

Disconnected my SATA drives and installed a 128GB SSD. When I boot the flash drive, it runs for a bit then says missing a critical partition (or something like that).

I had to disable Secure Boot to boot the flash drive. Do I need to initialize the SSD first? What I expect when done is for it to look like this:

A:Windows 8 Recovery Drive will not reinstall OS

If that is an oem image from the recov partition, it probably wants to restore to the exact same configuration.

You can get probably get around it by creating the volumes, applying the wim , fixing the drive letter, and then adding it to bcd.

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Ok. I contracted a Trojan Virus on my laptop. A friend removed my hard drive, connected it to his PC and says he's now deleted the Virus but that it's screwed with my registry. My Disk Drive doesn't work, neither do my USB ports or speakers. My friend says I need to reinstall windows but I'm worried about losing my files. I've got most backed up but about 3 months worth that aren't and I can't afford to lose them.

I read the reinstall thread and it said my files would be fine, which is great, but I don't have an XP CD - only a Toshiba 'Recovery' CD that came with my laptop and cheerfully proclaims that it will delete all my files.

If anyone can help me with this I'd be eternally grateful!

A:I need to reinstall Windows XP but only have Recovery CD that came with my laptop...

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So, I had the RC Build 7100 32-bit on my PC. This was installed over the top of 32-bit XP. It was expiring soon, got some issues and bluescreened every so often, so I booted the Windows 7 Repair CD I made and used cmd to format the C drive, which worked. However, when I try to load the XP setup disc that came with my PC, it just says "Setup is configuring your computer's hardware configuration..." and doesn't do anything else. Any way to fix this?

A:Can't reinstall XP after formatting HDD with Windows 7 RC Recovery CD

Welcome to the TSG forum

I'd use something other than W7 to format the HDD ... (erase it)
Maybe the freeware Easeus

Did the XP setup disc come with the computer ???

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Whenever I boot up my laptop I only see a black screen with a white dash flashing on the screen (no sounds beside the fan). I know it's the hard drive so I'm trying to reinstall the recovery media. I pressed C on the keyboard to being up the menu, which gives me two options: Windows 7 or memory diagnostic. When I click on windows 7, the screen just remains black, nothing happens. Any suggestions on how to fix the problem? (I tried plugging it into a different monitor just in case). Thank you.

I own a Toshiba Satellite A665 laptop.

A:Trying to reinstall Windows 7 from the recovery media

We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
& made the Startup Repair CD.
startup repair disc-create

Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?

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Hi guys,
My problem is that my hard drive is faulty so I managed to image only the recovery partition to another new hard drive.. now I'm trying to boot to that recovery partition but can't.. its an HP PRESARIO V3000..


A:Reinstall windows using the recovery partition

Hello mate.

I know this isn't what you are asking but if you can find any Vista disk, you could use the info in the tutorial at the link below to unlock the installer so you can install the same version and use the activation key on the sticker attached to the PC to activate.

Look at the last couple posts in the tutorial.

Windows 7 Universal Installation Disc - Create

Activate Vista Normally and by Phone Activation

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Is it possible to reinstall Windows XP Home edition with the recovery DVD that Toshiba shipped with my laptop?

A:Reinstall Windows XP with only Toshiba Product Recovery DVD

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A while back my secondary pc with windows xp home (without any service pack) broke.

The problem was that the system was not responsive enough, filled with rubbish and probably sh1tloads of trojans and the sort, from a time when I was useless with computers. I left the computer in the corner for a while and replaced it with a vista laptop.

After a while with the laptop, I decided that I still needed the desktop as well as the laptop was a shared pc and I needed the pc a lot. I got the desktop up and running. I decided it would be a good idea to reinstall windows xp to get rid of all the problems. I stuck in the restore cd. It wiped the hard drive and then couldn't continue, because I needed to insert a second disc, which I had lost. So now I'm stuck with a pc with nothing on the hard drive and a spare licence key.

Long story short, I have a desktop pc, with a wiped hard drive, a spare windows xp home (no service pack) licence key, and I don't have a restore disk or a windows xp boot disk.

What can I do?

Also, pleae note that I am not in the position to borrow an installation disc off a friend, etc.

A:Need to reinstall windows xp but recovery disc is broken

What brand and model PC?

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I have an HP Envy 15 that I bought over a year ago with factory installed Windows 8.1 64 bit.
? Windows 8.1 64
? 4th generation Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-4200M Processor
? NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M Graphics with 4096MB of dedicated video memory
? 15.6-inch diagonal HD BrightView LED-backlit Display (1366x768)
? 8GB DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm)
? 750GB 5400 rpm Hard Drive
? 24GB flash Hard Drive Acceleration Cache

My computer wont let me log into windows, it's currently in a restart loop: the computer starts -> goes to the HP opening screen -> then to blue screen with the message "Your PC ran into a problem and needs to restart. We're just collecting some error info, and then we can restart for you (System Thread Exception Not Handled (iaStorA.sys)) -> restarts "preparing automatic repair" -> blue screen -? restarts......

i was able to create a recovery USB using a friends computer (http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/create-reset-refresh-media) to create the ISO file and the windows 7 usb dvd download tool to burn it to the usb.

i got the computer to read the usb and boot up from it. These are the screen shots of the options i'm able to choose from when going into "Repair your computer". None of the options in the Advanced options fix the problem or require an image or system restore that I don't have. Refresh and Reset Your PC don't work either.

I talked with HP customer service and told me that since i didnt create an usb recovery im... Read more

A:Unable to reinstall windows 8.1 from burned usb recovery

choose the command prompt option > and then type one command at a time

list disk
list volume
select disk 0
list partition

post a pic of cmd windows..

The issue you are having is with your Intel SATA Storage driver

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Hello everyone

I purchased a Lenovo laptop with Windows 8 Pro preinstalled. It came with 500 GB HDD. I changed the DVD Rom with SSD/HDD tray to use for additional drive. I put an SSD in there and installed Windows 8 on it using a USB Recovery Drive, which I don't have anymore. So my current setup looks like this:
After upgrading to Windows 8.1, the license of some software I'm using got messed up and I couldn't manage fixing it, so the only option I've got left is to reinstall/reset Windows. But since the Recovery partition is on another drive, when I go about creating a Recovery Drive, the option "Copy the recovery partition from the PC to the recovery drive" is greyed out. I've got stuff on my HDD, which I can't currently backup so I don't wan't to format that drive. I'm perfectly fine with formatting the SSD, that's what I want.

What's your suggestion, how can I reinstall/reset my Windows? The only option I see is to install Windows on the Hard Drive (by doing a backup and formatting it first), and then create a usb recovery drive and reinstall again on the SSD, but that's a lot of hassle and I'd need to find an external hard drive for the backup.

PS: Don't know if it matters but I intentionally left the Hard Drive in the original bay (as Disk 0) because of the better protection against falling compared to the added bay in place of the DVD drive.

A:Reinstall Windows, Recovery Partition is on Another Drive


We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
& made the Startup Repair CD.
Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8

You can make a Microsoft Recovery USB Drive
Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
Deleting the Recovery Partition is NOT RECOMMENDED

I personally DO NOT RECOMMEND using this METHOD above, as of the ERRORS you may receive below with the Microsoft Recovery USB Drive.You would be best off using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery DVD's or Recovery USB drive.

I would recommend you making the OEM manufacturer's Recovery DVD's or USB drive.
You can order the Microsoft official OEM Recovery disks from the OEM manufacturer's website.
You can Order Lenovo Recovery Disks from here:
Lenovo Support - Home (US)
Click on Parts & Accessories.

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I have a Toshiba satelite C650 and after 3 yrs. & a warranty no longer in effect, my hard drive went out. A friend replaced the old hard drive for me with a new & better one & since I didn't have a copy of Windows 7 (didn't get one when I purchased my laptop) he installed his copy of Windows Professional, not realizing that he should not do so. At any rate, after having my computer back for about a month & enjoying it, I get a notice that I have an invalid copy of Windows. I contacted Toshiba & they assured me all I had to do was buy the Recovery Media and it would reinstall the Windows Home version over the Professional. I did that & received it today.The installation instruction is to power up the computer while holding down the "c" key & release it when the screen reads "Toshiba".....but it doesn't do that & I don't know what to do at this point. Can someone PLEASE help me?

A:Reinstall Windows Home with Recovery Media

Do you have the recovery CD in the CD drive? If there is more than one CD make sure you have disc 1 inserted.

What are you seeing on screen when you start the system?

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My old HDD got fried, but thankfully a friend had the same laptop (Toshiba satelite c660d) running windows 7 and kindly made me a recovery USB with toshiba recovery media creator.
Next I put in a new HDD (an old working 80gb that i had laying around) and booted up. It went through to the toshiba restore utility and it formatted the HDD but then a short while after starting to copy the files the screen said that there was not enough room on the disk.
Plugging the HDD to another computer I found that the utility created three partitions on the disk (400mb, 78gb and 900mb) the 900 mb (labled recovery partition) had been populated almost fully with files.
I tried expanding the 900mb partition but i was unable to.
Next I erased the 900mb partition and created a new 10gb partition, however when I tried to install again it just reformatted again creating a small 900mb partition - back to square 1!

Most of what i could see on the various forums spoke about re-installing over an existing os but not much about using a new HDD. I saw something about pressing 0 when switching on but it doesnt do anything for me.

Can anyone help???

A:How to reinstall windows on new HDD using Toshiba recovery media

You can try this: Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

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