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reinstall windows7 using friend's recovery disk

Q: reinstall windows7 using friend's recovery disk

I've had some problems with my computer and am consdering wiping out my hard drive and reinstalling Windows 7. The problem is: I don't have a windows cd to boot it from. My friend doesn't have one either, but he has his recovery disk. We both have Sager laptops but differing models. I was wondering if I could use his recovery disk just to reinstall windows using the microsoft product key under my laptop. Will doing this just give me the drivers that are compatible with his hardware and I can just remove them? I've downloaded my hardware drivers onto an external hard drive and was wondering if i could just load up a clean win7 os that way.
Thanks for your time!

Preferred Solution: reinstall windows7 using friend's recovery disk

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.)

A: reinstall windows7 using friend's recovery disk

Well...you need to understand just what recovery disks are.
They may rely on files which are on a hidden partition on the system's hard drive which was originally installed...they may not.
If the system is not the exact same model...using recovery dsiks from a different system is just an invitation to more frustration.  If you look at those retailers selling "recovery disks", you will see that they definitely are system specific...there is no general reovery disks which can be applied to different system models.
I also imagine that using someone else's disks...will result in the Windows license applicable to the disks used on another system...will show up on that list which Microsoft maintains for known compromised license keys.

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HP will not have them any more. You can go to a third party site like  http://computersurgeons.com/ There are also still some "mirror" links to Windows 7 OEM images Microsoft USED To make available.  Post back with any more questions. I hestitate to post all the options since I don't know what you are willing and able to do. Was the laptop ever upgraded to Windows 10? If so reinstall is MUCH easier. 

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Yesterday morning when I turned on my laptop, I got the "BOOTMGR missing error". My laptop was working with no problems till the night before, so I don't know what happened. Anyway, I tried everything recommend on this forum and elsewhere to fix the problem. But nothing seems to work.

Since I don't have any important stuff on the laptop, I don't mind reinstalling Windows 7 if that would solve the issue. But I don't have a windows 7 installation CD. I have a Samsung R540 which came pre-installed with Windows 7. I went to the Microsoft recovery centre and tried to validate my windows product key but it is not validating.. Is this because my Windows is pre-installed?

Also from the command prompt I can see that I have a recovery partition. When I start the laptop, it says "press F2 for setup and F4 for recovery." But while F2 takes me to the BIOS screen, F4 doesn't do anything. While searching online, someone suggested that the recovery partition must be made active. So I went to command prompt and made it active and tried again. But it has made no difference.

So now I don't what else to do.. I don't really care about any data. I just want the laptop to work.. Is there no hope for me?? I would really appreciate any help
Thanks in advance

A:How to access recovery partition to reinstall Windows7?(BOOTMGR error)

Hi Anna,
have a read of this tutorial.
Bootmgr is missing - Fix


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I have a question about this.

Right now I will upgrade my Vista laptop to Windows 7 . I already did it before with the RC and worked great.

Anyways there are certain functions on my laptop I use . So that's why I didnt do a clean install. But if there is any problem and I need to reinstall windows. I will have to install Vista first . Till SP1 is the best I believe and then again Windows 7 .
A big hassle if you ask me?

Is there a way to make a bootable DVD or something of my laptop once I upgraded to windows 7 and I take kind of a snapshot of that moment.
or something else'

Like when i got my laptop I had to make 2 DVD's so I could reinstall windows. Was hoping I could do the same with Windows7 somehow.

Another thing is. I have an English Windows Vista on a machine but will get a Dutch windows 7 upgrade. I don't think I can upgrade from a English to Dutch right? Although the upgrade is Ultimate?

I also can install an English version of Ultimate and use the key from the Dutch ultimate? or is the key from the box really only for the DVD that's in the box ?

thank you for your answers.


A:Make recovery disk windows7 upgrade from Vista

Quote: Originally Posted by eezdva

I have a question about this.

Right now I will upgrade my Vista laptop to Windows 7 . I already did it before with the RC and worked great.

Anyways there are certain functions on my laptop I use . So that's why I didnt do a clean install. But if there is any problem and I need to reinstall windows. I will have to install Vista first . Till SP1 is the best I believe and then again Windows 7 .
A big hassle if you ask me?

Is there a way to make a bootable DVD or something of my laptop once I upgraded to windows 7 and I take kind of a snapshot of that moment.
or something else'

Like when i got my laptop I had to make 2 DVD's so I could reinstall windows. Was hoping I could do the same with Windows7 somehow.

Another thing is. I have an English Windows Vista on a machine but will get a Dutch windows 7 upgrade. I don't think I can upgrade from a English to Dutch right? Although the upgrade is Ultimate?

I also can install an English version of Ultimate and use the key from the Dutch ultimate? or is the key from the box really only for the DVD that's in the box ?

thank you for your answers.


You choose your language upon installation,i did anyway.
And microsoft have language updates also.

I think as long as the key is for "ultimate" it will work.

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well last week my mate had locked herself out of her laptop
I had to create a windows recovery disk
I used it to system restore her system to a date before she had set her password
and on the menu it said install vista
and on my old laptop that my dad has it's a 2gb compaq presario
they're not made anymore
it has low memory it's very slow and really
hardly useable without getting very stressed
so if I used the recovery disk I created
and click install vista
will it be like a new laptop?
there's nothing needed on the laptop
so nothing is being lost by resetting the laptop
it's got vista home premium x86
thankyou in advance

A:Recovery Disk reinstall

Hello Sound_Asleep,

You could use METHOD THREE in the tutorial below to reset the password instead without losing anything if still need be.

Reset User Account Password

If you used the OEM recovery disc that was created from your mates computer, then yes it will restore the laptop back to factory default like the day she first turned it on. You will not be able to use your dad's OEM recovery disc on your mates computer though.

Hope this helps,

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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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Hey guys, I bought and own d HP Pavilion desktop and a compaq presario laptop.

My desktop got sick with a virus and was very unstable. It became very slow and could not connect to the internet and I had no choice but to reformat it with the CD that came with my laptop. Incidentally the desktop did NOT have its own recovery disks, it was create-your-own, which I never knew about until it became infected, at which point I didn't want to create disks since the computer was infected.

Long story short I installed my my laptop's operating system onto my desktop without problems (although recovering the drivers was a bit of a pain). The only issue was that it wouldn't accept the Windows Genuine Key from my desktop's tower sticker- I had to use the alpha numeric product code from my actual laptop.

Now I was wondering if there would be any problem if I tried reformatting my laptop with the same disk I used to reformat the computer- mostly because the laptop is getting slow (there's no virus on it, I just want the same clean feeling my desktop now has) . Will the same key be accepted?

A:Can I reinstall the XP on two computers using the same recovery disk?

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Have a 64 bit HP Pavilion Home Premium desktop that has become corrupted and we'd like to get it back to factory settings.

I can use F11 to access System Recovery, and the first step is formatting the hard drive. It stays on that screen for at least 15 minutes with the completion pct never moving off 0%. It eventually errors with a 1002 msg, saying I should contact HP for support. Right!!!

If I use a Vista 64 CD (not from HP - an iso image I downloaded and burnt using another computer), I'm on the green and blue Vista screen (after I press any key to boot from CD, and after it finishes loading Windows) for just over 8 minutes (I actually timed it - twice) with no writing or images on the screen - just a cursor, before it gives me a BSOD
STOP: 0x01

A:Cannot Reinstall from Recovery Partition or Disk

That error is related to either bad memory or problematic drivers. Considering that it happened with a installation disk I'm inclined to think memory I suggest that you test it with memtest: Memtest86+ - Advanced Memory Diagnostic Tool

Run it for at least 3 passes.

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I have a Packard Bell imedia 2423.It has nVidia GeForce 8400GS,Amarillo 2 motherboard,AMD Phenom 9500, DVD dual layer drive
and a Seagate Barracuda 7200 250GB hardk disk.It came pre-installed with Windows vista home premium.

I had problems with corrupt files and not knowing much about computers i got my friend to have a look at it. I wish i hadn't.He
took the last resort and without my consent reformatted it and installed an illegal copy of Windows vista ultimate on it(at the
time i didn't have a recovery disk).I ended up with a computer stuck in reduced functionality mode and in despair. I bought a
DVD master disk from Packard Bell and hoped i could fix my PC and return to my legal copy of Windows Vista home premium.

My hard drive seems to have two partitions.Things have not gone smoothly though. I chose the recovery option from the master disk.
It seemed to go ok until it told me to take the second disk out and the computer restarted. It then went to "start of the INITIALISE
phase of the process" window.It seemed to be installing but then froze on 14% of installation and the HDD light stopped blinking.
I aborted and it took me to Windows Boot Manager screen and left the following message:
File: \Boot\BCD
Info: An error occurred while attempting to read the boot configuration

I tried the "windows and smart restore" option on the master disk.When the computer restarted i changed the boot priority to boot from
HDD first.I... Read more

A:Cant reinstall Vista with master recovery disk

Hi SImonFoot,See if this will help: http://support.microsoft.com/?scid=kb%3Ben...mp;x=7&y=13Zllio

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After installing Ubuntu 10.04 as a dual-boot OS off the Live CD, whenever I turn on the netbook I get the Lenovo splash page, then a blank screen, then the splash page, then blank screen...infinite loop! I figure if I reinstalled Ubuntu as a single-boot OS erasing everything else on the HDD it would work fine, but I really need to keep Win7 for work-related reasons.  I don't mind losing my Windows docs, just want to keep the OS. What are my options, if any?  Is there any way I could use the MS Win7 Product Key on the bottom of the machine to get a direct download of the OS?   Thanks for your help!


Go to Solution.

A:* PLEASE HELP! How to reinstall Win7 on s205 w/o Recovery Disk?

hi zenrunner92.did you install ubuntu on d? i'm not sure what happened but it seems you damaged mbr. there are ways to fix it ( please, search the forum ) or you can install the windows first, then re-install ubuntu if you need.you can also download microsoft windows copy and perform clean windows installation but one key recover may stop working.if you need the url to download the iso, please, let me know.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Welcome to Windows Seven Forums.

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

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

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

Clean Install : Factory COA Activation Key

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

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

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

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

The second attempt was sucessful!

A:Got error using recovery disk to reinstall Windows 7

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

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

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

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

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

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Went to do an XP reinstall of factory restore disks (3) and never, ever had this problem. After files were copied, asked to restart PC and got a prompt stating...."cannot find ntldr"-
then asks for a boot disk presumably with this file on it- this has never, ever happened before- isn't ntldr one of the files that's copied and then installed?? I guess what I need to do is to locate an ntldr file, make a disk of it and try to get it installed so the rest of the Xp install can be completed. Thinking perhaps I have a corrupt recovery/reinstallation disk- any suggestions would be appreciated.

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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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Due to various rement programs and fear of viruses, I would like to wipe clean the "C" drive and restore the system to its original out-of-box settings using either the "D" partition or the system produced recovery disks.

A:Clean C Drive & reinstall Vista from Recovery Drive D / Disk

You can use either. Make sure to save any thing of value to you on cds/dvds. Then just follow on screen prompts and that's it.

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how i can ReInstall Windows7 useing my Product id
my oc is
win 7 ultimate full

A:ReInstall Windows7

What version do you have ... Upgrade..Full...OEM???... Home Premium, Pro, Ultimate?? Have you tried formatting your drive during the install process...

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As my previous PC with Xp is now defunct I have inherited a PC 32 bit with windows 7 from my daughter. However this PC is very sick keeps crashing and showing bsod.my question is is it possible to restore the PC to factory condition without the installation discs?

A:Reinstall windows7

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Hi! Please help.
My computer has been infected with ALureon.A
I have Windows Security essentials installed, which "discovered" the virus and apparently removed it. However, after each restart the virus/rootkit reappears. Only MSE is able to find the virus. I've tried Malwarebytes, trendMicro...none of them can detect it.

hijack this logfile:

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 10:53:18 PM, on 12/23/2010
Platform: Windows 7 (WinNT 6.00.3504)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.7600.16700)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,SearchAssistant =
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,CustomizeSearch =
R0 - HKLM\Software\... Read more

A:Can't get rid of Alureon.A even after a windows7 reinstall.

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Im trying to learn self-teach myself to use the internet i got a 2nd hand Dell inspiron 1545. Its on wind7 ,dell wont help unless i pay but as it woz 2nd hand im just trying to UNINSTALL & REINSTALL WINDOWS So everything its restarted im not technical i dont av a disk i dont no best places or prices (im on a fixed income so cost is a factor ) if i asked a repair-shop how much am i looking at paying ?? I dont want to get ripped off ,Can anybody tell me wot im asking for in technical terms & price wots cheapest to WUDT PAY MORE THEN im sorry i hope this is readable & Thank Q anybody that reads & leaves a reply im very greatful (im sorry if this isnt great im dislexic putting down how it reads isnt my strong point)

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I really need some help...i have reinstall windows 7- 3 times. None have worked.
i first system restored to earlier time. It work for awhile then stopped. Next i went through the f8.using dell databackup disk, again worked for days and then stopped.. last night i tried the system recovery disk made when first got system. I had tried them before but it wouldnt read them..last night it did. Retore to factory settings. But when i was looking at the computer panel i no longer have the d drive...sending a picture. orginaly there was the c with 56 gigs and d with rest. now d is unalloted. I would like to partition c bigger but thats later. I thought virus but i have ran all online scanners and no virus showed. I have ran all the diagnostics dell and microsoft installed. No problems..
My problems--1. when i turned on pc today, i am getting same message that made me do first restore..
"Realtek PCI FE Family Controller etc..PXE E-61 media test failed
PXE-M0F exiting PXE ROM"
exit reboot or install boot media"
2. what happened to d drive, make it useable again?
3. How do i make the install stable
I have my pc set at f2 to boot to hard drive. Each time i start pc i have to redo this even though i keep saving configuration to hard drive...when using dvd i f12 to boot to dvd but always reset it...so
what do i do now...my pc will not stay set to boot to hard drive nor is the d drive there...i used the methods decribed-toubleshooting boot failure.
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A:trouble after reinstall windows7 need help please

Sorry to tell you this, but my PC has the same Realtek chipset and every once in a while, the network doesn't work! There is no apparent reason for this that I can tell.

I went back to my motherboard builder site (Gigabyte) and downloaded not on their latest LAN drivers but also the RealTek Diagnostic Utility.

Now, when the network won't connect, I launch the Diagnostic Utility and run the diags. Sometimes it takes a couple of times -- but the network always comes up eventually.

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can someone PLEASE help me. I need to reinstall windows 7 starter on my asus netbook but dont have the disc's etc as it was all preloaded.
I dont have a usb but I have a external hard drive if that helps.

my computer isnt working in normal mode but works fine in safe and safe mode with networks. I also have an old laptop I am currently using to type this on.

Can you please give me a STEP by STEP guide on how to do this? I am not great with computers and just want it fixed.. thanks.

A:Windows7 starter reinstall - please help!

Is there a recovery partition on your hard drive look in my computer you should see the c\: drive and another called recovery that will put the netbook back to factory settings

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unnecessary software? basically i just want to install the bare essentials needed to operate it. is there a way to do this?

A:is there a way to reinstall windows7 without all the bloatware &

Yes. What version of 7 do you have and do you have an activation code on the computer ?

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This is not a major issue, but just the same what I went through yesterday to get back online due to a software incompatibility ( it was iTunes ) I would like it repaired.
Now when the windows boots up there is no sound.. just on that file. So through properties in themes on sounds I clicked and the radio button is greyed out for system startup sounds.
what can I do to correct this situation?

A:Had to reinstall my windows7 and now no startup sound

 Maybe you don't have the right sound driver installed?  Have you checked Device Manager?

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When Microsoft offered free window10, I got it. 3 weeks ago I had computer problems and reset computer to original factory settings (windows 7) How can I reinstall window10 free!

A:reinstall windows 10 from original windows7

Hi: If you had already upgraded to W10 and it was successfully activated, I know you can clean install W10 by making the installation media from the link below (media creation tool). http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10 Since you had previously upgraded to W10 and as long as it was activated, if you need to reinstall it, you don't need a product key. There will be an option to enter a product key but there is also an option to check 'I don't have a product key.' That is what you select to reinstall a previous installation of a W10 upgrade. Now, what I don't know is if you can run the installation disk from the windows desktop and upgrade from W7 to W10, keeping the currently installed programs, files and settings.  I don't know if it will know it was activated before and if you will be given the option of selecting 'I don't have a product key." I have only clean reinstalled W10 using the above method.

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My first install of Windows 7 was the update version. Now I'm having freezing up issues and want to do a fresh install. So my first thought was to format the hard drive, but it say that it has too big of volume. How do i get around that and do a fresh install? Any help is welcomed.

A:How do i format my hardrive and reinstall Windows7.

If you are completely sure that there is nothing that you want to save from your hard drive, then you could just do this:

Boot into bios, change the boot drive to your DVD drive and put the Win 7 DVD in. Reboot.

Go to install Windows normally and it will eventually ask you which drive and partition to install to. At this screen, go to advanced options. If I remember correctly, this is where you can format and then continue to install after.

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How to reinstall BitDefender Anti-Virus 2010 when you migrate from Windows XP to Windows 7?

A:How to reinstall BitDefender AntiVirus 2010 on Windows7

Welcome to SevenForums, techygueind
Look for How to run a program in compatibility mode, in this list of handy tutorials.
Tutorial quick reference list for Installing Windows 7

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I was getting the BSOD so I reinstalled Windows7 on to my SSD.
I downloaded all the motherboard drivers and video card drivers from the web before I reinstalled.
But I kept getting the BSOD. I did a bit of research and downloaded the Windows debugging tool and found out it was nvlddmkm.sy_ causing all the problems. uninstalled the nvidia drivers, ran driver sweeper and rebooted. then looked in C drive for nvlddmkm i found 2 from 2009 that I can't rename or delete. I tried to change permissions, it let me but now i need permission from myself to change it, clicking try again does nothing. I haven't gone in to safe mode to try and rename them yet. Might be my next stop.

anyway Please see attached files as requested.


A:nvlddmkm.sys BSOD after fresh reinstall of Windows7

I'm not sure if it will work for those old files, but run Driver Sweeper in Safe Mode. It's supposed to be run in Safe Mode anyway (that is, after uninstalling the Display Driver in normal mode).

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I have a Windows7(Home Premium) pre-installed Sony Vaio Nw20SF/S laptop in which i tried to create Recovery disks(2 DVD's)... using Vaio Recovery disk Software(Inbuit). It stopped(or hanged donno) in the middle while creating the 2nd DVD then that was cancelled, but a new partition with no FileSystem is created for about 9.3 GB when i look in the Computer Management tool present.

Now, i have two questions to ask...

1) Does Sony Vaio models with Windows 7 comes with Hidden Recovery Disk Partition(D:... something like that or not)???
2) What to do or how to make use of the 9.3GB partition present???

Please Help.
Thanks a lot in Advance...

A:Regarding Recovery disk and Recovery disk partitions in Sony Vaio NW series...

Help please.....

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I recently restored my system to restore point set prior to a failed upgrade to W10 . The restore was "successful" but then... When I boot up, I get normal login but when I enter my password system tells me it is setting up my desktop??  Then it stalls in never never land. When I  boot in safe mode I get my normal desktop but not much works including networking. Most anything I try yields an explorer  error message that the file or resource cannot be found, etc.  Curiously I can open any PDF file with Acrobat and I can even browse and load  other PDF files on the hard disk from within acrobat. I ran boot log and in fact most of the the drivers other than sysroot... did not load. I tried all of the repair options provided by HP and microsoft without success.  So I decided to restore using a set of disks I dutifully prepared when I recently moved my system.  Unfortunately the restore from disk option cannot find the boot file on disk #1.  When I put the disk in another machine I see a normal set of foders including one named "Boot"??I REALLY want to get my system back to what I had when I exeuted  the restore to restore point!

A:System Restore issues Recovery from recovery disk set disk#1...

Be sure disc 1 is clean and no scratches and try again,

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So I tried to Reinstall Windows7 of the recovery CD, that came wiht my computer. Apparently its stuck on the "Installing Dritek Launch Manager(acer)"
6/32 for most then 2 hours. any ideas at whats going on?

A:Windows7? recovery?

Do you have an Acer computer? Your profile shows you running Vista? Is this Reinstall Disc for 7 for this computer? Pull the disc out and clean it of any smudges or fingerprints. And try it again. What Is Dritek Launch Manager? | eHow.com

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I had a dual boot system. Windows 7 Home and Windows 7 pro on 2 separate hard drives.
The main hard drive crashed with Windows 7 Home and had to be replaced.
When I put the OS cd in the cd drive and boot off of the cd drive (using the escape key and set to boot from the cd drive), the computer shuts down and the cd is not read and I am unable to reinstall Windows 7 Home on my PC.

A:Unable to reinstall Windows7 Home dual boot 2 drives 1 drive replaced

Hello neighbor

Does the PC ever shutdown if you enter W7 Pro ?

Windows 7 does not fit on a cd, only a dvd, but I`m sure you meant DVD.

Where did you get the install dvd from ?

Did you create it yourself ?

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

What should I do?

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

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

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

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During recovery - error message: "system image created using efi and this computer is using bios"

My efi bios lists:
windows boot manager with efi label
dvd ram without efi label
dvd ram with label in addition to above when win7 install dvd inserted
hdd without efi label (ntfs)

Thinking it's a boot sequence problem I tried all possible combinations as well as the probable. In some cases I get missing bootmgr of course from the HDD and the familiar "this version of windows is incompatible with the system......." The most successful attempt and the error msg "image created using efi and this uses bios" resulted from any combination which had the non efi dvd ram before the hdd

This follows a virgin install of Win7/64pro and a successful backup to an expansion drive. The original win7 drive was replaced with an identical but empty target drive.

Asus p8p67 rev 3.1 with efi bios
16 GB RAM @1600 mhz
Sandybridge 2500k
Zoltec 560ti

A:Windows7/64 Pro recovery error

Hello maxxx and welcome to Seven Forums.

Don't know if this will be much help but which system imaging tool did you use? There have been reports that the native Windows 7 imaging tool can be kinda useless at times if that's the one you used. Other recommendations include Macrium free, Paragon Backup free, and EaseUS Todo Backup free.

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My PC didn't come with a recovery disc, so I tried using my friend's instead. The problem is, I had Home Basic, whereas he has Premium. Now my Compaq is listed as a Dell and I can't enter my product key due to the version differences. What can I do to resolve this?

A:Tried fixing OS using friend's recovery disc, but....

You Still Have The Choice Of Installling Home Basic over The Premium install , if you are just looking for a serial no one will give it. You coluld download a NON ACTIVATED ISO off a torrent site or request a CD off compaq. The Dell & Compaq have no influence on if the product key works.

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HP probook 4510s windows 7 32bit
I did a "disk sanitizer" and the laptop isn't rebooting right or reading my operating system cd it says "NON-SySTEM ERROR OR DISK REPLACE AND STRIKE ANY KEY WHEN READY"
1) i removed all assceraries from the leptop
2) ran a diagnostic test all passed
3) here are some photos attachments
4) i think i deleted the partition and the OPS wind.7
Please thanks

A:HP 4510s windows7 "Non-system disk or disk error replace..."

What is a "Disk sanitizer." Sounds like a disk wiper, or some optimizing or registry cleaning crapware that ruined your Win7.

Try booting into the Win7 DVD or Repair CD to System Restore to before you ruined the OS as shown in Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Start which also provides the DVD if needed.

If you can't get it started with any of the steps given there then get the superior Clean Reinstall without the HP crapware which is the worst in the industry and throttles Win7 from its native state.

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windows 7-64-bit Computer cpu &Everthing 64-bit ( and 32-Bit Format have's got) 950 GB HDD Sata  
 On the last computer,  Backup $MFT tar.gz type,Backup $MFT Gzip type,Backup $MFT zip type,Backup $MFT ?so type,Backup $MFT Rar type,Backup $MFT 7-Zip Type,....And Fat32 data recover& warning "Not Enough Disk Space low Memory" PartedMagicLiveCd
Boot(Ubuntu Boot)  Latest computer, broke before's
Wipe HDD No Registry Change,,7-Zip,HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT, Zip Commands,Multimedia Formats ,ActiveXplugin and Negative Cleaner ActiveXplugin And Won't Boot Computer,,...  And Windows Application Data Recovery(Because Other's Ubuntu Application Data Recovery
Testdisk&PhotoRec)  Windows TestDisk&PhotoRec    Warning "Not Enough Disk Space  

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Hi--My Pavilion G6 stopped working and the usual Windows7 recover options didn't work, so I sent away for a Windows 7 USB stick recovery kit from HP.  Following the included instructions, the notebook boots up off of the recovery stick, and gets part way through the recovery process but then displays this error: "Windows cannot find 'F:\System.sav\Util\Rstone.exe' Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again." This was an automated process, so there could not have been a typing error. I tried the process several times, but can't get past this point.  Does anyone have any advice on how to proceed? Thanks!

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Hey guys,

I'd like to sell my laptop but i first want to restore the laptop to erase all my stuff.

My laptop is a HP pavilion dv7 2040eb, originaly bought with Vista on it together with a code which gave me the opportunity to upgrade to Windows7 with a reduction in price. So i have W7 running at this moment.

When I open up the 'Recovery Manager' of HP it tells me that it's meant for Windows Vista and that there is a slight chance that certain apps and drivers won't work no more... (so i didn't go on with the recovery)

Also I made a set of Recovery Disks whit the 'Recovery Manager' while i was running Windows7. But now i don't know if my computer burned Windows7 on the disks or Vista :s

I'm just worried because the factory setting was Vista, but i replaced it with Windows7 and I'm not smart enough to see which software i burned on the disk

I realy want to put W7 back on it because it's much better than Vista...

Hope you guys can help me!!
Greetings and thanks in advance!

A:HP pavilion dv7 vista/windows7 recovery

Follow these steps here. >>>>> HP Notebook PCs - Recover Windows Vista Operating System Using HP Recovery - c00809678 - HP Business Support Center

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  After a system crash, my friend installed a different os. I want to format it so it will revert back to its original factory settings. I've downloaded all drivers from this site but not sure if eRecovery will work on a different os.Can anyone help? Thanks.

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My computer froze during an update, upon restarting the computer I now I have a endless loop error.    A black screen appears with the following message.
"Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause.
To fix the problem:
1. Insert your Windows installation disc and restart the computer.
2. Choose your language settings and click next.
3. Click "repair your computer"
If you do not have this disc, contact your system administrator or computer manufacturer for assistance.
File: \Windows\system32\config\system\
Status: 0xc000014c
Info: Windows failed to load because the system registry file is missing, or corrupt."
The computer is a gateway zx6971-ub10p, No windows installation disc was included,
(I had previously made one but am unable to find it, also don't have the box/packaging anymore). I do not care about recovery anything on the computer, I just need to get the computer working again for school.  
Windows Memory Diagnostic found no problems, Various Safe Modes, Last Known Good Configuration, Start Windows Normally,etc... do nothing. 
Was going to try http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-recovery but I don't even know my 25 character product key, no warranty from Gateway now, and no $ to take this thing somewhere.  
Is this computer toast?!?    
If anyone could help me out I would be so grateful!!!

A:Windows Error Recovery Loop(Windows7), Help Please !

Looks like the computer can't find the registry:

Status: 0xc000014c
Info: Windows failed to load because the system registry file is missing, or corrupt."

Several different things could cause this.  Start with these free, bootable hardware diagnostics:  http://www.carrona.org/initdiag.html
I suspect the hard drive, so be sure to run that test.  Also, run the MemTest86+ as I don't trust the results of the Windows Memory Diagnostic
Does the computer have a Windows sticker affixed to it?  If so, that'll contain the Windows Product Key

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Plz Help!!

I deleted a few files like a year ago.. i placed them in the program files of other software in C: . Eventually when i uninstalled that software the folder was gone. Is it possible to recover it in anyway??

A:Recover deleted file without recovery softwares in windows7

A year ago is a very long time. Most likely Windows has long since over written that area of the disk to a point that anything that you would get would be very incomplete and unuseable.

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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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My son has an Asus Gaming lap top that has a virus. It uses Windows7, the firewall will not open or update with the error message 0x80070424, the Trend Micro Titanium anti virus software will not install completely.
I have also downloaded a PC clean-up program that also has a disk clean-up and it has removed malware and was able to clean everything up with exception of repairing the firewall problem
I have burned to a disk the hard drive wipe program from DBAN and was wondering what is the best course of action to take.
1). Should I back-up the entire lap top onto a separate 1tb so I can re-install after wiping the hard drive. (Would this not also copy over the virus as I do not know where it is?)
2). Should I wipe everything from the lap top without saving anything to another hard drive, purchase Windows7 or 8 and install it on the clean lap top.
3). Wipe the hard drive and call it a very nice and expensive paperweight?
Any ideas would be helpful.

PS..I also tried downloading and installing a new firewall program that will not open.

A:Disk wiping, Windows7 and viruses

Download a copy of Windows 7 that matches what you now have. The key on the COA sticker on the bottom of the Laptop is all you need.

Save any data.
Create a bootable DVD or better yet, 4G or more bootable flash drive and do a Clean Install of Windows 7, formatting the drive during the install process.

If you do not have a Windows 7 installation DVD, you can download a legal copy with SP1 integrated from here:

Windows 7 Direct Download Links

Make sure you get the same version you have, Home Premium, Pro or Ultimate and 32 or 64 bit. Note that Basic or Starter is not available.

I recommend using ImgBurn at 4X speed (or the slowest available) to create the DVD from the downloaded .iso file.

You can do this on any computer capable of burning a DVD.

YOU MUST HAVE A VALID KEY TO INSTALL THIS .ISO. The one on the COA sticker on your computer will work.

You can also create a bootable USB Flash drive (4GB or larger) to install Windows 7 from.
Download and run Universal USB Installer ? Easy as 1 2 3
Select Windows 7 from the first drop down list, all the way to the bottom
Select the downloaded Windows 7 iso file
Select your USB flash drive
Click Create

For techies or folks who work on computers: Create Windows 7 Universal ISO With All Editions Selection On Install with ei.cfg Removal Utility.
This will fit on a 6GB flash drive or can be burned to a DVD.
See this tutorial by Brink for Clean Install: Clean Install Windows 7

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hello i have win 8.1 and i'm confused about the differents about these disk i mentioned.
1)can you tell me what are the differents?
if are three different disk:
2)how can create each of them?
3)where is usefull each of them?
4) can i create these disks to usb?
also i have not any installation disk of win 8.1 (my preinstalled os was win 7).i have created a windows image backup.the backup is anything from that?
5) for automatic repair which disk i will create?
sorry for my bad english

A:system repair disk-installation disk-recovery disk

Originally Posted by vasilis

also i have not any installation disk of win 8.1

How to download and create a bootable Windows 8.1 installation media. -> link

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*** STOP: 0x000000ED (0x85BACB18, 0xC0000185, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)

Hello, so I'm trying to repair a friend's laptop. Whenever I boot into it, I get the bsod mentioned above and it only flashes for a split second before restarting. I managed to get the details by using: "Disable automatic restart on system failure".

The big problem I see is that I have no tools I know of to fix the issue. My friend doesn't have a recovery disk or an installation disk. He doesn't know the product key so I can't make an installation disk from Microsoft's site. He also doesn't know what version of Windows 7 he is running and it doesn't say anywhere on the laptop as the laptop originally had Windows 8.

So without any of that information, I'm not sure how to go through with fixing this issue.

Now he is alright with me doing a clean install as long as I backup his pictures. So as long as I'm able to get access to his pictures, his product key, and what version he is running without being able to boot into his operating system, I should be able to fix the issue.

My Dad does have Windows 7 and he does know his product key so I could use that to verify for the Microsoft site, however I don't know how this works now and I don't want to mess anything up for my Dad.

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