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Windows 7: installed win8.1, want to remove and restore win7. i need help

04 Mar 2014   #1

windows 7 home 64bit
installed win8.1, want to remove and restore win7. i need help

so I made a huge mistake and clean installed windows 8.1 on my HP dv6 and it does not run properly. I really would like to return to windows 7 but am having a very difficult time doing so. I have a system image of my old Windows 7 on an external hard drive and I have HP supplied recovery disks, neither of which I can seem to boot Windows 7 from. I should mention that my CD drive DOES NOT WORK and that I am trying to boot the recovery files from a USB flash drive. Upon booting loading the files I get a message that says "ssrd source not found" . I desperately need help in reloading my old windows 7, or at least boot to factory windows7. Any help is greatly appreciated.

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04 Mar 2014   #2

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Vista x64 / 7 X64

Might be it is looking for the recovery partition.

Probably easier to d/l a pristine Windows 7 iso from of the right language , edition and bit version. Put that on usb drive using Rufus. You can use the key from your coa sticker.

You want the SP1 U (media refresh)

Windows 7 Direct Download Links, Official Disk Images from Digital River

Rufus - Create bootable USB drives the easy way
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04 Mar 2014   #3

windows 7 home 64bit

Here lies another problem: I had to replace the base of my laptop a couple years ago because it broke, and I no longer have the sticker. I MIGHT have a picture of it on an old phone, but I am home and the phone is at school. Is there anything else I can try for now, or should I wait until I can check my other phone?
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