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Windows 7: is it possible to without disk?reformat

05 Jun 2011   #1
SubbinBlazer

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 
is it possible to without disk?reformat

Brothers laptop is acting up. it's a HP pavilion entertainment pc windows vista home premium oemact 64 bit. a how to would be great if possible. thanks

edit july 29, 2011:

ok, so my bro went aheady and purchased a replacement har drive from HP and he also purchased windows 7 home premium operating system disk from a local bestbuy and everything is smooth, but their is no sound. we tried inserting the driver disk that came with the set of recovery disks from when we tried to revoer the vista operating system and the disk didnt auto run. we're not sure if we should use the sound driver from that disk or any of the other drivers from the disk or which drivers to get since it was a windows vista home 64bit and now upgraded to windows 7 home 64bit... feedback would be great. thanks


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05 Jun 2011   #2
Faldo

Win7 Pro
 
 

WHAT??

If you're asking if you can reformat the hard drive without the OS disc the the short answer is no. If you want to reload the operating system, then look for the recovery partition or recovery wizard. When the system goes through POST - it will show you which key to press.
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05 Jun 2011   #3
SubbinBlazer

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Yes, that is the question. The type of questions is the type a noob like my self would ask...
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05 Jun 2011   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You're going to need to give us more details on exactly what you mean by "acting up" instead of just that. More details please.
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05 Jun 2011   #5
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Faldo is correct. On a factory install many time you'll need to hit "F10" or some other key to go to the recovery option. This WILL wipe all your data and programs.

Before that, try to use CCleaner, which will clean out old, unneeded files. It also has a registry cleaning option which may be helpful if this hasn't been done. The CCleaner site aslo has a defragmenting program, Defraggler. These may get it back to speed.

Also have a look at Vista Forums.
Maybe Malwarebytes Free too, download, insatll, update do a full scan.
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05 Jun 2011   #6
t-4-2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SubbinBlazer View Post
Brothers laptop is acting up. it's a HP pavilion entertainment pc windows vista home premium oemact 64 bit. a how to would be great if possible. thanks
How to use the HP recovery partition :
How to Boot an HP Recovery Partition | eHow.com
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05 Jun 2011   #7
SubbinBlazer

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Well, it's super slow and it decideds to play music out of the no where without me trying to do that. Than when i click on something another action happens like a icon from the desktop gets dragged. it's like if the laptop is Possessed . i've tried to clean it up with super antispyware, malware bytes and i have kaspersky internet sequrity. sometimes when on the laptop the bar on the bottom where the start info is and desktop icons disappear than they come back after a while.... i feel like it's jacked up big time so i thought some type of reformat can fix it, but now i come to find out that i cant reformat without the disk. so this recovery thing can help or?
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05 Jun 2011   #8
t-4-2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, SP1
 
 

You don't have the installation disc.
Using the recovery partition allows you to restore the HP to its original state.

Read more: How to Boot an HP Recovery Partition | eHow.com How to Boot an HP Recovery Partition | eHow.com
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05 Jun 2011   #9
SubbinBlazer

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

No installation disk. i purchased the laptop from bestbuy and it didnt come with it... I'm backing up the music/pictures at the moment. So the recovery option doesnt do a wipe out? so it'd only set the setting to factory settings... so whould i look into getting the disk, cause if it's a must i'd rather upgrade to windows 7.
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06 Jun 2011   #10
t-4-2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SubbinBlazer View Post
No installation disk. i purchased the laptop from bestbuy and it didnt come with it... I'm backing up the music/pictures at the moment. So the recovery option doesnt do a wipe out? so it'd only set the setting to factory settings... so whould i look into getting the disk, cause if it's a must i'd rather upgrade to windows 7.
>>> So the recovery option doesnt do a wipe out
Using the recovery partition is to wipe everything out.


>>>so it'd only set the setting to factory settings...
What do you mean " only " ?
Restoring to factory settings means the computer will be like it first came out from the factory. That is as far as you can go.

>>>so whould i look into getting the disk, cause if it's a must i'd rather upgrade to windows 7.
What do you mean " upgrade to windows 7 " ?
You are using Windows 7 Home Premium now. Aren't you ?
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