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Windows 7: *URGENT* System restore fail, Device manager wiped out, Many more.

29 Jul 2012   #11
gregrocker

 

You can download the ISO to C but I would then burn it to DVD or write to flash stick using Windows 7 USB-DVD Download Tool so you have bootable rescue media if needed. You will then run (not boot) the installer as given in tutorial.


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29 Jul 2012   #12
ParadoXeX

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

can i use my computer's 'reinstall windows option' ? Apparently I have a recovery D: partition.
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29 Jul 2012   #13
gregrocker

 

Yes you can try running HP Factory Recovery from its partition: HP Factory Recovery

Late model HP's offer a Minimal Recovery which is almost as good as a Clean Reinstall.

If possible make your Recovery disks first to have as a backup in case Recovery fails when run from its partition.

I'd also copy out my files first using the Win7 DVD or Paragon Rescue Disk as shown in Troubleshooting tutorial.

You'll need the Win7 installer for this as well as if necessary doing a superior Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 if Recovery methods fail.
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29 Jul 2012   #14
ParadoXeX

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Just wanted to say again that the problems started after I cancelled the first system restore when it took so long, then I tried a restore from boot which didn't work, after that I chose to start normally, that's when device manager is blank. Also would reinstall windows from the computer options or repair work better, since I feel unsure about doing something as a repair install as I don't really do these kind of things and just follow the steps the computer gives me. (If repair install is the only method I will have to do it anyway) Thanks
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29 Jul 2012   #15
gregrocker

 

If you want the best possible install I would choose a Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 .

HP has the worst load of factory bloatware in the industry, so having only the OS perfectly installed gives much better performance.

Read over the steps to ask back any questions as there will always be someone here to help you along.

You might want to try the minimal Factory Recovery first after reading over the steps I gave you for that.

If you have files you need then copy them out now.
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29 Jul 2012   #16
ParadoXeX

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

I think I'll try using the HP Factory recovery first to see if it works, but are you saying that if the recovery crashes, I will definitely need a windows 7 install cd for the hp factory recovery? And the link you sent 'HP Recover Windows 7 Operating System Using HP Recovery - HP Customer Care (United States - English) ' doesn't work.

I really appreciate your help,

Thanks
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29 Jul 2012   #17
kegobeer

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

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29 Jul 2012   #18
gregrocker

 

Sorry, I corrected my HP link which has gone bad after posting it for several year's: HP Factory Recovery

I would make the disks as also shown in the link first so you have a backup method to running Recovery. I would also run the Minimal Recovery if available on your model so it isn't necessary to Clean Up Factory Bloatware afterwards.

If these methods fail you can try the Clean Reinstall which as stated is a much superior install with HP.
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30 Jul 2012   #19
ParadoXeX

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Hi,

I have created my repair disk, but for the recovery disk can I use an external harddrive? And if I can, would I still be able to back up files and documents on the hardrive?

Thanks
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30 Jul 2012   #20
ParadoXeX

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

I hope this will be the last (annoying) series of questions, The hp recovery manager says that the recovery file is 18.5 GB, i saw in the tutorial on seven forums, using the same dvd type only 2 were needed, I know there must be differences (Different computers) but I googled and everyone else needed 8 GB USB's. What's up with my massive file? My D: recovery is 3 GB's anyway. Thanks
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