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Windows 7: Failed HD - Lost restore partition. What are my options?

01 Aug 2015   #1
society misfit

Windows 7 Professional
 
 
Failed HD - Lost restore partition. What are my options?

The hard drive in my GFs laptop pooched. Lost everything including the restore partition of Win 7. Contacted the manufacture about replacement discs but they are giving me grief about it being out of warranty the laptop is 5+ years old. Just do not want to deal with them anymore. Outside purchasing another version of Windows, what are my options? I do have a legit OEM Win 7 key


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01 Aug 2015   #2
GokAy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Clean install the OS - Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

Step 1, discusses how to get installation media.
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01 Aug 2015   #3
society misfit

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Thank you for the reply. Perhaps I should have mentioned that I tried the MS Software Recovery. After entering in my Key they state the software is Preinstalled OEM and that I should contact the manufacture. Have not tried any of the other procedures on that tutorial, I have my suspicions they will not work as well.

I have a retail version of Win 7 Home Premium Upgrade and an OEM Win 7 Pro both of which have been upgraded to Win 10. Also tried a fresh install of Win 10 Home hoping it would accept the laptops Product Key but that did not work either (you never know until you try!!).

Im guessing my options are either nagging the manufacture for a recovery disc or buying another licence from MS, which TBH is not worth the money given the age of the laptop (its a cheapie!). Or install Linux.
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01 Aug 2015   #4
GokAy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Yes, OEM doesn't work with Software Recovery. But you can download with your retail key no problem there.

So:
- Download with your retail key
- Use ei.cfg removal tool, link in tutorial (to change the installer to OEM version on the problem laptop)
- clean install and use your OEM key when asked

Note: I see it is retail upgrade, just try it - hopefully it will work
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01 Aug 2015   #5
society misfit

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

I did not think it would work with a retail upgrade but will give it a try.

Thanks again for your help (BTWcute kitty. She, or he, looks exactly like mine)
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01 Aug 2015   #6
GokAy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

She Not a kitty anymore though, 3 years old now.

There are other methods of acquiring the installer (any Windows 7 installer will work, you can change to any other version with ei.cfg removal tool), for example bug the friends
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