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Windows 7: Windows 7 recovery disc

18 Aug 2010   #1
riala

windows 7
 
 
Windows 7 recovery disc

Hi,
Can someone tell me if I use a Windows 7 recovery disc on a system with a pre-installed image from the manufacture (HP), will this work?

Reason being, I screwed up the system by uninstalling all HP software and now the registry is screwed up!

Does the recovery disc fix the registry to its windows default or just windows files?
or will I need a Windows 7 genuine disc and start fresh? (I would rather fix than start fresh).

I have 4 partitions;
(1) hidden set as active named system.
(2) boot drive Windows directory.
(3) manufactures image.
(4) manufactures tool drive. (FAT32)

If I use the Windows 7 recovery disc will I have to set partition (2) as active first? then reboot with the recovery disc?

Then I can format (1), (3) and(4) later after the recovery if I choose?

Thanks.



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19 Aug 2010   #2
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

The Win7 repair disk is used to boot Win7 when it won't boot - to run Startup Repair, System Restore, access a Command Line, Recover using a Win7 Backup Image, etc.
System Repair Disc - Create
System Recovery Options

If Win7 won't start now boot the Repair CD to run Startup Repair which automates System Restore as well as numerous other tests including System File Checker which can repair system files which are not corrupted beyond repair.

If Startup Repair will not start it after being run up to 3 separate times with reboots, then boot back in and choose System Restore from the tools list to attempt to restore before you made the registry changes.

If Win7 still will not start, try booting into Safe Mode to run sfc /scannow to repair System files.

You can copy your files out of an unbootable Win7 using this method:
Copy & Paste - in Windows Recovery Console - Windows 7 Forums.url

If all fails you can run the Recovery Partition using the key given on first boot screen, or look it up in your manual on Support Downloads webpage for your model computer. You will need to fill out your System Specs for us to help you research this information.

Or since your goal was apparently to get rid of the factory bloatware find a Win7 installer for your version to clean reinstall with the Product Key on the COA sticker on machine.
Clean Install Windows 7 - Windows 7 Forums.URL

If Win7 will start, run SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker to try to repair System Files, or if neccessary use the installer to run a Repair Install which reinstalls the OS while keeping programs, files and settings in place.
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19 Aug 2010   #3
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello riala, welcome to Seven Forums!






Here are a couple other options; if the factory recovery partition "manufactures image" is still intact you can use the instructions I wrote a while back to recover the PC to factory settings though it'll be like you when first you took it out of the box.

As Greg has said, find an installer disk, even if it's not the exact same version as what you have and use the tutorial, at the link below to un-lock the "all versions" installer.


Windows 7 Universal Installation Disc - Create


Quote:
HP Recovery Center

Be advised that this will take the machine back to the point when you first took it of the box.
The "HP Recovery Center" will give you the option to send to backup anything you
don't want to lose, so have backup media available to use if you choose this option.

With the machine off press the power button, as soon as you do that start tapping the F11 key.
It may take several attempts to do this, if the first attempt fails, try again.

That should take you to the HP Recovery Center. When there just follow the prompts.

It is pretty much self explanatory. From the time you boot into F11 (not counting
any backups you choose to make) you should be back on a working desktop in about
30 minutes. After it restarts just follow the prompts again to finish the process.

If your first option is system restore select no, which should take you to system recovery.

You want to try system recovery not system restore, unless you have good restore points!
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25 Oct 2010   #4
johnnyb940

windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 

Here's a totally new question about recovery disc's.
before getting a virus and after removing it, windows explorer would keep shutting down and restarting.
I couldn't fix the problem so I decided to restore from recovery disc's. I choose factory restore, and while formatting the HDD the process freezes at 11%. The last of many tries, i got an error.
Besides calling dell and asking for a win 7 disc, do you have any other suggestions? Thanx
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25 Oct 2010   #5
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by johnnyb940 View Post
Here's a totally new question about recovery disc's.
before getting a virus and after removing it, windows explorer would keep shutting down and restarting.
I couldn't fix the problem so I decided to restore from recovery disc's. I choose factory restore, and while formatting the HDD the process freezes at 11%. The last of many tries, i got an error.
Besides calling dell and asking for a win 7 disc, do you have any other suggestions? Thanx
Try formating the HD before choosing the factory restore.
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25 Oct 2010   #6
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

An infectd HD must be wiped with zeroes to overwrited infected code. Use free Partition Wizard bootable CD or the Win7 install DVD Command Line using Diskpart commands given here: SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
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