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Windows 7: Recovery disk


06 Dec 2010   #11

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

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I got it to work. But now I need non rewritable disks
When you say you "unlocked" something I'm not sure what that meant.
what I meant was I unlocked my recovery drive. I used bitlocker. It locks my recovery drive so no one can get into it unless they have the password. I think that is what is it for.
If im understanding you correctly, you have locked your Recovery partition (which will reinstall Windows should you ever need it to) with Bitlocker?

This is a Bad Idea (with capital letters!)

Should you ever need to actually boot into that partition because your Windows becomes unusable, your PC will be unable to read it due to it being encrypted. (which is the point of bitlocker) The only way that partition can be accessed is through Windows. (or the fake windows that the install disk creates)

Do yourself a favour and unlock it, it will only cause you trouble. There really is no reason to protect it with Bitlocker anyway, it's not like it has anything on it that anyone with access to a Windows 7 disk doesn't already have.


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06 Dec 2010   #12
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Chiumiento View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
When you say you "unlocked" something I'm not sure what that meant.
what I meant was I unlocked my recovery drive. I used bitlocker. It locks my recovery drive so no one can get into it unless they have the password. I think that is what is it for.
If im understanding you correctly, you have locked your Recovery partition (which will reinstall Windows should you ever need it to) with Bitlocker?

This is a Bad Idea (with capital letters!)

Should you ever need to actually boot into that partition because your Windows becomes unusable, your PC will be unable to read it due to it being encrypted. (which is the point of bitlocker) The only way that partition can be accessed is through Windows. (or the fake windows that the install disk creates)

Do yourself a favour and unlock it, it will only cause you trouble. There really is no reason to protect it with Bitlocker anyway, it's not like it has anything on it that anyone with access to a Windows 7 disk doesn't already have.
+1, absolutely right
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06 Dec 2010   #13
Microsoft MVP

 

Factory Windows 7 Diskography

if Windows 7 becomes unbootable, boot the Repair CD (made in Windows 7 Backup Center) to try to Repair it using Startup Repair, System Restore, Recover using an Image Backup, etc.

If Windows 7 is irreparable, copy out your files and Run the Recovery Partition which is more stable than the Recovery disks. Only if it fails should you run the Disks you make.

If HD fails, run the Recovery Disks on the replacement HD.

Backup a Windows 7 System Image after you have everything set up as you like. You can use this in place of Recovery partition since it will return everything to your favored configuration in about twenty minutes.

And on top of all of this, many tech enthusiasts find a clean copy DVD of their version of Windows 7 to clean reinstall using the Product Key on COA sticker. This is because most factory installs are loaded with so much sponsored bloatware and useless factory utilities (with much better versions built into Windows 7) that a clean reinstall using the Windows 7 DVD gives you a computer that is better than new. Here are some tips based on doing hundreds of these: re-install windows 7
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06 Dec 2010   #14

 

How do I get a clean Windows 7 disk?
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06 Dec 2010   #15
Microsoft MVP

 

The best way is to borrow one from a friend - any version will do - extract the ISO from DVD using ImgBurn, run the ei.cfg Removal Tool to unlock all versions, then burn to DVD using ImgBurn: Ei.cfg Removal Utility Lets You Use Any Product Key With Your Windows 7 Disc

If you download one from the web be sure to rightclick scan with your AV, then check the HASH against the official Win7 HASH to make sure nothing was added or subtracted.
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08 Dec 2010   #16

 

What is hash? And how exactly do I check it and why. Is there a guide that has been writing out for this. I would like to read it. If not can I have one sent to me or wrote on here for everyone. That would be great.
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08 Dec 2010   #17

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Here is a simple article; What is the MD5 hash?
and a more indepth one: What is MD5 Hash and How to Use it?

Basically, its like a fingerprint. Every file has a different hash. When downloading something, if you can check the hash is the same as the known hash of the file your downloading, you know its the right file. Otherwise you might end up with a virused up system.
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08 Dec 2010   #18
Microsoft MVP

 

Click the blue links in my post to get the tool to check HASH and a list of the official Windows 7 HASHes.
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