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Windows 7: Win 7 crashed- No boot disk

04 Apr 2011   #1
shrekdb

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 
Win 7 crashed- No boot disk

Hi,
My laptop used to run on Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit, but the OS crashed and just wouldn't boot. I tried using my laptop's recovery disc, but that had some problem and doesn't help me restore my laptop. I hope to format my hard-drive and do a fresh install of Windows 7. But for that I don't have an installation disc, I have a registered key for Windows 7 at the bottom of my laptop though.

My question is, could I install Windows 7 from someone else's installation disc or an ISO image and register it with my key? Would it be a genuine installation or will I have activation problems later on?


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04 Apr 2011   #2
richnrockville

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1
 
 

Welcome skhrekdb.

The key that is on the bottom of your laptop is for a OEM copy of windows 7 home for your own laptop.
If you would go to your laptop manufacturers site, you should be able to buy/get a set of recovery disks
for your computer. That is one good reason that they recommend creating your recovery disks and boot disk
when you first get your new laptop.
And, NO you can't use someone else's recovery disks or an .ISO.
There is the possiblilty that you can boot a real copy of windows 7 and go to the recovery console and
do a system restore.

Another good reason to create the system restore disks and boot cdrom.

Rich
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04 Apr 2011   #3
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

If you have a mate with a Retail Windows 7 HP DVD, YES you can use it to reinstall.

If you have a External HD, you could copy & paste your data, with your mate's DVD.
Copy & Paste - in Windows Recovery Console

For more help, Can you post your specs.
Filling out System Specs
Dont Know What Hardware You Have..??
VistaForums SysInfo Tool - Vista Forums
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04 Apr 2011   #4
shrekdb

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

@richnrockville,
Well, I do have a recovery disk. Just ONE disk. When I try to run it, its asking to insert 2nd disk... I have no 2nd second disk. Nor do I have Win 7 installation disk. I tried your option of contacting the manufacturers, they have download options only for the drivers and utility. So I am stuck.

@theog
I don't have access to a Retail copy of Windows 7, just an .ISO image file. Could I run it from that?
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04 Apr 2011   #5
cyclic

Windows 7 home premium x64
 
 

Burn the ISO to a disk and see how it goes.
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04 Apr 2011   #6
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by shrekdb View Post
@richnrockville,
Well, I do have a recovery disk. Just ONE disk. When I try to run it, its asking to insert 2nd disk... I have no 2nd second disk. Nor do I have Win 7 installation disk. I tried your option of contacting the manufacturers, they have download options only for the drivers and utility. So I am stuck.

@theog
I don't have access to a Retail copy of Windows 7, just an .ISO image file. Could I run it from that?
Can you take a look at the last part of post 3?
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04 Apr 2011   #7
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

What version is the Win7 ISO file you have? It needs to be for your licensed version in order for the Product key on the COA sticker to work.

If it's for a different version you can run this tool in it from an Elevated Command Prompt to unlock all versions before burning it to DVD using ImgBurn at 4x speed.:
Ei.cfg Removal Utility Lets You Use Any Product Key With Your Windows 7 Disc
Elevated Command Prompt - Windows 7 Forums

Tips for getting a perfect reinstall of factory OEM: Reinstalling Windows 7 - Windows 7 Forums
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04 Apr 2011   #8
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Try pressing F3 at startup, to start the Recovery partition.

You can order Recovery disks from:
MSI Online Customer Service
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