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Windows 7: Trouble installing windows 7 to new hdd using recovery disk

15 Nov 2011   #11
Microsoft MVP

 

Just put the file in the root of the external, plug it into the target machine, boot the DVD/Repair CD and follow these steps: System Image Recovery

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16 Nov 2011   #12

Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64bit
 
 

Under the System Image Recovery selection it tells me that Windows cannot find a system image on this computer. I have my external hard drive with the WindowsImageBackup file in the root directory attached to the computer. It still does not give me that option. So I tried the Select a system image option, but my backup is still not listed.
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16 Nov 2011   #13
Microsoft MVP

 

You've done everything you can then, unless you have Acronis True Image home edition which can convert Windows 7 backup images to Acronis format then you have much more flexibility to work with image.

Otherwise boot the HP Recovery Disks you've made or order from Tech Support, or find a Windows 7 DVD to clean reinstall following these steps to get it perfect: Reinstalling Windows 7
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16 Nov 2011   #14

Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64bit
 
 

Thanks for your help. I have already tried my recovery disks several times, so I guess I will just have to order a set from HP.
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16 Nov 2011   #15
Microsoft MVP

 

Actually if you can find a Windows 7 intallation DVD it is a much cleaner reinstall without the factory bloatware and useless factory utilities which have better versions built into Windows 7.

You can borrow one from a friend or download from the web to reinstall using the Product Key on COA sticker on your machine. Be sure to get a safe copy by googling "official Windows 7 download at My Digital Life."

Then folllow the steps I linked above to get a perfect reinstall.
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18 Nov 2011   #16

Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64bit
 
 

I didn't know that you could do that. I am trying to download it right now although it is going very slow. My only concern is what to do once it is downloaded. I am using my laptop. I guess I will need to install it onto disks and then try installing on my now HDD. I will let you know how it goes. Thank you.
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18 Nov 2011   #17
Microsoft MVP

 

Let me try a third time.

Click this link and it explains exactly how to clean reinstall factory OEM: Reinstalling Windows 7
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20 Nov 2011   #18

Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64bit
 
 

Sorry if it took a while for me to "get it". My problem is solved. After downloading Windows 7 from Mydigitallife.com. I was able to burn it to dvd and load it onto my new HD. It worked great, and I am back up and running. Thanks for much for your time.
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20 Nov 2011   #19
Microsoft MVP

 

Thanks for reporting back. Let us know if anything else comes up.

You can mark the thread Solved at the top.
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