Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Accessing my restore partition

20 Apr 2012   #1
barmanjonny

windows 7 home premium x86
 
 
Accessing my restore partition

I have a dell Inspiron 1545 on w7 home premium. It originally came with vista. Vista is in the recovery partition but I cannot access it I'd like to restore it before I sell it as I want to keep my purchased copy of w7. I no longer have the 'advanced boot' option at the startup screen so, Erm help please.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

20 Apr 2012   #2
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Did you ever make Vista recovery disks?

Are you positive you still have the recovery partition?

If nothing else, you should be able to buy Vista recovery disks from Dell.

A screen shot of Windows Disk Management would help.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Apr 2012   #3
barmanjonny

windows 7 home premium x86
 
 

no i never made any vista recovery disks and i'm 100% sure the recovery partition is there also i refuse to buy recovery disks to give to someone when i sell it


Attached Thumbnails
-manager.png  
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.


20 Apr 2012   #4
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

If you can't lay your hands on a Dell recovery disc, you might want to try this Digital River link for a Windows Vista ISO and use your Dell OEM product key to activate the OS.

Dell Community

Your screenshot shows that the Dell recovery partition is in place, but the Dell OEM partition isn't, which will explain why you don't have the advanced boot option. The Dell OEM partition should be where the 110 MB unallocated space is.

Why would you refuse to buy a recovery disc? A computer without an operating system won't sell as well as one with an operating system.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Apr 2012   #5
barmanjonny

windows 7 home premium x86
 
 

That's exactly what I'll do. I'll give it a bash and report back. )
My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Apr 2012   #6
barmanjonny

windows 7 home premium x86
 
 

To be honest I just want shot of the laptop it's old and slow and I have 4 other machines. All I want is my w7 off it so I can use it on my main machine.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Apr 2012   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Are you saying that nothing happens when you tap the F8 key during boot ??
My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Apr 2012   #8
barmanjonny

windows 7 home premium x86
 
 

Whs yeah that's what's happening. It just starts this horrible beeping. And I've tried holding it past that.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Apr 2012   #9
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by barmanjonny View Post
To be honest I just want shot of the laptop it's old and slow and I have 4 other machines. All I want is my w7 off it so I can use it on my main machine.
In that case, just boot into Windows 7 and choose the custom install option, and then delete all the partitions.

Providing you have a retail copy of Windows you can then use it on another computer providing you've removed it from the old computer.

Deleting all the partitions is as good a way as any to remove it.

If you have an OEM version of Windows, it's tied to the computer it's installed on and can't be transferred.

If you really want to go to town you can use Diskpart to clean the drive before you get rid of the computer.

Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command
My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Apr 2012   #10
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

Hi Johnny -

The problem is that during reinstall somehow the 100mb System Reserved boot partition was deleted which took out the F8 Advanced Boot Options. We could help you restore that and Dell Recovery Partition - restoring F8 link.

However there is a way to add the Recovery partition to a Boot Menu at startup using EasyBCD (free Download at bottom of page - no name or email required) so that it will run and recover to factory condition.

Go to Control Panel>Folder Options>View and unhide Hidden and System files. Then in EasyBCD, choose the tab shown below then Browse to the boot.wim in the Recovery folder on recovery drive to add it to a Dual Boot menu, Save then reboot to Dual Boot menu to choose RAMdisk to start Recover.

-capture.pngclick to enlarge


My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Accessing my restore partition




Thread Tools





Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
I am having trouble accessing a partition on an external drive.
I am having a similar problem where a partition is not accessible and when I click on properties I get a message that recycle bin is corrupted. I have a win7 OEM Home edition and one feature that I do not see is the security tab in Properties that many of you have mentioned as a means to resolve...
General Discussion
Trying to make a restore image partition with restore program
I have been trying to do this for the past 3 days, I have a Toshiba laptop that a few years ago the hdd died on taking my restore disks with it, now a friend of mine wants it but I want to remake the restore partition along with the image of a fully installed windows os with drivers and preloaded...
Backup and Restore
Win7 64bits crashes on accessing restore points
Hi everyone, New to the forum, but long time Windows user. I have Windows 7 Pro 64 bits SP1 installed. Here's the deal. My system crashed overnight (no one knows why). When it boots back up, it works fine for a while and then Freezes (no more mouse mouvement, no more num-lock light switching...
BSOD Help and Support
accessing non bootable NTFS partition/s on USB Hard Disk
Hi everyone, I've a disk in a laptop (XP NTFS with 3 partitions) that is failing to boot so I've placed it in a caddy and attempted to access it on my Windows 7 PC. When it's connected it prompts me to initialise device first (which I suspected it would do). I've managed to access partitions...
General Discussion
BSOD On Startup / Accessing New HD / Accessing Internet
Hello all, I'm running on a relatively new install of Windows 7 64bit Ultimate. I recently (about 2-3 weeks ago) installed a new HD and decided to have a fresh start so everything was formatted followed by win 7 install. Everything has been running great up until mid day yesterday. Out of what...
BSOD Help and Support
How can i block certain user accounts from accessing certain partition
Hi i have patition (c) and partition (D) and partition (j) I need help blocking a standard user from accessing partition (D) and partion (j). windows 7 Home premium 64 bit Thnks for any help in advanced
General Discussion

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 17:34.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App