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Windows 7: No OS installed, need to do a factory restore.

29 May 2012   #61
Kaktussoft

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jmanwithplan View Post
I was never able to instal windows 8 but I was able to use the recovery tools in the CD to format C:, but the ubuntu installation froze up (a problem related to drivers I believe - it wasn't compatible with my computer)

The reason I formatted C: was because I figured I could somehow get to the advanced boot options to do a factory install.
So both 250GB partitions can be deleted? No relevant stuff on it anyway.

you did never ever touch recovery and OEM partition? So all stuff should be still there


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29 May 2012   #62
jmanwithplan

Window 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Yes, that is correct. If I select hard disc first in boot order I get "boot mgr is missing" I guess it was the last partition marked active. The other two partitions don't have anything on them.
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29 May 2012   #63
jmanwithplan

Window 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I don't know about deleting the partitions, because wont I need one to install the factory image on?
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29 May 2012   #64
jmanwithplan

Window 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

the download is finished. I am creating a bootable windows 7 usb flash drive.
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29 May 2012   #65
Kaktussoft

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jmanwithplan View Post
I don't know about deleting the partitions, because wont I need one to install the factory image on?
I didn't make the recovery partition but usely it works like this:
  • It asks you if you want to keep partitions or if it should repartition
It can be used in worst case... so even if partitions are gone. It's called a RECOVERY partition... it should to care of everything.

Please tell me when download finishes. After that you use the microsoft tool to create an bootable USB stick.

Boot the problem laptop from usb. Don't do anything then. Just post results
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29 May 2012   #66
Kaktussoft

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what brand and type laptop is it btw?
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29 May 2012   #67
jmanwithplan

Window 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

urgg I get the error message "Files copied successfully, but we were unable to run bootsect to make the USB device bootable"

What format should it be in Fat32 or NTFS ?
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29 May 2012   #68
jmanwithplan

Window 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I wouldn't call it a laptop but its got laptop components I guess. It's a dell inspiron all in one PC (23 inches - 1080 p)

It's 64 bit too. It works well If I can actually get it working again.
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29 May 2012   #69
Kaktussoft

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jmanwithplan View Post
urgg I get the error message "Files copied successfully, but we were unable to run bootsect to make the USB device bootable"

What format should it be in Fat32 or NTFS ?
It should reformat itself as far as I know. what is the format of that partition now?
Is it marked active (see disk management)
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29 May 2012   #70
Kaktussoft

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jmanwithplan View Post
urgg I get the error message "Files copied successfully, but we were unable to run bootsect to make the USB device bootable"

What format should it be in Fat32 or NTFS ?
It should reformat itself as far as I know. what is the format of that partition now?
Is it marked active (see disk management)
it should be ntfs btw but not very sure. ntfs works for sure
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