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Windows 7: Recovery partition disappeared from boot menu


04 Jul 2012   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 
Recovery partition disappeared from boot menu

On my Windows 7 Ultimate Sony VAIO laptop, the recovery partition is no longer visible in the boot menu. I am trying to access my recovery because my BD drive will no longer play CD or DVD, and I also want a clean start.

How can I clean install Windows 7 with no drive that is working? Or is the best way to borrow an external drive?

I'm so stuck and really need this sorting because I need my computer for all my work and flight plans.

Thank you to anyone who helps. If you need anymore information then please ask and I will get it on here ASAP.

Sam

Edit: The clean reinstall I want is Home Premium, I've got the serial on my laptop and the anytime upgrade keys to get to the rest so I just want to get back to Home Prem

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04 Jul 2012   #2

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

You can install from a USB drive.

USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create
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04 Jul 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Where do I get a copy of Windows to do that though?
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04 Jul 2012   #4

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Download the ISO from mydigitallife.info.

Make sure you download the version that corresponds to your Product Key-----Home Premium 64 bit English or whatever the laptop came with.
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04 Jul 2012   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Thank you! I'll post a reply on how it goes tomorrow, I'm off to sleep it's late and I've been trying all day.
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05 Jul 2012   #6
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Everything you need is here to get a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
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05 Jul 2012   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Everything you need is here to get a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
When I get to the Windows DVD tool to put it on my USB, I select the ISO but it says it's not a valid ISO.

Have you any idea what to do?


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05 Jul 2012   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Every time I try to download the file it stops at 2GB, but the file is 3.1GB why is that?
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05 Jul 2012   #9
Microsoft MVP

 

Try another PC to download, or another network. You may have limitations of some sort.
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05 Jul 2012   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Thank you, I have done that and now it is installing. It's taken about three hours now.

I put my pendrive in, booted from it went through the custom install menu and just selected the drive where windows is currently (should I have formatted it?). Then it rebooted and took me back to the menu where you choose to repair or install windows, so i turned it off and tooke my pendrive out then it booted to finish setup and seems to just be stuck, but there are 3 ... moving after 'Completing Installation'

Is it normal for it to take this long because I don't remember the last time I installed windows.
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