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: Hard drive crashed and lost windows 7

18 Sep 2012   #1
neesha2

windows 7 basic 32 bit
 
 
Hard drive crashed and lost windows 7

Hello,

I have a Sony Vaio laptop (vpcyb15ag).. My hard drive crashed and all the data and the back up and my system recovery is lost..I had to replace the hard drive but the problem now is that it says "No operating system".. My computer is just 14 months old and just done with the warranty .. Since my laptop is a notebook it never came with the windows 7 basic starter cd and now im stuck.. I have a key for the windows but have no idea were to find a windows 7 starter cd or download so that i can activate it through my key .. i tried contacting a computer tech and he coated me 200$ just for the Windows7.. Please help me out ...


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

18 Sep 2012   #2
Bongo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 8.1 Pro
 
 

Welcome to the Seven Forums

This tutorial should help you out Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 When you get to the official download page just below the home premium download there is some information on how to make a all in one DVD which will include the basic or starter edition you are talking about.

Jerry
My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Sep 2012   #3
neesha2

windows 7 basic 32 bit
 
 

Jerry, thanks. I followed the clean install instructions diligently, and downloaded Windows 7 Home premium ( please note that my previous OS was Win 7 Starter before my HDD crashed ). I cleaned up the ISO file to make it "universal". I went through the boot process, and typed in my product key from the back of my computer, it just refuses to accept the key. I dont understand this unless it is a key for Win7 and i'm trying to activate Win7 Home, but the cleanup is supposed to make this "universal".

I just moved on without putting the product key and it completed the installation. I see that i now have Windows Home premium, so i'm not really sure what happens next. Your help would be much appreciated ! Thanks.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.


18 Sep 2012   #4
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Hi neesha2,

Obviously you could have missed on something.

This should perhaps help you to install the correct Windows 7 Starter edition.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Sep 2012   #5
Bongo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 8.1 Pro
 
 

Did you download the 32-bit version? That would be the only version that would have Starter.
To use the eicfg_remover.exe Double click the eicfg_remover.exe to launch it. Browse to where the Windows 7 Image (the .ISO file) is stored, select it and click Open. It's done.



Jerry
My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Sep 2012   #6
neesha2

windows 7 basic 32 bit
 
 

hey hi .. Thank you so very much for your hep .. My computer seems to be back on track ... i would have been able to do it without your help ..
Thank you once again...
My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Sep 2012   #7
darksent21

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

you just save 200$.. congrats neesha2!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Sep 2012   #8
Bongo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 8.1 Pro
 
 

You're welcome
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Hard drive crashed and lost windows 7




Thread Tools





Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Dell XPS crashed, now Windows can't find hard drive, but Linux can
3 days ago, I went to boot up my Dell XPS 8500 running Windows 7 Professional 64 bit (after having booted it up and used it earlier in the day with no problem, not having recently installed any software or made any configuration changes.) The result was a black screen with a blinking cursor in...
General Discussion
Hard Drive Crashed???
Hi! Everybody.. i'm newbie here i have samsung laptop windows 7 home premuim 64 bit 500G HD 4G RAM Quadcore Processor Model:NP305E7A-A02US I have this error: "error code: 0x80070570" maybe because i reinstall windows 7 again and again? and i noticed in the bios settings that the total memory...
Hardware & Devices
Installed Windows 7 64 Bit Lastnight but lost some of my hard drive
Before the clean install my 250g hard drive was split into C, D and F drive. During the install i told Windows to install 7 onto the C drive. Then i decided to delete the F drive using the delete option in the belief that it would merge to C However once the install had completed im...
Installation & Setup
External Hard Drive Crashed -.-
A couple months ago, I backed up all my files (pictures, videos, documents, music) to an external hard drive my dad bought a while back. I had to factory reset my HP since it wasn't working well. About a week ago, I went to retrieve all of the files only to have my computer tell me i couldn't...
Hardware & Devices
I lost one of my hard drive when i installed windows 7
I've got almost the same problem, My Partition got lost when i installed windows 7, i can see it though at disk management and it dosen't have a letter, but i cant give it a letter eighter, i get a message saying "The operation failed to complete because the Disk management console view is not...
Hardware & Devices
Think my Hard drive just crashed! What to do?
What can I do? I have important stuff on that drive for work. Is it really toast? Heres the story. Its a Western Digital 320 GB a few years old. It's been in a USB enclosure on top of my computer its whole life and I was just putting the door back on my computer when boom the drive...
Hardware & Devices

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 05:09.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App