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Windows 7: Restore Win 7 from Win 8 Using OEM Recovery Partition

08 Nov 2012   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Restore Win 7 from Win 8 Using OEM Recovery Partition

Hi, I have an Acer Aspire that came with Windows 7 Home Prem. x64 installed. I made the foolish decision to upgrade to Win 8 Pro on Oct 26th when it came out, and I like the idea, but the system just isn't useable to me, and my windows updates constantly fail. no fun.

When I press F8 during startup, it goes to Win 8's hideous blue startup options screen, and when I head to recovery, it says there's no windows 8 recovery. However, in Disk Mgmt I can clearly see my OEM 15GB "Recovery Partition" as well as the 100MB System Reserved Partition. I tried to add the Recovery partition in EasyBCD but it wouldn't show the Recovery Partition, only the System Reserved. Screenshots attached.

I didn't make Windows 7 Restore Disks when I first got the computer because it failed on every attempt, so I left it be. Big mistake. Any ideas how to get my beloved Windows 7 back, even though it'll be fresh? any help is much appreciated!

Thanks! -bryce



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09 Nov 2012   #2
Microsoft MVP

 

Hey Bryce -

Try running Acer factory recovery: Acer Support - Answers, E-Mail, Chat - How do I restore my computer using the eRecovery Management program? followed by Clean Up Factory Bloatware

But even better follow these steps to get the vastly superior Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 without the Acer crapware and useless duplicate utilties. If you go that route you can even delete all partitions during booted install with the Windows 7 DVD provided.
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09 Nov 2012   #3

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Hi greg

Acer Support - Answers, E-Mail, Chat - How do I restore my computer using the eRecovery Management program?
Nice video.

Hi adamsbrye1695

You can Order Acer recovery disks from here:
https://secure.tx.acer.com/RCDB/Main.aspx?brand=acer
or
You can mark the Acer Recovery partition active form a live CD like
Startup Repair
Partition - Mark as Active
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10 Nov 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks Greg! I totally forgot I even had the eRecovery program. It worked like a charm
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10 Nov 2012   #5
Microsoft MVP

 

Glad it helped.

Be sure to Clean Up Factory Bloatware to at least disable all of the startup freeloaders, get the native Windows 7 performance without interference.
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10 Nov 2012   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Already got it taken care of
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10 Nov 2012   #7
Microsoft MVP

 

Great, so if performance shakes out good then you can mark the thread Solved at top when ready.
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