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Windows 7: Windows 7 not booting

11 Feb 2013   #11

Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bit

Oh, i understand now. I didnt make any recovery disks. Does that means i cant get that partition back without sending it back to dell?

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11 Feb 2013   #12
Microsoft MVP


Why would you want to do that? If you wanted the bloated Factory install, why did you Clean Reinstall in the first place?

Maybe it's not been made clear enough: the Factory Preinstalled Windows 7 which comes with a store-bought PC is a grossly inferior install that smothers the best OS ever with layers of bloatware and useless Duplicate utilities that have much better versions built into the OS to begin with.

No tech enthusiast would run such an install, but instead choose to Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7.

So why would you want a partition on the HD that recovers the bloated preinstall which is the worst install you can have vs. the Clean Reinstall which if done correctly according to the steps is the BEST install you can have?

Instead use a Windows 7 backup image saved externally in place of the Recovery partition and so you never have to reinstall again: Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
System Image Recovery
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Feb 2013   #13

Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bit

OK I don't think we are on the same page. I am aware of the fact that dells original system image sucks. I understand that the dell recovery partition was meant to restore the PC to dells version of windows 7 with tons of bloatware, and that a stock windows 7 is much better. That is what I currently have installed (original windows 7 home premium-not dells slipstreamed version)

Let me try to make this more clear. Before I screwed up my computer I had formatted/wiped the 14gb dell recovery partition.
Now that I have run the clean command in diskpart and installed windows 7, the 14gb partition seems to be missing.

This is how my hard used to look: C: 465GB D: 14GB
This is how it looks after clean command+win reinstall: C: 465GB

The reason I want it back is for the disk space, not the dell recovery functionality.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

11 Feb 2013   #14
Microsoft MVP


Please post back a screenshot of your maximized Disk Management drive map and listings:

1. Type Disk Management in Start Search box.
2. Open Disk Mgmt. window and maximize it.
3. Type Snipping Tool in Start Search box.
4. Open Snipping Tool, choose Rectangular Snip, click New, draw a box around full drive map and all listings.
5, Save Snip, attach using paper clip in Reply Box.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Feb 2013   #15

Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bit

Lol I know how to take a screenshot.
I'll upload the pic tomorrow when I'm at my PC(I'm on my phone now), but from what I remember it only showed one partition.
Anyways like I said I'll check tomorrow and post it.

BTW thanks for your quick replies and help.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Feb 2013   #16

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit

Try these steps just to see if you do or do not have the recovery partition

Start the computer.
As the computer starts, press the F8 key until the Advanced Boot Options menu appears on the screen.
Press the down arrow to select Repair Your Computer on the Advanced Boot Options menu, then press Enter.
Specify the language settings that you want, and then click Next.
Log in as a user who has administrative credentials, and then click OK.
Click Dell Factory Image Restore.
In the Dell Factory Image Restore window, click Next.
Click to select the check box for Yes, reformat hard drive and restore system software to factory condition.
Click Next. The computer is restored to the default factory configuration.
When the restore operation is completed, click Finish to restart the computer.

@ Greg … how did you do the little start orb ? Did you use the snipping tool and just upload the bmp file ?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Feb 2013   #17
Microsoft MVP


It's actually on the post toolbar in the Smilies>Show all Smiles, toward the end:

The post is a template which can be created in your UserCP at the bottom of Your Control Panel bar.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Feb 2013   #18

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit

Sweet ! Thanks man there should be more of these sick smiles ( windows related ) .

@ Chrom , you could try this and this

If you follow the first link the set id should be =27 not 07 . 27 is the type ID for recovery partition . It tells Windows that the partition is a recovery partition .
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Feb 2013   #19

Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bit

Heres the screenshot.
@VistaKing like i said above, disk management or diskpart dont show the partition, so i dont think the issue is that its a hidden partition.

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Windows 7 not booting-diskmgmt.jpg  
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12 Feb 2013   #20

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit

The reason why the partition isn't being shown in the Disk Management is cause you wiped it when you did the clean command in diskpart. You could try to recover that partition in the link I gave you partition recovery. What size is your hard drive total.
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