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Windows 7: Can I install Windows 7 Home Basic from Recovery Disc again?


15 Aug 2013   #1

 
 
Can I install Windows 7 Home Basic from Recovery Disc again?

I have DELL Inspiron 3420 (laptop). When I purchased my laptop, a genuine "Windows 7 Home Basic" (64bit), was installed in it. But this windows was so heavy and slow. I made recovery discs of Windows 7 Home Basic. Then I uninstalled Windows 7 Home Basic and installed a fresh copy of "windows 8 pro".
I have four partitions. Now I want to re-install the genuine Windows 7 Home Basic, from the recovery discs, in a separate partition. And I want both windows on my laptop. Is it possible? I have added an image also.



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15 Aug 2013   #2

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Yes, it pretty easy.

Your screen shot is not much use. Disk management always gives more information.

Type diskmgmt.msc in start search box and it will pop up.

You will be better using the official win 7 Home basic installation media. The recovery discs you made will probably be full of oem bloatware.
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15 Aug 2013   #3

 
 

SIW2! Disk Management screenshot is here


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15 Aug 2013   #4

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

F isn't very big , you might want a bit more space than that.


I don't know how the oem have set up the recovery process. Some work similar to regular installation media. The Dell ones used to - unless they have changed them.

You can always try it and see what it offers.

The regular install process goes like this:

Clean Install Windows 7


This might also be useful:

Clean Install : Factory COA Activation Key
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15 Aug 2013   #5

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ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote:
I made recovery discs of Windows 7 Home Basic.
If you made the disks yourself, the Recovery will delete all partition & remake the Recovery partition.
If you ordered the Recovery DVD's from Dell, those will install as regular installation media.

How to order Microsoft official Dell OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks.
Manuals | Dell US
RouteTo
Dell - Support
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15 Aug 2013   #6

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Your best bet is to follow this. You don't need to order anything from Dell.

Clean Install : Factory COA Activation Key
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15 Aug 2013   #7
Microsoft MVP

 

Everything you need is here to get a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
with the Product Key on COA sticker - make sure it's readable now.

Download from Step 1 Windows 7 Home Premium x86 SP1 U (media refresh) X17-58996.iso, run the eicfg removal tool to unlock all versions so you can choose Basic from the menu during install.
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16 Aug 2013   #8

 
 

i am confused. i dont know what will happen if i install windows from the Recovery discs
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16 Aug 2013   #9

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
Quote:
I made recovery discs of Windows 7 Home Basic.
If you made the disks yourself, the Recovery will delete all partition & remake the Recovery partition.
If you ordered the Recovery DVD's from Dell, those will install as regular installation media.

How to order Microsoft official Dell OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks.
Manuals | Dell US
RouteTo
Dell - Support
yes i made myself the Recovery discs with pre-installed "dell datasafe local backup" software. i think the name of the software was like that.
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16 Aug 2013   #10
Microsoft MVP

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ifi444 View Post
i am confused. i dont know what will happen if i install windows from the Recovery discs
If you use Recovery disks you will reinstall all of the factory bloatware and duplicate utilities which interfere with better version built into Windows 7. That's why no tech enthusiast will run such an install but instead Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 to get the best possible install and not the worst install one can have of Windows 7 with the Recovery.

Read over the steps in the blue link tutorial and ask back any questions you have.

If you run Recovery to get the inferior factory install, then be sure to back up your data first as it will wipe out everything. Then afterwards I would Clean Up Factory Bloatware
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