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Windows 7: Repair Windows 7 dvd drive not recognised

18 Apr 2014   #1

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Repair Windows 7 dvd drive not recognised

The title probably doesn't sound like the thread belongs here but is about a clean install ultimately.

My Toshiba laptop is decidedly slow and fairly old but does work. After various clean ups, defrags etc thought I would do a clean install however the Windows 7 disc is an upgrade from Vista.

Other than being slow the only other problem I have is the dvd drive is not recognised it won't play dvds but will play cds - yes it is supposed to play both. MS Mr Fixit says there is nothing wrong with it but it doesn't show in the device manager either so I can't boot from it.

So I have a couple of questions.

1. Is it possible to to copy the Windows disc to a usb and if so would it boot from there?
2. Is there any other way to get the dvd working?

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18 Apr 2014   #2
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Yes you can download the latest official Windows 7 ISO installation file for your licensed version and write it to bootable flash stick from steps 1 and 2 of Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7.

Then if you follow those steps, use only the recommended methods and tools you will get and keep a perfect install for as long as you do.

In your case with Upgrade version, after booting the Windows 7 installation media it will see an underlying OS to allow use of Upgrade version key during install, even if you go on to correctly delete all partitions, create and format a new one as shown in Steps 7 and 8 of the actual steps to Clean Install Windows 7.

Only if you wipe the HD or have a new HD will it reject upgrade key in which case you should leave it blank then after install do the quick registry workaround in Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version to activate Upgrade version on a new or wiped HD.
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