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Windows 7: Recovery Windows to Another Partition

13 Jul 2014   #1
laluka

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Recovery Windows to Another Partition

Hello. My Laptop was pre-installed with windows 7 Home Premium on C:
Some months ago, I have it installed with windows 8.1 on C:, and 7 Ultimate on B: (lol yes B).
I found out that the 7 Ultimate isn't legit, and also found out that I actually has Recovery Partition. so I want to recover the win 7 Home Premium, but to overwrite B: partition.
Can this actually be done?

My laptop is Asus G53JW btw. Thanks in advance.


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13 Jul 2014   #2
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

No, the recovery process will write to C:
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13 Jul 2014   #3
laluka

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

soooo... the only thing I can do is just downloading a Win 7 Home Premium installer and activate it using product key on sticker right?

Edit: Wait, what if I change the partition letter, B: to C:?
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13 Jul 2014   #4
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

No way for you to do that that will affect the recovery process. You can download a legal Windows 7 iso as follows:

If you do not have a Windows 7 installation DVD, or it's not up to the Service Pack level currently installed, you can download a legal copy with SP1 integrated from here:

Windows 7 Direct Download Links

Make sure you get the same version you have, Home Premium, Pro or Ultimate and 32 or 64 bit. Note that Basic or Starter is not available.

I recommend using ImgBurn at 4X speed (or the slowest available) to create the DVD from the downloaded .iso file. Just be careful during the install not to accidentally install some of the bundled junk that comes with it. Always take The Custom Install option.

You can do this on any computer capable of burning a DVD.

YOU MUST HAVE A VALID KEY TO INSTALL THIS .ISO.
The one on the COA sticker on your computer will work.

If you are just using the Recovery Console you do not need a key.

You can also create a bootable USB Flash drive (4GB or larger) to install Windows 7 from.
  1. Download and run Universal USB Installer Easy as 1 2 3[/*]
  2. Select Windows 7 from the first drop down list, all the way to the bottom[/*]
  3. Select the downloaded Windows 7 iso file[/*]
  4. Select your USB flash drive[/*]
  5. Click Create[/*]
For techies or folks who work on computers:

Create Windows 7 Universal ISO With All Editions Selection On Install with ei.cfg Removal Utility.

This will fit on a 6GB flash drive or can be burned to a DVD.
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13 Jul 2014   #5
laluka

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Allright, the key on sticker will do... Thank you!
Just wondering though, the sticker says Windows 7 Home Premium OA, what is this "OA"?
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13 Jul 2014   #6
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by laluka View Post
Allright, the key on sticker will do... Thank you!
Just wondering though, the sticker says Windows 7 Home Premium OA, what is this "OA"?
Windows 7 Home Premium - what is this OA in the license tag? Is it - Microsoft Community
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13 Jul 2014   #7
gregrocker

 

Everything needed is here to do a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7.

Be sure to delete all partitions during the booted install, create and format New or just click Next and the installer will do it for you.
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13 Jul 2014   #8
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) Activation is also known as OA. It's tied to the hardware it's installed on and cannot be moved to another computer.
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14 Jul 2014   #9
gregrocker

 

Means "Offline Activation" by the OEM at factory, using a batch key that is not the same key on your COA sticker.

When you Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 and activate with COA sticker key, it transfers the activation into MS Activation servers.

MS requires OEM's to provide this sticker so that you have a way to retrieve your property (OS) from the OEM's control and deal directly with them for the OS which you own for life.

This is important since the OEM's should only provide hardware and not the crappy factory bloatware install which bogs down Win7 and cripples its potential until it is clean reinstalled. Most factory utilities conflict with better versions of the same function provided in Win7.
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