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Windows 7: recovery media for a Dell

26 Jul 2016   #1
timeless

Windows 7 Professional (64bit)
 
 
recovery media for a Dell

sorry if this is the wrong section, however it seemed closest to my issue..

the gist of my situation is that lve been provided a laptop to repair.. namely a Dell Inspiron 15R N5110, when l received it earlier it was unbootable which lve since solved the registry was completely corrupted which lve since resolved, however with over 400 processes in the background it definitely needs to be restored and ld like to do this with a completely clean setup.

l have managed to backup important files via safe mode and tho lm awaiting a go ahead on reinstalling ld like to obtain a restoration image while lm waiting.. l have visited Dell website using the service key however a recovery image isnt available.. so lm wondering if there are other places to obtain a restore disk for the laptop (the OS is Win 7 Home Premium) to allow me to do a full clean install, l can try using the recovery partition however to be on the safe side just in case of virus infections l thought clean maybe the way to go.

any help would be greatly appreciated.


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26 Jul 2016   #2
SIW2

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

If you have the product key ( usually on a sticker)

Extract the 3rd party drivers form the existing install. Use DoubleDriver or similar.

Download Double Driver - MajorGeeks

Do a clean install with any win7 installation media and then install the drivers you extracted.

https://www.heidoc.net/joomla/techno...-download-tool
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26 Jul 2016   #3
timeless

Windows 7 Professional (64bit)
 
 

so if l obtained a copy of "home premium" from the above location l shouldnt have any issue installing with the COA on the laptop even if its a Dell version? l assumed the versions were somewhat uh... custom, if your certain the COA will work then lve no issue reinstalling.

its just l dont want to loose any recovery possibilities with a working COA (tho ld much prefer that l could do a clean install).

either way, thanks for the links, especially the double driver program, never heard of it before but it sounds immensely useful.
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27 Jul 2016   #4
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP
 
 

Laptops usually comes with a Factory recover partition.
As it will format the drive, BACKUP all user data.
You normally have two (or tree) options:
- Choose restore factory recover from inside Windows.
- Restore from BIOS option (my suggestion)
- Restore from media (DVD's or USB flash drive) created early from Dell Windows program.
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27 Jul 2016   #5
timeless

Windows 7 Professional (64bit)
 
 

well lve did a complete clean install (mainly because l couldnt be sure the problems werent down to a virus infection, not to mention it was damn near impossible to use the system).

seems the links above worked, although l did have to call MS automated line for a install code to get the OS activated but it was no biggie...

however, now its all installed lve noticed its not just my laptop that was annoying to get to update.. been waiting 2hrs for winupdate to populate the list of updates l know l have to do before lm finished with it.. no idea why clean installs are messing me about like this.. (yeah l know there are allot of updates, but l never used to find it so annoying or time consuming).
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27 Jul 2016   #6
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP
 
 

KB3125574 contains all the security and non-security fixes released since the release of Windows 7 SP1 that are suitable for general distribution, up through April 2016.
It’s single, Multi language, 488MB update file (msu). On a recent installation, you must have first to install KB3020369.
For more information read this article: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/...ows-7-and-8-1/
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27 Jul 2016   #7
timeless

Windows 7 Professional (64bit)
 
 

yeah, came across that a few mins ago.. if l had known about it a few months back ld have spent allot less time reinstalling lol, still much appreciated.

now all l need to contemplate is the best free virus scanner for a user who occasionally connects to the internet..
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27 Jul 2016   #8
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP
 
 

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27 Jul 2016   #9
timeless

Windows 7 Professional (64bit)
 
 

damn the prerequisite update is taking its sweet time installing..

cheers for the recommendation will take a gander.. was contemplating AVG, but lve not heard as many good things as l used to about their free version.
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27 Jul 2016   #10
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP
 
 

If you intend to install another firewall than Win default, when installing Avira, uncheck firewall. If you don't it will keep saying the firewall isn't active (Avira doesn't recognize other firewall, only win default and their own).
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