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Windows 7: Make use of recovery disc and new 7 install


22 Feb 2010   #1

Windows 7 64bit
 
 
Make use of recovery disc and new 7 install

Hello,

I have an HP DV3510nr laptop which has a 10gb recovery disc in addition to the 300gb hard drive. The computer came with Vista and a "System Recovery" program that allowed me to reset the computer to its original state, from this recovery disc, which I had to do several times. I have since upgraded to Windows 7 and did nothing with the secondary drive. The upgrade seems to have wiped any system recovery abilities.

I am now needing to reinstall Windows 7 and was wondering how I can set up this recovery disc, with Windows 7, for system restore.

Thanks for any help you can offer.
Dean

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23 Feb 2010   #2

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Welcome

The problem arises from the fact that you did an upgrade and not a clean install. I will get you our tutorial on how to do a clean install with an upgrade DVD. You will be so happy with the improvement.
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23 Feb 2010   #3

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I have found the tutorial which give excellent information regarding the procedure. If you have any questions or problems, be sure to post.

Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version[2]=General Tips
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23 Feb 2010   #4

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
Welcome

The problem arises from the fact that you did an upgrade and not a clean install. I will get you our tutorial on how to do a clean install with an upgrade DVD. You will be so happy with the improvement.
Thanks you for the response. I actually did do a clean install. I am a little anal and didn't want any of the bad voodoo that had bogged down Vista laying around.

Does this mean my recovery disc has a copy of that clean install? If so how do I restore to that point. The Windows restore program only allows me to go back to the end of December. I got Win 7 in October, October 22 to be exact. I would like to start over. I can no longer print from this machine, and my wireless mouse no longer works. Plus it is horribly slow.

Thanks again,
Dean
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23 Feb 2010   #5

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Hi Dean

If you did a clean install and the date is 10/22, that means you probably have the pre-order DVD, which can be used to make repairs. I will get that information for you.
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23 Feb 2010   #6

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Here is our exceptional tutorial on how to make the repair. So with the DVD, you can install the OS, again or make a repair. If you do a clean install (not custom and not upgrade), everything will be perfect.

Repair Install[2]=General Tips
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23 Feb 2010   #7

Windows 7 x64 finally!
 
 

Dean, when you get it repaired, you might want to create an image of your system, so the next time you can restore everything. Take a look at these tutorials, they offer many options how to backup: http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/?filter[2]=Backup%20Restore
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23 Feb 2010   #8

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
Here is our exceptional tutorial on how to make the repair. So with the DVD, you can install the OS, again or make a repair. If you do a clean install (not custom and not upgrade), everything will be perfect.

Repair Install[2]=General Tips
Thanks again for the quick response. What I am hoping to do is load Win 7 onto my Recovery Disc so I can just hit a "System Recovery" button and go back to new. I was able to do this when it had Vista. The "Sytem Restore", which takes me back to a certain time, utility remained in Win 7 but the "System Recover", which uses that second 10gb drive to take me back to a factory state, is no longer available as far as I can tell.
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23 Feb 2010   #9

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

That is not the way to go. With windows 7, you are paying for a great feature, system image. After you are set up and everything is just the way you want it. (after activation), make a system image. You can go back to that point at any time. Keep it on an external hard drive or another external device. Update it once a month. If and when you have a problem, just return to that point. If you perefer you can keep it on your hard drive, and you will be protected except in the case of hard drive failure.
That is what I do and feel very secure.

If you agree, just post and I will get you all the information on system image.
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23 Feb 2010   #10

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wallyinnc View Post
Dean, when you get it repaired, you might want to create an image of your system, so the next time you can restore everything. Take a look at these tutorials, they offer many options how to backup: Tutorials - Windows 7 Forums[2]=Backup%20Restore
Thanks,

How do I do this on that second drive? My system is not allowing me access to that drive.

I have two external hard drives that I use for backup but I would like to make use of the second drive in my laptop.

Windows Explorer says the following when I try to acess the drive:

"Recovery Partition
Warning!

This area of your hard drive
(or partition) contains files used
for your PC Recovery.

Do not delete or alter these files.

Any change to this partition could
prevent any recovery later.
"

The date on the file on this drive/partition says last date modified is 10.22.2009 which leads me to believe it holds my clean install. I just don't know how to access it.

So, how do I get to that.

Thanks again,
Dean
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