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Windows 7: Boot Windows 7 System Repair Disc from USB Using Grub4Dos

19 Aug 2013   #10

windows 7 starter x32

Hi there, this post looked like my last hope, I'm desperate!
But I don't have a CD drive on this crappy machine (Dell inspiron mini 1018, win7 starter x32), and my only other available (though in very bad shape) pc is running XP, so can't get past stage 2 of the tutorial!
Is there a way of getting an ISO of the repair file without first burning the CD?
I'm using the entirety of my energy to NOT throw this piece of junk against a wall and joyfully watch it smash in to a hundred little pieces, but it's not even mine, so I can't even if I want to..
Please help!

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19 Aug 2013   #11

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Nets,

Since this for a Dell computer, you should be able to log in at Dell at the link below to be able to download a Windows 7 Starter ISO file. If you do not have a Dell account, then you can sign up for one there.

Afterwards, you could create a bootable Windows 7 Starter installation DVD/USB with the ISO file.

Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool

Hope this helps,
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19 Aug 2013   #12

windows 7 starter x32

Thanks Brink!
"Not Found: Resource Not Found
The resource you requested does not exist."

Anywhere else I could find it? All I come up with are tutorials, but no file!
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19 Aug 2013   #13

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Do you have a friend that has a 32-bit Windows 7 Starter that you could create a System Repair Disc from?

If not, then you may need to contact Dell for replacement installation media.
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19 Aug 2013   #14

windows 7 starter x32

I'm borrowing this laptop from a friend, but his pc is win7 ultimate, and I don't really know anyone else in the area..
Do you know how I would go about asking Dell for help? Who do i need to speak to?

I appreciate your help, shame it's such a hassle to find!
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19 Aug 2013   #15

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Normally, you could order replacement media at the link below for U.S. customers, but....
for other countries, you'll need to contact Dell technical support and requests backup discs.
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20 Aug 2013   #16

windows 7 starter x32

Well, that was a bust..
Not only did I get hang up on mid-sentence by a Dell phone rep, when I called back I was told I would have to buy an OS disk from them and then go out to buy an optical drive, so I can re-install the whole thing.. So not only do I need to spend more than the stupid machine is worth (and in this case it was free!), and not even be able to just repair, but have to wipe it all and start again!

I'm so bloody aggravated!!!

recdisc.exe is there on the system, I just can't bloody get to it!!!

Any other ideas bar getting an external optical drive?

My old self build desktop is in a bad state and off-line, and am only borrowing this piece of crap so I can have some contact to the outside (am house bound).. Was going to buy a new Dell when I got the money, but after the service they just gave me, I have no interest in giving them any of my money, so stuck with this for a while longer.. :/
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20 Aug 2013   #17

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Well, in that case you could try creating a repair ISO using the first part of the method below to use here.

How to Create a Bootable Windows PE CD or USB Flash Drive
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08 Jul 2014   #18

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit

Sorry if it's not the right forum to ask. If I understand correctly this will only make a recovery boot media - How To Create a Windows 7 System Repair Disc

I googled for how to create a USB bootable Windows 7 desktop environment but to no avail. Is there such a tutorial on this forum? Would be appreciated.
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08 Jul 2014   #19

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello xcr,

Yes, this tutorial will create the same System Repair Disc, but on a USB flash drive instead of a DVD.

You might see if this may work for running Windows 7 from a USB flash drive.

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