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Windows 7: Activation issue after clean install on new hard drive

06 Aug 2012   #81
F5ing

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Sounds like it's not able to locate the recovery partition and is simply defaulting to Boot Manager.

There isn't anything related to Recovery in Advanced Boot Options, is there?


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06 Aug 2012   #82
mrbongo

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by F5ing View Post
Sounds like it's not able to locate the recovery partition and is simply defaulting to Boot Manager.
I think because my 'recovery' is just a bunch of files in a folder, it's got no partition to utilise.
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06 Aug 2012   #83
F5ing

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mrbongo View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by F5ing View Post
Sounds like it's not able to locate the recovery partition and is simply defaulting to Boot Manager.
I think because my 'recovery' is just a bunch of files in a folder, it's got no partition to utilise.
But it does exist on the old drive, the machine just can't locate it.
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06 Aug 2012   #84
gregrocker

 

So plug in the old HD exactly as it was plugged at factory. Set it first to boot (shouldn't make a difference tho).

Again what is the key given on first screen or in Manual for running Factory Recovery? Try that key repeatedly.

If it will work on old HD it may work when old HD is cloned or imaged over to new one.
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06 Aug 2012   #85
mrbongo

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by F5ing View Post
Sounds like it's not able to locate the recovery partition and is simply defaulting to Boot Manager.

There isn't anything related to Recovery in Advanced Boot Options, is there?
The first option is Repair my computer

which takes me to:


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06 Aug 2012   #86
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Have a look at the init.wcl and int.w00 files with a hex editor - hxd is free and easy to use.

HxD.zip

A .wim file looks like this:

Activation issue after clean install on new hard drive-hxd0.jpg

The .sny files look like this:

Activation issue after clean install on new hard drive-hxd1.jpg

Simple to replace those first 16 bytes with the correct ones.

Copy these and paste them in

4D 53 57 49 4D 00 00 00 D0 00 00 00 00 0D 01 00

Activation issue after clean install on new hard drive-hxdpaste.jpg

Activation issue after clean install on new hard drive-hxd2.jpg

Now if that worked, it is a .wim and opens fine with 7-zip.

Hopefully you will see these inside. If so, that is your Install.wim.

Activation issue after clean install on new hard drive-hxd5.jpg

Just rename it to install.wim.


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06 Aug 2012   #87
F5ing

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

SIW2, this change can be made to the copy the OP added to a subfolder on the new drive? And then can be utilized from there?
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06 Aug 2012   #88
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Quote:
this change can be made to the copy the OP added to a subfolder on the new drive
yes

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And then can be utilized from there?
yes - he will need the wim he is installing from on a different patition than he is installing to.

It can be used again if needs to reinstall in the future.

I haven't seen a Samsung one before - it is extremely likely they have just changed the headers - like Sony do.
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07 Aug 2012   #89
mrbongo

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post

Now if that worked, it is a .wim and opens fine with 7-zip.

Hopefully you will see these inside. If so, that is your Install.wim.

Attachment 225197

Just rename it to install.wim.
Replaced initial 16 with those. Won't open in 7 zip, no idea what I'm doing wrong.

What I have done is using Macrium created an image of the Recovery partition on old drive, it now shows as drive H in my new one.

Does this make it easier to tackle now?
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07 Aug 2012   #90
mrbongo

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
yes - he will need the wim he is installing from on a different patition than he is installing to.

It can be used again if needs to reinstall in the future.
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