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12 Dec 2011   #11

Widnows 7 Home Premium 64bit

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3) I don't have a recovery dvd -- what do I need to do a recovery of? I do have a Recovery ( D ) partition ... does that need to be burned on a DVD ? Is there any way I can save on an External HDD rather than a DVD ?

Yes, yould burn the recovery DVDs (usually 2). Some say you can also use the external, but I have never tried that. But you can make an image on an external disk if you want extra protection.

So how exactly do I do this? What kind of software do I use to burn this on a DVD ?

And does anybody know how can I burn this on an external HD ? Do I just copy and paste it? Or is there a specific procedure ...

thank you in advance

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12 Dec 2011   #12

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

I wouldn't burn recovery to an external. Use DVDs.

The standard recommendation here is to use ImgBurn to burn the DVDs, but I think Windows can do it with a built in program---I've never even attempted it.

ImgBurn is excellent and free.

Get it here:

The Official ImgBurn Website

The discs will allow you to return your PC to its factory state, but you should be able to do that directly using the recovery partition.

But all of that may be unnecessary, as Corazon states. You may have other issues causing slowness that are correctable without restoring via a full recovery.

Windows 7 typically does not have to be periodically restored like earlier versions may have been.
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12 Dec 2011   #13
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Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

There is a standard procedure in each OEM PC to burn the DVDs - but you can do that only once. Unfortunately each OEM is different. Type Recovery into the Start/Search field and see whether you can find the wizard.
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12 Dec 2011   #14

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Every HP laptop I've dealt with has included a utility to make the recovery DVDs for you...even telling you how many blank discs it needed. The first thing I do when unboxing an HP laptop is create these disks. I don't like having my only recovery method stored on the system's hard drive.

If you want to reinstall Windows 7 on your computer, take the steps now to do it right, and you'll be better off in the end. Get a few blank discs and create the recovery discs. Then save your important data to your external drive. You can recover your key using the software mentioned above, or look for it on the bottom of the laptop.
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12 Dec 2011   #15

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit

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12 Dec 2011   #16
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You will in fact need to reactivate with the Product Key on your COA sticker if you run a Repair Install.

Did you find the sticker on the bottom of your laptop or under it's battery? Is the key readable? Back it up now.

Tell us also the licensed version printed on the COA sticker so we can help you get the installer needed to run a Repair Install.

However first I'd work through these troubleshooting steps leading up to a Repair Install to see if you can solve the problems that way. Running a Clean Boot on many factory preinstalls can end a lot of resource-hogging from all the preinstalled bloatware. Looking for repeat errors in your logs provides clues, while the Win7 System Resources may already have fixes cued for you.

If you choose instead to run Factory Recovery to return the laptop to factory condition, then use these tips to Clean up factory bloatware
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