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Windows 7: How do I create a Win7 Boot Disc for a full system re-boot?

05 Oct 2014   #1

Win7 Home Premium
How do I create a Win7 Boot Disc for a full system re-boot?

I custom built my PC, a few years ago. The motherboard came with Win7 Home Premium installed. It did NOT come with a boot disc. I have tried to do a simple system recovery from back-up image and it failed. I feel the only answer is a full system recovery but, I need my Win7 activation code and a boot disc to accomplish the task. I don't know how or where to find the code or how to create the boot disc. Yes, I am a PC novice and I need help. PLEASE!

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05 Oct 2014   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17, Windows 10 Pro TP

I've never seen a motherboard come with an Operating System but in the scheme of bundling I guess it's possible. Whoever installed the OS should have, and is required to by the licensing, given you the COA/Certificate of Authenticity that has the Product Key on it. If you don't have that you can retrieve it from the Registry of a RUNNING Windows computer using Belarc's Advisor or Magical Jellybean's Keyfinder, both free.
Belarc - System Management For The Internet Age. Software license management, IT asset management, IT security audits and more.
If you don't have the DVD check this page:

From Win7 Help and Support:
Create a system repair disc
System recovery options can help you repair Windows if a serious error occurs. To use system recovery options, you'll need a Windows installation disc or access to the recovery options provided by your computer manufacturer. If you don't have either of those choices, you can create a system repair disc to access system recovery options.
Go to the Windows website to watch the video. (0:36)
To create a system repair disc

  1. Open Control Panel then Backup and Restore.
  2. In the left pane, click Create a system repair disc, and then follow the steps. If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
    • If you're prompted to insert a Windows installation disc, it means that the files needed to create the system repair disc can't be found on your computer. Insert a Windows 7 installation disc.
To use the system repair disc

  1. Insert the system repair disc into your CD or DVD drive.
  2. Restart your computer using the computer's power button.
  3. If prompted, press any key to start the computer from the system repair disc.
    • If your computer isn't configured to start from a CD or DVD, check the information that came with your computer. You might need to change your computer's BIOS settings.
  4. Choose your language settings, and then click Next.
  5. Select a recovery option, and then click Next.
    • Print these instructions and keep them in a safe location with your system repair disc.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
05 Oct 2014   #3

W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM

If you're looking to perform a clean install of Windows follow the steps below:

1: Download Speccy, install and run.Click on the Operating System tab on the left hand side which will provide you with your product key. Make a note of the key for use during the clean installation (Step 5).

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2: Download the ISO file you require from Digital River (scroll down to find the ISO files at the bottom of the page). Save to your desktop or other convenient location.

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3: Create a bootable USB stick or DVD with the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool

4: Save any of your files you want to keep to external media (DVD, CD, USB, external hard drive).

5: Perform a clean installation of Windows by following Clean Install Windows 7

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