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Windows 7: Laptop suddenly extremely slow, now can't even start up

02 Feb 2016   #11

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Ok so the hard drive was completely dead. I went ahead and bought a new one and put it in. But I can't use my system image to restore it unless I can get Windows 7 back. My friend was the one who installed it for me years ago when I still had Vista, so I don't have the disk or key number or anything. Is there a way I can order the recovery disk for Windows 7, or do I have to just buy a new copy altogether?

Also, sorry to ask so many questions, but how do I know if I need the 32 or 64 bit one?

Thanks for your help

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02 Feb 2016   #12

Linux Lite 3.2 x64; Windows 7, 8.1

Let me see if I have the facts right. You have a Vista machine that was upgraded, so the COA won't help, and you don't have the key available. But you do have a valid system image of the Win7 install?

If so, you should be able to do this pretty easily. All you would need is a boot disk of the backup program used, whether it was a third party program like aomei, or a Win7 Repair disk if you used the backup utility in the W7 Control Panel. If you don't have a W7 repair disk, have a friend with W7 of the same bitness burn one for you from control panel / backup and restore.

I don't believe MS is selling Win7 anymore in any form. The big push is to Win10. They took down the .isos that were once up. I have seen other link bandied about here though, so you can do a search and maybe find something.

You may be able to get recovery media from HP, but it would be Vista.

If you're recovering from an image, the bitness question is solved for you. If it's a fresh install, I would base the decision on the hardware and your needs. Older hardware is RAM-limited and therefore does better on the lighter 32bit. Almost no programs suffer for it, with the exception of virtual machines, most of which require 64bit these days.
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