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Windows 7: Help. Windows 7 default user in recovery drive? Can't figure this out

21 Aug 2010   #21
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Just one thing, is there anything on the Vista partition that you would want to keep, you can access Vista like this? It would be C: in your case.


Brink is the wiz around here.

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21 Aug 2010   #22
Jwheels

windows 7
 
 

No nothing I would want to keep from Vista. I didn't have that many files in the first place and what I did I just put on a USB storage device. Just a bunch of MS word files, a few spreadsheets and such. All my music and photos I had on my iPod but just put those on my external HDD according to the backup tutorial.

You guys are all "the wiz" around here from my perspective hahaha
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21 Aug 2010   #23
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Thanks, be sure to post back to this same thread to keep us informed as to your progress.
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21 Aug 2010   #24
gregrocker

 

Try just once from Vista to make your factory Recovery disks so you have a path back to factory condition should you ever decide to sell your computer but keep your Win7. There should be a Recovery manager in your Vista All Programs list somewhere which generates the DVD's if the Recovery partition isn't corrupted with the Win7 install.

If this doesn't prove possible, then make a Win7 backup image of your current install saved externally. You will have to include both partitions since the System MBR is on Vista but you'll then have the ability to reimage Vista and delete the Win7 partition if you want to return to near-factory condition.

Now you can wipe the HD of all factory code using BarefootKid's great tutorial: SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

If you have a retail Upgrade version, it will reject the key during install until you do one of the workarounds given in tutorial to clean install Upgrade version, however many if not most of the student deals were full version so you can try key upfront to see: Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version
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22 Aug 2010   #25
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jwheels View Post
here is my boot config

I'm starting to understand, I think.

Thanks again guys for helping me through this. I'll wait for your final comments before I do anything.
Sorry guys I was not around for a while. But I am on Central European time and had to take some ZZZZ's.
From the Boot snip it looks like my original guess was right - or? In that case, you can still proceed as I outlined in my post #6. But any other approach that gets you to a clean slate is good too. The bootable CD of Partition Wizard may be a great help for that.
Just make sure you first back up anything on your disk that you care to keep.

Re post #24 - Greg, how can he make a Vista factory recovery disk? If you look at his post #11, it says that Win7 was installed on D. That would have detroyed the recovery partition - or am I seeing things?
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22 Aug 2010   #26
gregrocker

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Re post #24 - Greg, how can he make a Vista factory recovery disk? If you look at his post #11, it says that Win7 was installed on D. That would have detroyed the recovery partition - or am I seeing things?
Hi Wolfgang. Just the off-chance that he might have not formatted D and the link to the Recovery image might still be intact. Seemed worth a try, not expecting anything.

More likely he'll need to capture an image of Vista using free Macrium Reflect (to cut Win7 out of the image) or Win7 backup imaging if he wants a path back to factory condition. Or he can order Recovery Disks later if the need arises, or find a Vista installer.

The point is that since Recovery is no longer salvageable, it can be wiped.
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09 Sep 2010   #27
Jwheels

windows 7
 
 

So after I moved and had some time to do the hdd erase and clean install I finally got it working. The tutorials on this site are great help.

However, now when I reinstalled win7 clean, according to the tutorial you suggested BFK, my computer will not recognize my product key. Again, I am using an OEM that I purchased from my school. It recognized the key when I did the primary install when everything was messy but will not recognize it now.

Can someone offer me help in this area, or point me to a tutorial?

I've learned a lot from this process and really appreciate all the help from everyone who contributed.
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09 Sep 2010   #28
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello again.





You may have to do a robo call to sort it.

Activate Windows 7 by Phone
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09 Sep 2010   #29
gregrocker

 

It may be Win7 Upgrade version which requires doing one of the workarounds given here after you install it to a wiped HD in order to activate: Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

Many student versions were reported to be full retail but yours may be different. Does it say Upgrade version?
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10 Sep 2010   #30
Jwheels

windows 7
 
 

It's all activated and good now.

Thanks so much for your help, BFK, whs, and greg. I really appreciate it. I'm definitely gonna stick around here to learn more.
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