Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: Can I use any Win7 disc to reinstall?

13 Jan 2011   #11
Microsoft MVP


With Win7 backup imaging it's not necessary to clean reinstall repeatedly if you save a Backup Image after you set up and are running best - just reimage the HD (or a replacement) using the DVD/Repair CD in 20 minutes from stored image. Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

Be sure to protect this baseline image by placing it is it's own file on external so it isn't overwritten by subsequent backups if you schedule them. To reimage you'll need to place it in the drive root, named exactly as it is.

Normally 64- and 32-bit are on separate DVD's so read the label. If you've been running 64 bit with no problems then I'd stick with it to get full use of all installed memory.

If the DVD is the same version as you have and want, then use ImgBurn to Save the Image file to your Downloads folder (back it up), then burn to DVD at 4x speed with Verify on. This is how you copy a DVD with ImgBurn which is the best burning program for image files.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Jan 2011   #12

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider

Also, if your friend has the exact version windows 7 as you you may like to follow the below tutorial and make your own install USB installation. That way you don't have to worry about borrowing someone elses in the future.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Jan 2011   #13

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
You can try to repair your MBR and remove the Linux install if you want to, however we see many cases where GRUB corrupts Win7 beyond repair. If you'd like to try, post back a screenshot of your full Disk Mgmt drive map using Snipping Tool in Start Menu.

It seems you are ready to go completely clean with Win7 without the factory bloatware and useless utilities which have better versions built into Win7. Here are tips to get a purrfect clean reinstall: re-install windows 7
I have _never_ seen an instance where Grub "corrupted" Win7 beyond repair. Just fire up a rescue CD, do the ol'" bootrec /fixmbr" followed by "bootrec /fixboot", and you're good to go.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

13 Jan 2011   #14
Microsoft MVP


We see them almost every day here = hundreds of cases. I just answered three today. Stick around.

Those repair commands are all automated in Win7 Startup Repair.

Just make sure Win7 or its 100mb boot partition are marked Active first using Diskpart or free Partition Wizard bootable CD - which also has Rebuild MBR on Disk tab.
Partition - Mark as Active
Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Jan 2011   #15

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit

Until data is actually overwritten, nothing is beyond repair, although it may be beyond the ability of the user to recover without the right software. In experimenting with computers over the last few years I've learned a few important lessons:

Never buy a computer that doesn't come with the media to reinstall the OS
Never keep any important files on the same HDD/partition as an operating system
Never trust any single piece of hardware to store anything important (always have a copy on a separate drive)
Always make a backup image, because reimaging a HDD is one heck of a lot faster than reinstalling windows
My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Jan 2011   #16

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
We see them almost every day here = hundreds of cases. I just answered three today. Stick around.
I didn't say that a Linux install won't overwrite the MBR, leaving the user very confused when they delete Linux and can't boot Windows.

I meant that I've never seen a Linux install that "corrupted" things such that it wasn't pretty straightforward to fix. Certainly nothing requiring a complete reinstallation of Windows, which was what was being suggested.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

 Can I use any Win7 disc to reinstall?

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
IE10, IE11 will NOT reinstall into Win7 after op/sys reinstall/repair
Recently I had to *reinstall* the op/sys. Something got into my user profile documents & corrupted the files including the network ability to connect to the internet. Not wanting to dump the op/sys I chose the route of using the install disc to *overwrite* the current system to correct the...
Browsers & Mail
New CPU and MB, how to reinstall using my retail upgrade disc.
Hello, I will be replacing motherboard and CPU with vastly different models. I am currently running W7 installed from a retail upgrade disc from XP. I plan on using same hard drives and don't mind reformatting system disk. What is my best bet for a successful reactivation. Thanks in advance for...
Installation & Setup
How to reinstall windows 7 without the disc?
I want to install Windows 8 on my computer without dual booting windows 7. However, how would I reinstall windows 7? no windows disc was given when I bought the computer. Which one do i create in order to reinstall windows 7 in the future? system image or system repair disc? I already created...
Installation & Setup
Can't reinstall Win 7 from partition or disc?
Hi from Finland. I'm new to the forum but have referred to the posts here many times before. Only now I have exhausted myself searching through previous posts before registering to ask for help. So I hope some of you, who are smarter than me, can assist :) My issue started with the...
Installation & Setup
Reinstall Win7 32bit to Win7 64bit /backup disc content
Hey, I purchased the Win 7 Pro Upgrade 32bit via digitalriver, but I've been doing some reseach and probably should have selected the 64bit version. - Any ideas how I can get the 64bit version? - For those who ordered the 32bit back-up disc kit for the extra $15 and have received it,...
Backup and Restore

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:25.
Twitter Facebook Google+