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Windows 7: Win 7 recovery time?

26 Mar 2011   #1
Pragmatist

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
Win 7 recovery time?

Ok this is getting a little ridiculous. I have about a 2yr old HP Pavillion (not the one I'm currently using) with Win 7 64 bit Home Premium and the hard drive was failing. Called and had HP send me a complete set of recovery discs (ended up being 5) to put Win 7 on a new hard drive. I read about these super quiet and fast solid state drives and bought one (Intel). Removed the 750gig hare drive and replaced it with the solid state. Went through the load sequence with all discs and it seemed to be working perfectly. When the last disc ejected the screen had a "click here" to install windows. Removed the disc, clicked it and the screens were typical of loading and all seemed to be great. I remember the messages saying don't interrupt the load and your computer may reboot several times. I think it said it would take up to 3 hours. That was about 14 hours ago. The system does not appear to be locked up as files are still streaming across the screen. I searched and found one guy on the net say it could take a day? Anyone heard of such a thing?

I just wonder how long it is going to be before I just pull the plug and start over.


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26 Mar 2011   #2
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello Pragmatist, welcome to Seven Forums!


Here's another option, have a thorough look through the information presented below and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.


After you have copied out or made back-ups of the data you need to save to external media; if you can find an exact Windows version that the PC shipped with you can do a clean install using the activation key on the COA sticker attached to the PC though it may require a robo-call to MS to sort the OEM batch-key.

How to Activate Windows 7 by Phone


If you can't find an exact same version, you could use the info in this tutorial to create an "all versions" installer of any version Windows installer, to install using the same method I posted above.

Windows 7 Universal Installation Disc - Create


After you have made backups of everything you care to save, the best method is to do a complete wipe (secure erase) of the entire Hard Disk Drive first, it over-writes everything, all the old Windows code including all the old drivers/programs, giving you the best possible space to install Windows to.

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
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26 Mar 2011   #3
gregrocker

 

HP's have more bloatware clogging Win7 than any other model, and the factory restore is a big mess which fails relatively often. Better to go completely clean by finding a Win7 installer for your version.

Follow these tips to get a perfect factory OEM reinstall: Reinstalling Windows 7 - Windows 7 Forums

Later if there are any HP bloatware programs or useless factory utilities you want they can be extracted from the HP Recover Disks using this method: https://www.sevenforums.com/installat...tml#post488270
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26 Mar 2011   #4
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

I would contact HP and explain that you are attempting to restore to an SSD.
I thought most factory restores want to provide a partition structure to a disk at least as large as your original spinning disk.

I've got nothing against using a manufacturers OEM OS and clean up the rubbish. BUT if it was me I would probably draw the line with HP and look seriously at a clean install as suggested by gregrocker or go down the upgrade path.
HP also often seem to want to partition your disk leaving only ONE user accessible primary containing the OS and all your data. Crazy.
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27 Mar 2011   #5
Pragmatist

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
I would contact HP and explain that you are attempting to restore to an SSD.
That is exactly what I did. They sent me the discs to do it. I backed up everything I needed, removed the old drive, installed the new and proceded to load the discs. Seemed to be working but is now stuck.


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I thought most factory restores want to provide a partition structure to a disk at least as large as your original spinning disk.
If this is true it could be why it's failing because the old hard disc was 750 gig and this one is 120.

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I've got nothing against using a manufacturers OEM OS and clean up the rubbish. BUT if it was me I would probably draw the line with HP and look seriously at a clean install as suggested by gregrocker or go down the upgrade path.
HP also often seem to want to partition your disk leaving only ONE user accessible primary containing the OS and all your data. Crazy.
This is what I will have to do. I just don't get why they put the license number on the side of your PC when you buy it. It's worthless. I've been to their site and there is no way to use that number and get the operating system you originally paid for. What good is the number even if you could go there and download the OS, my PC has nothing on it's drive? If my hard drive failed so I no longer have a PC capable of getting to the internet, what good is that number?

I will get the program from a friend and install it and then use that number when prompted for it but it just does not make sense, the number is virtually worthless without a win 7 install disc and they don't give you one of them when you buy it. What do they expect you to do, go buy the program and then use the number on the side of your machine? That's ridiculous!

Another question. I bought the PC and paid for the OS. If I have no restore disc and the hard drive fails, how do you go to MS and say I want the OS on my new drive? Keep in mind there is nothing on the drive so there is no going to their site to download anything.
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27 Mar 2011   #6
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

See my post #2 above; be sure to install the exact same Windows 7 version the PC shipped with or it will not activate using the activation key from the COA sticker.
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27 Mar 2011   #7
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

most manufacturers OEM Recovery disks are not made to Restore to SSD's.
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27 Mar 2011   #8
Pragmatist

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
See my post #2 above; be sure to install the exact same Windows 7 version the PC shipped with or it will not activate using the activation key from the COA sticker.
Ok, thanks. If I know it was "Win 7 Home Premium 64 bit" that's all I need right? It's not like they have multiple versions within those parameters is there?
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27 Mar 2011   #9
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Correct, it could be either 32-bit or 64-bit; it is version specific and not bit rate specific.
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27 Mar 2011   #10
Pragmatist

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
most manufacturers OEM Recovery disks are not made to Restore to SSD's.
This may very well be the problem but that still does not explain why HP support would gladly send me the restore discs for 15.95 when I expressly told the guy it was going on a blank 120 gig Intel SSD, that my hard drive had failed. The guy wasn't sales, he was tech. Said it will work just fine. How come he didn't know this?

I will have a bootable Win 7 64 bit home premium disc and will attempt a clean install using the number on the machine. I hope I haven't written anything to the drive already that will be a problem. The new install will obliterate anything I put on there with the HP restore discs correct?
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