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Windows 7: Overwrote a windows 7 by an other windows 7.

28 Jul 2011   #11


I would not rely on any Linux distro or tool for Win7 operations of any sort. We deal with Linux corruption of Win7 OS frequently here. The Win7 tools are new generation and work best for Win7, which is the subject of this forum.

In your case, I would first try to roll back the windows.old folder since you have the option. You may need to borrow a CD drive, or write the Win7 installation ISO to flash stick using the tool I linked above, or write the REpair CD to stick using Win2Flash.

It is a complicated operation but works if you stick it out. If it should fail, you can then move to try to restore Recovery partiiton F8 link to run Recovery from boot, order Recovery Disks, or clean reinstall using the Win7 installer for your version following the steps I gave above.

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28 Jul 2011   #12
Bare Foot Kid
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Hello Frenchmurderer, welcome to Seven Forums!

There's a lot of useful information in this tutorial linked below, if needed.

Clean Install : Factory COA Activation Key

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29 Jul 2011   #13

Windows 7 Home Premium Alienware 64bit Edition

ok my best luck would be to get a copy of a recovery ghost-drive of an M15x Alienware with Windows 7 to fill in the blanks of my own drive but I'm out of luck I can't find anyone that can share his so... I'm screwed on that sollution..
The linux Idea was to temporarly install linux as a secondary OS and switch manually (copy - overwrite) the Windows 7 with the windows.old files... since they are both windows it shouldn't break all the system but since I'm unsure of the result I prefer to ask. gregrocker you got me wrong, I don't want to use a tool I just want to use it as a platform to do the modification so the windows files would not be "in use" and could be overwritten!
Would that work?
Otherwise I think I'm pretty screwed mostly since I gotta solve this by Sunday noon cos afterwards I'm on holiday and I want to have a fixed a fully working laptop for then...
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29 Jul 2011   #14


I don't believe you could use Linux to workaround the windows.old rollback tutorial. You could always borrow or buy a new DVD drive.

If you need it by Monday, Borrow or find a Win7 installation DVD for your version. You can Google Official Win7 download at Digital Life. Write to flash stick using this tool with Win7 in dropdown menu: Universal USB Installer – Easy as 1 2 3 | USB Pen Drive Linux

Then follow these steps to get a perfect clean reinstall: Reinstalling Windows 7
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