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Windows 7: Accidentally installed windows 7 on my Recovery Partition D:\

26 Feb 2012   #21
SIW2

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I am pretty sure you have at least one wim in the recovery folder - it will be a hidden file - so if you don't have hidden files showing - go to folder options and show hidden files and show protected operating system files.

Greg - you are not helping by giving alternatives.

This should be very simple.


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26 Feb 2012   #22
SIW2

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Did you forget to unblock it?

When you download a file that came from another computer - you need to unblock it.

Rt click the findwims.cmd, select Properties, click UNBLOCK , click APPLY , click OK.
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26 Feb 2012   #23
gregrocker

 

Please excuse my asking, but why would he want to mount Factory Recovery if he just Clean Reinstalled with Dell Reinstall DVD?

He asked if he could get rid of D:Recovery which was accidentally installed upon, which I answered.

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I can't find it, it must be gone. I guess if it is gone then I would be willing to get rid of D:. Would getting rid of it damage my system? Would I have to reformat the system again? As well would simply formatting or deleting D: get rid of all the residues of the windows 7 I installed on it, including from boot files?
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26 Feb 2012   #24
SIW2

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Why do people want half the things they ask for round here?

Just helping to do what he was asking.

It is also a way of finding out more about the dell recovery partition setup and how to deal with it.

If we just tell everyone to reinstall from the dvd - we would learn nothing.
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26 Feb 2012   #25
Khraum

windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
I am pretty sure you have at least one wim in the recovery folder - it will be a hidden file - so if you don't have hidden files showing - go to folder options and show hidden files and show protected operating system files.

Greg - you are not helping by giving alternatives.

This should be very simple.
Hi, I unblocked findwims-V2, and clicked on findwims.cmd. I just don't see a text file telling me the locations of the wims files. Is the text file supposed to be in the findwims-V2 folder? As well, the Recovery folder is empty, with 0 bytes in it. How do you get it to show hidden files?
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26 Feb 2012   #26
gregrocker

 

Hidden Files and Folders - Show or Hide - Windows 7 Forums

Sorry to interrupt but may I ask what you hope to do here?
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26 Feb 2012   #27
Khraum

windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Just went to folder options and changed settings to show hidden files, folders and drives. However, I still don't see any files in the Recovery folder in D:. It is really empty.
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26 Feb 2012   #28
gregrocker

 

As a last resort you can Explore with Partition Wizard CD which will show them if they're there.

It is likely empty because you installed Win7 over it. Do you want to salvage C now or clean reinstall?

You can easily get Dell Recovery disks from Dell as whs said, probably for free. But almost no one who clean reinstalls wants to factory recover again.
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26 Feb 2012   #29
Khraum

windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Hidden Files and Folders - Show or Hide - Windows 7 Forums

Sorry to interrupt but may I ask what you hope to do here?
Actually I was hoping to clean format my whole computer and start completely over. I hope to do so and not have previous installs and boot configurations cause any problems. (Will clean install get rid of everything on my computer?) I am indifferent about retaining the factory image, but just wondering, does Dell send a free resource DVD to anywhere in the world? (I'm in Canada) Or do they only send you one within the time of your warranty? Do they also send you one if you didn't buy your computer directly from them?
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26 Feb 2012   #30
SIW2

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you don't have hidden files showing - go to folder options and show hidden files and show protected operating system files.


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