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Windows 7: How do I do a reinstall of Windows 7 with these 3 disks?

23 Mar 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit.
How do I do a reinstall of Windows 7 with these 3 disks?

This is very frustrating. I got two DVDs and one CD from HP for my HP Paviollion Notebook. I have no clue how to do a reinstall of Windows 7.
Can anyone help me? I thought this would be easy. I was wrong.

This is what HP sent me.
  1. Application and Driver Recover CD
  2. System Recover DVD Windows 7 Home Premium 1
  3. System Recover DVD Windows 7 Home Premium 2
Mind you my computer is not up and running with the wireless at this moment.
I really have to get the Windows IT stuff under my belt.

Thanks for your help.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Mar 2012   #2

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate

I would stick disk 2 in the DVD drive. Then turn the computer on and hopefully it'll go.

If not, then you may need to go into the BIOS and make your computer boot off the DVD first, Hard drive second. Then hopefully it'll just go.

If it does I would assume that disk3 would be asked for when necessary then maybe disk 1 or after windows is back up you then run installs off of disk 1.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Mar 2012   #3


Disks 2 & 3 are likely the Recovery Disks although normally you would make them yourself. You would run them in order to restore to Factory Condition.

However there is a Recovery partition on HP's run by tapping the F11 key at boot, which is a more stable way to run Recovery and which I would try first so that if it should fail you would have a backup option with the disks - since if the disks fail you have no Recovery backup.

Here's how to run Recovery: HP Recover Windows 7 Operating System Using HP Recovery - HP Customer Care (United States - English)

You also have the option to get a much cleaner reinstall without all of the HP bloatware using these steps to Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7. Everything you need is in the blue link.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

23 Mar 2012   #4

Windows 10 Education 64 bit

Backup and or copy any important files, documents, picture etc, that you don't want to loose to external media before you do anything. A factory restore will usually wipe out everything and reload a factory image.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Mar 2012   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit.

Thanks everyone. But I'm still confused.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Mar 2012   #6
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

Where is the confusion??
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Mar 2012   #7

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

Turn on your pc and put the DVD Windows 7 Home Premium Disc 1 in your dvd drive and restart the pc, just use the button.

When you get the message to boot from DVD press any key..... press any key on your keyboard. The install process will start. Pay attention to the screen. In a bit it will tell you to put System Recover DVD Windows 7 Home Premium 2 in the dvd drive. When it does, do it and it will finish the install. Take out the disc when it`s done.

Why do you need to do this anyway ?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Mar 2012   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit.

Okay I got the restoration DVD to work. Guess I overcame my confusion. But what confuses me still, is the fact that is only used DVD 1 for the Windows 7 Restoration. It didn't ask for DVD 2.

The only way I got this to work was the find the restore option. I couldn't find it the regular way. The computer was overtaken by viruses.

I am going to use Norton again. It's giving me a 2009 version of Norton to purchase since that's the date we purchased the computer. I am sure the link will go to Norton's current version when I sign up.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Mar 2012   #9

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

You don`t need Norton. Just use Microsoft Security Essentials and Malwarebytes AntiMalware. Both are free.

Using a restore point is not doing a fresh install so I`ve no idea what you did there. But if it`s working and your happy.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Mar 2012   #10


Agreed. If you're prone to infection you can add the real-time protection to Malwarebytes in addition to MSE.

Are you sure you weren't prompted for Disk2 during Factory Recovery? What happens if you put it in the tray to run it now? It might have software you want on it. No need to import any but what you want.

For future reference there is a much leaner install you're entitled to with the license key on COA sticker, steps are here: Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
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