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Windows 7: Reinstalling windows 7

14 Jul 2012   #11

Windows 7 Home Premuim 64 bit

An I have to use a recovery disk because I can't read my product key on the bottom of my laptop

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14 Jul 2012   #12

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

You are faced with either buying win7 or
ordering recovery discs from HP.

Looking for Recovery Discs? - HP Customer Care (United States - English)
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14 Jul 2012   #13


You can always boot a disk even with that Recovery Failed error message. Just tap the ESC or F9 one-time BIOS Boot Menu key at boot and trigger the CD/DVD drive. If you don't get a prompt to Press Any Key to BOot Disk then the disk is not burned correctly.

So boot into Win7 DVD or Repair CD command line to run Diskpart, free Partition Wizard bootable CD, or DBAN CD to wipe the HD to see if Recovery Disks will then boot and run to completion.

Other options besides ordering your Recovery Disks from HP are to install the free Win8 Consumer Preview which is quite good although the button-like start screen takes some getting used to - it's just a Start menu with clickable icons which actually starts with Windows. We even have a sister site which will get you all set up and running great. You can participate as we did with Win7 beta and earn low cost or free copies as you go from MS.

You can also install a Linux distro which is also free.
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