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Windows 7: Reformat gone bad - please help

09 Jan 2014   #1
arayfo1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
Reformat gone bad - please help

I decided it was time to reformat my hard drive so I used a partition tool called Mini Tool Partition Wizard. I'm pretty sure it was successful in wiping my hard drive. The problem is that my Acer only Windows 7 upgrade disk doesn't seem to work. It ran just fine prior to wiping the drive, but now there's nothing. Whenever I start my pc all I see is a black screen with a flashing cursor.

Any idea how I can restore windows 7 on my pc? I would just call Acer support but they expect you to have a pc which is under warranty before they will answer even general questions such as this one. In other words, I thought perhaps I could ask them for some type of recovery disc seeing as how I still have the original disc.


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09 Jan 2014   #2
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

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09 Jan 2014   #3
carwiz

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

You probably have an OEM restore disk that uses the files in a special partition on the disk you just wiped out. OEMs don't normally supply a full version of Windows on the DVD. If you can still read the key on the OEM sticker, just download the version of Windows 7 that came with your system (that matches the key) and do a clean install. You'll get rid of all the OEM crapware at the same time.

If you can't read the key, a new Windows 7 purchase is in your future.

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09 Jan 2014   #4
arayfo1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by carwiz View Post
You probably have an OEM restore disk that uses the files in a special partition on the disk you just wiped out. OEMs don't normally supply a full version of Windows on the DVD. If you can still read the key on the OEM sticker, just download the version of Windows 7 that came with your system (that matches the key) and do a clean install. You'll get rid of all the OEM crapware at the same time.

If you can't read the key, a new Windows 7 purchase is in your future.

Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

Clean Install Windows 7
Hi, I do have the product key but how do I get the OS back on to my machine which currently has a black screen of death?
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09 Jan 2014   #5
carwiz

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

The tutorials explain how to load Windows. Use the one that applies to your original version (Upgrade or original OEM installed OS) You do have to read them for this process to work.
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09 Jan 2014   #6
arayfo1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by carwiz View Post
The tutorials explain how to load Windows. Use the one that applies to your original version (Upgrade or original OEM installed OS) You do have to read them for this process to work.
Yes, but I didn't see anything about downloading the OS on one pc and then attempting to install it on another.
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09 Jan 2014   #7
carwiz

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

You would download the ISO file on a good PC, which is a disk image, then write the ISO to a USB thumb drive OR a DVD. Then use one or the other to install Windows on the other PC. It is explained in tutorial. Be sure to follow the in-line links (blue characters) when necessary.

You wiped the OS (Windows 7) off your disk so there is nothing to boot into. Hence the black screen. You will need to load a new OS.
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09 Jan 2014   #8
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

If you have an Acer PC which came preinstalled with Win7, then everything you need is here to get a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 including the installer and tool to burn to DVD or bootable flash stick in Steps 1/2.
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09 Jan 2014   #9
arayfo1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

I managed to get the iso prepared using the windows dvd/usb tool and managed to also get the OS installed, but then when Windows prompts me to restart so that the installation can continue I received at the black screen a message which reads: a disk read error occurred

I tried reinstalling it a second time on drive D but received the same error.

Any ideas what I'm doing wrong?
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09 Jan 2014   #10
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Did you wipe the entire hard drive ?

You should have only wiped your C partition.

There is no reason to wipe a hard drive, you need only to format it.
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