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Windows 7: Smashed HDD and can't load windows 7

18 Feb 2014   #1
pete thomas

win7 32bit
Smashed HDD and can't load windows 7

I recently dropped my laptop and damaged my hard drive. I have replaced the hard drive and I previously created a system image repair disc but am having no luck in loading it and do not have a original windows disc. What do i do?

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18 Feb 2014   #2

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Windows 10, Home Clean Install

You must have a valid key for this to work, but here is your DVD
Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool
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18 Feb 2014   #3

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You can order the Microsoft official OEM Recovery disks from the OEM manufacturer's website.
You can Order HP Recovery Disks from here:
Country-language selector | HP® Support
How Do I Order or Download System Recovery Software? - YouTube
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18 Feb 2014   #4

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

Why are you trying to use a system repair disc ?

Do you have a disk image that you want to use to restore windows ?
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18 Feb 2014   #5
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Everything needed is here to do a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 including the installer for your licensed version. This is a vastly superior install to the HP factory preinstalled Win7 which is larded with bloatware and duplicate utilties which interfere with better versions built into Win7.

As Rich points out you'll need to have a readable Product Key on the COA sticker on bottom or laptop, or else you'll need to order your Recovery Disks per Theog's links.
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18 Feb 2014   #6

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Windows 10, Home Clean Install

Hi Gregg, missed you and the forum, but I am back now.
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18 Feb 2014   #7
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Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1

If the installer you create still won't load, I would suspect there is more damage. It would seem if the drop damaged the drive then other parts will be damaged too.

If the machine was off at the time the drive is probably the most robust piece, if running, the most delicate.
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