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Windows 7: How do I install Windows 7 from recovery discs onto new hard drive?

01 Nov 2015   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
How do I install Windows 7 from recovery discs onto new hard drive?

Hi, I have a Sony Vaio laptop - VGN-NW265F/B , and the original hard drive went bad due to a SMART failure.

I've installed a new hard drive, and used the 1st recovery disc to get to the recovery menu. I've tried numerous times to install the OS from the recovery discs provided by Best Buy, which came with no instructions, but I keep getting errors.

There's nothing I can do from the recovery menu to make a new install on the new hard drive. The laptop also can't find the drivers on the recovery discs.

I'm getting frustrated because I've had 2 Dells in the past, which came with all the software necessary, and I was able to do everything myself.

This time I bought this Sony, it didn't come with software, especially a disc containing the drivers, and these 2 recovery discs aren't letting me do anything, except get into the recovery menu.

I can't format the new hard drive, or complete system, can't locate the drivers, etc...what a nightmare!!!

Is anyone familiar with this laptop, and/or knows how I should proceed to get this laptop up and running?


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01 Nov 2015   #2

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
As far as I know recovery disk will only work if using the original hdd and the install on it
Pretty much a startup repair stuff on it
If you have 2 they might have 1 for 64 bit install and another for 32 bit ?

You can download "if you have another computer" a win-7 iso and install it clean
Microsoft DigitalRiver Mirror
Clean Install Windows 7
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01 Nov 2015   #3

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

Really, just clean install Windows 7 and use the key on your COA to activate Windows 7 :)

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