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Windows 7: How to install a W7 from DVD.iso files

26 Apr 2019   #1
keristop

Windows 7 64 Family
 
 
How to install a W7 from DVD.iso files

Hi,
I tried to clone my System HDD on a new SSD, and it failed: my HDD has been restored to default system, and the SSD, although having received most of the data, is not bootable (seen by the Bios, but won't boot).
So I'll have to put the SSD Inside the laptop, and install W7 from scratch .




What I have (I don't have any installation CD or DVD) is:
  • 6 DVDn.iso files I've generated when I bought the PC (if I correctly remember), totalling 19GB
  • a recovery partition in my HDD (18.9GB out of 25GB)
  • on the SSD, I have a 200MB EFI partition, but the recovery partition is declared empty, and the C partition is not labelled as containing any boot. I suppose none of this will help.
How can I proceed, once I've swapped my internal HDD with the SSD ?
(sorry, it's in french! Sain = healthy, démarrer = boot, récupération = recovery, o = B)




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27 Apr 2019   #2
keristop

Windows 7 64 Family
 
 

Apparently, I'm not the only one who failed cloning a HD on a SSD using Acronis, here they say that I may be able to restore the recovery partition of the HDD to the SSD if the boot is AHCI (which is the case for me), but they are not really positive about it : Install windows from recovery partition on external drive | Tom's Hardware Forum
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27 Apr 2019   #3
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

What edition are you using. Pro, Home premium, etc?
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27 Apr 2019   #4
keristop

Windows 7 64 Family
 
 

In french they call it "Family", I suppose it would be Home Premium. 64bits for sure.
I suppose you are suggesting I download a brand new generic Windows, but wouldn't it be better to use the Windows that have been delivered with my laptop, which is stored in my recovery partition or in my DVDn.iso files ? I suppose this Windows has been twicked by Asus to be compatible with this laptop, no ?
The other aspect is that if I use a generic iso file, I may have problems to register the system, because of course I don't know at all my W7 license number.
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27 Apr 2019   #5
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

You should have a COA key on a sticker somewhere on the machine.

You can try restoring fom the recovery image, but it may not restore to a different disk easily, you can use your COA key and

Win7_HomePrem_SP1_French_x64.iso

link only available for 24 hours.
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27 Apr 2019   #6
Paul Black

Win 7 HP SP1 64-bit Vista HB SP2 32-bit Linux Mint 18.3
 
 

Hi keristop,

The Product Key on a laptop it will either be on a sticker on the bottom, or in the battery compartment. If the sticker is too worn to read, or there isn't one, then you can retrieve it by either using Belarc Advisor or Magic Jelly Bean. Write this Product Key down and keep it in a safe place.

I hope this helps!
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27 Apr 2019   #7
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Another way is to use this:

HERE

AND HERE
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27 Apr 2019   #8
keristop

Windows 7 64 Family
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Paul Black View Post
Hi keristop,

The Product Key on a laptop it will either be on a sticker on the bottom, or in the battery compartment. If the sticker is too worn to read, or there isn't one, then you can retrieve it by either using Belarc Advisor or Magic Jelly Bean. Write this Product Key down and keep it in a safe place.

I hope this helps!
Hi, thanks, I found the OA sticker Under the laptop with a 25 letters product key.
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27 Apr 2019   #9
keristop

Windows 7 64 Family
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
You should have a COA key on a sticker somewhere on the machine.
You can try restoring fom the recovery image, but it may not restore to a different disk easily, you can use your COA key and
Win7_HomePrem_SP1_French_x64.iso
link only available for 24 hours.
Thank you, I'll download this file.
Meanwhile, I'd prefer to try to restore from the recovery image that is on my former HDD. I thought it would be as simple as installing my SSD inside the laptop, booting on my former HDD via usb, and hoping that the system would offer me the choice of restoring a system partition on the SSD... Or alternately, try to boot on the SSD, and since it wouldn't work, the system would offer me to restore a system on it, hopefully giving me the choice of where to find a recovery partition (the one on the SSD being apparently empty)...
It would not be as simple as this ?
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27 Apr 2019   #10
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

There will likely be a large file on your recovery partition called install.wim. It might Factory.wim, or it might be several .swm files. It is often in a folder called "Sources".

It is possible to restore those by using my boot media.

17514x64-v10.iso

In it you will find WinNtsetup.

Suggest you format the SSD first ( there are partition managers in the boot media).



Select Location of Windows Installation files:

Browse to the .wim/.swm file.

Edition:

Select the image from your recovery .wim or .swm in the dropdown.
If there is more than one image, select the biggest one.

Boot Drive is your ESP/System partition


Location of the Installation drive:

The partition you want to install windows onto



Some pics to give you the general idea ( bootsect is not used for efi installation - winntsetup knows that.)

How to install a W7 from DVD.iso files-winntsetup.jpg


Click Setup.


How to install a W7 from DVD.iso files-winntsetup2.jpg


Accept the defaults and Click OK.


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