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Windows 7: What to do when computer came without any OS disc?

06 Jan 2010   #11
Zidane24

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - Mac OS X 10.6.4 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by manhunter2826 View Post
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Get yourself an ISO image of a Windows 7 Disc (7600.16385)
Once again, forgive me but is this a free download and from where? Thanks.
Since this is technically retail software I can't provide you with a link...do you have a friend who bought Windows 7 at a store inwhich you could copy the disc (1:1 copy)?


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06 Jan 2010   #12
manhunter2826

Windows XP - Now Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit).
 
 

Ah, sorry, you see this is where I'm getting confused. The OP asked (I think?) what to do if the computer came without a disk. If no recovery partition available or recovery disks, then all the pointers suggested still point to having to obtain a disc. Vicious circle. Even the .iso example means one having to obtain the disc...sorry, I'm just getting confused.
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06 Jan 2010   #13
Zidane24

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - Mac OS X 10.6.4 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by manhunter2826 View Post
Ah, sorry, you see this is where I'm getting confused. The OP asked (I think?) what to do if the computer came without a disk. If no recovery partition available or recovery disks, then all the pointers suggested still point to having to obtain a disc. Vicious circle. Even the .iso example means one having to obtain the disc...sorry, I'm just getting confused.
I apologize for the confusion...

The recovery options (either Windows or Acer's utilities....already on the machine) will burn a disc to be used at bootup to recover the computer to a previous point in time. This could be a System Restore point backup OR a re-image from the hidden recovery partition Acer installed on the HD.

I merely mentioned the prospect of acquiring a Windows 7 Installation Disc so one could install the OS from scratch.

I am just providing options here
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06 Jan 2010   #14
manhunter2826

Windows XP - Now Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit).
 
 

^Thanks zidane, my fault entirely. Nice explanation
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06 Jan 2010   #15
gregrocker

 

Acer will send you recovery disks for free within 90 days of purchase. Call tech support.

Maker's don't provide clean copy DVD's any longer because their profit margin is now almost entirely made up of the sponsor's bloatware on the computer. So they enforce that bloatware by making it difficult to clean reinstall, insisting we use Recovery Disks which have the bloatware.

This bloatware slows and corrupts the computer, even when uninstalled. The only solution to some of its effects (seen in sfc /scannow unfixable OS corruption) is to find a clean copy Win7 DVD of your version and clean reinstall. It will activate with your license but requires a robocall to MS to sort out the batch key on the box.

Users needing to clean reinstall without bloatware might find some help in this link about MS's efforts to make good on their botched student downloads by providing an ISO to burn: http://gizmodo.com/5391268/microsoft...grade-problems

Every Win7 32/64 installer contains all versions but some are hidden by the presence of an ei.cfg file in Sources folder, which can be removed by copying files to desktop and then recompiling the ISO to burn to DVD like this: Bootable ISO - Create from Installation Files
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