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Windows 7: Acer Recovery

27 Jun 2010   #21
NoN

Windows 7 Professional SP1 - x64 [Non-UEFI Boot]
 
 

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The screenshot does not show all the Drive C:\...........? It should have the C:\Recovery, folder.

Have you unhidde all files & folders as gregrocker suggested?
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UNCHECK the box "Hide Protected Operating System Files" (recommended).

Come back to us with a full screen, screenshot.


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27 Jun 2010   #22
flawless

Windows 7
 
 

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While we're waiting to see that, let's back up a bit: Why are you needing to return to Factory settings?

Do you only need to reinstall a Win7 Upgrade version, because if so you don't really have to reinstall Vista. And a clean install from your Win7 installer is a much superior install.

When you press Alt F10 to run Recovery, it marks the Recovery partition Active so that it will boot up to run Recovery to reimage your HD. So if that isn't working then it is likely your WIn7 install broke the link to Recov Partition.

So we need you to look at Disk Mgmt drive map to see if it shows a Recov Partition, or find a Recovery folder in C (less likely, but possible)
I think i have shown the recov partition in the post above. I need to do this because i recently upgraded to 64 bit from 32 and didnt find that is was running as smoothly so i just installed 32 bit again. i showed my hard drive to a friend and he told me that the computer still thinks that it is still 64 bit as it has 2 program files.
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27 Jun 2010   #23
flawless

Windows 7
 
 

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The screenshot does not show all the Drive C:\...........? It should have the C:\Recovery, folder.

Have you unhidde all files & folders as gregrocker suggested?
Attachment 81649
UNCHECK the box "Hide Protected Operating System Files" (recommended).

Come back to us with a full screen, screenshot.
Acer Recovery-recovery.png


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27 Jun 2010   #24
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Do you what Vista Or Win7?
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27 Jun 2010   #25
gregrocker

 

So you want to reinstall Win7, and you want the cleanest possible slate so that no prior installation interferes?

You do not need to restore to Vista to reinstall Win7. We can test your Recov partition to see if it is even worth keeping since it sits on your boot sector and would be better gone if you don't want to restore to Vista.

On Acers I find that the best approach for 7 install is to zero the HD to get all the useless utility partitions off, including Recovery partiiton if you order the free disk set within 90 days, don't see a need to return to Vista or are willing to order them from Acer for shipping cost if you ever need them, or just find a Vista installer and unlock all versions to install with your key.

Let us know what you want, or ask any other questions. I have two Acers at home with Vista HD's zeroed using WIn7 Upgrade kit DVD.

Edit: The C folder shows Acer utility folders which should have been wiped off if you clean installed Win7 32 bit then 64 then 32 bit again. Are you using Acer Upgrade kit? Was your original Vista 32 or 64 bit?
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27 Jun 2010   #26
flawless

Windows 7
 
 

Ok let me clarify. I had vista and then upgraded to windows 7 32 bit. I then found out that i had the 64-bit disc and it would optimize my ram as 32bit didnt not use it to its full potiential. after i installed 64bit my computer didnt seem to run as smoothly so i just put the 32 bit disc in and installed that again. because i went back and forward i was left with alot of windows folders shown below.
Acer Recovery-windows-tabs.png
I showed this to a friend as i wanted to delete them because they took up alot of space and then he noticed i had 2 program files. He said this ment that my computer still thought it was 64 bit and could lead to problems in the future when i install new programs. That is when i went to restore to factory settings and the problems occured.
Acer Recovery-program-files.png

And yes, i would just like windows 7 with a clean slate.


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27 Jun 2010   #27
NoN

Windows 7 Professional SP1 - x64 [Non-UEFI Boot]
 
 

Uuh! I understand your needs...follow what gregrocker first suggested.


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27 Jun 2010   #28
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Follow gregrocker last post.
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27 Jun 2010   #29
flawless

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by NoN View Post
Uuh! I understand your needs...follow what gregrocker first suggested.
If i click on that it says c:/Recovery is not accessible. Acess is denied.

Also do you agree that my computer still thinks it is 64 bit and could cause problems in the future?
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27 Jun 2010   #30
gregrocker

 

Do you have any desire to go back to Vista? If not, are you willing to wipe the Recovery partition to give you the cleanest possible slate for a 32 bit Win7 Clean reinstall? It only means you would need to find a Vista installer or order Vista Recov disks if you should ever want to sell your computer and keep your Win7 upgrade for yourself, reverting the computer to it's licensed Vista.

The reason I ask is because your best approach now is to wipe the HD using DISKPART from the Win7 DVD Repair console Command Line.

To deep clean and pre-partition your HD, boot the Windows 7 installer, at first screen Press Shift F10, type:
DISKPART
LIST DISK
SELECT DISK # (for Windows 7 disk)
clean all (writes zeroes, takes about an hour per 320gb, drop "all" for faster)
create partition primary
select partition 1
assign letter=c:
active
format
exit

Now boot the WIn7 DVD, choose Custom to install to partition you have formatted. Skip the first request for Product key and afterwards use one of the workarounds given here to activate using Upgrade Version key: Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

A slightly less clean install is to boot the DVD, choose Custom install, use Drive Options to delete all partitions, create new one(s) as you wish, then format before installing WIn7 to first partition. DVD will scan the HD to see an OS and allow Upgrade version key up front.
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