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Windows 7: Corporate Volume licence of win7 Home Premium, install activating

28 Mar 2012   #1
superdoug4

Win 7 Home premium 64 bit
 
 
Corporate Volume licence of win7 Home Premium, install activating

Background
I have Win7 Home Premium 64 Bit under Volume License
My OS is installed in C partition on 2 SSD drives in Raid0 format. To save space on my SSD drives my other programs are installed on D partition on a SATA3 drive. I also have a lot of data in Partition G

A few days ago, I shut down my Win7 while the program MediaMonkey (a MP3 player) was still running. I was expected Win7 to ask me to shut this down first, but it didn't. Everything is fine, or so I thought. But next time that I tried to boot up. I got the message that my 'Bootmbr is missing'.
There are many helpful postings on how to fix this and I have fixed this in the past. I ran Recovery CD > Start Up repair, then I ran the Command Prompt - bootrec commands. The messages regarding bootmbr and bootrec all went away.
But I wasn't out of the mud just yet. I noticed that my Raido status was set to failed so I deleted and installed my Raid0 successfully.
Of course I no longer have Win7 installed but I do have everything backed up to Acronis True Image backup files. I tried to run my Acronis Recovery CD but Acronis can not see my D or G partition anymore
I tried Fdisk, Gpartd, partition table recover, partition magic. Even moved my SATA3 drive to a new port. I can create my partitions with Partition Magic, and run my Acronis Recovery CD, I haven't done this yet. I am wondering if I need to reinstall Win7 to fix up Bootmanager, bootrec etc.

My solution is to install Win7 and check 'do not activate now'. This should put my bootrec and my boot manager correct and allow me to reformat my D and G partitions. Then I can use Acronis Recovery CD to restore my Win7 and my other data. I do NOT want to burn another Volume license. Am I correct in assuming as long as I tick 'do not activate', I will NOT burn another Volume license ? I will then just use my Acronis True Image backups and I expect my Win7 will now be active because all of my registry will be recovered in the image. Is that TRUE?

Maybe I am making this too complicated. I should reformat my C, D and G partitions, run Acronis Recovery CD and see if everything is back to normal.

I am just assuming that Win7 shutting down while MediaMonkey was still running is what caused this mess. If so, I am disappointed in Win7 over this feature.


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29 Mar 2012   #2
NoelDP

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Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)/Win10
 
 

[QUOTE=superdoug4;1858375] Maybe I am making this too complicated. I should reformat my C, D and G partitions, run Acronis Recovery CD and see if everything is back to normal.

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that sounds like a plan - so long as you are confident that your backups/images are totally valid and complete.

It sounds to me as if you are confused between backups and images - and I'm not certain which you've done.
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