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Help with Win7 recovery

#1BeerOnTapPosted 7/26/2014 5:48:39 PM
My little brother's HDD went out on his Dell laptop..
I put in the new HDD. It does not allow me to recover for some reason... I don't know why.
I have a friend's Windows 7 laptop, and the product key is written on the bottom of my lil bro's laptop. I have a blank DVD... Can I create a win7 disk from the friend's computer and boot it on my lil bro's laptop and simply enter his product key?

How do i do this????


Thank you!!!
#2BeerOnTap(Topic Creator)Posted 7/26/2014 7:14:41 PM
nope?
#3arleasPosted 7/26/2014 7:18:17 PM
BeerOnTap posted...
My little brother's HDD went out on his Dell laptop..
I put in the new HDD. It does not allow me to recover for some reason... I don't know why.
I have a friend's Windows 7 laptop, and the product key is written on the bottom of my lil bro's laptop. I have a blank DVD... Can I create a win7 disk from the friend's computer and boot it on my lil bro's laptop and simply enter his product key?

How do i do this????


Thank you!!!


The whole HD died? If that's the case then the reason why you can't recover is because the recovery partition died too.

What you MIGHT be able to do is download the windows 7 ISO from microsoft and then use that, but I don't have the address handy...
http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-windows_install/where-can-i-download-windows-7-iso-i-have-a/7d964b05-2be9-4800-bc7f-3ca30356fc3d

There's an official answer.
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#4BeerOnTap(Topic Creator)Posted 7/26/2014 7:34:02 PM
It's weird because i think his computer has a separate drive that houses recovery.. But I cannot access it..
I'm sure his computer came with disks, but he lost them.
He has one disk that is burnt and has "recovery" written on it... It does nothing. But it boots me into a recovery area where none of the options work..
When I choose the option to search for drivers, I can see the recovery drive in there..
Keep in mind, F8 does nothing.
#5arleasPosted 7/26/2014 9:20:37 PM
BeerOnTap posted...
It's weird because i think his computer has a separate drive that houses recovery.. But I cannot access it..
I'm sure his computer came with disks, but he lost them.
He has one disk that is burnt and has "recovery" written on it... It does nothing. But it boots me into a recovery area where none of the options work..
When I choose the option to search for drivers, I can see the recovery drive in there..
Keep in mind, F8 does nothing.


Sounds like the total reinstall is your best bet unless your friend has a hankerin' to see all the bloatware that his laptop came with. If all he wants is to get windows 7 back up and running then the ISO + his product key should be all he needs... I think.
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