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Originally posted by elevatedone
I need to install W7 on a laptop -
I only have a recovery disc for W7, this only overwrites what is already on there.
Would it be possible to Fdisk - the hard drive, to erase it and then install W7 using the recovery disc?
I don't have the actual O.S. Disc for this.
Originally posted by _BoneZ_
reply to post by rogerstigers
Yeah, but downloading a copy of Windows is seriously dangerous. You have no idea what kind of trojans, viruses, etc. could have been injected into downloadable copies of Windows. F-that.
Reinstalling Windows 7
You can reinstall Windows 7 using Recovery in Control Panel, under Advanced recovery methods. This method reinstalls Windows 7, either from a recovery image provided by your computer manufacturer, or from your original Windows 7 installation files. You need to reinstall all of the programs that you added, and restore all of your files from a backup. For more information, see Choosing an advanced recovery method.
If Windows 7 doesn't run at all, you can reinstall Windows using your original Windows 7 installation disc. To do this, follow the instructions in "Using the Custom installation option and formatting the hard disk" earlier in this topic.
*** Note ***
Back up your files before you begin reinstalling Windows 7 if possible, even if you're reinstalling Windows 7 on a hard disk partition, and you have personal files on a separate partition. For example, if you have encrypted files, you might not be able to access them after reinstalling Windows. A custom installation replaces the current version of Windows 7 and all personal files.
I received a tip from Mark over the weekend that NeoSmart had posted their Windows 7 recovery disc ISO images just like they did when Vista was released. These discs are extremely handy to have especially if you didn’t receive any installation media with your new computer, which is a common occurrence when purchasing from a majority of manufacturers including Dell and HP.