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can I reinstall windows 7 with just the system repair disc?

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#1 zeroality


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Posted 10 October 2011 - 09:16 AM

Got my stuff ready to reformat, only to realize I don't have a Windows 7 recovery disc.

I created a System Repair Disc using Backup & Restore in control panel but I'm unsure whether this is what I need to do a complete reinstall?

I wanted to follow this guide to do a complete reformat, not a recovery.

If I don't have everything I need, could someone tell me how to obtain them?

Edited by zeroality, 10 October 2011 - 09:17 AM.

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#2 noknojon


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Posted 10 October 2011 - 04:46 PM

Got my stuff ready to reformat, only to realize I don't have a Windows 7 recovery disc.

Hi zeroality -
First, is this due to bad infections or major corruptions on your computer - Fix these prior to making your own recovery DVDs -
You will only be copying these problems if you make recovery DVDs from a bad operating system.

I had problems with wanting to do a full recovery (to factory settings), but I had a preinstalled version of Win7 Home Premium.
The laptop was a Toshiba, so I just called them and they sent 3 clean Recovery DVDs (total cost about $60 home delivered).
These are the ones you create if you follow the directions given in your link.

As I had not created the Recovery DVDs earlier, or backed up anything, I then had a "factory setting" with nothing backed up (saved) at all.
Follow the tutorial as long as your computer is infection free, and has no major corruptions to begin with.

Thank You -

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Posted 11 October 2011 - 02:13 AM

Hi dude
When did you create the recovery disc? if it was when you first bought your machine then your good to do a complete reinstall and format your hdd.
If it was some time after then as the first post said you may have just copied any problems you have and install them again.
FIRST OF ALL very important back up every thing you want to keep then give your recovery disc a go.

Dale :)

Edited by Handyman1, 11 October 2011 - 02:19 AM.

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