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Old 12-03-09, 01:03 AM   #1
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Computer didn't come with the Windows 7 disc

So my dad bought a compaq computer (http://www.bestbuy.ca/catalog/prodde...gon=&langid=EN)

And i'm setting it up for him since Best-Buy is asking 120$ to do these stupid tasks i think i can do.

So everything works fine and all and Windows 7 runs great but it's pre-loaded in the computer and there's no installation disc. That's all nice and dandy for now but if i ever need to format or whatever how can i re-install windows 7 without a disc? I have the license sticker on the tower so it's officially purchased but no disc.

How can i make a legal Windows 7 installation discs for future use?

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Old 12-03-09, 01:19 AM   #2
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Re: Computer didn't come with the Windows 7 disc

1) there should be a recovery partition on the HD


and under the accessories tab on the toolbar, there should be a file called "PC Recovery Tools" that has a program to make a recovery disc if you need it.
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Old 12-04-09, 06:52 PM   #3
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Re: Computer didn't come with the Windows 7 disc

I just bought a new HP and it was the same thing. I had to make the discs myself. Took 3 DVD+Rs. Pretty lame if you ask me.
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Old 12-04-09, 07:04 PM   #4
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Re: Computer didn't come with the Windows 7 disc

I'm surprised they still do this type of crap, they(HP) lost a big lawsuit over it.
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Old 12-05-09, 10:13 AM   #5
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Re: Computer didn't come with the Windows 7 disc

My new Gateway from about a month ago was the same.
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Old 12-08-09, 08:52 PM   #6
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Re: Computer didn't come with the Windows 7 disc

I just bought a new Gateway today, and wanted to do a clean Windows 7 install before I do any other customization and what not.

Will the "recovery disk" that I can make with "PC Recovery Tools" be what I need to do that? Or will it reinstall Windows 7 with all the crapware it came with originally?

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Old 12-08-09, 09:10 PM   #7
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Re: Computer didn't come with the Windows 7 disc

I'm pretty sure according to MS's terms with the OEM manufacturers if you want a disc and request it from the manufacturer they HAVE to ship you a disc. It will be OEM, but at least a hard copy.
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Old 12-08-09, 09:41 PM   #8
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Re: Computer didn't come with the Windows 7 disc

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I'm pretty sure according to MS's terms with the OEM manufacturers if you want a disc and request it from the manufacturer they HAVE to ship you a disc. It will be OEM, but at least a hard copy.
for free? i have a sony vaio laptop and they want $20.
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Old 12-08-09, 09:44 PM   #9
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Re: Computer didn't come with the Windows 7 disc

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I just bought a new Gateway today, and wanted to do a clean Windows 7 install before I do any other customization and what not.

Will the "recovery disk" that I can make with "PC Recovery Tools" be what I need to do that? Or will it reinstall Windows 7 with all the crapware it came with originally?

Thanks....
I'm pretty sure the recovery tools just create an image of your current system, so that it restores your machine back to the way it was when you created the disc.
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Old 12-09-09, 10:30 AM   #10
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Re: Computer didn't come with the Windows 7 disc

Let me ask you this. Is the Windows 7 uninstall utility good enough to just wipe them off the OS?
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Old 12-09-09, 10:49 AM   #11
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Re: Computer didn't come with the Windows 7 disc

In the past I've used PC Decrapifier to get rid of all the crapware. Don't know if there's currently something better out there.

http://www.pcdecrapifier.com/
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Old 12-09-09, 10:57 AM   #12
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Interesting. I like it!
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Old 12-10-09, 03:40 PM   #13
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Re: Computer didn't come with the Windows 7 disc

Wish I would have seen this thread a couple of days ago. My co workers thought I was nuts when I said my new HP lab top didn't come with back up discs for Windows 7. It took some seaching but I found out about that recover option under the start menu. It also took 3 DVDs to back up and said at the very end that it was a one time option. Meaning that if I lose the disc or they don't work in the future I'll have to order a set from them. Pretty stupid if you ask me.
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