|"Should I do the recovery and lose everything?"|
Did you locate your Product key?
I would try this way next.
During boot up, tap F8, you should see a screen with this on.
In Windows 7 you will see the following options on the Windows Advanced Boot Options Screen:
Repair Your Computer
Safe Mode with Networking
Safe mode with command prompt
Enable boot logging
Enable low resolution video (640 × 480)
Last Known Good Configuration (advanced)
Directory services restore mode
Disable automatic restart on system failure
Disable Driver Signature Enforcement
Start Windows normally
Choose > Repair Your Computer
If unable to get this screen using F8, try this way.
Manually turn the laptop off by holding down the power on/off button.
Wait 30 seconds & turn on again.
Repeat the process up to a dozen times.
Once you get the required screen, click on > Repair Your Computer