Can't reformat upgraded Windows 7 pc

July 29, 2012 at 00:24:51
Specs: Windows 7 Service Pack 2
PC was upgraded from Windows Vista to Windows 7 a while back. It's having all kinds of issues and won't start up so I wanted to reformat the hard drive. However, I only have the Windows Vista disk as the upgrade to 7 was downloaded.
When I try to boot from the Vista repair disk it sends me to System Recovery Options pane. I tried hitting Widows Complete PC Restore but when I do it tells me there are no recovery files and I am unable to do anything. When I try a System Restore (which I have already used more than once and does not solve the issue booting) it now just sits at a black screen with a cursor until the computer decides just to shut down.
When booting from the Windows disk, it says "A required CD/DVD drive device driver is missing. If you have a driver floppy disk, VD, DVD, or USb flash drive, please insert it now."
It's probably looking for a Windows 7 file yes? But the disk is for Vista
Any thoughts?

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#1
July 29, 2012 at 05:35:54
Have you tried hitting F8 at start up and selecting Start Up Repair?

A Windows 7 Repair Disk can be used to perform a Start Up Repair. If you did not make one of these after you upgraded (a good idea), you can still make one from another Windows 7 machine as long as both are 32bit or 64bit and use that.

If you purchased your upgrade from Microsoft or can prove you purchased a legitimate upgrade and you still have the license key, you can contact Microsoft on the telephone and they may be willing to give you a link to download an image you can burn to a DVD for the upgrade disk. You also can borrow from a friend (legally) an upgrade disk if you have your own license key.

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#2
July 29, 2012 at 07:54:15
It sounds like you did an "illegal" upgrade. AFIAK, Microsoft does NOT offer a downloadable upgrade to Win7. And discussing pirated software is against forum rules. If you wiped out the recovery partition, your Vista repair disc is useless.

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#3
July 29, 2012 at 15:44:56
"...as the upgrade to 7 was downloaded."

riider is correct. There isn't an legitimate Win7 upgrade that's downloadable.

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