I need to access the windows 7 recovery file

October 13, 2013 at 04:01:31
Specs: Windows 7
I need to access the windows 7 recovery file that saved on my hard disk, but I do not remember the key that I have to press at windows 8's start up in order to boot the recovery file.

notice: the current installed version of windows is Windows 8.

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October 13, 2013 at 05:28:52
Depending on what computer you have, the key for that differ.
You should find the key combination in the computers manual.

Other method is, trail and error.
Test the keys step by step.
Mostly it's something like ALT+F1 to ALT+F12.

For Acer Laptops, it's mostly ALT+F10.

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October 13, 2013 at 05:40:02
What do you hope to achieve with a Windows 7 recovery oartition on a Windows 8 machine. The two are not compatible. When you installed Windows 8 you probably wiped out the Windows 7 recovery partition and replaced it with one for Windows 8.

Normally you would boot into Safe Mode using F8 which is the same on all computers. an take it from there. If that fails then you would have to resort to the recovery disk.


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October 13, 2013 at 06:51:00
It would help to have some background info. I assume your system originally came with Win7 pre-installed? Posting the make/model of your system would be helpful. And for whatever reason, you decided to "upgrade" to Win8? There is no way to roll-back to Win7. Win8 will have to be completely removed & then replaced with Win7. That means formatting the HDD & doing a clean install from scratch.

"If you performed an upgrade installation that upgraded your Windows 7 system to Windows 8 – or installed Windows 8 over another operating system, such as Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Linux – there’s no way to uninstall Windows 8 and get your old operating system environment back. Windows 8 replaced your old operating system during the upgrade process – to remove Windows 8, we’ll have to reinstall another operating system over it. You’ll have to reinstall all your favorite programs and restore your personal files from a backup after reinstalling the old operating system."


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October 30, 2013 at 19:49:38

This is a free windows data recovery software

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October 30, 2013 at 22:04:35
Thanks 7998,
Looks like a good product although it has a 2GB max free recovery

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