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restore win 7 factory settings-vista machine

Microsoft Windows 7 ultimate 32-bit
November 9, 2010 at 13:53:51
Specs: Windows 7
my compaq presario f500 came pre installed with vista.

I foolishly trusted my friend to upgrade it to win 7 - but now he wont give me a copy of it to restore to factory settings

there doesnt seem to be anything on it that will let me restore - in the way vista allowed it - it just keeps asking for the installation disc...

i just want to wipe the computer clean again...ive searched and searched and cant find any way of doing recovery manager, no factory setting restore option etc
tried system restore but doesnt go back far enough.

there is only 1 partition - there was 2 with vista,
and there doesnt seem to be anything left of vista on the machine - and i dont have disks for vista either

im so frustrated with this - if id known i wouldnt have let him - he assured me itd all be fine.

its there a download somewhere of just the restore to fatcory setttings bit or something, a piece of software that will take it back to the day it was installed?

it also says by my laptop keyboard that its a 64bit but the win7 seems to be 32bit
please help


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November 9, 2010 at 14:17:01
A restore partition or restore disks are features of a preinstalled OS. If Windows 7 was installed from installation media these options do not exist. The only way to restore the OS would be from a previously created image backup or reinstallation from media, which you do not have.

Since your friend will not give you the disk I suspect it is an illegal pirated version. If that is the case the only legal way to retain Windows 7 is to buy a legal copy. You may be able to obtain Vista restore disks from the computer manufacturer.

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November 9, 2010 at 14:18:04
If the "HP/Compaq Vista Hidden Recovery Partition" is deleted your only choice is to borrow a OEM Vista DVD.

Vista came in both 32bit or 64bit versions the CoA Label on bottom of laptop will state which version and have the product key you should use !

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November 9, 2010 at 22:41:05
compaq supply a recovery partition which can be accessed by repeatedly pressing F10 at startup.
if that fails your recovery partition is gone.
you can try using the repair cd

if that fails you will have get a set of recovery disks from compaq, or buy a new vista/win 7 installation.

and then you might think about chosing your freinds more wisely especially if your allowing them access to your personal data on a computer..

i hate computers!
but cant help myself....

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November 10, 2010 at 07:03:01
its ok, it wasnt an illegal was just his dads and he didnt want it to leave the house, or make me a copy...i am going to his on friday to reinstall and hes going to sort out some restore disks for me.

thanks all for all your help...even the sarcastic ones...

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November 10, 2010 at 10:24:21
When someone installs Win 7 on a system such as HP, DELL or other name brand then the recovery partition is usually disabled due to changes in the hard drive structure. You might still see it in drive manager, but access to it is lost. Win 7 installations do not create recovery partitions so that you can reinstall later. That is the purpose of the DVD. Without it and the license key you are not going to be able to rebuild it.

Your friend having a disk that he used does not make the copy legal. If it is his dad's then that means it is already installed on his dad's system. That means the license has been used and is not to be installed on a different system. The only versions that allow multiple are the Win 7 Home family pack that can be installed on 3 systems, a volume license that can be installed on as many as the license allows and the enterprise version for companies with many systems. Most home users do not have the last 2 options.

You can pick up an OEM copy fairly cheap and then have a legal copy.


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November 11, 2010 at 04:19:10
hi rich,
i see, thanks, where would i get an oem copy from?


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