Windows 7 Home Premium won't reinstall but linux will

February 12, 2012 at 11:28:04
Specs: Linux i686, Celeron
laptop Toshiba Satellite 455- won't reinstall Windows 7 Home Premium after HDD wiped with DBAN beta and reinstall CD windows 7 recovery CD that is is run and HDD wiped with that as well first (or not)

attempts to copy but always after quite a while it fails to install

Linux Mint 10 Julia installs fine

I am installing one of the other; not both right now


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#1
February 12, 2012 at 15:06:41
The dvd you may have needed info on the hard drive. Recovery disks are not always full copies. Since I can't say what you have you need to read the owners manual. May have to borrow a genuine retail version and see if that installs. If it does then you may need to purchase replacement media from Toshiba.

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#2
February 12, 2012 at 15:17:48
If you have a Windows 7 install disk rather than a recovery disk, try that, even if you only go as far as creating the partition (or removing the linux partitions and creating the windows partition) and formatting and then back out and try the recovery disk again. It is possible the recovery disk was not intended or is not for some reason not able to partition/format the disk, it may be able to recover from there. If the install disk works but the recovery disk still does not, then the recovery disk is probably bad. If you made an image of the C drive and that drive was not attached when the drive was wiped, you should be able to use that to rebuild the drive.

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#3
February 12, 2012 at 17:51:51
Windows 7 comes on a DVD, not a CD. And I don't know about Toshiba systems, but when I created the Recovery disk set for my HP laptop, it took 7 DVDs. If all you have is a CD, it is most likely needed to get the recovery process started, but the actual Win7 files are (or were) on a hidden partition on the HDD. Unfortunately you nuked the drive, so the disk you have is now useless. You're going to have to buy (or borrow) a retail Win7 disk.

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#4
February 19, 2012 at 12:44:24
I just wiped the HDD with the Win7 recovery disc(s) until the OS would reinstall

i have no idea what was wrong


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#5
February 19, 2012 at 14:49:45
The proper way if you want to reinstall clean on a factory purchased Windows7 machine is to use the Factory Restore option. You look at your manual online and it will give you the details, typically you tap a key or combination of keys during start up but it maybe through your 'Recovery CD' and once you access the Recovery Console you choose 'Factory Restore' and this will properly wipe the Windows partition and restore it to the exact way the factory shipped it.
If you used any other process then you wiped out the recovery partition and you will need to purchase from the factory support a Recovery Disk Set in order to reinstall without paying the full retail price for Windows 7.
If you asked before you proceeded we could have saved you the trouble.

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