Can I retrieve a copy of Windows 7 from the recovery section of hard drive?

  bernvs 03 Aug 11

I am about to purchase a desktop computer from a well known Store (--m--), who advises me that it does not come with a Windows 7 disk. The installed Windows 7 program backup is in the recovery section of the Hard Drive. I am wondering how I would get on if a 'blue screen' error occurred. Can I obtain a copy from Microsoft and if so how? or is it possible to burn a copy from the recovery section to a CD disk? I am tied to this store because of a considerable amount on a gift card that I need to use. Help will be much appreciated bernvs

  mgmcc 03 Aug 11

You can download .ISO files from which to burn legitimate Windows 7 SP1 DVDs from this page although, of course, you still need to have a valid Product Key (which should come with the PC).

  wee eddie 03 Aug 11

I have never bought a PC with Windows Pre-installed but, if I remember correctly, you will be prompted to make a Recovery Disk when you turn it on for the first time.

So have a blank CD handy.

  onthelimit1 03 Aug 11

You'll probably find you need at least 3 DVDs for this.

  Karakorum 04 Aug 11

You could always download a copy of the User Manual from the manufacturers support website and check how to do a Recovery in that.

  mgmcc 04 Aug 11

The other option is to use an imaging program such as Acronis True Image (although the latest version has poor reviews on Amazon) or the free Paragon Backup & Recovery 2011. Create a backup image on an external hard drive when the PC is new and then on a regular basis so, if you ever have problems, you can restore to a previous good working state.

  gengiscant 04 Aug 11

'mgmcc' that site is most useful. Cheers.

  bernvs 04 Aug 11

Many thanks to all of you for the options. As always this site comes up trumps. Regards


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