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Missing COA Sticker - Acer Aspire


onthelimit1

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Windows 7 laptop. Failed HDD, no recovery discs and sticker rubbed. Assume I will have to buy a key. Have Googled, but would prefer personal recommendation as to where to buy a genuine key at a sensible price. Thanks

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lotvic

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If you could copy the recovery partition to 2nd partition on a new harddrive you could then mark it active and it should boot into the recovery process (menu) to install the image. Might not work but worth a shot.

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Woolwell

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How old is the laptop? It may be covered by warranty.

Have you contacted Acer?

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onthelimit1

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Thanks for the tips which I'll try later. Laptop way out of warranty.

Tried to launch the recovery (Alt - F10) yesterday - seemed to be working, then stalled at the same point as all the other attempts, so not sure copying the partition across will work, but will give it a go..

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Jock1e

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onthelimit1

I had the same problem when I tried the recovery.Almost finished running it and it stopped.

I did manage to run chkdsk a few times and it would stick at the same bit every time and that was with both boxes ticked.

Not sure if you can run chkdsk from a caddy but worth a try if you can.With the one box ticked on chkdsk it would finish running but with the two boxes ticked it stopped at the same spot every time.

Let us know how you get on with running the recovery partition, if it works I could always put it back on my grandaughters laptop.

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onthelimit1

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Was able to run chkdsk with the drive in the caddy, but it failed to correct problems, so the drive is duff. Could see the recovery partition, but not the contents and could not copy it across. Looking more like a new copy of W7 will be needed, just to get the COA!

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Secret-Squirrel

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onthelimit1, when you get a replacement drive fitted, you may want to try here and order the genuine Acer recovery media for your customer's laptop. At least that way you'll get a legitimate version of Windows and it'll install all the necessary drivers and original applications (such as Office Starter 2010 if it was pre-loaded). Unfortunately the link is for the US Acer site but it may work just fine after you enter the laptop's serial number.

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Fruit Bat /\0/\

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you will need to clone the drive not copy it

try cloning the whole drive to a be new one

or first try this to extract the key from the drive in the caddy

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Woolwell

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The UK Acer operations may also be able to provide discs UK Store contact

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onthelimit1

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Thanks all. I'll try the Acer recovery route on Monday.

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rdave13

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Cheaper way to go, as it worked for me, but you end up with a different Windows, is to download the appropriate win 7 iso, 32 or 64-bit for your machine (see lotvic's link). Install as a trial (no key). Buy the upgrade Win 8 on that machine, it will automatically download 32 or 64-bit version. If the machine is 64-bit capable then install Win 7 64-bit (important) first. Select Win 8 to install later and to burn an iso image. The email will give the key. Cost about £29 with VAT. Win 8 is basically 7 with allowances for touch screens and apps. Still 7 on the desktop with a different start.

Worth thinking about.

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