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Create a bootable Windows 7 DVD

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by matth1969, Jan 27, 2011.

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  1. matth1969

    matth1969 Thread Starter

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    Just purchased my first Windows 7 Professional (64-bit) PC (Hewlett Packard). No media was supplied with the machine and I have been advised that media is not shipped anymore (apparantley it is Microsoft's way of ensuring media cannot be loaded onto several systems).

    Reading comments on the internet it seems clear that I have to make an ISO file, but I'm unsure what directory/files I need to pick and copy.

    Can someone please assist.
     
  2. NotRite

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    As far as I can say....you just need to create a system repair disc. Click - start - maintenance - create a system repair disc.

    That should do what you wanting including tools to help with other maintenance tasks.
     
  3. Courtneyc

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    Microsoft sold Windows to HP and does not support it (this is called the OEM version). Microsoft doesn't care whether HP provides a disk or not, HP is responsible for its support. HP doesn't provide the disk because it's cheaper not to. After all, you do get the option to create the disk yourself. The O/S is locked to the BIOS. Copying it won't do you any good. (Incidentally, the Windows disk you purchase at the store or online isn't copy protected in any way. It's the CD-Key that determines the version you install--all versions of Windows come on the same DVD.)

    The first time you started your system, it asked you if you wanted to create a restoral disk. If you did so, you have the disks you need. If you didn't, look in the HP menus. It's in there somewhere.
     
  4. NotRite

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    courtney is correct....it's where i listed in my post above
     
  5. TerryNet

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    Microsoft requires that OEMs provide a way for the end customer to get a working Windows back on the machine in case of some failure. Unfortunately, as you have learned, OEMs have pretty universally decided to that by way of a Recovery partition on the hard drive. When I bought my systems HP also would include a set of Recovery DVDs for an additional $10 (or was it $5?).

    As Courtney indicated HP also provides a way for you to make one set of Recovery DVDs or CDs from the Recovery partition. Do this, because hard drive failure will make the Recovery partition unusable.

    As NotRite instructed you should also make a System Repair Disk. Microsoft made this available in Windows 7 because of the above OEM decisions.
     
  6. mrjsmith

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    Anyone can download a copy of windows (free) as long as you have your license key. Once download, you can use Image burn to create your windows disk. [link to pirated Windows deleted by mod]
     
  7. TerryNet

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    We don't support pirated software, mrjsmith. You can download Windows 7 if you buy it online from the Microsoft Store or another legitimate retailer. It is decidedly not free.
     
  8. skeeter5000

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    I just purchased a HP computer also.

    Hit start, type recovery in the text window. A menu will develop above the window.

    Click recovery disc creations.

    You will need three DVD disc and the computer will go from there. DVD-R suggested.
     
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