Recovery disk, Repair disk and Installation disk

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Walker79

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Note I have a OEM windows product key .

No Recovery disk, Repair disk and Installation disk came with my computer.

Do I have to go to Microsoft web site or the manufacturer of the computer web site to download the recovery disk, repair disk and Installation disk.

Some one said you can download windows ISO from Microsoft web site if you have the product key is that true?

If not where do you get the Installation disk, recovery disk, or repair disk?
 

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It is true you can, as a general rule, download a copy of Windows. But only if you have a valid key. Sorry, OEM won't do it. For that you should ask the manufacturer or the place from which you purchased the machine.

If you have a name brand, such as Dell, HP, Compaq, etc. Yes, I know that Compaq is owned by HP). On those you'll generally find some kind of Recovery Media creator. Again, as a rule, you can only create one set of recovery disks. Then the software will disable that option. You also may have a recovery partition on your hard disk. How to access it will depend on the type of machine.
 

Walker79

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I have a recovery partition do you copy this over to USB or DVD or use recovery media creator software?
 

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You can't move the recovery partition. Both the created media and the build-in recover are dependent on it being there. Yes, there are ways around that. But they're hard to do, in my opinion, and take a lot of time.

If I were you I'd look up the model of the machine and see how to start the factory created recovery. Unless, of course, it's a "image" created earlier. Then you'll need windows to start the recovery or, if possible, boot with advanced options showing (Depending on the version of the OS.) Which won't help you if the machine wont boot at all.

Lastly, you may be able to purchase recovery discs from the manufacturer? Again, that depends on the make and model of the machine machine.
 

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My eMachine and Acer computers, had listings in All Programs that allowed me to make a factory restore CD/DVD (Win 7 is the first that required a DVD), driver disks, and program disks.
That's the first thing I did when I brought the computers home.

Since you have an OEM key, what is the brand and exact model of your computer?
 

Walker79

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You can't move the recovery partition. Both the created media and the build-in recover are dependent on it being there. Yes, there are ways around that. But they're hard to do, in my opinion, and take a lot of time.

If I were you I'd look up the model of the machine and see how to start the factory created recovery. Unless, of course, it's a "image" created earlier. Then you'll need windows to start the recovery or, if possible, boot with advanced options showing (Depending on the version of the OS.) Which won't help you if the machine wont boot at all.

Lastly, you may be able to purchase recovery discs from the manufacturer? Again, that depends on the make and model of the machine machine.
So if I understand I have to make my own recovery disc?

Well disk image may be good but that is only recommend after an clean install not after the computer been in use. So it seems that is out of a question.

So it seems like a recovery disc is the only option.
 

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I can't tell you for sure that you can make recovery disks. It depends on the machine. Also, a recovery image that's older can be useful, as long as it was made when there were no issues.

The last thing is that you may be able to recover, as in revert to factory default, directly by pressing a combo of keys. Again, that will depend on the machine.
 

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I have a OEM windows product key .
No Recovery disk, Repair disk and Installation disk came with my computer.
What is the brand name and model name and exact model number and exact serial number of your computer?

What is the exact Windows version on its Certificate-Of-Authenticity(C-O-A) sticker where its product key is located?

Note: Do NOT type in the product key or submit an image of the C-O-A sticker.

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