Win7 Repair

Discussion in 'Computers, Hardware, and Operating Systems' started by KP4SX, Oct 14, 2021.

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  1. KP4SX

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    Years ago I had a Win installation disc that I guess was a pirate copy. It also had a repair routine which I kinda would like to revisit since my machine is giving trouble that seems OS related. As I recall it was basically a re-installation of your existing program.
    Found the disc but it turns out to be for Win XP.
    Does anyone have such a thing?
     
  2. W5UAA

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  3. KA9JLM

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    Win 7 will normally have a hidden system partition on the disk that can be used for system repair. Disk 0 Recovery Partition.

    Have you tried using that ?

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    Good Luck.

     
    Last edited: Oct 15, 2021
  4. KP4SX

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    Thanks, all.
    I found the problem. Something awry with the wireless kb/mouse hardware. It was acting like a stuck key opening new windows all by itself, invoking auto scroll, etc.
    I'm back on the original keyboard but with a different mouse and dongle and it seems ok.
     
  5. KA9JLM

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    Cool Beans.

    The first thing that I did on my new computer was to ditch the wireless keyboard and mouse that came with it.

    I guess I just like wire, And never operate my computer across the room if I can't see the monitor.

    Enjoy.
     
  6. WA9SVD

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    If you had a legitimate Win 7 install, (with a valid "key") you should be able to download an ISO copy of Win 7 (the original version you used) and use that with the same key.
     
  7. AI5DH

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    So you admit you have stolen property. You came to the right place for help. A lot of hams will help you here.
     
  8. WF7A

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    Not so fast, guys.

    When we bought (what we thought) was a legitimate Win 10 disc from an online seller at a reasonable price, it turned out to be a forgery (and a damn good reproduction at that) ; we didn't know it was a pirated disc until we tried to install the OS and a message kept popping up that the key wasn't legitimate.

    We called Microsoft for help and were informed that yes, it was indeed a pirated disc. Rats. However, if we told them whom we bought it from then we'd be issued a "good" key. Done.

    So, just an FYI that just because you don't have a "real" MS-issued disc, you may not be completely hosed...or that you should automatically labeled as a bad guy for using/owning/buying a pirated disc.
     
  9. KA9JLM

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    I don't think anyone would use a pirated disc or generate a valid "key" using a key generator. :rolleyes:
     
  10. WA9SVD

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    I HOPE there was at least a tiny bit of sarcasm there?

    The fellow apparently HAD a legitimate KEY for the Win 7. In that case, there ARE reputable (?) sources of the "rescue" disks for the OS software, that allows the OS to be reinstalled using an original (legitimate) key. It's the "OS disks that come with what IS an allegedly legitimate key that turn out to be counterfeit.
    I had to do that last year to re-install Win XP (yes, I KNOW, it's old) on an eMachine I inherited. The "restore" disk was either lost or not created, and the hard drive had to be replaced. An "after market' rescue CD disk (basically, an ISO image, and about $7.00) allowed legitimate install and activation (by phone only; on-line activation for XP no longer available) with the M$ issued "key" sticker on the back of the machine; there were no questions or problems activating the machine. (I don't think M$ had the Win 7 ISO still available at the time.)
     

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