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Sangzeel
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Using HP OEM key with Retail ver. of windows 7

Hi, - I want to format and clean install my os(Windows 7 Home Premium x64), including repartitioning of drive also. But I couldn't find any os disc inside of the box. But instead found weird integrated installation setup on the d drive(?)(named 'recovery'). Whats the logic behind this? Ok here's my query: 1. HP (f11) key which trigger recovery setup(formatting, reinstalling windows ect) only trigger d drive? If I make an image(using norton ghost or some other s/w) of this partition(d drive) and apply it over some other partition of my choice(e.g: e, f, g ect). Then f11 key won't work, right? As it only boot and attached to the drive d? 2. If I apply the drive image to USB pen drive and manually boot from it from booth menu option will it work, I mean boot? or 3. If I use retail ver. Of windows 7 home premium x64 DVD(non hp disc), will it accept my hp oem cd key?
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Hi:

 

In your all progams menu, there should be a program called the HP Recovery manager which allows you a one time opportunity to make recovery DVD's which will restore your PC to its factory condition.

 

I can only answer part of your questions as I only use the Windows Image backup program included in W7.

 

If you do anything to the C:\ drive, like install a fresh copy of windows 7, the recovery partition won't work (F11 will do nothing).

 

Yes the OEM product key should work with the retail DVD, or you can do this:

 

If you can read the 25 character Microsoft windows 7 product key, you can download plain Windows 7 ISO files to burn to a DVD for the version of windows that came installed on your PC, and that is listed on the Microsoft COA sticker on your PC's case.

 

Burn the ISO using the Burn ISO option on your DVD burning program and burn at the slowest possible speed your program will allow. This will create a bootable DVD.

 

Use the 25 character product key on the PC to activate the installation.

 

The key will activate either a 32 or 64 bit installation.

 

Then go to the PC's support and driver page to install the drivers you need.

 

Link to the W7 ISO file downloads is below.

 

http://www.mydigitallife.info/official-windows-7-s​p1-iso-from-digital-river/

 

Paul

 

 

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Thanks for your reply. Ok I will just make ghost image of recovery drive and keep it safe. Though I'm most probably not going to use it ever. P.S : Is this site (mydigitallife) providing legal/unmodified and safe windows iso's?
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You're very welcome.

 

That site is providing links to the actual Microsoft download files you get sent to when you buy windows 7 online from Microsoft.

 

Digital River is their partner in providing the servers (I guess) to download these files.

 

Pefectly 100% legal, unmodified files.

 

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Sangzeel
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Thanks again.-)
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Anytime!

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