12-26-2016 10:17 AM
On boot get "hard drive failure imminent". Kid's computer and no backups. Was able to use W7 backup to save C: and D:, but not able to do "system" backup. Was also able to create recovery disk on CD.
Bought new hard drive but can't reinstall W7 Home Premium as I don't have the disks. Do I have any alternative other than finding a copy of W7 and purchasing it?
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12-26-2016 10:23 AM - edited 12-26-2016 10:25 AM
This site claims to have genuine, unadulterated W7 ISO files for download...
Click on the link labeled Windows ISO Downloader.exe
You can use either the:
Win 7 Home SP1 or the (Retail version, but the OEM key on your PC's case will work with it)
Win 7 Home SP1 COEM (This version would be for what HP would have used--System Builder)
N is for European countries.
K is for South Korean markets.
Then you can use this tool to transfer the file to a 4 GB USB flash drive or a DVD.
12-29-2016 01:30 AM
This worked - was able to DL W7, 64-bit, and install it. Thanks for the help.
However, it got a lot better. New 3TB drive ran afoul of the 2.19 TB limit for the computer's motherboard/bios. Went back to a 2TB drive to get around this.
Next encountered the MS update bug which caused MS Windows update to either take a *very* long time to search for and return recommended updates or to loop (don't know which - gave up at 20 hours). Went to the MS fix for this - used the Offline Update patch. Had to get it by using a working computer and stashing the resulting patch on a thumb drive.
Anyway, computer seems to be up and running now, so thanks.
12-29-2016 06:55 AM
You're very welcome, Charlie.
Since your PC does not have a UEFI BIOS, you can't use a drive > 2 TB as a boot drive and use all the space.
Glad you also got Windows Update to work because that has been plaguing a lot of people nowadays.
I have recently provided forum members with this suggestion to fix that issue, which I cobbled together from other forum members' suggestions, and replies as to what worked, and what didn't.
So far, I have been 2 for 2 on this...