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05-18-2017 03:49 PM
After receiving a few error messages, I looked at the system files. I then noticed that many were corrupted and junk was everywhere. I decided to reinstall win7 pro, to find that the recovery partition was damaged from a format gone wrong. After vista, HP doesn't send recovery disks with their computers, so I proceeded to order a disk. I then found that they were over $40. So, I was wondering if there are any iso downloads of this disk, or any other solution (except downloading a non-HP Os iso).
05-18-2017 06:27 PM
This site claims to have genuine, unadulterated W7 ISO files for download...
The OEM product key on your PC's case should work with the ISO file.
Click on the link labeled Windows ISO Downloader.exe
You can use the:
Win 7 Home SP1 COEM (This version would be for what HP would have used--System Builder)
N is for European Union (EU) 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.
05-19-2017 12:54 PM
If I had to flip a coin, I would go with the retail file.
I say that because in the good old days when Microsoft allowed us all to directly access their digital river download site, you got the retail ISO file, and it almost always worked with the oem product key.
You can either enter the product key when prompted during the beginning of the installation, or skip it and enter it later.
You won't be able to activate the installation until after the OS is installed and you are connected to the internet.
You may have to use the automated telephone system to activate the installation.