I replaced the HDD after failure. Have no Recovery disk. I loaded Linux Ubuntu at first which loaded perfectly with no problems. Now I want to put the Windows 7 back on the HDD and make it dual boot. I partitioned and formatted the drive ready for Windows. Windows starts loading and then it cannot continue because it does not see the Optical drive or the USB. Needs drivers. What drivers which I get from where? Can I get a restore disk with the recovery info on it? The notebook came with Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit preloaded.
I found a Recovery Disk set at Computer Surgeons, but it is for Windows 7 Home Premium not Pro. If you have the product key for the Pro version you could use the Recovery disk set to install the Windows and drivers, then upgrade with a Windows 7 Pro version install disk for HERE. or use the Windows 7 Pro install disk of your own.
BTW: it might be problematic to do the Windows install with the Linux in place. Not in my wheelhouse but I would think Windows boot would find that difficult to accomplish. Most times windows is in place and then add a Linux
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The Linux is no longer on the HDD. Has been partitioned and formatted as NTFS ready for Windows load. Windows starts loading from DVD and then when coloured Windows 7 screen comes up it says "A required CD/DVD device driver is missing..." Browse for drivers etc. Trying to get support from HP South Africa is turning out to be a TRYING experience.