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    Microsoft Windows 7 Software Recovery

    It used to be that when you purchased a new PC you received a copy of the software along with it. Then that stopped. Many OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturer) such as Dell, HP, Lenovo, etc. started charging extra for the software. Some would allow customers to purchase the software for a while and then that was no longer possible.

    If you have a Windows 7 computer and no recovery software, you can now do one of the following:
    • Create a Windows 7 DVD for installation on a new hard drive
    • Create a backup Windows 7 DVD
    • Create a bootable USB drive with a copy of Windows 7


    Instructions are available here: Microsoft Software Recovery.


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    Re: Microsoft Windows 7 Software Recovery

    This may not work with OEM computers as I thought. Reading the website link, it refers to "retail":

    This site enables you to recover and install Microsoft software purchased through a retailer. (bold added)
    If anyone with an OEM machine tries it, please let us know the results.


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    • specs System Specs
      • Manufacturer:
        BrightWorks Systems
      • Model Number:
        BWS-6 E-IV
      • Motherboard:
        Gigabyte GA-Z170-HD3
      • CPU:
        Intel Core i5-6600 Skylake Pushed to 3.9GHz
      • Memory:
        2 X 8GB Corsair Vengeance DDR4 3000
      • Graphics:
        MSI Radeon R7 370 2GD5T OC 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5
      • Sound Card:
        Integrated
      • Hard Drives:
        None
      • Disk Drives:
        Samsung 850 Pro 256GB SSD, 850 EVO 250GB SSD, Blu-ray R/W
      • Power Supply:
        EVGA Supernova 550W Gold
      • Case:
        Fractal Design Define R4 Mid Tower w/Window
      • Cooling:
        2 x 140mm case fans, OEM CPU Cooler
      • Display:
        2 x Samsung S24E650BW 24 inch WS
      • Operating System:
        Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit

    Re: Microsoft Windows 7 Software Recovery

    That link does not work for me with IE or FF, but does with Chrome and PM. ???

    Anyway, just another reason to build your own computers and buy the disks separately. But of course, not possible with notebooks.

    The OEM computer and Windows should still allow the user to create a recovery disk. I don't know why it says that. And note you can buy OEM software from a retailer (like Newegg) so I don't think it applies to the "retail" license only. If you buy a Dell that comes with OEM software, Dell is the retailer. And as the "System Builder", they are responsible for 1 year of free Windows tech support. But of course, that means you must be lucky enough to get someone on the phone who actually knows what they are doing.

    But frankly, as a hardware guy (NOT - by any means - a Windows expert) I think the recovery disk method is too much a PITA - and not very reliable as a means for complete recovery. Instead, I would recommend using a decent image backup program instead. And then use it frequently so you don't end up having to recover to an image that is years behind.
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    Re: Microsoft Windows 7 Software Recovery

    Quote Originally Posted by Corrine View Post
    This may not work with OEM computers as I thought. Reading the website link, it refers to "retail":

    This site enables you to recover and install Microsoft software purchased through a retailer. (bold added)
    If anyone with an OEM machine tries it, please let us know the results.
    Hi, long time lurker, first time poster. Doesn't work with OEM-SLP key.

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