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I accidentally erased some files that have seriously messed up my computer, including deleting all my restore points.  So, now I have to do a full recovery.  I have a dell inspiron, originally with vista.  I later upgraded it to Windows 7/64.  My system does have a D: partition recovery drive.  Ok, my question is.  Once I perform the full recovery will my system go back to vista as it was shipped from factory? And then I'll have reinstall windows 7.  Or will it reboot in windows 7?  This my first time doing a full recovery.  

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Hello rigs :)

The System Recovery partition will contain the original OS with which your laptop was shipped with, in this case, Windows Vista. So therefore, if you do a System Recovery on your laptop, you'll get back Windows Vista (activated). You can also directly install Windows 7 from a Windows 7 installation media (like a USB or DVD) if you ever need to, WITHOUT having to install Windows Vista first. If you were to install Windows Vista first you could just upgrade to Windows 7.
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thank you for your reply..............

 

I do have the windows 7 installation discs.  so, you recommend reinstalling windows 7 instead of doing the whole recovery thing............


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Well to be honest, if you have the choice between Windows Vista and Windows 7, I would go with Windows 7 without hesitation. I consider Vista being a really big error from Microsoft, it was the "beta" of Windows 7 and shouldn't be used anymore if you ask me, but in the end it's your call. :)
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Gday.

Does your computer Boot to the desktop?

If not, can you Boot to safe Mode?

Do you have the Product Key that came with your Windows 7 Upgrade Disc?

Please read this article then (if your computer works) post a screenshot  as shown at the top of the page.

http://pcsupport.abo...t-windows-7.htm


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I have a question on the recovery process.  Do I change the boot up menu to the dvd drive, where my installation disc is?  The reason I ask.  Is because I’ve run my installation disc a few times.  Everytime, when restarting, my pc.  It doesn’t detect my installation disc and it loads up windows.

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Gday.

 

 

I have a question on the recovery process.

If you computer boots to the desktop, just put the CD in the tray, close, Setup will start. I would like to make sure that you have chosen the best option for getting your system up and running again before you begin.   Please read this Tutorial.

> http://windows.micro...s#1TC=windows-7

 

If you can't Bget to the Desktop, instructions to change the Boot order.

> http://pcsupport.about.com/od/fixtheproblem/ss/bootorderchange.htm 


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Thank you for your posting and the links helped me a lot………….

I did insert my W7 disc in the dvd tray but it did not start set up automatically.  I'm using a copy of my original disc. I also have it.  could that be why it doesn't start automatically?  One of your links states that this can also be done using the start button and double click setup.exe.  I’ll reinstall windows tomorrow.

I plan on doing a complete reinstallation and not an upgrade.  Right now it’s an upgrade from vista.  I want to get rid of all vista files. I.e. vista partition.  Hopefully a complete reinstallation will take care of that. All my important files have been backed up.

Please tell me if I’m in the right track….
 


Edited by rigs, 24 June 2014 - 08:23 PM.

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Yes you are on the right track bu a few notes.

As you are doing a clean install, you will need to also install the MB drivers when you have installed windows and allowed the OS to update.   This means booting from the MB drivers disc so I recommend changing the Boot order before you begin.

 

Consider using the Tutorial at the link, it is long but detailed showing you every screen you will see and the options you should use, including deleting partitions.

Important. Because you are using an Upgrade Disc, in part 2 step #13 (image below) do not enter your product code, active on line when you have completely finished the OS install and done the updates.

To activate by using a direct connection
  1. Open Windows Activation by clicking the Start button 4f6cbd09-148c-4dd8-b1f2-48f232a2fd33_818, right-clicking Computer, clickingProperties, and then clicking Activate Windows now.

  2. If Windows detects an Internet connection, click Activate Windows online now18abb370-ac1e-4b6b-b663-e028a75bf05b_48. If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

  3. Type your Windows 7 product key when prompted, click Next, and then follow the instructions.

http://pcsupport.abo...tall-part-1.htm

 


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quick question..........

 

what do you mean by "MB"?

 

 

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Motherboard, abbreviation, MB. 


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ok, I think that I have the dell drivers cd in my office.  however, are the drivers the same for vista and w7?  if not, will my w7 work after installation so I can d/load the drivers online from dell.com? 

 

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Edited by rigs, 26 June 2014 - 06:00 PM.

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That is a point it being a Dell Vista disc, it may not have W7 drivers included.

Yes, your systme will work with the generic drivers from Microsoft, so after the Windows updates are finished, visit the product page for the Dell model you have.

Please post a link with the findings, before you download anything.


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you don't think that vista drivers won't work with W7?  even though, I have been using W7 for about 4 years.  one more thing, I found my dell drivers and utilities disc.  Also, my niece has a driver and utilities disc for W7.  she got it when she bought her dell inspiron laptop.  my desktop is an inspiron.  it does not say wether it is for a laptop or dektop on it, just driver and utilities for inspiron W7.  are W7 drivers the same for laptops and desktops? you think that I might be able to use her disc?

 

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you don't think that vista drivers won't work with W7?  even though, I have been using W7 for about 4 years.

Dell often have their own drivers specific to the chips on the MB.   When you did the W7 upgrade possible some drivers were not changed.   If you delete all partitions, install W7, my worry is W7 may not have the best drivers for the Dell MB.

 

As for your other questions, I will consult with collegues and get back to you.


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