Do you have a PC with Windows 7 pre-installed?

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Do you have a PC with Windows 7 pre-installed?

Post  slipperman12 on Thu 02 Jan 2014, 7:01 pm

Hi All,
Reading through my January 2014 copy of "Windows 7" magazine, I found something which may be useful!

This primarily applies to those who have purchased a PC with Windows 7 already installed. These usually come with a recovery partition included on the hard drive, and instructions on how to make a recovery DVD (or CD), instead of a 'proper' Win 7 installation disk.

There are occasions when it's necessary to have an actual Microsoft Windows 7 DVD to overcome certain problems. It may also be that the Recovery partition has become corrupted, or, even, overwritten or deleted!

Anybody may download the appropriate version of Win 7 and, as long as they have a valid key, can use it to re-install the OS. All PCs, which come with WIN 7 pre-installed, have a key, either on a label stuck on the case, or on/in the manual.

The versions, which all include Service Pack 1, may be obtained as follows :

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit : http://bit.ly/vwvQe3
Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit : http://bit.ly/qdjJoi
Windows 7 Professional 32 bit : http://bit.ly/nkOeDO
Windows 7 Professional 64 bit : http://bit.ly/w2Gxep

Each download is around 3GB in size, but the site has a nasty habit of terminating the download after about 2GB! It is recommended, therefore, that a Download Manager be used, so that the download can be resumed, if necessary. I used Free Download Manager, available here : http://www.freedownloadmanager.org/download.htm , but others are available! I don't have any connection with the website or software author.

Although the situation described above doesn't apply to my setup, I have downloaded the appropriate version and burned it to a DVD. The advantage being that, as it contains Service Pack 1, if I ever have to completely reinstall Win 7, the volume of updates required to be applied will be less than would be needed if I used my original disk, which is a few years old!

I'd like to make it clear that these are legitimate downloads from the Digital River Content website, which hosts the content for Microsoft's online stores,

Once downloaded, the .iso file can be burned on to a blank DVD, or may be saved in a safe backup area for later use.

My apologies if the above is already widely known, but I wasn't aware of it Smile

Cheers,
Ged

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