I received a question from longtime subscriber John, who wanted to reinstall Windows 7 — but he had a problem:
I have a Win 7 Home Premium Acer Laptop that I would like to completely wipe clean and reinstall Win 7. It’s an older i5-m80), 6 GB Ram, 640 GB HDD.
I know how to completely back-up all files and have a complete list of all applications. Once Win 7 is reinstalled I can take it from there.
The problem is I don’t have the Win 7 Home CD.
Any thoughts direction would be appreciated.
Also is there a way of running a “Repair” for Win 7?
I wrote back to John to tell him several alternatives that might work for him.
I’m not sure that Acer machines ever came with Windows DVD’s. I think they always had a recovery partition that would do the reinstall to Factory settings, and also prompted you to make a set of reinstallation DVD’s. I know that’s what my Acer Aspire TimelineX notebook had.
Dell was one of the last computer manufacturers to provide actual operating system DVD’s — almost all had already shifted to recovery CD/DVD and/or recovery partitions as cost-saving options, as Microsoft charged them less for their license if they didn’t provide an Operating System DVD.
I think John has several options:
- if he made recovery DVD’s, he could restore from them (if you can find them)
- if the recovery partition s on his hard drive, he should be able to boot into it. At the very beginning step of the computer’s power-on process, he should get a text message inviting him to hit a special key to boot into restore mode.
- if he does not have either restore DVD’s or a restore partition, then he could check the Acer web site to see if there is any way to order a recovery DVD
- if he has his Windows Product Key (on the sticker on his computer), he can download an ISO file of that version from Microsoft or
- finally, he can purchase a new copy of Windows 7.