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    If you buy a computer preloaded with Windows 7 you will want this

    Download Windows 7 System Recovery Discs

    Published October 12th, 2009 by Mahmoud Al-Qudsi in Guides, Microsoft, NeoSmart Technologies, Software, Windows 17 Comments Tags: Download, Freeware, Guide, Recovery Disc, Repair Disc, Software, Torrent, Windows 7
    With Windows 7 released and currently making its way to shelves in time for the holiday season, we've taken this opportunity to upgrade our copy of the official Windows System Recovery Discs for compatibility with Windows 7.
    If you're like most PC users, you probably got Windows 7 with a new PC or laptop. And if you're like 99% of the population, you get your new machines from one of the major manufacturers. Dell, Acer, HP, Toshiba, Lenovo; who all have one thing in common: they don't give you a real Windows 7 installation disc with your purchase. Instead, they bundle what they call a "recovery disc" (that's if you're lucky - otherwise you'll have a recovery partition instead) with your machine and leave it at that.
    It doesn't matter that you just paid a thousand dollars for a machine that comes with a valid Windows 7 license - your computer manufacturer just don't want to spend the money (or perhaps take on the responsibility) of giving you a Windows 7 installation DVD to accompany your expensive purchase.
    The problem is, with Windows 7, the installation media serves more than one purpose. It's not just a way to get Windows installed, it's also the only way of recovering a borked installation. The Windows 7 DVD has a complete "recovery center" that provides you with the option of recovering your system via automated recovery (searches for problems and attempts to fix them automatically), rolling-back to a system restore point, recovering a full PC backup, or accessing a command-line recovery console for advanced recovery purposes.
    Thankfully, Microsoft seems to have realized this problem, and have thankfully made a recovery disc for this purpose. It contains the contents of the Windows 7 DVD's "recovery center," as we've come to refer to it. It cannot be used to install or reinstall Windows 7, and just serves as a Windows PE interface to recovering your PC. Technically, one could re-create this installation media with freely-downloadable media from Microsoft (namely the Microsoft WAIK kit, a multi-gigabyte download); but it's damn-decent of Microsoft to make this available to Windows' users who might not be capable of creating such a thing on their own. You can make your own copy from Windows 7 Ultimate Edition, but now you have an easier alternative.
    NeoSmart Technologies is hosting a copy of the Windows 7 Recovery Disc for your convenience. It's a 143 MiB download (165 MiB for the 64-bit version), and in the standard ISO format, ready to burned directly to a CD or DVD. Don't wait until your PC crashes to download a copy! Download and burn your recovery disc today, so that when the time comes, you'll be ready!
    What it does: The Windows 7 Recovery Disc can be used to access a system recovery menu, giving you options of using System Restore, Complete PC Backup, automated system repair, and a command-line prompt for manual advanced recovery.
    What it doesn't do: You cannot use the Windows 7 Recovery Disc to re-install Windows - it only fixes (not replaces!) Windows.
    Why you need it: If you bought your PC from a major retailer, you didn't get this CD with your hefty purchase.
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    Re: If you buy a computer preloaded with Windows 7 you will want this

    Wait, what? If your computer comes pre-loaded you won't get a fucking CD? What if you format the hard drive?

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    Re: If you buy a computer preloaded with Windows 7 you will want this

    Quote Originally Posted by Ben View Post
    Wait, what? If your computer comes pre-loaded you won't get a fucking CD? What if you format the hard drive?
    Most new computers today come with recovery discs that install an image on your hard drive. this will simply bring your computer back to "out of box" settings. It does not give you an option to perform a repair install like a true Windows install disc does. The same goes with most recovery partitions. This will give the opprotunity to repair damged files and not have to completely reinstall Windows, programs, and all personalization.
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    Re: If you buy a computer preloaded with Windows 7 you will want this

    Buy 7 for $30 at http://win741.com

    Click the middle left pane.

    All you need is a valid university/college email address.

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    Re: If you buy a computer preloaded with Windows 7 you will want this

    Check out Cnet's review

    Also wonder why this was dated BACK IN JULY???


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    Re: If you buy a computer preloaded with Windows 7 you will want this

    Quote Originally Posted by afroloq View Post
    Check out Cnet's review

    Also wonder why this was dated BACK IN JULY???
    Because THAT'S WHEN THE BETA CAME OUT???

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    Re: If you buy a computer preloaded with Windows 7 you will want this

    Quote Originally Posted by Ryudo View Post
    Because THAT'S WHEN THE BETA CAME OUT???
    RIGHT!!! So I wonder when we can get an HONEST review of the retail version?

    MS rips off the Mac OSX again.


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    Re: If you buy a computer preloaded with Windows 7 you will want this

    Quote Originally Posted by afroloq View Post
    RIGHT!!! So I wonder when we can get an HONEST review of the retail version?

    MS rips off the Mac OSX again.


    Great question. 7 is not much different from Vista, though.

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    Re: If you buy a computer preloaded with Windows 7 you will want this

    Quote Originally Posted by afroloq View Post
    RIGHT!!! So I wonder when we can get an HONEST review of the retail version?

    MS rips off the Mac OSX again.
    If only they could introduce a feature that makes the OS think your account is only a guest account and wipe out your data
    And you sit there and talk revolution
    But can you tell me just who's in command?
    When you tell me the forces we're fighting
    Then I'll join you and gladly make plans
    But for now only our t-shirts cry freedom
    And our voices are gagged by our greed

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    Re: If you buy a computer preloaded with Windows 7 you will want this

    Quote Originally Posted by Ryudo View Post


    Great question. 7 is not much different from Vista, though.
    7 is what Vista shoulda been


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