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How can I easily create a windows 7 boot disk?

By mommeeof10 ·
Sons new acer laptop (3 weeks old) froze up on him. He tried a ctrl alt del, when that did not work, he unplugged it. Now the pc wil not boot into windows. He gets to the screen where he can enter the BIOS or set up boot orger. The alt and taping the f10 did not work. Acer says they will mail recovery cds, as there seems to be an error with the OS and recovery partitions on the hard drive. It will take a week to get them. Son would rather have his pc working sooned, as sharing the 3 family computers with 6 other siblings means he does not have much computer time

In windows 7, can a boot cd be created, like in previous versions of windows? If so, how? I work at a pc helpdesk, but I am a phone tech, basic trouble shooting, so I wil need detailed instructions.

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Yes you most certainly can

by OH Smeg In reply to How can I easily create a ...

But unfortunately you need Windows Running to do it.

So now if the Recovery partition is not accessible you'll have to wait for the Recovery Set to become available.

Col

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by mommeeof10 In reply to Yes you most certainly ca ...

That should have been the reply below. I should not use computers this early in the morning. I have other windows 7 pcs/laptops, but not any other acer ones.

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windows 7 question

by mommeeof10 In reply to How can I easily create a ...

I have 3 other pcs/laptops with windows 7, can the cd be created from any one of them? Or do I need the one specifically for an Acer laptop?

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by TheChas In reply to How can I easily create a ...

Are you sure that the hard drive has not physically failed?

Or, even the drive controller for that matter.

I would place the drive in a USB adapter and see if the drive spins up and has anything on it.

If the drive is good, then the problem may be on the system board.

At this point, you may need to take / send the computer to an Acer repair depot.

Even if just the hard drive failed, if you want it replaced under warranty, you may need to have Acer perform the repair.

Chas

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by mommeeof10 In reply to Drive Failure

Acer tech on their chat site thought that the files on the hd had become corrupted, which is why they are sending me the restore disks. I guess I could take it into the small local computer store where I bought it and see if they can do warrantee work. I think his powering off the pc when it froze up probably hosed the operating system. I almost wonder if I should buy a full copy of windows 7 64 bt home premium, as all 4 of my windows 7 pcs have that version installed...

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by TheChas In reply to Drive Failure

The retail or even OEM version of Windows 7 that you can purchase would not work with the product keys on your laptops. Each manufacture has their own set of distributions disks and corresponding product keys.

You are better off to make sure you have restore disks for each system and to make sure to perform regular backups of the systems.

My other thought was that if you break Windows, you usually do not get just the BIOS boot device screen,

Chas

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by mommeeof10 In reply to Drive Failure

The local computer shop guy took the hd out of the laptop and hooked it up with cables to another pc. The other pc see the restore partition, not the partition with the OS on it. He was able to get it to boot with the windows 7 cd and was running diagnostics on it to see what is wrong. He was going to ccontact his distributor and Acer, to see if they would authorize him to repair it. Otherwise, we have to send it back to acer for repairs.

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Unfortunately the Restore Disc you create on 1 computer

by OH Smeg In reply to How can I easily create a ...

Is only for that computer or more correctly only for that Make & Model Computer.

So unless you have an identical Make & Model System there no you can not not use a Recovery Disc created on another computer to repair the failed system.

While you may want to buy a License for 7 it's not really necessary if you have a friend with a M$ Branded Install Disc all you need do is burn a copy of that Disc and use it with the Product Key on the computer in question.

It may not have all of the Specific Drivers on it but it will at the very least perform a Base Install to allow you to repair the system, although with 7 that means a new install.

Maybe here you should check the HDD with it's makers Testing Utility to check for correct Function. If the HDD is failing a Recovery Set or Install Disc isn't going to help.

If you do not have the HDD Makers Testing Utility it's available here

http://www.techrepublic.com/forum/questions/101-339909

Though you are going to have to open the NB and look at the HDD to see who made it.

Also you need to understand that this Test isn't Finial by itself. After you run the test if it fails you need to remove the HDD and retest in another computer if it still fails the HDD is on it's way to Silicon Heaven but if it passes the second test the M'Board, Power Supply or Connector between the M'Board and HDD if there is on in this particular system is the problem.

Of course if it passes there are no problems.

Col

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