Windows oem recovery

How to Install Windows 7 Without the Disc - HP Support Forum

1a)  Here is very useful article from The article is entitled "How to Install Windows 7 Without the Disc" and means just what it says. The article also has links to Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder and legitimate Windows 7 ISOs from Digital River, a licensed distributor of Microsoft software. The article lists "Step 1" as;

Apart from the recovery partition of Windows, there may be another recovery partition created by the computer manufacturer like Lenovo and Dell that has made their computer come with an OEM recovery partition consuming about 7 to 20 GB, which contains the WinRE and their factory installation files. On some computers, the WinRE and the factory installation are separately stored on two partitions, so you may see two OEM partitions on your computer. This OEM partition allows you to press a specified key to boot into Recovery Environment, so you can recover your OS to factory setting without a Windows installation disc. If you have a copy of Windows installation, you can delete this OEM partition to free up more disk space.

Why An Extra Recovery Partition Created During Upgrade?

Every time when you upgrade Windows to the next version, the upgrade program will create a recovery partition if it detects that there is no sufficient space on your recovery partition (GPT disk) or system reserved partition (MBR disk). There is no wonder that you have many recovery partitions after upgrading to Windows 10. If you don’t want Windows to create another recovery partition, you can increase the size of recovery partition or system reserved partition before upgrading to Windows 10.

- If you have an OEM computer that came with Windows 8/8.1 preinstalled, you need to download Windows 8.1.
- If you have an OEM computer that came with Windows 8/8.1 Pro preinstalled, you need to download Windows 8.1 Pro.

- If you have an OEM computer that came with Windows 8/8.1 Single Language preinstalled, you need to download Windows 8.1 Single Language. In Windows 8/8.1 Single Language you can change your keyboard layout language, but you can't change your Windows display language.

Note: You will not find the correct installation media, if you have an OEM computer that came with Windows 8.1 with Bing or Windows 8.1 Single Language with Bing preinstalled.

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- If you have an OEM computer that came with Windows 8/8.1 32-bit preinstalled, you need to download Windows 8.1 32-bit.
- If you have an OEM computer that came with Windows 8/8.1 64-bit preinstalled, you need to download Windows 8.1 64-bit.

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Select either USB flash drive or ISO file (see screenshot below).

Note: You need at least 8 GB USB flash drive (if you select option "USB flash drive").

You would think that "any" version that you buy will be valid. 
However, OEM CD's  .  .  .  believe it or not  . 
.  .  will not validate !!  The exception is "unbranded
OEM" CD's which will validate.

OEM CD's and Validation  -  OEM vs Retail WinXP  -  OEM can only
do a clean install or a Repair (in place) install (go Here for
instructions) - it cannot do an "Upgrade".  An OEM (Original Equipment
Manufacturer) version of Windows is one that comes with a new Computer.  It
may be preinstalled or included as a CD, or both.  DO NOT BUY A "Branded OEM CD"
- it is meant only for the PC it was originally installed on !!!  You can install it, but you will never be able to
activate and validate
.  The license for an OEM version of Windows XP is
tied forever to the first computer it was installed and activated on.

Also, if you
make a major hardware change, such as installing an entirely different
motherboard, the license is no longer valid. That is one reason OEM versions
cost less... no support directly from Microsoft.

NOTE:  As of February 28th 2005, all COA keys affixed to the
computer case will have internet activation disabled. A mandatory phone call
will be prompted to receive an override key after answering a series of
questions which manually verify them as legitimate. This does not affect
unbranded OEM versions purchased with authorized hardware through legitimate
vendors. Branded OEM versions [I.E. Dell, HP, Gateway, etc..] purchased from
eBay and other similar vendors will be affected and may lose the ability to
activate the questionable copies.

Branded OEM vs Unbranded  -  the idea behind OEM Windows s that it
comes with a PC (it is "branded").  However, surprisingly, you can get
unbranded OEM copies (NewEgg sells several OEM versions at  ) which work
like the full version except that you cannot install it as an upgrade.
But that's OK - just do a fresh install, and if you need to reisnayll then that
is no problem).  The only limitation is that it will not upgrade a previous
version - but there is no reason to ever want to do that. 
CON:  You also "supposedly" can never move it to another machine once it is

The following Windows OEM CD information was found at Tek-Tips

ALL OEM copies can only be installed clean: (that is, the hard
drive must be formatted before XP OEM can be installed). They
cannot be used to perform an upgrade of an existing Operating
System so make sure
you back up all necessary data and files BEFORE installing XP
OEM, since the format of the Hard Drive will erase ALL data on

Why can't I connect to a network? - Windows Help Immediately after install check bottom right System Tray network icon to connect to your network if necessary. If only a TV icon with a red slash appears then open and extract network LAN driver, right click on Setup to Run as Administrator, install LAN driver watching System tray icon to choose network if required.

which perform well with the Windows 7 Firewall. Bloated AV's cause problems with Win7; if you're infected while using MSE I suggest adding inexpensive Malwarebytes Real Time Protection which also work together well. Panda Cloudor the more aggressive Microsoft Security Essentials Immediately after getting online install your AV. I suggest using a lightweight free Antivirus like
, select all Important and Optional Updates (except Bing, unless you prefer it) to install. After requested reboots, go back again to Check for Updates until there are no more. These Updates deliver drivers, critical system, hardware and security patches. I would accept them all to be safest, keep Updates set to Automatic and regularly check for Optional to install because often needed Updates are queued Windows Update to Check for Updates, enable hardware driver auto-updatingNext If Updates stall or balk check your Start menu's Shutdown button for a "!" signaling there are Updates queued there for install at Shutdown. Perform a Shutdown to install them and then keep an eye on the Shutdown button if further rounds of Updates stall to clear them there first before proceeding to again Check for Updates. Most Update jams can be resolved by several reboots - real problems are one in a million.

Any drivers still missing in Device Manager after all Updates are installed can be found on the Support Downloads webpage for the model PC or device, along with other OEM software which you can wait to see if you need.
I would not replace any drivers given by the installer or Windows Update unless performance problems point to that specific driver. We can help you troubleshoot these issues. If you install a driver and it performs badly you can Roll Back on its Driver tab in Device Manager.

"Standard VGA" Display driver is a placeholder driver which only should be used when no other possible driver will install as it will not allow Sleep or Hibernate. So if Updates don't provide a better driver, import it from the PC model's Support Downloads webpage - If this fails check the device maker's Support Downloads webpage to let it scan for the needed download to install.. Compatibility Mode even Vista, or XP driver installed in if necessary

Device Manager - Finding Unknown Devices - Windows 7 Help ForumsUnknown Devices are often card reader drivers posted on the model's Support Downloads webpage along with other drivers which may be revealed by a function still missing on the PC such as laptop function keys or keyboard lighting, or can be traced using
to find your chipset, or ask in our Drivers forum. AMD Auto-Detect or Intel Drive Update UtilityCo-processor, SM Bus controller, USB and Storage controllers are often elements of the chipset. If no chipset is posted on your model's Downloads page, use the

You can also trace any missing driver using Hardware Identification. It's often faster to google the Driver Detail's Hardware ID than to look it up.

defeats the purpose of a Clean Reinstall. a specific function you needI would not re-import any of the OEM software until you run for awhile to know for sure you need it. There may be patches on the PC's Support Downloads webpage needed to improve performance so browse them to be aware what's available as you test performance to decide if they're needed. But keep in mind re-installing OEM bloatware besides that which is absolutely needed for good performance or

Reinstall your programs

System Restore.Install programs slowly over time to gauge performance changes after each. You can roll back bad effects of a Program install or Update(s) by uninstalling it or using

declining the Optional offer. I no longer recommend installing Java unless you know you need it or are prompted to install it to run a program, as it is an infection path.Flash Player and ReaderInstall your preferred

Don't let programs write themselves into msconfig>Startup as they slow startup, become freeloaders on your RAM/CPU, can spy on you and cause conflicts. No video, sound or other driver software needs to start with Windows 7 unless you know you need special settings on these.

On the next page, you're asked to select an operating system. The Recovery Media link in the results list is only available if you select the Windows version your computer originally came with. If you don't see a "Recovery Media" section, HP advises you to "make sure you are on the correct model number page and select another operating system." That worked for me.

Interestingly, the last section on the page is titled "Finding recovery discs from other Web sites." It contains a warning at the top, in bold type: Try all of the other options in this support document before attempting to order recovery discs from outside HP.

If HP is no longer supplying recovery discs for your model of computer and a recovery disc can no longer be created, you might be able to find a solution outside of HP.

Popular online auction sites and some computer part suppliers might have an original recovery disc part in stock. However, be careful and understand the risks when purchasing recovery discs from any source outside of HP. Beware of sites that offer recovery solutions when they are not affiliated with HP.

Even though HP might not have a recovery disc set available for purchase, search the HP part ordering Web site to find the recovery kit part number that matches your computer. Once you find the part number of the recovery disc, use the number in your searches to get better results.

That's actually good advice. If you can find a part number, you might be able to find replacement disks from a legitimate outside supplier that specializes in parts for models from your PC's maker.

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Remember to specify the correct number of disk to manage (in example above, change number 2 to appropriate number corresponding to the number as listed in “list disk” command). Normally, with just 1 hard disk, it will be disk 0.

Change number of partition (1 in example above) to actual number reflecting the partition that you want to delete. Be careful with the number of this partition, as wrong number may get data wipes off accidentally.

Language is a language of your operating
system, for example English, German, Spanish, etc.

should I order my recovery media if my operating system is not listed in the

In such a
case, please select any operating system listed and write your operating system
and its version in the “Note” box during selection of operating system.

What should I do if I have not found the recovery media for my system in the list?

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I have not received my recovery media. What should I do?

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I want to downgrade my operating system.
What options do I have?

Windows 7 oem license installer

If all has gone well the last popup will tell you Windows has been successfully activated.

Windows 7 oem license installer activated

Note the program will only work if your computer has been manufactured from one of the companies listed above, if not it will fail to work and your install will not be activated. The Activation Status button will tell you the current Windows activation state, BIOS Info will run a separate included tool so you can analyze the system BIOS to see what manufacturer data is present. Windows 7 OEM License Installer will reactivate your OEM copy of Windows 7 Home basic, Home Premium, Professional and Ultimate.