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Installing a second Windows 7 on a hard drive using the recovery files

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March 20, 2013 12:52:29 PM

Okay, its a weird question...

I have an Acer Aspire 7551-7422 laptop with Windows 7 Home Premium. Recovery is on a hidden partition. I have shrunk the volume on my hard drive and created a second formatted partition of 300GB. The question is two-part:

1. Can I 'extract' the files on the recovery partition to create a bootable recovery disc, and

2. Can I use that recovery disc to install a second version of Windows 7 on the same hard drive?

Hopefully, I have explained it well, but let me know either way. Thanks.
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March 20, 2013 1:01:28 PM

The system should allow you to create a bootable recovery environment, like a backup image of your system. I am not aware of actually being possible to extract the OS from that and use it for future OS-only installation, like a retail OS disk would.

Either way, the OEM version that you have is linked to that particular laptop. one can not use that on a different system. As far as installing WinOS again on that same laptop, which means creating a dual-boot system, does not make a lot of sense, since you'd be using the same version of the OS.
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March 20, 2013 1:07:31 PM

house70 said:
The system should allow you to create a bootable recovery environment, like a backup image of your system. I am not aware of actually being possible to extract the OS from that and use it for future OS-only installation, like a retail OS disk would.

Either way, the OEM version that you have is linked to that particular laptop. one can not use that on a different system. As far as installing WinOS again on that same laptop, which means creating a dual-boot system, does not make a lot of sense, since you'd be using the same version of the OS.


Thanks for your reply.

As I said, it is a weird request, but I find myself trying very outlandish things on this computer all in the name of learning how things work. I was aware of creating a Windows XP on a second partition via slipstreaming with nlite, but struggled trying to find the inf file for sata drive (could only find sys files) so I wanted to try a different approach. Thanks!

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