Accidentally formatted my PC and installed Window 10

Discussion in 'Windows 10' started by soamz, Aug 13, 2015.

  1. soamz

    soamz MDL Senior Member

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    Hi, I had purchased a license of windows 7 ultimate from a friend 3 years back and installed on one of my i5 PC.

    I just started to do a clean install of Windows 10 on it and accidentally clicked on format on the drive.

    Now windows 10 is installed, but it asking for license.

    How do I tell them its from my licensed windows 7 PC ?
     
  2. coleoptere2007

    coleoptere2007 MDL Guru

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    normal way is upgrading from 7 to 10. Then no solution except W7 reinstallation and then an upgrade to 10.
     
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  3. matt_0978

    matt_0978 MDL Junior Member

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    just go back and do it again
     
  4. soamz

    soamz MDL Senior Member

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    But how do I get my Windows 7 License now ?
    I lost it 4 years back.
     
  5. agent268

    agent268 MDL Junior Member

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    #5 agent268, Aug 13, 2015
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    Ask your friend to see if they still have a copy of the product key they can send you.
     
  6. pisthai

    pisthai Imperfect Human

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    You could try to use an Partition Recovery Apps like Active@ Partition Recovery or alike. If you
    You could try to use an Partition Recovery Apps like Active@ Partition Recovery ar alike. If you lucky, you could still get your old windows back. Chance is 50/50!!
     
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  7. soamz

    soamz MDL Senior Member

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    very tough.
    Let me see if I have a screenshot of my SYSTEM PROPERTIES page of the PC .

    I think I have it.
    The same one, right ?

    It starts with 00
     
  8. PCTech91

    PCTech91 MDL Novice

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    Install KMSpico lol:tasty:
     
  9. pf100

    pf100 MDL Addicted

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    He formatted and then installed windows 10. The chances of recovering windows 7 are zero.
     
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  10. Arnie25

    Arnie25 MDL Junior Member

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    Buy a cheap win7/8 key and re-install windows.
     
  11. pisthai

    pisthai Imperfect Human

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    Not really, as long as he didn't has done an Low Level Format. Even if normal formatted, the space is still marked as in use and will be, as long as there free space is available!

    So, He could still try!
     
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  12. Kouryu

    Kouryu MDL Senior Member

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    he started the "upgrade" process all wrong to begin with.... no way to format the drive unless he booted the install disc
    you can only upgrade by starting the installer while in Windows

    and no, you can't clean install until after you upgraded ONCE
     
  13. pf100

    pf100 MDL Addicted

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    Sure, he can recover windows 7 if every file is recoverable, of which the chances of that are roughly zero. He might be able to save some of his porn collection though.
     
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  14. odiebugs1

    odiebugs1 MDL Expert

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    #14 odiebugs1, Aug 13, 2015
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    Can you verify what you were actually doing, were you upgrading from a boot install, or actually clean installing, if you were clean installing, it doesn't matter if you formatted the drive because you would have over written it anyway.

    As for formatting, all the data is still there, the people who say there is zero chance of getting data back are wrong, I have recovered everything from drives formatted twice, as formatting is the wrong way to clean a drive for a new OS.

    Use daz loader on win 7 sp1, then upgrade to win 10, you can clean install 10 after that but really no reason to if it's on a clean win 7.

    P.S. Don't forget win 10 violates your rights to privacy. So if you value yours, check around the site for all the posts and make sure you read this.

    http://forums.mydigitallife.net/threads/63733-PLEASE-READ-Microsoft-and-Privacy
     
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  15. odiebugs1

    odiebugs1 MDL Expert

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    Exactly, only a low level, or a zero write DOD, will make it unrecoverable. Formatting, LOL
     
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  16. Arnie25

    Arnie25 MDL Junior Member

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    Seriously! You're asking the OP to try and recover his Win7 files when he can't even upgrade without destroying his Windows Installation.

    Talk about shutting the gate after the horse has bolted
     
  17. matt_0978

    matt_0978 MDL Junior Member

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    so hang on a minute, this system had an activated installation of windows 7 originally? then why can't you extract the product key from bios with ProduKey? note it down and reinstall 7 then do the UPGRADE? or use some recovery software and try to find a file called "windows.old" and open that with notepad.exe, that should also show win 7 product key.
     
  18. wolf69

    wolf69 MDL Senior Member

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    seeing how he bought the key its more than likely a retail key and not an oem installed one so it wouldn't be located in the bios
     
  19. matt_0978

    matt_0978 MDL Junior Member

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    maybe Daz can help then?? :zwinker: