Can I borrow my friend’s Windows 7 recovery disk if I no longer have access to mine?

Ashish Kumar November 13, 2012

I bought Pavillion DV6 6165TX yesterday. I was trying to install Ubuntu, but all got messed up while installing Ubuntu. Now Windows also does not boot up. It shows this message: “Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause.” Unfortunately, I don’t have recovery disk. Now how to reinstall Windows 7 (Home Premium)? My friend has the same model and Windows 7 (Home Premium). Can I borrow his recovery disk? Please help me!

  1. Igor Rizvi?
    January 15, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    Yes you can borrow his and try a startup repair..i had the same problem with my girlfriends laptop,and it worked wonders! good luck

  2. Joel Jacob
    January 7, 2013 at 12:45 pm


  3. Sathya Murthy
    November 30, 2012 at 5:04 am

    A recovery disk is unique for an installed windows. It is a backup for booting and recovering windows for a particular installation in a particular system.
    So, you cannot use the recovery disk of another installation in your system to recover and boot to windows.

  4. Austen Gause
    November 21, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    Yes you can, NO clean installs though you will lose everything you dont back up

  5. N LKX
    November 21, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    does your startup screen show a 'gnu grub error' or something like that?

  6. Austin
    November 16, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    Yes you can

  7. Rich Mc.
    November 15, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    I agree with everyone telling you to use your serial key. I would definitely try repairing your system before a clean boot.

    • Anonymous
      November 16, 2012 at 11:51 am

      I tried my freind's recovery cd but it shows a message "This CD is not compatible for your system"..wat to do?

      • Muz RC
        November 28, 2012 at 11:54 pm

        you should make sure the disc is same with ur operating system, u cant use recover disk home 32 bit on pro 32 bit...

  8. Dimal Chandrasiri
    November 14, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    yes! you can use the recovery disc to recover your system!

    • Anonymous
      November 15, 2012 at 4:59 pm

      My friend's recovery disk not working in my laptop

  9. Nikhil Chandak
    November 14, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    You can definitely do that , but u will need the product key or the serial key with that

    • Anonymous
      November 14, 2012 at 5:42 pm

      can i download window 7 from internet and use my product key to make it Genuine??..Am i right?

      • Nikhil Chandak
        November 15, 2012 at 6:50 am

        Yea , u can also do that

  10. Rakesh Mishra
    November 14, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    u can use the recovery disc because i have use my friends disc

  11. Alan Wade
    November 14, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    You could also (with his permission) make a copy of his disc so you have a recovery disc of your own for future.

    • Anonymous
      November 14, 2012 at 2:05 pm

      My friend got afraid of distributing his disc..can i use any window 7 home premium and provide my product key while it ask for key..will it become genuine window..i am very confused..or i can get it free online..or i hp will provide it?

  12. Lisa Santika Onggrid
    November 14, 2012 at 10:19 am

    Sure, you can. What you can't borrow is his license code.

    • Douglas Mutay
      November 14, 2012 at 3:26 pm

      I like your answer. It make the things so clear :-)

  13. Douglas Mutay
    November 14, 2012 at 8:09 am

    Ashish, as long as you didn't erase your entire partition while you were trying Ubuntu you still can repair the boot process of your Windows 7. Just boot from the DVD of your friend and when it will ask you to start to install, choose the Repair option instead. It should take you to a process where you can restore your boot and there will no need to reinstall a clean W7. Good luck!

    • Anonymous
      November 14, 2012 at 2:02 pm

      what if i erase my entire partition..does it mean i lost my genuine Window 7 ?

      • Sean A
        November 15, 2012 at 12:30 am

        You haven't lost it. The only thing you have lost is your files. To install after wiping the partition you need an install disk of the version your serial is for and the serial. The installation only loses its genuity if you install it on multiple computers.

  14. Boni Oloff
    November 14, 2012 at 4:36 am

    Yes, you can. But after finish the installation you still need the serial number you have.

  15. Jim Chambers
    November 14, 2012 at 3:33 am

    If recovery partition is intact, just hit F11 after post to reinstall Windows 7 etc..

    • Anonymous
      November 14, 2012 at 1:59 pm

      i hit F11..but it does not work..same screen comes every time..

  16. Aswin Kumar K P
    November 14, 2012 at 3:24 am

    yes u can do that.......but enter ur serial key with that.

    • Anonymous
      November 16, 2012 at 11:53 am

      I lost my recovery partition..I tried to get it back by my friend's recovery cd..but those cd's are not compatible with my system..what to do get my recovery partition back?

      • Qin Tang
        November 19, 2012 at 5:42 am

        You may think some free partition software like MiniTool, easeus to help you. Good luck.

  17. dhanunjayarao chunduri
    November 14, 2012 at 2:01 am

    yes you can recover with your friends recovery. but you don't do a clean install with it. if you do a clean install you your's windows license will be gone.

  18. ha14
    November 13, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    sure you can. to try correct your problem without DVD first make sure that your boot option is on the hard drive that contains windows OS, to do this go to BIOS.

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