My four yr old HP laptop came with Vista installed. Last year the hard drive went kaput, so I replaced it with the good HD from my daughter's nearly-identical laptop with Windows 7 installed that she gave me when her screen went bad. She had used it for about 6 months before her screen broke. After installation of her hdd in my machine I made recovery disks. A few days ago, after a restart, Windows wouldn't load....after several attempts and more error messages, I DID have a screen with some recovery/repair/backup options. I made a backup of my files and went to do a recovery using the disks I had made. It wasn't until after I had successfully brought my computer back to life when I noticed I had used my VISTA disks, not Windows 7. I tried another recovery with the correct disks but the system didn't use the DVD I had inserted, so it recovered Vista AGAIN....After much trial and error, I got back to the recovery screen I mentioned above; the one where I inserted the Vista recovery disks in the first place. It started booting from the 1st Win7 Rec disk and I thought all would be well, but on the 3rd disk, at about 85% complete, it froze, then came the error mssg "Recovery Manager could not restore your computer using the factory image. Please contact HP support. Error code: 0xe0ef0003" After more trial and error, another mssg..."Windows Boot Manager Status: 0xc000000f" Now,Vista won't even load and I am now looking at "System recovery Options" with two options...."Use recovery tools that can help fix problems starting Windows. Select an operating system to repair" -AND- "Restore your computer using a system image that you created earlier." With the first option, I am given no choice of an operating system other than Vista...it says "If your operating system isn't listed, click Load Drivers and then install drivers for your hard disks." I had this screen before and after clicking LOAD DRIVERS it asked for, I think, an install disk....I put in the 1st of my Win7 recovery disks and a screen opened to allow me to select drivers, but I was wary of doing so.
My son also has an HP laptop with Windows 7. I made a repair disk from his system which allowed me to get this far. What are my options? I have my win7 recovery disks, HIS win7 recovery disks, his repair disk, and my daughter's Product Key on the sticker on the bottom of her old machine. Any way I can re-intall Win 7 using my daughter's key, or will the fact that my system is now only recognizing Vista going to be a problem with that. Could I make a "system image" disk from my son's laptop and use it on mine?
Thank you for any help. This has taken far too many hours of my time to try to fix.