Windows 7 Recovery or Format

Well I am in a pickle.  Let's see if I can correctly explain the situation I am in.
My computer failure started of  by constantly getting the "Startup Repair."  In my efforts to try to perform a recovery from the manufacturer's DVD, I ended up with this error; Media not supported by System Recovery, error 0100-181F-7001
If this added information makes a difference in analyzing what went wrong, let me say this; I started a "Manufacturer's Recovery" then i realized that it was going to do a reformat of the hard drive.  I panic and tired to stop it.  Like a fool I turned the power off.  After that, i managed to get to the "Windows Boot Manager" with File \Boot\BCD, Status 0x000000f, attempting to read boot configuration.
Basically i believe my only solution is to reformat the hard drive.  I believe the Recovery DVD will work after the formatting.  Currently the computer starts loading the Windows files, then the computer starts to boot, but then I get the error above.
I believe my BIOS is still intact.
Any suggestions?  I believe that I started to get the "Startup Repair" after I submitted to get an automatic download of Windows 10.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
If your manufacturer's DVD is a true Recovery DVD, then format the partition holding Windows 7, boot from the Recovery DVD and let it install Windows 7.

You need to download and apply SP1 for Windows 7 in order to upgrade to Windows 10.
chimaAuthor Commented:
john, thank you for the response.  I think I need to format the hard drive externally, meaning, I need to run software from a CD to format it.  Or is there some key sequence that will start the re-formatting?
What if the DVD is not a true Recovery disc?
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
When you start a Window 7 Recovery DVD, it will either ask you if you wish to format, or it will tell you it is going to blow everything away and make am image (already formatted) on the hard drive from the Recovery DVD
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Most Windows 7 PC's include a recovery partition from which you can reset the system back to factory defaults. To start this process you normally need to press a certain function key or key combination when booting up your PC, so for details check it's manual or on the manufacturer's site on how that is done. With this partition you don't need any recovery DVD. The DVD is only needed if the HD has failed and was replaced, or the recovery partition got corrupted. You shouldn't need to manually format, that should be done automatically by the tool.
chimaAuthor Commented:
I can't recall see this last night.  I'll have to check that tonight.  I'm at work now.  I have a couple of related questions;
The BIOS setting I need is the CD-ROM Boot  correct?  I think so, because it seemed to have worked last night.
Why does the BIOS still use/show the "Floppy Boot?"  With the DVD ROM Drive boot it keeps getting the "!" mark in front of it, indicating that it is disabled.  The only way I found to change that was to set it back to "Default" then changing the boot order.
There is another section that enables or disables the boot device; one being the CD-Rom which I Enabled, and the other is the Floppy which I disabled.  Is this correct?
chimaAuthor Commented:
rindi, thank you for the info.  On my PC, which I can get to when it is showing the "Press ESC key" message, I have;
F1 System Info
F2 System Diagnostics
F9 Boot Device Option
F11 System Recovery  Possibly I should try this!
Yes, try F11.
David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
My computer failure started of  by constantly getting the "Startup Repair." this would tend to indicate a flakey hard drive
chimaAuthor Commented:
rindi, what should the boot setting be set to, before doing a system recovery (or does it matter).  I did not do an F11 before, because I felt that my problem was that the hard drive needed a re-format to get rid of what was damaged.
chimaAuthor Commented:
David, so would you recommend that I do a re-format?  I think rindi mentioned that this is done automatically with F11.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You should be able to get hard disk software from the manufacturer of the hard drive and I recommend you do that and run it. The hard drive may be fine, but if it is not, then no point in going further with it. A new hard drive means you need a proper Recovery DVD to image the brand new drive.
David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
do you have another machine that you can put this drive into and then use the manufacturers hardware diagnostic and check the health of the drive. and copy off any important files.
You shouldn't need to change any boot settings in the BIOS if you are doing the F11 method.

Test the disk using the manufacturer's diagnostic tool, which you will find on the UBCD:

For this tool you will of course have to set the boot order to boot from the CD before the HD. Of course if the tool tells you the disk is bad, you will have to replace it, and on the new disk you won't have any recovery partitions and so then F11 won't work. Then you would have to use your recovery DVD if works. If it doesn't you'd have to order a new set from the PC manufacturer.
☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
rindi's right.  What's happened is you pulled the power mid-restore so the computer tries to restart but Windows isn't correctly set up.  Your recovery partition is still intact though so if you boot to that and allow it to recover the system again it will wipe out the part installed version of Windows and replace it with the version that was installed when you first used the computer.  Your original Windows install is already lost so going for the "out of the box" recovered version is the best of the options that are available to you.  Formatting the part of the drive that contains Windows will be redone by the Recovery Partition.  If you try using another tool to reformat the drive you run the risk of wiping out the Recovery Partition too.

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chimaAuthor Commented:
MASQ, thank you for your knowledge input.  I'll try this tonight.
chimaAuthor Commented:
F11 System Recovery did not want to work.  I ended up doing a "factory recovery" which automatically formatted the windows partition.  Now I have to spend my up and coming holiday setting up my computer.
Thank you all for the help.  Happy Labor safe!
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