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Help! - Deleted driver partition

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    Help! - Deleted driver partition


    So, I got my new Acer yesterday with Swedish Win8 OEM installed. Not accustomed to Win8 yet I decided to install Win7 instead and booted my Win7 USB (changed to Legacy from UEFI in order to do so). However, little did I know that things have gotten much more complicated! Apperently you can't install Win7 over Win8 with a lot of hassle.

    Here's the thing that happened to me:
    Not really aware of what I was doing i accidentaly formatted two partitions! Partition 5 containing (what I guess) the drivers and partition 4 containing the system files. After realizing that I can't even install Win7 i exited but now my Windows won't boot!

    This is how the partitions look:



    It tries to troubleshoot but to no avail. All i get is the option to shut down or go to advanced options where I've tried Refresh and Recover which doesn't work. So I tried downloading an Windows 8 MSDN iso:

    File Name: en_windows_8_x64_dvd_915440.isoLanguages: EnglishSHA1: 1CE53AD5F60419CF04A715CF3233F247E48BEEC4SI knew that it would be a long shot since I'm using Swedish Win 8 but decided to try. This time when I choose to Reset with the bootable win8 Iso I get: "Unable to reset your PC. A required drive partition is missing."Is there anything at all that I can do to reinstall the drivers and OS?I promise not to mess with Windows 8 installations anymore after this >_>
    Last edited by Brink; 09 Feb 2013 at 08:44. Reason: embedded image

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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


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    To Downgrade to Windows 7.
    Downgrade Windows 8 to Windows 7
    Warning you must have the uEFI/BIOS firmware setting in Step Three set.
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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    information   Information

    We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
    & made the Startup Repair CD.
    Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
    System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8





    You can use the ACER version of
    Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8

    How to make Acer Recovery disks.

    Using Acer Recovery Management to Restore Windows 8

    Create a Packard Bell Factory Default Backup in Windows 8


    Windows 8 - Restore Windows With a USB Recovery Drive - YouTube

    You can Order Acer recovery disks from here:

    https://secure.tx.acer.com/RCDB/Main.aspx?brand=acer
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    Windows 8


    Nope I didn't create a Recovery Disc...

    And when I enter my SNID/Serial in Acer it only says:
    "No RCD available for the entered Serial Number"

    Nothing else I can do?
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