I checked to be sure and I DO have two partitions c: 40 and D: 70G
I guess the OS image was on a third partition that was wiped when I ran the dvd install.
My question is where do I start now without the dvd that is not here with me now?
Will this Atom run Win7 or will it be painfully slow?
I like the idea of using some sort of image capture for recovery in the future but for now I still have to figure out how to scrape and reinstall the OS.
One option would be to obtain imaging software, make a image of your current install, then fix whatever is causing it to run slow. If you screw up, restore from the image, try again... If you get unit back running "fast", "Image" the system /save those images.
1: Hunt down that external dvd drive- see if the recovery disc is still in it, Restore, then image with a REAL imaging app.
* Note if you do find the recovery cd, I'd make a ISO of the disc, then reburn from the ISO(s) and run a restore from those discs to verify they work. I'd be sure to save the ISO(s) to a safe place. This would allow you to recreate the Recovery discs at any time and you could be assured they would "work".
1a:Obtain recovery disc from MSI.
2: Return to MSI, have them re-image machine.
3: Extract OEM Royalty Key from existing install, Obtain a OEM install image, re-install, import the royalty key /certificate if needed.
*OEM machines have a SLP/SLIC markers in the bios that the OS "looks at" each time the machine is booted, if the markers are there and the correct royalty key /certificate are present the OS install is validated (activated).
4: Download drivers- install, configure everything, then IMAGE the HD with a REAL IMAGING APP.
5: Store your recovery discs/images in a safe place, make multiple copies on different media, burn at slowest speed, and always choose "verify" image.
*It's a good policy to "test" your images.... If you have a spare HD, you can remove the existing hd, re-image machine to spare hd, verify, then store away images, and that spare drive...