I have a HP Pavilion dv7-4177nr Entertainment Notebook. It once had Windows 7 home premium installed. However that hard drive broke because of physical damage. Now that I have a new hard drive hooked up, I want to know what options I have to start using my laptop again as well as the pros and cons of each. Here is my progress:
Option 1: Try to reinstall windows 7 - I have tried to contact HP by entering my product name and serial number on their website but they "no longer support this product" (is there another way to try to get the recovery disc or ISO file out of them?). I have tried to download the ISO file from Microsoft, but it says "The product key you entered appears to be for software pre-installed by the device manufacturer. Please contact the device manufacturer for software recovery options." Perhaps, there is somewhere else I can get the disc or ISO file to reinstall windows, however I worry that I am on a new hard drive and not finding the correct media will cause Windows 7 to not work.
Option 2) Would it be possible to just try to install Linux on this blank hard drive or would that cause some type of error?
Option 3) Upgrading to Windows 10. Some stores offer an installation of an OS as part of their services (like BestBuy for 100$ but can only upgrade me to Windows 10 and I'm not sure if that would be safe for this type of computer.)
Do I have other reasonable options? Perhaps another service or action I haven't thought of?