Vista recovery disk

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  1. WeeBabyDoll
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    WeeBabyDoll GBAtemp Regular

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    Hey everyone,
    My mother in laws laptop - which currently runs windows vista has become corrupt. Her laptop never came with a recovery disk (which is supposed to reinstall windows vista I think)
    I have downloaded the recovery disk and put it onto cd (both recovery for 32 bit and 64 bit - I don't know which version she is running as I can't access her laptop.)
    Now, this recovery CD definatly re-installs vista? And it doesnt need any serial numbers or reject it because it isn't a ligitimate copy?? Is there anything else I should know about the recovery disk?
    I do have one my uncle did for me when my vista laptop went hay-wire but it has a virus, but I got rid of it when I reinstalled my anti-virus and did a scan. I would feel better using the one I have made as it doesnt have a virus.
    Also, another friend wants me to do her desktop computer - would using the recovery disk on hers be safe aswell?? Thanks for any help you can offer.
     
  2. Chris_Skylock

    Chris_Skylock GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

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    recovery disk only fixes the problems. you will need COMMAND PROMPT knowledge

    if it has vista pre-installed, try pressing F10 while booting.

    if you have the CD, it's a recovery disk that re-install vista. the one you download probably will fix it while retaining the installed one. dont be confused with recovery to a recovery recovery
     
  3. WeeBabyDoll
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    Would it be okay if I posted the link to the download? From what I gather they completely re-install vista...
    The disk my uncle made for me completely re-installed windows vista when I had it.
     
  4. WeeBabyDoll
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    Oh I just re-read what they were saying and it says it is just recovery and not re-installation...
    So just use my uncles disk? I have been doing reading and online it says their should be a function to create this kind of disk. Is this right enough?
     
  5. azoreseuropa

    azoreseuropa GBAtemp Guru

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    To follow the instruction. Google is your friend.. There are tons about this to show step by step. Its easy, really. I suggest you find it and print it then follow it, thats simple. [​IMG]
     
  6. WeeBabyDoll
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    I have been reading up on others who are trying to reinstall having not been sent a disk. Other people are saying to phone up the manufacturers and ask them to send one out if it is still covered by warrenty - which my mother in laws isnt.
     
  7. exangel

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    Two times I have had to "buy" the recovery disc for a machine to do a restoration of the operating system. Even if they are not under warranty you can usually get a disc from the manufacturer but you're almost always responsible for the Shipping and Handling and often a fee for the disc itself.

    Machines that were not sold with a recovery disc amongst its packaged documentation typically have a recovery partition. Unless it was removed or was never there, there may be information about booting from the recovery partition in the documentation or online (PDF) manual for that model. A recovery partition typically contains an image that can restore the machine to its factory-installed state.

    Good luck
     
  8. WeeBabyDoll
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    WeeBabyDoll GBAtemp Regular

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    Also, 1 more question - does it matter if the computers were made bu different manufacturers? My mother in laws is e-machine and mine was advent. Would the same disk still work?
     
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