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14th October 2009, 09:19 PM #1
Restoring Vista on home machine
Well -I've got someones personal Vista laptop and its borked - the downloadable Vista repair cd says it can;t find any information to recover the OS.
An of course, it didn't come with a recovery DVD.
Is there anyway to get Vista back on it with buying the OS again?
14th October 2009, 09:27 PM #2
If it's a popular brand in most cases you can contact the manufacturer and get replacement recovery discs for around £40. Cheaper than buying the OS again. You could always try and borrow an OEM Vista disc and use the key you've got, but then obviously you'd have to find the drivers yourself.
Aside from that there isn't much you can do if it is borked.
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SimpleSi (14th October 2009)
14th October 2009, 09:46 PM #3
I've never see a Vista Machine come with one
You could always try and borrow an OEM Vista disc
14th October 2009, 09:49 PM #4
do you have msndn or technet subscription ? that might work?
14th October 2009, 10:27 PM #5
No it will only work with VLK's
Originally Posted by jedmondson
What version are you after. As long as you have a key on your OEM sticker any CD should do. I believe you could even torrent a media DVD then use your OEM key.
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SimpleSi (15th October 2009)
14th October 2009, 10:33 PM #6
You can use an OEM disc with the COA that is on the underside of the laptop. The other thing I would do is check on the manufacturers website to see if there is a recovery partition on the HDD. Most modern laptops have this if it does then they should have instructions on how to access this and start the restore process.
Originally Posted by FN-GM
14th October 2009, 11:39 PM #7
I don't know if this is still that case, but if you have any Dell machines the recovery disc that comes with them (even though it is branded) is actually a vanilla OEM disc.
I've only ever done this with XP a few years ago so I could be miles off, but worth a shot if you know anyone who has bought a Dell recently.
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SimpleSi (17th October 2009)
17th October 2009, 06:12 PM #8
That's fine as long as it's possible to boot as far as the restore utility. If the HD is borked, then the recovery partition isn't available.
Originally Posted by richard_s
A friend has XP Media Centre Edition and, whilst there is a recovery partition, the manual which came with the laptop gave instructions about creating a recovery CD ASAP - just in case the HD requires replacement. I know that this isn't necessarily going to help the OP, but it's worth bearing in mind for others who buy a system which has a recovery partition but no recovery CD.
I think it's preposterous for a manufacturer to charge £40 for a recovery CD if there is no way of creating it from the original installation. Hard drives are far more resilient now, but they still die.
17th October 2009, 10:06 PM #9
I nearly made it
I got hold of a Dell OEM disc and it installed fine - plugged in a USB WiFi dongle and download all the drivers and then went to activate it - failed
The OEM disc is Vista basic and the machine came with Vista Premium - I'll see if anyone's got an OEM Vista Premium and try again!
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