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Restore vista How do I restore vista to the computer, I had windows xp installed and have lots of problems, I do not have a restore disc, I need a step by step to get to the partition and what to do once there to restore back to factory installed vista

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Re: restore vista

If you formatted your hard disk you may no longer return to your previous operating system, you need to reinstall vista. if you just installed with out reformatting you may press F8 upon booting and after reading all your hardware then select the O.S. (vista)

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I was wanting to do a systems recovery on my computer. It came with XP home ed. installed. Vista has been bought and installed, and XP completely wiped as far as I can tell. I don't have the Vista or...

do you have a recovery key (f1,f2 etc) for the desktop, it flashed when you boot your desktop, press that key, it will recover your desktop to the os installed from the factory, it will be windows xp home edition

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How to Dual Boot Windows 7 with XP or Vista


If you're dying to try out Windows 7 but aren't ready to give up your installation of XP or Vista, let's take a look at how to dual boot Windows 7 with XP or Vista.

Assuming you've already downloaded a fresh copy of Windows 7, you'll need to burn it to a DVD in order to do a fresh installation. To handle this task, grab a copy of the most popular CD and DVD burning tool ImgBurn, burn the ISO to a DVD, and move right along to step 1.

Step 1: Partition Your Hard Drive Before you go installing Windows 7, the first thing you need to do is create a new partition on your hard drive to hold the new installation of Windows. Partitioning your hard drive will vary depending on whether you're running XP or Vista—namely because Vista has a partition tool baked in, XP does not.
Partition Your Hard Drive in XP To partition your hard drive in Windows XP, you'll need to download some sort of third-party partitioning software. There are a lot of options available, but I prefer to stick with the previously mentioned GParted live CD, a free, open source boot CD that can handle all kinds of partitioning duties.

To use it, just download the GParted Live CD, burn it to a CD, then reboot your computer (booting from the disc). You'll boot right into the partitioning tool. HowtoForge's previous guide to modifying partitions with GParted is a great place to start, but it's a fairly basic procedure:
  1. Resize your current OS drive to free up enough space for a Windows 7 partition (the minimum system requirements ask for 16GB).
  2. Create a new partition from the newly freed space.
  3. Apply your changes.
Partition Your Hard Drive in Vista The folks at Redmond were kind enough to include a disk partitioning tool in Vista if you know where to look. So go to Control Panel -> System and Maintainence (skip this one if you're in Classic view) -> Administrative Tools -> Computer Management. Once you launch the Computer Management tool, click on Disk Management under the Storage heading in the sidebar. It's partitioning time.

Luckily we've already gone down this road before in step-by-step detail, complete with pictures, so check out our previous guide to creating a new partition in Vista. In a nutshell, you'll need to shrink your current OS partition to free up at least 16GB of disk space (per the Windows 7 minimum system requirements), then create a "New Simple Volume" from the free space. Step 2: Install Windows 7 Now that you've done all the heavy lifting, it's time for the easy part: Installing Windows 7 on your new partition. So insert your Windows 7 disc and reboot your computer (you'll need to have enabled booting from your DVD drive in your system BIOS, but most PCs will have this enabled by default).

Once the DVD boots up it's a simple matter of following along with the fairly simple installation wizard. When you're choosing installation type, be sure to select Custom (advanced) and choose the partition you set up above. (Be careful here. Choosing the wrong partition could mean wiping your other Windows installation altogether, so make sure you pick the new partition you just created.) After you select the partition, go grab yourself a drink and let the installer do its work. Windows will run through some installation bits, restart a few times in the process. Eventually you'll be prompted to set up your account, enter your license key, and set up Windows. Keep your eyes open for fun new Windows 7 features, like your new homegroup (and the accompanying password). When it's finished, you're up and rolling with your new Windows 7 installation.

Congratulations! You should now have a new entry for Windows 7 on your boot screen when you first start up your computer. You've now got all the tools necessary to dual-boot Windows 7 and XP or Vista—or even to triple-boot Windows 7, Vista, and XP.

on Jul 07, 2010 | PC Desktops

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My computer says configure updates and then it automatically turns off

This will be a long process of troubleshooting and may end up of restoring your computer to a factory settings. You can try the steps below:
First is boot up to advance boot options, to do this follow the steps below: -Turn off your computer -After pressing the turn on button start tapping F8 key until you see the Advance Boot Option. -Try choosing Last Known Good Configuration if it fail try Safemode, Safemode with networking or safemode with command prompt, if one is successful use system restore to restore your computer to an earlier date but if it fails you'll need to use your Operating System Disc to use the repair option.
Here's how to access system restore incase you're able to access Last Known Good Configuration, Safemode, Safemode with networking or safemode with command prompt: Windows XP: Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click System Restore select Restore my computer to an earlier time then select a bold date on the calendar and click Next on the Confirm Restore Point Selection page, click Next. System Restore restores the previous Windows XP configuration, and then restarts the computer. Then click OK on the System Restore Restoration Complete page.
Windows 7 and Windows Vista: Click Start, point to Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click System Restore select Restore my computer to an earlier time then select a bold date on the calendar and click Next on the Confirm Restore Point Selection page, click Next. System Restore restores the previous Windows configuration, and then restarts the computer. Then click OK on the System Restore Restoration Complete page.
If you're on safemode with command prompt: At the command prompt, type %systemroot%\system32\restore\rstrui.exe, and then press ENTER, System Restore window will pop-up then select Restore my computer to an earlier time then select a bold date on the calendar and click Next on the Confirm Restore Point Selection page, click Next. System Restore restores the previous Windows configuration, and then restarts the computer. Then click OK on the System Restore Restoration Complete page.
If all the steps above fails you need to use the recover disc or the operating system disc to do a repair on your computer. Revert back in case you need steps for using start-up repair.
Note: If the steps above and start-up repair fail there's no other option but to restore your computer to factory settings.

Apr 21, 2011 | Acer Aspire AX1700-U3793A PC Desktop

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Restore to factory settings from recovery disc

ok providing you have a restore disk here are the steps that you need to take
first thing is that you have to start the computer and (depending which computer you have) hold the f12 key it will show which you would like to boot first menu (make sure your vista disk is in) goto boot cdrom fist follow instructions this should get you back in to reformat and reloading vista

Dec 10, 2009 | ASUS Essentio Desktop with Intel Pentium...

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Are certain restore disks interchangeable?

Unfortunately you cant use a vista restore disk for a XP operating system.

You could install vista on it and then use XP compatibility mode for whatever programs you want to run. Simply right click on the program and select the compatability tab..change to XP.

Apr 24, 2009 | PC Desktops

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My computer wont go past the vista start up screen and after about 5 minutes it shows a little blinking cursor in the top left hand corner

  • First try to disconnect printer, external hard drive and other devices from the system excluding monitor, keyboard and mouse then try to start up the system. if the system can boot to windows Vista that way, just reconnect the devices and restart the system. If it has the same problem, you will need to repair the Windows Vista using recovery tools in windows vista recovery environment.

  • You will need the Windows Vista DVD to access this recovery feature of Vista. Check the Discs that HP has provided and check if you have the Disc for Windows Vista. If you do not have it, you can borrow a Windows Vista DVD (Any versions) from a Friend or co worker. If not, just request the Disc from HP Support.

**Note : You will only need two tools under Windows Vista Recovery Environment, that is Startup Reapir and System Restore.

Starup Repair - This will automatically fix errors on the operating system (If this will not work, proceed to system restore)

System restore - You can revert back the system to an earlier date where is was working properly. (No files will be deleted if you this feature)

The link below is a complete step by step of what you need.

Link - Steps for Startup repair :

Link - Steps for System Restore :

**Note : If the Links will not work, just copy the whole link and paste it to your web browser's address bar. I Suggest that you print the steps so that you can perform the steps with accuracy.

Oct 29, 2008 | HP PC Desktops

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How to delete al my data and reboot my computer

Hi shotta-101,

Most ACER computers have a recovery partition or disc that is bundled with the PC that can automatically do the job for you. I would suggest that you read the manual of your computer first or contact ACER support so that you will know how to do this function, since it would be a lot faster to just restore your computer to factory defaults than doing a clean reinstall. Sometimes you just need to press a certain button or key on the keyboard in order to run this function.

If you still want to do a clean reinstall of Windows, you can check out these guide to help you. If you're installing Windows XP Pro/Home SP2 you can you this guide:

If you're installing Windows Vista Basic/Home Premium, here is a guide to follow (this can also be applicable with other versions of Vista):

After that you still need to install the drivers and programs for your ACER desktop PC using the discs that came with the PC.

Hope this helps!

Peace! :)

Oct 20, 2008 | Acer PC Desktops

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I can't get my system recovery disk to work so i can restore my computer to the orginal format

If your recovery CDs have failed you have some options

1. you can call the company who made your computer about a new set of restore discs

2. you can buy an operating system disc such as XP or vista

XP or Vista , Operating System Installation CD will setup the computer nicely , you may need drivers for certan things but not likely.

Malfunctioning restore CDs really **** me off

I just chunk em and load my XP pro disc

( multi machine volume license required if you wanna put it on multible computers )
( same with vista )

but in some cases you may find that XP pro will install on many machines just fine.

Thank you for using FixYa!


Sep 18, 2008 | PC Desktops

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Reinstalled windows xp profesional after hd crash. Did not have the original acer aspie 5100 recovery disc to install. Now the cd dvd rom is not recognised by laptop

if you originally had Vista on then the bios is updated from the older XP bios and wont see the drive, check here for bios downloads, or put Vista back on.

If you have a full XP disc you will need to do a full format and installation, do not use somebody elses restore disc as it's not the complete windows that you will need.

Aug 31, 2008 | Acer PC Desktops

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