I want to restore my pc to how it was when i received it and i looked in the manual and online how to do this but found when i use the F8 option and go to Repair Pc I do not have a Dell factory Festore option or any other Dell options. I also tried the Ctrl + F11 mentioned in another post but this did not work either.
As i said i have not touched the D:\ Recovery partition that i see in my computer.
Please advise how to complete this operation or with any other advice
my system is
Studio XPS 435MT
Intel Core i7 970 2.67ghz
64 bit windows vista
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HI thanks for the reply
I tried the link and when i get to the admin window in repair i type in
path d:\windows;d:\windows\system32 -----------that did nothing so it just did
worked up until i typed in pcrestore then it came up with an invalid message like it was the wrong command or wasnt there?
any other ideas? where should the image file be i cant find it on my D:\recovery drive
thanks in advance
Also thought id add that my recovery D:\ drive seems to be fine, its about 6gig full of the possible 13 and i havent deleted or touched any files in it
I dont know whats up with it?
Hi yes i can browse the recovery(d:\) but there is nothing in the tools folder? i even turned on hidden and system files in the options as well as protected operating files but still it shows nothing
the d:\dell folder is empty to though i have not touched anything on that drive at all
any thoughts ?
Is there a large image file on that drive, 1-3 gb in size? What is the file extension on it?
Unless you can find another identical Dell system to check, and possibly copy the D folders to your system, you will have to manually reinstall the OS as described in one of the links I posted.
Hi I cant find an image file anywhere on the recovery drive
what manual way are you talking about is it the one i tried before and mentioned abover where you go to repair pc on the vista disk then command prompt and type certain commands?
As i tried that and to no avail
At the very bottom of the link I posted there is a section "Reinstall Operating System Manually If PC Restore Fails"
It is not easy to use this method to reinstall Vista, especially if you have media direct installed, and wish to keep this feature.
hi ok when i go that link and look at the reinstall manually - i click on the troubleshooting link it asks you to and then it just says the operating system you have chosen is invalid?
Also what is the bit about media direct - i dont know what that is or if i have it?
Would it be easier for me to just do a clean vista install then make my own image back up for the future - will that cut out the media direct issue?
p.s. im from uk and machine is less than year old so could i not get the restore disks off of dell