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paschoemans
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Windows Vista Recovery without CD

Hello,

I bought a Dell Latitude D531 one year ago. Due to an urgent trouble on my WIFI connection I decided to reinstall my Vista Business OS. But I had no CD. So I've formated and re-install XP but I keep the recovery partition for later Vista install. But now that I want to install it I don't know how I can do.

I've already tried the CTRL + F11 when the computer is booting and nothing happens. I also click several times on F8 for the boot setup but I've no option to make the recovery.

Can someone help me? Tell me how I can use the recovery partition or if I can find a Vista Business CD (I off course have a valid license).

Thanks,

PA

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Re: Windows Vista Recovery without CD

To reinstall Vista without a disk:

Copy your important txt documents to a memory stick ($10 for a 2 Gig stick).  Also copy the "Favorites" folder for Internet Explorer (in the user/yourname folder) and important pictures and icons.  If you have a website upload the actual web file from your web writer program to the website for safe storage with an FTP program, so you can download and open it when you reinstall your web writing program.

Get your user id - Start, Control Panel, choose standard view window (not Classic view), User Accounts and Family Safety, User Accounts.

Your user id is the name above "Administrator" - capitalization is important.

 

Start your computer and keep pressing F8.

Choose "Repair Your Computer".

Choose "US" English

Enter your user Id.  Click OK.

Choose "Dell Factory Image Restore".

It will take 45 minutes to reinstall.

You will be left with some programs in the "Program Files" folder.  Some will actually run when you restart a few times, but many will disappear as you restart.  So you will have to reinstall your programs.

Copy the "Favorites" list from your memory stick to the now empty "Favorities" folder.

Copy the pictures and icons into their folders from the memory stick.

Download the web file into the appropriate folder (you can create a new one in the C: drive, or Documents) using an FTP program.

Load your web writing program.  Open the file you downloaded and edit away.

All Done!

 

I hope this helps

All the best,

                   Ty

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paschoemans
Copper

Re: Windows Vista Recovery without CD

The way you're describing seems to be simple but I don't find the repair option in the F8 menu.

In this menu the title is : "Windows XP boot menu" and I suppose your option is only in the Vista boot menu.

Do you have another tip?

Thanks

Stein-Inge
Copper

Re: Windows Vista Recovery without CD

Thanks for a good posting Terry, but there is something that is not as expected. I see that the same information is on DELL's home page, so I have to except that this is the correct approach, but it’s not in line of what I get on my system.


I have a new Latitude E6500 with Vista business, but with a Norwegian OS language. I have to recover due to a faulty “Windows easy transfer” from my workstation, so I need to get my laptop back into its original stage before I can proceed.


Start your computer and keep pressing F8.
This is ok and the advanced boot menu show.

Choose "Repair Your Computer".
This is the very first option in my list

Choose "US" English
I choose Norwegian as my keyboard language,

Enter your user Id.  Click OK.
When you say user ID, I enter the user and password for an admin user and login

Choose "Dell Factory Image Restore".
Well, this is when we seem to have come to a crossroad. The menu items don’t appear to have this option. There a 5 menu items. The text will not be accurate as I have to translate them


Menu item 1: Picture of a disk with a tick mark: Header is: Start up repair
Menu tem 2: Picture of a computer system with a clock. Header:  System reconfigures (probably a bad translation)
Menu item 3: Picture of a computer system with a green arrow. Header Windows complete PC restore
Menu item 4: Picture of a memory stick. Header: Windows memory diagnostic
Menu item 5: Picture of the C:\ prompt. Will open a dos window.

It seems that the equivalent is menu item 3 to restore the whole PC, but there is no mention of DELL. And when I choose this item, I get a dialog box saying that a backup could not be found.


I see that I have a Recovery partition on disk0, but the partition letter is Z:/Recovery. I might have changed the partition letter to Z but can’t remember this.

1) Does anyone know what letter the Restore partition should have

2) And why I don’t get the “Dell Factory Image Restore” menu?

Any help would be greatly appreciated as this system just has to be all ok in about 36 hours or I will be in big trouble.

 

Best regards from the snowy Norway

Stein Inge Haaland

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Re: Windows Vista Recovery without CD

None of the Latitude D series came with PC Restore. You need the Vista DVD to reinstall.

The Latitude E series comes with PC Restore only if you request it when you order the system

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Stein-Inge
Copper

Re: Windows Vista Recovery without CD

Thank you for your very quick responce Hydralisk00222.


1) Looking at my invocie from DELL, there  is one line that says “Software Driver: Recovery DVD”
2) I received a total of 6 CD’s with my Latitude A6500. Two of them are Application, one is Drivers and Utilities, one is Roxio Creator and one is Norton Internet security.
3) I wonder why there is a Recovery partition on my drive if it can not be used?


Do you have any more feedback Hydralisk00222 - or anyone else?

 

Best regards

Stein Inge Haaland

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DELL-Larry R
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Re: Windows Vista Recovery without CD

You should have an OS reinstallation disk (i.e., the Windows disk), the Dell Drivers & Utilties (aka Resource) CD, at least one Dell Applications CD, and a disk for any third party software you ordered with the system (such as MS Office or a full version of Roxio).  The Windows disk is for a clean install of Windows with nothing extra, and is not a recovery CD as it does not load the Dell factory image.

What partitions do you have on the hard drive?

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jhooka
Copper

Re: Windows Vista Recovery without CD

Hi, I own a small business where I fix dell PC's all day every day.  I never use the recovery partition for a number of reasons.  The main reason is I dont want to recovery the bloatware.  Instead I recommend doing whatever it takes to get an OEM Windows Recovery Disk.   I know that Dell offers them to people who are still under warranty.  If you arent under warranty and you lost or damaged your disk, you can actually buy a backup replacement copy of your windows recovery disk at: www.oemsoftwaresource.com .  Take your recovery disk, and put it into you disk drive.  Press F12 during bootup and follow the prompts to reinstall windows.  Good luck on getting your PC up and going again! Anthony

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LindaS
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Re: Windows Vista Recovery without CD

From what Larry wrote & clicking on his link for replacement disks...if I buy the Dell I'm considering...I already know it doesn't include the OS CD, Dell will send me that disk with the others? Is that true?

I'm looking at a Best Buy deal that I can't match at Dell.com, so I would not order this online as I have in the past. I really want an OS CD, it could be a deal breaker.

Thanks, Linda

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jhooka
Copper

Re: Windows Vista Recovery without CD

Hi, ive have also been a dell VAR (value added reseller) for a few years now, I know that every computer i have ever sold came with the OS Disc. If best buy or these companies dont include the OS cd then they are thieves. That means they take your property out of the box and then sell it to you. How dispicable.

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