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Old 02-14-2008, 03:35 PM   #1
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Hello,

I want to completely wipe my HDD (format it externally with an IDE enclosure) and restore Vista Home premium with my manufacturer's restore DVD. Will this work or do I actually need an official vista installation disc?

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Old 02-14-2008, 03:43 PM   #2
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You manufacturer's restore disc will revert your computer back to the way it was when you bought it. I.E the way it was when you pulled it out of the box. This includes any preloaded software or what have you.

The Vista disc will allow you to reinstall WindowsVista ALONE! with no accessories or anthing else.

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It does thank you, I was just wondering if the restore disc will work on a completely blank drive.
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Old 02-15-2008, 06:37 AM   #4
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I dont think so.

The way the recovery disc's are set up is that they access a special hidden recovery section on your exsisting HDD, the HDD that came with your computer.

This hidden section has all the resources that your recovery CD need to "Recover" your computer. If you use the recovery CD on a blank HDD, the resources will not exist. Therefor you, as far as I know, can't use it on another HDD or computer.

*Note: HDD = Hard Disk Drive.
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i tried that it says os not for this computer
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So that means I can't get my manufacturer restore disc to restore my windows, do I have to get an actual full vista install disc?
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I dont think so.

The way the recovery disc's are set up is that they access a special hidden recovery section on your exsisting HDD, the HDD that came with your computer.

This hidden section has all the resources that your recovery CD need to "Recover" your computer. If you use the recovery CD on a blank HDD, the resources will not exist. Therefor you, as far as I know, can't use it on another HDD or computer.

*Note: HDD = Hard Disk Drive.
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