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    Help!! recovery cd needed for advent 8109

    hi there all, i was wondering if anyone can help me with a recovery cd for advent 8109 laptop.

    i lost mine and and cant recover my laptop, i have tried the F10 key but its not working ( getting a weird message)..

    please someone help me, i dont really pay £35

    regards

    j

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    Guess you didn't make the recovery discs earlier or lost them? What error message do you get while trying to attempt recovery from the HDD partition?

    If you want to buy one cheap I would suggest contacting the sellers on fleabay who are selling the laptop for spare. May be they still have the recovery media?

    try a recovery disk from someones else pc, as long as it has the same O/S you might get away with it.

    We had one of these. I always made a back up of any recovery disk but I'm not sure if we still have the back up. Did yours come with media centre operating system

    bigflump;8831351

    try a recovery disk from someones else pc, as long as it has the same O/S … try a recovery disk from someones else pc, as long as it has the same O/S you might get away with it.



    Its mainly manufacturer than O/S since I upgraded my HP laptop that had VHP but no partition with a Win 7 Home Premium disc also HP brand and it activated fine which makes sense since people get upgrade discs from places like Dell when 7 was released.

    ryouga;8831501

    Its mainly manufacturer than O/S since I upgraded my HP laptop that had … Its mainly manufacturer than O/S since I upgraded my HP laptop that had VHP but no partition with a Win 7 Home Premium disc also HP brand and it activated fine which makes sense since people get upgrade discs from places like Dell when 7 was released.


    Makes sense :thumbsup: In the past I've fixed Dell laptops using a HP recovery disc, it works ok but the startup logo changes to HP instead :lol:

    Juat download an iso of the OS you have installed, burn it to a disc, then enter the COA attatched to your computer.

    the dandy p;8831592

    Juat download an iso of the OS you have installed, burn it to a disc, … Juat download an iso of the OS you have installed, burn it to a disc, then enter the COA attatched to your computer.



    Will only work if its the same manufacturer even then its quite hit and miss.

    the dandy p;8831592

    Juat download an iso of the OS you have installed, burn it to a disc, … Juat download an iso of the OS you have installed, burn it to a disc, then enter the COA attatched to your computer.


    ryouga;8831607

    Will only work if its the same manufacturer even then its quite hit and … Will only work if its the same manufacturer even then its quite hit and miss.


    I agree its hit and miss, but its worth a go cos it costs nothing, the pc's knackered already.
    If gets them past the OS warnings, then they can sort out the specific manufacturer drivers afterwards :thumbsup:

    ryouga;8831607

    Will only work if its the same manufacturer even then its quite hit and … Will only work if its the same manufacturer even then its quite hit and miss.



    This is not true, an iso of windows will almost certainly install on any modern laptop, regardless of manufacturer, merely go to advents site and download the required drivers after the install.

    Original Poster

    i was abit of a muppet when i first got the laptop, i never made the recovery cd, i lost that ability after i took it to a shop and got the harddrive increased.
    the message i get when pressing F10 is something about windows vista boot option (only give 1 option, then boots into windows)


    as regards to downloading the iso, where would i get that from please? it has a COA for windows Vista Home premium.

    also if anybody can tell me if it is normal for windows Vista to use 20gb of space?

    the dandy p;8831696

    This is not true, an iso of windows will almost certainly install on any … This is not true, an iso of windows will almost certainly install on any modern laptop, regardless of manufacturer, merely go to advents site and download the required drivers after the install.



    No it is true due to the license key being a volume license so it is a OEM version, hence if you tried your key on a retail VHP or even a regular OEM it wont work and just refuses your key and gives you the 30 day trial.

    So it will install but you cant activate it since it wont accept your key.

    Original Poster

    So does tht mean I have to pay,,, boo hoo

    jiggy.jay;8838941

    So does tht mean I have to pay,,, boo hoo


    What OS are you trying to re-load?

    If XP then any OEM CD will work...I have used a Dell one on an Advent before. Yes at the end it says the activation code is incorrect, but then it gives you the option of calling the microsoft activation 0800 number. as long as the COA licence is on your PC you wont have a problem as you have a valid licence to active on your PC/Motherboard combination. If it still wont activate then you have the option of talking to an MS operator who will activate for you. I know its a bit of a bind when you have to go through this, but at least you wont have to pay.
    The other alternative, rather than paying for an obsolete OS, is to buy an OEM Win 7 DVD. for about 65 quid. Updates your PC, it will generally run sweeter etc... I have Win 7 running on an old Dell laptop (C840) with 384mb ram and 20gb hard drive...runs perfectly!

    Original Poster

    tyke-eng;8839646

    What OS are you trying to re-load?If XP then any OEM CD will work...I … What OS are you trying to re-load?If XP then any OEM CD will work...I have used a Dell one on an Advent before. Yes at the end it says the activation code is incorrect, but then it gives you the option of calling the microsoft activation 0800 number. as long as the COA licence is on your PC you wont have a problem as you have a valid licence to active on your PC/Motherboard combination. If it still wont activate then you have the option of talking to an MS operator who will activate for you. I know its a bit of a bind when you have to go through this, but at least you wont have to pay.The other alternative, rather than paying for an obsolete OS, is to buy an OEM Win 7 DVD. for about 65 quid. Updates your PC, it will generally run sweeter etc... I have Win 7 running on an old Dell laptop (C840) with 384mb ram and 20gb hard drive...runs perfectly!



    hi thanks for that..
    would you possible know which version of windows 7 i need?

    jiggy.jay;8844080

    hi thanks for that.. would you possible know which version of windows 7 i … hi thanks for that.. would you possible know which version of windows 7 i need?


    Home Premium is perfect for most home users, Profesional comes with Win XP Mode which is great, but only really usefull if you have problems with old software.
    Win7 seems to run most thing without problems, if it doent instal automatically, just install using compatibility mode option (right click the setup.exe)
    try this
    bhsdirect.co.uk/BH_…gle

    Original Poster

    dont know why i didnt think of it before, Have Now ordered win7 home premium.. cant wait

    onces again thanks all for you help
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