Found 20th Apr 2009
Flipping Restore from Hard drive failed. Out of warranty out of receipt. No discs as its a partition restore. Anyone know how I can either boot it to the restore partition or download, or buy a replacement cd of VISTA home premium that will work with the CD key supplied.

Missus laptop her parents brought, crap packard bell tosh.

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Unless you can go into your bios from boot, and try restore from there, or from safe mode?

They do sell for about £20 on ebay for vista discs, just use your key then

350134805656 £14.99

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niggit;4980036

Unless you can go into your bios from boot, and try restore from there, … Unless you can go into your bios from boot, and try restore from there, or from safe mode?They do sell for about £20 on ebay for vista discs, just use your key then350134805656 £14.99




Nope you cant get into boot.

Crap system.

Did a search and found this, i don't know if it helps

Start the recovery by tapping F11

To load the recovery program from outside Windows Vista™ you need to start tapping the F11 key immediately after pressing the power button to turn your computer on. Keep tapping the key until you see the Loading Files screen.

The first available options allow you either load the Vista™ recovery tools or the Packard Bell recovery program. Choose the Packard Bell recovery program if you have tried the Vista recovery tools and failed to resolve the issue.

Don't forget the Complete Recovery removes ALL data

You now have the ability to choose either the partial or the complete recovery. Click the appropriate option you wish to choose.

At this point choosing the Complete Recovery will launch into formatting the hard drive with no further warning about data loss.

The partial recovery will now prompt you to select the user account you wish to try and retain. Select your user account and click next.

The recovery process will now start backing up your data and restoring Vista™ onto your hard drive.

After the recovery has completed copying files click on finish and the computer will then switch off.

When you turn the computer back on it will finish installing Vista™, detect and install your hardware, take you through the Out Of Box Experience (OOBE) and then restart.

After this final restart your computer will have been restored back to it's default state (and attempted to save your data if you chose the partial recovery).

Original Poster

It worked to boot. But wont format drive correctly says incorrect drive lablel. So im guessing its muddling partitions.

Seems that way, sorry i can't help

Only thing i can think of is, installing vista with that disc.

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niggit;4981047

Seems that way, sorry i can't helpOnly thing i can think of is, … Seems that way, sorry i can't helpOnly thing i can think of is, installing vista with that disc.



Installing XP at the mo.

Thanks for the tips.
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