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Want to reinstall Windows Vista on my laptop but have no Cd

WasteU 52 April 9, 2010 at 09:32 AM
Having issues with my IE and just think its time to reinstall windows. Bought the laptop new from BB and have no cd to go with it. Any suggestions (i have the cd key on bottom of laptop)
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You may have to burn your own recovery cd/dvd using the makers built in software (look for it in the start menu) or there may be a recovery partition on the HDD. What make/model is the laptop?
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Check for a recovery partiion first before you get a disk. What I recommend is that you download windows vista from a torrent site or whatever (check comments to make sure it is reliable) and burn it to a disk. This is not illegal, bypassing the validation process by using a fake key is. Using your valid key, you should be able to install windows no problem, but check for a recovery partition first.
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Its a toshiba laptop. Bought it from bestbuy last year. Im going to take a look around for a torrent site. Thanks.
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to get at the hdd-based recovery on a toshiba vista laptop that didn't come with restore/reinstall media.... see http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bi...088&ref=EV -- what you're looking for is the 'toshiba recovery wizard' which is mentioned towards the bottom of that article.

you can also make recovery set in windows, or order them from toshiba (costs about $20-25)... either one of these would be highly recommended, as it'd be the best (and valid/legal/etc) way to get windows back on your laptop if the hdd dies.

once you have windows restored, the crap cleaned off, windows updated and your basic set of apps installed (e.g. office, firefox, etc...).. i'd recommend making an image (using ghost, true image, etc) to dvd-r or external hdd so you can revert back to that point, if ever needed, instead of all the way back to a fresh factory restore.
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toshiba has recovery partition if you did not get cds type in recovery in search on the computer,what i dont like about it it reloads lots of crapware on it
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toshiba has recovery partition if you did not get cds type in recovery in search on the computer,what i dont like about it it reloads lots of crapware on it
Thanks I was able to use the F8 and reload windows how it was. Everything's working perfect again thanks. Issue solved.
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