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How to re-intall Vista

  1. #1


    Huib Guest

    How to re-intall Vista

    Hi,
    I have to re-install Vista, and as i have no experience with it i would like
    to receive some advice from the experts.

    -I can use the F11 function key during start-up and choose via options
    systemrecovery (original resetting)
    -I suppose that using Recovery Manager will do the same.
    I saw there is a possibility to perform a back-up: what kind of back-up is
    it (i didn't dare to go further).

    I have a C-partition (SW), D-partition (data) & an E-partition
    (HP-recovery).
    What is really happening?
    -only re-installing the SW (i suppose from de E-partition)?
    -is my data lost?
    -how to recovery e-mails...
    -using the CD-recovery is probably only necessary after a HDD-crash?

    Is it saver to use an external HDD to take first a back-up?

    You see on my questions that i never have done it.
    Any advice is welcome

    Regards
    Huib


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  2. #2


    UEngstrom Guest

    RE: How to re-intall Vista

    Hi.

    I don´t know what HP-Recovery-what-ever will do to your PC. There is always
    a risk that it will totally destroy all on your disk. It always a good strike
    to take a Full Backup (ie. Copy all your data) to a External Drive before
    reinstallation.

    If you are reistalling from a DVD, it´s almost the same as with XP. You will
    get choises of "Repair", Reinstall" and where you want to do it. You can
    decide if you want to keep the old installation or remove it etc. I will
    always suggest that you make a clean installation instead of repairing an
    old. You can reinstall all your programs (Of course it is licensed apps. and
    you have the Installation Media...). The only thing you will loose forever
    is your Data Files that you created yuorself.

    //Ulv


    "Huib" wrote:

    > Hi,
    > I have to re-install Vista, and as i have no experience with it i would like
    > to receive some advice from the experts.
    >
    > -I can use the F11 function key during start-up and choose via options
    > systemrecovery (original resetting)
    > -I suppose that using Recovery Manager will do the same.
    > I saw there is a possibility to perform a back-up: what kind of back-up is
    > it (i didn't dare to go further).
    >
    > I have a C-partition (SW), D-partition (data) & an E-partition
    > (HP-recovery).
    > What is really happening?
    > -only re-installing the SW (i suppose from de E-partition)?
    > -is my data lost?
    > -how to recovery e-mails...
    > -using the CD-recovery is probably only necessary after a HDD-crash?
    >
    > Is it saver to use an external HDD to take first a back-up?
    >
    > You see on my questions that i never have done it.
    > Any advice is welcome
    >
    > Regards
    > Huib
    >
    >

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3. #3


    Huib Guest

    Re: How to re-intall Vista

    Hi,
    Thanks for the advice.
    I had a feeling that the data could be lost.
    If i receive the possibility to perform a repair would it have any change in
    my case?
    The reason of the re-install is that sometthing went rond when trying to
    install my scanner HP 4570c via the CD
    HP-was very helpfull and they came to the final conclusion that i have to
    re-install the Vista.

    I suppose with a repair really only the SW is affected and all data and even
    other installed SW is not changed (correct?).
    In that case i should say why not trying it (of course i still will first
    back-up my data for security).

    Regards
    Huib

    "UEngstrom" <uengstrom@xxxxxx> schreef in bericht
    news:95EBE7DB-6E04-4E6B-9A36-6E17C118CB74@xxxxxx

    > Hi.
    >
    > I don´t know what HP-Recovery-what-ever will do to your PC. There is
    > always
    > a risk that it will totally destroy all on your disk. It always a good
    > strike
    > to take a Full Backup (ie. Copy all your data) to a External Drive before
    > reinstallation.
    >
    > If you are reistalling from a DVD, it´s almost the same as with XP. You
    > will
    > get choises of "Repair", Reinstall" and where you want to do it. You can
    > decide if you want to keep the old installation or remove it etc. I will
    > always suggest that you make a clean installation instead of repairing an
    > old. You can reinstall all your programs (Of course it is licensed apps.
    > and
    > you have the Installation Media...). The only thing you will loose
    > forever
    > is your Data Files that you created yuorself.
    >
    > //Ulv
    >
    >
    > "Huib" wrote:
    >

    >> Hi,
    >> I have to re-install Vista, and as i have no experience with it i would
    >> like
    >> to receive some advice from the experts.
    >>
    >> -I can use the F11 function key during start-up and choose via options
    >> systemrecovery (original resetting)
    >> -I suppose that using Recovery Manager will do the same.
    >> I saw there is a possibility to perform a back-up: what kind of back-up
    >> is
    >> it (i didn't dare to go further).
    >>
    >> I have a C-partition (SW), D-partition (data) & an E-partition
    >> (HP-recovery).
    >> What is really happening?
    >> -only re-installing the SW (i suppose from de E-partition)?
    >> -is my data lost?
    >> -how to recovery e-mails...
    >> -using the CD-recovery is probably only necessary after a HDD-crash?
    >>
    >> Is it saver to use an external HDD to take first a back-up?
    >>
    >> You see on my questions that i never have done it.
    >> Any advice is welcome
    >>
    >> Regards
    >> Huib
    >>
    >>

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  4. #4


    UEngstrom Guest

    Re: How to re-intall Vista



    > If i receive the possibility to perform a repair would it have any change in
    > my case?
    A "Repair" will repair or replace damaged files in the Operating System. My
    personal experience tells me that most of the times it will have no effect at
    all. In most cases the error seems to be in Windows Registry and will still
    be there after a Repair..

    > The reason of the re-install is that sometthing went rond when trying to
    > install my scanner HP 4570c via the CD
    > HP-was very helpfull and they came to the final conclusion that i have to
    > re-install the Vista.
    Without knowing, I get a feeling that you have a Compability Problem with
    the driver for your scanner. But, as i just said, I really don´t know what
    could have caused your error.

    > I suppose with a repair really only the SW is affected and all data and even
    > other installed SW is not changed (correct?).
    That is correct when you talk about a regulary Windows CD. As I mentioned in
    my first reply I have no idea what "Hp-Recovery-What-Ever-They-Call-It" will
    do.

    > In that case i should say why not trying it (of course i still will first
    > back-up my data for security).
    Yeah! Ride On! Repair is the easy way out, and if it works I will take my
    hat off and congratulate you! It have never worked for me, but it´s
    definitly worth a try! After a BU of course.

    //Ulv

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  5. #5


    Huib Guest

    Re: How to re-intall Vista

    Hi,
    Thanks, one of the coming days i will take the risk and for sure after first
    having taken a BU.
    Just for your information: my scanner problem is not a compability problem,
    everybody who didn't use the CD can work it in a reduced mode with that
    type.
    I cleaned the whole registry: HP did a complete controle via the phone and
    we can only suppose that some SW became corrupted after having used the CD.
    That is why maybe a repair can help?
    I cross my fingers.

    Many thanks for your advice.
    Regards
    Huib

    "UEngstrom" <uengstrom@xxxxxx> schreef in bericht
    news:C09B267E-FA38-4079-9ADF-434BCCE19E72@xxxxxx

    >
    >

    >> If i receive the possibility to perform a repair would it have any change
    >> in
    >> my case?
    >
    > A "Repair" will repair or replace damaged files in the Operating System.
    > My
    > personal experience tells me that most of the times it will have no effect
    > at
    > all. In most cases the error seems to be in Windows Registry and will
    > still
    > be there after a Repair..
    >

    >> The reason of the re-install is that sometthing went rond when trying to
    >> install my scanner HP 4570c via the CD
    >> HP-was very helpfull and they came to the final conclusion that i have to
    >> re-install the Vista.
    >
    > Without knowing, I get a feeling that you have a Compability Problem with
    > the driver for your scanner. But, as i just said, I really don´t know what
    > could have caused your error.
    >

    >> I suppose with a repair really only the SW is affected and all data and
    >> even
    >> other installed SW is not changed (correct?).
    >
    > That is correct when you talk about a regulary Windows CD. As I mentioned
    > in
    > my first reply I have no idea what "Hp-Recovery-What-Ever-They-Call-It"
    > will
    > do.
    >

    >> In that case i should say why not trying it (of course i still will first
    >> back-up my data for security).
    >
    > Yeah! Ride On! Repair is the easy way out, and if it works I will take
    > my
    > hat off and congratulate you! It have never worked for me, but it´s
    > definitly worth a try! After a BU of course.
    >
    > //Ulv

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  6. #6


    Pye in LA Guest

    Re: How to re-intall Vista


    "Huib" <anonymous@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:eNi8AGI7HHA.1208@xxxxxx

    > Hi,
    > I have to re-install Vista, and as i have no experience with it i would
    > like to receive some advice from the experts.
    Huib,
    I did a successful "repair" install yesterday following this tutorial from
    newsgroup contributor "brink." This requires the use of the Vista OS disk
    provided by HP. Mine was a Dell XP-to-Vista Premium Upgrade disc. I backed
    up everything first but it proved unnecessary. All settings, files, etc.
    were untouched by the repair. It is the first link that will be of interest
    to you:

    Repair install :
    Repair Install For Vista

    Clean Upgrade install :
    http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/68...n-install.html

    Notes: Don't be confused by the number 64 in the website's name; these
    directions are correct for Vista 32-bit. Also, at no time in the process do
    you click a button that says "repair." The (correct) choice that's
    presented is "upgrade."


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  7. #7


    UEngstrom Guest

    Re: How to re-intall Vista

    No problem, Mate!
    Where are you located? Drop a mail, otherwise we´ll soon be Of Topic! :=)

    "Huib" wrote:

    > Hi,
    > Thanks, one of the coming days i will take the risk and for sure after first
    > having taken a BU.
    > Just for your information: my scanner problem is not a compability problem,
    > everybody who didn't use the CD can work it in a reduced mode with that
    > type.
    > I cleaned the whole registry: HP did a complete controle via the phone and
    > we can only suppose that some SW became corrupted after having used the CD.
    > That is why maybe a repair can help?
    > I cross my fingers.
    >
    > Many thanks for your advice.
    > Regards
    > Huib
    >
    > "UEngstrom" <uengstrom@xxxxxx> schreef in bericht
    > news:C09B267E-FA38-4079-9ADF-434BCCE19E72@xxxxxx

    > >
    > >

    > >> If i receive the possibility to perform a repair would it have any change
    > >> in
    > >> my case?
    > >
    > > A "Repair" will repair or replace damaged files in the Operating System.
    > > My
    > > personal experience tells me that most of the times it will have no effect
    > > at
    > > all. In most cases the error seems to be in Windows Registry and will
    > > still
    > > be there after a Repair..
    > >

    > >> The reason of the re-install is that sometthing went rond when trying to
    > >> install my scanner HP 4570c via the CD
    > >> HP-was very helpfull and they came to the final conclusion that i have to
    > >> re-install the Vista.
    > >
    > > Without knowing, I get a feeling that you have a Compability Problem with
    > > the driver for your scanner. But, as i just said, I really don´t know what
    > > could have caused your error.
    > >

    > >> I suppose with a repair really only the SW is affected and all data and
    > >> even
    > >> other installed SW is not changed (correct?).
    > >
    > > That is correct when you talk about a regulary Windows CD. As I mentioned
    > > in
    > > my first reply I have no idea what "Hp-Recovery-What-Ever-They-Call-It"
    > > will
    > > do.
    > >

    > >> In that case i should say why not trying it (of course i still will first
    > >> back-up my data for security).
    > >
    > > Yeah! Ride On! Repair is the easy way out, and if it works I will take
    > > my
    > > hat off and congratulate you! It have never worked for me, but it´s
    > > definitly worth a try! After a BU of course.
    > >
    > > //Ulv
    >
    >

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  8. #8


    UEngstrom Guest

    Re: How to re-intall Vista

    Interesting! My experience is that those "Recovery Partitions" oc "Recovery
    CD:s" most of the time mess everyting up. Well, even the manufactors must
    learn some time..! >-)> I will take a look at those URL:s. They might come
    handy one of these days!

    //Ulv


    "Pye in LA" wrote:

    >
    > "Huib" <anonymous@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > news:eNi8AGI7HHA.1208@xxxxxx

    > > Hi,
    > > I have to re-install Vista, and as i have no experience with it i would
    > > like to receive some advice from the experts.
    >
    > Huib,
    > I did a successful "repair" install yesterday following this tutorial from
    > newsgroup contributor "brink." This requires the use of the Vista OS disk
    > provided by HP. Mine was a Dell XP-to-Vista Premium Upgrade disc. I backed
    > up everything first but it proved unnecessary. All settings, files, etc.
    > were untouched by the repair. It is the first link that will be of interest
    > to you:
    >
    > Repair install :
    > Repair Install For Vista
    >
    > Clean Upgrade install :
    > http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/68...n-install.html
    >
    > Notes: Don't be confused by the number 64 in the website's name; these
    > directions are correct for Vista 32-bit. Also, at no time in the process do
    > you click a button that says "repair." The (correct) choice that's
    > presented is "upgrade."
    >
    >

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  9. #9


    Paul Randall Guest

    Re: How to re-intall Vista

    I strongly recommend that you do an online chat with HP support before you
    do anything. Also think about and perhaps create a text file in Notepad
    listing important information that will come up.

    I think your system first booted up with just a C: partition with Vista
    installed on it and a D: partition with the recovery stuff. So you need to
    be prepared to tell them how you added the data partition. If they don't
    know that, then they won't be able to tell you whether their backup will
    backup your data, or how to get around that problem. The nice thing with
    doing the online chat is that when it is done, they email the entire
    conversation to you (and you can use control-A to select the entire
    conversation and copy it to a local file), so that you can re-read the info
    and decide whether you have more questions that need to be answered. Having
    questions & info in a text file makes it quick and easy to copy and paste
    stuff into the chat window, using well thought out questions and accurate
    info.

    I think HP's website has a link that walks you through the recovery
    procedure, displaying the screens you will see. Its very helpful to review
    this when making up your list of questions.

    -Paul Randall

    "Huib" <anonymous@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:eNi8AGI7HHA.1208@xxxxxx

    > Hi,
    > I have to re-install Vista, and as i have no experience with it i would
    > like to receive some advice from the experts.
    >
    > -I can use the F11 function key during start-up and choose via options
    > systemrecovery (original resetting)
    > -I suppose that using Recovery Manager will do the same.
    > I saw there is a possibility to perform a back-up: what kind of back-up is
    > it (i didn't dare to go further).
    >
    > I have a C-partition (SW), D-partition (data) & an E-partition
    > (HP-recovery).
    > What is really happening?
    > -only re-installing the SW (i suppose from de E-partition)?
    > -is my data lost?
    > -how to recovery e-mails...
    > -using the CD-recovery is probably only necessary after a HDD-crash?
    >
    > Is it saver to use an external HDD to take first a back-up?
    >
    > You see on my questions that i never have done it.
    > Any advice is welcome
    >
    > Regards
    > Huib
    >


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  10. #10


    Huib Guest

    Re: How to re-intall Vista

    Hi,
    I have a laptop and didn't receive a CD from HP.
    I had to make one myself (a recovery CD) and i think (far from sure) that i
    have only to use it after a Disk-crash as ik have a recovery partition (E)
    on my hard disk...
    So, i am not that sure.
    Regards
    Huib
    "Pye in LA" <pye.in.la@xxxxxx> schreef in bericht
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    >
    > "Huib" <anonymous@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > news:eNi8AGI7HHA.1208@xxxxxx

    >> Hi,
    >> I have to re-install Vista, and as i have no experience with it i would
    >> like to receive some advice from the experts.
    >
    > Huib,
    > I did a successful "repair" install yesterday following this tutorial from
    > newsgroup contributor "brink." This requires the use of the Vista OS disk
    > provided by HP. Mine was a Dell XP-to-Vista Premium Upgrade disc. I
    > backed up everything first but it proved unnecessary. All settings,
    > files, etc. were untouched by the repair. It is the first link that will
    > be of interest to you:
    >
    > Repair install :
    > Repair Install For Vista
    >
    > Clean Upgrade install :
    > http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/68...n-install.html
    >
    > Notes: Don't be confused by the number 64 in the website's name; these
    > directions are correct for Vista 32-bit. Also, at no time in the process
    > do you click a button that says "repair." The (correct) choice that's
    > presented is "upgrade."

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