Corrupt HDD - how to reinstall Vista with no discs?

jaidee

New Member
Old Acer Aspire 7720Z PC. Vista Home premium SP2.
HDD became corrupted and could not get past the system recovery. Following various tutorials have imaged and used some recovery programs booting with Rufus and generally played around with it but no joy on the overall operating system or Office 2007. Personal files were all backed up elsewhere so not an issue for them. HDD is currently in a USB enclosure.

Looking to potentially upgrade components on the laptop and move to Win 7 but would like to get Vista back and working first. I have the Product part no., Product ID and CD key - but no CD......

If I format the original disc can someone suggest how I could get Vista back on the machine?
Thanks
 

My Computer

System One

  • Operating System
    Vista

wither 3

Vista Guru
Gold Member
You can get a Vista ISO from ex_brit which doesn't have any updates after SP2.

Go to this thread-


In the first post by ex_brit, highlight his forum name and select Start Conversation.

Request the Vista ISO and identify if you need 32 bit or 64 bit.

You might also post your problem in the appropriate section of the forum and get some help with it.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Operating System
    Vista Home Premium 64 bit SP2
    Manufacturer/Model
    Cyberpower
    CPU
    Intel Quad CPU Q6700 2.67 GHZ
    Motherboard
    NVIDIA 780i
    Memory
    4 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    MSI GTX 560 TI Twin Frozr
    Sound Card
    Sound Blaster SB Audigy
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Viewsonic VG2436
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080p
    Hard Drives
    Samsung HD 105SI
    WDC WD20
    Case
    Apevia XJupiter
    Cooling
    air
    Mouse
    Logitech MX 600
    Keyboard
    Logitech MX 3200
    Internet Speed
    30 Mbps

wither 3

Vista Guru
Gold Member
Crashes and Debugging. Not sure why none of the other guys are responding to this one.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Operating System
    Vista Home Premium 64 bit SP2
    Manufacturer/Model
    Cyberpower
    CPU
    Intel Quad CPU Q6700 2.67 GHZ
    Motherboard
    NVIDIA 780i
    Memory
    4 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    MSI GTX 560 TI Twin Frozr
    Sound Card
    Sound Blaster SB Audigy
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Viewsonic VG2436
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080p
    Hard Drives
    Samsung HD 105SI
    WDC WD20
    Case
    Apevia XJupiter
    Cooling
    air
    Mouse
    Logitech MX 600
    Keyboard
    Logitech MX 3200
    Internet Speed
    30 Mbps

jaidee

New Member
Thanks to the suggestion from wither 3 and ex_brit providing the ISO and some instructions my laptop is now back up and sort of working.......
I say sort of as I cannot get wi-fi to work but still playing around with it.
Thanks to you both
:thumbsup:
 

My Computer

System One

  • Operating System
    Vista

wither 3

Vista Guru
Gold Member
After you installed, did you run the check for updates? There should be over 200 of them.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Operating System
    Vista Home Premium 64 bit SP2
    Manufacturer/Model
    Cyberpower
    CPU
    Intel Quad CPU Q6700 2.67 GHZ
    Motherboard
    NVIDIA 780i
    Memory
    4 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    MSI GTX 560 TI Twin Frozr
    Sound Card
    Sound Blaster SB Audigy
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Viewsonic VG2436
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080p
    Hard Drives
    Samsung HD 105SI
    WDC WD20
    Case
    Apevia XJupiter
    Cooling
    air
    Mouse
    Logitech MX 600
    Keyboard
    Logitech MX 3200
    Internet Speed
    30 Mbps

wither 3

Vista Guru
Gold Member
?
 

My Computer

System One

  • Operating System
    Vista Home Premium 64 bit SP2
    Manufacturer/Model
    Cyberpower
    CPU
    Intel Quad CPU Q6700 2.67 GHZ
    Motherboard
    NVIDIA 780i
    Memory
    4 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    MSI GTX 560 TI Twin Frozr
    Sound Card
    Sound Blaster SB Audigy
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Viewsonic VG2436
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080p
    Hard Drives
    Samsung HD 105SI
    WDC WD20
    Case
    Apevia XJupiter
    Cooling
    air
    Mouse
    Logitech MX 600
    Keyboard
    Logitech MX 3200
    Internet Speed
    30 Mbps

jaidee

New Member
After you installed, did you run the check for updates? There should be over 200 of them.
Sorry been busy and only just seen your reply.
Yes and no. Left it running for about 4 hours (twice) and other than the Update Agent nothing has appeared.
How long should it take (roughly) and do you think this will solve the wi-fi issue - otherwise I think I may have a hardware problem with it.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Operating System
    Vista

Vistaar

Vista Guru
I would really like to get rid of those annoying pop ups at start up - any ideas?
Uncheck "Always ask before opening this file." The instructions you found should solve the well-known Windows Update issue.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Operating System
    Vista Home Premium x86 SP2
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavilion Elite m9150f
    CPU
    Intel Q6600
    Memory
    3 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 8500 GT

SIW2

Vista Guru
Gold Member
Yes, you need to run those 4 microsoft updates.

In this order

Run these two:

KB3205638

KB4015195

Restart.

Then run these two

KB4015380

KB4012583

You can restart after each if you like, but you need to run them in that order.
 

My Computer

System One

  • CPU
    Intel E8400
    Motherboard
    ASRock1333-GLAN R2.0
    Memory
    2gb DDR2 800
    Graphics Card(s)
    nvidia 9500GT 1gb

SIW2

Vista Guru
Gold Member
I have just successfully updated the vista installation media.
If anybody is interested, I can probably post instructions, and something to d/l and install the correct updates into the wim.
 

My Computer

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  • CPU
    Intel E8400
    Motherboard
    ASRock1333-GLAN R2.0
    Memory
    2gb DDR2 800
    Graphics Card(s)
    nvidia 9500GT 1gb

jaidee

New Member
Uncheck "Always ask before opening this file." The instructions you found should solve the well-known Windows Update issue.
Yes, you need to run those 4 microsoft updates.

In this order

Run these two:

KB3205638

KB4015195

Restart.

Then run these two

KB4015380

KB4012583

You can restart after each if you like, but you need to run them in that order.
Yes ran those plus the IE9 update. I was told to restart after at least the first 3. That solved a couple of the pop ups.

Still had no wifi plus there were 5 "Other devices" with yellow triangle so in frustration used DriverPack utility. That seems to have fixed the wifi although the original Intel Pro/Wireless 3945AB still has yellow triangle but there is now an Atheros adaptor (not mentioned at all in my original documentation).

Fixed also all but one of the others for which I needed to try another utility and that is now fixed.
Now have left the final pop up (Skyel.exe) which is part of Realtek Audio. I cannot seem to fix that. And yes have tried unchecking the box but still comes up.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Operating System
    Vista

wither 3

Vista Guru
Gold Member
From what I can find, the the two devices still showing a problem are related to WLAN/Wi-Fi and you can download software for both of them. It could be that DriverPack didn't install everything it should. You could also try reinstalling the latest RealTek driver.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Operating System
    Vista Home Premium 64 bit SP2
    Manufacturer/Model
    Cyberpower
    CPU
    Intel Quad CPU Q6700 2.67 GHZ
    Motherboard
    NVIDIA 780i
    Memory
    4 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    MSI GTX 560 TI Twin Frozr
    Sound Card
    Sound Blaster SB Audigy
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Viewsonic VG2436
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080p
    Hard Drives
    Samsung HD 105SI
    WDC WD20
    Case
    Apevia XJupiter
    Cooling
    air
    Mouse
    Logitech MX 600
    Keyboard
    Logitech MX 3200
    Internet Speed
    30 Mbps

skeezix

Member
Maybe you should check your router setup? Your problem appears to be something to do with the router... just my 2 cents worth...
 

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System One

  • Operating System
    Windows Vista SP1
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP a6400f
    Memory
    3GB
    Monitor(s) Displays
    HP 19-Inch
    Screen Resolution
    1080
    Hard Drives
    500GB
    Internet Speed
    Not connected

erpster4

Member
Now have left the final pop up (Skyel.exe) which is part of Realtek Audio. I cannot seem to fix that. And yes have tried unchecking the box but still comes up.
you have a really old version of the Realtek high definition audio driver. uninstall it, reboot and download & install the latest version of the realtek audio driver from Realtek's web site, which is more update to date than the one provided by Acer.
 

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System One

  • Operating System
    Windows 7 SP1 Ultimate x64
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Inspiron 640m/e1405 laptop
    CPU
    Intel Core 2 Duo T7600 2.33Ghz
    Memory
    4Gb (3.24Gb usable to OS)
    Sound Card
    Sigmatel/IDT STAC9200
    Internet Speed
    Spectrum Cable Internet up to 100Mbps
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