Getting a Window Vista Home Premium or Gateway Recovery Management Disk

Kokito01

Member
I'm not exactly sure what to do, I probably will buy a reformat disk or something.

I currently have Gateway Recovery Management on my computer. I heard it's a one time use and I might just end up using it. However I'm not exactly sure if I am to buy a Window Vista Operating system cd for my current operating system or to buy a Gateway Recovery Management cd. Which do I get?
 

My Computer

Bare Foot Kid

R.I.P. August 13th 2014
Hello Kokito01, welcome to Vista Forums!



Have a look at the info below to see if it's a help; be sure to post back to keep us informed.


Here are the Gateway Recovery Instructions.

1. Reboot, and press F11 or the R key to start the recovery process.
2. Select either "Full System Restore (Destructive)" or "Full System Restore (With Backup)"*.
3. Click "Next", and then click "Yes" to confirm the recovery process.
4.Wait for the computer to restore itself. When it is done, click "Reboot" to reboot the computer.

*Full System Restore With Backup preserves data in the My Documents folder, but requires 4 GB of disk space.

 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    * BFK Customs *
    CPU
    Intel C2Q 9550 Yorkfield
    Motherboard
    ASUS P5Q Pro
    Memory
    8GB Dominator 8500C5D
    Graphics Card(s)
    XFX ATI 1GB 4870 XXX
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD 7-1
    Monitor(s) Displays
    1x 47" LCD HDMI & 2x 26" LCD HDMI
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080P & 1920x1200
    Hard Drives
    2x 500GB 7200RPM 32MB Cache WD Caviar Black
    PSU
    Corsair 620HX
    Case
    CM Cosmos RC-1000
    Cooling
    Tuniq Tower 120, 2x 140mm and 3x 120mm case fans
    Mouse
    Razer Diamondback 3G
    Keyboard
    HP Enhansed Multimedia
    Internet Speed
    18.6Mb/s
    Other Info
    My First Build ;)

Ardneh

Vista Guru
I believe that the one-time-use refers to burning a set of recovery discs from the Recovery Partition.

The recovery discs can be used more than once.

So far as I know re-installing from the Recovery Partition can be done more than once.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Compaq/SR5130NX
    CPU
    AMD AthlonTM 64x2 3800+
    Memory
    4 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 6150 SE

Bare Foot Kid

R.I.P. August 13th 2014
The disks are a one-time burn, they can be created only one time, the 'built in' recovery partition can be used as many times as needed; I must have used the recovery partition on my old HP machine a dozen times or more.


If you know anyone with the same version of Vista as you, you could borrow their installation disk to do a clean install without all the Gateway crapware and then use the activation key on the sticker attached to the PC to activate when finished, you may have to use Step Two in the tutorial at the link below though.


How to Activate Vista Normally and by Phone Activation
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    * BFK Customs *
    CPU
    Intel C2Q 9550 Yorkfield
    Motherboard
    ASUS P5Q Pro
    Memory
    8GB Dominator 8500C5D
    Graphics Card(s)
    XFX ATI 1GB 4870 XXX
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD 7-1
    Monitor(s) Displays
    1x 47" LCD HDMI & 2x 26" LCD HDMI
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080P & 1920x1200
    Hard Drives
    2x 500GB 7200RPM 32MB Cache WD Caviar Black
    PSU
    Corsair 620HX
    Case
    CM Cosmos RC-1000
    Cooling
    Tuniq Tower 120, 2x 140mm and 3x 120mm case fans
    Mouse
    Razer Diamondback 3G
    Keyboard
    HP Enhansed Multimedia
    Internet Speed
    18.6Mb/s
    Other Info
    My First Build ;)
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