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Reformat vista home premium

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#1
I tried to reformat vista home P. I followed all the steps to get to the advance boot option, selected Repair Your Computer, It went directly to log me on, there was no click Dell Factory Image Restore, no Yes, reformat hard drive and restore system software to factory conditions. It took me to the standard log on window. I tried this 3 times with no luck for a reformat to factory condition. Your help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance

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rive0108

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#2
You may have corrupted the Boot into the Recovery Partition.

What system model do you have I can give the recovery boot info- but If this has been corrupted, It will not allow you to boot into the Recovery Partition.

Have you tried using a Vista DVD to re-install?
 

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System One

  • CPU
    T7600G Core2Duo 2.66 Ghz
    Motherboard
    Intel 945PM + ICH7 Chipset
    Memory
    4GB DDR2 PC2-5300 667MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Mobility Radeon x1900 256MB
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD
    Monitor(s) Displays
    WUXGA 17"
    Screen Resolution
    1920X1200
    Hard Drives
    640GB 7200RPM SATA/RAID 0 (2x320GB)
    and 320GB 7200RPM External
    Mouse
    Wireless Microsoft 3000
    Internet Speed
    10 mbps/2 mbps
    Other Info
    Optical Drive:
    Panasonic UJ-220 DL BD-RE (Blu-Ray)

SIW2

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Hi,

If you have the Dell dvd, use that as Rive0108 says.

If you don't have the dvd, you should be able to boot into the recovery partition by marking it as active.

Rive0108 has provided a partition tool and iso burner - d/l from here:

http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/163304-dual-boot-using-free-partitioning-software.html

Burn it to cd with the isoburner ( do not format the cd - if autoplay pops up , just close it).

On the non starting pc, Boot from the cd ( at startup watch the black screen with white writing - it will say press F11 or other F number for pop-up boot menu. When it pops up, arrow to cdrom drive , put the cd in , press Enter - it will ask again - press any key to boot from cdrom - press Enter again).

When it has loaded, right click the recovery partition ( should be 6 - 9gb ), and mark as Active . That may be under a rt. click sub menu Advanced.

Remove the cd and Restart.

Hope it helps.
 

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System One

  • CPU
    Intel E8400
    Motherboard
    ASRock1333-GLAN R2.0
    Memory
    2gb DDR2 800
    Graphics Card(s)
    nvidia 9500GT 1gb
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#4
You may have corrupted the Boot into the Recovery Partition.

What system model do you have I can give the recovery boot info- but If this has been corrupted, It will not allow you to boot into the Recovery Partition.

Have you tried using a Vista DVD to re-install?
Yes, I used the reinstallation DVD, but no luck, I'm using vista home premium 32 bit on Dell Dimension E520. My orginal from the factory was vista home premium, Presently I have vista business, but I want to go back to home premium.
 

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rive0108

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#5
You may have corrupted the Boot into the Recovery Partition.

What system model do you have I can give the recovery boot info- but If this has been corrupted, It will not allow you to boot into the Recovery Partition.

Have you tried using a Vista DVD to re-install?
Yes, I used the reinstallation DVD, but no luck, I'm using vista home premium 32 bit on Dell Dimension E520. My orginal from the factory was vista home premium, Presently I have vista business, but I want to go back to home premium.
By installing Business you wiped out the recovery partition on the C: Drive containing Premium- Your lucky though, you still have the Premium product key, right? You can re-install Premium with any disk and activate it with your Product key.
 

My Computer

System One

  • CPU
    T7600G Core2Duo 2.66 Ghz
    Motherboard
    Intel 945PM + ICH7 Chipset
    Memory
    4GB DDR2 PC2-5300 667MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Mobility Radeon x1900 256MB
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD
    Monitor(s) Displays
    WUXGA 17"
    Screen Resolution
    1920X1200
    Hard Drives
    640GB 7200RPM SATA/RAID 0 (2x320GB)
    and 320GB 7200RPM External
    Mouse
    Wireless Microsoft 3000
    Internet Speed
    10 mbps/2 mbps
    Other Info
    Optical Drive:
    Panasonic UJ-220 DL BD-RE (Blu-Ray)

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