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Is there a difference between install disc and restore disc?

Q: Is there a difference between install disc and restore disc?

Hello,

I want to completely wipe my HDD (format it externally with an IDE enclosure) and restore Vista Home premium with my manufacturer's restore DVD. Will this work or do I actually need an official vista installation disc?

Thanks.

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Preferred Solution: Is there a difference between install disc and restore disc?

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

A: Is there a difference between install disc and restore disc?

You manufacturer's restore disc will revert your computer back to the way it was when you bought it. I.E the way it was when you pulled it out of the box. This includes any preloaded software or what have you.

The Vista disc will allow you to reinstall WindowsVista ALONE! with no accessories or anthing else.

Hope that helps :)

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Hello world!

I just got a new laptop with Win7 64 bit home premium and that's all good that this
OS came installed on there and I'm using it, but for my teaching activities I'll need
to get into some Linux OS in a multiboot configuration. So I will want to eventually
need to be able to fix this when the HD fails, well because we know that ALL HDs
will eventually fail, right? So this is a 'remanufactured' ASUS K55A, and the one piece
of paper that came with it says the HD has been reformatted and there is no recovery
partition so I should promptly make up a recovery DVD set, which I did (4 DVDs).

So I used the disk management to shrink the C: down to it's minimum, like 150Gb, due
to what it said was some files that could not be moved. That's probably OK. Then I
deleted the D: and made a new D: of about 350Gb which leaves the unassigned space
all looking to be contiguous (like 188Gb). In looking on there, I see the UEFI partition
of 200Mb, which is cool, and then there are these two mysterious partitions: a 25Gb
recovery partition with no listing of it's filesystem nor any drive letter, hanging out in
the never never land and not in the early (leftmost) part of the disc, and there is this
protected Q: drive that apparently has MS office on it 'in case' I want to buy it. There
is the 'reduced with ads' MS office already working and that is all I would ever want.

1) In reading up I see there is a lot of headache going around with Win 8 and UEFI but
I believe that UEFI is a goo... Read more

A:Questions: UEFI, restore partition, Q:, install disc, recovery disc

Hi PJ,

You covered several areas, so I'll start with some suggestions:

1. Since you already burnt (and checked?) the recovery DVD's, that recovery partition is no longer required, so you can remove it. Everything you need to restore the computer back to its factory state will be contained on those 4 x DVD's - store them safely.

2. For the Linux distro's, given that this is a UEFI boot, I would run them in a virtual machine using either free VirtualBox or free VMWarePlayer (my personal preference is for the latter).
Linux - Install on Windows 7 Virtual Machine using VirtualBox

3. If you never plan on using Office, uninstall it, then remove the Q: partition.

You should also consider a clean OEM install at some point - it gets rid of all the bloatware that the OEM's come with:
Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

Lastly, keep this handy if you choose to clean install under UEFI:
UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with

Regards,
Golden

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Okay, so i want to reformat the harddrive and reinstall windows xp. I have gone through all the stuff and found a cd which it tells me i can use for a system restore. Does this do the same, because frankly i cant even remember if i even got a installation cd along with the computer. I think i read somewhere that the restore process leaves some folders like my documents intact and only repairs the OS.

A:Is a system restore disc the same as reinstall disc?

Well...if whatever disk you have...was not made for your system...your questions seems to be moot.

System manufacturers make disks for their specific systems and there is no uniformity that I can discern regarding the use of such...other than that provided by the manufacturer providing the disk. Instructions for using said disks are usually available in the owner's manual or at the manufacturer's website.

System manufacturer and model?

What writing appears on the face of the CD?

Louis

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I have a Dell Inspiron 580 I may have to uninstall and reinstall windows 7 x64 on my computer. A windows 7 disc did not come with the computer, it came with promises that there was another way. I have a repair disc I made near the time I got my computer. I have a vague memory of something going wrong with the process of making said disc but it was so long ago I'm no longer sure if that's true or if it is what the problem was. Am I right that a back up disc or a restore disc or a repair disc does not reinstall windows 7? If I made a backup disc through the control panel thing will I end up backing up the thing that's causing me a problem? Is there a way I can get a Windows 7 x64 installation disc without going out and buying it? please and thank you

A:Backup disc VS restore VS installation disc.

See this tutorial...
Clean Install Windows 7
...it has a link to download W7 DVD in step 1.

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How do I make a Window 7 x64 Ultimate Install Disk using my Windows x64 Pro Disk? I read somewhere that the four versions of Windows 7 x64 (Starter, Home, Pro and Ultimate) are all on the Setup DVD you buy, the difference is only in the Setup.ins and boot pictures?

I want to make a Slip-streamed Setup DVD for Ultimate. How? Thanks, Donald

A:Make Window 7 x64 Ultimate Install Disc using Windows x64 Pro Disc

Windows 7 Universal Installation Disc - Create

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im stuck on what to do. i have been without an os for 3 days now. i am currently using my playstation 3 which is no good i want my vista back. so when i go to install it gives me the error " windows cannot be installed to this disc. the selected disc is of the gpt partition style". i have followed some instructions to diskpart. but after ive seletced my disk and i press enter then type clean and press enter, i dont actually know if it has done anything or doing anything. i cant type anything else after that as it says to type exit in the instructions after typing clean, but it simply wont let my type it. so im hoping someone can shed some light on to this problem for me as ive been stuck for 3 days now and i really am at my last teather with this machine its about to be thrown out the window.

A:windows cannot install to disc the selected disc is gpt partition style

download gparted and then format your disc. or download linux and format your disc

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I have a problem trying to set up raid 1. I have a new PC with W7 Pro 64 bit installed and have migrated everything off the old failing desktop. Everything works well and W7 has no problem booting. I can take W7 image dumps as well. Somewhere in the process of setting up RAID I have done something that does not allow me to complete the process. I decided to use the Install Disk and do a startup repair to clear things, but for some reason neither the Install Disc or the W7 System Repair disc find a system to repair yet my system boots properly.
I've read that I can image dump the whole thing, enter BIOS and setup Raid 1 properly and then restore the image. The proper drivers for RAID were loaded. Can someone tell me if this process would work? Thanks in advance for any help.

A:Neither W7 install disc or W7 repair disc find my new system

Win7 doesn't much like dated RAID technology, and doesn't need it with built-in drive imaging.

If you wanted to RAID your new PC you'd have reimage or reinstall anyway.

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
Macrium - Image your system

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I want to do a clean install of Windows, but either I will get the message: ""this request could not be performed because of an i/o device error." or the XP Install Disc shows as a CDA audio disc with one track.

I never get the option to boot from the disc when I startup the computer. The disc works fine in other computers.

I have a Plextor 708a DVD+-R drive. And an odd thing is that in the Device manager it shows as a "PHEXTKR DRDR PX)708A". I have tried to uninstall and reinstall the drivers for the DVD drive, but it comes up the same way.

A:XP Install Disc Shows as Audio Disc

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Originally Posted by mikeydangerous


I want to do a clean install of Windows, but either I will get the message: ""this request could not be performed because of an i/o device error." or the XP Install Disc shows as a CDA audio disc with one track.

I never get the option to boot from the disc when I startup the computer. The disc works fine in other computers.

I have a Plextor 708a DVD+-R drive. And an odd thing is that in the Device manager it shows as a "PHEXTKR DRDR PX)708A". I have tried to uninstall and reinstall the drivers for the DVD drive, but it comes up the same way.




have you tested another copy of the cd?

also this :""this request could not be performed because of an i/o device error." is a issue means the cd rom is almost out the door.

change bus ccables and test again, if that fails test another cd rom ( you can buy them for like 20$ )

might be worth it....

thanks
Wolf~

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Can you install win 7 home edition off the disc's made with windows 7 on the computer to restore or an image disc or do you need a actual win 7 install disc?

How do I get the product key for the software discs made on that computer?

Can u take disc's from a different computer and install on another one ?

A:can you install win7 from an image or restore disc if you reformat dr

1. Yes, you can install from an image or restore disc.

2. In that case you do not need a product key. It is part of the image or restore disc.

3. You can take a disc from a different computer. In that case you need the product key from your COA sticker. That is on the bottom of a laptop or on the back of a desktop.

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Hello all, long-time forum junkie, first time poster here. I've used ComboFix a few times and been thrilled with it. It recovered my computer when I was getting ready to pull the hard drive to save my data.

Anyway, it's now been a full 5 years that I've had this machine and never reformatted.

I have the original restore disc that came with this machine but I can't figure out if there's a way to do a clean install of windows. I REALLY hate bloatware and the original disc comes laden with it! I tried on the first day I bought it and it booted up with all the bloatware intact.

I also have a Vista upgrade cd but I think I'd be better off with XP, although if I can do a clean install of Vista as opposed to a bloated install of XP I might opt for that.

I used the Recovery Disc Creator link on the desktop, hoping that would create an XP install cd free of bloatware, but I haven't tried it yet. Best I can tell the OEM restore cd ONLY lets you restore to factory bloated stock; it doesn't let you cherry pick and only install windows.

Can anyone help?

Machine is a Toshiba Satellite M115-S3094.
Original OS is Windows XP Media Center Edition.
It's got 1gb of RAM because I added some on day 1.
http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/support/jsp/modelContent.jsp?ct=DL&os=&category=&moid=1468771&rpn=PSMB0U&modelFilter=M115-S3094&selCategory=2756709&selFamily=1073768663

Thanks!!

A:Use original bloated restore disc to do a bloat-free install of XP??

I'm not sure why you can't just install XP and then uninstall the apps you don't want. Uninstalling them won't take more than 5 minutes total.

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Hi guys,

A while back I backed up my XP disc (rather badly) by copying all of the files to a storage drive. I've since lost the disc, and am trying to recreate the disc so I can do a fresh install. However, the disc isn't being recognised just after BIOS is (when I boot up the computer).

I have Ashampoo Burning Studio, and I can choose a file that will be executed automatically after BIOS. Which file is executed normally when you put your XP disc in (and have the boot priority set to CD-ROM in BIOS)? If this won't work, is there a program I can get that will burn the disc so it is recognised and boots to the install screen when I boot up?

Thanks for your help, and I hope that makes sense (I'm not sure on how to explain it exactly).
Kallak

EDIT: Sorry if a similar question has been posted elsewhere, I did a search and couldn't find one.

EDIT: I could try and reword this if it doesn't make sense, just drop a reply - cheers.
 

A:XP Disc won't install - disc won't autorun

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Working on a spiffy e-machine with Windows Vista Home Basic that runs pretty well.

After reading multiple posts where the advice usually begins with suggesting a 'boot disc' or a 'recovery disc', I guess what I'm looking to find out is:
1) what is the difference between a boot disc and a recovery disc?
2) How do I go about making one on this machine (or if I even can)? << I did read through Grinler's tutorials regarding System Restore points and all that seems to in good order. But I guess I'm not sure on the relationship between that and my post (or if there even is one).
3) a best practice regarding these type of discs
I don't have any pressing issues at this time, but I also don't want to wait until I do.

Everything I've learned here at BC has been so great & helpful, I would like to stay on that path, so any links/apps/ideas/suggestions and/or insights would be greatly appreciated.
Winterland

A:Boot Disc, Recovery Disc, Frisbee Disc

1) what is the difference between a boot disc and a recovery disc?Boot disk vs recovery disk. Let me see if I can phrase that in a way that makes some sense.A recovery disc is a generic term for the disk or media containing a backup of the original factory condition or a specified condition of a computer as configured by the original equipment manufacturer or an end-user. OEM supplied recovery media is sometimes shipped with some computers to allow the user to reformat the hard drive and reinstall the operating system and pre-loaded software as it was when it was shipped. This is not as common a practice today as it was in the past. I won't confuse the issue, but google recovery partition for more information.A boot disk is a removable data storage medium, i.e. DVD or flash drive from which a computer can load and run 'boot' an operating system or utility program. The computer must have an installed program or application which will load and execute a program or application from the boot disk. This will enable you to boot an otherwise unusable machine to be able to troubleshoot the OS or non-working application as necessary.Hope that gives you a better idea of the difference.As to how to create a boot disk? I will let more knowledgeable staff or members assist you.

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Working on a spiffy e-machine with Windows Vista Home Basic that runs pretty well.
After reading multiple posts where the advice usually begins with suggesting a 'boot disc' or a 'recovery disc', I guess what I'm looking to find out is:
1) what is the difference between a boot disc and a recovery disc?
2) How do I go about making one on this machine (or if I even can)? << I did read through Grinler's tutorials regarding System Restore points and all that seems to in good order. But I guess I'm not sure on the relationship between that and my post (or if there even is one).
3) a best practice regarding these type of discs
I don't have any pressing issues at this time, but I also don't want to wait until I do.
Everything I've learned here at BC has been so great & helpful, I would like to stay on that path, so any links/apps/ideas/suggestions and/or insights would be greatly appreciated.
Winterland

A:Boot Disc, Recovery Disc, Frisbee Disc

1) what is the difference between a boot disc and a recovery disc?

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Ok so I got some messed up virus a couple of days ago. It was antivirus security pro i believe. I couldnt get rid of it in time and tried starting my computer in safe mode but it didnt work. It just tried to restore my computer with entire hd and two partitions. I didn't want to do that since I figured I could use norton in safe mode and get rid of the virus. So i kept shutting it off and retrying safe mode but it kept going to that. Now I wish it would do that. Instead my laptop goes to startup repair, which it says is incompatible with my system.
 
It's an ASUS laptop that's like 4-5 years old and I'm running windows 7 32 bit.
 
I'm getting a windows 7 install disc made from another computer and hopefully that will work but I really don't know what else to do. I think my laptop started off as windows XP but I don't remember.
 
All I have is system recovery options and none of them can do anything except for the command prompt.
 
Any help would be really appreciated!!

A:Virus meltdown/startup repair loop/no safe mode/no install disc/no restore point

Wow sorry to hear it did you in that hard! So no factory restore options are working? I would see what happens when you get that windows cd made and boot from it. Hopefully you can get a bit farther
-alex

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Just had a question... about the differences between OEM Disc and a Full Recovery Disc purchase.

Does the Full Recovery Disc include Drivers ?

I have a Windows 7 issue on a HP Pavillion H8-1234 .
Can't restart Windows, If I put the OEM in the disc drive the PC loads into Win7 but then stops says it can not locate CD/DVD Driver...

???
 

A:Difference Between OEM and Ordering a Recovery Disc WIN 7

Lindi:

You could've asked this question in your other active thread instead of starting a new thread here.

A factory restore disc kit reverts a computer back to its original new condition with everything it came with when you set it up for the first time.

I haven't used a recovery disc kit in a HP computer in many years, so I don't know if a separate disc is used to install drivers, programs, etc..

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I have various Windows 7 OSes installed on various computers. I just created a system image and have the option to create a system repair disc on either a CD or DVD. However, I know from my experiment yesterday on a different computer that I can access my system image using my bootable USB stick. I would rather use a USB stick over a DVD, because I don't have a good filing system for optical media at the moment. What is the difference between using the bootable USB stick to restore my system image and using a repair disc? Also, what is the difference between a repair disc and a recovery disc?

Thank you.

A:What is the difference between system repair disc and bootable USB?

A w7 recovery disk allows a non-booting system to access the Advanced Options screen for start up repair, Repair install, etc. It won't restore an image. Repair disk can refer to a number of things, what imaging software did you use?
what is on the bootable USB?

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I have a client who was haing issues with firefox. yesterday he attempted a system restore on his Lenovo k410 (win 8 64bit) desktop (without my blessing). it then got stuck in the infamous windows repair loop. the lenovo screen starts then it says attempting repairs, screen goes black and then it briefly flashes "Your PC ran into a problem and needs to restart. We're just collect info, and then we'll restart for you".

Well I assumed (and google told me) I need to enter advanced startup options. the problem is nothing I do will get me there!

I've tried to boot to a retail iso just to do a repair install. I've also tried to boot to win 8 repair media created on my win 8 machine (both x64). when attempting to boot with either one the win 8 blue square "Your PC ran into a problem and needs to restart. We're just collect info, and then we'll restart for you" and then it gets stuck. it then returns to the original screen, rinse and repeat.

and no luck getting into safemode!

I've found many folks with the similar issues and the only answers revolve around getting into advanced start up options. obviously I can't do it via windows and again I'm unable to boot properly from repair disc (cd or usb) or retail iso.

once at the clients house I was able to hit f2 to get to lenovo's one key rescue. I did not start it because I had not yet backed their data up. I booted to ubuntu and got the data off. now I am unable to even get to the f2 options!... Read more

A:stuck in "repair" loop, can't boot to repair disc or install disc...

Run Seatools long test. Remove all but one stick of RAM and run Memtest on each stick of RAM separately. If you get any errors (Red) that stick is bad and needs to be replaced. Tell us how you get along.

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hi every one

i'm sorry if my topic is not in the wright department

and sorry again

my Problem is

i have tow hard disc and need ti instal 2 windows copy
in ech one of them
but the big problem is

i want when the pc startup founde in bios screen
2 choice
1st : xp
2nd : 7
and choose what i want to log in

this problem is making me soooooo crazy for 3 days and
finally i found a solution for it
but it is so poor
i remove one hard disc and instal the windows
and did the same for the second hard disc

but cause Moore time and hard to start my work
soo plzzzzzz
i just need someone help me and be Patient with me


your's
KOORY

A:install windows 7 in hard disc and XP in another hard disc in same pc

See this tutorial for how to setup a dual boot environment with Windows 7 and XP. It covers both methods, XP installed first or Windows 7 installed first.

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Hi All,
I know this is 'against the rules' as I have posted this in another section as well but I got no replies so thought I would try this instead.

I have a toshiba satellite L750 running Windows 7 home premium, when trying to burn anything onto a blank disc I get as far as selecting my items and asking it to burn but it keeps telling me to insert a blank disc (which obviously I have). I have tried several different types of blank disc but it dosnt seem to recognise any of them.

Would be very greatful if someone could help.

Many thanks in advance!

A:Burning content - disc drive not recognising blank disc

Hmmm tricky are you sure they are blank? your drive also may need a firmware update.

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I've spent hours and hours trying to fix it, and have found nothing really worthwhile online. I'm coming here in the outside chance someone else may have experienced something similar.

Basically, my Windows 7 laptop will no longer allow me to play dvd/cds (burned or store bought). The drive shows up in My Computer, is enabled, bios look good, etc, etc, but if I put a disc in it never autoruns or shows up with the disc name in My Computer,
and if I double click the disc drive I get a "please insert disc" dialogue box and the drive door pops open. I've tried absolutely everything I can think of, and (for what it's worth) I don't think its a hardware issue because after I sent my computer off
to Samsung for this same repair it came back completely reformatted the disc drive worked for a second. Then I started getting rid of some of the bloat ware in here (bought it at best buy... big mistake) again, and it shut down.


Here's what I've done or tried so far:
- Uninstall, reinstall the drive
- Updated the drivers
- Updated dvd/cd drive firmware
- Ran Microsoft's "Fix it" utility
- Cleaned the lenses/laser
- Remapped the drive to a different letter/path
- Checked registry to ensure filters weren't an issue (the upper and lower)
- Restored the laptop back to just after I received it back from the Samsung repair people (didn't work)
- Undid the restore
- Checked BIOS (I'm by no means BIOS-savvy, but it appeared that everything was in line with ... Read more

A:DVD/CD Disc Drive Installed, But Doesn't Recognize Disc In Tray

You could try a system recovery back to factory specs. Here is a link to show you how.
http://support-us.samsung.com/cyber/popup/iframe/pop_troubleshooting_fr.jsp?idx=149520&modelname=&modelcode=&session_id=P1DDpTBkyfLnGygkJJrp71DVF33RGYnkhGyyzQH1qrvVMnYZvC22!-581493343!1005328399!1337918275957

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I have found a plethora of advice on how to do it. They all say to insert a blank DVD, but nowhere can I find anything about size of disc or how to determine size in individual cases. Also, specific recommendations for disc (I have never burned a disc)?

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

I plan to use an exterior HD for system image.
 

A:Solved: Create system repair disc. Disc size?

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I am trying to completely wipe my computer clean by using the windows 7 disc. Problem is i cant get the disc to boot on star up.

A:System restore, I cant restore my computer with a windows 7 disc

Where did you get "the windows 7 disc" ?
Maybe it is a bad disc ?
Is your BIOS setup to boot from the optical disc as the first device ?

This tutorial has everything needed to reinstall Windows including where to get the latest Windows installation ISO and how to burn it to DVD.
Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
You do need a valid genuine readable COA key for your licensed version.

Is this an OEM PC such as HP, Dell, Gateway, Lenovo, ... , or a custom/home built ?
Did your PC come with Ultimate pre-installed ?

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error code 0100-3627-1649-164A-164B-164C-164D-164E-366A-366B When I tried to restore with hp provided restore disc. message was "could not restore this computer with this media", but these disc were used before on this computer in 2013, HELP.

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So recently I worked on my laptop and installed a used mobo. I got it to run and ran backup and restore to save a bunch of emails and docs. It ran fine the next day I started to have trouble which eventually turned out to be the HDD. I've replaced the HDD and now am trying to run the restore discs and I can't.

I click restore files and get a window with 'what do you want to restore" at the top and the two options are greyed out. There is a yellow triangle with an exclamation point in it and it says next to that "there are no backups on this computer" The backup disc(s) I made are in the drive.
Advanced restore gets me the same result.

Am I doing it correctly? did I miss something? Did the previous HDD go bad before I knew it?
I explored the disc earlier and the files were all numbered 1 to 20. For some reason I installed winzip when I did that. I tried to restore file 1 and failed. I just opened it again and looked after I uninstalled Winzip and the computer could see what was in each folder now. I still don't know how to get it to restore though. and File 1 is gone, looks like it may be rolled into File 2.

The disc won't autorun and restore center doesn't provide an option for opening it.
I cannot find an autorun.exe in the disc. There are 4 main folders;
HOMEPC, Autorun setup information, MediaID.bin, restore icon.

HOMEPC seems to contain all the information that was saved. It opens to a file named Backup Set 2009-10-10 150701. The next cl... Read more

A:running a restore disc to restore the stuff that was backed up?!

Try making a backup to your existing drive. Look at the structure and copy your backup from cd to the harddrive using the same structure.

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I have a toshiba laptop A105 sieries. I got a real nasty worm and could not get rid of it.
I then stuck in the restore disc and did a complete erase of my harddrive. I am now trying to install the operating system off of the restore disc and I am not able to. Can someone please help me. I have went into the bios and set it to boot from dvd rom but then all it does is say recovering. 32 min later when it is done I try to boot from hard drive it ask me if I want to start windows normally. I select it and then nothing happens. I go back to bios and it says bood from hard drive but no go. If I go back into bios and have it boot from the recover disc it's the same thing all over. I don't know what I am doing and am a little confused no, really confused. Thanking you in advance for any help any one could give me.
 

A:Solved: restore operating system using restore disc

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New HD on the way but DVD drive on functioning computer not working. Will I have to download Win7 to disc or flash drive to install on new HD? I do have the product code.

A:HD crash, no recovery disc, have product code. Do I have to have disc

Hello docmac7672

Check out the Tutorial below for making USB Install





USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create


Iso http://www.mydigitallife.info/offici...digital-river/

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After MUCH searching, I've yet to find info on this issue. Many similar, but nothing specific. Please bare with me if this is a known/solved issue.

Okay, old C drive was failing, so I decided on a new OS copy and new HDD. Bought an OEM Win 7 Home Premium 64, and installed.

Little did I know, but I should have had only one HDD hooked up!!! When I installed Win 7, I had 2 HDD's installed, and as a result, Windows installed the main files on my C drive as desired, but put the boot (MBR?) on my other HDD, F drive. Now I have 2 physical HDD's that are listed as Windows drives. So when I went to do a system image backup, all that came up was my DVD burner as a save location. My secondary HDD (F drive) was not shown. Now I know why!

Currently...

Disc 0 - (Boot, Page File, Crash Dump, Primary)
Disc 1 - (System, Active, Primary) Also shows this as having unallocated space of 9MB.

I want ALL of Windows on my main C drive.

How can I fix this without having to re-install all programs etc on my C drive?

Can I do a repair of some type?

Could I install a 3rd internal/external HDD and use that to do a system image backup, then shut down, disconnect F drive, then do a system restore/repair using the OEM installation disc?

Any ideas/fixes?

A:Win 7 installed boot on Disc 1 and system on Disc 0 separate HDD's

Yeah, by having that other drive connected, you now have your boot files on the old drive and the rest of Windows on the new drive.

Post a screen shot of Windows Disk Management.

Normally, you'd want C to be disc 0, but that isn't critical.

You can fix this by using EasyBCD to copy your boot files from the old drive to the new. I think there is a tutorial on this site on how to do that.

Edit: here's the tutorial;

Bootmgr - Move to C:\ with EasyBCD

Probably can also fix it by disconnecting the old drive and then running startup repair multiple times, using your Windows installation disc.

Post the screen shot to confirm what's going on.

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Hi,

I'm a newbie here, and am hoping somebody can help with this issue. I have a hp pavillion dv6000 laptop with vista 64, and a built-in cd/dvd burner. Recently, no matter what software I use to burn discs(data, audio, mp3 etc) the process completes normally, but the disc remains blank. I've looked all over the forums, and searched google for answers as well, but came up with - pardon the pun - a blank. Any help would be much appreciated. Thank you in advance.

Cheers,
whydoesmycomputerhateme
 

A:CD/DVD writer seemingly burns disc, but disc is still blank

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I have to be the most unfortunate person when it comes to DVD burning. Im using Nero Express 6 and a LiteOn Burner. I tried twice and I got an illegal disc error, as you can see towards the end of the ff. report : Earlier today, I used a DVD +R disc and was successful. Any ideas???

Windows XP 5.1
IA32
WinAspi: -
ahead WinASPI: File 'C:\Program Files\Ahead\nero\Wnaspi32.dll': Ver=2.0.1.68, size=160016 bytes, created 7/22/2004 5:33:44 PM
Nero version: 6.3.1.26 (Nero Express)
Recorder: <LITE-ON DVDRW SOHW-1693S>Version: KS04 - HA 2 TA 0 - 6.3.1.26
Adapter driver: <> HA 2
Drive buffer : 2048kB
Bus Type : default (0) -> ATAPI, detected: ?
CD-ROM: <HL-DT-ST CDRW/DVD GCC4244>Version: B101 - HA 1 TA 0 - 6.3.1.26
Adapter driver: <atapi> HA 1

=== Scsi-Device-Map ===
DiskPeripheral : Hitachi HTS541060G9SA00 atapi Port 0 ID 0 DMA: On
CdRomPeripheral : HL-DT-ST CDRW/DVD GCC4244 atapi Port 1 ID 0 DMA: On

=== CDRom-Device-Map ===
HL-DT-ST CDRW/DVD GCC424 D: CDRom0
LITE-ON DVDRW SOHW-1693S E: CDRom2
=======================

AutoRun : 1
Excluded drive IDs:
WriteBufferSize: 83886080 (0) Byte
ShowDrvBufStat : 0
BUFE : 0
Physical memory : 1014MB (1038712kB)
Free physical memory: 384MB (393344kB)
Memory in use : 62 %
Uncached PFiles: 0x0
Use Static Write Speed Table: 0
Use Inquiry : 1
Global Bus Type: default (0)
Check supported media : Disabled (0)

22.7.2006
DVD-Copy on the fly
5:55:35 PM #1 Text 0 File Reader.cpp, Line 126
Reader running

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A:Solved: Error burning a DVD -R disc : Illegal Disc

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Ok.. Well, I bought Final Fantasy IX (11) for my PC. The game disc reads only on PC-DVD-ROM Software. I don't know if I have the right kind, this is what disc drive I have

HL-DT-ST RW/DVD GCC-4320B

Is that the correct one?
 

A:Disc drive wont read my game disc.

Looks like the right kind... It might be worn out
 

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 Is there somewhere to request the disc? Msg.   Secure boot violation

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Is there somewhere to request the disc? Msg.   Secure boot violation

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So I have an bit of an odd and I think unique problem (as many searches came up with no solutions). Simply put, my boot manager is missing, but only when my windows install disc is not in the disc drive. It started several months ago and I just left it be, let the disc it int he disc drive and it was not that big of a deal. But just did a clean install couple days ago I re-installed windows 7 ultimate 64-bit on my computer (using an upgrade disc if that makes a difference). I formatted the drive with what I guess is a quick format (the option the install disc gives you). I have tried doing a repair with the install disc but no problems are found every time I try.

Anyone got any ideas how to fix this problem? Or I guess another way to ask, how do I get the computer to look for the boot manager on the hard drive and not in the disc drive?

EDIT: Also sorry if this is in the wrong section, I didn't really see a section that fit this problem, but if there is a better section for it, could a moderator please move it.

A:Boot Manager missing when no disc in disc drive

Hello Thamorian, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You might see if running a startup repair may be able to help.

Bootmgr is missing - Fix

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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Please help 'disc read disc error occurred' on start up and I cannot get XP to start,I have put a recovery disc in and got to the dos menu started scandisc seems to be taking for ever (5% in 3hours).can I recover my doc's for my University course:help anyone
Thanks for looking
Tone

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Hello.I have been trying come up with a solution for this issue for awhile and am at my wits end.After upgrading my PC:http://h20564.www2.hp.com/hpsc/doc/public/display?docId=c03685096...to Windows 10 a few months ago, my PC will randomly not boot (more often than not) and I will receive the following error message upon booting:Error: No boot disc has been detected or the disc has failed.I then have to manually shut down the PC.When I select F10 upon booting and enter through the bios and simply select "ignore changes and exit" the PC will then load normally.It happens seemingly at random. Sometimes I can restart the PC a couple times in a row without issues. Typically I have to go through the bios though and I avoid powering down the PC at all if I can.I have done numerous tests on the hard disks and they have all passed. I have checked the connections from the HD to the motherboard and there are no issues there. I flashed the bios to the newest version as well. I tried downgrading as well as refreshing Windows to no avail.Help?Thank you in advance.

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My local disc drive C disappeared from My Computer and also the secondary drives wont show I haven't installed any new software or anything, I haven't looked at them for about a week and then I saw that they were gone

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Hey guys, I am having somewhat of an issue with my disc partitions after backing-up data and reinstalling windows 7-64bit.

I have included a picture to help explain.

Here's the issue, my PC had a virus I was unable to resolve. I took it to an "expert" to see what he could do. He backed-up my data and re-installed windows 7. The problem is that I had a disc partition set up with my OS and program files on a C: partition, and a partition, D:, labeled DATA, for all of my data etc..

I'm not sure exactly what he did but it looks like he reinstalled windows to the DATA drive instead of the OS C: drive. Now making the DATA drive, effectively the C drive (and Boot, Page File, Crash Dump, Logical Drive). It looks like after restoring the backed-up data the original install of windows was also restored to the Old C: drive (now named D), this partition is also the System and active Partition.
See picture:

So does this mean that windows is booting from the DATA (C) drive now but running the original install of windows 7-64bit from the OS(D) drive (old C)?

I have been reading over a lot of forum posts and I'm not really sure what to do here. I understand I can only extend a drive to unallocated space that is shown to the right in the disc manager. I have thought about backing everything up on DATA(C) and extending OS(D) into it, but I am concerned that I will not be able to boot since DATA(C) is now the boot disc. I do not have a windows recovery or boot disc. ... Read more

A:Disc parition issue, want System and Boot to be same disc

  
Quote: Originally Posted by Garrett7


Hey guys, I am having somewhat of an issue with my disc partitions after backing-up data and reinstalling windows 7-64bit.

I have included a picture to help explain.

Here's the issue, my main PC had a virus I was unable to resolve. I took it to an "expert" to see what he could do. He backed-up my data and re-installed windows 7. The problem is that I had a disc partition set up with my OS and program files on a C: partition, and a partition, D:, labeled DATA, for all of my data etc..

I'm not sure exactly what he did but it looks like he reinstalled windows to the DATA drive instead of the OS C: drive. Now making the DATA drive, effectively the C drive (and Boot, Page File, Crash Dump, Logical Drive). It looks like after restoring the backed-up data the original install of windows was also restored to the Old C: drive (now named D), this partition is also the System and active Partition.
See picture:

So does this mean that windows is booting from the DATA (C) drive now but running the original install of windows 7-64bit from the OS(D) drive (old C)?

I have been reading over a lot of forum posts and I'm not really sure what to do here. I understand I can only extend a drive to unallocated space that is shown to the right in the disc manager. I have thought about backing everything up on DATA(C) and extending OS(D) into it, but I am concerned that I will not be able to boot since DATA... Read more

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hi, my friend gave me his old VAIO, cause my computer was shot.
It has a pentium 2 in it and 233MHz(66x3.5),sometimews it says(266mhz(66x4.0)) with 512mb Ram. It origionally had a 2gig hard drive with windows xp prof. on it. the hd kept on filling up almost immediatly so I put my 80gig(westernDigital Caviar-100mbps-7200rpm)hard drive in it as the slave to beef it up.
What i origionally wanted to do was leave the 2gig in with only the operating system in it and use my 80gig for everything else,(completely bypass the 2gig.) But could not figure that out. If that is even possible I would still like to do that.
Now I have formatted my 80 gig hd, and the comp no longer has the 2gig drive in it. I have the jumper set to master(80GIG), with the master ide line in it. I have a win xp home disk, and I want to install it to the 80gig drive. my cd rom is working as well as the hard drive. (as seen in windows with the 2gig drive). I changed the First boot device to the cd-rom in the advanced BIOS features.
(second boot device:HDD-0
Third boot device:LS/ZIP
Boot other device Enabled, Everything But first boot is default.)
When comp starts up it goes to the memory test screen and reads my 80gig hd fine, then: PRIMARY HARD DISC FAIL. Or sometimes: Cpuis inworkable or has been changed, check cpusoft menu.
I press F1 to continue: blah blah verifying Dmi pool data....
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A:disc boot failure, disc is in, still wont work. need help.

Welcome to TSF

Doesn't seem to be booting to the cd rom, try tapping the F12 key to boot from the optical drive in order to install windows.

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Okay, So my roomate's laptop which is on Windows XP Proffessional started acting funny. Yes it does have Service Pack 3

It seemed like a problem that could be fixed with a Defrag, but Defrag wouldnt work.

So I tried Disc Check and it didnt work.

For the heck of it, I tried Disc Cleanup, and it freezes instantly and doesnt work.

It would be easy enough to fix if there was a restore point in System Restore, but for some reason that program hasnt made any restore points. ( go figure)

I have been working on this computer, trying every defrag and disk check fix I could find. Including all the command prompts, regsver32, installing new components, everything. Still no go.

More specifially, for defrag my error is: "Disc Defragmenter could not start"
It doesnt work when defrag c: is entered into Command Prompt.

I finnally got disc Check to respond by using command prompt and telling it to schedule a check for the next start up, but it didnt work. When the computer starts up I get a error like "Disc check cannot be used on RAW files" for a split second.

Starting the computer in safe mode doesnt make them work either.

Is there anything else I can do? Or do I just have to wipe everything and re-install the OS?

Thanks!

A:Defrag, Disc Check, Disc Clean up all not working

and welcome to the Forum


I would first run diagnostics on the hard drive ( click here )

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Hi folks - hope someone can help.
I'm running XP Home on a Sony VAIO. The PC has a partitioned HD: C (main), & D (storage). I defrag every night.
This evening, I got the dreaded "not enough disc space to complete disc defragmenter" message. Suddenly tonight I'm showing only 2% free space on drive C. I went in and changed my System Restore percentage from 12% to 6%. Now I'm showing 6% free space (but still can't defrag).
I shouldn't have had to change my System Restore percentage tho. I'm sure that's not the culprit. Up until last night the C drive was nowhere near this full. Something's there tonight that wasn't yesterday. ...A whole LOT of something. The Defrag graph is showing a nearly FULL C drive with a LOT of red "fragmented" files"
I've been doing a bit of downloading, but after it's on the desktop (part of C), I move it to the D storage drive (which has a LOT of free space remaining).
Something's fishy. I'm no expert, but I'm thinking I need to find some type of application to tell me what's suddenly on that drive taking up all this space. Anyone have any helpful suggestions?...
 

A:not enough disc space to complete disc defragmenter: something's fishy here

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Hi
 
I've got a Toshiba laptop, Windows 7, T5870 Core 2 Duo. Can I upgrade from W7 to W10 using a 64bit version of W10? The current W7 installed is 32bit.
 
Second question. Does the recovery partition get updated with Updates as well as the Windows folder?
 
The reason I ask is that Toshiba put software on the hdd when new that allows a recovery disc to be created. It would be nice to think that if I made a recovery disc now that it would include all updates released since the computer was new...........
 
 
John

A:Restore Disc

Yes, you can use 64bit and no it does not update the recovery partition. If you selected to do a factory reset you would have Windows 7 after the reset finished.

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hi forum recently I have formatted my advent 7000 notebook but cannot find my restore disc, the restore partition is gone also so I dont have that to fall back on either, realy I just want to get my wireless networking back , but its not recognising any of the cards I tried,, ps the cards are working so the problem is something with the reformatted pc, I have tried the uk support site the drivers there didnt work, the original restore disc was for advent 7000 leD1
 

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Ok, so I bought a sony vaio pcv-rz32g from a friend and I am needing to do a complete factory restore on it....problem is, when i go through vaio restore it says something about it cannot find the partition! I have read everything i can find online about this and checked my system and it does not even have a partition!
So obviously I cannot restore it that way....so I got a windows vista disc and tried that, it does not work wither, it wont even boot! Same with the windows xp disc!
I have checked on BIOS and my drive is set as the main boot.
All I want to do is go back to factory settings, that is it...there has to be a way to do this without the disc...is there anything i can take out inside of the comp that might reset it?
I have been researching this problem for almost two weeks now and every answer is just a dead end so i hope maybe someone can help! Thanks alot!
 

A:Can't restore or use OS disc!!! Tried Everything!

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Gooday all.My daughter was given a laptop for christmas a couple of years ago, it had Vista OS. After a bit of stuffing her around she asked me what could I do to help her. I installed pclinuxos over the top of vista installed open office and some other programmes. Her vista product code is still on the lappy case and I also wrote it down to be sure to be sure. Now she has asked me, 18 months later if I can restore vista. As I said I have the key but the lappy did not come with a disc. Is there a way to restore this for her. I wouldn't want it but she does. I read somewhere that win7 was really vista re jigged with all the curves and wobbles fixed. I have a legit win 7 disc, is that any use to me? Thank you for taking the time to read this.

A:Restore with no disc

System manufacturer and model?

Have you contacted the system manufacturer...and requested recovery/restore disks?

As for your question re Win 7...if you have a valid license (that is not used) and disk, yes, you can probably clean install it.

Louis

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Hello, Just built my son a new computer, it setup and configured the way I want it. Now I would like to make a system restore disc (like the one that come with new computers). How can I do this. Would like it self booting with complete install to the way the system was when the disc (restore) was created. Heard you can do it drive image, ghost, and true image but how. Tried ghost 2003 images fine but won't verify and drive image requires ms.net so that leave Acronis True Image. Can it be done and how what setting should I used. Will be using ver 7.0
Tks
 

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Hey

This is the first time I'm posting here This website is extremely great!

So I have an issue. Everytime something goes wrong with my Computer, I reformat it. Now everytime I reformat I use the Restore Discs from HP. I really hate all the crap I have to take out of it everytime, and I also hate how there arent any advance functions, for me to choose how I want to restore the computer.
So I was wondering, Is there Anyway I can somehow extract the XP thats on these Restore Disc, and Burn a new disc so I just have a full disc with just Windows XP on it?

Thanks
 

A:How to Get XP from OEM Restore Disc.

There are plenty of tutorials out there on how to manually do this. Just google search. I found this neat little utility though when I was searching.
http://www.ghacks.net/2006/11/07/upgrade-a-windows-xp-recovery-cd-to-a-full-installation-one/
 

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