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You can do this without a cd if you have a recovery partition on your hard drive. If you do have a recovery partition on your hard drive all you would have to do is press the F11 key on bootup or some other key and follow the steps on the recovery partition. The button you have to push varies during bootup. To reload an operating system you need an Operating System Disk if you don’t have a recovery partition. There’s no other way around it.
The F8 key only gives you options such as Safe Mode, Safe Mode with VGA etc.
Usually with vista you can push F10 or F11 depending on what brand your using. There will be instructions on how to do a restore or full restore. If the problem is the boot sector just use the restore. You can also try pushing the F8 button at startup and selecting restore to the last settings that worked. Hope this helps :-)
On my Dell… I pressed F8 in the startup which brought me to a menu… from this menu I selected “Repair my computer” which brought me to another window where you just log in with your user name and then select “Restore to Factory Default”… click the box saying reformat and then sit back and wait… click the finish button after it is done and it will startup your computer again just like it first came to you… NO CD NEEDED…
what can yo u do if your computer doesnt boot up,and system recovery has failed each time you hit …how do you put vista back onto the copmuter without the cd …each time i hit system recovery it goes back to boot screen to give the options of pushing f8 and f11 but nothing work…please help
you can also use ‘recovery manager’ if you have it, it should be installed from the start. It helped me when i had to do this, hope this helps
I’m having this problem on my HP. I don’t have really any “restore” options. Once I get into the “recovery” Menu the only thing that seems to even be relectingly close to helping is the boot options. Or so it seems. Since there is no other type of help options in our case. We really don’t know what to do without the C.D. And it seems sometimes we almost make it.. To the log in menu. But we get taken into another black screen, it just formaly says what the first one says. That theres been some boot up error or something, and it needs the disk. I’m quite lost. Help would be brillient.
Ok, I think it was some sort of “alt+F?” on my laptop when I did it. Can’t remember though. I only used Vista for a few months before switching.
hi i have a compaq laptop with windows vista if u have a built in recovery the button u need is f11 just press it as soon as it starts to reboot then it will come up hope this helps
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