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gnu 15 Mar 13 - 06:22 PM
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Subject: Tech: Win recovery disks not required
From: gnu
Date: 15 Mar 13 - 06:22 PM

6 weeks. I don't know crap about this stuff so I have learned a lot after the big crash. The most important lesson is this. If your PC won't let you make recovery disks properly, take it back to the store DAY ONE. I didn't on accounta I had a "back-up". My backup failed.

So, here is another VERY important lesson.

I decided I would bite the bullet and buy recovery disks or try to download them. I first decided to have a go at it to see what it was all about... and I am sending this from a fully recovered PC.... WITHOUT using recovery disks. I just used the wizard and it worked... no disks required. MS Vista.

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Subject: RE: Tech: Win recovery disks not required
From: JohnInKansas
Date: 15 Mar 13 - 08:01 PM

1. The wizard will work if the installation files are still on your hard drive and the hard drive still works.

1. a. Installation files and logs are one of the things you can delete when you do a normal "Disk Cleanup". Since few people actually look at what they have selected for removal it's possible to delete them by accident. (I'd recommend NOT deleting them, even though they do take some drive space.)

1. b. If the hard drive the OS is on fails so do the files you need for the recovery wizard, so you're S.O.L. for that method.

2. For some versions, you can download the "basic" installation from Microsoft, and then use the "license/registration number" for the version you had to "activate it." (Microsoft may have another option for downloading repairs, but I haven't had to look for it.)

2. a. You don't know what your license/registration number is. (I'd bet on it.)

2. b. Microsoft can probably tell you what it was, but you'll probably have to do some serious begging.

3. Microsoft insists that everyone should make their own recovery disk using the utilities built into every Windows version.

3. a. I have NEVER KNOWN anyone who made a "Microsoft Recovery Disk" from their original installation who was ever able to restore ANYTHING from one of them.

3.b. A few of the ones I've made might actually work, since there are rumors that a few of them do; but I'm not about to do a full reinstall just to see if one might be okay.

4. Glad to hear that the recovery wizard worked for you, because Vista is now "unsupported" and getting reinstall files would probably be even a little more difficult than for a more recently obsolete version.

[And you know part of this is just takin' a poke at ya, of course. I'd wiggle a finger if I knew how ticklish ya are.]

Good Job (and great news that you're back) Anyhow!


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