I have vista business edition on a lenovo T61. I recently wiped out my factory recovery partition after making my recovery disks because I wanted to be able to use all the disk space, add a partition and freshly install vista without all the extra manufacturer stuff. All went well, I have a fresh install with all my programs, etc. and boot times and performance are great and I'm happy so I make my disk images with the vista complete pc restore function to be able to restore to this state next time. The main reason I got business edition was for the ability to create an exact image of the disk for easy cleaning/reinstalling in the future without having to reinstall all software, etc. when needed. This feature is not available in the home additions.
Now the problem - I want to test the restore function and am having great difficulty. The instructions on this forum (http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/windows-vista-complete-pc-restore/
) say I need a vista DVD or to be able to boot into my hidden partition. I seemingly can't restore because I have no way of accessing the "Windows Recovery Environment." My computer did not come with a Vista DVD, only a upgrade anytime DVD, and I wiped out my hidden partition. I tried to use the upgrade anytime DVD anyway and it doesn't have an option for the Windows Recovery Environment and so I tried my recovery disks (that I believe are an exact image of my hidden recovery partition) and they only alow me to go back to the factory installed state with Lenovo's rescue and recovery, which I have no interest in.
Does anyone know if there is a way to use the vista business complete pc restore function in the absence of a dvd and a hidden partition? or am I now going to be forced to do a full fresh install whenever I need or to buy a third party software like norton's ghost or the like?
thanks a lot for the help.