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Posted 02 December 2008 - 03:11 PM
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Posted 02 December 2008 - 03:31 PM
Hello, this is my first time posting here.
I am working on my sister's laptop, it's Dell Inspiron 1720, only a few months old. Last week she encountered a problem upon booting up and received the BSOD and then the option to repair the computer. It would not repair and would not restore back to previous dates.
She called Dell for support and found that she has to pay mega bucks just to get support.... The only thing they helped with was ensuring that the hard drive was not at fault since the fn key upon reboot did the diagnostic and ruled out hard drive problems. I am suspecting the latest windows update may have caused this since she did the update the day before and suddenly this repair option occurred.
She was provided the Dell disk with Vista disk and a drivers disk with the system... can I reinstall Vista overtop without losing any of her programs and data (I used to do this successfully with Win98 and XP). I looked through the tutorials here about Vista help but didn't see this option available.
Appreciate any help you can give me.
Posted 02 December 2008 - 04:28 PM
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Posted 02 December 2008 - 06:13 PM
I am unable to boot into windows though, it just loops into the repair window on every boot. I wouldn't be able to install ubuntu to get the files.
It depends on the disk provided. If it offers to upgrade or repair, it should keep all information in a windows.old folder.
if it is a destructive restore, it is just that. destroys data..
You can save the data currently on the drive by downloading a copy of ubuntu desktop burn it to disk and boot to the live cd.. then backup all needed data, restart and do a full system restore from the dell cd's.
That's kinda jacked up that its not even a year old and support isn't free.
Well thats Dell for yah.
Major manufacturer's only offer support for hardware issues - software can be screwed up the first time you mess with the system, so they don't cover that.
That being said, it's possible to do a repair install of Vista - but I haven't tried it myself. Just be careful that you don't wipe everything while trying the repair (and backup your stuff before trying).
Here's a link that may help: http://vistasupport.mvps.org/repair_a_vist...e_vista_dvd.htm
from the look of the disk it says 'Reinstallation DVD Windows Vista-Home Premium 32BIT' and not for reinstallation of drivers or programs. She also got a separate disk for drivers and utilities.
Yes but the million $$ question is, did Dell supply you with an actual vista cd? or just a "recovery disk" and some drivers.
Yes, you are right about HP... I have an HP and didn't get one disk and when my system crashed and went back to Future Shop to see about recovery disks.. they said that HP would have to mail them to me... I bought my own full XP disks there and then to avoid having to just be stuck with recovery disks specific to my machine.
The normal Dell Operating System DVD is a full copy of Vista - as are the one's from Gateway. The HP's usually are also - but you have to order them (they don't come with the system) and they're "locked" to specific model numbers. I think the Acer's are also, but the Toshiba's aren't (they're a Ghost image). I don't know about Sony, but don't think they are.
Edited by jbird, 02 December 2008 - 06:16 PM.
Posted 02 December 2008 - 10:30 PM
Edited by Michael-Anthony, 02 December 2008 - 10:54 PM.
Posted 03 December 2008 - 04:01 PM
well, thankyou, I've never heard of ubuntu.. I have heard of linux though so now I know what you are talking about. Using this method will I still be able to access the registry of windows to recover the product code?
ummm... ubuntu isnt something through windows. you would burn it on a cd, boot with the cd in, and run a version of linux from the cd. No need to install or boot windows.
you can then backup anything important
Ubuntu live cd PT 1
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Posted 03 December 2008 - 04:30 PM
wget -q http://wine.budgetdedicated.com/apt/387EE263.gpg -O- | sudo apt-key add -make sure you get the - at the end...
sudo wget http://wine.budgetdedicated.com/apt/sources.list.d/intrepid.list -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/winehq.listFor Ubuntu Hardy (8.04):
sudo wget http://wine.budgetdedicated.com/apt/sources.list.d/hardy.list -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/winehq.listFor Debian Etch (4.0):
sudo wget http://wine.budgetdedicated.com/apt/sources.list.d/etch.list -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/winehq.listThen update APT's package information by running
sudo apt-get update
sudo mkdir media/HardDisk sudo mount -t ntfs -o force /dev/sda1 media/HardDiskand replace sda1 with your windows partition (you can find this out by going)
fdisk -lthats a lowercase L
dumphive /media/HardDisk/WINDOWS/system32/config/software ~/software.reg HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINENavigate to /home/ubuntu/.wine/drive_c/windows and run regedit.exe using Wine.
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