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#1 polarpimp

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Posted 16 January 2010 - 06:19 PM

if i install vista again will delete everything on the hard drive. and will i have to use the driver disk again on the pc

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Posted 16 January 2010 - 08:53 PM

It depends....
If you use recovery DVD, which came with your computer, it'll erase all your data and it'll return your computer to its original state. All necessary drivers should work.
If you use full version Vista DVD, you have two options:
- repair install, which should leave your data OK, some programs may need reinstallation, drivers should be OK.
- clean install - all your data will be gone; you'll need to reinstall some drivers

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Posted 16 January 2010 - 10:12 PM

If you have more than 1 partitions like C:, D: and even more. Then you can copy all your important data over to partitions other than C: This way data wont be deleted or moved. Even if you do not move your data to other partitions, it will be backed up in Windows.old folder by Windows setup (depending on if you have enough space on C: partition).

If your hardware is not detected by Vista, only then you need to use your driver CD. In general it is advised to keep at least network interface drivers ready so that you can install them, get online and download other drivers.

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Posted 17 January 2010 - 07:13 PM

@broni. the disk that i have says"operating system. Already installed on your computer
Reinstallation DVD"full version Vista DVD, you have two options:
is this the recovery disk that you where talking about?

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Posted 17 January 2010 - 07:41 PM

Yes, it is.
What are your issues and why do you need to reinstall?
What's your computer brand?

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Posted 17 January 2010 - 08:36 PM

@broni. the disk that i have says"operating system. Already installed on your computer
Reinstallation DVD"full version Vista DVD, you have two options:
is this the recovery disk that you where talking about?



Yes, it is.
What are your issues and why do you need to reinstall?
What's your computer brand?


No. Its a re-installation disk and not a recovery disk. Its same as Vista install DVD from Microsoft. It does not have drivers or programs that come pre-installed on an OEM computer. It also does not have the license key (use one from the sticker pasted on your computer).

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Posted 17 January 2010 - 08:50 PM

No. Its a re-installation disk and not a recovery disk.

You may be right, however I haven't seen too many of them in Vista case.
If the OP has also separate drivers disk, then you're right and I'm wrong :huh:

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Posted 18 January 2010 - 11:07 AM

No. Its a re-installation disk and not a recovery disk.

You may be right, however I haven't seen too many of them in Vista case.
If the OP has also separate drivers disk, then you're right and I'm wrong :huh:

i Have a Dell Inspiron 530 running windows vista home premium. And it also came with a driver disk.

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Posted 18 January 2010 - 01:52 PM

What are your issues and why do you need to reinstall?

Dell has an option of non-destructive Windows reinstall.

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