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#1 glastofest

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Posted 27 February 2010 - 11:33 AM

I was wondering if anyone could help.
I have a Vista machine that won't boot but I can use the command prompt if I use a Win 7 DVD. There was a way to use system restore from the command line in XP is there a way to do this in Vista?

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Posted 27 February 2010 - 12:25 PM

If you have Vista DVD...

http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/88236-re...tall-vista.html

If you don't have Vista DVD...

1. Create Vista Recovery Disc.

Option 1:
http://www.c4consulting.com.au/soluctions/...0SOLUCTIONS.htm

Option 2:
Download Vista Recovery Disc iso image: http://neosmart.net/blog/2008/windows-vist...-disc-download/
Burn it to CD, or DVD: http://neosmart.net/wiki/display/G/Burning...+to+a+CD+or+DVD

2. Boot from created disk.
At first screen click on Repair your computer:
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This will bring you to a new screen where the repair process will look for all Windows Vista installations on your computer. When done you will be presented with the System Recovery Options dialog box:
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After this, it will present you with a list of options including startup repair, system restore and command prompt:
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Try System Restore, first.
If that doesn't work, try Startup Repair.

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Posted 27 February 2010 - 01:55 PM

If you have Vista DVD...

http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/88236-re...tall-vista.html

If you don't have Vista DVD...

1. Create Vista Recovery Disc.

Option 1:
http://www.c4consulting.com.au/soluctions/...0SOLUCTIONS.htm

Option 2:
Download Vista Recovery Disc iso image: http://neosmart.net/blog/2008/windows-vist...-disc-download/
Burn it to CD, or DVD: http://neosmart.net/wiki/display/G/Burning...+to+a+CD+or+DVD

2. Boot from created disk.
At first screen click on Repair your computer:
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This will bring you to a new screen where the repair process will look for all Windows Vista installations on your computer. When done you will be presented with the System Recovery Options dialog box:
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After this, it will present you with a list of options including startup repair, system restore and command prompt:
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Try System Restore, first.
If that doesn't work, try Startup Repair.


Thanks for your help but they don't work.
Is there an option to use system restore from the command prompt?

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Posted 27 February 2010 - 02:05 PM

Did you create the above CD and did you try system restore from there?
Command prompt is available there, but it won't change anything.

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Posted 28 February 2010 - 01:57 AM

I can see your predicament: the Windows 7 disk does not recognize the Vista installation. As for the instructions Broni gave you, you should try those first, but I cannot personally vouch for their success as I have never done anything like that (downloaded the ISO containing the repair disk files). It should work (or Broni wouldn't have posted it) and get you back up and running.

Yes, you can access System Restore from the command prompt with this command:

rstrui.exe

Whether or not the System Restore that runs from the Windows 7 disk will recognize the restore points made by Vista, we'll have to see....

Which is why you should try Broni's recommendations first. It is very hard to work with restore features using a disk not made for the installed operating system. You need one that was made for that operating system (a Vista repair disk for Vista).

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Posted 28 February 2010 - 11:27 AM

Sorry, but as I have said. The instructions helpfully provided above do not work with a Win 7 OR Vista disk, I select the OS and then it just goes straight into startup repair which stays on indefinetley. Any more idea's?

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Posted 28 February 2010 - 01:32 PM

You said you could get to the command prompt before, correct? Try typing the "rstrui.exe" I gave you. I don't know if it will work like it should, but it is worth a try.

Do you have a Vista install disk? You may have to do a clean install.....we'll try our hardest to keep from being your final option, but if you don't have one, then things might get dicey. You may just want to move to Windows 7 (you said you have the DVD, so you'd just have to buy another product key, assuming you've already used the one that came with the disk).
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