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Clean Install Windows Vista With No Access to CD-ROM & USB Drive

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#1 YanAndrew


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Posted 31 March 2016 - 11:47 PM

Hello Everyone,


I have an old laptop running Windows Vista with a faulty CD-ROM. It's badly infected with an extremely deadly virus - it will wipe out the contents of any USB connected to it, and plant itself in a System Volume Information (SVI) folder and render this SVI folder invisible and inaccessible.


I want to perform a clean install of the OS to remove it from the laptop, so I was wondering if there is a way I can perform the clean install within Windows Vista without relying on a DVD or a USB.



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Posted 01 April 2016 - 01:30 AM

Maybe only if you have a Recovery Partition on the Hard Drive.


If not , remove the hard Drive from the laptop , slave it to another PC , and using any Linux Distro , i use old Version of Knoppix , burn the ISO of which ever version you use to a CD and then Boot from that on the PC.


Then just delete all Partitions on the Laptop Drive , save anything personal if needed at the same time.

Then Reinstall it to the Laptop and Boot from any Usb with your Version of Vista , and Product Key.


* Or replace the CDRom  ,fairly easy to do on most , remove a screw and slide it out.

Edited by Havachat, 01 April 2016 - 01:40 AM.

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