Solved how do i retrieve my windows from 4/11/2011

June 9, 2012 at 15:12:40
Specs: Windows Vista
A so called friend played with my computer while I was in the hospital and lost everything I had when I first bought it 3/5/2011. I ran a backup on it 4/11/2011. this is a Toshiba Satellite L3550D-S57901, with Windows Vista. But now that put on Windows Vista Business that is illegal no key and since I know nothing about computers I dont know how to see if these backups will work. By the way I got my backups back from his home after he was arrested for computer fraud.

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June 9, 2012 at 18:47:03
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Do you mean windows was not genuine, that means you need to purchase a new product key or reinstall the original copy using either the supplied disks or the recovery partition on the hard drive.
Windows not being genuine does not mean it is a fraud copy it means its not activated.
The back up copy can be restored using windows back up and restore.

And what do you mean by 'a so called friend'.

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June 9, 2012 at 20:10:45
If you boot to the recovery partition, on some computers, you can restore a saved backup to your computer if the OS is unavailable to boot from.

You've been helped by a 14 year old.

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June 10, 2012 at 08:23:27
How to go about recovering the original brand name system software installation - the Recovery or Restore procedure - may be shown in the Owner's or User's manual for your model, or in any case that can be looked up on the Toshiba web site, in the support for your model, or elsewhere on the web site.

If that procedure requires data to be on a recovery partition on the hard drive and it isn't there anymore.....

- if your computer didn't come with a recovery disk set, you can probably buy one for a reasonable price from the Toshiba web site, or maybe from one of these web sites:

In the case of the latter,

- if they don't list your exact madel, contact them - the same recovery disk set can often be used for many similar models that were made at about the same time.

- sometimes you can download the files with which you make the recovery disks yourself, on another computer if you need to, as soon as your payment has been accepted.

- if you know someone who has a Microsoft OEM Vista DVD that is for the same version of Vista, Basic or Home Premium, etc., the same 32 bit or 64 bit, as on the official Microsoft label on the outside of the computer case, you can install Vista with that DVD and use the Product Key that's on the official Microsoft label on the outside of the computer case, probably on the bottom of it.
A Microsoft OEM Vista DVD has " Licensed for distribution only with a new PC." printed on it, and the Microsoft holograms around it's rim. It probably doesn't matter if the Vista DVD has SPx updates, the original installation doesn't, or visa versa - the Product Key on the label will probably be accepted by Setup.
Someone who has a generic desktop system is more likely to have a Microsoft OEM Vista DVD.

".... I got my backups back from his home after he was arrested for computer fraud."

- once you have the proper version of Vista installed with a legitimate Product Key, if you made the backup with Vista,
search the web for: Vista restore from backup
or similar.

Vista - Restore Backup Files

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