Installation CD/ Recovery CD

Toshiba / SATELLITE A215
March 14, 2009 at 19:23:18
Specs: Windows Vista
I bought a laptop off of a friend that runs Winsdows Vista. I want to know if there is a way to make a installation CD/ Recovery CD from a file on the computer, so I can wipe the harddrive and start fresh. I updated to SP1 but there is no recovery cd option in the maintanace folder. Plus I think I still need the Installation CD, I do have the activation code though they left the sticker on the laptop.

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#1
March 14, 2009 at 19:29:41
One of my PC is a Toshiba notebook with Vista preinstalled. There were no option to create recovery DVD because the laptop was shipped with two Toshiba-provided DVDs. Go back to your friend and demand the original DVDs.

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#2
March 14, 2009 at 19:43:17
I called them to see if I could come by and pick them up but they cant find them which is idiotic but I told them to keep looking because I really need them, its kind of stupid to have the product key and no discs. I so on a forum though that a feature of SP1 was a option in maintenance folder to create a recovery disc.

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#3
March 14, 2009 at 20:02:05
Contrary to what you thought:

1. The stricker on the laptop is not a product key. It is a Certificate of Authenticity attesting that the Windows preinstalled on the laptop is a Genuine Windows operating system.

2. Windows has no builtin feature that would have enabled you to create Restoration/Installation DVD. The ability to create the DVD is through a license agreement between Microsoft and the OEM system builder. The agreement specified that the OEM system builder can only provide (1) the physical Restoration DVD or (2) the software creator to create DVD only once.

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#4
March 14, 2009 at 20:14:39
If your friend still cannot find the DVD, the link below will take you to Toshiba website where you may be able to order replacement DVDs. The caveat is that if your friend didn't purchased it directly from them and never have registered it with them, you may be out of luck.

http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/...

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#5
March 14, 2009 at 20:19:32

Thank you for your help and I hope they can either find the DVDs or I can get replacements I dont think I can afford buying an OS at the moment. Im not sure to much on the cost but its a bad time right now.

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