Vista is shot

Microsoft Windows vista home premium - 3...
June 8, 2010 at 12:38:30
Specs: Windows XP
I have a Dell inspirion that worked ok with vista. Have had it for two years but have had to reinstall or repair vista over 50 times. Now I was trying to reinstall vista and it simply gets stuck right after the first restart and stays on a blank screen. I have tried to use all the dell gadgets and nothing is working. I know I have to reformat the hard drive but I do not have a boot up cd for Vista. Can someone please give me the list of programs, files or whatever I need to create a boot disk so I can reformat my c: drive?

Thank you
mari


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#1
June 8, 2010 at 13:00:45
Dell's normally come with some way to recover the system to the exact state that it was shipped to you. Either they gave you dvd's or cd's or you have a hidden partition on the hard drive already.

How have you been re-installing it this long?

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#2
June 8, 2010 at 14:02:22
Those disks are not working. Seems like the recovery partition is also fried. I have repaired over 30 times in 2 years and did over 25 reinstalls...I am so fed up with it I very close to going to linux...thing is I need windows OS...I will be getting Windows 7 but not for a few months

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#3
June 8, 2010 at 15:05:49
I have installed only once for 4 years for my home pc. My college daughter twice in 3yrs. My wife once.

You can't be protecting/maintaining the computer if you have had to reinstall that many times. Or you had something mechanically wrong all this time and it was never properly identified.


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#4
June 8, 2010 at 15:07:28
tap f11 on boot-up and try a reformat and fresh install from the hidden partition.

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#5
June 8, 2010 at 15:42:07
I believe the hidden partition is messed up to

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#7
June 8, 2010 at 15:50:18
Does the laptop report it has a drive?
Everything points to the drive being dead which contained the hidden partition as well as the OS partition.

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#8
June 8, 2010 at 18:55:01
I can't see why you'd have to have reloaded it so many times either.

It could be some other part such as memory, power supply or really almost any part going bad or never working.

I think I'd use some sort of tests. Have someone download ultimate boot cd maybe and burn it to a disk. Boot to it and try some of the tests. Start with memtest.

If you want you can easily try linux either on a bootable cd/dvd or make a usb flash drive. Either would allow you to try linux without any damage to your install. See distrowatch.com and pendrivelinux.com for places to start.

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#9
June 9, 2010 at 08:46:19
I have tried all the so call recovery options..disk...hidden partition...all have failed. all other parts of the system have been tested and are fine. I would like to know what I need to put on a cd so that I can simply format the hard drive. I do not have access to another pc that has the ability to burn an iso to a cd. The only other pc I have access to is a work pc and I cant use just any old usb unless it's been certified by the company. I can not make an xp boot disk from my work pc cause those type of options are eliminated due to security. I just want a site where I can download something that can be saved right onto a disk with out the need of bunring software I can not install on the pc I have access to. The drive I have is the only one I have and I really need to have a working pc at home. I will greatly appreciate a simple answer. Thank you Mari

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#10
June 9, 2010 at 12:43:06
... hi "MariPM"

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... I suggest you try command prompt

CHKDSK C: /F [press enter]

... C: being your main drive ...........first!


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#11
June 9, 2010 at 12:51:48
Contact Dell, they can provide you with replacement media.

However with all the trouble you have had I'd start with installing a linux distro and see if it is stable or not.

About the second crash I'd have sent the junky thing back to Dell. ( but I think dell stinks so that may be extreem)


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