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  Reply # 1631834 16-Sep-2016 16:01
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I thought in order to reinstall it I needed a bootable DVD? Or am I missing something here.
I just want to blow away what's on the hard drive and reinstall Vista.

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  Reply # 1631839 16-Sep-2016 16:16
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quickymart: I thought in order to reinstall it I needed a bootable DVD? Or am I missing something here.

 

You can install Windows Vista from bootable DVD or bootable USB flash drive (minimum 4GB capacity).

 

 

USB flash drive is a good option as it is usually quicker copy time, no need to purchase blank DVD media plus you can edit it.

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  Reply # 1631848 16-Sep-2016 16:58
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quickymart:

 

This is the setting I was using:

 

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People are making it difficult... click on the one in the  red circle... IF it's a proper Vista ISO, it'll boot.

 

 

 


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  Reply # 1631857 16-Sep-2016 17:27
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Actually you just click 'Open....' down the bottom... ;)

 

 


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  Reply # 1631859 16-Sep-2016 17:35
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yitz: Actually you just click 'Open....' down the bottom... ;)

 

I can't remember the last time I used Nero. tongue-out


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  Reply # 1631862 16-Sep-2016 17:50
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blakamin:

 

I can't remember the last time I used Nero. tongue-out

 

 

Exactly my point ;)


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  Reply # 1632160 17-Sep-2016 14:43
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quickymart:

 

chillr: Nero shouldn't be prompting for a .com file if you have a valid iso image. Are you using the 'Burn Image' option?

 

 

This is the setting I was using:

 

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For newer machines that can boot off a CD / DVD / USB; yes, this is the incorrect option. This option emulates booting off a floppy drive & incorporates it into the DVD. Real old school. This simulates booting of a floppy drive, loading a CD-ROM driver and then continuing to load the CD image. Totally unnecessary these days.

 

 

 

quickymart: As an aside, I found that just copying the .iso file to a blank DVD doesn't make it bootable :(

 

Again correct. The ISO image, like a Zip file, is a container holding multiple files inside of itself. If you copy the ISO onto the DVD, you are effectively copying the container. Instead, what you need is a tool that can unpack the ISO container and place the files in a specific arrangement onto the DVD / USB so that the operating system can natively see the contained files. Once burnt to DVD/USB, a file manager will see the installation files. The file manager will not see the .ISO file nor the boot image on the DVD/USB. 

 

 Wrong / incorrect: D drive contains one single 'Windows_Vista_32bit.iso' file

 

Correct: D drive contains folders suck as 'boot', 'efi', 'Sources', 'upgrade' + 'setup.exe'

 

 


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  Reply # 1632171 17-Sep-2016 15:59
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As above this is the way to achieve it:







Just select your own vista iso file in step two instead of bootcd.iso. The file name is not important.



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  Reply # 1632255 17-Sep-2016 17:58
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I'll give these a try on my next day off and report back. Thanks for all the help, much appreciated.




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  Reply # 1635630 18-Sep-2016 22:42
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As a last resort, I still have the Vista Restore DVD's I created using the HP tool, just the first one can't be read (for some reason - it used to work just fine). Is there some sort of recovery or tool I can use to try and get it to work again?

Alternatively - I still have my laptop's original hard drive which has a Vista reinstall partition on it. I used this previously and was able to reinstall Windows this way. Would this work if I connected the original hard drive to a USB cradle and pointed the bootup process to that partition to start the reinstall? Or am I out of luck with these options?


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  Reply # 1635644 18-Sep-2016 23:52
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In that case why not just copy the recovery partition over to the SSD and run from there?

 

 

I'm not familiar with the HP Softthinks Recovery Manager for Vista. Your second method may or may not work depending on whether the recovery is hard coded to restore onto the same disk as the recovery partition.

 

 

Honestly the USB key method is the best way to go with the least mucking around seeing as you have the vanilla Vista 32 bit ISO image. With the upgrade to SSD you may want to also set the disk controller to AHCI mode in the BIOS. I'm assuming you're after a clean install?



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  Reply # 1635665 19-Sep-2016 07:34
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It would be nice if it was installed with the HP Vista factory image, as it has all the drivers etc already configured/installed.

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  Reply # 1635938 19-Sep-2016 15:47
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quickymart: It would be nice if it was installed with the HP Vista factory image, as it has all the drivers etc already configured/installed.

 

If you can't get the recovery partition to boot then this seems to be the next step, expanding the .wim file in the recovery partition onto C:

 

http://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Notebook-Operating-System-and-Recovery/Another-System-Restore-question/m-p/1945719/highlight/true#M113454

 

 

As per a proceeding post 'dism' is the current tool that is used in WinPE, quick search suggests it is included in the Vista SP1 image, you should still need to make a bootable DVD/USB key of Vista setup to enter the preinstallation/recovery environment.

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  Reply # 1635944 19-Sep-2016 16:05
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quickymart: It would be nice if it was installed with the HP Vista factory image, as it has all the drivers etc already configured/installed.

 

 

 

Readily available updated versions from hp.com after the fact. Or the SWSetup folder if you can read part of the original image.

 

But making it so much harder on yourself with all these other attempts to work around than a bootable USB from ISO tool (3 of which already linked to).

 

No, the recovery partition won't happily restore if copied over, it requires either a UEFI pointer or hard coded partition list that matches the drive structure to locate and launch - even then is usually a bog Windows PE environment with pointer to driver folder and OS source files.


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  Reply # 1635955 19-Sep-2016 16:28
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quickymart: It would be nice if it was installed with the HP Vista factory image, as it has all the drivers etc already configured/installed.

 

Not necessarily as it will also have all the crapware that comes with an HP image.

 

 

 

My suggestion? Burn the DVD Image as has been suggested. Do not burn it as a bootable image, just burn it as an image. The reason for this is the Vista image already contains the boot files, and the boot option in Nero is to add the required boot files to disc images that do not have boot files.

 

Secondly, once you have installed Vista, get your LAN or Wireless network card up and running, then download and run the HP Support Assistant. This will scan your hardware, then download and install all the drivers your machine will need from HP for you.


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