Complete PC Restore on Preinstalled (OEM) Vista Ultimate

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Gregory Sebastian, Dec 3, 2007.

  1. BACKGROUND :
    HP Pavillion Laptop preinstalled with Vista Ulitmate (OEM). Last week, my
    hard disk crashed and it was replaced. Naturally the laptop came back with a
    factory installation of the OS. In Oct, I did a complete PC back to an
    external hard drive (thank goodness) before it crashed. I now want to restore
    by hard disk image from the backup.

    The help documentations for Complete PC Restore says that if I use a
    pre-installed version of Windows, I have to reboot the PC and tap F8. This
    brings me to the "Recovery Enviroment" to which I should subsequently select
    "Repair Your Computer". I followed this instructions to the letter. Windows
    detected my backup set. However as I proceed, I keep getting an error with
    the message like : Windows needs to reformat and repartition my hard disk but
    I booted from the hard disk. It then says that I should reboot from a CD/ DVD
    and I cannot proceed with the Restore.

    The only other bootable CD/ DVD i have is the Recovery disks (set of 2) that
    I created from Windows (Start | All Programs | Maintenance | Create Recovery
    Disk). I tried this but it does not have the software components needed for
    the "Complete PC Recovery". All it does is help me do a factory install. It
    seems like the Complete PC Backup and Restore in OEM Vista Ultimate does not
    work. Does anyone know if I can create a bootable DVD with "Complete PC
    Restore" option. I checked the control panel and theres nothing. Perhaps
    theres a command line option or something ? As far as I know all 3rd party
    disk image backup and Restore products allows us to create a bootable disk
    (CD or DVD) to recover. In Windows Backup and Restore, shouldn't there be an
    option for me to create a bootable "Complete PC Restore" DVD or CD to enable
    us to recover ?

    I purchased Ultimate mainly for this feature.

    Thanks & Regards
     
    Gregory Sebastian, Dec 3, 2007
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