Vista Ultimate Complete PC Image Restore

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Fastlayne, Nov 29, 2007.

  1. Fastlayne

    Fastlayne Guest

    I have a brand new HP Pavilion with Vista Home Premium pre-installed - no
    Microsoft Vista disks.

    I have purchased an Any Time Upgrade key for Vista Ultimate.

    What is the recommended procedure to create a full system image after I have
    upgraded to Vista Ultimate? And specifically does it create a bootable
    "Installation" disk as part of the recovery set so that I can fully recover
    my PC in the event of a hard drive failure?

    My confusion with regards to the "Complete PC Restore" feature of Vista
    Ultimate is the first step that states that I need to insert the "Vista
    Installation CD".

    Fastlayne, Nov 29, 2007
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  2. The Complete PC Backup is 'not' bootable, it require that you boot from your
    Windows Vista installation disk into the Windows Recovery Environment and
    follow instructions to restore the image.

    Please see my tutorial for further instructions on how to create and restore
    Andre Da Costa[ActiveWin], Nov 29, 2007
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  3. Fastlayne

    Fastlayne Guest

    Okay, but anyone with a pre-installed version of Vista Ultimate will not have
    the "Vista DVD". (Or that have upgraded to Ultimate, in my case.)

    It would appear that I have upgraded to Ultimate to get a feature that I
    cannot use!

    I am familiar with other 3rd party restore applications that create the boot
    disk that then prompts for the remaining disks in the set.

    Unfortunately, I did not order the Any Time upgrade via the web and did not
    request the Vista disk (which only costs me shipping and handling).

    Now what????
    Fastlayne, Nov 29, 2007
  4. Fastlayne

    joel406 Guest

    No I see systems everyday with restore disk. You didn't get one? Who
    sold you the system. And all you should have to do is download the setup
    files for Vista via the digital locker. Then all you need is the product
    key you got when you puchased the upgrade to Vista Ultimate.
    joel406, Nov 29, 2007
  5. Well, the recommendation in this case would be to obtain the disk, whether
    its through the OEM or Microsoft.
    Andre Da Costa[ActiveWin], Nov 29, 2007
  6. Fastlayne

    Fastlayne Guest

    The box (HP Pavilion) came from Best Buy.

    I see that I can use an HP tool to create one and only one set of recovery
    DVDs. No problem. That is the first thing I will do.

    Then I will test them.

    Then I will upgrade to Ultimate.

    Then I will attempt to use Complete PC Restore to create a new recovery set,
    so that I have an image that is Ultimate, which of course is my desired
    starting point after a hardware failure.

    I just have to cross my fingers and hope that the original HP Recovery Set
    will get me into the right Vista Recovery Environment that allows me to
    restore from my "Ultimate Image".
    Fastlayne, Nov 29, 2007
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