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How to restore a crashed Vista OS on a HP Laptop when recovery CD no work?

By rmhigson ·
hi, I did not receive any Vista OS CD with this laptop 2 yrs ago, so burnt a HP recovery DVD as directed in the manual. All ok with that. Laptop gave BSOD and working cursor nothing more one day when restarted after MS update. Booting off HDD gets as far as 'microsoft' little moving bar, then blue BSOD screen of death, same result with Recovery DVD, says window repair needed first but only gets as far as BSOD or Black SOD. Have d/loaded and booted with UBCD and Ubunto CD and can see partitions but HDD test gives read errors. So i have a toasted HDD or fast on the way out. When I get a new HDD fitted how can I restore Win Vista that i paid for when i bought laptop? Thanks for any

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by cmiller5400 In reply to How to restore a crashed ...

You will need to restore the new HDD with the CD/DVD's that you made when you bought the laptop. If you don't have them or they don't work, contact HP and they can send you a set. Usually costs around $20 USD or so.

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What's happening to TR now

by OH Smeg In reply to How to restore a crashed ...

If it's not enough that it's not possible to post URL's now when you do finally manage the post disappears.

But none the less you need to test your HDD with it's Makers Testing Utility. You will need to know who made the HDD first though.

http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=287Utility.

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How to restore a crashed Vista OS on a HP Laptop when recovery CD no work?

by rmhigson In reply to How to restore a crashed ...

Used a Win 7 OS repair disk to force laptop to launch systems recovery menu, then ran CHKDSK 3 times , worked fine , Vista came back up

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