How can I reinstall my operating system from the recovery partition?

Julie Weaver November 7, 2010
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I want to wipe the C drive completely and reload operating system and its original extras. How do I do this without losing the recovery partition D?

This is a Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit Dell XPS desktop computer.

  1. Abid
    November 9, 2010 at 5:35 am

    just boot with insert cd/dvd eRecovery from vendor when you bayed , don't forget to backup your file before

  2. Anonymous
    November 7, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    Hi
    If you have the recovery partition, I would not use the DVD to install Vista, doing so will damage your ability to use the restore partition at a later date.

    Restoring Dell™ Factory Image From Microsoft® Windows® Recovery Environment
    http://support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/dsn/en/document?c=us&dl=false&l=en&s=gen&docid=298A2E89689E13C2E040A68F5B280AA4&doclang=en&cs

    Restoring Your Computer´s Software to the Factory Settings
    http://support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/dsn/en/document?docid=336966

    or this Manually Reinstall Your Windows Vista Operating System
    Check to ensure that all your installation media is available. You will need the following:

    The Dell Operating System Reinstallation CD/DVD,
    The Dell™ Reinstallation CD for Microsoft® Windows® XP,
    The Dell™ Reinstallation DVD for Windows® Vista,
    The Dell Resource CD/DVD,
    Any application install disks,
    Any software and/or documentation for your Internet service connection,
    Any install discs for any external devices (such as a printer) and internal devices added to the computer after it was shipped by Dell.

    http://support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/dsn/en/document?c=us&dl=false&l=en&s=gen&docid=45FAC9DF3456B193E040A68F5A285493&doclang=en&cs

    How to Install Drivers in Microsoft® Windows® on Dell Systems
    http://support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/dsn/en/document?journalid=1D89E1987FF611DC98696B17995A83A4&docid=3690A8CC21FAF290E040A68F5B281A12

    Restoring Microsoft® Windows Vista® to Factory Configuration
    http://support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/dsn/en/document?docid=28C0548D825EB65DE040A68F5B2865A8&c=us&l=en&s=dhs