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A virus wiped my C: drive and deleted Windows Vista off my Notebook.

I downloaded this program off the Internet, and it wiped my C: drive. When I turn on my notebook it loads the Bios and then goes to the loading screen, it stops there and and doesn't even display the vista logo. I have tried the system restore time and time again but it always says that it fails. I went through the software and warranty booklet, and it says that you don't need a disk for system restore as it is already installed on another drive. I was not given a operating system disk for it to reload vista. I do not know what to do, can somebody please help. I think that all I need to do is buy another vista, but don't want to pay the hefty price. what can I do?

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Punkguyta8 years ago
>I downloaded this program off the Internet, and it wiped my C: drive. When I turn on my notebook it loads the Bios and then goes to the loading screen, it stops there and and doesn't even display the vista logo. I have tried the system restore time and time again but it always says that it fails. .Lol okay whatever, vista should have better in-built security than xp (doesn't make it better than xp tho). I highly doubt that a virus just went and deleted a slew of system locked files unless it managed to set a flag for deleteonboot. Still, I haven't seen a virus lock up one of my computers at boot since. . .well since 98SE... I assume you can boot into safe mode (this implicates that you have possibly done something else to your windows installation that is causing it to not boot.) System restore SHOULD restore your system fully to the working state it was in before the "virus" struck it down, otherwise you haven't chosen a far enough back date to restore to. If it's failing to restore all together, well what can I say... The virus was probably trying to do you good by killing vista on you. I would advise sticking the drive into another pc and copying all your documents out of your documents and settings directory. IF YOU MUST REALLLY restore to vista, and providing the OEM you bought your PC from, it will more than likely contain a recovery partition within the hard drive. If no information can be found as how to start this recovery software, try looking in your BIOS at startup for the boot device order, or on some PC's, it will offer a button you can push at startup to choose a temporary boot device. You "Should" be able to choose that second partition/logical drive on the hard drive and boot from it instead of the parition that your vista install resides on.. It may not come up as another drive, perhaps in the boot device list it will be something like EZ recovery or something stupid, but it will stick out from the rest of the devices in the list. The recovery software is often built to work with parameters in the bios to make it bootable using a key at boot or other alternatives ways of "quickly booting and restoring" your windows install..this is presuming too that they didn't forget to actually put a image of your install on this said partition. Regardless, poke around in your computer, don't touch the numbers, and you should figure it out eventually.
on the other computer scan the drive with antivirus before opening anything from it xp recommendation seconded vista's advanced security is mostly to protect the multimedia on the computer from the user and not the computer from cracking / viruses
Amen, vista sucks
Sandisk1duo8 years ago
if you cannot get it to work, tell me/us and i/we will give you a link for a vista install disk
2685866 (author)  Sandisk1duo8 years ago
what is the link?
read your private messages! just sent you one
not better xp ? i thought you can install xp with vista license and yet not better linux ?
2685866 (author)  110100101108 years ago
my drivers for my wifi would not work then.
search online for xp driver for your card
i don't know, have to look that one up, some computers only have drivers for vista, and half the "accessories" (wireless card, mouse, dvd burner, audio... etc) would not work... linux would actually be worse (no offense) nothing would be supported!
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