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

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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Punkguyta (author)2009-01-03

>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.

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11010010110 (author)Punkguyta2009-01-03

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

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Sandisk1duo (author)2009-01-02

if you cannot get it to work, tell me/us and i/we will give you a link for a vista install disk

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Sandisk1duo (author)26858662009-01-04

read your private messages! just sent you one

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11010010110 (author)Sandisk1duo2009-01-03

not better xp ? i thought you can install xp with vista license and yet not better linux ?

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2685866 (author)110100101102009-01-03

my drivers for my wifi would not work then.

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11010010110 (author)26858662009-01-04

search online for xp driver for your card

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Sandisk1duo (author)110100101102009-01-03

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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11010010110 (author)Sandisk1duo2009-01-03

linux supports most (and often all) of the hardware out of the box. the most common exceptions are graphics (the 3D mode) and wifi. installing a driver is usually simple for a newbie with common sense and some forum help linux is really not complex. common sense and some forum help is all it takes to install and maintain. kde (the desktop i use) is straightforward like windows and does not require to relearn anything to use it

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Sandisk1duo (author)110100101102009-01-03

ok, what about software and games?

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NachoMahma (author)Sandisk1duo2009-01-03

. Games can be a problem, but, as BinaryBoy points out, a LOT of programs have been ported to Linux or there is a functionally equivalent (or better) app.

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11010010110 (author)Sandisk1duo2009-01-03

specific applications like advanced CAD may lack i dont play games other software is same as in windows (firefox) or better (plasma konqueror amarok karbon)

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NachoMahma (author)110100101102009-01-03

. I have to agree with BinaryBoy. I still use XP 99% of the time, but the latest release of Ubuntu worked very well on my three computers. The newest computer (a Dell Dimension 9100 with all the slots full) would crash after a few minutes of use, but I found if I just left it alone a do-you-want-to-install-video-drivers dialog box would pop up after while. Click, install, fixed! . Installing Ubuntu to dual-boot with WinXP was a snap (although partitioning can be a bit confusing). Just be sure to install XP first. . The app finder/installer is awesome! Don't have some required components? It'll tell you and offer to install them. . No more worrying switching between admin and user accts to do system chores. Ubuntu pops up a password dialog if you try to do something that requires admin privileges. . I haven't run it enough to know if it's stable or not, but no problems so far. . IMNSHO, Ubuntu is ready for prime time. There are still some hardware manufacturers that don't support Linux, but they are becoming fewer and fewer every day. . If I wasn't so used to Windows, I'd be running Ubuntu 99% of the time. The biggest roadblock is transferring cookies, app prefs, &c; on three computers. If I get another computer, I'll probably start with Ubuntu (or other flavor of Linux) on it.

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2685866 (author)Sandisk1duo2009-01-03

i havea disk for xp sp1 but don't want to use it as i won't be able to use wifi as i won't get the drivers

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Sandisk1duo (author)Sandisk1duo2009-01-03

you can downgrade from vista ultimate/business to XP pro

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Sandisk1duo (author)110100101102009-01-03

let's find out!
*googles "basic vista to xp home downgrade"*

nope, only ultimate to pro according to this

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Sandisk1duo (author)Sandisk1duo2009-01-03

unless you activate by phone, and tell them that you just changed the hdd

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Chicken2209 (author)2009-01-03

yikes what program was it

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kelseymh (author)Chicken22092009-01-03

Ubuntu? Deleting Vista is a feature, not a bug.

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Labot2001 (author)2009-01-03

If you have access to another PC, go to a torrent website and download a Vista install, burn it to DVD, pop it into your laptop and install it.

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11010010110 (author)2009-01-02

there should be some key called utilities or the like in the area of the multimedia keys hold it down when you power on the computer if there is no such key try the F's or whatever you use to enter the bios in other computers

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NachoMahma (author)110100101102009-01-02

. To expand on that a little bit: . There is a partition on your HDD that contains the install. Put there at the factory. . There will probably be a message on the screen during POST (when it checks the RAM and other system hardware), or soon after, telling you which key to press to access the install partition/program. If not, check the manuals again for instructions on how to access it. If you can't figure it out, give us a link to the online docs and we'll see if we can't help.

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