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Windows 7: Can I restore back to Factory Settings Vista?


17 Dec 2009   #1

Windows 7 and Vista
 
 
Can I restore back to Factory Settings Vista?

I did a clean installation of Windows 7 three weeks ago but I am now having all sorts of problems and just want to revert back to my original Vista.

I have an Acer laptop and when I purchased it I made Recovery discs as recoimmended. However I believe these should be used with Acer's eRecovery which is not compatible with Windows 7. F12 has be disabled so I cannoit use that route either.

Can anyone telll me what I have to do please?

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17 Dec 2009   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - Mac OS X 10.6.4 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SusanHC View Post
I did a clean installation of Windows 7 three weeks ago but I am now having all sorts of problems and just want to revert back to my original Vista.

I have an Acer laptop and when I purchased it I made Recovery discs as recoimmended. However I believe these should be used with Acer's eRecovery which is not compatible with Windows 7. F12 has be disabled so I cannoit use that route either.

Can anyone telll me what I have to do please?
Is the recovery partition still available?
Have you tried posting your issues on the forum so we can resolve them?
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17 Dec 2009   #3

Windows 7 and Vista
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zidane24 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SusanHC View Post
I did a clean installation of Windows 7 three weeks ago but I am now having all sorts of problems and just want to revert back to my original Vista.

I have an Acer laptop and when I purchased it I made Recovery discs as recoimmended. However I believe these should be used with Acer's eRecovery which is not compatible with Windows 7. F12 has be disabled so I cannoit use that route either.

Can anyone telll me what I have to do please?
Is the recovery partition still available?
Have you tried posting your issues on the forum so we can resolve them?
I dont know about the recovery partition , how can I f\ind out?

Laptop has ground almost to a halt after I was trying to recover a file which \i did when it was Vista. I really don;t kniw what has happened
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17 Dec 2009   #4
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Susan,

You should be able to boot from your Acer Vista recovery disc to do a factory restore of Vista with instead.
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17 Dec 2009   #5

Windows 7 and Vista
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Susan,

You should be able to boot from your Acer Vista recovery disc to do a factory restore of Vista with instead.
it wont boot from disc and when I go into F2 SEtup Utility it says I cant change order of boot without consulting my system supervisor which is me!! so how do I change boot order?


I have just noticed below F12 Boot Menu Disabled it says D2D Recovery enabled - what does that mean?
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17 Dec 2009   #6
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

"D2D Recovery enabled" is a indicator that says you shoud be able to press Alt+F10 to boot from the recovery partition to do a factory restore of Vista with.
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17 Dec 2009   #7

Windows 7 and Vista
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
"D2D Recovery enabled" is a indicator that says you shoud be able to press Alt+F10 to boot from the recovery partition to do a factory restore of Vista with.
I have just done this and got in an even bigger muddle!! ALT+F10 started the recovery but didn't get far - it said "restore failed error code 1117. the request could not be performed because of an I/O device error".

It now wont boot up at all

BOOTMGR is missing
Press CTRL+ALT+DEl to restart

which I do but it just comes back to "BOOTMGR is missing" again

Do I have to put in Recovery Disc 1?
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17 Dec 2009   #8
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Susan,

If you have anything connected (other than keyboard and mouse) to the computer, go ahead and disconnect it until you are through installing to help avoid possible conflicts with it.

You can try doing the factory restore from the DVD instead to see if it may work better.
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17 Dec 2009   #9
Microsoft MVP

 

If you are still getting the Bootmgr is missing error, then boot from the Windows 7 DVD, select Repair my Computer, and run Startup Repair repeatedly to get it started up. If this fails, you'll need to boot from the Recovery Disks to reinstall Vista.

Susan, you had said earlier during the external drive problem that you have a windows.old folder. I believe you were able to recover your files there.

That folder can be used to roll back the Upgrade to Vista.

How to restore a Windows 7-based computer to a previous Windows installation by using the Windows.old folder

If this fails, then try to run the Recovery disks from the desktop, or by booting from them. They may autostart upon reboot of the computer.

If not, you need to trigger the DVD drive using F10 Boot Menu key, or enter the BIOS setup (normally F2) to set DVD first to boot.
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17 Dec 2009   #10

Win 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

It may just be me, But the first thing I would do is run HDD Diags.
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