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Windows 7: Will I be able to restore windows vista?

26 Feb 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate - Laptop / Stationary PC
 
 
Will I be able to restore windows vista?

I just got my computer back from repair and they restored vista from 7. I want to reinstall 7 but I want to keep the possibility of restoring it to vista in case something goes wrong again, so they can't blame me.

I have a recovery partition, will that partition be enough to restore to vista in case I want to? Or do I need to do something else?


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26 Feb 2010   #2

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Welcome Freshsam

I have a Dell with the recovery partition, during a clean install, leaving the partition alone, it lost its ablity to restore the compter. Reading posts from others, I learned that as a general rule the process of installing a new system destroys the ability of the partition to function. So, I would assume that you can no longer return to factory condition.
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26 Feb 2010   #3

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Set up a dual boot configuration and have the best of both worlds..
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26 Feb 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate - Laptop / Stationary PC
 
 

Is setting up a dual boot as simple as making two partitions and installing 7 on the second?
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26 Feb 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

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26 Feb 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate - Laptop / Stationary PC
 
 

Can someone explain to me why vista only lets me shrink the partition by 57gb when there is 118 gb of free space?
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26 Feb 2010   #7
Microsoft MVP

 

Try defragging volume using Auslogics Disk Defragger. If it shows a system file way out in right field, then move it using PerfectDisk10 trial Offline System Defrag.

Can you make a Recovery Disk set from your working Recovery Partition? Then you could skip the Dual Boot and clean install Windows 7 over Vista.
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03 Mar 2010   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate - Laptop / Stationary PC
 
 

Would recovery disks reinstall vista after 7 being installed over it?
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03 Mar 2010   #9
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Yes, correctly created Recovery Disks will return the HD to factory condition, including the Recovery Partition if it is later wiped.
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04 Mar 2010   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate - Laptop / Stationary PC
 
 

Is there a guide on how to make them?
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