How to re-image a store-bought Windows Vista 64-bit? [duplicate]

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QUESTION :

Possible Duplicate:
Is there a product key finder for a PC?
How can an operating system be installed when the installation media is missing?

OK, so I have a Windows Vista… more specifically this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883103182 a Acer Aspire AX3200-U3600A Desktop.

I know, I know. Kill me.

Anyway, this computer did not come with a CD key if I recall correcty. I want to reimage it but wouldn’t I need the installation CD?

ANSWER :

Your Acer has a recovery partition, you can recover it by using Alt+F10 at the bios splash screen.

You can also make your own Recovery Media

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The previous question How can an operating system be installed when the installation media is missing? appears to only cover Windows 7.

Here’s a link on one of Dell’s websites that describes a fairly involved process to create a bootable DVD for Windows Vista with SP1. Check is out and advise if this works for you.

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