Factory Restore of Vista PC

Discussion in 'Just Talk' started by Devil's Advocate, May 31, 2017.

  1. koolpc

    koolpc Well-Known Member

    DA.............I have done this tons of times over the years, but, with Ashampoo software and it is the almost the same as the software you are trying to use!!
  2. Mr. Handyandy

    Mr. Handyandy Screwfix Select

    Yes. You have created a bootable iso. You just need to burn it. 'Burn iso.'
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  3. Devil's Advocate

    Devil's Advocate Well-Known Member

    Och, need to let son (who's now nearly as big as me...) on the pooter, so I'll check in again tomoz.

    'Night all :)
  4. Mr. Handyandy

    Mr. Handyandy Screwfix Select

    ....and it's still much easier if you change 'view' in BA to 'Classic'
    You then just have all possible options as icons ready to click .
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  5. koolpc

    koolpc Well-Known Member

    Correct. Choose the image and burn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  6. Dr Bodgit

    Dr Bodgit Well-Known Member

    Or use dynamite
  7. candoabitofmoststuff

    candoabitofmoststuff Active Member

    Would it help if it was clarified thus;

    An ISO is an "image" of a disc... think of it as a .zip file
    The disc may, or may not be bootable...
    When you "burn ISO", what you are doing is taking the "zip file", and burning the files it contains onto a disc.... if the original disc, that the ISO was made from wasn't bootable, nor will be the result.

    So you need to Burn ISO, where the ISO file is an image of a bootable disc.

    A Win 7 ISO will be an image of a bootable disc.

    What may also be complicating things, (I'm not using WIN7 here so I can't be sure),is that when you look at an ISO file in Win7 in explorer it "automatically" expands it so you can the files it contains.

    With apologies if that all only clouds the issue!


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  8. Devil's Advocate

    Devil's Advocate Well-Known Member

    Ah! The image already has the boot files in it!

    Thaaaaannnk-yooooooooo :D

    Ok, I'm gonna try again... :oops:
  9. btiw2

    btiw2 Well-Known Member

    This is going to be unhelpfully pedantic (I'm should put that on my business cards).

    The thing that makes media bootable isn't just the files, it's what's written in the boot sector of the media.
    The code in that boot sector is loaded into memory directly and executed - that's what lets the computer read the files.
    That code in the boot sector is the bootstraps that it pulls itself up by in order to know how to read files and then do its business.

    ...but yeah, as far as a user is concerned, the words "bootable" should just appear somewhere in this process or else you just have a bunch of files that the computer doesn't know how to read.
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  10. Devil's Advocate

    Devil's Advocate Well-Known Member


    It's working - but only like it did the very first time I installed Win7.

    Ie - if I choose 'Custom' install, it'll wipe the partition it's being installed on (great!) but not the whole HDD (rats...) which is what I wanted.

    AND it transfers all the files on to a folder called 'Old' - so I still have to get rid of that (and I bet it'll be difficult 'cos it'll be 'owned' by Trusted Installer...

    Is there no *****n' way I can wipe the WHOLE *****n' disc during install?!

    Oh great - it's finished - I now have THREE copies on Win 7 on my PC... :(
  11. btiw2

    btiw2 Well-Known Member

    If I understand the question/problem...
    When you get to "where do you want to install windows" choose "drive options (advanced)".
    Delete and recreate partitions.
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  12. Devil's Advocate

    Devil's Advocate Well-Known Member

    Cool - yes, I'd overlooked that 'Advanced' option. :oops:

    Ok, how do I chose MORE than one partition to format as part of the install, please - I have this screen:

  13. btiw2

    btiw2 Well-Known Member

    Just delete away.
    Then New (assuming you want one big C: drive and not split into C: and D:).
    Select the Partition to install on - it'll format it during install.
    If you did want a D: drive then you can format the partition once you've installed (that's what I do).
  14. btiw2

    btiw2 Well-Known Member

    Hey! I made an emoji!
    I didn't know it did that.
    I wonder what other punctuation pairs make emoji.
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  15. Devil's Advocate

    Devil's Advocate Well-Known Member

    Well, look at you - you made an emoji. Me? Well, I helped stop a jumper from Torridge bridge this morning.

    But, hey, each to their own skills :p

    So, cutting to the chase, let's see how you did this. Hmm, you typed a 'D' followed by a ':' and you got a smiley.

    Let's try that - D:
  16. Devil's Advocate

    Devil's Advocate Well-Known Member

    Nope, that didn't work.

    Ok, ok, ok - you are more emoji than moi.
  17. Devil's Advocate

    Devil's Advocate Well-Known Member

    Cough, anyhoo - I clicked on my unwanted partitions and then clicked on 'delete' and guess what happened? Yes, they were deleted.

    For pity's sakes - if I'd done that the very first time I wouldn't have had to start this thread.

    And you wouldn't have realised you are an Emoji King.

    (Thank you all - an awesome Forum :D )
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  18. dwlondon

    dwlondon Active Member

    its often a matter of working out the order of commands, and what each one does. keep notes as you go on what your choice was, otherwise you may do it all again.
  19. Dr Bodgit

    Dr Bodgit Well-Known Member

    DA, like British Rail...getting there.
  20. btiw2

    btiw2 Well-Known Member

    You helped stop someone killing themselves this morning?
    Really? If so, that's pretty amazing DA.

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