PC Manufacturer's Windows Recovery CD's/DVD's

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  1. TheKid7

    TheKid7 Registered Member

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    Where do you order legitimate PC Manufacturer's Windows Recovery CD's/DVD's?

    I Searched around and could only come up with this website:

    -http://www.restoredisks.com/

    Is this a legitimate place to purchase PC Manufacturer's Windows Recovery CD's/DVD's?

    Someone that I know is looking to buy a Windows Vista Recovery DVD for their Dell Inspiron Laptop. The Recover from the hidden partition missing option is missing.

    Thanks in Advance.
     
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    I've purchased reinstall CDs/DVDs from Ebay and Amazon.com many times and they have, to this point, always worked as advertised. I've bought discs for Windows 95, 98 SE, W2K, XP Home, Pro, and MCE, Server 2003, Vista, and Windows 7 for Dell, Sony, and HP.

    Driver discs are also available but much more model specific.
    You can download the driver package you need from Dell and burn your own driver disc.

    Here's a link to Ebay pages with reinstall discs.

    http://www.ebay.com/sch/Operating-S...6.00&LH_PrefLoc=1&_dcat=11226&Brand=Microsoft
     
  5. TheKid7

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    What is the best way to know which version (32 bit or 64 bit) of Windows Vista Home Premium is installed since Windows will not boot? I could look at the file directory structure with a Linux Live CD. Doesn't the 64 bit version have some additional Program file folders?
     
  6. wtsinnc

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    I don't know specifically what extra files or folders you would look for.
    If you can look at the files with a Linux Live CD, find 'Computer' or 'My Computer', right click, and look for what the linked article advises for that particular OS.

    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/find-out-32-or-64-bit

    Alternatively, you could access the original computer configuration via the Dell website (service and support).
    You will need the service tag number.

    Good luck !
     
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  7. lodore

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    64bit windows has program files and program files X86 folder
    also under windows directory 64bit bit has syswow64 directory
     
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    Really annoying that manufacturers don't seem to include these anymore with the PC. There's been three times I've needed the disk, but the owner didn't have them, despite having everything else that came with the PC.
     
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