That's what I thought, but...
by cgarrity - 5/27/11 11:15 AM
In Reply to: Re: formatting by Kees_B
First, this is not my computer. I'm trying to help my sister recover her laptop. Apparently it came with Vista, but someone put XP on it, destroying the Vista recovery partition.
Since I no longer have a valid copy of XP and I did have a valid copy of Vista Home Premium, I thought I would put Vista on it. When I booted from the Vista installation disk, I never saw the "reformat" option or perhaps I missed it. Anyway, the Vista installation disk did install, but I think there are errors. I did do the update process (109 updates that took several hours) and the computer for the most part does run Vista although when it boots, there is a message saying the computer contains XP and Vista and offers a choice of booting.
However, the XP does not work because of missing files and actually is grayed out. Then, there's the matter of the recovery partition which doesn't work, but is taking up a lot of space on a relatively small hard drive.
So, I was thinking IF I could boot from another source, I would be able to delete the recovery partition and get rid of all the garbage and then install a clean copy of Vista.
FWIW, in IMHO, the laptop should be laid to rest as it's 5 or 6 years old with only 1GB ram.
Perhaps I should try the Vista installation again and see if there is a reformat option.
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