I need to reinstall vista today after a nasty virus messed things up.
Maybe with some luck you can still salvage your Vista installation
, can you describe what happened, and what works and what not?
Are you still able to get in Vista, or cant you boot at all?
Often these problems can be fixed, but it usually takes a little time and work, Although the easiest way would be a full reinstall.
If i reinstall Vista, will this affect D and E drives?
That depends on the choices you make during the setup, if you just want to install Vista on the C: drive, you could simply format that drive without touching the other drives.
At some point during the installation, setup will ask you where you want to install Vista, Click on your C: drive and choose "Drive options (advanced)"
, and then choose "format"
After that you can just install Vista on your C: drive.
If you are still able to get into your current installation of Vista, and you have files and folders stored on your C: drive (such as your 'My Documents'
folder) that you want to preserve, you should try to back those files up before running the setup.
Also, when you reinstall Vista, all settings and registry information is lost, so some programs that were installed on your D: and E: drives won't work anymore, and games often install save data in your Documents & Settings folder on your C: drive, which you will lose as well.
Here's a nice Vista installation guide: *Clean Install Windows Vista*
Edited by Razenko, 07 October 2008 - 12:58 PM.