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I need a clean copy of Vista Home Premium


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Anyone have a link to a clean copy of Vista Home Premium? My daughters laptop needs a fresh install but she has no idea where here operating system disk is. Not looking for a cracked version. Just need one I can use my legal product key with. Thanks for any help.
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What is the make and model of the laptop?
Most recent laptops have a hidden recovery partition that allows the user to format and reinstall everything like it was when it first came from the manufacturer.
Depending on the make and model will depend on what key combination is needed to gain access to that partition.
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It is a Toshiba Satellite A135. It would be awesome if there is a hidden recovery partition. There isn't one that i can see by looking at Computer. Thanks for any tips.
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Howdy:

As per the Toshiba website:

All Toshiba laptops ship with the ability to run the system recovery process from a hard disk partition, and software for creating recovery media is also bundled. Toshiba recommends creating recovery media to ensure the ability to run a system recovery even if the hard disk recovery partition is damaged or deleted, or if the hard disk breaks.

If you have lost the cd, you can get it from Toshiba for free.. there is just a small shipping and handling charge.

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Thanks Murray, I may have to call them tomorrow. I was just hoping I could find a download so I could get it done right away.
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You can try the following.
Toshiba:

To access the recovery partition do the following...
Power off the laptop.
Hold down the 0 (zero) key and turn the laptop on. Keep holding down the zero key until the TOSHIBA logo appears.
Start tapping the zero key repeatedly at this point.
Stop if the unit beeps or when the TOSHIBA logo disappears.
The screen should flash HDD RECOVERY MODE for a second and then it will load the Toshiba recovery program right from the hard drive.
Note that this erases all data, and reloads all factory default software.
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Thanks Rashaffer, that got me in to a recovery tool but it ask for disk one as soon as I started it. It is odd. There is no option on the laptop to create the recovery disks but I am sure they were never created for it. I guess I'll have to call Toshiba and get a disk from them.

Thanks again for the help.

Edited by bake, 25 May 2010 - 05:58 AM.

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Yep thats what I thought also but it is where you will have to start from once you get the disks.
As Murray S says contact Toshiba with the model number and they should be able to sell you the original recovery disk with OS and drivers for a minimal amount of cost.
You can start HERE in getting the correct recovery disks for your system.
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