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Trying to nreinstall Windows Vista on a new Hard drive

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Last response: in Windows Vista
December 30, 2010 4:55:24 PM

Old HD had read Problems. Purchased a new 500 gb Hd and sert it up in Bios it sees it,but it will not let me read or install the Windows Vista instillation disk. Wont load the disk Dell Ivspiron 530.Driving me crazy.

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December 31, 2010 2:30:28 AM

This is what I found in the Dell manual.

Windows Vista: Dell Factory Image Restore
1 Turn on the computer. When the Dell logo appears, press <F8> several
times to access the Vista Advanced Boot Options Window.
2 Select Repair Your Computer .
The System Recovery Options window appears.
3 Select a keyboard layout and click Next.
4 To access the recovery options, log on as a local user. To access the command
prompt, type administrator in the User name field, then click OK.
5 Click Dell Factory Image Restore.
NOTE: Depending upon your configuration, you may need to select
DellFactory Tools, then Dell Factory Image Restore.
The Dell Factory Image Restore welcome screen appears.
6 Click Next.
The Confirm Data Deletion screen appears.

Reinstalling Windows® XP or Windows Vista®
The reinstallation process can take 1 to 2 hours to complete. After you
reinstall the operating system, you must also reinstall the device drivers, virus
protection program, and other software.
NOTICE: The Operating System CD provides options for reinstalling Windows XP or
Windows Vista. The options will overwrite files and possibly affect programs
installed on your hard drive. Therefore, do not reinstall Windows Vista unless a
Delltechnical support representative instructs you to do so.
1 Save and close any open files and exit any open programs.
2 Insert the Operating System CD. Click Exit if the Install Windows
message appears.
3 Restart the computer. Press <F12> immediately after the DELL™ logo
NOTE: If you wait too long and the operating system logo appears, continue
to wait until you see the Microsoft
® Windows®desktop; then, shut down your
computer and try again.
NOTE: The next steps change the boot sequence for one time only. On the
next start-up, the computer boots according to the devices specified in the
system setup program.
4 When the boot device list appears, highlight CD/DVD/CD-RW Drive
and press <Enter>.
5 Press any key to Boot from CD-ROM.
6 Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the installation.
December 31, 2010 6:09:14 AM

It should boot automatically from the optical media, since the new hard drive should not have a boot record on it. If it isn't, make sure that the optical drive is one of the devices in the boot order.