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Wiped my hard drive of vista now i want to restore vista

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January 7, 2013 6:44:59 PM

I completely wiped my hard disk on a workstation and now after rebooting, and now it I cannot access a bootable cd, to install Windows 8. What am I missing?
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January 7, 2013 6:59:06 PM

Hi :) 

Which version of 8 ?

All the best Brett :) 
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January 7, 2013 7:05:09 PM


As your computer is booting, enter the BIOS. Search for the Boot sequence.

Set your optical drive to first boot.

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January 7, 2013 7:18:39 PM

Does that computer have a DVD drive? windows 7 and 8 come on DVD's and not CD's
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January 7, 2013 9:00:28 PM

The drive is completely wiped. And I get a blank screen after rebooting
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January 7, 2013 9:22:42 PM

You will need to press f8 or f2 (maybe something else, gigabyte uses del) depending on your motherboard vendor. That will take you into the BIOS menu, then you can change the boot order and set a dvd drive to be first.
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January 8, 2013 8:59:55 AM

This happens sometimes, where if you delete or overwrite the OS, the recovery partition becomes inaccessible. Usually the best thing is just to restore factory default over your current OS without touching it.

I'm not too sure how you get around your current predicament
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January 8, 2013 4:44:08 PM

Thanks for the information.
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January 13, 2013 12:30:52 AM

If you have the product key for you machine you can download an iso and save it to a dvd to create a bootable installation disk. You can find links to the digital river download site to download the iso file for your version of Vista at: http://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/software-os...

You need to make sure you get the correct version either 32 bit or 64 bit as needed. The you can run the installation from the dvd you created. There is usually an option to repair the OS which will probably save your files if you didn't wipe the whole drive but only killed the OS. These files are approx. 2GB so be prepared for a wait while downloading.
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