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Hey, first of all, I'm sorry if this question has been asked before, but I'm running Windows Vista and I do not have the recovery CD any longer.

 

I wish to restore the factory settings of this PC, so I can use it for Skype, etc. I currently am on Safe Mode, and while I'm not, it's incredibly slow.

 

I did just remove a bunch of crapware from here, yet am still having the slowdowns. I do not need any of the files I've downloaded, so...

 

My question is: Can I do this without the CD? I've tried holding down the '0' key, and a ton of function buttons, but still am having problems.

 

I'm not really wanting to order a CD, as I just paid over 150 USD on a new Battery and Charger. Please, do help if you have any experience doing so.

 

P.S: My PC Model is: Toshiba Satelite A215 S5837

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I apologize for a triple post, but I've posted this question on one other place (SuperAntiSpyware forums) and they have not replied either. If this question is just a simple no, please just post something so you don't have to keep hearing from me. I just need to know if it's possible to restore factory settings on my Windows Vista 32 Bit Toshiba Satelite A215 S5837

 

Please help, and thanks for your time.

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or ...

seeing as how vista is no longer supported by M$ ... you might consider checking to see if the machine is capable of running W7 .

the second item would be the availability of drivers and such from toshiba .

 

with a slow machine and no *easy* way to do a re-installation or "factory reset" (or a full wipe and re-install from an OS disk) it might be a good idea to head over to the "malware help" forum and make sure that the machine is free from infection(s) .

another point ... if the backup/restore files/partition on the hard drive is infected all one would be doing is re-installing the/a/an infection .

 

if you decide to have the machine checked out , start here :

https://forums.malwarebytes.org/index.php?showtopic=9573

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Okay, first off, thanks for the replies. I think I have a CD for another windows 7 Computer. Can I try to install that one from the disk drive? And about the malware thing, I'm pretty sure that there's still something on here, but I've scanned with my anti-virus (Avast), SAS, and MBAM and nothing more comes up. It's incredibly slow without safe mode and scanners freeze when I do a complete scan of my computer. I think it's some sort of rootkit or something, but I don't care if I'm going to do a fresh install of Windows 7, as the problems will be gone, correct?

 

Thanks!

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A few things....

Yes if you do a fresh install, that will take care of the infection, but make sure you delete the partitions and create new ones, this will take care of rootkit and MBR infections.

I do not know what type of Windows 7 CD you have, but legally you can only use one license of Windows 7 on ONE computer. It may allow you to install it on another computer, but you will still have to have a valid License to be able to activate it on the computer. Also the CD you have may be a restore/recovery CD which then would not work on the second computer.

Best thing to do is get on specifically for the computer you want to install it on, a fresh Windows 7 CD/DVD to use on the new computer with a valid License.

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A few things....

Yes if you do a fresh install, that will take care of the infection, but make sure you delete the partitions and create new ones, this will take care of rootkit and MBR infections.

I do not know what type of Windows 7 CD you have, but legally you can only use one license of Windows 7 on ONE computer. It may allow you to install it on another computer, but you will still have to have a valid License to be able to activate it on the computer. Also the CD you have may be a restore/recovery CD which then would not work on the second computer.

Best thing to do is get on specifically for the computer you want to install it on, a fresh Windows 7 CD/DVD to use on the new computer with a valid License.

Alright, I appreciate the help. I'll see about buying a W7 license.

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it never hurts to check things out ahead of time .

 

i recently had an HP laptop that would not move from vista to W7 or W8.1 (XP being a non-issue) .

i checked the HP site and there were no drivers (video/graphics being on the top of the list) written for W7 or 8.1 .

sure , i could/did load W8.1 but the display would not work correctly without the correct graphics drivers .

 

i checked the HP forums and exercised my google-fu for a possible answer ...

i found references to others querying HP about the same model and finding out what i did .

 

there is/was no BIOS flash to fix this and a couple of other comparatively minor issues .

 

from around the internet i found references of trying vista drivers ...

this/these did not work and resulted in "flicker-flicker-blackscreen" then nothing .

 

surprise surprise ... the laptop ran linux mint (maya 13 w/mate desktop LTS) flawlessly ... sans one thing ...

the display looked good but would only support the "non-effects" mode (no transparencies , etc .) .

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  • 5 months later...

I would agree with Firefox on this one CWB. My grandmother had vista and just added Win7 for dual boot after I told her. Also win7 has more security then vista because of IE updates to 11 and has more security updates then Vista. P.S. M$ still supports Vista but doesn't update as often

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