Re: b/u vista
Ken Blake, MVP wrote:
> On Fri, 28 Sep 2007 09:24:01 -0700, joblow
> <email@example.com> wrote:
>> bougght acer aspinre laptop. it seeems not to have Vista CD.
>> how do i make a backup copy of Windows Vista. bear in mind i don't have any
>> Pdt. Key as no Vista media was included in box.
>> BTW: is this SOP or should i be looking for Vista CD with computer?
> OEM vendors are required by their agreement with Microsoft to give you
> a means of reinstalling, should it be necessary. They can do this in
> one of three ways:
> 1. An OEM copy of Windows
> 2. A restore CD
> 3. A hidden partition on your drive, with restore information.
> If you don't have 1 or 2, you should have 3, but you should contact
> your vendor to find out.
> Personally, I find both 2 and 3 unacceptable (especially 3; a hard
> drive crash can leave you with nothing), and would never choose to buy
> a computer that came with an operating system unless I got a complete
> generic installation CD for that operating system.
> As far as how to create a CD (or whether you even can), unless someone
> else here knows exactly what Acer provides (I don't), you should ask
joblow, I made the same mistake and bought an Acer recently. The
salesman assured me that on bootup, I would be given one (and only one)
chance of creating a 'Vista Business' CD.
I got no such option.
As Ken says, there is a hidden partition on the drive (see at the
'eRecovery' tool) which allows you to restore the factory image of the
OS. (I also find this a pathetic option, even if you are able to back it
up onto a CD.)
When I asked ACER Europe (where I am) about the promised 'Vista CD' I
got a bland 'Use the eRecovery facilities provided' answer.
Never Acer again.