It isn't that the Recovery disc "corrupted." Let me say it as plainly as I
If you do a double blind multicentered study, the way medical trials are
often done, the resut is that OEM recovery discs do not work. MSFT has
known this for 15 years and so have their OEM partners. When they name them
recovery discs, they are pushing a myth. When a recovery disc works, you
are extremely lucky. In general, the concept of a recovery disc for actual
efficacy at repairing is a cruel joke that has been promulgated for years.
That's why with Windows 7, after years and years and years of bitter
complaints, MSFT has recognized this to a degree by allowing a repair
mechanism to be instrinsic or native to the OS.
However, you always have more tools if you have the Vista and soon Windows 7
DVD. Besides the repair mechanisms available from the DVD including the
powerful bootrec switches, you can also do a repair install or inplace
upgrade (same thing) if you have the genuine OS (not recovery disc) DVD.
Generally, using 3 bootrec switches alone will repair a software problem in
the Windows Vista or Windows 7 OS.
The /FixBoot option writes a new boot sector to the system partition by
using a boot sector that is compatible with Windows Vista. Use this option
if one of the following conditions is true:
• The boot sector has been replaced with a non-standard Windows Vista boot
• The boot sector is damaged.
• An earlier Windows operating system has been installed after Windows Vista
was installed. In this scenario, the computer starts by using Windows NT
Loader (NTLDR) instead of Windows Boot Manager (Bootmgr.exe).
The /FixMbr option writes a Windows Vista-compatible MBR to the system
partition. This option does not overwrite the existing partition table. Use
this option when you must resolve MBR corruption issues, or when you have to
remove non-standard code from the MBR.
The /RebuildBcd option scans all disks for installations that are compatible
with Windows Vista. Additionally, this option lets you select the
installations that you want to add to the BCD store. Use this option when
you must completely rebuild the BCD.
"unomas" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> thanks for the replies guys! I am home now and I am looking right at
> the disc. it says it is "Operating System disc, windows vista home
> premium 64/32 bit with sp1"
> since her system crashed, I first tried to recovery it using the
> recovery info on the partition gateway set up on the hd, problem was the
> drive was done and both the recovery partition and main drive became
> corrupted, that's why I need the actually system disc.
> So, are you guys saying since this is a system disc I will have to
> install vista, then update my drivers from gateways website? If so,
> that is completely fine.
> Again thanks