"bigger brother" <bigger email@example.com
> wrote in message
> Hallo, I am in the uk and recently purchased a new pc with vista home
> on it.
> I had a xp pro pc as well and transfered all my files over with the belkin
> usb transfer cable. I found may of my software program would not work on
> vista, and in a rage, I formatted the vista h/d. I dont have an
> cd from pc world as it was preloaded and they cannot / dont want to help
> further.I have since then put the xp pro h/d in the same pc and have two
> The vista h/d is untouched since the quick format.
> Question: How can I recover the installation
Several issues need to be addressed:
1. You cannot transfer program installations using a USB crossover cable.
You can easily move data files that way, but not programs. That is why your
programs would not work.
2. Your computer came with a partition that contained a disc image and
installer to return your machine to a factory fresh state. Your owners
manual has instructions on how to create a restore CD or restore DVD set
from this partition. You did not make the restore discs, and then you
formatted the only other source of files needed to reinstall the system.
Then you voided your warranty by changing the OS that was shipped on the
computer. You therefore created a problem that you will have extreme
difficulty in fixing.
My best suggestion...contact the manufacturer and have them ship you a
restore disc set for your computer. You *WILL* have to pay for these disks,
as they are not included in the price of your computer, and as stated you
voided the warranty that may have allowed them to ship you the discs for
Live and learn.