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Using Recovery Disks

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by Boodad, Nov 5, 2017.

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  1. Boodad

    Boodad Thread Starter

    Nov 5, 2017
    I have a Gateway M6885u laptop in which I am trying to restore to factory condition. When new this computer ran the Vista operating system.
    I have a set of recovery disks which I created when the computer was new.
    When trying to restore the computer using these disks I receive errors stating that it cannot read a number of files.
    The files are in the images folder and are SWM files.

    I would like to know how to work around this error, or in the alternative a way to get these files.
  2. flavallee

    flavallee Trusted Advisor

    May 12, 2002
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    It looks like the Gateway M-6885u laptop originally came with Windows Vista Home Premium 32-bit (recovery media).
    It's unknown if its recovery media includes the Service Pack 1 and Service Pack 2 upgrades.

    If you're intent on reinstalling Windows Vista Home Premium 32-bit in that old laptop, you're going to run into several roadblocks getting it installed and up-to-date.
    It also will be pretty much going "extinct" during the first half of 2018.
    The only modern browser that I'm aware of that still supports it is Mozilla Firefox 52 ESR, and it'll be dropping support for it in a few months.

    Last edited: Nov 5, 2017
  3. TerryNet

    TerryNet Moderator

    Mar 23, 2005
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    It's frustrating, after you took the precaution to make a set of Recovery DVDs, but unfortunately they do sometimes develop defects even when not used. Possibly a set is still available for purchase from Gateway or a third party.
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