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Vista re-install without disk overwrite

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by Gswiss, Apr 12, 2010.

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  1. Gswiss

    Gswiss Thread Starter

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    I had a triple boot on an HP-nc6320 (XP, Vista, Win 7) and I inadvertently deleted Vista. Although I never used it, I’d like to keep it for a while. I destroyed the Recovery partition by the same token.

    Is there any way I can re-install it using the official HP recovery DVD without overwriting the whole disk ?

    If worse comes to worst, I can always back up the current partitions, install Vista from the DVD which formats the whole disk, copy back the saved partitions and use EasyBCD to create an appropriate MBR to reinstate the triple boot.

    But, isn’t there something simpler?
     
  2. Mumbodog

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    Not sure what the HP recovery will do in your situation, but I would not risk trying.

    You will need a Vista installation disc to get it back without all that extra work, this way you can choose the partition to install Vista onto.

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  3. Gswiss

    Gswiss Thread Starter

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    I know it reinstalls Vista for the nc6320 after having formatted the whole disk.

    Your suggestion is probably the way to go: I have the product key on a portable sticker and I can download the appropriate drivers. Thanks.
     
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