How to re-install Vista?

By tommag
Mar 3, 2009
  1. Hi;
    I have a compaq laptop, amd, vista. I'd like to re-install windows, but haven't a clue how. I think I screwed up when I first bought it, as I copied the partition that has the recovery part on it. It now shows 6.35 gb on that partition. Did I create a problem?
    I have tried to open that partition, but it gives me a window that says warning, altering could affect it negatively. There are no clickable buttons on that window. How in the heck do I format and re-install?
    I burnt that drive onto a couple of discs, but when I put them in, I only get the same window.
    I don't know much about computers, and have never tried this before, so you would have to bear with me if I appear ignorant. It's only because I am!
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

  3. tommag

    tommag TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks. I ordered a recovery disc from HP. That was painless enough, $16.
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    Now that's cheap :grinthumb
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