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chester tungol Jul 18, 2008, 03:29am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I just got my first laptop. Toshiba Satellite L310.
Vista Basic is included.
I find it weird that there are no CD included in the package.
My question is how am i supposed to reformat my laptop then install Vista basic again?


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FordGT90Concept Jul 18, 2008, 03:56am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: LAPTOP OS
Very few OEMs elect to give you a install disk free of charge. If you want the disk, you'll have to contact Toshiba (it may be on their site some where or via phone). If you call in, you might be able to convince them to send it to you free of charge.

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chester tungol Jul 18, 2008, 04:03am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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That's kinda difficult. But lets say that what if i download a vista basic torrent then use that installer then apply the license on my laptop. Would that be alright?

FordGT90Concept Jul 18, 2008, 04:34am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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It is very unlikely that the key will work in a downloaded copy of the operating system. OEM versions are designed specifically by the OEM for the OEM. They may vary greatly from what is purchased directly form Microsoft.

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chester tungol Jul 18, 2008, 05:05am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: LAPTOP OS
So are there any other solutions or ways to do this except for calling toshiba?

FordGT90Concept Jul 18, 2008, 07:36am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: LAPTOP OS
Not really. If you own legitimate hardware and they excluded the reinstall disks, it is Toshiba you have to chase after. No one else can really assist except, perhaps, the place you bought it from.

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_MD_ Jul 18, 2008, 08:59am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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If the DVD was not included, it means that OEM OS installation source is right on your C drive (i386) or on a separate partition (they call it recovery partition).

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Vitaliy (Administrator) Jul 18, 2008, 11:53am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Frequently, there is an application installed that you can use to burn reinstallation CDs/DVDs. Look around..

john albrich Jul 18, 2008, 11:55am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Jul 18, 2008, 03:20pm EDT

 
>> Re: LAPTOP OS
One of the first things someone should do on purchasing a new computer, is to make a backup copy of the system disk. That way, if anything happens, you can always restore your disk to the "as new" content. It's the most time-saving and reliable thing you can do. It's much faster than a clean Windows install from retail media, or installing from manufacturer's "recovery" media.

For basic backup, I highly recommend freeware DriveImageXML (supports XP and Vista) or similar. This type of backup allows you to store the backup files on any media you wish: HDD, CD, DVD, Blu-Ray, etc. It typically might take about an hour or so to restore a system.

For quick-turnaround requirements, I recommend freeware XXclone or similar. This type of Windows OS backup creates a bootable backup image of your current system partition on another HDD. If needed, you can even pull the "bad" disk and install the XXclone backup disk and you immediately have a fully operating computer. Of course, you have to have an HDD of at least the same size as the original system partition.


Disk Drive/Partition Freeware Backup References
http://majorgeeks.com/DriveImage_XML_d4919.html
http://www.runtime.org/dixml.htm
DIXML v1.21 DOES now support Vista and XP

http://www.majorgeeks.com/XXCLONE_d5534.html
http://www.xxclone.com/index.htm


edit to add-
Another thing one might do, is...after deleting and cleaning out all the crapware/bloatware that comes with most new systems these days, is verify everything still works and then make another backup copy. That way if you ever have to re-install the OS you'll be able to restore a copy that already has all that junk cleaned out. It will save you even more time. If you have to restore using a set of manufacturer's discs, they will likely install all the bloatware back on the HDD.

chester tungol Jul 22, 2008, 01:44am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Where do I get DVDs to reinstall Windows on new Toshiba laptop?
Thanks for the solutions. Somehow i managed to back up my sistem thru the recovery program from samsung. It was right there sitting on my desktop. I was blind. Damn! Thanks also for the programs you mentioned. I might need it in the future.

Meats_Of_Evil Jul 23, 2008, 12:23am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Jul 23, 2008, 12:23am EDT

 
>> Re: Where do I get DVDs to reinstall Windows on new Toshiba laptop?
For future problems you should have a handy OS disc updated. I do it with Nlite ,which allows me to slipstream new service packs onto Windows, add the hotfixes I want or de-select them, type th eCD-key so I don't have to on installation and much more.

http://www.nliteos.com/

It really does work!

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Lol I sound like a scammer.

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