Gateway GM5442 Vista, lost recovery disk

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by ka1iban, Sep 24, 2012.

  1. ka1iban

    ka1iban MDL Novice

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    I'm trying to initiate recovery on a Gateway GM5442 machine, in order to reset it for resale. Unfortunately, my recovery disk(s) took a walk long ago. I have my CD key, but looking through the forums hasn't filled me with confidence for my prospects of trying a fresh install with another Vista CD and my original key. Is there a way (outside of trying to get a recovery disk out of Gateway) of reinstalling Vista or somehow getting my recovery partition to do its thing without the disk?

    Thanks
     
  2. NICK@NUMBER11

    NICK@NUMBER11 MDL Expert

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    Your PC should have a hidden partition, you can restore your pc by pressing f11 and access the recovery manager software...
     
  3. ka1iban

    ka1iban MDL Novice

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    Tried that. It asks for the recovery disk and says if I don't have it "to contact Gateway suppport"
     
  4. NICK@NUMBER11

    NICK@NUMBER11 MDL Expert

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    best option for you is to get yourself a vista installtion disk, and oem key and cert and format and complete a clean install, have a look at the stickys all yourequire is there

    Regards