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Win 8 RP installed. Is the recovery partition any good for Vista ?

  1. #11


    Acer installs there own MBR partition that Windows can't see for it is not NTFS. It should still be there.
    Thanks, fafhed. I was wrong on naming that partition an MBR. That's master boot record. How off the wall was that!

    You are correct to call it a PQservice partition. It's been about six years since buying my Acer and dealing with this subject. I don't recall it being a FAT32, but it could have been. I definitely remember it wasn't a NTSF. I remember too that diskpart could not see it. That's why i'm thinking it was neither. But then I'm getting old and contracting CRS.

    Anyway, thanks for the info and leads. You are most kind.

    Let us know how it goes, guys. (I assuming your guys)

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  2. #12


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    Thank you for replying.
    The Windows article does not specify the make of the computer. Therefore, I am hoping for answers that apply to all makes. Not just Acer.
    Your reply is way over my head with technical stuffs. I am afraid I cannot understand you.
    The main question is ... after Win 8 is installed, can one access the recovery partition and use it to re-install Vista.
    Or, like the Windows article says, one has to either get a Microsoft DVD or a set of recovery disks from the pc manufacturer in order to reinstall Vista.
    Or, go to Digital River and download the Vista iso.

    Thank you.
    t-4-2
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  3. #13


    Portsmouth Hants
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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Press Alt-F10 during boot* to start the Vista factory install is all you need to know. Either it will do a factory reinstall, or the system is broken and needs to have boot disks from the manufacturer to return the PC to factory condition
    * when the manufacturer's logo appears on the screen.

    I think it will allow you to make your own set of Windows recovery DVDs - unless it is damaged
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  4. #14


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    Quote Originally Posted by fafhrd View Post
    Press Alt-F10 during boot* to start the Vista factory install is all you need to know. Either it will do a factory reinstall, or the system is broken and needs to have boot disks from the manufacturer to return the PC to factory condition
    * when the manufacturer's logo appears on the screen.

    I think it will allow you to make your own set of Windows recovery DVDs - unless it is damaged
    The Windows article that I provided claims that after Windows 8 is installed, the recovery partition cannot be used to re-install Vista.
    I am looking for confirmation of that claim or the other way.
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  5. #15


    My apology. I don't mean to be too technical. But if you'll bear with me......Believe me, if I can understand this stuff, anyone can, for I'm no rocket scientist. I'm just an ordinary guy.

    A partition on a disc is just like a wall in a building. In the living room I put living room furniture in a certain order. (An operating system) then there's another wall (manufacturer's partition) for a bedroom where I place bedroom furniture in a certain order (a manufacturer's recovery information).

    That's the info you want to get at. Please be patient and we'll try to help you achieve that.
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  6. #16


    t-4-2, it is highly unlikely that any Windows install did anything to the PQservice partition. Please follow fafhrd's instructions. Boot up and press Alt/F10 to see if it starts the process. You can always back out by simply shutting down the machine and let us know what it did.

    Anything I do in the living room does not effect the bedroom.
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  7. #17


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    Quote Originally Posted by t-4-2 View Post
    The Windows article that I provided claims that after Windows 8 is installed, the recovery partition cannot be used to re-install Vista.
    I am looking for confirmation of that claim or the other way.
    t-4-2, good day.

    Have you try to contact the re-seller of your laptop/desktop!? They might have the copy of your Factory Default Setting DVD, you can ask them and give it a try.
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  8. #18


    Portsmouth Hants
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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    t-4-2 without getting technical I've told you what I would do to confirm or otherwise what was in the article. It's not difficult to do an examination of your system to see exactly what is there but it is technical, and involves some fairly powerful utilities.
    you can open the disk management console - type diskmgmt.msc on the start screen, and take a screenshot of what appears, and post it here if you like:

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  9. #19


    Posts : 152
    Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1


    Thank you everybody participating in helping me.

    I no longer wish to pursue the subject.
    Anyone wishing to chime is very much welcome.
    I am out of the loop.

    Thanks again.

    t-4-2
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