Windows 7 - Repair Install problems

Asked By gjbn on 22-Dec-07 01:50 PM
I think I need to fix my vista installation. Several problems exist.
I have NO vista install disk; I have only a disk that fpormats my hard
drive and restores a ghosted image to factory condition.
When I choose the "repair my computer" option after pressing F8, I got
a login account called "other user" after it finishes loading. This
accout refuses all my passwords and user names. I have tried
administrator. Every attempt returns the message "the specified domain
either does not exsit or cannot be contacted", or a simalair message.
How do I fix this? Remember I have NO Vista disk.
thanks




Andre Da Costa[ActiveWin] replied on 21-Dec-07 07:42 PM
Can you borrow a Windows Vista DVD from someone who has one and attempt the
repair process?
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gjbn replied on 22-Dec-07 01:50 PM
NO unfortunatly; everyone I know has systems that came pre-installed
with vista, and have only ghosted system disks. Any other ideas?
MickMurph replied on 22-Dec-07 12:57 AM
When you hit F8 at startup, and you come to a choice, you cannot use the up
and down arrows to get into safe mode?
Andre Da Costa[ActiveWin] replied on 22-Dec-07 01:07 AM
I can only recommend contacting the PC manufacturer about obtaining a Vista
DVD for your system since you are encountering problems repairing your PC.
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gjbn replied on 22-Dec-07 01:52 PM
Safe Mode is not what I want, I want the Repair my computer option
gjbn replied on 22-Dec-07 01:52 PM
When I first got my computer, and it had problesm I tried for THREE
months between ACER and MICROSOFT to get such a disk. ( cost less than
$10, which I was willing to pay) ACER refused to send me anything
other than a ghosted image of the factory install, claiming they could
NOT send me anything other than that because of their contract with
MICROSOFT, and MICROSOFT tech support could NOT send me one because
they DIDN"T have one!!
It seems LYING, and LACK of CUSTOMER SUPPORT is their BUSINESS
MODEL.
$150 for a new store bought version is more than I can afford. I am
disabled, living on a fixed income. Every cent of my income goes to
pay bills, my wife works 2 jobs trying to keep a roof over our heads
and food in the house.
Any other ideas?
AJR replied on 22-Dec-07 09:25 AM
To get helpful replies it is necessary that you include your original pos or
problemt.

However there are two repair options 1; ACER restore utility - check out the
proceedure since many restore utilities permit OS restore only in additon to
a complete restore.  2. Vista repair utility wich requires the Vista
DVD -(evidently your reference point).

If a friend has a Vista DVD it would probably perform a start up repair
function - which does not require a product key.
brink replied on 22-Dec-07 09:32 AM
gjbnh;551417 Wrote:

Gjbnh,

Have you installed anything before this "Other account" showed up?
Sometimes security software suites may add a guest account so it can
have full access to your system.  This account cannot be accessed. You
can test this by uninstalling the suspect program.

If this is not the case, I can only suggest that you backup what you do
not want to lose and do a reinstall since you have a Recovery (Ghost)
installation DVD.

Hope this helps,
Shawn.


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gjbn replied on 22-Dec-07 01:52 PM
yes I can go into safe mode, but why would I want to???? I want the
OS!!
gjbn replied on 22-Dec-07 01:52 PM
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Sigh, while I am sure you guys are trying, your suggesting rebuilding
the car to fix a flat tire; the acer restore disk DESTROYS your hard
drive, and rebuilds the factory image.
And getting a DVD from friend isn't an option: everyone I know has the
same type of restore disks; ghost images. All of my freinds have new
systems, not upgrade disks, or full installation disks.
gjbn replied on 22-Dec-07 01:52 PM
No, no new security softwarehas been added.
And this is my point. Do you rebuild your car if you have a flat
tire??  Do you take all your personal things out of the car first, and
then rebuild the car to fix a flat tire???? If you do, I would like
film of it!!!
Forgive the sharp reply, but if this is the type of crap MS forces
on people, know wonder people pirate! Again, MS should either fix this
or release tools to fix this. It doesn't take a rocket scienctist to
figure this out. MS should be more concerned about their customers,
then worrying about piracy. They are so concerned that someone is
gonna steal their stuff, they make it nigh on to impossible to use
their stuff.
Again, no wonder LInux is taking over the desktop.
bomb#20 replied on 22-Dec-07 02:47 PM
Somebody has made a bootable Vista Repair disk.
They've made a CD that contains the contents
of the "Repair your computer" section of the Windows Vista DVD.
Have a read of this website, it describes a 120 M/b iso image
which can be burnt to disc and used to boot and repair a Vista installation.

http://www.raymond.cc/blog/archives/2007/12/21/how-to-repair-windows-vista-without-a-vista-dvd-disc/

The iso can be downloaded from here:

http://neosmart.net/downloads/guides/Vista_Repair/Vista_Recovery_Disc.iso

I have downloaded, burnt the image to cd and booted my Vista box and it
looks like it might work.
As my Vista box is not broken  I can't tell you if it fixes anything or not, but it may
be of help to you.
.
gjbn replied on 23-Dec-07 09:42 PM
WOW, now this is AWESOME. Thanks so much! I will try it out, and post
a review of my efforts. My only concern with it is how can it contain
the VISTA OS to do this,
bomb#20 replied on 22-Dec-07 03:51 PM
I wondered about that too, but I don't know anything about the repair option
or what it actually repairs.
The only repair option on the menu that didn't involve a backup or restore image was
the ' start-up repair ' option.
Perhaps that's all it can repair.
.
gjbn replied on 23-Dec-07 09:42 PM
mage was

This is a good atempt, but unfortunally falls short of a true repair
install. It does indeed contain the VISTA DVD repair features, but
does not do what XP did, which was to allow you an in place re-install
of the OS. From what I have read onlne, the startup repair option does
fix several problems not related to just startup problems, but from
what I can tell doesn't do what XP did. I am off to try the other
solution mentioned in the article now.
brink replied on 22-Dec-07 05:57 PM
gjbnh;551511 Wrote:

Gjbnh,

I understand how you feel, but the tools that Microsoft gave to do
these repairs for Vista are only available on the Vista Express or
Retail installation DVD's, not on the OEM's Recovery (Ghost image)
DVD's. This was the option you were left with that I knew of. Hopefully
the solution that Bomb#20 presented to you will resolve your problem for
you.

Shawn


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Andre Da Costa[ActiveWin] replied on 22-Dec-07 10:58 PM
If know someone who owns a Windows Vista Installation DVD, I would ask them
burn a copy of the disk for you since already own a legitimate license. I
think in your case, customer satisfaction comes first. Its a problem with
many OEMs not to offer a installation DVD, even if it has to be tied to the
motherboard.
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This is a good atempt, but unfortunally falls short of a true repair
install. It does indeed contain the VISTA DVD repair features, but
does not do what XP did, which was to allow you an in place re-install
of the OS. From what I have read onlne, the startup repair option does
fix several problems not related to just startup problems, but from
what I can tell doesn't do what XP did. I am off to try the other
solution mentioned in the article now.
gjbn replied on 23-Dec-07 09:44 PM
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It looks like you are corrct; After spendinga few days googleing on
this problem, there doesn't seem to be an answer. I am very suprised
that a Class Action Lawsuit has not been filed over this. Not being
able to fix your tire without rebuilding the whole car. And it shows
just shows how much Congress ( both parties) have been bought off.
Throw both partues out!
gjbn replied on 23-Dec-07 09:44 PM
On Dec 22, 10:58=A0pm, "Andre Da Costa[ActiveWin]"
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. It does indeed contain the VISTA DVDrepairfeatures, but

Sigh, did you read what I previously posts????? NONE of my friends
have a copy, they have all bought pre-installed systems. The ones who
didn't where too smart to buy VISTA; they either kept their old
systems with XP, or switched to LINUX.Really, some of you people need
to learn to read! Your replies qualify you to be ACER tech support.
(IQ of about 40, harldy ever soils themselves)
DarkSentinel replied on 23-Dec-07 04:38 PM
If you have an OEM install like mine(Acer), you can make restore CDs/DVDs.
Exactly what system do you have?

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DarkSentinel replied on 23-Dec-07 04:57 PM
After reading down farther, I see that you have an Acer, as I do. Apparently
you haven't looked it over to closely. There IS a way to do what you want.
You should have this icon(round, green background, with "e" in it on you
desktop. If you mouse over the icon has a disk with an arrow through it, it
should pop up and say Acer eRecovery Management. Click on that. AT the
bottom of that screen you should see "Backup...Burn Disc...Restore".

Click on Burn Disc. You'll see 4 options. Click on the "?" to get
instruction on what to do. You must do the Full back up, then you get the
other options like "Create User BackUp Disk". Did you check this out before
coming into the ng?

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gjbnh170 replied on 23-Dec-07 09:46 PM
YES you can, BUT it is a ghosted image of what you Have!!!!! If you
have a scewed up system, you will have a SCREWED up BACKUP!!!
uvbogde replied on 23-Dec-07 08:09 PM
Like many of us, you are obviously frustrated by the lack of support from
MSFT and computer vendors.  Where system repair functions are dependant on
the install DVD, system software should not be sold without the install DVD.
When I ordered my Dell computer, I ordered and received the Vista install DVD
from Dell with the computer.  If neither your vendor nor MSFT will send you a
Vista DVD, take a look at Repair Vista Options.

http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/101393-repair-vista-options-preferred-sequence.html

If running System File Checker finds system files that are corrupt and
cannot be repaired, ordinarily I would recommend you replace them with good
system files from your Vista DVD.  Since you have a valid license, if you
respond with the specific files that are corrupt (find these in CBS.log) and
your email address, I will send you copies in a zip file from my OS.
gjbn replied on 26-Dec-07 06:12 AM
e.com/darksentinel

The Acer backup Program makes a ghosted backup of your currnet system.
If your system is f**ked then the backup is f**ked.
gjbn replied on 26-Dec-07 06:12 AM
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thanks for you offer to send the corrupted files in a zip. Howver when
I run SFC, it shows only some sidebar files as being corrupt. My
impression is that is not the problem: some registry keys are messed
up, and an XP-restore would possibly fix them. Because of this your
offer is kind, but unneccasary. It appears that there is NO WAY to do
a vista repair install, which I have done several times in XP with an
XP-repair install. This is like I said eailer, having to rebuild the
car to fix a flat tire. The MS people who desinged this should be
hunted down and SHOT!!  What is really said is MS paid these people
BIG BUCKS to design the OS. What kind of retards are they to even have
hired these people???????