Vista clean install from D Drive

  Maiden. 00:07 28 Oct 2007

I bought a Compaq desktop PC around a year ago, and I want to perform a clean install of Vista - the reg, C Drive etc are very cluttered !

Problem is, I did not get a Vista back up CD with my PC, but I do have a D Drive that is labelled Recovery - so I think everything may be on there ?

I'm a bit confused - can anyone tell me what I need to do to get my PC back to ow it was when new please.

Many thanks

  brundle 00:17 28 Oct 2007

When you start the machine, do you see any messages before the Windows logo - press Fxx or Del for Setup, Fxx for Recovery - or somesuch?

  Maiden. 16:18 28 Oct 2007

Hi brundle

Yes, I see 'F10 - Setup' and 'F11 System Recovery' - is it one of these I need to go to ?

Thanks for your help

  cream. 16:33 28 Oct 2007

F11 for system recovery.

You should have 2 options.

a non destructive install that will just re-install windows and leave your files in tact.

a full format install that will format the drive and take it back to the day you bought it.

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