Removing Vista in order to reinstall Vista

  nsmith17 14 Dec 09

Hi everyone,

I want to remove everything from my computer, wipe it totally clean and reinstall Vista from the installation disk, and I've been having some problems.

I first tried booting the disk from the desktop, and when it asked me which partition I'd like to use (I only have the one) I chose the one that the current VIsta install is on, thinking it would overwrite it, wiping out all those files. But its telling me I don't have enough disk space to do that (theres only about 10 gb left of harddrive space).

So then I changed the boot sequence and rebooted directly from the Vista disk, thinking from there I could delete the partition and reinstall. But the only options it gives me are to do a system restore or restore from a backup.

So basically I just want to completely wipe everything off my computer, then insert the Vista disk and install Vista. I have everything I need already backed up on an external. Can anyone tell me how to delete my entire OS?


  mrwoowoo 15 Dec 09

Does this help at all?
click here

  tullie 15 Dec 09

Its usually very easy,just boot from the cd and follow instructions.

  Ex plorer 25 Jan 10

Does it say its a full version or OEM version of Vista on the Disk.
My Disk gives me the same options as yours but its called (Vista Recovery) Vista is installed on a separate partition on the hard drive as its a licensed copy only.

  Ex plorer 25 Jan 10

Should have said it will delete and repair as a normal Vista Disk.

If you ever want to see your drive info go to Start, Right Click Computer, Manage, Disk Management.

  tullie 25 Jan 10

Would be nice to know if the problem was resolved.

  mrwoowoo 25 Jan 10

Some people ask a question never to be heard of again.
Unless he hasn't managed to reinstall yet, so therefore can't answer.


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