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davidlavergne asked on

What "command prompt" string do i need to type to get windows vista to boot in Vista?

I have an acer laptop that someone gave to me.They said that the operating system was "wiped out" of the hard drive.How can I get vista to boot using a command prompt?
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SpiritX MS MVP replied on

If Vista was wiped off the drive then you need to contact Acer for the installation
media so you can put Vista back on the drive. The laptop needs the drivers and
other utilities that Acer would provide on a OEM installation disk,

Acer - USA - Service and Support - Drivers

Acer - Worldwide

Hope this helps.
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SpiritX MS MVP replied on



In case the Vista installation was only corrupted these might help.

Try Startup Repair from the Recovery Console (if you have one) or from a Vista disk - if you do
not have a Vista disk you can borrow a friends (they are not copy protected) or make one. Also
your System maker will sell the physical disks cheap since you already own Windows. (This may not be true since you are not the original owner
and you may not have the product ID for Vista.)

This tells you how to access the System Recovery Options and/or with a Vista Disk

Try StartUp Repair from Recovery Options and/or a Vista disk.

How to do a Startup Repair

Also from the COMMAND PROMPT of Recovery Console (if possible) or a Vista disk

SFC /scannow
Hit Enter

and after that runs

chkdsk /f /r
Hit Enter

( Spaces between C and /   k and /  and f and / )

Retry Startup Repair after Chkdsk.

If needed after those you can try System Restore from the Recovery or Vista disk.

How to Do a System Restore in Vista


If needed :

What to do if Windows won't start correctly

What are the system recovery options in Windows Vista?

What happened to the Recovery Console?

If you need to make repair disks - these help repair Windows not re-install.

How to Make a Bootable Disk in Vista

Download: Windows Vista x86 (32 bit) Recovery Disc

Download: Windows Vista x64 (64 bit) Recovery Disc

How to Make a Windows Vista Repair Disk If You Don’t Have One

Hope this helps.

Rob Brown - Microsoft MVP - Windows Experience : Bicycle - Mark Twain said it right.
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A. User replied on


here are the various ways to reinstall vista


contact Acer and ask them to send you vista recovery disks to reinstall the operating system back the way it was when you bought it


they do that for a nominal $ cost


here is the Acer link to order the vista recovery disks from:






also ask them if you have a recovery partition on your hard drive to put it back to how you bought it


you would normally press Alt + F10 at boot to start the recovery process for an Acer

and the passoword for it would be 6 zeros


ask them for the exact key sequence


or borrow a microsoft vista dvd

make sure you borrow the correct 32bit or 64bit microsoft dvd for your computer

they contain all versions of vista

it is the product key that determines which vista version is installed