i scored a vista ultimate 64 bit disk off a friend last year.. i installed it a while ago and it made my laptop run alot better.. until i messed around and "accidentally" checked the Compress disk to save space option in C drive properties.. once i said okay it said estimated time remaining was 16 days i freaked and cancelled.. then when i rebooted it was saying bootmgr was compressed so i messed around and ended up copying a pasting a bootmgr.exe file off the OEM disk, it worked for a while untill the cd drive started playing up then all the file and folder permissions were saying i cant access my own folders.
anyway then i decided to wipe it all and start vista off fresh again, so i reinstalled using the vista ultimate OEM and all went well until i found out that windows just reinstalled itself ontop of the old windows, so that didnt help and even though there was the windows.old folder all of the other drivers and stuff were still in the root folder of c, so all the stuffed folders and settings still remained..
so i made a big mistake so i wanted to start off fresh and never ever compress C again.
i then tried to completly wipe the HDD without any luck i found a program called DBAN (Boot and Nuke) so it wiped the harddrive completely, which is good..
now ive tried to boot up my Vista ultimate OEM disk so i can install windows again and all it keeps saying is that there is no OS disk in the drive..
i have copied the OEM disk twice,
tried forcing the laptop to boot the cd by trying all the function keys F9 F10 etc.., and going into BIOS settings.
i have no luck, the OEM disk works and reads fine on a pc with xp i have but it wont load on my laptop at all.
i have been forced to load the original vista on to the laptop for now so it is at least functional, it is only 32 bit vista home premium.
i have also tried to install the OEM disk inside of windows but it keeps saying it is not a valid windows 32 application, which makes sense.
does anyone know how to force my OEM disk boot up so i can install vista ultimate again?
i also do not have an official vista installation disk or an xp disk either, i only have the stupid disks that are used for recovering back to factory condition.
i want to know if i can force the OEM disk to install by using some sort of command or something. i dont want to be told to just use a vista installation disk or to go into the BIOS and change the boot settings.
i have already tried those ways.
i am about to give in and pay microsoft the 20 bucks for a vista disk but i dont even know if doing that will help.
so if anyone who actually has computer experience can help it would be greatly appreciated.