08-18-2013 02:45 PM
OMG-Thank You so much, I'm sur this is pretty dated posts. But it was the fastest and most understanable resolution. I have pieced together HP parts for 7 years. The latest was a HDD from a 08' slimline Vista. Previous owner fried mobo or psu and didn't run. (Rent A Center) as is junk for $20 worth the risk. When I installed this HDD it said that it wasn't an "Activated Version of Vista" and that caused issues in itself. Major malware / virus to clean up. Couldn't figure out how this "Classic HP non Disc Recovery" would work. But finally found it during boot-up then it went through the whole process then gave me the "Did you order a Code Purple?" Screen.
I did as follows and it is now finishing reboot / system restore to OEM specs. Am thankful of people being just a bit smarter to figure out these simple things. Thank you again.
11-20-2013 03:25 PM
Thank you so much! It took a couple of tries on the comand prompt, but I finally did it! I saved my Dad from having to pay the HP people. What a rip off! His computer was about a 1 1/2 yrs old, so I'm glad he didn't have to buy a new one!
Thank you again!
01-05-2014 12:23 PM
this worked but i had to modify it slightly...notepad kept opening so once i got to command prompt i typed
answered yes when prompted
and restarted the comp
it finished booting and ran vista very well
it is simply a deletion of the DMI check file that was branded with the old motherboard,i replaced but a very annoying thing to hapon on a full restore