"ThunderStorm" < XXXX@XXXXX.COM > wrote in message
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Try creating another user account, and log into that one. If it works,
your old user account is possibly corrupt.
You have an OEM install, so the boot options may vary from vendor to vendor.
Windows Help does not cover all the options on OEM builds. For example, on
XP Home help, you could find descriptions of the backup utility - but OEMs
did not always include the backup utility on XP Home installs.
In other words, your mileage may vary.
If your system boots, why would you think so?
No. If the OEM doesn't include it, the only other way to do this is with
an actual Vista Install DVD - the restore disks that you probably don't
have, but should order, won't offer this. They will only allow a system
You would have to use a DVD that matches the key type you have, ie an OEM
DVD. A retail DVD will not accept your key and the repair will halt.
Repairing should not be used lightly and is often inappropriate. It
replaces system files, and often does not fix problems. This is because
repair installs use most or all of the existing registry (as you can see
that you don't lose data, user accounts, or installed programs).
Problems that are located in the registry or aren't related to system files
You should do so, now. It's also not a bad idea to call the vendor and
order the install DVDs. This will not be free, and is worth it.
It's a question for Toshiba. OEMs are permitted to alter such things.
I would suggest that you back up your data, *now*, and keep it that way.
Copying it to DVD is a simple, though possibly slower, way of ensuring that
you have copies.
Do not rely on USB "thumb" drives for backup; they have a tendency to
suddenly permanently and irretrievably fail.
There are plenty of inexpensive, effective and easy to use backup
solutions. Do not rely on one single backup set and *always* test them to
verify that they are valid.
You might also mention the version of Vista you are using.