If the computer manufacturer did not include Vista disk/s, there should be a Recovery Partition on your Hard drive.
That is the way they do it now, most of the time. We are supposed to make the Recovery Disks ourselves, with instructions included in the installed Manufacturer's Software in Start -> All Programs.
At the bottom of the splash Screen at startup/power on, there usually is a Key number, F10, or F11, to hit to start Recovery Process, to take it back to factory standards (out of the box).
Another way I have seen on some models is to tap F8, and go to a list of Startup options, and start a factory standards recovery from in there, by selecting the Repair computer option.
See if a Manual came with the computer, or go to the Manufacturer's website, email or phone them for info on how to do a Recovery.
Each manufacturer has their own way of doing a Recovery to factory standards.
And back up all your Data before you do it, as a reinstall wipes everything from your Hard Drive.
If you would like to back up files onto the local hard disk, we have a workaround: Windows Vista has a built in backup tool. We can launch it by following these steps:
Backup with Vista built in backup tool
1. Please click on Start and choose All Programs, Accessories, System Tools, and then Backup.
If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type your password or click Allow.
2. Click "Enable automatic backup schedule" if the Automatic Backup is disabled.
3. Click "Change backup settings".
If we have saved the settings before and would like to use the existing settings to back up the files, we can directly click Start to create a new backup.
4. Choose where to save the backup file.
If you choose to save the backup file on the local disk or CD/DVD drive, please select the disk in the drop down list and click Next.
5. Please choose the disk you would like to back up and click Next.
Note: The disk that Windows is installed on will always be included in the backup.
6. Then, choose what type of files need to be backed up and click Next.
7. Please set the schedule to back up the files.
After setting the schedule, please click Save settings and start backup.
A dialog box titled "Windows Backup" will now run in the background. If you would like to start the backup, please click Yes.
When the backup process has finished, a pop-up window will show "Backup is successful".
For more information about the Windows Vista Backup tool, please refer to this page:
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- Marked as answer by Sabrina Shen Monday, November 22, 2010 2:42 AM