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Windows Vista Thread, I need a Vista Disc! in Technical; Originally Posted by j17sparky Thats my understanding of M$ licencing. After all you can download Server 2008 from their website ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by j17sparky View Post
    Thats my understanding of M$ licencing. After all you can download Server 2008 from their website and pop in your own serial.

    Primary issue is if you get a pre-root-kitted copy from your download. It is a pain to get an up-to-date dvd though, had to redo a bunch of staff laptops that came off lease with Vista SP1 then upgrade to SP2 after for the image (COAs were Vista). Much better to just use an SP2 disk if you can. The Vista disks are actually quite tollerent and a retail one will let you install from Home Basic all the way up to Pro from the same disk. Enterprise is a seporte disk though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SYNACK View Post
    Primary issue is if you get a pre-root-kitted copy from your download. It is a pain to get an up-to-date dvd though, had to redo a bunch of staff laptops that came off lease with Vista SP1 then upgrade to SP2 after for the image (COAs were Vista). Much better to just use an SP2 disk if you can. The Vista disks are actually quite tollerent and a retail one will let you install from Home Basic all the way up to Pro from the same disk. Enterprise is a seporte disk though.
    Oh of course. I'll alway varify the disc before installing. For example MSDN downloads were down so I got the CRC from the site and varified my one that way.

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    I was under the impression any retail or OEM Vista disc contained all versions except for enterprise. Depending on what key you put in, depended on what version was installed. You needed either 32bit or 64 bit disc though.

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    Woah....

    I have tried the 'Vista is pants' approach and will try again...

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    Quote Originally Posted by difinity View Post
    I was under the impression any retail or OEM Vista disc contained all versions except for enterprise. Depending on what key you put in, depended on what version was installed. You needed either 32bit or 64 bit disc though.
    ah your right! Im still looking for mine, i cant find it

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    Thanks to a kind edugeek I now have an iso to use with my home premium key.I dont know if he wants to remain anonymous! If you dont, reply to this then I can thank you

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    No need to thank me - just helping out when I can.

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    Oh yes there is

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    Quote Originally Posted by FN-GM View Post
    Actually i didnt think it was illegal as you are using your own key
    It is illegal as you are not only downloading it, you are uploading it to other people.

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    *sigh*
    vista ultimate didnt work - well it looked like it had but IE and firefox fell over and the antivirus did as well. Couldn't get the drivers in that it still needed and then it just fell over.
    I just feel that this laptop can be mended. Don't know what to try now. I don't have an XP disc with the sata drivers on it and I have had no luck trying to slipstream them or put them on during installation. The Advent 5611 doesnt have the option to set the drive to IDE so that's a no go.

    Anyone any ideas?

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    Ubuntu ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by witch View Post
    *sigh*
    vista ultimate didnt work - well it looked like it had but IE and firefox fell over and the antivirus did as well. Couldn't get the drivers in that it still needed and then it just fell over.
    I just feel that this laptop can be mended. Don't know what to try now. I don't have an XP disc with the sata drivers on it and I have had no luck trying to slipstream them or put them on during installation. The Advent 5611 doesnt have the option to set the drive to IDE so that's a no go.

    Anyone any ideas?
    PM me if you want to try a XP disk with SP3 streamlined.

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    Go into the BIOS and stick SATA into IDE compatability mode.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chazzy2501 View Post
    Go into the BIOS and stick SATA into IDE compatability mode.
    That was my first thought but there isn't such an option on this lovely advent 5611 laptop - I thought I was going mad but I have googled it and there really isn't.

    I put XP home with all updates on it and it still blue screened after the initial driver install.

    So...it will install Vista ultimate but doesnt ask for a licence key. Looks OK but IE and the antivirus (avast) fall over almost immediately. There are also some drivers missing - eg network controller which I cannot find, or rather the ones I do find dont seem to work.
    Just don't want to give up on this one...

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    Why wont this person have Windows 7?

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