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Windows Vista Thread, I need a Vista Disc! in Technical; This is SO embarassing I have been sorting out someone's laptop and I had to reload the OS. I was ...
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    I need a Vista Disc!

    This is SO embarassing
    I have been sorting out someone's laptop and I had to reload the OS. I was talking to her about getting Windows 7 when she said: 'No, I am quite happy with Vista' and wants me to put it back on the machine.
    I have the licence details and code but she has lost the recovery discs. Does anyone have a Vista disc I can borrow/keep?
    I can't believe I am going to put Vista on a machine....

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    What type of laptop is it? Maybe the machine has a recovery partition?

    Also what version of Vista do you need? I have a couple of discs knocking around.

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    I have a couple of disks at hand, mainly Business Edition to be honest for OEM Product Keys if it's any help

    James.

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    I have no idea of the version - the hard disk on the machine has been reformatted so there arent any partitions or anything any more. It is an Advent 5611 I think
    Yes, I wiped the disk without checking what OS she wanted - but it never occured to me that she would want to keep Vista!
    I presume it was Vista Home? but does it matter? OEM AFAIK

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    It does matter. For example a Vista Home Basic serial wont work with a Vista Home Premium install.

    You can see what version of visa it use by looking at the licence sticker on the bottom of the machine. It will tell you what edition the serial is for.

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    Yes, only certain keys will work with each addition, so if you have a Home Edition OEM CD Key, you won't be able to enter that successfully into a Business Edition install.

    It should tell you on the M$ sticker what version you require.

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    Ah of course. It is at home but I will look ASAP. I think it is Home Premium - I wonder if anyone would have that? (maybe used as a coaster or something )

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    Quote Originally Posted by witch View Post
    Ah of course. It is at home but I will look ASAP. I think it is Home Premium - I wonder if anyone would have that? (maybe used as a coaster or something )
    I think i might have it. I will have a look for it.

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    I know what I would do in this situation, but we're not allowed to say it.

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    Try the "No I am afraid you are wrong, vista sucks you are having windows 7 or Ubuntu.

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    I have NEVER and would never use Bittorrent to download an OEM install disc so I could use my legitimate CD key that came with a PC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chazzy2501 View Post
    I have NEVER and would never use Bittorrent to download an OEM install disc so I could use my legitimate CD key that came with a PC.
    Who suggested that then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chazzy2501 View Post
    I have NEVER and would never use Bittorrent to download an OEM install disc so I could use my legitimate CD key that came with a PC.
    Actually i didnt think it was illegal as you are using your own key

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    Vista SP2 is fine and actually faster on some PCs than 7, all the Windows 7 is epic Vista is bad stuff is rubbish given how close they are in functionality in almost all regards. I'd rather have a fully patched Vista system than a Windows Dinosaur edition (XP) box.

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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
    Thats my understanding of M$ licencing. After all you can download Server 2008 from their website and pop in your own serial.

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