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Windows 7: Vista reinstall


18 Apr 2010   #1

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 
Vista reinstall

Hi everybody,

Okay, my dad has a laptop, it's pretty low spec and has Vista basic. It's running like a dog and I was looking to try and install XP. Since I don't know anybody with an XP disc or own one myself it's out of the question. So I was going to settle with reinstalling Vista. Turns out Toshiba didn't provide us with a disc. There was a restore partition but it's gone. So, is there away to create some sort of recovery disc that can let me do a clean install of Vista or am I snookered?

Any help is appreciated.

Thanks.

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18 Apr 2010   #2

XP Pro SP3 X86 / Win7 Pro X86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kylehimself View Post
Hi everybody,

Okay, my dad has a laptop, it's pretty low spec and has Vista basic. It's running like a dog and I was looking to try and install XP. Since I don't know anybody with an XP disc or own one myself it's out of the question. So I was going to settle with reinstalling Vista. Turns out Toshiba didn't provide us with a disc. There was a restore partition but it's gone. So, is there away to create some sort of recovery disc that can let me do a clean install of Vista or am I snookered?

Any help is appreciated.

Thanks.
I'd say you're pretty much screwed on that one...

You're going to have to do a clean install of something, but what?
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18 Apr 2010   #3

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CommonTater View Post
I'd say you're pretty much screwed on that one...

You're going to have to do a clean install of something, but what?
I have both Vista and 7 install discs but they are x64 and Home Premium. I know a guy with Vista 32 but his is also Home Premium and there is no way this laptop will handle it. I hate the way these manufacturers don't supply the OS disc.
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18 Apr 2010   #4

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

A computer user's best friend is always having a collection of Install CD/DVD's
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18 Apr 2010   #5

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

There's no such thing as a Vista Home Premium disc.

All the MS install discs contain all editions.

It might say Home Premium on it - but all editions are on there. If you enter the Basic edition product key during installation - that is what you will get.

If you skip entering the product key ( also uncheck activate automatically online ) you will be presented with a list of the Editions - highlight the one you want - obviously Basic, and continue. You have 30 days to enter the key.

You can use your friend's 32 bit install disc - with the product key off the side of your dad's machine.

You need to d/l and copy to cd the drivers for the machine from the manufacturer website.

If you use the key off the side of the machine - you probably need to call the manufacturer ( NOT microsoft) to activate.

Otherwise , you can extract the product key and activation code from the HD , install Vista Basic edition , put the key and activation code back on the HD - no need to call the manufacturer.




Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kylehimself View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CommonTater View Post
I'd say you're pretty much screwed on that one...

You're going to have to do a clean install of something, but what?
I have both Vista and 7 install discs but they are x64 and Home Premium. I know a guy with Vista 32 but his is also Home Premium and there is no way this laptop will handle it. I hate the way these manufacturers don't supply the OS disc.
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18 Apr 2010   #6

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
There's no such thing as a Vista Home Premium disc.

All the MS install discs contain all editions.

It might say Home Premium on it - but all editions are on there. If you enter the Basic edition product key during installation - that is what you will get.

If you skip entering the product key ( also uncheck activate automatically online ) you will be presented with a list of the Editions - highlight the one you want - obviously Basic, and continue. You have 30 days to enter the key.

You can use your friend's 32 bit install disc - with the product key off the side of your dad's machine.

You need to d/l and copy to cd the drivers for the machine from the manufacturer website.

If you use the key off the side of the machine - you probably need to call the manufacturer ( NOT microsoft) to activate.

Otherwise , you can extract the product key and activation code from the HD , install Vista Basic edition , put the key and activation code back on the HD - no need to call the manufacturer.
Thanks buddy, this sounds like the easiest route to take. I'll give it a go. Much appreciated.
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18 Apr 2010   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Here is a Windows Vista key finder in case you need to extract it from the current installation. Works also on XP and Windows7.
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19 Apr 2010   #8

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Cheers bud.
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19 Apr 2010   #9

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Just wanted to say I got the Laptop sorted out. It's running like a dream. Cheers to everybody for the input. You all earned yourselves some rep.

Cheers guys!
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19 Apr 2010   #10

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Great news.

How did you do it?

Did you use your friend's dvd and the key off the sticker-how did you get it to activate?
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