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How can i restore an old Vista OS without the backup disk?

by bobk544 / December 29, 2012 5:33 AM PST

Hello, i have the license key from the PC that i bought, but can't find the backup disk i created, so i'm wondering if because i have the key, can i just download Vista from somewhere and then validate or reactivate the downloaded OS with my original key that came with my PC purchase?

Thanks very much

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Your best bet is to contact your manufacturer
by wpgwpg / December 29, 2012 5:46 AM PST

Your computer manufacturer is probably your best bet for getting the restore disc(s) you need. But have you looked on your computer to see if there's a way for you to recreate it, or just do the restore? I think my 4 year old HP desktop had something under Start -> HP ->... for doing that. Also you should check your user guide which again should be on your computer. If not, you should be able to download it from your manufacturer's web site. Finally I'd suggest you boot to the Advanced Boot Menu (by hitting F8 about once a second when powering up) to see if there's something there to restore to factory settings.
When you've gotten your system back like you want it, I urge you to get yourself an external hard drive and a good 3rd party backup program. You can set it up to do everything automagically at the time and frequency of your choice. 1 TB external hard drives are about $70 these days and a really good FREE backup program is the Easeus todo backup free which you can download from . That can save you a lot of time and frustration the next time something like this happens. Sooner or later it happens to all computers for one reason or another.

Good luck.

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Thank You!
by bobk544 / December 29, 2012 11:44 AM PST

Wow great thanks very much for your very informative response wpgwpg! i will definteliy be following up on your recommendations! have a Happy and Wonderful New Year! bobk

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Is this a Dell?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 29, 2012 11:50 AM PST
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