And it never asked for that key. What you want is the recovery media as it installs without asking for the key. HP, last time charged 35 bucks for the media.
Tip: The media is not copy protected so you are free to make a backup copy.
Windows vista home prem. came pre installed on my laptop and the back sticker is unreadable now, where key is written, though HP has well laminated their sticker showing serial no. and product no. lol.
Anyways i m currently using windows 7 in trial mode and have lost backup dvds of vista also. So no disk no windows no sticker, but still needs to install vista so that i can upgrade it to windows 8. ms cc told me i have to have activated windows
to buy windows 8 online for $39