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Vist Home Premium Re-install

by aasibrw / September 18, 2009 2:27 PM PDT

I purchased a new laptop with vista home premium installed on it, but dont got any Os DVD, I have an origional dvd of Vista any time upgrade can I us my cd key(at back of laptop) with this dvd to reinstall windows vista on my lap top, will it creat any problem for me?

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by porlean / September 18, 2009 2:43 PM PDT

typically windows is only allowed to be running on one pc, if thats the same disc used for a currently running then the key will be invalid, unless u contact Microsoft and see what they'll do. but if this disc is from a computer that is no longer running then it shouldnt be problem

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by Paul C / September 18, 2009 5:51 PM PDT

You wrote:

can I us my cd key(at back of laptop) with this dvd to reinstall windows vista on my lap top, will it creat any problem for me?

You cannot. The key on the back of the new laptop refers to the copy of Windows that is installed on the laptop. The DVD you have has its own key - and the two cannot be mixed.

Many new PC's don't come with an operating system disk, but do have a "hidden" partition on the hard drive. That partition is used to create a system recovery disk which will restore your new laptop to the original factory configuration.

Open Computer. Do you see a second partition (usually D:)? If that's so, it's probably the recovery partition. Go into the documentation that came with your laptop, find out how to make recovery disks and make a set. Since these partitions can typically only be used once, you should then use whatever CD/DVD burning software that came preinstalled to make at least one extra copy of these disks. Place that second copy in a safe place.

HTH, Paul

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