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System Restore Vista On An Xp Computer

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#1 risngdragon145


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Posted 15 February 2008 - 09:36 AM

Can I install Vista on my desktop using the system restore disk for my laptop?

As I understand it if i wipe the hard drive of my desktop i can use the desktop system restore disk to reinstall the OS. Now I have the restore disk from my laptop (Vista home premium), so the question is can i use that restore disk to install vista on my desktop??

My desktop is a Gateway and my laptop is a Toshiba.

Thanks for the help!!

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Posted 15 February 2008 - 10:47 AM

You would most likely be able to do it.

Try inserting the disk and restarting the computer.

You should be able to have the installation reformat the drive for you.

If this works you can avoid the risk of erasing the HD for no reason.

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Posted 15 February 2008 - 04:37 PM

The answer to this is actually a resounding NO!!!! The Toshiba disk will install drivers for Toshiba hardware onto your Gateway systems - which will make the Gateway very unstable.

What version of Windows is on the Gateway right now? Do you have a licensed copy of Vista for the Gateway? If so, you may be able to get disks from Gateway to restore your system for a small charge. Otherwise you're faced with buying a copy to install on your system - which will cost a lot!
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Posted 15 February 2008 - 10:06 PM

I currently have windows XP on my Gateway and no I don't have Vista for it. The exorbitant cost of buying Vista is why I wanted to try and legally get around it lol. There wouldn't be a way that I could just install Vista from the disk? Or better yet would I be able to uninstall the drivers and then install the Gateway drivers? I really don't have the cash to get a vista disk for my Gateway it really isn't that important.

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Posted 15 February 2008 - 10:50 PM

If xp came on your desktop you are far better staying with that, vista was designed for new machines, sure you can add ram so your old one has 2 gigs but that doesn't speed it up enough for running vista smoothly.

A faster dual core with premium video card should do fine

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