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#1 zedsed420

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Posted 14 April 2008 - 02:11 AM

My Windows Vista disk was damaged so I tried looking for a place on the Microsoft site to download it to no avail. I also tried looking for a torrent and all I could find were "hacked" copies. I have a legitamate Vista key so all I need is the bootable .iso file and I'm good. Where would I find it and how do I identify whether it's a clean OEM or another hack?

Oh yeah, by the way, is it true that any vista disk can be used? I was told that the key determines the version and all versions are actually on the disk.

Edited by zedsed420, 14 April 2008 - 02:13 AM.

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Posted 14 April 2008 - 10:51 AM

In general you can use "any" Vista disk - but there are a lot of disks out there that you can't use. For example, HP has taken to "tattooing" their disks for certain models of computers.

If you don't have one of the subscriptions to the Microsoft TechNet or MSDN, any download that you find is apt to be illegal.

FWIW - you can usually get a replacement disk from the manufacturer of your system for a lot less than it would cost to purchase a copy (HP's are usually around $20 US and are mailed to you in a couple of days. In the days of XP there was a requirement that the system builder had to provide a way of recovering the computer as a part of their EULA - there may be the same requirement with Vista.
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Posted 14 April 2008 - 07:52 PM

OK, so I aquired a 64 bit oem disk. However, when I try to install it, it seems to stall out. It will load the initial files, then it goes to this multigreen colored screen with the mouse pointer visible and just doesn't go any further.
I used killdisk to wipe my secondary drive clean and then disconnected the drive that contained xp so I would be installing to a fresh hd. Same result.
Do I need to do something to my bios or cmos? Is there something else I'm missing? Do I need to wipe the hd that I have XP on to install it?

Edited by zedsed420, 14 April 2008 - 10:16 PM.

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Posted 14 April 2008 - 10:17 PM

Silly question, but does your computer have a 64-bit processor? If not, I don't know how 64-bit Vista would go on it.

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Posted 15 April 2008 - 10:46 AM

What's the exact make and model of your system? Did this system come with Vista installed on it? If so, was it the 32 or 64 bit version?

It sounds, from what you've related, that the system doesn't want to work with a 64 bit OS. There's many reasons for this, but the make and model is the first place to start looking.
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Posted 16 April 2008 - 02:11 AM

Ok, so I got the 64 bit installation done and updated to sp1. It took forever! Definitely the longest install to date. And yes my cpu is a 64 bit dual core(AMD Athlon 64 X2 4000+ Brisbane 2.1GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM2 65W Dual-Core Processor - OEM). Now I have only one more little favor to ask, In media center, I can't seem to get my .avi files to play. I have installed Klite media codec pack which it says is 64 bit compatible, as well as all the updates from microsoft and the divx pack(64 bit) with no luck. Any Ideas? I can get them to play in windows media player and the divx player just not in media center.

Oh yeah about my system, I built it myself. All the parts I used are listed on my profile.

Edited by zedsed420, 16 April 2008 - 02:12 AM.

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Posted 16 April 2008 - 02:58 AM

Hi, I have had problems with media centre and avi files try this codec it seems to have fixed to problem for me http://ac3filter.net/project/1/releases
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Posted 17 April 2008 - 02:40 AM

That was a good idea, however, the ac3 install did not help.

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