Thank you for supplying a photo of the disk.
It appears you have a FULL version Of Windows Vista 64 Bit.
Okay, lets see if i can get you some success here with your system.
I have done the following procedure myself with Windows 7.
You have to follow my instructions carefully.
Be warned though, there are no guarantees that this will work.
You will be performing this procedure at your own risk.You must have the product key handy that goes with your disk as you WILL be prompted for it at some point during the install.
First and foremost, please back up drive C:\ in any manor that you know how, just in case something goes wrong.
Your computer has to be able to boot into Windows Vista successfully in order for this procedure to work properly. (This is a must, if your computer can NOT boot into Windows Vista my instructions below will NOT work.)INSTRUCTIONS
You will be installing Windows Vista over Windows Vista.
Boot your computer into Windows Vista (The one on your hard drive!!)WARNING: Do NOT boot from the Vista installation disk, boot to your hard drive and allow Vista to load from IT!!!!
Booting from the DVD and installing will cause Vista to format your hard drive and wipe all previously stored data!
Once system is fully loaded, disable your anti-virus program if it is running.
Insert your Windows Vista DVD into the DVD drive and allow the splash screen to appear.
Ignore compatibility option in menu, concentrate ONLY on the INSTALL option.
If Windows Vista opts to create a folder named WINDOWS.OLD please opt out, because your headed in the wrong direction with this procedure. This WINDOWS.OLD folder ends up being your original WINDOWS folder, which was replaced by a new folder called WINDOWS and new install of VISTA. Although some of your stuff will be in the WINDOWS.OLD folder, you will NOT be able to BOOT to this folder and all your programs will not function as they did previously, each will have to be re-installed all over again.
Now on to the instructions again...
The only response you should get from the INSTALL option, is the following: Windows is checking your system and preparing to install, or something similar to this wording.
I am hoping the install proceeds, if it does, the only folders, files and directories that Windows installation will over-write is its OWN FILES. It should not and I mean it should not over-write any files, folders or directories that you or another program created. If it did not create the file originally, it can't over-write it either.
You may have to go back to Windows Update and re-install previously installed windows updates.
If you have a service pack installed, that supersedes your installation disk's service pack, you will need to upgrade again to that service pack again.
Internet Explorer may be rolled back to the version on your installation disk, if you had Internet explorer 8 and the disk has Internet Explorer 7, you will be back to Internet Explorer 7 again and will have to upgrade again via downloads from Microsoft's download web site.
Please remember, everything that was created by Microsoft for Windows Vista will be the version number that is currently available on your installation disk, just as if you had done a fresh clean install.
So you will have to update your computer as far as Microsoft products are concerned.
Once the installation is complete, you must go to Windows update and re-install security patches and downloads with the KB letters in their names, these are Knowledge Base
related patches from Microsoft that closes holes and vulnerabilities in your system to prevent hackers from exploiting those holes to take control of your computer. They MUST be re-patched to protect your computer!
Please let me know how this turns out.
As I warned, back up your hard drive first.
There is NO guarantees that this WILL work if it even attempts to install in the first place.
Your disk will be the deciding factor here as to whether it will work or not.
I wish you the best of luck.
Edited by MrBruce1959, 19 December 2010 - 11:08 PM.