Posted 14 July 2011 - 02:18 AM
Personally, I would remove and recreate all partitions during a new windows install - it's all got a bit messy now. Obviously that means backing up all your data first etc. If the desktop does have it's own Vista serial sticker then you can try using your disk, I think OEM is usually shipped with new hardware but as long as you have a valid key you can use another disk to install. There are some variations between discs and not all license keys work with all discs - so no guarantee it will not reject the key. Usually, if you have a retail serial key and any spare retail disc then you will be ok.