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Remove Win7, re-install Vista

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#1 AzyA


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Posted 06 May 2014 - 07:19 PM

How do I re-install Vista Home Premium on a Gateway laptop after someone installed Windows 7?


A friend's kid installed Win7 but could not activate it, now we are trying to reinstall the original OS - Vista.  Our friend does not have an installation disk for Vista, and the recovery partition no longer exists.  The 32 bit Gateway laptop still has a valid Vista COA, but the only Vista recovery software we have is from Dell.


We downloaded a driver pack from Gateway and tried to install Vista using the Dell installation disk, but the process failed and we cannot boot into Windows at all.


Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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#2 old rocker

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Posted 06 May 2014 - 07:58 PM

Stop beating your brains out purchase a copy of Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit and make your computer happy again.

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Posted 07 May 2014 - 09:10 AM

Contact Gateway and inquire about the possibility of obtaining the correct recovery disk(s) for their system.



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