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#1 skhooks1

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Posted 21 July 2014 - 11:53 AM

Since i didn't back up the Windows Vista 64-bit that I had on this computer, I don't have the money to buy the full version or rather the newest Windows. Any advice?

 

I've posted another post in which I hae had serious viruses and malware so now i don't think i'm able to back it up



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Posted 21 July 2014 - 01:14 PM

Do you have the license key?  You can reinstall Vista using the same key.



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Posted 21 July 2014 - 03:15 PM

Can't I get this info from my computer somewhere? I got this computer a few years ago from someone with no cds



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Posted 21 July 2014 - 03:22 PM

This will get you your license key. :thumbup2:

 

 

http://www.magicaljellybean.com/


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Posted 21 July 2014 - 03:31 PM

Can't I get this info from my computer somewhere? I got this computer a few years ago from someone with no cds

 

Yes.  Any product key finder program such as Magical Jelly Bean that Bonneville pointed out will get you the license key.



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Posted 21 July 2014 - 04:52 PM

ok thanks!!!!! so now that i have the product id and cd key what do i do next?



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Posted 21 July 2014 - 05:06 PM

Google "Digital River+Vista".  You need to down load the exact version so it matches the key, Down load a ISO and burn to a CD.


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Posted 21 July 2014 - 08:28 PM

It seems a bit confusing and a lot of steps to even do this. Where I went was downloads and fix.com, something like that...was that even correct?

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Posted 22 July 2014 - 05:32 AM

I took a quick look around and I don't see the Digital River download links for Vista.  Maybe the links are gone now.

 

Another option would be to get the original install disks from the manufacturer of the computer.  You can call the manufacturer to see if they are available or you can use Restoredisksdotcom which would cost in the $25 - $30 range.



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Posted 22 July 2014 - 09:26 AM

Are the mfg's usually expensive?



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Posted 22 July 2014 - 09:32 AM

Are the mfg's usually expensive?

 

Not sure.  I would call the mfg and ask for your specific model.



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Posted 22 July 2014 - 09:37 AM

Everything you require in the link. :horse:

 

http://downloadsnfix.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/microsoft-windows-vista-official-iso.html

 

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Posted 22 July 2014 - 09:53 AM

Ok I'll try it again. This was the website I asked about earlier



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Posted 22 July 2014 - 10:06 AM

You might not need a disk.

 

I saw the MiniToolBox report you posted in your topic here http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/540554/desperate/?p=3427482

 

MTB lists the following

1 Drive c: () (Fixed) (Total:919.56 GB) (Free:551.13 GB) NTFS
2 Drive d: (Windows Registry) (CDROM) (Total:0.54 GB) (Free:0.41 GB) UDF
3 Drive e: (Respawn Recovery) (Fixed) (Total:11.95 GB) (Free:11.83 GB) NTFS

 

Drive e: is the recovery drive, which takes the place of install disks. You should be able to to use the recovery drive to set the system back to factory state.

 

Read this page for more information http://www.dell.com/support/troubleshooting/us/en/19/KCS/KcsArticles/ArticleView?docid=540734

 

The page refers to Windows 7 but may be the same as or similar to Vista.

 

If you reinstall, please go to your AII topic and say you did that so it can be closed.


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Posted 22 July 2014 - 10:10 AM

Excellent point Queen-Evie about the recovery drive.  I had not read his other thread.






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