Yeah, I'm thinking of buying the actual vista software brand new and having it installed on a new pc....not transferring it from the pc i'm using now.
YEAH you can install it. I installed XP to a 2012 model Dell laptop Latitude 6530 i5 and an older i5. I just bought another copy retail Vista Business because it has some unique features I want to keep. I paid only $25 for it at Amazon, brand new still in shrinkwrap. That link shows you what it looks like. That's the RETAIL so you can move it from one machine to the next as you update. The Amazon link is more expensive now, but look for the same thing in Ebay, and check back in Amazon from time to time.
Or, search on laptops with Vista already installed in Amazon, Ebay and dellauction.com . The D630 in the Amazon Link, I have, but with Win7 (I wanted Vista, but they didn't have it at the time). But that configuration in the link, is not good. You want at least 4 GB of RAM, for Vista to become beautiful. At that configuration, surprisingly the listings aren't cheap.
Well, you can always get a machine with no OS and the retail or unused OEM Vista (Business), which you originally wanted.
The dellauction.com is part of official dell.com, not some third party merely authorized by Dell. But there are also plenty of Dell-authorized refurbishers in Amazon and Ebay. Those will be the best ones. Pick Vista Business because it's more stable and supported. If you'll go with Dell (which doesn't require special drivers for bare-metal installs, neither XP through Win10, the Windows default drivers will work well enough to install) -- if you go through Dell, get the Latitudes or Precisions.
There's also delloutlet.com. Here's their list of VISTA machines. These are all business machines coming off-lease, so are completely cleaned anew by Dell itself. I've bought 7 machines directly from them, one of which was Vista. Of the ones shown, I have the Optiplex 780 (on which I'm typing, have another one also, and the Vista is a 760), and the other Vista shown in that link which I have, is a 6410 (really neat machine).
I don't like Vista Home Basic, but maybe you do. Business or Ultimate will be better values as there is more support, but you decide. Point is, you're getting it from Dell directly.
I never have trouble installing Windows clean to a Dell machine. But if you prefer some other brand, well that's your sovereign choice.
Yell at me if I'm unclear, obtuse, or offensive.
Edited by brainout, 28 August 2015 - 09:29 AM.