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Windows Vista install URGENT?
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Hi,
I know windows vista is a little outdated but my friend found his old laptop but the HDD was broken beyond repair and he replaced that but it didn't have the OS so he installed Ubuntu but now he wants the system at its original state (windows vista) he has the product key but no disk, is it possible to use my restore disk with his product key?

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There's no harm in trying. Why don't you? The worst thing that can happen is just getting the BSOD if the drivers don't match with his hardware.

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I don't think this will work. but just try it, who knows it might work !!
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Is this disk actually a restore disk or is it your Vista installation disk. You can't install Windows from a restore disk but you can, of course, install is from an installation disk. As long as both computers are from the same manufacturer, you should be able to do that.

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I don't know if your "restore" disk would work, but any Vista installation disk that is the same version that is listed on the sticker on the bottom of the laptop will work. Just use the installation disk to install and the registration number on the sticker to activate and register.
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Why not try that. some manufacturers, will put a protection on their restore disks so it can't work on other computers.

If that is the case, play it smart ,Take out your HDD and Put your friends HDD in your laptop and use your restore Disk. then put it back in his laptop. Done.


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download a copy of windows vista of the internet and burn it to a disk then boot your friends computer from it. and enter the serial number
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try downloading a windows vista evaluation copy and enter the license key if the system restore disk doesn't work, which possibly won't work.
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No, what a restore disk does is to restore Windows, it does not contain all the necessary files to install Windows, it only contains the files necessary to repair your computer. You can can do though is download a copy of windows from the internet, sure this my seem as illegal, but it is not since you have your product key and you will use it. Just make sure you get the same version of Windows vista, meaning that if his computer had Windows Vista Premium, then his product key will only work with a windows vista premium copy.
  


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