Discussion in 'OT Technology' started by pantheR, Nov 4, 2008.
I still have all the original packaging (activation key, etc.).
Vista Home Premium
the source really doesn't matter as long as your product key is genuine
best would be to contact MS and try if you can get a replacement
if you have a friend with Vista Home Premium, you can borrow it, burn a copy or something
downloading a copy from torrents is another way,... though it can be risky (e.g. the author of the torrent included malware)
Copy the CD contents to a folder on your computer, download vLite, use it to generate a new bootable .ISO file, and burn the .ISO file onto a new disc. I've fixed several slightly-damaged discs this way.
hmm some of my friends have PC's (HP, gateway, etc.) that came with vista.. maybe they also came with the actual vista install disc?
i'd prefer not to download a cracked copy and try to use my real key.. plus I already checked, can't find vista home premium anywhere.
i may call microsoft and see if they can help
most of these manufacturers (HP, Dell, etc) cheap out and doesn't include the OEM Vista install disc. they usually just setup a hidden partition in the hdd for recovery purposes.
to get the OEM Vista install disc, they have to contact the manufacturer and pay a small fee (around $10-$25). maybe your friends did order their copy so just ask.
and yes,... your 'Retail key' will work with their 'OEM install disc'
the only diff between a retail vista dvd and an OEM vista dvd is that the OEM includes the manufacturer's crap.