My vista CD is scratched and won't let me format

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  1. pantheR

    pantheR New Member

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    I still have all the original packaging (activation key, etc.).

    Vista Home Premium

    ideas?
     
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    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)
     
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    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.
     
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    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
     
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    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.
     

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