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Hi All! Bought a new desktop prior to Vista coming out... I didn't know this but Acer no longer supply restore disks and so you have to make your own - which I didn't do! Anyhow, due to my (s…
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9y, 11m agoPosted 9 years, 11 months ago
Hi All!

Bought a new desktop prior to Vista coming out...

I didn't know this but Acer no longer supply restore disks and so you have to make your own - which I didn't do!

Anyhow, due to my (silly) error, I have corrupted Windows XP and now have no (legal) copy of XP to reinstall back onto my desktop. Am umming and aahhing about getting an OS back on my system.

I think I'll chance Vista, but don't need a retail version - just an OEM version to install on.

Cheapest I've seen is around £80 with P&P - anyone know the cheapest?
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9y, 11m agoPosted 9 years, 11 months ago
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#1
Just get 'any' copy of XP Home/Pro/Media (whatever you were running) and install it with your legal licence key. Doesnt matter what copy you use to install as long as you use your legal product key which should on your computers chassis somewhere.

Otherwise, best place for vista is probably ebuyer...

Vista Home Premium x32Bit £70.48 delivered - http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/123052/rb/26095117982

Vista Home Premium x64Bit £70.75 delivered - http://www.ebuyer.com/product/123067/product_info/rb/26095121289
#2
I'm confused reference the x32 bit and the x64 bit versions? Anyone offer some assistance??
#3
im confused about oems
can we just buy them and install as normal?
i thought its only valid with pc bought at store... I build my own pcs so can I use oems?
#4
32bit version is meant for 32bit (normal) processors
64bit version is for the newer 64bit processors (but my 64bit processor runs happily on 32bit XP, so i guess the same should be for 64bit processor on 32bit vista)

oem's are meant for dedicated system builders, and you need to buy some piece of hardware at the same time, like a mouse or something.

You wont get much if any support from microsoft, and if you change the motherboard (or possibly other components) you will invalidate your copy of vista and you'll have to ring microsoft to get it re-activated (you could say your mobo blew up and you had to buy a new one). Currently the policy is to allow these reactivations, but that could change anytime, you never know

but, you do save a bundle of cash by buying oem
#5
"you need to buy some piece of hardware at the same time"

I didnt and no probs :thumbsup:
#6
I have a dell oem xp disk spare you can buy for £7 inc
let me know as i will need to find it out
you will need a key but that should be on the sticker on the side of your pc
#7
airey
Just get 'any' copy of XP Home/Pro/Media (whatever you were running) and install it with your legal licence key. Doesnt matter what copy you use to install as long as you use your legal product key which should on your computers chassis somewhere.


Thats a handy bit of info, think you might save me a good £70 there. I busted up my Windows weeks ago and have been running Linux ever since
#8
i have a acer pc,i have the free upgrade aswell.Just trying to sort everything out now,how do i find the certificate of authencity,it also says S/N whats this. When you order the free upgrade how do you tell them you want the 64bit version,or do they send both versions to you.I have the acer t180,3800+ 64 bit computer,if anyones heard of that it has MEDIA CENTER 2005 on it.

Does anyone know where i can send it of to,or does anyone know if it can be done online.
#9
Ok, here we go Skippy:
firstly got to http://www.acer.co.uk/acereuro/page6...crc=1737753709
Have a read of that page and then click on the website link down the bottom:
http://upgradeweb.moduslink.com/vista/Acer
Fill in the online form. Read all the terms and conditions thoroughly. Make sure the secure padlock is in place before you enter your C/C details.
This should all be self explanatory but if you have a problem you can contact them direct on UK: 00800 666 44 666.
You can also email them on [EMAIL="MSTUPVISTAEMEA@moduslink.com"]MSTUPVISTAEMEA@moduslink.com[/EMAIL]
They are VERY slow in getting back to you via email.
One thing to watch out for is that they ask you to send proof of purchase to them via post , fax or scan. I sent them a scan of the receipt via email but they haven't confirmed that this is acceptable yet.

Hope that helps.

ps. When I posted this their website appears to be down for maintenance so I can't be absolutely sure I got all the above in the right order.

copied this from another thread..and no you cannot get 64 bit only 32 bit...if you want 64 you'll have to purchase yourself
#10
try running the free belarc adviser
http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html
from there you can get the processor model, then you can find out if its a 64 or 32 bit processor.
#11
my computer is 64bit,is it true you only get the aero program on the 64 bit version,or can you get it on 32bit versions aswell.thanks for the help,
#12
jim4571
my computer is 64bit,is it true you only get the aero program on the 64 bit version,or can you get it on 32bit versions aswell.thanks for the help,


You can get the aero effects on both 32bit and 64bit OS
#13
was just about to pay then online,and i chose debit card as my option then i went on the next page and i could only choose either solo or switch,i have a visa debit card,does it not accept mine then or am i confused with something
#14
iv gone for wire transfer now,would i be able to complete this with internet banking or does it need to be done in a bank
#15
iv just got my confirmation email,and i need to send of my receipt and confirmation number of the following adddress..

Then it has different sets of address.i.e EMEA, AMERICAS,MEXICO,ASIA,JAPAN,KOREA,CHINA,

which one should i send it off to,i thought EMEA but it has a netherlands address.

James
#16
If you have a 64 bit processor you can run either 32 bit or 64 bit, for now I'd probably stick with 32, 64 bit is more secure but there are still a clot of compatability issues with programs and drivers on 64 bit systems
#17
anyone know where i send the receipt lol
#18
send a scanned copy to the email mate otherwise to the address in the netherlands
#19
thanks mate
#20
so i managed to send them the scanned receipt to the email address,all i need to do now pay for it.When i was on the website sorting the upgrade out,i was at the part where i had to pay for it,it wouldnt accept visa debit cards so i chose wire transfer instead;i was planning on going to the bank and paying it from there.So i saved it to my favourites so i wouldnt loose the information on where i have to pay it to.Anyway i looked on my favourites today and when i clicked the link it just took straight to the original page from the start.So i havent a clue where and how to pay,and whether iv lost any info i need. What should i do? lol
#21
just been on the vista site to check my exsisting order and it says this


Order Number : 3186639
Order Status : POP/COA validated
Shipping Date :
Carrier : Standard
AWB# :

on status part what does POP mean?
#22
jim4571
just been on the vista site to check my exsisting order and it says this


Order Number : 3186639
Order Status : POP/COA validated
Shipping Date :
Carrier : Standard
AWB# :

on status part what does POP mean?


Proof Of Purchase
#23
thanks currychops,so does this mean they have received my proof of purchase for the postage and packaging for the vista upgrade or is it just to say theyve received my receipt for the computer
#24
yes it means they've had your receipt.
#25
lol i though they though id aleady paid for postage.how did you pay currychops,iv got the details now how to pay them,you can do it on online banking can you,whilst looking at there bank info,it doesnt make sense,there sort code is more than 6 digits long,anyone else noticed this
#26
I paid by credit card....so how did you pay???...sounds like it wasn't credit or debit card.....to be honest I am not aware of the other methods of payment so cannot comment further.

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