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Calling all tecchies!!

geneticmeddler Avatar
7y, 10m agoPosted 7 years, 10 months ago
I've scoured Google, but stuggled to find a definitive response...

I've acquired a new machine that could do with Vista (32bit) Ultimate reloading.
I've got the Vista Product Key/COA (for the machine) and a genuine Vista (OEM) DVD.

I bought the Vista DVD for a machine I built from scratch..
Am I being dopey thinking that the DVD is linked to that original machine??

The question is; Am I safe to use the OEM DVD on the new machine (with its own COA)?

Much obliged...
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7y, 10m agoPosted 7 years, 10 months ago
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#1
Yep, use it. It will work fine.
#2
Top, thanks for the prompt reply!
Am I the only one who feels a little nervous before hitting the format button :roll:
#3
You say you bought a new machine that could do with Vista reloading.

But if that PC came with Vista preinstalled you should have got a reinstall or recovery disk.

If you didnt go back and ask the people you bought it off to give you one.

Generally a Windows OEM COA will work with any OEM Vista disk, but it wont work with a Vista Retail disk (that comes in box) or a Vista Enterprise version or a Vista Developer (MSDN) version.
#4
geneticmeddler
Am I the only one who feels a little nervous before hitting the format button :roll:


I agree.

We have 4 PCs in our house and I maintain them all for the family.

I usually re-install Windows on each PC every 6 months or so to remove all the rubbish.

I spend ages making sure I have backed up and removed all the personal files before starting the Windows re-install, but even then my hand hovers over the "format" button for a few seconds as I convince myself that I have removed everything.

I always make sure I back up everyones browser favorites, plus make note of any email settings and other settings, plus of course remove everything from their personal folders like "Pictures" or "Music" or "Documents".
#5
Get yourselves a copy of Acronis True image, then you just setup the PC once the way you like it (point all 'personal' data to another partition, eg internet favourites, my docs etc) and make the image of the C drive.

Then if/when something "breaks", you just restore to the image and you are back up and running in about 10 minutes. Best bit of sotware ever!
#6
Babbabooey
Get yourselves a copy of Acronis True image, then you just setup the PC once the way you like it (point all 'personal' data to another partition, eg internet favourites, my docs etc) and make the image of the C drive.

Then if/when something "breaks", you just restore to the image and you are back up and running in about 10 minutes. Best bit of sotware ever!


I use Ghost on one of my PCs to do that.

It has 2 hard disks, and after re-installing Windows I make a Ghost image and store it on the second hard disk.

If anything goes wrong, or I get a virus or any other "nasty", I just restore Windows from the Ghost image and it is done in about 5 minutes.

I do plan to look at Acronis True Image as my version of Ghost does not support Vista.
#7
acronis true image is good but a little slow vs ghost, you can also get a free version of true image from the seagate website for use on machines with their drives!!!!!! you can still use it for other manufs drives but must have a seagate recognised by bios(incl via usb on some systems)
why won't ghost work with vista?, had to research and restore a vista dell recently and sure i saw the symantec name somewhere in the process!
#8
maddogb
why won't ghost work with vista?, had to research and restore a vista dell recently and sure i saw the symantec name somewhere in the process!


I said MY version of Ghost wont work with Vista, it is an old version.

From what I have heard the latest Ghost is not based on the old versions of Ghost.

Seems Acronis True Image is the latest "top" product to get, for example PC Pro magazine has it on their A list.
#9
I would certainly highly recommend Acronis true image , it has rescued me on a few occasions and never let me down yet.:thumbsup:
#10
I've been impressed with Acronis for a while, it's not the fastest product out there however I find it's quick and easy to use with no issues restoring data from images.

Recently I tried imaging a Dell Studio Hybrid using an Acronis boot CD however I couldn't get it going, the keyboard and mouse didn't appear to work and the F11 option to allow you to enter commandline parameters didn't work either. I tried Acronis livechat explaining to them the issue, the thread I'd found with a similar issue and requesting the alternate bootloader which apparently resolved the issue. Straightaway the agent gave me a link to the alternate boot loader with full diagnostic options. I downloaded it and gave it a go but was still having trouble slightly further on, again the agent promptly provided information in this case command line prompts to try and resolve it but unfortunately it wasn't going. At this point I thought I wouldn't bother and look into it later however the agent then gave me a download link to a newer bootable version of the software and to see if that worked any better. Sure enough it did, the agent then gave me a serial key to upgrade legally to the new version.

Needless to say I was extremely impressed with the service, it's unusual to get such prompt responses without the agent tediously going through a script. This person clearly knew the product well in addition to a decent amount of technical knowledge.

John

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