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reinstall help vista pre installed

jazferbetay Avatar
6y, 10m agoPosted 6 years, 10 months ago
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mates advent 7133/ 7113 hard drive reporting failure
pre installed home vista
no recovery disks
win serial on back of laptop


going to get new hd
if i install from a retail disk
can i use the serial from underneath
jazferbetay Avatar
6y, 10m agoPosted 6 years, 10 months ago
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#1
Nope. You need an OEM DVD to re-install. I had this issue with a mates Compaq. Installed using a full Vista DVD and tried the number on the bottom. No deal. Called microsoft activation line and told it is not a serial number buta license number to prove its genuine. They said call Compaq/HP. Did and they confirmed the same. As the backup didn't work and the hard drive was dead and replaced, all they could do was offer to send out a OEM install Vista DVD. Mate took it back to staples and got it changed as culdn't be bothered waiting. None of this was on an Advent but will probably be the same. Try contacting Advent and asking for a OEM install DVD. Their tech support should help.
#2
just have a look for a torrent that matches the sticker on the bottom and burn it to a disc.......oem and youll be fine
#3
don't use a torrent, so many with hidden goodies :(

if the =drive hasn't completely failed u may be able to clone/ghost over the recovery partition to the new hdd and take it from there
buy a seagate or maxtor hdd and u get access to a free copy of acronis software to do this from seagates website
#4
so clone would be best of whole drive or recovery

and if i got oem disk no key would it work on his key
#5
This web page has info about doing a clean install of Vista on a laptop, instead of reinstalling what came pre-installed with your laptop from whatever manufacturer.

http://forum.notebookreview.com/showthread.php?t=120228
#6
jazferbetay
so clone would be best of whole drive or recovery

and if i got oem disk no key would it work on his key


its likely you will get problems doing the whole drive if its failing, i would just do the recovery and then run that, an oem disk will do the job but sounds like you don't have one.

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