I was given a computer that has Vista installed on it. THe computer does not have a restore partition and also did not come with the Vista disk. It is a home built computer so I am almost postive it has a retail Version of Vista on it.
What I would like to do is reformat the computer. I have Vista restore disks from other computers (OEM) like Dell and HP, but I have no Vista retail disks. Getting the product code from the machine shouldnt be a problem using one of the utilities out there, the key are genuine and valid. The problem I am having is, I dont have a disk to use for reformatting. Would one of the OEM disks work? Or is there a resource online to download an retail ISO and use a valid key? I googled around some, but didnt want to take the chance of downloaded an infected ISO.
Please dont reply saying why not install Win 7 or 8, because I do not have the funds to purchase a key for those. I was given this computer free of charge.