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How to make a vista install disk

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August 5, 2010 1:01:37 AM

My harddrive crashed recently so i went and bought a new one today, but i dont know how to install windows vista on it because when i bought it it didnt come with a vista cd, i was wondering if i can use another computer that had vista and somehow copy the files onto a cd.
August 5, 2010 1:10:14 AM

No. Thats why it's called an 'installation' DVD. If talking about a prebuilt computer, maybe checlk with the Mfg. about purchasing a System disk containg the Vista OS. Otherwise buying an installation disk would be required to install Vista.
August 5, 2010 1:25:46 AM

so what would i have to do to install vista on a brand new harddrive?
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August 5, 2010 1:47:27 AM

These are your options as I outlined in my earlier post.

Option 1: Contact the company who built your computer and ask if a recovery/installation disk is available.

Option 2: Buy a Vista installation disk from a store like Newegg, Best Buy or similar.
August 5, 2010 2:12:02 AM

My laptop has product key under it. This sucks!
August 5, 2010 2:12:27 AM

And thanks for your help, I appreciate it.
August 5, 2010 2:37:18 AM

Contact the support desk of the laptop manufacturer. Ask if a system disk is available for purchase. With that disk, you should be able to use the product key on the unit.
August 5, 2010 5:33:59 AM

Unfortunatly pc makers these days make savings by not supplying restore disks and instead create a restore partition on the hard drive.
They will prompt you to make a set of recovery disks, however many choose to ignore this at their peril and then have to purchase them from the maker.
A couple of months ago a friend purchased a new Acer desktop, which kept prompting him to create a set of recovery disks, untill I went and made them for him, otherwise it still wouldn't have been done. That's fairly typical of a lot of users.
I can't see why they don't offer to supply them at time of purchase for a modest fee, I think most would pay the extra if the salesperson explained the benefits, but that's another story, you have to find one that cares.