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i have vista on a laptop but i believe the drive is dead (seems like its the only common factor in booting issues) so i was going to get a new drive... now do i have to buy a brand new copy of windows? or can i just re-use the activation key on the bottom of the laptop? and if i can just re-use the key then can i switch from a 32-bit to a 64-bit or do i have to use the same build? and last but not least, where can i get an iso for windows vista? ill probably just install from a flash drive for convenience
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Download it through a .torrent site and use the key you have, i don't know about going from 32-64 bit...i'll look for an msdn link or something though.

Here is a link to a legit version http://www.mydigitallife.info/downlo...-with-torrent/
Edited by Sean Webster - 6/2/11 at 2:01pm
post #3 of 11
Didnt your Laptop come with a Disk ?

If you want to stay legit then use your original Key, otherwise download something else, your choice

If your CD key is 32bit only then you'll need to stick with that
post #4 of 11
nope 32 bit key for 32 bit , you can reuse the key though. If they activator gives you any fuss over changed hardware just phone Microsoft and they will provide you with a new key, at least they should.

As far as the iso goes then IDK
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Didnt your Laptop come with a Disk ?

If you want to stay legit then use your original Key, otherwise download something else, your choice

If your CD key is 32bit only then you'll need to stick with that
it is an older laptop so i got rid of the disk, and i dont really want to install with all the hp bloatware if i dont have to.... anyway i could find out of its 32-bit only?
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You can re-use the key to reinstall on that computer. Not sure about your other questions.
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should say on the foil I think
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u can reuse the same key but my advice would be to upgrade to win 7. it will be a whole lot smoother and quicker than vista. or u could go down to xp but thats just my two cents
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u can reuse the same key but my advice would be to upgrade to win 7. it will be a whole lot smoother and quicker than vista. or u could go down to xp but thats just my two cents
well right now vista=free and 7=100.00... its my laptop, i dont use it for much so im not looking too spend much more than i have to! thanks though, i am thinking about it lol
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