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So managed to snag a core2quad system with 8GB of ram and all components but no OS installed on ebay for cheap... BUT it has a Certification of Authenticity on the tower. Now the problem arises that I need to get a hand on the installation software... as I would prefer to use the COA rather than using up a software key from one of my other spares (all legit). Where can I go to download a LEGIT ISO or copy of the install DVD for Vista Home Premium (32 and 64 bit as I assume it should be 64 bit but the seller states it is a COA for 32 bit via correspondence). 

    
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call microsoft and tell them that your hdd has failed. I believe you can use a legit copy and different code that microsoft will supply you upon contacting them.
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call microsoft and tell them that your hdd has failed. I believe you can use a legit copy and different code that microsoft will supply you upon contacting them.

 

I think maybe I confused everyone with my OP, I have legit key. Require the discs to do the install but do not have - where can I download copy of legit ISO so I can burn to disc and therefore do the install.

    
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Links to Digital River downloads and instructions for burning to dvd
http://www.raymond.cc/blog/how-to-burn-downloaded-windows-vista-to-dvd/
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To use the COA you would have to contact original manufacturer of PC
and get software from them..
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Originally Posted by hyperkite View Post

To use the COA you would have to contact original manufacturer of PC
and get software from them..


Well that sucks, I thought the COA had the product key information that I could use to activate an installed version...

    
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Here is a legit sight to retrieve windows from.. Hope this helps you out!!! wink.gif

http://www.mydigitallife.info/download-windows-7-iso-official-32-bit-and-64-bit-direct-download-links/
     
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Here is a legit sight to retrieve windows from.. Hope this helps you out!!! wink.gif

http://www.mydigitallife.info/download-windows-7-iso-official-32-bit-and-64-bit-direct-download-links/

 

Awesome thanks!

 

Quote:
Originally Posted by hyperkite View Post

To use the COA you would have to contact original manufacturer of PC
and get software from them..

 

I sure as hell hope that isn't the case, as every COA I have seen has a product key directly on it. So you mean that using regular retail install software will result in a no go when applying the COA product key?

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Originally Posted by tom.slick View Post

Links to Digital River downloads and instructions for burning to dvd
http://www.raymond.cc/blog/how-to-burn-downloaded-windows-vista-to-dvd/

 

More alternatives =)

    
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If the COA has a licence key on it like "xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx" etc, then I see no reason why it will not work. I got a Toshiba laptop from my uncle, that was downgraded to XP. It was very slow, so I decided to intall Vista again, because it had the COA with the key on. I used my Vista upgrade DVD to install Vista Business(All vista has all versions on the dvd's), and it worked like a charm with the Vista Business key and the Upgrade DVD.

Download the ISO and use the licence on the COA, and I'm 99% sure you won't have a problem. If online activation doesn't work(I've seen this on a totally legit pc at a clients office), then just use over the phone activation.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Jared2608 View Post

If the COA has a licence key on it like "xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx" etc, then I see no reason why it will not work. I got a Toshiba laptop from my uncle, that was downgraded to XP. It was very slow, so I decided to intall Vista again, because it had the COA with the key on. I used my Vista upgrade DVD to install Vista Business(All vista has all versions on the dvd's), and it worked like a charm with the Vista Business key and the Upgrade DVD.

Download the ISO and use the licence on the COA, and I'm 99% sure you won't have a problem. If online activation doesn't work(I've seen this on a totally legit pc at a clients office), then just use over the phone activation.

Seen this happen twice already when using a COA product key and a retail Windows installer. Got resolved though through phone activation. biggrin.gif
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