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Hey guys so im starting my own pc repair business and know its essential to have your windows discs. The question is though, im not sure which version I need?

Here's my current dilemma. I've got someone who has a laptop that is having disc read errors, so that's most likely a hard drive as it wont even boot into windows. The owner has no data on it that he needs off so all that would be needed is a new hard drive and reinstall of windows. It has a windows vista coa on the bottom of the laptop, and the owner doesn't have the original recovery disks. So I would need to find a iso for vista but do I need the full or do I need the OEM? Id like to be able to use it from computer to computer as it will be used for my business.

Thanks in advance and sorry if things are out of wack. Im posting from my droid.
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personally I would just grab a matching ISO online and install using the genuine key on the WGA sticker.

As for multi volume licenses... expensive! Sometimes its cheaper it bulk buy OEM versions than have a multi user licence.
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The way I rebuild computers are:
if the system has over 1GB RAM with 128mb+ graphics, install 7.
if its recommended for vista, install 7.
if its designed for XP but has over 1GB RAM with 128mb+ graphics, install 7.
if its designed for XP but has low ram and rubbish graphics, install 2000/lite XP.
    
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personally I would just grab a matching ISO online and install using the genuine key on the WGA sticker.

As for multi volume licenses... expensive! Sometimes its cheaper it bulk buy OEM versions than have a multi user licence.
Yeah, so say it has vista home x64 or something, i just go online and grab a vista home x64 .iso and then reinstall windows using his COA on the bottom?

Also, do i need to uninstall the previous version of windows or anything? I've never used a COA on the bottom of a laptop, i tried it once and it didn't work

I just want to make sure i'll actually be able to get this right.
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at the computer store i used to work at for a summer job we had a xp home and xp pro disc 32-bit, then vista retail disc 32 and 64-bit and then a windows 7 retail disk 32 and 64 bit. then if we needed anything else we just went online and downloaded a legit iso and used the customers key to install it.. we didn't install windows on any machine unless they had the COA on the case.
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at the computer store i used to work at for a summer job we had a xp home and xp pro disc 32-bit, then vista retail disc 32 and 64-bit and then a windows 7 retail disk 32 and 64 bit. then if we needed anything else we just went online and downloaded a legit iso and used the customers key to install it.. we didn't install windows on any machine unless they had the COA on the case.
So is all the vista retail discs the same for each version? So theres just a vista x32 disc for all vista installs?

Here's my current discs,
-Windows XP Home Edition with SP2 -32bit (retail disc)
-Windows XP Professional with SP1 -32bit (oem disc)
-Windows 7 Home premium -32bit (retail disc)
-Windows 7 Home premium -62bit (retail disc)

Would the reason my XP disc wouldn't work is because my home edition disc is the sp2 version 2002 disc? As soon as i type in my product key, it said it wasn't valid.

Also, so it doesn't really matter on if it's oem, or retail? Should i find some vista home premium, professional and ultimate ISO's?
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So where would you find a legit copy of windows iso? I have a computer I need to reformat, but the disc is somewhere in one of the boxes I haven't unpacked yet. I tried looking around, but I haven't been able to find anything that I know I can trust is legit. I can just wait until I unpack the box with the disc, but if there's a trusted source, it would be helpful. Mine in particular is XP Media Center.
Edited by DrC - 1/20/11 at 12:21pm
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So where would you find a legit copy of windows iso? I have a computer I need to reformat, but the disc is somewhere in one of the boxes I haven't unpacked yet. I tried looking around, but I haven't been able to find anything that I know I can trust is legit. I can just wait until I unpack the box with the disc, but if there's a trusted source, it would be helpful. Mine in particular is XP Media Center.
Let's take this to a PM bro Talking about torrenting and illegial activites is against the TOS here.

I was just referring to which versions i need, oem, retail and wether any vista disc will work with the product key on this laptop.
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That's why I asked. If we're talking about illegal activities, then I get it. But this made it sound like there was a way to get a legit iso of it. I have the legit license for it, just need the disc. I could just as easily call up Microsoft and ship out a copy for a few bucks, but like I said, I can wait to just unpack it out of a box. But if there's a legit way to get the iso, I was curious is all.

But for what you're asking, my understanding is you need the oem disc since you have the product key. Even if you borrowed the disc from someone who has the same computer, it will work as long as you have a legit key.
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That's why I asked. If we're talking about illegal activities, then I get it. But this made it sound like there was a way to get a legit iso of it. I have the legit license for it, just need the disc. I could just as easily call up Microsoft and ship out a copy for a few bucks, but like I said, I can wait to just unpack it out of a box. But if there's a legit way to get the iso, I was curious is all.

But for what you're asking, my understanding is you need the oem disc since you have the product key. Even if you borrowed the disc from someone who has the same computer, it will work as long as you have a legit key.
Yeah, there is plenty legit iso's out there. You just need to make sure you don't get a cracked one that is already activated. Go get 10 posts quick so i can PM you.

I'll be using all legit COA's out there i just need legit iso's. So for a visita home premium 64 bit key, i need a vista home premium 64-bit iso? So i need one for each install? So in the end, i will end up with 6 vista discs, and 6 windows 7 discs?
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