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hey guys ive just bought a new HD of aria and as it will be blank it wont have windows vista on it (the OS im currently running). my problem is i didn't get any CDs with my comp and it had vista home premium already installed so i have a legit product key but no CD's. also i cant add this new HD to my existing one as more storage it has to replace it.

so how can i install vista as the OS on the new HD when it arrives?

please help guys thanks

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:rolleyes:ha.. dan
are u loking for new vista softwere pro: key or u r asking how to install vista in old os.
hahah just used to it :p

and ive got the product key on the sticker on my computer im just asking if i can download vista to install on the new HD for free as i have already purchased it or do i have to buy a disk or something??

why can you not slave it to the current drive

is this a laptop
id love to but my case has only got 1 serial ATA drive bay so its either my old one or new one :sigh:



thanks guys for you help much appricated
 

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Contact your system manufacturer and order Vista recovery DVDs. HP, for example, charges about USD $25 incl s/h.
thats what i was afraid off :mad:

if you have a spare 5 inch bay you can get brackets to fit it there for under $10
and i no it doessnt sound like a lot but ive blown all the money on the HD and cant spend anymore till the end of my birthday which is the end of the month

so i either need to download a torrent with vista and use my product key or if the worse comes to the worse use the windows 7 RC

but thanks for all your help non the less guys but does anyone think the downloadin vista from a torrent idea will work?

thanks again
 

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Most systems don't come with CDs/DVDs any more. you make them yourself. Check your User Manual, it should tell you how.
Example, on my HP:
Start | All Programs | Recovery Manager | Recovery Disc Creation

Your best bet to use the new drive is to clone the old one to the new one. You'll need to connect both drives at the same time, but the new one doesn't have to be physically installed. Just sitting so it won't be jarred, tipped, or contact the motherboard/add-in cards, and close enough to connect the data and power cable.

Imaging Software
Wikipedia Comparison Chart

Free:
Macrium Reflect
DriveImage XML

Commercial:
Acronis True Image (Has free 15 day trial)
DriveImage XML
Macrium Reflect
Norton Ghost

HTH

Jerry
 

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Most systems don't come with CDs/DVDs any more. you make them yourself. Check your User Manual, it should tell you how.
Example, on my HP:
Start | All Programs | Recovery Manager | Recovery Disc Creation

Your best bet to use the new drive is to clone the old one to the new one. You'll need to connect both drives at the same time, but the new one doesn't have to be physically installed. Just sitting so it won't be jarred, tipped, or contact the motherboard/add-in cards, and close enough to connect the data and power cable.

Imaging Software
Wikipedia Comparison Chart

Free:
Macrium Reflect
DriveImage XML

Commercial:
Acronis True Image (Has free 15 day trial)
DriveImage XML
Macrium Reflect
Norton Ghost

HTH

Jerry
thanks a lot for all your help it was very useful i think ill give windows 7 RC a try but create a backup image just encase i don't like it or for some reason i need to go back to vista

thanks a lot :pray:

thanks a lot for that link it'll help me a lot with creating a backup so thanks :pray:
 
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