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I have a HP laptop that originally came with Windows Vista. It has a licence sticker on the bottom. The hard drive and it's restore partition took a permanent vacation. Would it be alright to track down a version of Vista that is the same as the laptop came with and install it on a new hard drive or would a new licenced version be the correct way to go?


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You already own the license. A OEM version should work. It may be brand specific... anyone?

 

 


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You should be fine installing a retail version that came with the laptop using the sticker key on the same laptop.

You MAY be required to activate using phone home method. 

 

How to activate Windows Vista

 

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/940315


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Also this might be helpful.

 

http://windows.micro...C=windows-vista


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Thanks all!! Having two old laptops brought into the modern era would be nice. Had to use an old XP CD I had to get the Vista one running again. As the budget this year is bleak, I opted for Windows 7 for one and relegated the other XP equiped one to paperweight status. These HP dv9000 series laptops ARE singlehandedly responsible for global warming so I have to run a table fan blowing directly onto them when I use them. :histerija:


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Yes, I had a couple of older ACERS that put old plenty of HEAT. finally removed the back cover .... removed the CPU Cooler and removed all the crud from  it, then replaced ... then found that by velcro a 1.5" balsa to the battery, it raised it enough to be easier to type, and also allowed more air to the HEAT was not so bad....

so light weight addon make things easier to use. and not so HOT


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Yes, I had a couple of older ACERS that put old plenty of HEAT. finally removed the back cover .... removed the CPU Cooler and removed all the crud from  it, then replaced ... then found that by velcro a 1.5" balsa to the battery, it raised it enough to be easier to type, and also allowed more air to the HEAT was not so bad....

so light weight addon make things easier to use. and not so HOT

I've seen people put their laptops on beds with blankets (vs a hard surface) with the blankets covering the intakes, and wonder why their laptop felt hotter all of a sudden. Table placemats are another culprit.  ;)


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I've seen people put their laptops on beds with blankets (vs a hard surface) with the blankets covering the intakes, and wonder why their laptop felt hotter all of a sudden. Table placemats are another culprit.  ;)

Cooler pads are nice for for any Laptop I don't know how many laptops that Kids I have know did just that think they can run the laptops on the blankets and leave them running 24/7 = Parents buying new laptops. :histerija: :histerija:


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Talking about laptops - my friend said his was acting up being slow etc (the norm) - so i told him to install Speccy by Piriform to check the temps - and guess what - 88-90 on the CPU and 90-94 on the motherboard :histerija:

Hot potatoes :histerija: :mrgreen:


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I have a HP laptop that originally came with Windows Vista. It has a licence sticker on the bottom. The hard drive and it's restore partition took a permanent vacation. Would it be alright to track down a version of Vista that is the same as the laptop came with and install it on a new hard drive or would a new licenced version be the correct way to go?

Not so long ago I put a new harddrive in my Mum's laptop and I used my retail windows 7 x64 to put the OEM version back on. No issues at all :)


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Also, just dont forget all the fun version of Vista the MS made, so make sure you install the right one. IE Pro, Home Prem and so forth or key will not work no matter what. But if you can. I would go over to win7. I hated vista when it can out and i was working IBM and still hate it now. It was like ME or the OS worlds.


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Also, just dont forget all the fun version of Vista the MS made, so make sure you install the right one. IE Pro, Home Prem and so forth or key will not work no matter what. But if you can. I would go over to win7. I hated vista when it can out and i was working IBM and still hate it now. It was like ME or the OS worlds.

Actually, the later service packs of Vista were fine.  Also, Windows Me was cool as shit.  For me, and my tech friends it was VERY stable.  I never had a problem with it.  I felt that it was the epitome of the Windows 98 releases.  The cream of the crop!


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if you can. I would go over to win7.

 

Would that I could, but finances won't allow that. I already blew too much on my first copy of Win7. My tummy expects to see something on the kitchen table other than computer parts! :biggrin:


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