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MY HARD DRIVE FAILED, WITH HELP I HAVE FOUND A SUITABLE REPLACEMENT BUT I NOW HAVE NO OPERATING SYSTEM. I HAVE THE ORIGINAL PRODUCT KEY. CAN I GET A NEW DOWNLOAD FREE OF CHARGE?

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  • Alun Cox May 11, 2010

    Not legally, you should've made a backup disc when you first purchased your PC/Laptop. (You'll now also need all your drivers as well!). As you do legally own a license then downloading a torrent of Vista would be a grey area which you could do or borrow a disc from someone else.

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You need to get recovery disc, from the manufacture you just own laptop, if it came one, then you lucky. If not call support..try ubuntu, is free

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I would go and buy you a copy of windows, prefer windows xp because of better driver support. It sound like you had windows on your hard drive and when it crash you lost your windows copy. This is if you had your own windows copy and the drive crash again this won't happen again.

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