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Need 25-character Vista key to buy backups from MS!

I know this sounds like a stupid request, but I recently purchased a new laptop with Vista Home Premium 64-bit installed (OEM key on sticker); I used ABR to get at the key, and I tried to purchase a set of disks both from HP and dice.

I found this on the MS site: backup disks

In short, I wasnt to blowout all this bloat from HP and do a fresh install...problematic when you are not given the disks and no one will send you any. I tried to get the Windows Anytime upgrade disks...nothing.

I entered my key in the MS site, but since I didn't purchase the original OS through them (OEM install by HP), they won't accept it.

Any ideas? :)

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  • JohnGalt May 05, 2008

    hoping to get a key that I can enter in the MS site and volia - buy backup disks.

  • JohnGalt May 05, 2008

    I am trying to format my new laptop and put a fresh install of Vista on there; HP only sends recovery disks that already has all the bloat on there. I am just looking for the o/s disks. :)

    I am trying to be a good soldier and not download the o/s, but they are putting me between a rock and a hard place...willing to buy the backup disks, though I think I should get them for free having bought a laptop and thus a valid license...

  • sexme Oct 12, 2008

    25 product key for msvista

  • Jeffrey Pemberton
    Jeffrey Pemberton May 11, 2010

    Hey John, what is it you are trying to do that you need. Please explain. I know you mentioned backup disks, are you trying to backup? Please clarify sir so I can help you. Thanks.




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I called, complained, and received the recovery disk; for the record, as part of the 'recovery' partition for newly-shipping HPs, they put the files on the drive to make your own recovery disks...but they sent me a set, too, neither of which had the Windows Anytime Upgrade files or hidden (WAU) folder like some models.

I won an eBay auction for the WAU disk (says 32-bit, but I understand the serial dictates the install, so should be able to install the 64-bit home premium from that disk) for $.99, so rather than install using the files I just downloaded, I'll be a good boy and install when I get the disk.

Thanks anyway, guys...really wish I could have placed an order for the 64-bit version with SP1 through the MS site, but I guess they want me doing things be it.

Posted on May 12, 2008

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Hello John,

Unfortunately none of the PC manufacturers, with the exception of Toshiba and Dell, ship with recovery disks anymore. Instead, you have the option to create recovery disks after you purchase the computer. HP for example, used 3 DVD-R's to create recovery disks. And when you use those discs to recover your system it will revert it back to the way it was when you purchased it. So unfortauntely, the only way to get a set of recovery discs is to purchase them from HP. They cost about $30 on average. And unless you want to just purchase a new full copy of windows, purchasing the recovery discs are the only way to recover your system... legally.

To order HP's discs, just go to their support site at and search for your model number. It will then give you the instructions on how to order your specific discs.

Posted on May 06, 2008


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