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Vista home premium

Lent pc to a friend who decided that vista was useless and he removed it and installed XP. The trouble is it was not a genuine disc as I have now found out. I would like to have the pc as it was when bought a few mnths ago. Is it possible to re-install Vista Home Premium as the product key etc is still atached to the computer to prove that I did by it with this system pre-installed.

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  • richy47 Jun 16, 2008

    thanks so much but I will still need a vista disc and they dont supply one with the pc or even a recovery disc. Will a dounloaded one work with the genuine key?

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Yes that is surely possible..
you got the premium vista key along with your pc.. just use it when installing. or get the key from the dealer.. if you don have noted it down

Posted on Jun 16, 2008

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    Viv Vek Jun 16, 2008

    ya downloaded one will work.. or if you go to dealer he himself wil load it and give it to you...
    thats better..
    but yes, downloaded one will surely work and the key is the one that is important


  • Viv Vek
    Viv Vek Jun 16, 2008

    ya downloaded one will work.. or if you go to dealer he himself wil load it and give it to you...
    thats better..
    but yes, downloaded one will surely work and the key is the one that is important


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