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Have a Gateway desktop came with Vista Premium. Son dumped Vista and loaded XP. Can I revert to Vista, do NOT have any disks etc just a recovery section on the HD.

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Yes, by pressing the key or key combination that activates the recovery section during the computer's bootup. Check your users manual or your onscreen prompts to see what that key combination is.

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