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Trying to fix my daughter's laptop - windows vista home and she's lost the CD. I have the licence number stuck on the machine - can I download a Vista Home ISO anywhere?

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  • richardeevan Mar 20, 2011

    Brilliant - thank you - it's an Acer Aspire 7720z



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You can download the ISO to any Torrent site, however this is not suggested, most of the time this doesnt work. Most of the portable is actually using OEM Operating System. The best possible way is to contact the manufacturer and ask for the Recovery Disc. At the same time most of the laptop nowadays had a built in partition to access the recovery partition and get back to factory state. My suggestion is to contact the manufacturer and verify if the portable had a built in partition that you can access, if none then request for the Recovery Disc.

I hope this will give you an idea how to resolve the issue.

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You may have a recovery partition on the hard drive , which will contain a copy of vista . Please reply with make and model of laptop , model number is found on a label on the bottom of the laptop

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  • Martin Murray Mar 20, 2011

    When you first switch on the laptop press ALT

  • Martin Murray Mar 20, 2011

    That was weird it only put a few words on the reply i left use ALT F10 to enter the recovery menu when you see the acer logo on the screen



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