What is the most cost-effective way to perform a clean re-install

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Installation' started by tailypo, Sep 22, 2007.

  1. tailypo

    tailypo Guest

    Dear experts,

    Could you advise me on the following -

    I have a laptop with Vista Home Premium pre-installed, and as such am
    already the owner of one OEM Vista product key that is unique to me and my
    laptop (the sticker on the underside).

    I want to do a clean re-install of Vista.

    My laptop can and will make it's own Vista install disk; but this disk will
    not allow me to do a completely clean installation of Vista - it will only
    allow me to install vista along with all the manufacturer-specific utilities
    and partitioning that I do not want.

    What I am looking for is a Vista (and only vista) install disk that I can
    use to wipe my laptop but ideally without having to buy a whole new Vista

    Is this even possible?

    What would you do?

    I realise I am going to have to spend *some* money here - I just want to
    find the cheapest way of doing what I want to do.

    Thanks in advance for your advice,
    Doug Wylie.
    tailypo, Sep 22, 2007
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  2. Go to the laptop manufacturer web site and ensure that all Vista drivers for
    the hardware are readily available.

    When you have determined that they are, go out and buy your preferred
    version of Vista. Bear in mind that the laptop specification may not be up
    to Ultimate or Business spec, so probably best to stay with Home Premium.

    Buy the full retail version (not OEM), if you think that you might want to
    transfer it to another machine at some point in the future..


    Mike Hall
    MS MVP Windows Shell/User
    Mike Hall - MVP, Sep 22, 2007
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