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Discussion in 'Windows Vista Installation' started by Refro-help, Jul 19, 2007.

  1. Refro-help

    Refro-help Guest

    Ok, to keep it short and simple:

    I need to reformat, I want a clean Refro. Have CD Key, but no CD's.

    1) Will Microsoft send them for free? (Since they didn't come when purchased)
    2) If not, can I use a friends CD's, and just my key? (I'm worried it will
    lock us out, and I'm left with a computer that has no OS.)

    Thanks for the help.
     
    Refro-help, Jul 19, 2007
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  2. Refro-help

    Rishi Guest

    Hello,

    1) Will Microsoft send them for free? (Since they didn't come when
    purchased)
    Nope. Most likely no, since many people have been trying to get Microsoft to
    send them the DVD because they downloaded the OS from the internet and it
    didn't work and Microsoft didn't do anything about it. You can try asking
    Microsoft however, and then only reformat after you get the DVD, but you
    most likely wont be able to take this route.

    2) If not, can I use a friends CD's, and just my key? (I'm worried it will
    lock us out, and I'm left with a computer that has no OS.)
    It depends on whether your friend has a legitimate DVD or not. If he does,
    and provided that your activation key is not the same as his, you will be
    able to install it since all installation DVDs are the same and only the
    activation codes differ. However, you also have to keep in mind that your
    friend might not have the same edition of vista.
     
    Rishi, Jul 19, 2007
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  3. Where did you get your original install of Vista from ?
    Did it come preinstalled on the PC ?
    If so then this has nothing to do with Microsoft and you need to contact the
    PC manufacturer (the OEM) to see if they will provide you with media for the
    operating system.
    Most vendors supply some method of restoring the PC to as shipped with
    recovery DVDs or recovery partition on the hard drive - hey are NOT
    required to provide you with original media for just the OS - just a method
    to get it back to as shipped - talk to them
     
    Mike Brannigan, Jul 19, 2007
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  4. Refro-help

    Refro-help Guest

    yes, my friend does have the same version, and legit copies of the CD"s. So
    that is good news.

    I bought my laptop from Best Buy, and HP. I forgot that my friend had to
    reformat his E-machines and got those "first-day" CD's (forgot the name) sent
    to him.

    Would I contact Best Buy or HP?
     
    Refro-help, Jul 19, 2007
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  5. HP
     
    Mike Brannigan, Jul 19, 2007
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