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Genuine OS, create ISO frm recovery disc, startup repair

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by askmenot, Oct 10, 2010.

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  1. askmenot

    askmenot Thread Starter

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    I have a laptop that came pre-installed with Windows Vista Home Basic. Within 10 days of purchase, my hard disk crashed and was replaced. At that time the authorized service centre installed OS Windows Vista Business. I have created a set of recovery disc which contains the factory settings of my laptop (I mean which I got after hard disk replacement-Vista Business,and also contained promotional offers of 60 days free Norton Internet security and 60 days free Microsoft office).

    I checked my OS for its genuineness status on microsoft's website. It reports my OS to be GENUINE.
    Now my problem is "Is my OS really genuine?" I don't have the product key as the sticker which I got on the laptop contains Vista Home Basics's Product Key. I found the product key using a 3rd party utility that tells me keys of all installed softwares.

    My next problem is I don't have a Vista disc. What I have is the recovery disc, which is very different from OS disc and is not useful in many situations. How can I get Vista ISO from recovery disc?

    I believe if what I am trying to do is not possible, in that case can I get such an ISO from microsoft?
    And if even that is not possible, if I somehow get a disc from my friend and then install Vista from it by entering my own product key(which I have discovered using 3rd party tool), will my installation still be genuine? Can I copy my friend's DVD for future use?

    I am so keen on getting Vista disc instead of recovery disc because presently my laptop is having Vista in dual boot with fedora 13. I am planning to install Windows 7 in place of Vista without removing fedora.
    In case I have any kind of problem(like one of my programs not working, or any other which I might not think of now) and I would like to revert back to Vista, I still would not like to disturb fedora, and recovery disc cannot achieve that!

    And lastly, if I install Win 7 in place of vista, I know I'll not be able to boot into fedora. Can easybcd application for windows create a bootloader that can give me an option for which OS to boot in on startup, I mean can it work for Linux systems as well?
     
  2. lunarlander

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    If your programs are designed for Vista, they will work in Win7.

    EasyBCD claims it can handle dual boots Windows and Linux. But, being that Fedora is a cutting edge distro, it may have something new that EasyBCD can't recognize. I would call up EasyBCD to ensure that it works with Fedora 13.

    There is another option for running Linux instead of dual booting. I use SUN's Virtual Box. It is a free virtual machine, similar to VMWare ( ~$160 ). So I can run Linux while I am inside Windows. Works great for me.

    Since you're planning to install Win 7, I would save the money and not order a Vista disc.
     
  3. askmenot

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    Thank you for your advice. My problem is that I had installed wifi and audio drivers in fedora with great pains. And I don't remember the exact steps what I did. So I don't want to loose the installation. Secondly, I have used OS in virtual machines, but I prefer fedora to be in dual boot. That comes to be very handy when I have to boot quickly just to transfer a file or look at a text.
     
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