Reformatting problem

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i would like to say that i was thinking of reformatting. one problem that arises with this:
I got the PC pre assembled, with Vista Home edition installed.
It did NOT come with a CD, but there is a cd-key on the side of the machine.
How would i go about reformatting this without a CD?
The computer wasnt bought, what happened was last year in a thunderstorm My home computers got fried.
We ended up getting 2 new ones. Both of which came with Vitsa.
We didn't get any CD's with them. The OS doesnt seem to be on another partition, but im not sure how to check if it is or not. (when i open my computer all i get is a harddrive for C
 
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because most of the time, this partition is hidden.

You can check the start menu for anything that says create restore disks or something like that. If there is nothing there to create the disks.

You can call the manufacturer to order the disks, they will run between 20 and 50 dollars. Depending on the manufacturer of your PC.

Also, most restore partitions are accessed at boot by hitting a combination of keys...

F10
F11
ALT+F10
ALT+F11
or sometimes , i have seen recently, a restore pc from the F8 menu.

But, you need to make those disks, or purchase them.

Backup your data before attempting any restore.
 

BigDates

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hmm. i think it is but not entirly sure if its illigal
if i use my friends CD, or burn it which is the same edition of my Vista
and install using his CD / the burnt one. Im not sure because i do
have the CD key already i would install it with, and after use i would discard the CD oubiously.
 
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Well, generally speaking, it's not exactly illegal... MS does state otherwise to a point.
They would prefer you use the disks provided by the manufacturer, but what you ask will work. You don't need to get rid of the disk, but if you ever pass the system on or try to sell it, legally you should have the manufacturers restore disks.

It does need to be an OEM version of the OS, if it's retail, it probably won't work with your key.
You will have to call MS to activate, but this won't be a problem, as long as the COA (the sticker on your system) is not a counterfeit.
 
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