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#705966 - 1st Jul 2012 10:24am Windows Vista
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Is the a legal site I can download Windows Vista, I have my own key, I know there are sites you can get win 7, but can not find any for Vista.

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#705978 - 1st Jul 2012 11:11am Re: Windows Vista [Re: PotNoodle]
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Visit microsoft.
I'm lead to believe that all old O S are available for download free. Not sure if vista may be part of that list with it still being a supported O S.

Vista is an OS I skipped.

Does your machine have a recovery partition?

I need to find that microsoft download page myself?
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#705984 - 1st Jul 2012 11:42am Re: Windows Vista [Re: Mark]
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no recovery partion, it use to have vista on it, but he got a mate to put win7 on it, (dodgy copy) now its gone wrong, i have managed to get the win 7 working, but there are no drivers for wireless onit, i have gone on to manufacture site all drivers are for vista.

It still has vista code on laptop, so i thought if i can get a vista home premium, i will put that on it, and then can get drivers.


Just found out bios has password so can not put visat onit


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#705985 - 1st Jul 2012 11:46am Re: Windows Vista [Re: PotNoodle]
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Looks like I will have to look harder?
I'm not finding the page of os downloads from microsoft.

But what is clear is that the cd key is so important.
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#705988 - 1st Jul 2012 11:48am Re: Windows Vista [Re: Mark]
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I have found page for win7 versions

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#705989 - 1st Jul 2012 11:48am Re: Windows Vista [Re: PotNoodle]
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Bios password shouldnt stop an install?
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#705990 - 1st Jul 2012 11:52am Re: Windows Vista [Re: Mark]
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When I go into set up to try to boot from disc drive, it asks for bios password

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#705996 - 1st Jul 2012 12:16pm Re: Windows Vista [Re: PotNoodle]
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Power off (plug out)

Remove CMOS battery

Either short pins or use Clear CMOS jumper (for about 10 seconds)

Battery back in

Password should be clear (depending on system)


If you just need a disc and have your own COA key just call in and pick one up smile


Which make/model is it ?

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#705997 - 1st Jul 2012 12:18pm Re: Windows Vista [Re: TheDr]
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Can not remove cmos battery, its a battery pack soldered on to board, and there is no jumper to reset.


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#705999 - 1st Jul 2012 12:19pm Re: Windows Vista [Re: PotNoodle]
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Job sorted see above wink
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#706009 - 1st Jul 2012 1:07pm Re: Windows Vista [Re: PotNoodle]
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Is there an alternative to select your boot device?
On modern machines it can be F11 or F2 that could give you the Boot List your needing to get to.

I wonder if your friend put a password on it?
As he must have come across the same issue.

Try POWER OFF (it gives you more time).
And try the F keys to see if there is a quick boot menu.
If there is your good to go.

Hope that helps.
You may have to power off several times to catch it.
Re-booting can skip that option. So always Power off.
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