02-05-2014 06:20 AM
Hi, im installing a new harddrive into my slimline tower however i dont have the original install dvd. I wont be using the original HD so need will need to set up from fresh, I have my Vista product key.
Can i get hold of another install DVD
How does Microsoft know that im not just trying to install the OS onto a further PC - do i need to inform them somehow?
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02-05-2014 07:34 AM - edited 02-05-2014 08:15 AM
Is your original HDD intact with a fully functioning Win Vista install including HP's Recovery Manager and Recovery Partition?
Use HP's Recovery Manager to create an HP recovery disk set.
Use the recovery disks to install Win Vista on the new HDD.
If you are unable to create HP's recovery disks you can order a set from either HP, if available, or at Computer Surgeons.com. This website is temporarily down at this time.
Final point, if your PC shipped with pre SP1 Vista and you have purchased an Advanced Format HDD you will have a problem installing Vista using HP's recovery disks on the new HDD. A workaround would be to use professional imaging software or try using the cloning software many HDD manufacturers ship with new HDD's to clone the original Vista install to the new HDD.
Hey, the path of least resistance may be to purchase a copy of Win 7. Many Vista PC's upgrade to Win 7 without a hitch!
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02-05-2014 08:30 AM
02-05-2014 08:39 AM - edited 02-05-2014 08:40 AM
As long as the Recovery Partition is on the original HDD and is not corrupted, you should be able to create recovery disks. If you successfully install Vista on the new HDD you will not have any licensing problems if you have not made any other significant changes to your PC.
02-09-2014 11:08 AM
Any idea what I should do? All my recovery DVDs were verified to work
02-09-2014 11:45 AM - edited 02-09-2014 11:46 AM
Are you booting to the recovery DVD?
Sounds as if your PC is attempting to boot the the new HDD.
Here is a guide on changing BIOS settings including changing the boot order. I don't know what BIOS version you have because I don't have your PC's product number.
If your PC is set to boot the DVD drive first and your HP recovery discs are good it should boot to the first recovery DVD.
02-09-2014 12:40 PM
02-09-2014 12:49 PM
You could try activating after installing Vista.
Do you have a product key for the Vista disk you are using now? Where did you get the Vista install disk? Is it an OEM, Upgrade, or Retail install disk?
02-09-2014 12:52 PM