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Windows vista home Basic compaq presario cq60 to new os on 500 gb harddrive

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I have a Compaq Presario cq60. It is a Windows Vista Home basic Edition and the system was tempted to do a factory reset. In the process files were deleted there was no recovery disk created. I purchased by mistake a Windows Vista ultimate where the product key upgrade. I have an extra hard drive which is 500gb vs. 250 Gigabyte. Do I still need to buy a new Windows Vista basic home edition install disc in order to upgrade the system to the latest operating system? How do I go about repairing this system to operable conditions?
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Hello @Jbg32573

 

Welcome to the HP Support forum.

 

Windows Vista is old operating system which is no longer supported by the vendor (Microsoft).

Windows Vista is no longer being sold via the standard channels and it's hardware to find.

 

I wouldn't recommend you use it because it is not updating and might be vulnerable to security risks. Many 3rd party vendors (including browsers) do not run or support it.

 

 

Windows 10 is the latest Windows offering from Microsoft. I cannot guarantee it will be able to run on your ~old PC but you may give it a try - Microsoft offers 90 day free evaluation copy >> https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsforbusiness/try

 

All that is needed from you is to register with Microsoft account, download the Windows ISO image and burn it on a blank DVD or write it on a USB.

 

Here is an example  (example is with Ubuntu but works the same way with Windows ISO)

 

* How to create bootable ISO on USB device >> http://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop/create-a-usb-stick-on-windows

or

* How to write ISO to DVD >> http://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop/burn-a-dvd-on-windows

 

 

Eventually, you need to boot the PC from Windows 10

When ready with the USB drive or with the DVD:

 

Please, shutdown the computer using the power button.

Insert the Windows USB thumdrive prepared previously

Power on the PC.

As soon as you press the power-on button, start hitting the Esc button repeatedly (like tap-tap-tap).

This should open a HP Startup Menu

 

Choose F9 to open Boot options. Select the USB thumb drive as a boot option.

 

- Follow the on-screen instructions to install Windows 10. Perform clean installation/custom installation (not repair).

Delete all existing partitions and install Windows on Disc 0 Unallocated space

 

- Post-installation, ensure your drivers are updates using the Device Manager method -> https://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c03330139

Update all major componets and run Windows Update.

 

- Make sure Windows is Activated by going to Start > Settings > Update & Security > Windows Activation

 

- You may wish to stop some of the Windows Telemetry by using free tools such as Spybot AntiBeacon or DWS Lite

 

 

You can test for about 90 days before you decide if you want to purchase a license and installation media, and reinstall a full version of Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Pro edition.

 

Hope this helps. Let me know how it goes

 

 

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Did the Vista Ultimate disk come with its own Key Code? If so you can install it without first installing Home Basic. To use the Key Code on the bottom of the laptop assuming you can still read it you need an OEM copy of Vista Home Basic which you cannot download from Microsoft. 

 

You say you want to upgrade the latest? Perhaps not the best idea. Windows 7 is probably as high as you should try to go with that computer. 

 

To repair the system you have we would need to know a bit more about what is wrong with it. What does it say if you try to boot the computer up?


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