Operating System: Microsoft Windows Vista (64-bit)
I am in need of some help about hard drive failure and using a recovery disk. Not sure if this question has been answered or not but figured I would give it a shot.
I have a HP Pavilion dv5-1235dx that was running Windows Vista 64 bit. Unfortunately, the hard drive failed and I do not have any Windows Vista disks to help reinstall, and I also do not have the Windows Vista product key located on the bottom of the computer because it was rubbed off. I already have the new hard drive. So what I am wondering is, if I were to order recovery disks from HP is that all I will need to order? Or will I have to find a vista product key from somewhere else? Or how many different disks will I need to purchase? Just looking for the right path to take here. Thank you in advance.
Sorry, but I don't have very good news for you ...
With an OS that old, your options are very limited -- as no one (as far as I know) even sells Vista anymore. HP doesn't stock the recovery media, and these other sites likely do not, as well.
The newer HP Recovery Media is designed to automatically reuse the existing product key embedded in the BIOS when the PC is restored -- but I don't know if the Vista media does that, as I have never used it.