Vista Repair

  ThePoshCat 15:40 05 Aug 2009

My brother in law's laptop won't work properly after a virus got it.

I want to run a repair, or even a new install of Vista, as some of the OS files are corrupted, but he does not have the original installation disks as he bought it second hand.

It is a fully licensed copy, so can I just note the licence number from the laptop and use any Vista disk?

If so, is there a way to get an installation disk easily?

Many thanks

  tullie 15:44 05 Aug 2009

You can use someone elses disc with your license number,as long its the same editionie,Home,Premioum etc.

  johndrew 15:52 05 Aug 2009

What make/model is the laptop?

Is there not a recovery partition on the HDD?

If there is, it should be possible to make a recovery disk from this which should include all the drivers you may need.

If it is only some of the OS files that are corrupt you may be able to recover them by running sfc /scannow, but whether a standard MS Vista disk would interfere with specific laptop files I`m unsure.

It is legal to use a Vista CD of the same standard as the OS installed with the licence number from the PC.

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